Bathroom

Mad Men-scaping

by Josh on August 16, 2011 · 9 comments

in Bathroom,Journal

Multiple choice: What do I have in common with style icon of the moment, Don Draper, the fictional 60′s ad executive of AMC’s drama Mad Men? 3-martini lunches shameless womanizing a dark and mysterious past a great old-school shave Yeah, it’s the shave.  But for me, shaving like a Mad Man is as much a [...]

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New Toilet Tips

by Josh on August 6, 2010 · 4 comments

in Bathroom,Projects

It’s the most popular seat in the house, but the toilet in my main floor bathroom was a mess.  The tank cover was chipped up, it used obscene amounts of water to flush, and–despite my repair attempts–it often needed the handle jiggled to stop the tank fill. So I decided it was time to upgrade [...]

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It used to be that the only way to make an antique toilet use less water was to put a brick or two in the tank.  It’s a nice idea, but sometimes the old toilets don’t work as well with a smaller flush volume than they were designed for.  And if you have to flush [...]

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Inside The Plumbing Chase

by Josh on March 4, 2009 · 9 comments

in Bathroom,Journal

In my last post I described the repair I made to the shower valve in the main bath.  As part of that process I accessed the bathroom plumbing chase for the first time.  What I found there added some interesting information about the house’s past.   The first thing I noticed was the bucket and [...]

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A little while back, I was experiencing signs of a worn out valve in my main floor tub/shower.  The knob was getting  difficult to turn and soon I started noticing evidence of a small leak that was damaging the ceiling of the basement below the valve.   I opened up as much of the plumbing [...]

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