Bathroom Renovation 3: Snow Day Edition

So as I’ve said, we’re taking our sweet old time on the bathroom. We’re lucky to have a functioning bathroom in our basement, which makes things a bit easier. Over the last few days, we’ve ramped back up and are making some great progress, though. Including some big transformations happening with the floor! First things first, we had to get that damn pink bath tub out of the house. It being cast iron, we’re talking about a 320 pound, 5 x 2.5 foot tub, so not exactly easy to maneuver down our winding staircase. So we did this: Smashing the tub And by we, I mean Gabe. Smashing the tub The fact that’s it’s so easy to smash up cast iron with nothing more than a sledge hammer is really crazy.Tub cracked in two 1/2 of the tub Just like that, we broke it in two and hauled it away. And to make matters even easier, after being put in our backyard overnight, it was mysteriously gone. I’ll chalk it up to saving us the hassle of having to pay someone to get rid of it.

Another one of the big fixes we needed to do with the bathroom was the main water supply going to the second floor. There were no leaks, but the pipes weren’t exactly lined up in the most efficient way.

This is the area on the main floor where the supply comes up. Hard to tell exactly, but it curved out to the left meeting the joints in the top left of the photo, and hanging out into the middle of our living room.Redoing the water supply

Removing old pipes

Then somehow in the walls the pipes turned like this.Pile of original pipes

Something like this, but it’s not exactly simple to replicate.layout of old pipesWe were contemplating soldering in new copper, but after some thought, and suggestions from friends, we decided just to bring in pex piping. Pex is flexible plastic piping that connects ridiculously easily to existing copper. Honestly, it was too easy.

This is a look at the pipes in the living room ceiling.

Pipes in ceilingBut hey, we did it and no leaks!

Now, saving the best for last. Our tile floor is really shaping up. In exposing it, we realized it wasn’t going to ever be that shiny, brand new tile, and that’s exactly what we wanted. It still needs some solid scrubbing, but I have to say, for being 90 years old, this is in really good shape.

As a reminder, this is what the tile looked like previously.

And here it is now after lots of adhesive remover, scrubbing and cleaning:

cleaned tilescleaned bathroom floor  Floors nearly doneNext up, tackling the new tub!




2 thoughts on “Bathroom Renovation 3: Snow Day Edition

  1. whoo so much to talk about in this post!

    – The tile looks great! And that tile was never shiny; unglazed tile was popular on floors probably because it’s less slippery, and stopped being popular because it’s harder to clean. I’m glad you were able to save it, but I’m curious about how you’ll tie the bathtub into it. Usually the tub goes in first. Maybe a drop-in with a tiled deck?

    – Are you joking that it was easy to smash up? If not, either you have no idea how much Gabe suffered yesterday or my tub (from the 50’s) was way better made than yours.

    – Scrap metal scavengers are one of the only things about doing this kind of work in the city that’s easier than the suburbs. They probably got about 40 bucks from your tub. They drive around my neighborhood every Wednesday to pick through trash, and I’ve brought them into my house a handful of times to carry out my tub, soil pipes, 2 radiators, window counterweights, and other odds and ends. And I brought other more expensive metals into the office so a co-worker could sneak them into his scrap pile behind his wife’s back. I’d love to be the fly on the wall when the snow melts.

    – Pex pipe: My plumber steered me towards it and I had a mini freakout trying to make sure it was the right thing to go with. It is. And you’re definitely doing well to replace it all while the walls are open. It looks like it was never fully replaced and could have been nearing the end of it’s life span. Leave the copper out in a box or something and the scrappers will love you. Also, if you have to do redo more than just the bathroom, I adore the manifold my plumber put in. Shut off valves for the whole house in one place!

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