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Old 01-27-2012, 05:04 PM   #16
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The house was built in 1957-58. The guy who built it was a Norwegian Ship captain. He built the whole thing himself I'm told. I'll have to look at the floor joists but I do know he used 2x10 for the floors. On the first floor. Removed the laundry room ceiling so saw that. They are spaced every 16 inches from center.

I'm with you on the ceiling fan. No clue why that is there especially since it blocks the bathroom exhaust fan taking air out. I'm either going to put a new light and a new fan or cover up the space where the ceiling fan is and put a combo light/exhaust fan. Have to finish demo before I even think about other stuff.



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Old 01-27-2012, 06:45 PM   #17
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Is the inside of the tub all scratched? Unless it is in like-new pristine condition, I would just take a sledge hammer to it. I've never done it myself, but from what I've read here and other places, you don't want to try to destroy it with one blow. Use multiple blows in one spot until is starts to crack. After that it should break apart relatively (yeah, right) easy.
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There are a few videos on youtube about taking a sledge hammer to a tub. How does a tub disconnect from the drain pipe. I've never taken a tub out before. Does it just sit on top of it. Kind of like a toilet with a wax ring?

And what about this insulation/sound damping material between the walls. should I get rid of that?
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Old 01-28-2012, 06:46 AM   #19
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What size is the bathroom?
Since you are already there, with the framing exposed, I would consider replacing the window as well. It make the whole bathroom look new.
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Old 02-08-2012, 02:57 PM   #20
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Continuing the demo

I didn't get a lot done last weekend. Had some stuff to take care of and then there was the Superbowl. Congrats to all my fellow Giants fans out there. Feels good.
So I ripped up the tile. Under there was some concrete base. I decided to rip it up and it turned out to be a 3/4-1 inch piece of concrete board with the wire mesh in it. That took forever to rip up. Broke the cast iron tub up. Its wasn't that bad. Took about a half hour. Even the pieces it broke up into were heavy. I'm including the latest pictures. Got a couple more question.

1) should I replace part or all of the sub floor. It looks like there is 5/8"plywood under the tub which covers the whole floor. Then were the tiles were there is an addition .5" of plywood. Also by where the tile meet the tub it looks like some water damage but nothing extreme. I think I should at least remove the .5" plywood so that the floor will be more level with the wood flooring outside the bathroom.

2) whats is the insulation/sound proofing material in the walls. Should I remove it? Do people put anything inbetween the wall that do not face outside?
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