Okay, just started this project today. The bathroom was still as we decorated it when we moved in 10 years ago. The paint was peeling, caulk was dried and had some mold, the faucet was never quite tight, and some of the fixtures were rusting.
I fixed the faucet first. I cut a hole in the closet behind it in the spare bedroom. I got a 14” x 14” plastic door from the HD. I marked out the hole for the door and cut with the utility knife till it fell out. I always cut just a little small in dry wall (have made the mistake of getting too big of a hole – very hard to fix). I just use the utility knife to get the fit perfect.
Then proceeded to fix the faucet. So the copper source pipe wasn’t very well tied to the frame – just one simple copper staple to a 2×4 cross piece above the faucet knob. The faucet spout itself was about 6” or so below that. It left the pipe so it could move around a lot, and caused a gap between the spout and the tile in the tub. This allowed a little bit of water to leak in – but fortunately nothing serious – even after 10 yrs. There was only about a 1/4” gap near the knob, so I shimmed the pipe at the top and screwed a metal strap in over the pipe to thru the shims into the cross piece. Near the spout, the gap was much bigger – about 2.5” – so I found a block about the right size then added a couple of shims. I rested it near the bottom where the pipe bends into the spout and then strapped the pipe to it using screws. Seems very solid now – not sure why they didn’t do a better job with it to begin with…
I put the plastic door on with some liquid nails I had lying around. Worked great. Now if something happens with it in the future, I can just pop the door.
Proceeded to scrape all the peeling paint and caulk. I always used to use a razor scraper for the caulk, but found that my wood chisel worked fantastically! I don’t know why I hadn’t thought of that before. I used the wood chisel and a masonry scraper to get most of it out, then used the razor to finish it up. I also found a few spots where the grout was cracked, so I got out my grout saw and honed it down a bit.
Now just need to find that grout I bought 10 years ago…