Category Archives: Cleveland

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!


The Remodel Continues!

Next up in our bathroom remodel was getting the walls fixed. That meant hiring someone to put up beadboard and to otherwise smooth out the walls. Yes, I’ve installed beadboard before, and no, it’s not very difficult to get on the walls. The hard part is doing it in a way that I can tolerate—doing it well enough that I don’t criticize it every time I look at it. So yeah, I hired someone.

The fella we hired did a mighty fine job. Got the pieces put in place with ease and gave it a nice finish with a chair rail at the top and corner pieces to prevent the corners anything from getting roughed up in the future.

And once that was done, it was time for what we’d been really waiting for: the tub and tub wall installation. After having the bathroom out of commission for a short while, we were thrilled to be at this step. Called up our Bath Fitter rep and they showed up quick as quick.

But it wasn’t just that they showed up quick. The process to install the new tub and wall liner was faster than a day at work. That’s right—the entire thing was done while I wasn’t even home. With a single day, the bathroom went from useless with good-looking walls and floors to one-hundred percent awesome.

The finish on that tub is just what we wanted—clean lines, great seals at the joints. Once installed, I decided it didn’t just give the bathroom the final touch. That Bath Fitter tub is the touch that makes the bathroom work.

What’s next? Enjoy using it and find out just how easy it is to clean. Keep your eyes peeled to see if this tub is as easy to keep sparkling white as they claim!


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.