Category Archives: Tennessee

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 »


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!


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.


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