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projects:bathroom:remodel [2013/03/12 02:22]
Chris Freyer updating URL for tapcon screws
projects:bathroom:remodel [2013/03/12 02:29] (current)
Chris Freyer
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 ===== Construction Phase 1===== ===== Construction Phase 1=====
 Construction got started pretty slowly.  There were lots of odds and ends to buy:  wire and electrical supplies, ventilation tubing and supplies, lumber and supplies, etc.  Then there were decisions to make:  exactly where should each wall be?  Where should the light switches and electrical outlets go?  Where should the AC vents, exhaust fans, and light fixtures be placed?  Easy decisions, but each with complications.  We spent an entire night marking up a printed diagram so we'd know what to do from this point on. Construction got started pretty slowly.  There were lots of odds and ends to buy:  wire and electrical supplies, ventilation tubing and supplies, lumber and supplies, etc.  Then there were decisions to make:  exactly where should each wall be?  Where should the light switches and electrical outlets go?  Where should the AC vents, exhaust fans, and light fixtures be placed?  Easy decisions, but each with complications.  We spent an entire night marking up a printed diagram so we'd know what to do from this point on.
-|{{projects:bathroom:100_1091.jpg?130x97}}|A picture of the new load bearing wall we built.  It makes the new half bath about a foot narrower than before.  I made sure to cut the vertical 2x4's about 1/8" longer than they needed to be and wedge them into place, which helped transfer the ceiling load from the other 2x4 wall (behind it).  That wall will be removed shortly.  | +|{{:projects:bathroom:100_1091.jpg?130x97}}|A picture of the new load bearing wall we built.  It makes the new half bath about a foot narrower than before.  I made sure to cut the vertical 2x4's about 1/8" longer than they needed to be and wedge them into place, which helped transfer the ceiling load from the other 2x4 wall (behind it).  That wall will be removed shortly.  | 
-|{{projects:bathroom:100_1092.jpg?130x97}}|The new shower area.  Underneath the plastic is a footer made of pressure-treated lumber.  There will be a 1/2-wall here about 5 feet high, with glass going up to the ceiling.  The opening will be on the left side and the shower will be on the right wall.  We had originally wanted to do a sunken shower, but the cost and labor made it impossible.  Too much concrete.  Not to mention that the shower is next to the footer of the exterior wall.  I'm happy we avoided that experience. :-)  | +|{{:projects:bathroom:100_1092.jpg?130x97}}|The new shower area.  Underneath the plastic is a footer made of pressure-treated lumber.  There will be a 1/2-wall here about 5 feet high, with glass going up to the ceiling.  The opening will be on the left side and the shower will be on the right wall.  We had originally wanted to do a sunken shower, but the cost and labor made it impossible.  Too much concrete.  Not to mention that the shower is next to the footer of the exterior wall.  I'm happy we avoided that experience. :-)  | 
-|{{projects:bathroom:100_1093.jpg?130x97}}|Some of the new plumbing in the ceiling.  You can see the 2x12 beams that our house is built with.  I'm happy to be working with a large space between two floors rather than with an attic space.  This way I can work easily from a ladder, and our AC doesn't escape into the attic.  | +|{{:projects:bathroom:100_1093.jpg?130x97}}|Some of the new plumbing in the ceiling.  You can see the 2x12 beams that our house is built with.  I'm happy to be working with a large space between two floors rather than with an attic space.  This way I can work easily from a ladder, and our AC doesn't escape into the attic.  | 
-|{{projects:bathroom:100_1094.jpg?130x97}}|New flexible AC tubing.  Much easier to install than I imagined.  The hard part was keeping it in place while I installed the support webbing.  Never knew that my head could double as a duct support.  | +|{{:projects:bathroom:100_1094.jpg?130x97}}|New flexible AC tubing.  Much easier to install than I imagined.  The hard part was keeping it in place while I installed the support webbing.  Never knew that my head could double as a duct support.  | 
-|{{projects:bathroom:100_1096.jpg?130x97}}| The hallway with ceiling removed for the plumbers.  I installed a temporary light fixture too so we'd still have light in the hall.  | +|{{:projects:bathroom:100_1096.jpg?130x97}}| The hallway with ceiling removed for the plumbers.  I installed a temporary light fixture too so we'd still have light in the hall.  | 
