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Old 01-15-2008, 07:53 AM   #1
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Good morning all, I am beginning to research having my bathroom overhauled. Currently there is a drop ceiling, god awfull sliding doors, and wall paper. After completing a few projects I realize I will need to gut to the studs to make sure all of the pipes and wires are up to code. It's not going to be a fancy redo. Just a tub with some sort of glass door, sink, toilet. Install an exhaust fan, and tile. I have a friend that tiles on the side...I am somewhat handy. I can also get plumbing fixtures for cost from a family business.

Here are my questions:

1) How do I estimate the cost?
2) Do I do this myself?
3) How many days do you think it would take a plumber? (about 8x10)

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Old 01-15-2008, 02:31 PM   #2
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Good morning all, I am beginning to research having my bathroom overhauled. Currently there is a drop ceiling, god awfull sliding doors, and wall paper. After completing a few projects I realize I will need to gut to the studs to make sure all of the pipes and wires are up to code. It's not going to be a fancy redo. Just a tub with some sort of glass door, sink, toilet. Install an exhaust fan, and tile. I have a friend that tiles on the side...I am somewhat handy. I can also get plumbing fixtures for cost from a family business.

Here are my questions:

1) How do I estimate the cost?
2) Do I do this myself?
3) How many days do you think it would take a plumber? (about 8x10)

Thanks!

Will you be doing most of the work?
Will any of the fixtures be moved?

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Old 01-15-2008, 04:39 PM   #3
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That is what I am trying to decide...is it worthwhile to hire someone or do myself. I would take vacation time to complete. I may get a plumber to connect the fixtures for me. I also have a friend that tiles on the side that I would consider hiring for that part. That would leave me with the demo, dry wall, vent, and odd/ends.
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Good morning all, I am beginning to research having my bathroom overhauled. Currently there is a drop ceiling, god awfull sliding doors, and wall paper. After completing a few projects I realize I will need to gut to the studs to make sure all of the pipes and wires are up to code. It's not going to be a fancy redo. Just a tub with some sort of glass door, sink, toilet. Install an exhaust fan, and tile. I have a friend that tiles on the side...I am somewhat handy. I can also get plumbing fixtures for cost from a family business.

Here are my questions:

1) How do I estimate the cost?
2) Do I do this myself?
3) How many days do you think it would take a plumber? (about 8x10)

Thanks!
#1.
If you're doing everything go ahead and make yourself a material list and try to include everything you need. Price it, add it all up, and double it for things you forgot, extra work that needs to be done, etc. That usually puts you pretty close.
If you're farming out work get estimates.

#2.
If you want to and are capable.

#3.
What do you want the plumber to do? Could be half a day, could be a month.

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odds are good that the local pros need the work and I can tell by your post
you are ready for that vaction.
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By a plumber I meant if I hire someone to do all of the work how long until completion? I would consider doing the demo myself...I like demo!
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... sure all of the pipes and wires are up to code.

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A plumber will not run new wire, do drywall, or paint...

Do all the pipes need to be updated?
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I recently updated my own bathroom, so maybe this will help. We converted a Jack and Jill to one large bathroom. We demoed the two extra walls and replaced all drywall from the half way point of the wall to the floor (it was tiled). Converted a single vanity to a double vanity. Removed a toilet and capped the drain. Removed and capped a sink drain. Replaced the second toilet. Retiled and dry walled the whole shower. Installed a vent fan, 2 vanity lights and a ceiling light. Removed the old floor and motor bed and replaced with tile. Replaced all trim and the ceiling. We did all the work ourselves including plumbing and electric.

We have a second bathroom so I didn't take vacation, just did it on the nights and weekends. It took me 3 months from start to finish, I would say about 60 to 75 hours. Before this project I had never done any plumbing or electric work. Total project was $3417.42 (includes cost of tools I didn’t own and needed). We bought discontinued tile for both the floor and shower. We did not replace the tub but did replace the plumbing and fixtures for the shower and tub.
Hopes this gives you an idea of time and cost.

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