1/17/2014

Happy Day...

Remember last fall when I called the plumber to come to my aid because I had no cold water in my shower?  He tore out part of the bathroom wall and the pantry wall as well to reach the problem and then decided the only thing to do was to rip up the floor.He's retired and only does smaller plumbing jobs.  This was going to be much more work that he wanted to take on.   I had to do something but in the meantime................

I put a splitter on the bathroom sink.............

ran a garden hose from it up the wall and across the ceiling...............









to a garden sprinkler in the shower...  Since the sink was out of reach from the shower I used the "grabber" hanging on the sprinkler to adjust the temperature of the water.  Well the set up has worked since Sept. and got more than a few laughs.

But it gave me time to get bids to fix it and put in a new walk-in shower.  The bids ran from $5000 to $7000.  The company I chose assured me that their bid was fixed no matter what they encountered.  Very important in an old house.  Unfortunately they were booked up until after the first of the year.

So they finally arrived and began tearing the old tub out to reach the floor.  Their plan was to run new flex pipe under the floor to the cellar where they could hook in a new line.  They only wanted to take out a small section of the floor...they had not counted on the whole section of the floor under the old tub being rotten and collapsing with nothing to attach new floor to..
The wall you see behind this worker is actually the outside wall of the original 2-room house built in 1906.  He is standing on the ground under the house...about 18" deep.  The floor had been attached to a rotten 2x4  which was supported by some rocks... It was a much bigger problem then they had ever envisioned but to their credit they came up with an ingenious solution of "hanging" (cantilever)  the new floor from old wall.  Plus there were a few other unexpected problems as well.  The whole thing used up lots of extra time and material.


But when they finished they had done a great job and I have a lovely new shower and lots of BOTH hot and cold water...



6 comments:

margaret said...

we never know with old houses what is going to turn up when it comes to repairs, just as well the rotten floor was discovered or you could have gone through it whilst in the bath, how embarassing that would have been. It happened to a neighbour years ago when the poor woman was about 7 months pregnant, no damage fortunately to her or the baby but a great big hole in the ceiling and a mess in the kitchen where she landed.Personally I am not a shower lover, like a good soak in the bath,

Marilyn said...

Not too shabby at all. And imagine having a shower by just turning the tap. I bet you enjoyed your first one immensely :).

Suztats said...

Yay!!! Happy showering.

Lisa said...

To have both HOT and cold running water is such a wonderful thing! I could live without electricity most of the time, but running hot water... it's priceless! So glad you finally have your bathroom back!

Momma Bear said...

yay! nothing says ahhh.... like a warm shower.
I should tell of my mothers "thankless" water heater one day.

Cathy K said...

Gerry, I am so happy that you were finally able to get this fixed. And you were smart to secure a fixed bid (although they be a bit more cautious in the future!). We never really appreciate our luxuries until we are deprived of them!

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