Bathroom Mod Blog One - Demolition - jspirate

The following pictures and brief text will chronicle my efforts to demo our master bathroom.  Shortly after the demolition is done, I will provide a link to another blog which will cover the next phase of the project. I will be doing 100% of the demo, but there are two parts of the new construction that I will seek assistance with:

1.   Adding a new breaker to the main electrical panel.  I have hired a certified electrician for that because we want to get an air tub.  The blower for an air tub requires a dedicated circuit.

2.  I plan to hire someone to do the glass work for the shower.

The truth be told, I am basically clueless on almost every aspect of this project!

Weekend One (6/12) - pre-demolition picture one

This shower had not been in use for over 3 years.  I ripped the shower door out because it was leaking and causing water damage.  The water damage was immediately halted, but it was really inconvenient!

Weekend One - pre-demolition picture two

So, it all started on 6-12-15.  My first significant learning point was having the wife come home that Friday afternoon to see the demo underway.  DIYers, don't forget to tell the spouse what you are going to do before you get started! The after-work surprise left my wife near speechless.  The words that she did manage to say are better off not shared.

Weekend One - the very first step!

Its very exciting to kick off a bathroom renovation, but don't forget to tape off all exposed drains.  All the tile pieces, cement board, sheet rock, screws and nails will really mess up the plumbing!

Weekend One - tile demo

The first side of shower tile removal is complete!  Note the shower pan lip and how the tile comes off the cement board backing and is grouted to the pan.  With respect to the tile removal, most of the cement board sticks with the tile, but the smaller pieces fall to the ground, but not down the drain (duct tape yay)!

Weekend One - more tile demo

June 12 - one piece

June 13 - one piece again

I read somewhere on the interwebs that the demo phase of the project can be unreasonably painful.  A related tip is to try to remove the tile in "sheets."  In other words, don't try to remove each piece individually.  Instead, try to pry the cement board or drywall off as one big piece.  Its not to hard to do once you find a stud to pry off of.

Weekend One - sheet rock & cement board backing

Sheet rock on the side and cement board across the narrow strip on the top. When I get to installing the new tub, I will be going back with cement board on the both the top and sides.

Weekend One - trim removal under window

The tile removal is almost complete!  This picture shows how the window trim was attached after the tile was installed. In three spots a smaller piece of tile was used so that a space was left for a nail to fasten the trim to the stud.

Weekend One - time to finish the tile demo

Weekend One - tile to tub demo

Weekend One - tile demo done

Weekend one is complete and the tile demolition took a fair bit longer than I expected.


Total project time to date = 12 hours

June 17:

The first piece of hardware has been purchased!  It is a 42" X 42" shower pan.  The original pan was 36" X 36".  Apparently its not an item that they keep in "stock."  As a result, the company is making it and it is supposed to ship on June 30.

July 6 update:

I changed my mind, and I will not be needing the pan that was ordered on 6/17. So, it looks like a Craig's List add will be necessary. More on this later...

Weekend Two (6/27)

Plan of the day:

1.  Dismantle the tub drop-in frame

2.  Secure plumbing

3.  Remove the nails and screws from the exposed studs

4.  Remove the tub and deliver to the county dump

5.  Trim the edges of sheet-rock so that cement board install is clean

6.  Add a 2X4 so that the shower door has something to anchor to

Weekend Two - frame removed

The frame was removed without problem.  The plumbing was next and my hack-saw made it a breeze.

I didn't feel like turning off the water and doing pluming work, so I built a small stand to support the copper/PVC.  It will rest there until I pull up the sub-floor. Hopefully I don't kick it over by accident somewhere along the way!

Weekend Two - knobs off

Weekend Two - valves

The knobs and faucet were removed by using a screw driver to pop off the tab on the top.  With the tab removed, the set screw were accessible.

From the underside of the tub, there are brass nuts that secure the valves to the tub.  With the hardware free from the tub, it was time to get a helper to lift the tub out.

Weekend Two - free and clear

This was a bit awkward, but I did it with my 13 year old.  You just have to hold your mouth just right as you lift...

Notice the sheet-rock lines.  They need some luv!

Weekend Two - larger shower pan presents a challenge

The blue tape represents what we "thought" we were going to do.  As it turns out, the drop-in tub frame, larger shower pan and shower wall will take up a lot more space than anticipated.  So, that blue tape is NOT what we will be installing.

The solution to this problem will be shared later when I get to the building phase!

Weekend Two - spiffy lines

The sheet-rock lines are now smooth, straight and level.  The cement board should butt up nicely to the old sheet-rock.

Weekend Two - shower door anchor

The next step in this demolition isn't really demolition, but my working window was shrinking and I just wanted to mark off another item on the to-do list.  Above is the lower half of the 2X4 that the shower door is going to attach to.   This new 2X4 was secured with deck screws. 

The White 2X4 is where the old door attached.

Weekend Two - measurment for the glass man

Weekend Two - another measurment for glass man

The metal plate will keep the glass man from anchoring the door into the junction box.,

Weekend Two - another measurment for the glass man

This represents the top of the glass door anchor stud.

Weekend Two is complete.

This completes the demolition phase of the bathroom project.  The vanity still needs to be removed, but that will not happen until the tub and shower are ready to be set.  Based on delivery times, that is probably a few weeks out, if not more.

Total project time to date = 17 hours