Thursday, September 07, 2006

Bathroom Remodel - Day 3

Not much visible progress today. First, action was slowed by the unexpected visit of the city building inspector yesterday. There's a major house remodel going on down the street. We think he must have driven by our house and saw the action. We didn't think we needed a permit for a bathroom remodel, but $183.45 later, we now know differently. He inspected the plumbing that was done so far and it passed. For a special bonus, he also said we don't have enough smoke detectors.

Progress was also slowed by the previous owner of our home. He re-piped all the horizontal pipes under the house to copper. But as you may be able to see from the picture, he decided to not remove the old cast iron pipes. So there are four pipes running under the house: cold/hot copper and cold/hot cast iron. These four pipes makes working with the plumbing very difficult. The previous owner also did such a "custom" job on the phone wiring in our house that a retired Pacific Bell employee couldn't sort it out after two hours of work. He was so frustrated that he left and didn't even want to get paid for his time.

All the plumbing is done. Day 4 should bring progress on the shower with waterproofing the walls and floor.

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