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Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Evanesco*

At first I worried about our 1960s cast iron tub. It's a perfectly good tub - slightly worse for the wear since we knocked concrete, drywall, broken tiles and nails into it - and I hated to just throw it out on the curb. So wasteful.

Then our friends D&K, who we recruited to help us move the blasted thing out of the bathroom, told us not to worry. Someone would pick it up off the curb. Maybe a farmer would get it to use as a trough. Maybe a gardener would want to fill it with compost and start seeds in it.

This notion comforted me, but still I fretted. Then we deposited the tub next to the large pile of debris at the edge of the lawn at about 4:30 p.m. yesterday. This morning at 7:37 it was gone.

Somewhere out there in the world, our tub has a new life. And so does our bathroom:

Before:


Now:


*The spell in Harry Potter's world that makes things disappear.

9 Comments:

Anonymous said...

How funny, I was listening to Order of the Phoenix last night while working on some house projects, and that very spell was used in the first couple of hours...

What a lot of work you've done on the bathroom! I can't wait to see the progress here.

Heidi
http://statelyenglishmanor.typepad.com

12:23 PM  
Kristin said...

I still haven't listened to HP on audiobook. I'm an audiobook fiend, see my other blog, Commuter Rock.

2:24 PM  
Greg said...

I love the gleaners of the world, unless its the ones that simply collect hordes of junk and pile it up on their property to rot. I'm not thinking of anyone in particular...well, ok, I might be.

3:19 PM  
Jenne said...

Kristin,
What's going to replace the tub? Do you have another one in mind already?
Congrats on getting it out! I remember when my parents had to remove their robin's egg blue 1980's tub from their bathroom. What a nightmare.

7:53 PM  
Gary said...

That tub is probably crushed into a block of metal and on a boat to China right now. The Chinese are buying all the scrap metal which is why there is a demand for it. We have vacant houses around us where the aluminum siding has been stripped to support some crackheads drug habit and the copper plumbing is being ripped out without the water being turned off first!

8:01 PM  
Kristin said...

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8:37 PM  
Kristin said...

Jenne: We have a clawfoot tub we're planning to put back in that spot. There's a pic of it on my bathroom page.

Gary: It may not be a happy new life, but it's a new life. ;P I'm just glad it's being reused in some way. I hate to think of it taking up room in a landfill.

8:39 PM  
Josh said...

Ah, but if you'd only said, "Reparo!" you might not have needed to "Evanesco!"

Actually, that's not a bad Potterfan motto for home improvement...

I'm looking forward to seeing the clawfoot tub in place-- keep up the great work!

10:46 PM  
Anonymous said...

We have Garbage Gypsies who roam our neighborhood on trash day. Some things I've gotten rid of by simply putting them at the curb:

• old furnace
• old shower walls
• old shelf formerly in our closet
• metal patio cover that fell down
• old front door
• vintage 1964 toilets
• 1970s La-Z-Boy recliner
• old sofa

It's a beautiful thing, and a little scary that people are "shopping" my front yard for freebies.

– Texas T-bone

10:57 AM  

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