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No plumbing today. I'm happy with things stabilized as they are. Plus I need to buy a 10' section of cast iron pipe (that will be fun getting home) and a cleanout access fitting. So instead I made some holes in the wall and pulled some wiring. I might mention that the wall in the bathroom I planned on putting lots of electrical boxes and plumbing in isn't a proper wall at all. At some point in the past they moved the bathroom wall into the adjacent pantry--creating more room in the bathroom. Well, it seems they wanted to create as much room as possible because the studs in the wall are laid flat. In other words there should be 3 1/2" of space in a normal wall. This one has 1 3/4" of space. Keeps things interesting anyway.
Actually, I like doing electrical work more than plumbing. The wires are bendy so I can easily snake them where I want them and I don't worry about electricity leaking out and ruining something.

Oh yes, a quiz for you all. Are you an Ernie or a Bert? That's the Muppets not Kovacs and Lancaster. There's probably already a quiz out there to tell you, I'm too lazy to look.
I'm a Bert.
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No plumbing today. I'm happy with things stabilized as they are. Plus I need to buy a 10' section of cast iron pipe (that will be fun getting home) and a cleanout access fitting. So instead I made some holes in the wall and pulled some wiring. I might mention that the wall in the bathroom I planned on putting lots of electrical boxes and plumbing in isn't a proper wall at all. At some point in the past they moved the bathroom wall into the adjacent pantry--creating more room in the bathroom. Well, it seems they wanted to create as much room as possible because the studs in the wall are laid flat. In other words there should be 3 1/2" of space in a normal wall. This one has 1 3/4" of space. Keeps things interesting anyway.
Actually, I like doing electrical work more than plumbing. The wires are bendy so I can easily snake them where I want them and I don't worry about electricity leaking out and ruining something.

Oh yes, a quiz for you all. Are you an Ernie or a Bert? That's the Muppets not Kovacs and Lancaster. There's probably already a quiz out there to tell you, I'm too lazy to look.
I'm a Bert.

Success!

Sep. 16th, 2005 05:06 pm
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Of stage 1 anyway. PVC has been put in for the missing section of stack. So the upstairs bathroom is functional, anyway.
Stage 2 will take a bit more planning to get everything to end up where it's supposed to be. Hope all your days were as productive!

Success!

Sep. 16th, 2005 05:06 pm
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Of stage 1 anyway. PVC has been put in for the missing section of stack. So the upstairs bathroom is functional, anyway.
Stage 2 will take a bit more planning to get everything to end up where it's supposed to be. Hope all your days were as productive!
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Nothing has come crashing down that wasn't supposed to.
details and a picture! )
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Nothing has come crashing down that wasn't supposed to.
details and a picture! )
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I found plumbing supply nirvana. It took a while because I didn't have an exact address and I was looking for a store front. I finally realized it was the huge warehouse set about 100' back from the road. There was a guy there that did everything but give me a back rub making sure I was taken care of and pointing out that anything I need just give him a call and he'll have it waiting when I arrive. A pleasant difference from Home Centers where people who know nothing about thier jobs stare blankly at you when you ask about anything out of the ordinary.
So it is looking like tomorroy will be P-Day. At least the destruction part. (And I hope temporary patch part.) Wish me luck!
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I found plumbing supply nirvana. It took a while because I didn't have an exact address and I was looking for a store front. I finally realized it was the huge warehouse set about 100' back from the road. There was a guy there that did everything but give me a back rub making sure I was taken care of and pointing out that anything I need just give him a call and he'll have it waiting when I arrive. A pleasant difference from Home Centers where people who know nothing about thier jobs stare blankly at you when you ask about anything out of the ordinary.
So it is looking like tomorroy will be P-Day. At least the destruction part. (And I hope temporary patch part.) Wish me luck!
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I know you're all just DYING to hear the latest.
I removed the toilet and the jury rigged floor under it I had to replace a couple of years back because the original floor was rotting away. Also removed a section of wall. I discovered that the toilet IS vented and that the vent has largely disintegrated where it connects to the extremely complex and unusual contraption that connects the stack, closet bend (pipe from toilet), vent and the pipe from the lavatory.
Now we need to decide just how deep into this mess we want to get. I probably should replace the unusual contraption with something a bit more modern. But it will be a lot of work and there's a few problems I'll have to work out. The hard part will be that it will need to get done ASAP once started.

