I mentioned awhile back that our house is older and has all sorts of issues. Slowly, I have been working my way through it remodeling as I go. We’ve had a sag in the floor between our bedroom and the master bathroom. I was planning to remodel the master bath but decided I needed to address the sag before I did anything else.
As a part of that, I planned to opened the cieling and install a new lintel and window near where I had everything opened. This weekend was the moment of truth. Since I was so anxious to get started, I woke up early on Saturday and took the family out to eat. We messed around and went shoopping (I hate shopping) and did all sorts of other stuff. Finally, I could put it off no longer. After lunch, I opened the cieling…and cried.
The master bathroom had been remodeled sometime in the mid-1980s we think (based on the decor). They added a gawd-awful garden tub and a stand-up shower. Whatever genius did the work directly caused the sag when they added the new drains during the remodel. My floor joists are comprised of 2×10 boards that run between load bearing walls. The genius who installed the drain pipe cut 5 inch notches in at least 7 of those boards to run the drain pipe (there may be more…I have to open more cieling). So, the original builder figured that the house needed 2×10 boards for support but the remodeling genius decided it was overkill and cut that in half to install the pipe. The original builder was right.
So I got the lintel and window installed but now I (probably) have to remove the drain pipe and install new 2×10 boards to properly support the house. I’ll have to jack a large portion of the floor to undo the sag as well. I’d like to find the guy who originally did the remodel. I think what he/she did was criminal. At the very least, I’d like to swat the genius right on the nose with a newspaper…or a 2×10!