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firsttimerenos 12-03-2013 08:37 PM

Bathroom Reno Challenges
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Hello folks,

So I just tore out the bathroom (except the tub) couldn't loosen the drain but I got the wrench so that's tomorrows project. Anyway... after tearing out the drywall, and the linoleum w/ 1/4 " sub I found a considerable amount of water damage. It does seem to be relatively isolated but it has damages to corner stud and two sole plates. I am wondering about replacing them and the sub floor.

I don't know if they are load bearing (but I think they are) and was wondering how big of a job it is to do on my own/how much would is cost to have someone do it? I've done some research and it seems pretty straight forward but I'm finding there is always some catch to everything. This is by far the biggest hurdle of this reno, plumbing, electrical and everything else seems A-OK. Anyway hopefully these pictures help.

firsttimerenos 12-03-2013 08:45 PM

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I included the outside wall/corner so you can have an idea of what going on. It's a little crowded inside the bathroom. Part of me wishes I never found it but I'm glad I did before something bad happens.

chiraldude 12-04-2013 09:04 PM

Kind of similar to a reno I did a few years ago except that the rotted wood was not part of a load bearing wall.
First, you have got to get rid of as much rotted wood as you can. It's rotten and will continue to be a weak point in the structure even if you completely stop the leaks and dry it out.
If you are sure it is load bearing you will need to get a couple of jacks to release the load so you can replace the rotten stuff. Not a problem for DIY except that a pro would have all the tools and experience to do it quickly whereas you might have to take a couple of days and extra trips to Home Depot to get it done.
Just rip out the rotten stuff and piece in good wood. Lots of measuring and cutting that's all.
Hopefully you can rent the jacks but if not, just sell them on eBay or donate them to Habit for Humanity when you are done.

firsttimerenos 12-04-2013 09:23 PM

How do you use the jack?
So we bought the place knowing their was potential water damage but I didn't think it would be this bad. We did get a reduce price on the house due to it however when we purchased the home the owners said they hadn't used the shower in years due to the leak and we haven't used in since we bought it last April (2012) and have be using the other shower downstairs. The wood is completely dry and so I think the spread of rot has be slowed/stopped.

I was wondering how I would use the jack/jacks to support the wall? How would one hook that up?

chiraldude 12-05-2013 10:04 AM

First you need to confirm where the load bearing parts are. Kind of difficult to explain in a forum post but you can start by finding where all the joists are (floor and ceiling). You say this is upstairs. Is there nothing but attic space above? You will need to look into the attic to see if anything like roof trusses or anything else heavy is supported by this wall.
Are the floor joists supported directly below this partition wall? If you are far from a support from below, then it is unlikely it is supporting a lot of weight.
If you do need to support while replacing rotted wood, you will want to have a couple of screw jacks set up as close as possible to the area you are going to work on. Put 2x6 on the floor and push another 2x6 up along the ceiling joists (perpendicular to joists of course). You just need to tighten the jacks a bit. Don't raise the ceiling more than 1/8 inch. I would also rip out the rotted subfloor first. You need to get it out of there before you jack things up an you need to know how much rot has got to the floor joists. Hopefully not much.
Pull the bad wood and replace. Leaving out lots of details but you get the idea.

firsttimerenos 12-07-2013 03:48 PM

Ok turns out non are load bearing and it all worked far.

Fix'n it 12-08-2013 09:41 AM


Originally Posted by firsttimerenos (Post 1275842)
Ok turns out non are load bearing and it all worked far.

i was going to say that. they are just built out walls to fit the stuff in the room.

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