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Basement Bathroom

The basement bathroom has been up and running for a while now. I had a couple friends come out and visit the first week of June so I had to get it ready. That meant tiling the shower and getting the sink, toilet, and urinal installed. I worked a few long days and the plumbers were able to come the day before my friends arrived to get everything hooked up.

For tile I originally bought 12″ x 12″ slate for this bathroom but then I discovered that almost every tile was not square; one end to the other was off by 1/8″. That makes it impossible to have straight grout lines. I called the tile store and they said there was variation because it was a natural product. BULLSHIT!  I’d buy that with color and thickness, but nature didn’t cut the stone into 11-7/8″ x 11-3/4″ (almost) squares. So I returned all that and went with a 12″ x 24″ porcelain tile installed vertically. It is called metallic brown and is meant to look a bit like rusted metal. You can cover some area pretty fast with such a big tile, but it is a bear when the wall isn’t flat, which was the case in a few spots. Oh well. It’s in now.

By the way, the urinal is one of my favorite things in the house. I work at home so it’s pretty nice to walk across the hall and have a urinal to use.

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