I have had a bit of an idea, though. Since it will probably take a long day to take it all apart, maybe I can put in a temporary piece PVC to restore functionality. That way putting it back together properly can be a second stage.
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I know you're all just DYING to hear the latest.
I removed the toilet and the jury rigged floor under it I had to replace a couple of years back because the original floor was rotting away. Also removed a section of wall. I discovered that the toilet IS vented and that the vent has largely disintegrated where it connects to the extremely complex and unusual contraption that connects the stack, closet bend (pipe from toilet), vent and the pipe from the lavatory.
Now we need to decide just how deep into this mess we want to get. I probably should replace the unusual contraption with something a bit more modern. But it will be a lot of work and there's a few problems I'll have to work out. The hard part will be that it will need to get done ASAP once started.

I have had a bit of an idea, though. Since it will probably take a long day to take it all apart, maybe I can put in a temporary piece PVC to restore functionality. That way putting it back together properly can be a second stage.

Step 1

Sep. 13th, 2005 04:30 pm
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Well, didn't get to purchasing pipe yet. Should probably wait until I rip the toilet out and get a better look at the situation for that. Probably decomission the toilet tomorrow. Should be cooler tomorrow anyway (in the 90s again today) Good thing we have two bathrooms!
But I did buy glue and screws and think I might have the stack supported. We'll see when I start cutting...

Step 1

Sep. 13th, 2005 04:30 pm
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Well, didn't get to purchasing pipe yet. Should probably wait until I rip the toilet out and get a better look at the situation for that. Probably decomission the toilet tomorrow. Should be cooler tomorrow anyway (in the 90s again today) Good thing we have two bathrooms!
But I did buy glue and screws and think I might have the stack supported. We'll see when I start cutting...
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Using a reciprocating saw makes me happy. I had a jolly time chopping out the old plumbing in the bathroom we're remodelling. Good thing yesterday I disconnected it all from the water source ;-) Of course after the destructing part comes the constructing part... That I'm psyching myself up for. Most of it I've had experience with and shouldn't be a problem. But I'm going to have to take a section of the 4" cast iron soil stack out and put in new fittings. For those who don't know what that is--It is a large cast iron pipe (sections of pipe and fittings actually) that runs from the basement, through two floors and out the roof. I've never done that before. So first I need to make sure that when I take out the bit in the basement the whole thing doesn't come crashing down. Then cut the pipe in a few places and take out a fitting and section of pipe and put in two new fittings. I can already see several bad things that can happen and experience with renovation tells me there's a few bad things I haven't thought of.
The catch is that while I'm doing this all the plumbing in the house is out of commission. So obviously this isn't something I want to be mucking about with for several days.
But this is the sort of thing that makes life exciting, isn't it? Or at least it will make for an amusing anecdote after I get out of the hospital.
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Using a reciprocating saw makes me happy. I had a jolly time chopping out the old plumbing in the bathroom we're remodelling. Good thing yesterday I disconnected it all from the water source ;-) Of course after the destructing part comes the constructing part... That I'm psyching myself up for. Most of it I've had experience with and shouldn't be a problem. But I'm going to have to take a section of the 4" cast iron soil stack out and put in new fittings. For those who don't know what that is--It is a large cast iron pipe (sections of pipe and fittings actually) that runs from the basement, through two floors and out the roof. I've never done that before. So first I need to make sure that when I take out the bit in the basement the whole thing doesn't come crashing down. Then cut the pipe in a few places and take out a fitting and section of pipe and put in two new fittings. I can already see several bad things that can happen and experience with renovation tells me there's a few bad things I haven't thought of.
The catch is that while I'm doing this all the plumbing in the house is out of commission. So obviously this isn't something I want to be mucking about with for several days.
But this is the sort of thing that makes life exciting, isn't it? Or at least it will make for an amusing anecdote after I get out of the hospital.

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