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Old 12-21-2006, 09:06 PM   #1
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Hello,

We just moved into our first home.

Our bathroom needs some work, but I have never done anything even remotley close to this.

The tiles are horrible, both wall and floor, the toliet isnt placed correctly on the floor, so there is black mold I am guess growing out of it. I have bleached it to death with no avail. The sink is cracked from where it is attached to the wall. Feels as if it is going to fall forward towards the person standing in front of it if too much pressure is applied. I would also like to replace the tub and sliding doors.

1. How to replace tiles?

2. How to replace or fix my toliet?

3. How to fix or replace the sink?

4. How to replace the floor tiles?

5. Can I replace the tub and if so, how to do so?

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Old 12-21-2006, 09:31 PM   #2
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Hello,

We just moved into our first home.

Our bathroom needs some work, but I have never done anything even remotley close to this.

The tiles are horrible, both wall and floor, the toliet isnt placed correctly on the floor, so there is black mold I am guess growing out of it. I have bleached it to death with no avail. The sink is cracked from where it is attached to the wall. Feels as if it is going to fall forward towards the person standing in front of it if too much pressure is applied. I would also like to replace the tub and sliding doors.

1. How to replace tiles?

2. How to replace or fix my toliet?

3. How to fix or replace the sink?

4. How to replace the floor tiles?

5. Can I replace the tub and if so, how to do so?
Wow,

Sounds like your best bet is to rip it all out: GUT it down to the studs....and start with all new...

Please realize that it is actually less expensive in some situations to go all new, rather than try to repair what is already there and in bad shape.....which sounds like you are already going in that direction.

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Old 12-22-2006, 09:54 AM   #3
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If you are going to do this all by yourself. You need to do a lot of reading including the web/books...etc. I think there are too much material to cover in just a single thread here..
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What books can you recommend that I get from our public library?

I was thinking that I would have to start over completely.

Thanks for replying.
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Old 12-22-2006, 10:10 AM   #5
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I myself did the basement (70% finished)... I prefer purchased the book(s) rather than borrowing from library, I did both in fact, but borrow from library have the problem you cannot read it ahead of time, because if you do that, by the time you are ready to do it, the book is no longer at your home as you returned it to the library already... so you have nothing to go back to reference... the best is to own a type of book at least one which has full coverage,... then borrow from library which may have additional ideas ...

anyhow, I bought most of my books from Amazon which include plumbing, drywalling, tiling...etc. for your job, you basically need books for

1. plumbing
2. tiling
3. drywall

electrical is optional as there would be some but not much...

which book is not extremely important, just some with good reviews in Amazon... most books have good stuff in it... but don't listen to them 100%... as there are sometimes new invention in the market which is not covered in the books.. but that is very miminium...
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Yes, gut it down to the studs! I had a similar bathroom, carpet on the floor, wallpaper on the ceiling, a real mess. Getting it down to the studs allowed me to see that parts of the subfloor needed replacing and the pipes were galvanized. Once down to the studs:
1. I redid all the plumbing and electrical
2. Set a new tub in place
3. Attached hardibacker to the studs around the tub for tile and drywall in other areas
4. Tiled and grouted the walls
5. Installed laminate flooring (not recommended, I'd use tile)
6. Installed new toilet, pedestal sink, and med cabinet
7. Installed sink and tub faucets

Of course all this took me a month to accomplish working weekends and evenings, so it helped having a toilet in the garage, but the result was worth the time and effort, and I hadn't really done these things before. A little advice, don't get too wild with the tile, keep it simple and use a laser level when laying the first few rows. Make sure the Tub faucet, showerhead, and tub drain all line up with the existing plumbing (learned that one the hard way), and use good paint at the end, Also make sure your vent fan is rated for a room that size, if not, get a new one, if you don't have one, put one in. Best of luck!
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My serious opinion is that a whole bathroom job is really an experienced workers Job and you mentioned you've never done any of these things. Not to discourage you but there is more than meets the eye in a bathroom renovation. Just think It involves, Incoming water plumbing, Water Drainage Plumbing, Posible drywall installation (Remember the mold), Wall Tiling, Floor Tiling, Bath sink and toilet installation, fausets and many other little technical things not worth mentioning. Now let's say you start the job and invest in some of these items and then conclude you need someone else to finish or rebiuld the whole thing, Now you will probably need to spend more money and wait longer to finish. My advice is simple. The bathrooms and kitchen are the most costly rooms in a house by far. So, get estimates and varify all contractors before hireing. I estimate the total cost to repare the whole bathroom would be: Simple Repair= $3,400 to Very updated style Bathroom= $ 6,800 or more depending on tiles used. So be prepared this is an expensive journey.

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