Disclaimer: we aren't professionals

Thanks for reading our silly little blog! As the disclaimer says, we aren't professionals in either blogging or house stuff, but we try. This is mostly to let our friends and family know what we've destroyed so far in the house. We post irregularly and usually forget to take pictures, so thanks for your patience, and please feel free to comment with your thoughts and suggestions!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Master Bath Renovation Part 2

Part two of the master bath renovation covers some of the joist repair and details on cast iron plumbing removal.

Dad is standing on a pair of the joists after repair. We cut back the rotted sections much like the repair work we did in the bedroom corner. After cutting the rotted sections out, we installed a new section of band (the 2x8s perpendicular to the joists) and then scabbed 2x8s onto the replacement 2x8 joists.

I think this was a photo of how we braced the joists under the house prior to cutting off the rotted ends. We didn't have to support the trusses like we did in the corner repair because of better wall support along the side as opposed to the corner.

Here is a better shot of the joist repair work. Notice that we still have to cut out the rotted joist section being supported by that dinky red jack support.

Here is a closer shot of the band replacement. We still haven't put the stud plate back down yet. You have to be pretty skillful with the saws-all in order to cut the old band out without bending the blade on the brick. Dad is getting lots of practice with that.

Here is a shot of the 4" cast iron vent pipe as we were breaking it down to the connection with primary drain line. We started by breaking out a section near the ceiling and I pulled that section out via the roof.

Here is a shot of the cast iron breaker. It is basically a large set of scissor jaws that collapse using a jack screw. You wrap the chain around the pipe and hook it into the other side of the jaws. The chain has little discs in each link that contact the pipe with a very narrow pressure concentration. When you winch the jack screw with the large leverage handle, it collapses the jaws and breaks the chain in a surprisingly clean break. Easy to use after you get the hang of it. Just don't tighten the scissors jaws passed the limit, otherwise you have to take the entire thing apart...

I didn't get many shots of further joist repair, so the this shot jumps ahead to the point where dad installed the replacement window stud framework with the wall stud plate at the base. There is also a new piece of the vapor barrier board replacing the damaged one.

I've always found this to be a cool way of making large notches. All you need is a circular saw and a hammer.

This notch was made to allow for the tub drain which happened to be centered over the joist.

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