The Bathroom Remodel. Makin' Dust.

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Blog entry by Sean posted 04-14-2009 06:05 AM 1333 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It all started….with a brother in law.
Well, thats not fair. It all started when I replaced the toilet. We bought a nice new toilet and pulled the old one out. Put the new one in, installed some nice new hardware annnnnnd….it leans. wth? leaning…hmmm. just a little…but enough to notice it. The last one didnt seem to lean….why does this one? Of course, the floor is completely out of level, but still…the last one didnt lean. ?? And so now it’s leaning…and sometimes it keeps running? Oh, of course…being out of level, the water level reaches a different level on different sides of the pipe draining. Well. Its working, albeit wrong, and the in-laws will be over for Xmas dinner in a few hours…clean it up, get back to it this weekend.
So the in laws arrive, dinner goes well, after dinner sit around goes well. Dipstick 17 year old brother in law hits the bathroom. A few minutes after he comes down, I’m in the kitchen cleaning up (directly below the main bathroom) and water begins pouring out of a can light. One look and I know its one of two things, the toilet overflowing or the pipe burst…I just inspected the pipes when I put in the toilet. So I sprint upstairs to a bathroom with a flooded floor (carpet) and turn the shut off knob to stop the overflow.
And sit back and contemplate.
The 17 year old didnt have to just Tinkle.
The carpet all comes up and is taken outside in the next 7 minutes.
The toilet is set on a spacer which is shimmed around one end within an hour.
Fast forward to a few weeks ago, when we have enough money saved and time put aside to work on the remodel. We wanted to do it anyway, so hey.

Started with the tile on the walls. Not very attractive. And I decided that if the upstairs is anything like the downstairs kitchen, which I remodeled several years ago, it will need insulation. And the wife wants new electrical lines run for a few more outlets. So after the tiles, out comes the plaster and then the lath. All out to a dumpster I rented. And as I suspected, there is an entire wall facing outdoors that is uninsulated. And just for happy giggles, a few bare wires, o yes, quite hot knob and tube floating in the stud bays.

But Sean, you say…how do you know its hot?
Well friends and neighbors…there comes a time in every mans life…usually when he’s 18 or 19 and goes ‘hey watch this,’ and has himself a good run of the stupids. I must have had some of that left over. Either that or I had an inordinate amount of trust in my fellow man, to think there was no way someone would leave some bare wires live in a stud bay. So I grabbed it…thinking, ‘hey, wonder where these used to ruNNN AIGH!!’ To which my friend, also running true to a 19 year olds maturity level, points and laughs.

Three weekends worth of work, the demo is done, the room is insulated, new wiring is run for a few more outlets, several studs have been shimmed out to make them level with the rest of the studs in the wall, and most of the drywall is up.
new bath/shower combo is installed. And just to throw me a bone, the Gods of Demolition have graciously given me, hidden behind lath and plaster, a space floor to ceiling 20 inches wide and 18 inches deep that goes back to the next wall. Hellllooooo built in. Why in heck would someone cover that space up?
The wife wants a double sink, I have designed one using Sketchup, as soon as I can figure out how to post it here I will.
The wife also wants ceramic tile for the floor as well. Ordered and scheduled to install in a few weeks. I was going to do it myself, I did the kitchen downstairs and it was actually fun. But when it came to cases, and after i found out how much DITRA is a square foot, I just decided to contract it out and spend my weekend goofing in the shop. Hopefully I will have everything mudded and taped by then, maybe even painted.
I will post a few pics of this nonsense soon, I always mean to take pics of my work and I never do. And that has been the tale of my last three weekends.
Tune in next time for the stunning conclusion…and hopefully a level floor and no more sewer water on my floor.

-- "Democracy is by far the worst system of government. Except all the others that have been tried." ~ Winston Churchill

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#1 posted 04-14-2009 06:13 AM

Must include pics!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#2 posted 04-16-2009 08:39 PM

I found everything I wanted at an awesome price online at Coral Sea Spas

The Steam Showers are irresistible, even the modern toilets have style

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#3 posted 07-23-2009 08:29 PM

I hate it when things go wrong. My brother in law is a dumb dumb to say the least. He bought a really nice Steam Shower online. Everything went alright until it came to turning the water on. He turned it on and flooded his bathroom straight off. He forgot to tighten the hot and cold water lines. So after a little tightening of water lines the fun began. Maybe I was a little harsh on the guy but some things are obvious. All in all it turned out great!

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#4 posted 07-23-2009 08:31 PM

Buy a spirit level saves a lot of work laterLOLAlistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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