As promised in blog entitled, “Remodeling Part I”, please find below the finished work of the middle bathroom:
Next step in process is to remove tile, dig with rotary drill, and remove all rock and cement past the foundation to get to the shower pan/pea trap. Please see pictures below:
Now for the important part of this process; to dig far enough to saw the cast-iron pipe and remove the rusted pipe which caused the damage. Please see pictures below:
It came out fairly well, with much muscle and work from the contractor. Now I understand why this process is so costly. Most plumbers were quoting me $3,000 and up. Plus all contractors were telling me to redo both bathrooms for $10.000, which I could not afford. Thank God I found a contractor who was willing to do it for estimated price of insurance adjuster.
As you will see. the process to build the pipe and fix the hole was just as time consuming:
For each process, the cement had to cure before the next step. The contractor used a quick reacting cement that worked with gravity to fill the hole. Currently, the hole is completely filled, sanded down, and the toilet removed to be replaced. Found out the previous owners put the toilet on top of the layers of floor, so had to chisel it out to remove toilet. Grrrrr! The contractor and I grrrr’ed often as we are realizing some of the short-cuts the previous owners used.
One more little piece to the process…the contractor is going to have to remove the tile in the shower due to cracks/spaces between the grout/tile/caulk. Please see the above photos. Hopefully this does not mean there is water damage going into the walls.
Stay tuned for more on this remodel,