Holy progress, batman!

The cement board is fully taped and mortared, ready to be slathered with pudding, I mean RedGuard.

Once it's waterproofed with 3 coats of RedGuard, we can go straight to tiling!!

All cement board, and even the moisture-proof drywall above the tiled area!
I can't tell you how nice it is to see this!
Cement board is DONE!
Cement board is DONE!
Pretty big gap here, but it's easily filled with mortar
Tape and mortar is done too!
Cement board is DONE!
Now - RedGuard, Tile, shower door, drain, fixtures, caulk, DONE

Our neighbor is doing a great job on the drywall in the back hallway - it's coming together so quickly.

Drywall looking very nice in back hallway
Drywall looking very nice in back hallway
Drywall looking very nice in back hallway
Drywall looking very nice in back hallway
Drywall looking very nice in back hallway

When our back doorknob took a crap  on us, spewing it's guts all over the place, we bought some new bits.

The color of the back door is still awful, but we'll get to that later.  At least now we have a pretty brushed knob and lockset instead of the very worn brass-plated junk that came with the house.

We also installed new house numbers that we bought a couple of years ago on a visit to England.

The old plastic numbers went immediately into the trash!

The new numbers look so nice, that I felt the need to scrub the front porch down with soap and water, for the first time since we moved in 6 years ago!!  It was pretty grungy. :P

New back door hardware
New house numbers
The new numbers add a small touch of class to the front.

One of our walls was sinking, and was approximately an inch and a half or maybe more out of level with the flooring around it.

The reason for the subsidence was that the entire wall was supported by just a single joist, it was unsupported from the basement, and that joist ran directly under the bathtub!

We bought two floor jacks/columns and rented a 20 ton screw jack.  The whole process took about 8 hours and raised the wall by an inch.

The red level IS level, the stairs are NOT
Screw jack and a temporary column
An indestructable cheater bar I built out of a bicycle crank arm and some tubing.
The beam, supported by the jack post
Beam, joist, support block, column.
Plumbing is back in place and the wall is well supported
The foot of one of the posts

 

Now that all the shower valves are installed and tested for leaks, we can put the cement board up!

Almost five years on, and this bathroom is finally looking like it might get done!

Cement board going up in bathroom!!
Cement board going up in bathroom!!
Cement board going up in bathroom!!
These are the tiles we'll use for the walls and seat
Cement board going up in bathroom!!
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