November 4th, 2004

Spencer

Busy evening and critters

It promises to be a busy evening. I've got about 6 hours of things to do after I leave work, and Spencer sure would appreciate me spending some of that time with him. I feel bad leaving Spencer alone most of this week, but he wouldn't do well in a construction environment.

Speaking of animals, I put some Soft Paws on Abby the other night before bed, to replace the ones she had pulled off. I went to bed, and she follow me in, was sitting on my chest, purring, and then started to pull on the nail caps. I wrapped my hand around her paw to prevent that, and apparently she didn't like that, as she bit me. I picked her up by the scruff, and she meowed at me. I put her down, and she bit me again, so, I picked her up again. This time she meowed, hissed at me, and took off. I figured she was bitter. She came back 5 minutes later.
Handyman

Bathroom work

After spending time at Bret's, doing all sorts of home improvement work, I've decided that my bathroom needs some work, but I figured I'd start with the one I use more often. Both bathrooms have carpeted flooring. Now while you may be saying "Cool, that's got to be nice and warm," let me remind you how much carpet holds water. Yeah, it's not that cool. So, I've investigated the flooring in my primary bathroom, and it appears that under the carpet, there exists linoleum. Under the linoleum is what appears to be linoleum squares. Under that is a piece of 1/2" plywood. Under that, the sub floor. I thought about ripping the carpet up, and putting Pergo Tiles down, but after reading the page, about having the apply silicon around all the edges, and not being able to leave water sitting on the floor for more than 30 minutes, I think I've changed my mind. The $300 or less sounded promising though.

So, where does that leave me? Tile, of course. I know what you're thinking, "ewww, tile is cold, and hard, and eww." Well, that's where heated tile comes in. I of course, would need to rip out all the flooring in the bathroom, down to the sub floor if I wanted to install tile. Would I have to remove the toilet? Probably (ugh). Would I have to remove the vanity? Gosh, I hope not, though that possibility exists. The other problem here is cost. A tile floor in that room can be done for a couple hundred. A heated tile floor is more like $1000 (about $700 to get the heating). Plus it's a lot more work. Bit it'd look and feel amazing. Sigh.

I think I'll start with a new faucet.