Not Shop - but house, remodeling a bath . . . ( mad scientist style ) . . .

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    Pointed out . . . that the tub faucet was not centered in the new cast iron tub. Guess what that meant . . . Reworking the plumbing.

    So my dad had bought me a re-circulating pump, to allow for instant hot water at the taps, but that required a full loop of plumbing to allow re-circulation. Since this was also plumbing - got two birds done with one stone . . . Yup, yet another side project . . .

    This is my access to the crawl space . . .

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    Spent a lot of time under there cleaning it up after I bought the house . . . don't really like going in there to do work . . .

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    But I have added lighting, and multiple vapor barriers - which makes it a bit "nicer" than crawling in the dirt . . .

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    Finished up all the plumbing work . . .
    Notice the painted floor joists - had mold down there, so the joists were all wiped down with clorox/water mixture and then painted with primer . . .
    All of the Hot water pipes were covered with rubber insulation ( not the cheap foam stuff )

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    On to some of the more "interesting" details of this project - hooking up the pump and testing . . .

    Before we could hook it up we needed to drain the tank ( holy crap was that an endeavor . . . )
    Here's only part of what we got out of the tank . . .

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    Then we fitted up all the parts and got this - through the floor up to the pump - then back down and into the original tank drain location . . .

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    Here's the pump hook up - originally it stopped at the left cutoff - which allowed us to get to the pump as time permitted and still use the hot water.
    - - added a check valve on the water inlet ( far left tube ) to not feed water back to my well house
    - - (2) dielectric unions on either side of the pump to prevent a short running through the pipes
    - - (2) ball valves to allow the pump to be replaced from the system ( fairly easily )
    - - thought the pump would act as a check valve for the hot water ( guessed wrong - had to add one more check valve in the system )

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    Part of the "fun" that we had was that the tank was not heating the water - so drain the tank and find this . . . one fried heating element . . .

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    And the final look of this amateur plumbing installation . . .

    The brass area on the right is the new check valve that was needed and a union was added below that too.
    - - added a aqua-stat to allow it to control the pump with pipe water temps
    - - also have the manual mode for running with the timer that came on the pump
    - - and added an OFF position in case the house will be empty if going on vacation ( just in case )
    - - all the electrical was done in a junction box
    - - and the pipes were all insulated as they were done under the house too

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    With about 80 feet of pipe the pump runs less than 3 minutes to get the water hot and then shuts off.

    Love it - works great . . .
     
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    • conv67bdere

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      Next . . . the old linen closet . . . and plans for it . . .

      I think you'll like this result - split it into twos section . . . top section for storage . . .

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      Bottom section . . .

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      Finished work . . .

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      For storage of the all important gun safe . . .

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      Like the way that this turned out ! ! !
       
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        Looks great Larry! If you need any tips about tile work, hit me up. I used to own a tile and marble flooring company back in the day.
         
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          Nice work Larry....try to limit the number of projects running concurrently :lol:
           
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          • conv67bdere

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            Time for the next installment of the project(s) . . . Mad scientist style . . .

            Here's the plan for the sink in the bathroom . . . yes it is a large Pail ( will have it powder coated ) . . .

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            Got the concrete backer board up around the tub and the sheetrock on the wall . . . making progress . . .

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            Mentioned the hollow core doors . . . well, here's the upgrade - both a solid core door and new hardware for the door too . . .

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            From inside the bath room . . .

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            And the new flooring has finally been put down . . . this is ceramic tile flooring ( no I did not put wood in my bath ) . . .

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            Closer view of the tile ( wood ) flooring . . . this stuff looks great ! ! !

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            Time for the tile around the tub to get installed . . .

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            Making progress . . . goes up fast with these big tiles . . . but "fun" to work with them this big . . .

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            Accent being added to the area . . .

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            Here's the idea of how it's going to look . . .

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            And I have to give some credit to my oldest daughter that helped with the picking of the tiles and the decor for this bath . . .
             
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              I dig the 5 panel door.

              Looking good!
               
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                Very cool, and fast...nice work Larry. :thumbsup:
                 
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                • conv67bdere

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                  Forgot to get on here and update this thread with more of the pictures of the work that has already been done . . .

                  Working with large tiles has it's advantage . . . and it's disadvantage . . . notice how all the plumbing it contained on a single tile . . .
                  That's good . . . maybe . . . unless the measurements are off by a little bit and you have to make an adjustment . . .

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                  And making that adjustment does not go quite the way you had in mind . . . .

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                  This is round #2 on the tile, and I got it right this time around . . .

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                  So time to get the tile installed . . .

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                  The shower surround has an added shampoo niche . . . for holding . . . well, . . . uh . . . shampoo . . .

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                  Just a close up of the metal edging and the tile being used around the decorative accent stripe . .

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                  Back wall coming along . . .

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                  Accent stripe getting done . . . for the record . . . I hated this tile ! ! What a pain to work with . . .

                  Note: Mistake . . . see the back wall bottom right tile, it's a half tile, which means that the tile going into the plumping "should" have been a half, but in my measuring, and fitting it onto a single tile - it slipped my mind. It was not until I got ready to add the next tile on the plumbing wall that I noticed the mess up . . . but it's WAY TOO LATE to go back and fix it all . . . so it's staying . . . as is.

