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Old 07-29-2007, 09:09 AM   #31
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Have you checked for a water leak besides the toilet and the tub in this bathroom?

I think that you said there is another bath next to this one.

There seems to be water also near the other bath.

You may want to check the other bath for water leaks also.
The water on the floor boards extends rather far from the location of the toilet in this bath.

You should be able to remove one floor board at a time near the tub and replace. It may take some time but it would be less time than taking out the tub and tiles and redoing.

I would probably cut out the rest of the floor. Make your cuts so that the floor boards remain under the tub and are supported by two joists. Remove the floor baords under the sink and the toilet. This will allow you room to work on the tub floor boards and also give you room to insert the new floor boards under the tub. Cut the floor boards at the joist close to the tub but leave the ones under the tub for now. Make sure that the floor board is supported by a joist on each end. Then remove one board at a time from under the corner of the tub and replace. If you want to support the tub from below or sister on another 2 by at the joist under tub and have the tub rest on it. As long as you only remove one floor board at a time then the tub should be supported by the remaining floor boards and also the supports around the upper tub rim going around the tub. Look up into the opening in the basement near the tub overflow and see if there is support blocking around the tub rim. The replacement board should be long enough to rest on the joist under the tub and to extend to the other joists.

Check the joists for any damage.

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Have you checked for a water leak besides the toilet and the tub in this bathroom?
Yes, I am positive that the current leak is coming from the remaining water in the toilet, and that it has made the damage from the old leak (tub) worse. The water stains that you see in the photos extend into the hallway.
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There seems to be water also near the other bath.
The second (1/2) bathroom is on the other side of the (only) bathtub. The water stain/mold/damage does not extend under the tub to the second bath.

I will be back at the house today to investigate some more, but the suggestion to leave the tub where it is sounds like a good one. I will probably buy a floor jack to support the tub and toilet and jack up any joist that isn't level until a sister can be put in.

Thanks again!
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Old 07-29-2007, 01:39 PM   #33
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I do not think that you have to "jack up" the toilet.
I would only support the tub if need be.
if you try to actually jack up the tub any higher then you may damage the tile.

Is there quite a gap between the tub and tile where the caulk is?
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Old 07-30-2007, 10:26 PM   #34
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I agree with warnerww and Rippy Skippy. You may be better off temporarily fixing the leak and then do it right when you have the money to completely remodel. Speaking from experience, a project like this is best done in one shot. The old cast iron tubs are extremely heavy and based on the size of the bathroom the tub may not be able to be removed in one piece. On my first house I was in the same boat financially. Once I decided how I wanted to remodel the bathroom, I drew up some plans and made a list of what I needed. When I was able to put aside a couple hundred dollars here and there, I would buy something off of my list and put it aside in the garage. It made the project so much easier being able to gut the bathroom and have everything I need to put it back together. I saved a nice chunk of change by going to a few tile distributors and seeing what they had for discontinued tile. I was able to get some really nice granite tile for dirt cheap because it was discontinued and they had such a small quantity, which was more than enough for my project. I found that by being creative, I was able to make the most out of a small bathroom and do a top notch job and keep it very affordable. Good luck and write in if you are looking for any ideas.
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Sorry for the delay...

Everything I could level under the bathroom is pretty much level. So you're right redline, nothing needs to be jacked up, but I will use the jack I just bought to support the tub while working.

At this point it does not appear that it will hurt to try replacing the floor boards without taking the tub out. So I will begin the project very soon. Tomorrow a crew is coming in to dry everything out, find/fix the leak and remove the mold. Then I can dust off my miter saw and go to town.

Here is what I will probably do:

[Unfortunetly, I'll have to remove 3 of the (new) bridges because an air duct would prevent me from putting a sister joist on the other side of the existing joist; but I will put them back.]

Thank you JohnBoy26, I feel the same way. I have a LOT of funky projects that I want to do to my first house, and I like to do everything I can myself, so I will be back with more projects for sure.

I will update this thread with my progress.
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Two of you have suggested a sledge hammer. I have a 70 yr old house with (I think) and original cast iron tub that I want to take out. Will a sledge hammer break it up? Could I cut it with a sawzall and metal blade instead? I am planning on gutting the whol bathroom and start from scratch. Do I need to get under the floor at all if I am removin the old floor?
Thanks in advance.

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