Before. Here’s what remains after changing shower valves and piping. Missing wall section shows the drafty back of the shower tiles, pipes and plumbing fixtures.
Normally you would have this gaping hole patched and stuccoed like the white spot above the valves and pipes.
But no normal for me, I do things the fun way (the cheap way too).
And the patch will never match the old stucco in texture or, probably, color.
Which makes zero sense to me, those valves will wear out and need to be accessed again some day. Why pay for stucco and labor only to see it cut and busted out over and over?
Besides, it is cheaper, better looking, more ecological, more practical and more fun to scrounge and build a fake door, total cost: $9.00 USD.
Don’t know what stucco jobs cost but it’s more than that.
Anybody need any louvers?
The door cost $8 and the louvered vent cover cost $1 at Habitat for Humanity’s warehouse called ReStore off Industrial Avenue. Highly recommended.
These real hinges came with the shutter but here are faked on with non-structural short sheet metal screws.
In my garage I already had found the old glass drawer pull knob, finish nails and wood trim scraps I needed to fake up the hinges and to cover the fact that my wooden discount shutter was at least two inches (5cm ) too short to cover the cavity width.
I stapled foam inside the opening and aluminum foil to the inside of the door, and then aluminum taped the seams to stop drafts and help insulation.
I very carefully measured and drilled for the copper pipe opening, drilling with progressively larger bits, finally smoothing with a Dremal. This followed turning off the main house water valve and screwing off the faucet.
You can see the four square-head drive wood screws actually holding the door on while the hinges, barely holding themselves up, pretend to hold it.
Though I will paint stucco patches and the bone white trim piece when I find the LO house paint in my crowded garage. And when I get a round toit in my busy retirement.
And when the plumbing goes bad again it will be a ten minute job to access the shower fixtures and just as easy to hang it up again when the job is finished.
[‘Before’ images shot with old Samsung Galaxy S5. Noticibly inferior ‘after’ pics from my new Galaxy Tab A 8″ tablet.]
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