Category Archives: Chattanooga

Big Picture (Small Fee) Editing

Through the years, I’ve worked with a number of writers get their books ready for agents or the self-publishing press. It’s a real pleasure to help them tighten up their prose, correct common grammatical or usage mistakes, and work out … Read more »


Getting Paid to Take Criticism

Every once in a while, a client has changes to what I’ve written. The conversation usually begins with the client saying, “Please don’t get offended, but I really wanted…” To this, my typical reply is, “No problem. I get paid … Read more »


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!


This Bathtub’s Gotta Go

I moved into this house in 2008. The entire time, I’ve put up with a tub that can’t look clean no matter how much I scrubbed. No matter how much my wife scrubbed, either.

Then my mom told me to mix some vinegar with liquid dishwashing soap. So I told my wife. She mixed it up and scrubbed a bit more. That made it look a lot better. But not great.

Fast-forward a couple more years. It still looks mediocre. Not to mention the fact that when we moved in, the tile only went up three feet or so inside the shower. Because of this, we had to install some goofy-looking shower wall if we were going to let our kids take showers in there. Since we weren’t interested in having them take baths every time they needed to get clean, I put up the wall stuff.

Did it work? Yes. Did it look nice? Not even close.

So we decided enough was enough! We would do something in the bathroom.

Option 1: Get the tub painted and install more tile to finish the walls.

Option 2: Break out the tub and install a new one.

Option 3: Have a company like Bath Fitter do the job for us.

After much consideration, we came to these conclusions about our options.

Option 1: If we just wanted to get the house looking decent enough to move, this would be a good option. Since our research indicated that doing this doesn’t seem to hold up or much of a warranty, however, it didn’t interest us. Especially since we aren’t planning on ever moving again.

Option 2: Breaking out that tub is going to be incredibly messy. And I don’t really want a hollow tub put in its place. It would just feel cheap.

Option 3: Yes, please.

Once we determined we wanted a refitted tub, we started doing research on the different companies that offer this service. While I won’t say anything negative about any companies, if you’re considering this type of service, I recommend you look up all the brands and compare their Consumer Affairs reports with those of Bath Fitter.

So it was settled. Bath Fitter it is. So we called them (423-648-4580) and scheduled an appointment.

What happened next? Come back later to find out.


Why You Need to Blog

All right, I admit it. For a long time, I saw no value in blogging. From my perspective, it was a fruitless endeavor that had no place in the business world. It was even more difficult to convince myself of … Read more »