If you give a dad a project…Posted: September 6, 2012
Todd Pack – author, father, home improvement guru, renaissance man. What doesn’t he do? As best I can tell, he is not a barber. Beyond that, he does it all. Todd was kind enough to take a break from his blog and many duties to contribute a post during my Guest Post week. Get a sense of his writing here, then go read more. Then go buy his book.
Do you know the children’s book, “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”? The idea is that if you give a mouse a cookie, he’ll want some milk to go with it, and if you give a mouse a glass of milk, he’ll need a mirror to see whether he has a milk mustache, and on and on and on.
The idea is that one thing leads to another and another and another.
This is like that.
A few days ago, my wife and kids reported that the towel rack in the kids’ bathroom had fallen off the wall.
It was your basic, entry-level towel rack, and it came with the house. It wasn’t very sturdy, and it wasn’t anchored to the wall correctly and eventually fell down, although I’m sure no one tugged on it or abused it any way, especially the kids.
You’d think it would be an easy repair — my wife and kids certainly did — and you’d be right, up to a point. It doesn’t take a lot of skill to hang a towel rack.
When he painted the bathroom, the previous homeowner painted around the towel rack. It would have looked better if he’d undone a couple of screws and removed the towel rack and painted the entire wall, but he didn’t.
So, when I removed the towel rack, it left behind an eggshell-colored square.
This wouldn’t have been an issue if I’d picked a replacement towel rack that was a) the same shape and b) the same size or slightly bigger.
I didn’t, though. I picked one with a round base.
And before I could paint the bathroom wall, I would need to sand the area around where the old towel rack had been. You don’t think about it, but paint has depth, and if I’d simply pained over the white square, you would have seen the outline of the old towel rack.
So, I sanded, to smooth the edges, and then I repainted. Luckily, the previous owner left several cans of paint in the garage when he moved, so I could just touch up the area around the towel rack. I wouldn’t have to paint the entire wall.
That was yesterday. Today is Day 2 of the Great Towel Rack Replacement Project. Once the paint dries, I’ll have to drill holes in the drywall, insert a couple of those little plastic anchors and hope they’re sturdy enough to support the towel rack, but, of course, they won’t be. So, then, I’ll have to go back to Lowe’s to find a sturdier wall anchor, and that’s going to take this simple repair a 3-day job, at least.
(It isn’t like I have a big block of time to get everything done at once. This is a project I’m having to work on in between other projects, like mowing and cleaning the kitchen and taking the kids to softball and soccer.)
Also, since I’m replacing the towel rack, I’ll need to replace the toilet paper holder so they’ll match.
With any luck, I’ll complete Phase 2 of the Great Towel Rack Replacement Project by Christmas.