The Frugal ProjectToilet leaking
The Real Project (still frugal but not fun)Fix that and more and more.
Estimated Cost of a Contractor Fixing$300
Savings for investing$260
My half bath on my first floor had a funky smell to it. I had replaced the failing wax ring when we painted the room about 3 years ago. Since then the nuts holding the toilet had become loose over time and the toilet must have rocked just enough over the past years that it would leak every now and then. Eventually I noticed some discoloration in the wood and a wet spot in my basement. Once my man cave had water in it I immediately shut down that bathroom and removed the toilet. Sure enough the wood was soaked. Tore up my nice hardwood floor and discovered moldy (and funky) wood sheathing underneath. Tore that off and found a rotten sub-floor. Tore that off and breathed a sigh of relief. The joists were still good.
So instead of spending my time researching investments or spending time with the family over the fourth of July I was working on this bathroom
I reinforced the joists and laid down a new sub-floor made from plywood (stronger than OSB board that was previously there). After that I put 1/4 inch plywood to bring the floor up to the same level as the rest of the bathroom (I only tore up half the floor).
Luckily I still had some of the original hardwood floor left by the previous owners in my basement. This I laid down myself and now all is well.
So I still lost out on this one. Had to put more money into the house and lost time. That is what is most important to me. That time I missed doing something fun with my family. I suppose it could have been worse.
Thank you for reading. I am off to bed. Just 1 more day until vacation. Hopefully I will have some time tomorrow to look at some of the stocks based on my screen and share my findings with you.
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