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Old 07-04-2013, 02:46 PM   #1
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Started to work on the next door neighbor's bath, so I can get the tile laid down today. Started out bad, when I went to undo the bolts holding the bowl down, they snapped off. Could not get the bolts holding the tank & bowl, so took it out as one piece.

After pulling the tank & bowl, found out the closet flange was rotted, where the bolts were so had to go get a repair flange. Nope, cannot get the flange to fit around the old Cast Iron closet flange, so now have to wait for her to get a plumber in to pull the old Closet flange and put in a new one just high enough where the new tile will be.

So Bathrooms: 2, Greg: 1, so far for the record.

Hoping I can get the waterproof membrane down Saturday and the tile down, so I can get the toilet back in. She has at least another bath downstairs for a toilet, so she is not without a bath at this point.

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Old 07-04-2013, 02:51 PM   #2
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I know how you feel. I am in the middle of totally renovating my home and it seems every time I turn around what should have been an easy project turns into a total nightmare.

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Welcome to the world o remodeling----Everyone has stories like yours. This sort of thing happens most often when you plan on an easy day-----
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Old 07-04-2013, 03:06 PM   #4
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Mike, you know my stories about remodeling my place. I thought our bath remodel was bad, when it started out at 5 pm on a Saturday night, due to when the wife went to pull the old silicone off around the tub, the wall fell in at the faucet.

Still in the middle of my Kitchen remodel.
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Anytime a plumbing detail goes smooth I eventually wake up and realize it was just a dream.
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Plumbing gets easier when you have a truck filled with parts and tools---
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Having done both, I can definitely say that remodeling an existing home (especially an older one) can be a lot more work than building a new one.
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I would have attempted it, if the local Menard's or Lowe's sold the Fernco doughnuts, so that I could replace the old cast with 3" Plastic. I ended up giving her my plumber's brother's number, since I trust that family more than any other business here in town.
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X ray vision would come in handy when trying to quote a bathroom job.
On one 100 plus year old house bathroom remodel we had to gut it down to the studs and joist, we found no insulation in the walls, rotten studs from old window leaks, old leaking steel supply's, leaking cast drains, 2 X 4's used as floor joist with 14' spans, come to find out the ceiling below had been lowered using modern 2 X 4's also with 14' spans.
The toilet drain had no flange, just a lead sleeve sticking up inside the toilet, the old steel dowel bolts had long ago rusted away.
We had in the contract the whole thing would take 11 days to complete turn key.
After the first day the lady's pitching a fit say it's taking forever to redo one simple bathroom. It does not take that long on DIY shows.
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Old 07-05-2013, 08:42 AM   #10
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Tell me about it Joe. That whole weekend Warrior show is usually four days, not two. It is amazing what editing can do.

Our own bath took six weeks to do, since most was done after I got home from work, and add in two weeks of that six, waiting on the vanity.
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That's the biggie. Having everything you may need a short walk away takes the sting out.
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I rebuild a lot of bathrooms so I have a lot of supplies,still there are times you need to run out for some $2.00 part --which costs an hour or more----
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this is why, when i do plumbing. i buy a BUNCH of ANYTHING i think i MAY need. and a bunch of anything i think i may not need. that way, its at hand when doing the job. i HATE running out for a $2 piece.
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oh. and go into a job thinking that everything is trashed. that way, there are no suprises. and when something is not trashed, you feel happy.
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When I bid on bathroom remodels I always figure in a plumber. I tackle the carpentry and he does his thing. And the customer gets his bathroom back quicker. Everybody wins.

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