Finally the plumber came and we had two options - a $300 (I think?) fix or a $3000 fix. The cheaper option - the one we opted for - had him fidgeting with the inner workings of the faucet and giving us new shower handles. The expensive option - the one we obviously didn't choose - involved ripping out the tile and getting a whole new apparatus. At least I think that's what the solution was. It's all a little fuzzy. I heard $$$ and stopped paying attention because really, we weren't going to go that route.
Except now we're back to having that same damn leak. But this time it seems worse. The water won't stop coming. I filled up a bowl already since cleaning the shower at around 10 a.m. It's no longer a slow drip. It's kind of like a thin stream of water at this point.
Sadly, I think we're going to have to bite the bullet and go for the expensive option. *sigh* It's not like we don't have the money, but with Alan starting his own company, and the costs associated with my continuing medical expenses paired with all the travel we've got lined up, having to shell out a couple extra thousand dollars isn't exactly a nice idea. Especially because I'm pretty sure that quite didn't involve anything that would beautify the room. I hate paying for work that I can't see, know what I mean?
I didn't mind when we shelled out nearly $10k for the new windows a couple of years ago because, "hey look, those are much nicer than those ugly aluminum ones we had before!" And new appliances? Well, those are pretty nifty too. New electrical? Yup, the lights turn on. New plumbing? Yup, the water works. I know those are essentials for modern living, but seeing as how the lights turned on before and the water does work, paying a boat load of cash to have it work better is always a hard pill to swallow.
As long as we're going to pay to have the room ripped apart, I'm going to advocate for a little beautification along the way. Our bathtub? HORRIBLE. I take a lot of baths and that thing's not cutting it. It's like four inches deep and I'm decidedly not four inches deep. And those ugly white 80s tile that we have all over the house? Wretched. Especially the spot where you can tell they used to have a soap dish but somehow knocked it out and re-grouted the one tile. It's a beauty. If you like things that look like they were done by preschoolers.
So yeah ... new bath tub. I'd like that.
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