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So I shouldn't be enjoying it?

lol I rarely used mine when I had it. I'd recommend turning it on first before stepping under it to get any lingering water out. The water jets on the other hand got used all the time......


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So far I prefer the rain head to the handheld, but both are an upgrade from the shower in our other bathroom. We have these:

Rain head


And this set (minus the standard shower head—an advantage of buying locally instead of online is being able to create your own set)
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We put in a KitchenAid convection wall oven to replace a busted Dacor unit that broke after 7 years. The KitchenAid is still going after 15.5 years! Couldn't be happier with it.

Nice man, that's pretty good. We ended up going with Bosch, will see how it goes.
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I don't like rain...I want that sweet sweet pressure.



Speakman Anystream with the flow restrictor removed, attached to a pipe with good pressure.
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I have the one Butch posted, on the bottom right hand corner. Love it!
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I have the one Butch posted, on the bottom right hand corner. Love it!

Heh, I have that same control unit also.

For my new addition, my shower head is this one, I like it because at 15" it covers you shoulder to shoulder.



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Anyone have experience with concrete sealers?  Particularly the ones that claim to protect against salt?  Some are like $200 for 5 gallons, and I can't tell the difference between something that is $80 and gets roughly the same coverage.

 

Looking for something that I only have to apply once.

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Installed all my plumbing trim today. Fauctet, Insta hot, dishwasher, disposal.

Had to do some minor cabinet modification for the dishwasher to fit as the unit was 34.25 inches high rather than the listed 34, but I got everything straightened out in the end. Dishwasher, insta hot and disposal all work great, but I must have gotten a faulty faucet as it will not dispense cold water. I took it apart as far as the directions illustrate and could not find any blockage, but when I turn it hard over to cold, nothing comes out.

I know my cold is working because if I unplug my insta hot (which is fed by the cold) I can dispense cold water from there. I cant find any kinks or anything in the cold line running to the faucet either. I ordered a new faucet, but its a little annoying to have to re-install it. C'est la vie.
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We bought an old (built 1907) house, and work has started.  So far, just scraping off some asbestos popcorn from the ceilings

 

 

 

Bathroom ripped down to the studs, some of which have bad dry rot and will be replaced.

 

Plaster's loose from the laths in places.

 

Picked out tile yesterday.  We're aiming for something pretty classic, so 1" hexagons for the floor and 3x6" subway for the tub, both in glossy white.  Probably going to do white wainscotting for the walls, including behind the sink (pedestal).  Something like this:

 

 

Except our window is above the sink, our sink will be more rounded, and the tub longer.  For fixtures, we're probably going with American Standard Estate line.  Nothing fancy, although our contractor is trying to get us to go more upmarket.  Maybe it's worth it.  I like this Kohler model, for example.

 

For toilets, we trying to decide between an AS Vormax or a Toto Drake.  Also thinking about the DXV St. George.  Was surprised to hear that AS was bought by a Japanese company a few years ago.  Toto's rival apparently, and they've increased AS's quality.

 

If anyone has any thoughts/suggestions on this stuff, please let me know.  Lots of other work on the house to be done.  Half of the house still has old knob and tube wiring, almost all of the windows are original.  Kitchen will probably be redone, etc.   I've read this entire thread, and extend my thanks to its contributors.  

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Another couple questions: 

 

What do people think about Americast vs cast iron tubs?

 

How do you feel about recessed lighting?  My wife really wants it, and I do like it.  But the contractor says we'd need to tear out the current ceiling, since the old laths and plaster wouldn't be able to take the drilling required.  Also, a friend who buys and sells old Victorian houses told me recessed lighting would lower the house's value and date it, to 2010, he said.  We are planning to put recessed lighting in the bathrooms and kitchen, since they'll be gutted.  But I'd rather use the time and money to focus on other stuff.  We hope to move in by mid to late August.  

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Another couple questions: 

What do people think about Americast vs cast iron tubs?

How do you feel about recessed lighting?  My wife really wants it, and I do like it.  But the contractor says we'd need to tear out the current ceiling, since the old laths and plaster wouldn't be able to take the drilling required.  Also, a friend who buys and sells old Victorian houses told me recessed lighting would lower the house's value and date it, to 2010, he said.  We are planning to put recessed lighting in the bathrooms and kitchen, since they'll be gutted.  But I'd rather use the time and money to focus on other stuff.  We hope to move in by mid to late August.  

Excessive recessed lighting certainly can rob a space of period look if you're not careful about it. In areas where you want a lot of even light (kitchen & bathroom) I think it's nice, especially if you include other sources of light and fixtures that go along with your period or style (if you are trying to retain one). In bedrooms, living rooms, dining rooms, hallways, etc - I think recessed lighting can easily make a room feel over-lit and rob it of coziness and visual interest.

Is this your first home? if so, you'll want to consider and weigh the likeliness that you will move and sell in the mid to near term when contemplating various updates, but regardless of that, it's a good idea to just live in a house for a little while before deciding what things you want to change (other than things that are necessities like a new kitchen and bathroom in your case). It does take a little while to really figure out all the things that you might appreciate or find irksome.

GL with the remodeling!
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@emptym - I like the look of the bathroom you are going with.  I want a similar feel when we remodel ours in a few years.  It currently has small tiles on the floor with larger going up the walls but I am dealing with 1950s blue, gray, and yellow porcelain tiles which haven't aged well.

 

As for lighting, I agree with redlantern than recessed lighting is nice in the kitchen and bathrooms but I would also add hallways.  We added some in our bedrooms on their own switch but only use them sparingly so there is a question of worth.  They are only used when it is dark and you really need light for whatever reason otherwise they are lamp lit.

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Thanks for the thoughts on lighting, @RedLantern and @jbarwick.  That makes sense and is helpful.

 

 

JB, are they square tiles?  I like the the look of ~4 inch square tiles on the wall and ~2" square tiles on the floor, particularly in the same color, like light gray.  When we were looking at homes, a bunch had some kind of tile paint on them (since the originals were various colors, like peach, yellow, or green).  Have you thought of trying htat in the interim?

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I bought and I'm happy with a DXV toilet.
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We put in recessed lighting for our addition. I like it because it's even and well lit. We have various other light sources for more intimate situations. Also, the cans are on a dimmer.
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