There is a show on HGTV called “Sweat Equity” hosted by Amy Matthews. She is sexy, smart, gorgeous and funny. Even though I am a bit older, less in shape and much sweatier than Amy, I’m developing my own version of her philosophy: I am building equity by working hard on and in my business. After all, if I want my business and my life to reach their respective potentials, I have to be willing to do what is necessary. I have to be willing to sweat.
I am happy to tell you that I have proven myself as someone who is not afraid to sweat. Amy Matthews would be proud. I spent the day with my not-so-small butt crammed into a client’s not-so-big shower stall in order to find out why it was leaking.
Once I had gotten my butt into the shower stall, the real work began. I scraped out the old caulk and grout and Eureka! I found the problem right away. Someone had tried to fix holes in the grout with caulking that was not only, no longer working, but which had been installed a bit half-assed in the first place. Plus, as an FYI, this is not a good fix for grout. Apparently, the original grout had not been sealed and this was allowing water to get up under the grout and caulking, ultimately creating large gaps in the tiling. Sweat Equity Amy would have been appalled, but she would not have been daunted by the task. And neither was I.
When I finished digging out all the old grout and caulk, I vacuumed up the loose pieces and sprayed a mixture of 50% each of bleach and water to kill the mold. Once it was all dry, I applied pre-mixed grout.
Grouting is like playing in sand and mud. It is grainy, sticks to you and gets in your hair. You have to squish it around in different directions to fill in all the cracks and holes properly. Frankly, it was fun, but a bit messier than myself or Amy would have liked.
To finish, I wiped down the tiles – not too much or I would have wrecked my handiwork – and left my client with instructions to apply liquid sealer after 48 hours. This requires simply squeezing the bottle to apply and then wiping the excess away. Once everything is completely dry, my client can caulk around the edges to give the shower an extra tight water seal.
I had caulk and grout in my hair, but I felt truly empowered. No matter how small the task might seem, it brought me one step closer to my vision for my life.
As DIY women, even the tiniest steps we take toward being independent around the house have the potential to give us a giant boost forward. As long as the goal is clear and the tiny step is a step toward it, we’re going to get there. Eventually. And with hard work.
I am willing to sweat. Are you?
Let me know if you have any questions before you begin your own caulk, grout and shower stall Sweat Equity adventure. I am here for YOU and your DIY projects, armed with determination and loads of deodorant.