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The Bathroom saga....

7 Jul 2008 8:15AM   Views : 712 Unique : 450

I can't plaster walls so why do I try?
Not raining in the afternoon - quite sunny actually. Front and back gardens done.
Managed to post a piccy from the holiday (which seems so long ago) on ePZ.

Plumbing - a nice indoor activitiy to completely take up the whole of your Sunday so you miss the Grand Prix and most of the tennis.
Luckily a few rain delays meant I saw the end of the best Mens final ever!

My plumber informed me he could give me a hand on Sunday to do the 'big' job in the bathroom - that sounds so wrong.......
We needed to remove the old cast iron soil stack and replace with a nice plastic one to make connecting all the new bathroom stuff easier.
Started off by dismantling half the kitched to get to the soil stack below the toilet waste. Then with an angle grinder we managed to get 99% of the way through the Iron pipe before the angle grinder decided it was going to burn itself out in the most monumental way!
It saved me having to walk around the house and test all the smoke detectors - they work just fine.

Whilst plumber is out shoppinf for a new one, I manage to sneak onto ePz for two minutes and post another piccy from the holiday.

One new angle grinder and finaly the soil stack is cut.
Back upstairs and to prevent 'iron' dust everywhere up here we decide to smash the pipe with a hammer - I must admit I didn't know this was possible and after 2 minutes of smacking the hell out of with a large claw hammer I still didn't think it was possible.......
Eventually we managed to smash the pipe and lift out the toilet waste. Then remove the rest of the pipe from the roof.
Now the really sad people who are reading this (thats not you by the way Smile) will realise that the soil stack actually protrudes out the top of the roof (if you have a stupid internal soil stack like me).
Guess when it really started to rain heavily.
So we now rebuild the stack with the plastic one and find it won't go through the lead flashing on the roof. It is now Sunday afternoon - where the hell do you buy lead flashing tiles?
Insert wonderful advertisment for ScrewFix here.
Then the plumber has to go up on the roof to fit the lead flashing in the torrential rain. Nutter.

At this point can I ask why is it that when all the water is turned off in a house and there are no toilet facilities, why do you need to pee more often than usual?
All DIY centres have public toilets for a reason!

New floorboards procured, cut and fitted.

Job done, new toilet fitted. Old bath reconnected - new bath won't be in until later this week.
Water turned back on - no leaks in bathroom. Job done.

Pop down the Indian for dinner, come back an hour or so later after a few drinks with the missus and paddle through the kitchen into the living room.

Paddle ????? Kitchen ?????? Oh crap!
No water leaking from the ceiling.
No water found out of place in the bathroom.

Pulled washing machine out to discover one of the pipes had split.
Why? We hadn't touched it, or moved it
Fixed that late last night and cleared up all the water.
No damage done.

Tags: Bathroom Marks blog


KarenFB Plus
16 5.9k 184 England
7 Jul 2008 9:00AM
Sounds like you had a fun weekend!! Wink

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