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sunnyone

03:55PM | 03/03/04
Member Since: 03/02/04
10 lifetime posts
Bvplumbing
A leak under my tub and around my toilet has ruined the flooring in my main bathroom and has also ruined the ceiling in the basement bathroom below. The ceiling is literally caving in. I have been told that I have to remove the tub, toilet, sink, pull up the tile floor and sub-flooring, then rebuild it all back. My son is going to do this job because frankly I can't afford to hire it done. Neither of us know what we are doing. We need advice on how to do all of this plus advice on how to repair the caving in ceiling. Any advice, or resource information will be greatly appreciated. This project is something that needs to get started asap before the whole bathroom falls through the floor!

Thanks so much.............

plumber Tom

04:50PM | 03/03/04
Member Since: 05/10/03
801 lifetime posts
Tom Hanks and Shelly Long. Rememeber when the toilet fell thru the floor? OMG how funny ! OK down to business. After the sub-floor is replaced you will need to reset the toilet on it's original flange. I like to double bolt the closet bolts. This means adding a nut and a washer onto the bolts. It makes it easier to reset the water closet. A flexy (flexable water supply hose connection) will ease the water supply installation. I could go on... post back and let us know what fixtures you are replacing. I understand and sympathize your money problems. If your son needs some advice on how to tackle a specific plumbing job, I will do my best to try and help you. plumber Tom, Philadelphia,Pennsylvania

sunnyone

05:39PM | 03/03/04
Member Since: 03/02/04
10 lifetime posts
Yes I do remember the Money Pit, in fact it is one of my all time favorite funny movies. Don't have the same sense of humor when it comes to my own situation though lol.

Thanks for the advice so far, and I am sure that we will be posting on a regular basis to ask for specific help.

Thanks again -

sunnyone


plumber Tom

06:23PM | 03/03/04
Member Since: 05/10/03
801 lifetime posts
Your welcome and don't mind my levity. This board thru the use of the posters and repliers can actually guide you thru the whole repair process. I'm up to it, so don't hesitate to post any question. That's what we are here for sunny. plumber Tom.Philadelphia,Pennsylvania

sunnyone

12:55PM | 03/07/04
Member Since: 03/02/04
10 lifetime posts
Hello again.......

Well we have removed everything down to the sub-flooring. Most of the sub-floor is completely rotted out, so the toilet through the floor scenario was something that eventually would really have happened! This brings a very vivid yet funny visual to mind lol.

Since the bathroom is gutted, I have come up with an idea of how I can expand the space a little and improve the layout of the original bathroom too, but I really need help with this too. The bathroom wall that is directly across from where the toilet was, has 2 closets behind it. I am thinking about removing part of that wall and re-locating the toilet into one of the closet areas that we don't even use. This move would be very beneficial for several reasons. I don't think the wall is a bearing wall but I don't know for sure. What I do know, is that removing the wrong wall can cause some major problems. I have access to my attic, but don't really know what to look for up there in order to determine if the wall is a bearing wall or not. Do you have any information about how to make this determination?

As far as moving the plumbing is concerned, since I can now see the toilet pipe and where it goes into the basement, wouldn't I just need to extend this original pipe to the new spot? What would I need to do after I do that in order to finish installing the toilet?

I know that this is asking for alot of help all at one time, but I need all the help I can get! lol

I look forward to hearing back from you very soon.

Thanks again.......

sunnyone

sunnyone

10:43AM | 03/08/04
Member Since: 03/02/04
10 lifetime posts
Thank you for the info about the wall - we have checked in the basement and there is nothing to indicate that this wall is a bearing wall - no column or pillar or wall extention. Have not gone back into the attic yet to double check that.

About the plumbing............

Do I just get extention pipe and run it from the main stack in the basement and then get another piece of pipe to curve up to the floor, cut a new hole in the floor for the toilet, then seal and bolt everything down or what ???? All of this confusion. Can you just come and do it?????

grin......

Thanks again for all of your help and I'm sure I'll be getting in touch again very very soon.

sunnyone :)


sunnyone

07:08AM | 03/12/04
Member Since: 03/02/04
10 lifetime posts
My son took a look in the attic and from what he said he saw, the beams don't even run across to that section of wall. I don't know quite what to make of this, but I cannot seem to get anyone to come and look for me. The builders I have contacted say the job is "too small". I have even called a few carpenters who say the same thing. I am having ZERO luck getting help. The one thing I know is that I have GOT to move forward with this project, so I guess based on the basement and attic findings, it is safe to assume this is a non-bearing wall, and go ahead and start the demolition. (gulp)

I had a plumber come in (very nice man) and he said that the floor beams need to be re-inforced, but I have no clue how to go about doing this. I also have no clue about the easiest way to go into the wall or make the frame for the new alcove. ANY help you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

I don't know what I would do without the help I am getting from you guys - you are wonderful.

Hope to hear from you soon -

As always, thank you..........

sunnyone


Anonymous

09:19PM | 03/13/04
Thank you again for your prompt reply to my post. I genuinely appreciate your help.

A thought occurred to me earlier that maybe we should just go ahead and treat this as a bearing wall. What would this involve? If you could give instructions about exactly what to do, maybe we could get started. I really need to get this bathroom finished.

Thanks again..

sunnyone

sunnyone

02:01PM | 03/14/04
Member Since: 03/02/04
10 lifetime posts
Since I am having such a difficult time getting someone professional to come and take a look, what if we just treated it like it is a bearing wall? What would we need to do to take out the section safely in that case?

Thanks again.........

Sunnyone

sunnyone

03:40PM | 03/14/04
Member Since: 03/02/04
10 lifetime posts
You guys are wonderful - you answer so quickly it is amazing! Thank you for all of your help and I will go ahead and post this to the "carpentry" section.

Thanks for everything -

sunnyone
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