My husband has this saying, “Measure twice, cut once.”
It’s such a pity we didn’t heed this advice four years into our marriage when we decided to hang a few decor items in our newly tiled bathroom. The task was so simple. a strategically placed wall-mirror to reflect the natural light and an arrangement of seashells and trinkets in gorgeous mounted frames. We were pretty sure where the hot water pipe ran, and by our guesstimate, we were about five centimeters left of the “danger zone.” It was almost a sure thing.Measure twice. Cut once. Click To Tweet
Until a warm trickle of water began to leak out of the fifth and final drilled hole. And my heart sank. Because though I wanted to deny it, this one tiny hole would require almost half the wall tiles on this wall to be ripped off and replaced. And it was very unlikely that the tiles would come off in whole clean pieces; nope they would crack and break, and we would have to buy new ones.
A hole in a water pipe is costly and inconvenient.
This is probably the part of the story where I should mention that we had bought these particular white tiles on clearance, and being on a budget, we had calculated the exact amount we would need with only a small margin for wastage and breakage. Which meant there were not enough tiles left over and no tiles available at the store. After months of hunting and phoning various branches, we finally located three boxes in another province. They were shipped to us, and the tiler installed them; at an extra fee of course. But horror-of-horrors, our original batch of tiles were an off-white and these new tiles were a brilliant porcelain-white. The barcodes from the first boxes and these new boxes matched, but the colours didn’t. The manufacturer said sometimes there are variations in colour during manufacturing and there’s nothing that could be done.Buy and use the right tools for the job or hire a skilled professional Click To Tweet
Which is why we probably should have bought and used one of those pipe-detection devices; the cost of it would have still been cheaper than all the repairs and retiling.
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So we just put a dimmer bulb in that bathroom light-fitting and hope no-one notices.
Don’t make the same DIY mistake. Buy and use the right tools for the job or hire a skilled professional.
Have an awesome day.