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Old 11-04-2008, 07:12 AM   #1
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Hello,

I just purchased my first home. I am in the middle of replumbing it. The 1100sqft house was built in 1954: its got plaster walls, and i'm assuming the tiled bathroom is original. It had galvanized pipes and low water pressure; therefore, I decided to replumb the entire house with copper. It is going very well, no problems except for the bathroom which is the last thing now.

From my basement, the two water pipes that supply the vanity sink and toilet disappear into the floor. In the bathroom it is all tile. Behind these pipes is the master bedroom, which is plaster wall and possibly metal lath.

Here is the question, should I go through the tile (carefully remove and replace tile) and replace the pipes? Or should I go through the metal lath plaster walls in the bedroom?

I cannot retile the bathroom, as it is not in my budget or skill level. I am putting in a new vanity cabinet and toilet as well.

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Go through the plaster. It can be easily repaired. Some if not all of the tiles will break when you try to remove them.

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I agree with going through the plaster. With any luck, it will be wood lath and not metal. You will probably be able to repair with drywall and some texture paint if it has anything besides a flat surface.
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I agree with going through the plaster. With any luck, it will be wood lath and not metal. You will probably be able to repair with drywall and some texture paint if it has anything besides a flat surface.
No textured paint!! LOL :P

Owning a home is one thing after another I take it.
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I have owned 5 homes and being a Plumber has also allowed me to watch other trades work. I have learned a lot and have used much of this to my advantage. There will always be something that needs fixed or you just want to change.
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No textured paint!! LOL :P

Owning a home is one thing after another I take it.
It keeps you broke which gives you incentive to work and it keeps you out of bars since you have so many projects at home.

It never ends as you are already figuring out.
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I have owned 5 homes and being a Plumber has also allowed me to watch other trades work. I have learned a lot and have used much of this to my advantage. There will always be something that needs fixed or you just want to change.
And some times there are things to fix that aren't broken..

To me it's a fun thing to do.

If it weren't for fixing my home I would be living on the street shooting heroin....
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Haha, my motto is; "If it isn't broken, its going to break."

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