Renovating or working in your bathroom has its own challenges. Here are some tips to make the job go more easily.
When working with finished nuts and parts, such as chrome or brass-plated faucets, be careful not to scratch the finish. Here’s a quick way to modify your ordinary pliers or pipe wrench. Cut two short lengths of bicycle inner tube, and slide these over the jaws of the wrench or pliers. The rubber will allow you to tigthen the jaws around the part, while protecting the nice finish.
If you’re tiling or doing other heavy work, put a piece of plywood over the bathtub. This protects the tub’s finish from falling tiles or tools, it gives you a surface to work on, and it even gives you a platform to stand on. You can further protect the edges of the bath by inserting felt or more of that inner-tube rubber between the wood and the bath.
Always put a plug in drain holes, or close the holes. That way you won’t be fishing for that dropped screw or removing the trap.
Keep the cover on the toilet drain till the last minute of installation. We heard a horror story once of concrete accidentally getting spilled down the drain.
Make sure you choose the right paint. You can get special water and mold resistant paints designed specifically for bathrooms.
Got an old clawfoot tub on which the feet have been painted over or have rusted? Paint them with brass or gold-colored metallic-look paint, and instantly return them to their former glory.