Bob & Cheryl buy a Lake House.
There is just no way to lay out a livable space in 700 square feet with the existing wall; it's got to go!
Now we have a blank canvas to work with.
Let us begin with the toilet drain:
The old commode was set on a 4 inch concrete riser which I had to remove with a (rented) roto-hammer.
I hung plastic sheet to keep the concrete dust down.
At first I thought I might be able to cut down the existing pipe and set a new flange, but there's no way.
I thought the riser was done to accomodate a handicapped toilet, but it turns out that it was just to avoid the rebar in the slab. Rather than dig it out, they went over the rebar. I guess I should be glad they didn't just cut them...
Some hot work!
Here's the way they should have done it the first time; chisel away the concrete under the rebar to accomodate the pipe and set the flange flush with the finished floor. I cut a 3" hole in a piece of scrap masonite to keep the loose concrete from oozing out while it sets. The disk I cut out makes a nice plug to keep debris out of my new drain.
A couple of 2 x 4's hold my form in place on the outside of the wall.
"Measure twice, chip concrete once." Two bags of concrete exactly. I ask you,
What else can you get sixty pounds of for two bucks these days?
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