Hello fellow DIYers
I've just brought my first home, and have many extension plans for it, which
I hope to do all myself.
My first project is to install some patio doors in our living room and build
a new deck. The problem I have is that in our living room we have baseboard
heating (along the wall into which I want to install the patio doors) and
finished hardwood floors. The basement is also finished so I have no direct
access to the plumbing from below either.
Does anyone have any tips on how I might remove the baseboard and re-lay the
plumbing under the living room floor WITHOUT taking the hardwood floor up or
pulling down the ceiling in the basement? If some pulling up of flooring,
or pulling down of ceiling, is inevitable please offer any tips on how to
minimise the damage/effort.
Thanks in advance.
I hope you're not planning too many additions which require no work or
disruption to the existing home like you do in this case.
You'll need to remove some ceiling in the basement to re-fit the plumbing. You
might want to look into replacing the baseboard you remove with in-floor
register or radient heat.
In any event, get used to cutting and restoring sheetrock, especially if any of
these future planned additions branch off the finished portion of the basement.
Thanks for confirming what I thought was the case... :-(
And thanks for the recommendation concerning repacement heating...
Bye for now, Kurt
PS I had written a much more involved response. but lost the email -
how I hate it when that happens...
Well, the bad news is you'll probably need to cut into the ceiling
below to get at the plumbing.
But the good news is, you'll soon become an expert with sheetrock
repairs, and once you're there, you'll be freed from unwarranted
concern about hacking into walls or ceilings as you continue to expand
The only skill more liberating for the DIY person (in my view, anyway)
is the ability to solder copper pipe. Go for it!
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