Still working on the shower project.
I want to tell you folks a few things. I actually take not a small amount of pride in my work. It is very rewarding to complete a job and know it is done well. I was tickled when my mother-in-law first called me "a regular Mr Fixit" in reference to our living room remodel, and still proudly use that name as my nome de plume.
As I have previously said, I am very fortunate to have taken FFA in high school. In those classes in addition to learning about animals, I also learned about building. I learned about drafting, concrete work, roofing, electrical and plumbing. I count myself as blessed to have a father who had been a carpenters helper and knew woodworking. My grandfathers knew cabinetry and plumbing.
I tell you all of this because I want you to know that I am a master of none of these things. I am capable in doing them, but it is very hard for me to do them well. Maybe that is why I am proud of the work when I am done. But the truth remains that I force myself to work very hard at them in order to do only an acceptable job.
I have said all of this in order to tell you this; This shower project is without a doubt the hardest project I have ever done. And of course, everything has gone wrong. The old shower inset was actually a new shower inset because the shower had originally been tiled. There had obviously been a leak because the wood framing was damaged. To let you have an idea of what I have been up against, think of this: The shower is in the corner of the house, on two outside walls. I have replaced everything from behind the brick to the shower; framing, insulation, water pipes, drains, walls.
I have finally gotten the shower pan in (sloped morter bed, liner, morter). Now I get to start on the actual shower part of this project.
Let me just say, for anyone thinking about it: If you get a chance to do a project like this PASS!