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Old 03-05-2011, 08:23 PM   #16
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You're going to find that if you have a wall from which you have clear access into the bathroom (once that wall is removed), it will be a total Godsend to be able to use that removed wall area as an access pathway into and out of your bathroom.

Remove that wall and you can much more easily take your tub out that way. And bringing in a new tub through where the wall has not been replaced yet will save you tons of headaches and back breaking twisting and lifting.

P.S. Resist just smashing things to pieces, and you can often get rid of them at no cost by placing them on either or the 'free' section of Craig's List. Dumping costs a fair amount of $.

Also, plan on replacing all your shutoff valves with 1/4 turn Ball Valves.

You will likely have to replace the rotted (rusted) Toilet Floor Flange. That could easily end up being one of your toughest jobs. But it CAN be done. Just persevere.


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Old 03-06-2011, 10:41 AM   #17
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The first thing you must consider is the budget!

You need to price out the cost of each individual item to be purchased and get some idea of the over-all cost.

Its been my experience that when I do a reno. it usually costs about double what I initially planned.

There are always surprises waiting behind the walls and these can play havock with the budget.
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Its been my experience that when I do a reno. it usually costs about double what I initially planned.

There are always surprises waiting behind the walls and these can play havock with the budget.
Estimating the actual cost of a project is extremely difficult without the experience gained by doing a project like this.

This is one reason many people are shocked at a quote from a contractor.

Take a bathtub as an example---Tub costs $360---

Delivery $60--
Brass drain set $55
New P-trap--fittings--glue--$16--
2 packs of steel shims--$12--
2x4 ledger board--$4------$177---and that's just off the top of my head

Oh yea,--box of screws for the ledger board $4--
and lunch a case of pop for the helpers----

It is difficult--how many of you would have to go to the store for something that is on that list??-----Mike----


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