The Master Bath Pocket Door Adventure. Part II.Thursday, February 04, 2016
So finally, one week to the day after purchasing the pocket door kit, pieces were falling into place in my head. Things were making sense and I was starting to feel better, more comfortable with what lay ahead.
I mean, I had flashes of no no no no no just get under the covers and hide forever but I couldn't do that. Let myself down? Let Mike down? Let you all down? Nope. Could not do that.
It got dark there for a stretch, I will not lie. Mike said to me, heh, "Einstein got fired from the patent office; see what he did? You're smart enough to figure this out. You can do it babe."
So. Off I went. Omg. And a week and a half later, it's done. It's in. It even works! I know, right?! I am in utter shock. Truly.
I did it! I did it!!!! Holy sh*t I did it. Butt wiggle dance.
What lit a fire under my rear end to get this massive list check mark done was this tutorial I had read a bit back. They used a kit similar to what I was planning on buying. They lucked out with no electric in the way, essentially nothing at all to impede progress. But. It was this tutorial that made me realize oh, hey, it is indeed possible with only one wall side removed, ok, gonna go get it, I can do this! Rawr, hell yeah!!
A gentleman named James Mason did a video tutorial with a similar kit as well which is a helpful watch. I learned an excellent tip on how to true up the opening with trim after everything is installed which I will need to do as wow, this here rough framing is not square, plumb, level nor true. The best part of the video I must say, heh, is his Australian accent.
There's a lot out there online.
But be careful on the interwebs. As helpful as it can be, as I alluded last time in one way, shape, or form, just because it looks easy in a tutorial does not mean it is in reality. Check yourself and always always consult and/or hire actual licensed professionals in cases like this.
Emailed my dad about a header and that's when things started to click. "Are you sure??" he asked about this whole pocket door shebang. After he trustingly sent me header info, I went back to AutoCAD and drew up all the new stuff in combination with the door kit drawing I had previously done.
So ok, bingo, the dust was clearing in my head and this thing was starting to gel. I guess the size of a project is directly related to the amount of time I need to get it figured out. But I was feeling almost pumped at this juncture.
Granted, the labor part still had to happen which was heh, making me positively nervous. But, whooie, away I went.
First, because the new header was going to be sizably taller yet more drywall had to come off! Oy I know, I may as well have taken all the drywall off.
At this point, the only thing that may salvage the wall will be wallpaper. Heh. Ahhh too bad so sad! I already know the perfect one, if it exists and it's not fifty trillion dollars. I'll unexpectedly come across something even better while searching though.
All righty, it was go time. All in baby! Yes, heart racing, butterflies in stomach, nerves a jangled mess, hands shaking...ok ok, you get it. Grabbed the reciprocating saw....
I followed the list I had made, which I taped to the wall along with the new drawing.
|List and drawing, go.|
Incrementally harder step, the door frame. A buzz up and down the sides with the saw and out it popped. Right on.
|Pardon the messy bedroom. Heh, my handy assistant hidden by the ladder. I have had that ladder for twenty years. Huh.|
|Oh yeah, freak out time. I am destroying our house. Go Becky, go Becky. Yikes.|
I had picked up two different demolition blades plus two metal blades and none of them were cutting through drywall screws. Nor squeaking between the stud and drywall. This guy made the slicing and sheering sound sooooooooo frickin' easy. Nuh uh. Nope. Could not make it happen.
So? I thought I was absolutely and thoroughly hosed at this point. And what a point to be hosed at, after all that's come out.
I had attempted to trim the screws that were poking through from "holding" the edge trim of the tile on the reverse side but all that was happening were screws wiggling around, no cutting. I ended up yanking them through. Upsettingly far too easily.
Ya know, sometimes on occasion, and it pains me deeply to say, I'm grateful the flipper did a crappy job. By that I mean it can make my job of redoing and fixing things way easier. At times.
|Outlet still in, middle stud gone now. Um, can we say panic?|
Because of the edge trim screws pulling through too easily, I trimmed the bottoms of the studs, then the tops to the I-found-out-later-not-quite-the-correct-required height (yeah that sucked), oxymoron-ly whacked them gently with a hammer a few times and the studs, with the screws still attached, pulled right out of the drywall.
Yes, ok, it's not the most ideal scenario but hey, sometimes ya gotta go with what works, amiright?!
I am so glad Mike was at work though all of this.
In the end, I wasted a chunk of change on saw blades that would not do as advertised. Not happy. But, plus side, Ken gets a handful of new blades for his saw!
Photo array time....We need an 80's music montage for this I'm sure.
|Moody photo time as the power was shut off to the room. Outlet, sayonara. For now.|
|You wanna talk about alarming, everything is finally out here. I was terrified yet strangely driven.|
|Kit skooched into the wall. Light at end of tunnel! I see it!|
|Outlet reinstalled and rewired, check. Oh yeah, sweet!!|
|Kit, outlet. Header!! Oh my, lookie at that new header! (Nope, will not share what it consists of; do not copy what you think is mine either as your situation will be different.)|
Getting the door attached to the rollers was, how shall I say, a major bitch. I don't think I've ever sworn and whined and whimpered so much and so loudly in all my life.
Once it was on? Hey, why is the knob hole so weirdly high up...oh you have got to be f'ing kidding me.
|Are you freakin' serious right now? I put the brackets on the bottom of the door and it's upside down?! Aw sh*tballs. It was almost funny. Almost.|
|"This is what I was doing while Mommy was swearing like a sailor."|
But uh yeah whatev's dude, DONE!!
|O.M.G. Pocket door. O.M.G. No frickin' way. Heh, see Finn's ear shadows near the top left? Ha! So funny.|
|Bad bad photo but check.it.out. No more swinging door taking up tons of space and whacking the shower doors. Unbelievable.|
|Even worse photo but I do not even care. Wow, just wow, a pocket door. I did that.|
Mike, my cheerleader, was suitably impressed. Of course he was looking at all the other stuff I have to finish but overall he was thrilled. He's funny though, he looked at it all like eh, no big deal, it's what you do. So thanks babe for believing in me! Thanks Ken for the saw! Thanks Dad for the structural help!
Would I do this again? As I sit here now, nope. Never again, ha! What a pain in the a**.
Well...hm....I guess never say never. It's always easier the second time, right? Heh, time heals all wounds?
Clearly there's quite the wrap-it-up list left to accomplish, but uh, I am taking a door break. Plus my birthday is tomorrow, so yeah, gonna wallow in year-older tears while having a super fantastic dinner with my sweetheart and my folks. I deserve a break today. I installed a pocket door.
But I think I'll stick to smaller projects for a wee bit to recoup though, heh, if that's all right. I am wiped!
By the way, a big shout out and chest thump to Kim at The Kim Six Fix for featuring my dog slobber splash blocker! So awesome, I can't thank her enough!
All righty, catch ya soon!