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The story behind this sink:
A rental. Not the most pleasant of places. A young couple was renting the place at the time these photos were taken.
I don't think it's a good idea to refinish a kitchen sink; these sinks sustain impacts, traffic a lot of water, and stay moist for long periods of time. But in the case of it being irreplaceable, maybe refinishing is a good idea.
This sink had been refinished before. This is what they commonly look like on the day they get redone.
At the time of this entry, my only concerns are that the care info given to the tenant didn't go out her other ear, and that the owner is prompt with his check :-)
Now and then I get jobs where sound judgment or integrity are not something my customers demonstrate.
Take this tub for instance. It's in a property that had been rented and is now up for sale. It had become dirty and rusty. The rust formed from two things: water puddling in an area by the drain and the fractured enamel. (You'll have to look very closely at the photo.) The rust was accelerated by a strong cleaner. My instructions were to do a "quickie" for my customer's investor which means doing a basic job with a blind eye turned to anything major.
If it was my property up for sale, I'd just clean it. And it could have been cleaned so that all the dirt and rust are washed away with common cleaners. Sure, the rust will return. But nothing is hiding. Maybe they didn't know how to remove the rust & dirt and concluded the tub was to get refinished.
But now that it's refinished, the nice finish is going to come off in a short amount of time with that active rust. I hope this spooks and angers you, too. I don't like being cheated or lied to. Once the finish comes off and a refinisher evaluates why the finish came off so quickly, I picture the next owner feeling cheated. And maybe getting angry.
This tub could have been changed without huge effort or expense. The rust could have been repaired even if it was going to cost more.
If you've got a problem like this, consider changing the tub.
How's this for looking artsy?!
This cabinet was installed new in the 1920s in a beautiful old building that overlooks Lake Michigan.
You're looking at layers of paint that the handyman and homeowner tried to scrape away. The condo owner was having a hard time finding an exact-fit cabinet and decided to keep this relic.
Removing the old paint required a chemical stripping, scraping, and sanding.
This photo is the last photo of work done in the city. I will no longer travel to the city.
Traffic. Parking. Crime. Ridiculous regulations. Even if someone offered to pay more. No more.
Just out of the left side of the frame are pencil marks from when the surround walls were installed....10 years ago. This tub had not been cleaned for...you guessed it...10 years. The lady told me she tried "everything."
I used a scraper and cleanser. It worked. Scraping and cleaning the entire tub took me around an hour.
The second photo is not of the refinish job that followed. It simply shows that "everything" wasn't good enough and grandma's elbow grease technique still held true.
If you've got a problem like this, check out the "TIPS" tab.
Here's a creative way to replace the shower valve; cut the shower wall to get to it. The incriminating instrument of destruction was nowhere in sight.
For some reason a nice, neat hole was in the plan. Forget that there was drywall in the room that they could have cut through to change the faucet which would have been simpler. However sawing the tub sounded like a plausible option. Once into the job, he increased his pleasure by increasing the hole size another foot.
I wonder sometimes if people who saw tubs like this are the kind who touch live electrical wires thinking they wont get shocked.
This is one big tub!
The owner had begun having difficulty getting into the tub and making the trip to the basement shower. After a few high-priced remodeling quotes to have a shower installed in place of the tub, the family called us about the installation of the Clean Cut Step. Since the Clean Cut products only allow a certain amount of step-in height removed, they wanted a deeper solution, something we offer.
This is more involved than installing a Clean Cut product but delivered the results they were hoping for.