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As part of the repair/remodeling to the house, I want to run cable routes in some of the walls. Basically I want to put empty tubes that go from the basement floor up to the upstairs so that I can route cables in the future without having to knock holes in walls (astute savants will know these as Jeffries Tubes).
One of them needs to go in the wet wall, which is the wall which houses all of the plumbing for the bathrooms. Part of the reason for this is the need for me to re-plumb the upstairs bathroom, thanks to the previous homeowner who somehow managed to completely block off the hot water supply pipe to the bathtub, not to mention fixing the "shortcut" that he managed to do by putting in a piece of varnished plywood instead of repairing the broken concrete floor.

The reason for doing this sooner rather than later is that I am planning to eventually remodel the downstairs bathroom (AKA Bathroom of the Elder Gods) and fix the little things like replacing the '50's-vintage bathroom fixtures, installing an actual light switch by the door (probably a couple fo different switches to have some lighting options), install a real bathtub that is actually big enough to soak my sorry ass instead of two midgets and a chihuahua, and change the window so that the shower doesnt pour onto the windowsill and rot it out. And oh, yeah, put in an exhaust fan. Those of you who have seen the Bathroom of the Elder Gods in its pristine state know of the tentacular nature of the peeling wallpaper/paint combination. You see, at some time the previous owner decided that he didn't like the wallpaper anymore. Rather than actually remove the wallpaper from the plaster, he decided to paint over it.

Throughout the entire house.

In the bathroom, the paint eventually cracked in places. The moisture in the air slowly seeped in the sides of the cracks and released the wallpaper from the plaster just a little, enough that it started to peel but not enough so that it would actually come off wholesale.

"But all you have to do is scrape it" you say.

Ha!

I have scraped the ceiling and walls of that blasted bathroom three separate times. The stuff that's stuck ain't coming off, except slowly over a glacially long time.

And then theres the wainscotting. Apparently the bathroom used to have the lovely hexagonal floor tile and tile walls part way up. Sombody decided to remodel, and took out the tile. And they damaged the plaster walls, probably to do some plumbing "repairs". ANd rather than replaster, they got some funky beadboard tongue-and-groove panels and cut them kinda-sorta to size, and finished them off with some trim pieces.

It is beyond butt-ugly.

The bathroom fixtures are a shade of blue that is more commonly found on the outside of houses in miami beach. The floor is roll vinyl, which had it been installed properly may have been okay, but they weren't awfully accurate with the cuts and pretty much left the edges open to leaks. The shower head is... let's just say it's a nonstandard height. The one thing that I do like about it is that it's got a high-pressure nozzle that's really invigorating.

So okay. A bathroom remodel is a good idea. But before that happens, I need a working bathroom upstairs with a shower that I can use. Which means I need plumbing that works.

Realistically, that upstairs bathroom needs to be remodeled too. But in the beginning it can be pretty much ugly as sin, as long as it works. The remodeling can wait until after the roof, whatever that comes out to be.

<sigh.>

I have my future cut out for me.

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theatre_nerd
Mar. 7th, 2006 04:53 pm (UTC)
Wow...what a mess. I wish you luck! What were the previous owners thinking?!
magicmarmot
Mar. 7th, 2006 05:08 pm (UTC)
Fix. Cheap.
lexinatrix
Mar. 7th, 2006 05:55 pm (UTC)
Wow. I remodeled my last house's bathroom to look like what your bathroom must have looked like pre-psycho-homeowner (right down to the hex tile and tiling halfway up the walls - with lovely black bullnose trim, to boot).
magicmarmot
Mar. 7th, 2006 06:10 pm (UTC)
I love the hex tiles, and I'd strongly consider doing a '20s art-deco theme, but I'm also leaning a bit more toward quarry tile and warm wood. A lot depends on how I remodel-- if I do a spa tub, I'll probably go the more relaxing softer and warmer look, but I might save the spa for upstairs and just do a shower in the bottom floor, which would be cool with Mr. Deco.

I also want to pull out the radiator and do radiant floor heat with a towel warmer. I'm all about the potty decadence. :)
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