Thursday, January 21, 2016

Demolition has begun!

I will admit, I've never really demolished anything before.  So I did some research and found a video on YouTube showing how to basically cut the drywall from around the shower and just pry it off in large pieces, saving you the hassle of having to bust all the tile from the wall.  Sounds, fairly straightforward, right?

Not this house! The video showed a much newer tiled shower without the 1950's chicken wire and cement mix.  So tile bashing it would be!

This is what we're dealing with.  Cement, chicken wire, and tile attached to drywall. Good times!  It was about as difficult as I was expecting, however, the chicken wire is quite simply, a massive pain in the butt.  We blasted some David Bowie, and after about an hour of banging away with a sledgehammer, we were left with a pile of rubble along with a fine coating of dust everywhere, including inside the medicine cabinet, which was closed.

It's been a few days, we couldn't totally fill up the trash can, and I didn't want to go to the hassle or expense of renting a dumpster, so we're hoping to get the rest of the rubble out this weekend.  We still have the floor pan to get out, and that I have a feeling, will be tricky.

We've found at least one leak so far, and will need to replace the plumbing from the shower valve up to the shower head because it is beyond ancient and it's definitely been leaking.  Most likely, after ripping the floor pan out, all of the plumbing will be redone, but we'll see.

I'm planning on getting more done this weekend.  I want to tile up to the ceiling, so we need to take down more of the drywall, and I'm really anxious to get the floor pan out.  We'll see!

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