I laid 34 tiles today - I definitely need Linda there to spur things along!
I am still way to slow.
Friday night, after watching "Collectors" on ABC I headed out to Wooroloo and arrived about 9.30 pm.
The first job was to thoroughly clean down the vanity basin cabinet with standard cleaners and then to apply "Prepsol" to accept a coating of oil based gloss paint.
Then I started work on the shower walls using the waterproofing kit I had bought earlier.
I applied the self adhesive fabric to the corners and painted on the first coating of membrane following the instructions.
However, I think this shower must be a bit larger than average as I did not have quite enough fabric and I used a bit more than half the compound on the first coat.
It may make sense to buy a second waterproofing kit - I'll get advice from Rusty.
This took me through to 1.00 am in the morning and by the time I cleaned myself up and slowed down, it was 2.00 am before I got to bed (temporary matress out on site).
Consequently, I didn't get up at my usual time of 5.00 am but 7.30am instead and started at 8.00 am.
The first job for the day was to apply the first coat of high gloss paint over the "Prepsol" prepared surface of the vanity cabinet.
I painted the inside surfaces first so that any learning mistakes would be less obvious.
The last surface I worked on was the most obvious feature you would see as you enter the bathroom - this is the end of the cabinet with the damage from the prevous plumbing.
After 3 or 4 rounds of filling and rubbing back this damage had a very good repair in place and even the first coat of gloss paint hid the defect to a large degree.
I was pleased that I managed to avoid paint runs and obvious brush marks.
A second coating should really bring the cabinet up to a very nice finish.
I probably spent about 2 hours on this job.
The next task was to bring all the boxes of tiles inside from off the pallet where they had been sitting outside for the last year.
Somehow the time had reached midday - so it was time to get stuck in to tiling again - I can't pretend that this is my favourite job of all times - so I keep procrastinating before starting work.
Anyway - it took me until 9.30 pm in the evening to lay another 34 tiles - I'm glad I'm not trying to make a living out of this - I am far too slow at it.
Probably as I lay the last tile, I'll be getting up to a decent speed.
I was absolutely exhausted by the time I returned home.
However, I am looking forward to finishing the vanity cabinet and shower waterproofing next week.
I reckon at least another four weekends will be needed for the tiling at the rate I am going.