Fix-it Weekend

the new checkered pantry floor.

The new checkered pantry floor.

I guess my cat thought I didn’t have enough on my to-do list so she decided to add some emergency work to it. I started a few days ago when I noticed she had peed in the pantry. With a heavy sigh I quickly cleaned it up, but I had a feeling it wouldn’t be the end of it. And no, it wasn’t. My cat, Rocket, found the Achilles heel of the pantry floor and totally exploited it. It was badly tiled linoleum that had started to crack apart and she peed on it a few times (i’m guessing) so it seeped under those cracks and of course it smelled pretty, pretty B.A.D!

Since Friday is one of our long days where we get home fairly late, I wasn’t in much of a mood to deal with this. But I started to peel up the cracked tiles and was pretty depressed to see that the wetness went further than I had the energy to dig up at that moment. I tried to sop it up as well as I could and I put baking soda on it with hopes that it would absorb the smell then left it to be dealt with in the morning, I am a morning person and starting a project at night is just not for me.

So, the next morning I awoke, drank a few cups of coffee and got to it. Luckily, our pantry isn’t very large so I managed to peel and scrape the tiles within about 40 minutes. The glue that was holding it all down seemed to smell just as bad as the cat urine. I’m fairly sensitive to all these chemical smells so it was all a big bummer for me.

There are layers of tiles on this floor. There is still a layer that I’m leaving for now. I’m hoping that in the future we will be able to re-do this whole area of the house but I really did not want to do all of that in one day. I think that even the subfloor may need to go when that day comes, thanks to Rocket, but for now I believe I have managed to eliminate the urine odor. Next I needed to go get the linoleum to redo the floor.

Since I had to run to the hardware store I decided to see if they had the parts I needed to also fix our badly leaking bathroom sink. The cold water was leaking so much that we had to actually turn off the main line for it, luckily it’s very easy to reach under our pedestal sink, even Stella could turn it on or off this way (though she’d often forget to turn it off once she turned it on).

I had to go to 2 stores to find all the things I needed for these 2 projects. One store had the sink supplies, the other had the linoleum. I’m not sure what the final cost came to (I bought some extra stuff that I returned after I was sure I didn’t need them) but it was certainly under $40!

I was able to find a roll of black and white checkered linoleum for about $22. It was so easy to work with! I rolled it out on the deck and cut the shape of the pantry floor out with a utility knife. The pantry is approx. 61″x35″, so it was super easy to cut one big piece then fit it to the space. I decided not to glue it down since I’m not considering this a permanent solution and I’m waiting to see if Rocket pee’s in there again. I did also buy some cat repellent spray that I sprayed in there after the job was done. I was hoping to use the pantry to feed the cats since it has a doorway that I put a gate on to keep our dog, Klaus, out but now that this is happening I’m trying to find another area. It’s all very frustrating, to say the least.

As for the sink, I can’t believe what a success that project was! I can’t say it was easy, and I was pretty stressed out the entire time I worked on it, but I took it slow and watched a helpful video on youtube and just kept trying until I got it right. It took about an hour and I felt pretty skeptical the entire time. It felt overwhelming and it seemed that there were so many things that could be the issue. While at the store I had an associate help me find the part I needed and right from the get go things were not looking good. None of the parts they had looked like the part I needed and really the associate didn’t seem to know any more than I did so to be on the safe side I bought 3 different pieces. Good thing I did because of course what seemed to be labeled to be the correct part I felt in my gut was wrong so I used the one that to me most closely resembled the part I was replacing and once I replaced everything it stopped the leaking.

We now have a normally functioning sink. Cold water can easily be turned on and off. We are very happy!

Posted on: August 5th, 2013 by Gette

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