Thursday, July 07, 2011

Work Weekend - Bathroom Edition

Our primary goal for the 4th of July weekend was to get the plumbing working. Call me fussy but I really want to be able to pee and shower when we move in next month. But both the bathrooms have serious issues.
The cellar bathroom has only a shower and toilet.
The toilet bowl was cracked and the floor around it was dirty and moldy.
The shower did not have an actual surround or even waterproof panels. It was just painted white to look like a surround.
The shower must not have been used much. When I ripped out the sheetrock I found mold, but not as much as I expected.
We ended up gutting the bathroom along with the rest of the basement. We plan to rebuild it over the winter so we have a place to shower while we redo the upstairs bathroom.

The upstairs bathroom was closer to being functional, but there was plenty wrong with it.
The whole floor flexed and felt spongy. When I started tearing up the floor I discovered five layers of bathroom flooring with mold growing between each layer.
The old toilet could have been declared a superfund site. My dad poured water down it and used the plunger until the sludge was gone.
But even when the toilet was draining properly it could not be flushed because of a leaky tank. Butte only has three small hardware stores and we did not like the two toilets available to us. Fortunately my brother was in Helena and stopped at Home Depot to get us a new one. Luke and Dad installed it on Saturday and we were able to enjoy two full days of indoor plumbing. No more waiting for the next trip to the hardware store or using the back yard.

We ended up replacing the subfloor so we had a solid base for installing the new toilet. I'm not a fan of peel and stick tiles but they will keep our feet splinter-free until we can redo the bathroom. And they look so much better than the old floor.
By Sunday night we were also able to shower and wash up in the sink. In just a few days the upstairs bath went from this
to this
It's not fancy but it will work for now.



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