NEWBIE!! Bathroom in ruins help!!

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JasoninTC

Sun Aug 26, 2007 11:49 pm

Hey all. I have some new pictures. Have really dug into this tearing stuff out and trying to kill whatever mold I can until I can completely redo both rooms. Looks my tub was 54"x27" and will be a special order and ridiculously expensive, I wanted to go with a shower receptor but dont know if I can, if anyone knows let me know, thanks!!
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Mon Aug 27, 2007 12:42 am

There are 54x27 shower basins available through the same mobile home parts suppliers. On that mold problem, I would definitely cut all that wall board out. The only recommended way to treat mold like that is to remove it completely. The room should be sealed off and the cut out areas of mold should be put directly into 6 mil bags. After the mold areas are sealed in the bags, the entire room should be cleaned and treated for mold. I would highly recommend that you do some google searches on mold remediation to handle this problem properly.

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Mon Aug 27, 2007 10:51 pm

I have to agree with JD on the mold problem! That's quite extensive from the photos. Without hiring a mold expert to come in and test, you may be putting your health at risk!

As JD mentioned, remove the wall board and any insulation, just as he suggested! Please use a mask when working in this area, if you aren't going to have it tested. Inspect the wall studs for mold also.

That mold is pretty extensive, and nothing that a DIYer should be trying to themselves, in my opinion!

Health first, structure second, pretty down the road, when you can afford it! Not all of us have to keep up with the Jones, or outdo each other. In my opinion, that's really over rated these days. Get that room healthy and structurally sound first. That's the most important. Then worry about the fixtures and such. You may have to settle for less than you want, but at least the bathroom will be healthy, structurally sound and usable.

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Tue Aug 28, 2007 12:31 am

Hi Jason,
Good pics, But please use a mask when you are working in there as we don't need to hear that you are in the hospital. Dealing with mold is something that should be done by the pros but if you are going to do it yourself then ensure that the room is sealed off from the rest of the home, and when you remove it bag it.seal it then bag it again.You can spray with a bleach/water solution of 1 part bleach to 1 part water. This does not always kill the mold the first time around but it works if you want to try doing yourself , but personally i would leave it to the pros. hope you are doing well and think you are doing a great job, keep up the good work.
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Tue Aug 28, 2007 6:06 am

I am with JD...

This is a DIY project, UNLESS you have asthma or other major allergies. Spray with the bleach/water solution, get your bags and saw sall ready. Don't forget to seal off the room and make sure you cover the vent with plastic as well. Turn on exhaust fan, put on some googles if you want and an mask...happy demo!

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Tue Aug 28, 2007 5:20 pm

Jason, do yourself 2 favors, first use a mask, mold can really effect your breathing. Second, do some measuring, you MAY be able to move a wall a few inches and put a fullsize tub in. They can usually be found on sale or clearence, as well as the surround. Greg
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Tue Aug 28, 2007 7:23 pm

That looks like my tub.
Will have to change mine early next year.
Have to measure mine to make sure of the size.
I'm moving a wall if I have to.
The what is that white "foundation" under the tub.
Mine probably has the same thing.
The actual bottom of the tub seems to be about 3" off the ground.

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Tue Aug 28, 2007 7:38 pm

Hi,

That white foundation is a piece of foam. Over the years this stuff compresses, which in turn causes cracks in the tub...notice that it does not extend to the very ends either. Very poor design. I can sympathize with you all, we have one of those tubs as well.

Already did a master bath makeover, we did move out one wall, removed the tub, put in a shower, removed the vanity, and bought an antique vanity and installed the sink in that.

One more to go. Already removed a wall that divided the bathroom from the laundry area, it will all become one room. Waiting on the remodel, at that time I think we are going to install a tankless water heater. Gonna need one LOL, I insisted on a soaker tub this time around!

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JasoninTC

Wed Aug 29, 2007 6:50 pm

Well I have sprayed down all the mold I could see with bleach water, got the tub out everything is staying as is until my uncle gets here to help me with the project, Ive got that bedroom door shut and the window open in there I figure that mold has been right by our heads when we were sleeping for months, so if it was the dangerous mold we would have had some effects from it by now, but i still used a mask and covered all my skin (was sweatin' like a pig :P)

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Wed Aug 29, 2007 7:34 pm

Usually mold is only a problem when you disturb it and get it airbourn. so when you start you work is when the mask comes into play. Greg
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JasoninTC

Fri Sep 21, 2007 6:39 pm

Finally finished, here are some pics.
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Fri Sep 21, 2007 6:44 pm

Looks good, great job! Windows next??? Greg
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Fri Sep 21, 2007 7:33 pm

Hey Jason,

Excellent job! Looks great! I am sure you will always get a good feeling when you see your repairs. From disaster to shaaweet.

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Fri Sep 21, 2007 9:03 pm

Wow, what a difference !

Sooo glad that I saw full sheet vinyl in there. You will be glad that you did.

Again good job! Thanks for giving us the update on your renovation and sharing the pics.

Now, LOL, did I here you say you were ready to tackle the windows?

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JasoninTC

Mon Sep 24, 2007 11:14 am

LOL, Windows will have to wait until I replenish the ol' bank account, also gonna tear out the carpet in the living room next year and put the laminate in, we love how it looks in the bedroom and its cheap and verrrrry easy to install. thanks for all the praise, this was my first time ever doing a major repair and my uncle never made it up so i was on my own the whole way.

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