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Jim F 08-02-2013 09:12 PM

Laundry Room Renovations
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This is really a continuation of this project from 2010. I had to abandon this portion of it to renovate the kitchen and of course, the kids keep me very busy.

The laundry alcove got hit with a double whammy. Not only was the floor rotted out from the failed dryer exhaust that took out the bathroom floor, but also, the roof leaked down throught the back wall from a valley area that failed. The same contractor that did a lot of half-assed stuff to the bathroom and bedroom addition also put on a new roof while they were here. The house belonged to my inlaws and we bought it from them and, needless to say, they were taken advantage of.

But all that's ancient history. Moving forward, I will continue to repair and improve. I am in the process of finally taking out all the water damaged drywall and insulation as well as the floor. I also need to replace the washer hookups since that got old and failed. I posted on another thread about that and got some good advice on the fittings and my drain/waste vent system. .

As you can see the washer shutoff is hooked up and a vent has been added to the washer drain trap. I teed the laundry vent into the vent pipe I installed in the attic for the bath tub. I had to cut an access hole in the bathroom ceiling to make that happen. I am planning on framing the bigger part of that patch using vinal trim to give me easier access in the future. I'll have to see how that looks. If I, or my wife hate it, I can still tape and mud it in.

Anyway, my washer and dryer have been in the basement for the past three years and I'm hoping to finally get them back upstairs by the end of summer. I plan to reuse one or two of the old kitchen cabinets for storage. There were two long shelves there before.

Jim F 08-02-2013 09:14 PM

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More pics.

Jim F 08-02-2013 09:17 PM

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And these are the rest of the pictures I have for now. More to follow.

oh'mike 08-03-2013 07:04 AM

I was pleased to see your last picture --with a proper vent for the washer drain---

Good work----keep the pictures coming---Mike----

Jim F 03-18-2014 04:19 PM

Finish floor or hang cabinets first.
I'v made slow progress from the point of these last pictures. The two things I have left to do here is finish the floor including replacing a small section of sub floor, underlayment and vinyl tiles. I also am planning to hang a couple of repurposed cabinets from my kitchen. I'd really like to hang the cabinets next but am wondering if I should progress on the floor first. Any thoughts? Or doesn't it matter that much?

Progress pictures coming soon.

oh'mike 03-18-2014 04:34 PM

Floor is usually about the last thing before trim---that cabinet could be installed at any time--

It does not matter---often getting the room functional is first priority--

Jim F 03-26-2014 06:27 PM

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Made more progress. It's been real slow going. I was thinking about just posting all the pictures when I got done but figured they may get jumbled. Here are some wall pics.

Jim F 03-26-2014 06:38 PM

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This is one of the damaged sections of floor I need to replace. I was trying to be careful in cutting with the reciprocal saw but managed to cut into one of my water supply pipes and and had to repair it with a coupling. I switched to the circular saw with a 3/4 depth set after that.

Jim F 03-26-2014 06:42 PM

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Finished taping the joints on the wall and ceiling.

Jim F 03-26-2014 06:46 PM

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Finish coat of paint. I have this type of 220 for this area. I don't use 220 at all but am wondering if this plug is outdated. Should I buy the other type now that I have it apart in the event I do want to use an electric dryer some day. Or is it really just personal choice?

oh'mike 03-26-2014 06:50 PM

Jim--a tip on cutting with a Saws All----install the blade UPSIDE DOWN--

Lay the saw on its back--turn it on and rock up the handle----

You will be able to make shallow cuts--safely--without clipping wires or pipes.---try it---

oh'mike 03-26-2014 06:51 PM

Well--you posted up a stack of pictures while I was typing---looks good--Mike---

Jim F 03-26-2014 08:10 PM

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Mike, mine looks like this one with the 4 way option. I'll try it on it's back.

oh'mike 03-26-2014 08:30 PM

I've got one or two just like that---the blade is upside down most of the time---try it,you'll like it----

Jim F 05-14-2014 04:48 PM

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I can smell victory. The end is near. This is the last section of bad floor that had to be torn out and replaced. When this addition was built, the builders put a 1 x 12 section across the threshold between the two structures. This of course bowed and moved over the years. My solution was to extend the replacement flooring over this area. I had to chisel a small corner of one the the cinder blocks showing to make the new floor lay flat. All the floor is glued and screwed down now. The only thing left to do on the floor now is remove the last of the stuck on vinyl, staple down the uunderlayment and stick on the vinyl tiles I bought years ago and stored in my bedroom.

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