Daughter's bathroom

Project by dbray45 posted 04-22-2014 01:04 PM 12346 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In the previous project, the ramp was in need, this project (and the kitchen) were required to make the house habitable. We completed both in the allotted 5 days.

All of the cabinetry was made in 2 weeks, the kitchen and the bathroom. The budget was about $200.00 for all of it, so store bought was out of the question. The Ikea sink was one we already had in a different bathroom and replaced it with something else – future posting project and was in the basement in a box.

First the finish pictures. Keep in mind that the goal here was to have a working washroom. The walls and paint are my daughter’s issue not mine. The floor had indoor/outdoor carpet – not sanitary by any means, and covered over a serious amount of mold and rot.

The water closet had been leaking for a lot time and instead of fixing it, someone put down carpet.

Now that you see the finished part, yes the drain was later connected.

Now for the before pictures:

In this picture, it looks like the water closet is listing at 10 degrees – it is, the only thing holding it up is the cast iron standpipe.

Carpet mostly removed, 3 layers of tile under it, and all that black stuff against the wall – rotted and moldy floor.

Just getting to the sub floor was a challenge -

Under all this, we find extra holes, at least the joists had not rotted

Here – I am shoring up the joists, Whoever put in the shower, cut mostly through several joists and these were in need of help.

Removing the sub floor from previous duct holes in the middle of the floor and fixing them

Sub floor finally done

Hardiboard getting screwed down

Floor dry fit – I always do this to make sure it looks nice, I have enough, and is cut right. Then they are numbered

All done after grouting

Hope you enjoyed.

-- Love woodworking and fixing most anything

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posted 04-22-2014 05:31 PM

so when did you go back and finish it?.... Ha!

did she end up finishing it herself? I don’t know…... lots of work left.

definitely need more details. a finish picture would be nice too.

-- mark - Grayslake IL.

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posted 04-22-2014 05:42 PM

She sanded, painted, and put in wainscot after I went home.

I replaced the shower a couple of years later and as it turned out, the shower was leaking from an installation crack for several years, right into a receptacle box in the wall behind the enclosure. My daughter told me that that explained the tingly showers. First thing that happened was to remove the electric and box, move the shower head and valves to the side from the back, remove the Sheetrock and insulate the outside wall.

All I did for this project was the floor and plumbing – also replaced and glued all of the drains in the basement that were leaking.

-- Love woodworking and fixing most anything

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posted 04-24-2014 05:05 PM

This house is a work in progress and is going to take a while to fix. Most of the work is to make the house livable – one piece at a time.

So far, my wife and I (my wife has a bad back so I do most, she helps a huge amount when she can) have replaced the ramp in the front, the bathroom floor and plumbing (above), the kitchen cabinets (these were a stop gap measure (new in the future), a new front door (no more snow drift in the hallway during the winter), a new shower, a new furnace (fuel oil to gas) this saves my daughter about $2000 – $3000 in winter heating bills, an electric heavy-up, installed 5 receptacles in the basement, a foundation crack that was leaking water into the basement, electric for the disposal and dishwater (GFI at the breaker), a receptacle in the living room and fixed a floating ground in the kitchen (touching the sink and the refrigerator at the same time gave you 50 volt shock) – this old wiring will be replaced in the future.

Soon I will be putting in a new receptacle in one of the bedrooms and new power to the bathroom that will include a shower light, a vented fan, receptacle near the sink that she can reach safely. All of the new electric that I am installing is grounded and the bath will have working GFI protecting everything. None of the original had a ground. In putting a new receptacle in every room, the goal is to replace all of the old wiring. Each room will have its own breaker. When we insulate the outside walls, the power will be at the same time, this just gets the correct power to the rooms over time and takes the load off the old wiring. I have to replace a large window in the living room (90” across) and a kitchen window that leaks enough cold air to almost freeze the kitchen faucet. In another year, we will take out a huge window in the kitchen that takes up most of the kitchen outside wall making it unusable for cabinets (really poor design). When we do this, I will have a contractor ready to put siding on the entire wall. This house has a great potential, just takes time.

The paint and prettiness comes after functionality and since I only have a few days to do this work at a time, I concentrate on the stuff that is dangerous, or could be an serious issue to the structure or health. If my daughter wants to paint, its all good, if she wants me to paint, it will be after the major stuff is out of the way.

-- Love woodworking and fixing most anything

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posted 04-25-2014 02:01 AM

Tingly showers? Scary.

You’ve got your priorities straight. Good dad.

-- Joe Cottonwood -- 99 Jobs: Blood, Sweat, and Houses

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posted 08-29-2017 06:14 AM

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