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Old 07-17-2013, 11:25 AM   #16
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Looking at that drawing, I'm guessing that the prior owners simply did an illegal attic addition, without paying any attention to structural issues. If that wall isn't meant to be load-bearing, who knows about the other 2nd story walls? The "attic playroom" scenario is fairly common.

What to do about it? If it were my house, I'd be poking holes in other walls to find out what's there and what isn't, and making decisions about what to strengthen or not. Is there an emergency escape from that attic room? What's the electrical work like? They often get called playrooms, but of course they're intended as added bedrooms.

More than that, I can't offer - I'm a licensed contractor and I have a professional stake in being opposed to illegal additions.

- Bob
Here is what I think I will do:

1. Will determine what permits have been pulled on the house in the past just to know for sure what I have.
2. Since I need to get the permitted work completed for this bath under the home warranty, I will go ahead and add studs to all walls in this bath, and get it closed back up.
3. Check out the other walls as suggested to gain an understanding of the rest of the structural support.

We use it as a playroom. The electrical is ok - fed from a 50 amp breaker in the main panel to a four fuse box. The weirdest thing is I found a grounded box with a two pin receptacle. I was literally less than a week from pulling my permit to replace the service and rewire the entire house when I found this problem with the pipe.

There are four windows in the attic, but I need to add a ladder to make it an exit. There are several houses around me that have this setup.

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Hey blacmonn dude - you hijacked my thread. Please start your own!
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Old 07-17-2013, 10:08 PM   #18
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Hey blacmonn dude - you hijacked my thread. Please start your own!
I fixed that for you---he's new--what can I say---Mike----
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I fixed that for you---he's new--what can I say---Mike----
No problem at all and thank you. I did find his situation interesting too.
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No problem at all and thank you. I did find his situation interesting too.
Newbie.... sorry about that
Ill start my own ...no worries
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Couple of updates - new pex is run and old pipes are gone. I'm pleased with the results. My son is coming Tuesday to help me get the tub out.

Also, after getting into the walls a bit more I now see I was wrong about the studs - there are studs as one would expect. It's just that they extended the wall in the bathroom presumably to make room for the massive stack. I suspect they remodeled the bathroom at the same time they put in this stack - probly sometime in the 50's.

So next step will be to have the plumbers mentioned above come redo the drain system and then I will be ready start drywalling.

Also need to figure out what permits I need...
(Already have my permit for water lines of course).

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