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We Don’t Need No Stinking Seams

By now, you should know that I love what Bath Fitter did for our girls’ bathroom. Because not only has Bath Fitter taken a raggedy old tub and turned it into a glistening, shiny shower tub, but they did it without any seams.

Okay, there are seams. But they’re virtually invisible. And where there are visible seams, the caulk is so consistent and clean that there’s no way water is going to get behind the tub liner or walls.

And if water does somehow sneak back there, what’s it to me? With Bath Fitter’s lifetime warranty, I don’t have to find someone else to replace the tub and repair the water damage. Bath Fitter will do it for me. But with these seams, it ain’t happening! (Pardon my Southern. It comes out when I’m excited.)

What’s the secret to perfect seams? I’m no pro, but I suspect it has to do with the accurate measuring our local Cleveland, Tennessee, representative did on the first visit. He carefully mapped out the exact dimension of the tub and surrounding walls to make sure everything fit nice and snug. After all, you only get one chance to get a good fit, and if you start with a single wrong measurement, everything will be off. If you don’t believe me, come look at the playhouse I made for my kids.

Anyway, that didn’t happen with Bath Fitter. As a result, I’ve got the best remodeled bathtub I’ve ever seen. Way better than that porcelain paint stuff or the hollow plastic mold you can get from the hardware store. And making the Bath Fitter experience even better is that there is none of that difficult clean up required with tile on the wall.

Speaking of cleaning…I plan to talk on this at length with the next blog. So stay tuned!

Want to get an idea of what Bath Fitter can do for you? If you’re in Cleveland or Chattanooga, Tennessee, call them at (423) 648-4580. And tell ‘em Daniel sent you!


Bathroom Remodel Begins

Once we decided on using Bath Fitter, it was time to get started on the project.

First things first. Because we wanted to also get rid of the 1960s tile (or at least my wife did), I started beating it up, trying my best to get it out of there quickly and with as little mess as possible. After an hour and a half, I’d barely gotten anywhere with the project. So I called a kid from church who specializes in tearing stuff up. After throwing a few dollars his way, the tile was no longer on the wall, which meant I was left with a clean surface to (re)start our bathroom.


I then called Bath Fitter and met with a representative, who told me it would be best to let them put up new drywall in the bath area. So…while I put sheetrock up around the non-bath area (if you’re adding sheetrock in your bathroom, be sure to use the green stuff, as it’s water resistant), I didn’t have to touch anything in the tub.

Also in the meeting, we picked the finish, color, and design that we wanted on the walls surrounding our new tub. Because this is our kids’ bathroom, we let them help pick what they liked…though my wife did want to make sure she liked it also. Since there will never be any grout to clean, it was pretty easy to please her. And since they all come with a lifetime warranty, it pleased me as well.

Our representative told us we could have Bath Fitter install our new tub and walls before or after we finished other remodeling parts. Instead of getting it all dirtied up by other workers, we decided to do the other stuff first and leave the new tub for last.

Excited about our new tub that would be installed as soon as we were ready, we contacted a tile guy who tossed a new floor down. He did an expert job that would go beautifully with the new tub. Once the floors were laid, we were really starting to get excited about the bathroom.

But we had a little more work to do before bringing in the bathtub that would make this bathroom feel clean and fresh for years to come.

Keep an eye out for the next installment to find out the next step in our remodel. In the meantime, if you’re curious about having Bath Fitter changing the looks of your bathroom, call them at (423) 648-4580 to schedule an appointment. According to our representative, they actually do more tub-to-shower conversions than anything, so if you’d like your bathtub turned into a shower-only area, they can make it happen in no time.


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Please Read Before Helping Tornado Victims

Just received this press release. Please read in its entirety if you plan to go help victims of the tornado in Bradley County.

Press Release

Office of EMA Director

Troy Spence

April 30, 2011

11:00 AM

Significant progress is still being made in efforts to restore necessary services to storm damaged areas of Bradley County.

Four damage assessment teams are in the affected areas today. At 11 AM the teams report 260 homes totally destroyed, 180 with major damage, 127 with minor damage and 120 affected. Approximately 10 businesses have reported damage.

All county roads have at least one lane open, with the exception of Minnis Road, just south of Park View Elementary School. Minnis Road was closed PRIOR to the storm due to road settling which could damage a vehicle.

Four roads are closed inside the city of Cleveland. They are: Freewill Road, Blythe Ferry Road, Linda Drive off Blackburn Road, and 21st street off Dalton Pike.

A plan is being formulated by the EMA for brush removal from the affected areas. EMA Director Troy Spence is requesting assistance from an engineering group from the Tennessee National Guard to assist with this plan. Until the plan is in place the EMA has asked the state to lift burn restrictions in the County for brush and untreated lumber. That request has been granted. Burn restrictions remain in place inside the city of Cleveland.

Permission to burn is for brush and untreated lumber only. Citations will still be issued for burning such materials as asphalt shingles, plastics, household garbage, treated lumber and construction materials. Some wood chipping of brush is now under way by the road department.

County Road Superintendent Tom Collins says progress is being made in clearing roads. However, some are still one lane only in the affected areas. Mr. Collins say their work is being hampered by unauthorized traffic, especially in the hardest hit subdivisions of Willbrook, Bates Pointe, Mountain View and the Wilhoit Drive area near the Hamilton County line in the Southwest area of the County. Access to these areas is being restricted by the Sheriff’s Department to Emergency workers, volunteers and residents.

The EMA is requesting that people who do not belong in those areas to stay away.

Director Spence has expressed his appreciation for all volunteers and churches who are supplying food to residents, volunteers and emergency workers. However, Mr. Spence urges all groups to coordinate their feeding efforts through the Hiwassee Chapter of the Red Cross at 423-472-1595. These uncoordinated feeding efforts are resulting in lots of food spoilage and much of it being thrown away.

People or companies wishing to volunteer the use of heavy equipment to assist in the cleanup effort should call the EMA Department at 728-7289. Unfortunately, equipment with metal tracks can be used off roadways ONLY.  Rubber tracked equipment is required on roadways to prevent potentially millions of dollars in damage.

Progress is also being made by Cleveland Utilities and Volunteer Energy Cooperative in restoring power in the affected areas. Cleveland Utilities still reports 3,735 customers are still without power. C.U. officials expect it could take 7 to 10 days before complete service is restored due to the magnitude of the damage. Ten out of town line crews are now concentrating their efforts in the areas where the most serious damage occurred.

Volunteer Energy has more than 2,500 customers without electric service. VEC is focusing on restoring their main feeder lines to service. VEC has 15 contract crews working, in addition to their own crews.

Free bottled water is available to anyone who needs it. Tarver distributing has stationed a tractor trailer load of bottled water near the South Wal-Mart at the old A. J’s Market on Dalton Pike.

Again, emergency officials are calling for all sightseers and non residents of the affected areas to remain off the roads in the six damaged zones.  The additional traffic is hampering clean up efforts, therefore, the sheriff’s office has implement an identification system to allow only residents into these areas.

Sheriff Jim Ruth says an 11 pm to 6 am curfew in those areas affected by the storms will continue to be in effect through the weekend.