Wednesday, October 19th, 2005
After our master bathroom demo, we decided to tackle the half bathroom. I know it’s hard to imagine getting rid of something as attractive as ’70s green carpet in the bathroom, but that’s exactly what we did.
We’ve noticed a damp smell in there now and then over the past few months. Then when we got home from Gatlinburg, we discovered that our cat Henry had decided to pee on the guest towels in a tray on the counter. Removing the offending towels and tray and cleaning the countertop didn’t take care of the smell entirely.
So we decided to remove the carpet, which had always been our intention eventually. Underneath the carpet is a layer of plywood, as expected. I begged D to take up a small piece of the plywood to see the condition of the original wood floor underneath. But underneath the thin plywood was another layer of plywood. We believe that under THAT is the wood floor, and *gasp* D actually agrees with me that we should restore the room back to its original floor.
This is a half bathroom so not used for typically splash-happy occupations like bathing. We figure the wood floor will be fairly safe in there (while in our master bathroom we plan to tile).
Removal of the carpet took care of the truly horrid pee smell, but the damp smell grew worse. Then we noticed two water-damaged areas on the floor, on either side of the wall next to the vent pipe.
We don’t know yet what could’ve caused this, but D sprinkled baking soda around the floor in the toilet corner, and the damp smell has ceased … for now.
The rest of the work in this bathroom will have to wait until we at least get the toilet restored to working order in our master bath, which will have to wait until the demo is finished and the floor tile installed. We don’t want to have two toilets out of commission at once.
Of course, we could take Henry’s route and pick any convenient spot to do our business. Yep, he peed beside my desk this morning on top of a plastic bag. This is a new – and very unwelcome – activity for him. What is wrong with my cat?