Bathroom Day Two

3 Mar

Here are photos from the end of day two of the bathroom renovation/installation. Some unexpected things: they can’t put in an electric tankless water heater because apparently it uses too much electricity to run on regular residential service. Sigh. We were all victims of false advertising on that one. So they’re going to do the plumbing off the existing water heater (which is inadequate to heat enough water for two people to shower and bathe simultaneously — in separate tubs, let’s just be clear here). I’m going to stagger showers for now and I’ll look into getting a new larger water heater installed by the gas company and pay it off over time (they offer that option).

Cutting into the walls to run the electric was more invasive than planned — lots of cross bars and things in the walls. So you’ll see a bunch of open walls that they’ll drywall over and I’ll wallpaper over when the holes are closed.

Good news — the drain pipe/ybend from the tub doesn’t have to extrude from the chase in the existing third floor bathroom. Yay!

The guys have just arrived now to do today’s work, which I believe is the rough plumbing hookups and sealing up the open walls down below, and maybe framing around the tub and toilet and sink in the new bathroom.

Fire department arrived yesterday (while I was out grocery shopping) in response to an alarm from drywall dust going into the smoke detectors. Will close those off today. So far, so good. I’m so curious to see what it looks like in the end.

Hole in the Butler's Pantry wall (second floor) for electtrical to fourth floor

Hole in the Butler’s Pantry wall (second floor) for electtrical to fourth floor

Taggy inspecting the toilet that will go in the new bathroom -- it's a gift from good friend Liz and a memorial to her childhood home

Taggy inspecting the toilet that will go in the new bathroom — it’s a gift from good friend Liz and a memorial to her childhood home

Beadboard removed in third floor bathroom for electrical to get to fourth floor. Authentic Victorian plaster right there.

Beadboard removed in third floor bathroom for electrical to get to fourth floor. Authentic Victorian plaster right there.

New plastic waste pipe tied on to cast iron. New y to fourth floor system. Plastic to cast iron joint.

New plastic waste pipe tied on to cast iron. New y to fourth floor system. Plastic to cast iron join.

This is the left hand wall of the new bathroom on the fourth floor (where the sink will go). I don't quite know why they took the whole wall down, but there we are.

This is the left hand wall of the new bathroom on the fourth floor (where the sink will go). I don’t quite know why they took the whole wall down, but there we are.

This is the cast iron join that was falling apart and had been "patched" with expandable foam and chicken wire.

This is the cast iron join that was falling apart and had been “patched” with expandable foam and chicken wire.

New PVC pipe joined to old cast iron pipe -- vent. All this will be hidden behind a new wall.

New PVC pipe joined to old cast iron pipe — vent. All this will be hidden behind a new wall.

View of the new plumbing set up for the new bathroom.

View of the new plumbing set up for the new bathroom.

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