-|{{projects:bathroom:100_1097.jpg?130x97}}|Ah, the cornerstone of the entire project.  Doesn't look like much, but we're moving the bedroom door by a foot or so.  There will only be six inches between the drain pipe to the left and our bedroom door.  So this little piece of lumber plays a critical role.  You can see the concrete underneath it has been patched.  I was worried that the new concrete wouldn't be strong enough to hold the [[http://www.tapcons.com/|Tapcon screws]] in place.  And if that doesn't work, then the stability of our our future bedroom door would be in question.  But luckily there was old concrete underneath the patch.  I got 5 screws solidly embedded in the concrete.  Soon I'll install four 2x4's on this lumber and progress can continue.  |+|{{:projects:bathroom:100_1097.jpg?130x97}}|Ah, the cornerstone of the entire project.  Doesn't look like much, but we're moving the bedroom door by a foot or so.  There will only be six inches between the drain pipe to the left and our bedroom door.  So this little piece of lumber plays a critical role.  You can see the concrete underneath it has been patched.  I was worried that the new concrete wouldn't be strong enough to hold the [[http://www.tapcons.com/|Tapcon screws]] in place.  And if that doesn't work, then the stability of our our future bedroom door would be in question.  But luckily there was old concrete underneath the patch.  I got 5 screws solidly embedded in the concrete.  Soon I'll install four 2x4's on this lumber and progress can continue.  |
 |{{:projects:bathroom:101_1762.jpg?130x97|}}|The new load-bearing wall we built.  This right side of this wall is directly underneath the tub upstairs, so the 'load' in load-bearing was especially important here.  We attached a piece of pressure treated lumber to the floor with tapcon screws, then installed a ceiling beam, making sure it was plumb with the floor beam.  (its amazing what you can do with fishing line and lead weights :-) ).  Then I cut all the supporting studs about 1/8 inch too long and tapped them into place with a hammer.  This helped them gradually take the weight of the ceiling while letting me see if my measurements were accurate.  By the time I finished, I knew this wall was holding the weight because of the sound the studs make when I hit them with my hand.  The higher the pitch, the more weight they carry.  The old wall (not shown here) wasn't holding any weight so I took it out easily.  | |{{:projects:bathroom:101_1762.jpg?130x97|}}|The new load-bearing wall we built.  This right side of this wall is directly underneath the tub upstairs, so the 'load' in load-bearing was especially important here.  We attached a piece of pressure treated lumber to the floor with tapcon screws, then installed a ceiling beam, making sure it was plumb with the floor beam.  (its amazing what you can do with fishing line and lead weights :-) ).  Then I cut all the supporting studs about 1/8 inch too long and tapped them into place with a hammer.  This helped them gradually take the weight of the ceiling while letting me see if my measurements were accurate.  By the time I finished, I knew this wall was holding the weight because of the sound the studs make when I hit them with my hand.  The higher the pitch, the more weight they carry.  The old wall (not shown here) wasn't holding any weight so I took it out easily.  |
 |  {{:projects:bathroom:101_1764.jpg?97x130}}  |Yours truly working on the exhaust ventilation system.  We bought a [[http://www2.panasonic.com/consumer-electronics/shop/Building-Products/Ventilation-Systems/Inline-Fans/model.FV-20NLF1_11002_7000000000000005702|Panasonic Inline Exhaust Fan]] that draws 240 CFM.  That's the right size for our shower and two toilet areas.  We plan to use adjustable vent covers so we control the airflow after installation.  | |  {{:projects:bathroom:101_1764.jpg?97x130}}  |Yours truly working on the exhaust ventilation system.  We bought a [[http://www2.panasonic.com/consumer-electronics/shop/Building-Products/Ventilation-Systems/Inline-Fans/model.FV-20NLF1_11002_7000000000000005702|Panasonic Inline Exhaust Fan]] that draws 240 CFM.  That's the right size for our shower and two toilet areas.  We plan to use adjustable vent covers so we control the airflow after installation.  |
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