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carl21l

06:43AM | 11/23/04
Member Since: 03/21/04
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I dont know why the walls and ceiling would be lead lined. in the old days before plastics were common, it was standard practice to install lead sheild under bathroom floors and showers to act as a water sheild same as the modern plastic shyower pans. I have renovated 4-5 older bathrooms from the 40' to early 60's that had the lead pans. each pan had about 100 pouinds of pure lead in them. I sold them to a group of black powder shooters for making muzzleloader musket balls.

JMHO

Carl

k2

11:43AM | 11/23/04
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Well I keep thinking water shielding too, except for that walls and ceiling bit. Still go back to protecting against Kryptonite :)

Sad to hear the bungalows aren't there anymore--but it's believable. We were last there in '99 (I think it was). There were still a good number of them and some had even been fixed up some (including my family's old one...) Even in '99 there was only a fraction of what there'd once been, but there was no trace of the hospital and other stuff that had once been there. From outward appearances it was once upon a time a pretty nice little community (some might say idyllic), but it was far from perfect from what I hear! :)

Thanks for the update!

Regards,

-k2 in CO

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k2

06:47PM | 12/04/04
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Couldn't resist. Maybe you could post back with comments about how soundproof that bathroom is! Check out this other post! :)

http://www.bobvila.com/BBS/Plumbing/4856/4856/flat-page1.html?action=post

Regards,

-k2 in CO

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1sapphire

04:33AM | 12/06/04
Member Since: 11/17/04
45 lifetime posts
we completely gutted the whole house now, so i couldnt tell you how sound proof it really was but it was odd seeing the lead and 1 window and 2 doorways on a 7'4" X 7' 8" bathroom, talk about small

carl21l

04:43AM | 12/06/04
Member Since: 03/21/04
173 lifetime posts
that is larger than the bathrooms in my first house. the master was 5x8, second was a powder room 4x5. now those were tiny

JMHO

Carl

1sapphire

06:29AM | 12/06/04
Member Since: 11/17/04
45 lifetime posts
WOW, i should be thankful we are moving the doorway then to make it a full bathroom, lol...i think it seems so small when i draw it out and try to lay out the tub vanity toilet door and window, lol...seems like a lot in a box

carl21l

09:54AM | 12/06/04
Member Since: 03/21/04
173 lifetime posts
why not buy a CAD program for house design to aid you in the remodel. you can lay out the rooms, change things around and see 3 d views of what you are designing. Just a thought.

JMHO

Carl

k2

10:19AM | 12/06/04
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Hi Carl,

Maybe it's just me, but I haven't found those house design CAD programs all that easy to use. And I even have a bit of mechanical drawing experience (a looooonnnng time ago).

Any in particular you like? (That aren't TOO time consuming.) Just curious.

I agree with you on the bathroom sizes in older homes, by the way. Small bathrooms were quite common. Back in the days when outhouses weren't all that far from peoples' minds! :)

Regards,

-k2 in CO

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tomh

04:14PM | 12/06/04
Member Since: 07/01/03
558 lifetime posts
K2, the program I use for laying out floor plans and even fairly complicated construction drawings is Visio Pro. It also serves for a lot of other drawing uses. If you are curious of what it can do, I can email you some plans in Acrobat that were done on Visio. Very precise scaled drawings, and fairly easy to use. I also have AutoCad 2000, but rarely use it. The home plan programs are generally too imprecise to render construction drawings.
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