A new can of worms

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  1. May 7, 2019 #1

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    I hired a contractor to remodel a bathroom, which was added on about 10 years ago, by a well known local contractor. The bathroom was ugly as crap, and I an going for a nice, new, sleek design. They jacked out the old seat, and look at what the old contractor did. He used Sharkbite fittings, scabbed in short studs, layed drywall on the reverse wall up and down, and is a huge mess. We have gas lines, water lines, and electrical all mixed together (to supply an old tankless water heater). How do you think I can clean this up properly? 20190504_200636.jpg 20190506_160618.jpg 20190506_160627.jpg 20190506_182513.jpg
     
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    What the heck kind of fittings are those on the water piping, they dont look like shark bites. They almost look like crimp fittings
     
  3. May 11, 2019 #3

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    20190509_174008.jpg Much better now!
     
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    does look a lot neater,
     
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    Yeah, this company I hired really cares, unlike the previous hacks. I insulated all last night, and today we put most of the drywall in. Monday morning they will pour concrete, hot mop and hopefully tile will begin Tuesday or Wednesday. 15576315160592757225937352426806.jpg
     
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    Hey bro,,,Just my opinion, But that window. A shower is a very bad place for a window
    Here is what you do
    sheet rock around the window, then install a nice set of blinds what ever window curtain you wish
    then sheet rock over that window.
    from the outside, it just looks like a window
    and it will not be a source of water damage on the inside
    IF you want real sunlight in the bathroom, install a skylight

    ALSO, nail up some 2x6 wood for future grab bars and any other stuff like a hand held shower head or a soap dispenser

    the shower looks big enough for a seat, it is also a nice place to set shampoo bottles and what nots
     
  7. May 12, 2019 #7

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    I'm guessing that may be a basement window.
    If you don't want to seal it off, here's another idea.
    Glass blocks
    (replace the wood trim with composite trim.)
     

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    Thanks for the ideas. I have purchased a grab bar (ya know, bad knees and all) but I'm getting resistance for the old lady saying it will look like an old guy's bathroom. Well, look in the mirror, we are old! I screwed up and forgot to tell the plumber that I wanted the grab bad as I entered the shower, and he plumbed the cold water pipe where the bar was going to go. Now, I have two choices....1) install just outside the shower, or 2} install under the window,horizontally.

    The window is vinyl with no wood and as much as I agree that it is not necessary, especially with the new, huge fart fan (humidity), mama would hate the thought of sealing off the window. There will be a corner seat mounted on the wall, and a shampoo niche above the valve and below the extra tall shower head.

    Here is the window from the outside.

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    do not call it a grab bar to your wife, tell her it is a towel and wash cloth holder
    lol
    i used ceiling plates and 3/4'' galvanized pipe as my shower curtain rod
    I slipped the pipe into a chrome shower rod and used deep bell escthions to cover the plates
    I can do chin ups on the rod.
    My pet peeve is a damn shower rod that falls down when you say BOO
     
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    My old shower rod was siliconed to the wall. I'm getting a custom frameless, half stationary, half swing for this new shower. By the way, this is our second master bathroom, and will be my daily use shower, since mama doesn't like me in her master bath.

    Lastly, do you think my new grab bar will work horizontally below the window? I can sell it to the old lady as a wash cloth drier.
     
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    yes. it will work under the window
    if you are standing in the shower, that is a perfect spot for it to be
     
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    You are probably already aware that the ADA recommendations are for both the back wall as well as the shower side of the entering/exiting side wall.
     
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    Thank you both for this ADA compliance info. Just to let you know, mama refuses to make it look like an old man's shower, but dammit, I'm old!
     
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    When I built my house, all interior doors are 36''
    hall way is 48''
    ADA terlets and shower with grab bars
    I KNOW i will be old one day,
    Only thing i have not done is build a ramp for the front entrance
     
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    I made him cut the pipe, and installed two 2x4's, to accommodate a vertical grab bar at the entrance of the shower. Tomorrow is hot mop and paint. 15578726842597041052696949826291.jpg 15578727531083640373877480951779.jpg 15578728004899128233096885458423.jpg
     
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    Shower is looking good so far. Just one thing i thought i would bring to your attn. The shower valve that's installed has mechanical joints(thread) connections. In my opinion that's a poor application the 1/2" cts copper should have been sweated directly to the valve. May be 1 year may be 500 but eventually the minor vibrations from pressure fluctuations will cause a leak at the threaded adapters.
     
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    Today's accomplishments. Tomorrow he is costing with Redgard. Then tiling on Monday. 20190515_141721.jpg 20190517_095747.jpg 20190517_122112.jpg 20190517_095815.jpg 20190517_163257.jpg 20190517_163243.jpg
     
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    Looking GOOD!!
    is the seat tilted just a smidgen to the front?
     
  20. May 18, 2019 at 6:27 AM #20

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    The seat is level. He likes the stability of a level seat. The thinset will be thicker in the back to allow water to drain down, the same with the shampoo niche.
     
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