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                  But . . . all in all, it didn't turn out all too bad . . .

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                  More updates later . . . got a lot more to get posted up and get you caught up to my current state . . .
                   
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                    Time for me to add a few more Mad Scientist Bathroom remodel pictures to this thread . . .

                    Found these neat LED lights at Lowes, and figured I could use them as my lights ( slightly modified ) in this bath . . .

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                    Using the same "wood" tile, with the added metal border was decided for the floor moldings in the bath . . .

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                    This corner was converted to a quarter round corner ( no a square edge ) so the floor moldings were modified to accent it . . .

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                    Got some paint . . . and had to send a picture up to my daughter for approval . . . good news, she liked the color choice . . .

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                    Added the color to the back wall ( no purple was not staying up there . . .

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                    Adding more paint to the different areas of the bath . . .

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                    Finally got the toilet set back in the bath . . . nice to have a partially functioning guest bath again . . .

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                    Better pic with the flooring . . .

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                    Got plans for this in the "mill style" bath design . . . pics coming soon . . .

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                    Buying the "cheaply made" off the shelf bath pieces is a whole lot faster than making up all of the parts yourself . . .

                    Guess I just wanted something "unique" for this guest bath . . .
                     
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                    • conv67bdere

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                      Forgot to get this updated with more pictures from my past work . . .

                      Found this old gas pump handle light and just could not pass it up . . . might, or might not go in the bath . . . not sure yet . . .

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                      Closer look at the handle . . . might need a little Mad Scientist adjustments to it though . . .

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                      Found these old gauges at a antique consignment shop, and they will be used in the bath to get my desired old shop mill look . . .

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                      And this was also found at the antique place . . . got plans for it too . . .

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                      First off, it was far to thick to use as it was, so I cut the thing in half to thin it up for the wall . . .

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                      And this was the resulting look . . . not too bad . . .

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                      On the wall, covering up the wall vent, it will look kinds like this . . .

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                      But I was not real happy with the big opening that was on the bottom of the heater . . .

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                      But the top had (2) halves and I was only using the front half of the heater . . . so I cut the back half out . . .

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                      And welded it into the bottom area to help close it up a bite more . . .

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                      So now I've got the wall vent covering ready to go . . .

                      More to come . . .
                       
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                        Next part of the project . . . .

                        All of the fixtures in this bath will be made out of black pipe to make it "fit" the old mill shop style bath . . . Initial TP holder

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                        It would work . . . but I came up with a minor update to it . . .

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                        Made the holder side out of 1" pipe instead of 1/2? pipe . . . which meant welding it in place, and milling the end cap to allow it to fit the P over it . . .

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                        These were the LED lights that I found at Lowes that I was wanting to use in the bath . . . modified a bit as needed . . .

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                        Here is the fabrication of fitting the light onto the black pipe decor . . . this was the plan and initial idea . . .

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                        Then there was the metal panel . . . but it was all new and shiny . . . that would not do . . . so . . .

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                        Pull out the air brush and do a little work on making it look rusty and old . . .

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                        And then mount it to the ceiling above the tub . . . plans for the back area is a boxed in area with LED lighting . . .

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                        More to come . . . still got more completed . . .
                         
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                            Be glad you can do it yourself. Your labor cost would be out of sight.
                            I do this for a living. Special touches get expensive real fast.

                            Yes I agree Prego flooring we will not do. I don't care what they are willing to pay. Total crap.
                             
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                              If you haven't done so clear coat that black pipe. It will rust over time if left bare.
                               
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                                All of the black pipe was painted - after cleaning off all the oil . . . of course . . .
                                 
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                                Nice work Larry. :thumbsup:
                                 
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                                  Next update . . . more stuff that has already gotten done . . .

                                  Now it's time to start adding some of the needed accessories to the bath - and in keeping with the "old mill" style . . .
                                  Here's where one of the gauges comes into play . . . the towel rack ( again in black pipe - painted )

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                                  Got the TP holder and the vent cover mounted as needed in the bath . . .

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                                  And the towel rack too . . . the boards are because I added that in the wall cabinet in the master bath - right where this needs to mount. So to keep the screws from sticking out of the back of the master cabinet, these planks give me a mounting surface. They are lag bolted into the 2x6 suds on either side of the cabinet . . . plenty of strength to hold up towels . . .

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                                  Then get the raw wood painted, so it'll blend into the wall . . .

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                                  Now to fight with the lighting . . . and get the wires strung through the black pipe . . . here's the thought . . .

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                                  Guess this got out of order . . . towels on the towel rack . . .

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                                  Got all of the lights mounted on the black pipe - fabricated them so that they still swivel as they did before ( about 340 degrees )

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                                  And . . . let there be light . . . they do work . . .

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                                  Here's the final fab work on the junction box . . . welded a piece of metal to cover the switch as I could not find a blank cover . . .

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                                  And on last view of the lights after I got the gauge added back into the picture . . .
                                  ( hope . . . is to add LED lights behind the gauge and make it a night light for this bath . . . )

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                                  more pictures coming . . .
                                   
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                                    Looking good.
                                     
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                                      Great work Larry, it looks awesome!!
                                       
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                                        No wonder the plumbing doesn't work, the pipes are all plugged up with wires!


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