I live in a house built around 1890 with 1 apt on first floor and 1 on 2nd
floor. It was a solidly built home (mansion) in 1890s, but the additions and
jerryrigging in the 40s and 50s were/are sub-par to add on 4 rooms below and 2
rooms plus outdoor long porch on 2nd floor.
Both apts have cast iron tubs, theirs above my dining room (an addition). From
memory, their BathR is approx the width of 2 cast iron bathtubs plus a sink on
the opposite wall, and length of the room is the bathtub plus toilet and tiny
linen closet. There is an outside wall on 1 side (toilet side), and 'rear'
(sink wall), before the additions were made to the rear of the house.
About 18 yrs ago, the upstairs tub began leaking, supposedly at the drain OR the
overflow. That eventually made my ceiling fall through (from side wall to end
of their tub). Their inflow water for toilet tank at side wall was also leaking
into my ceiling. Plumbers said they could not get to the tub leak because of
how beams/cross supports were set up (and landlord did not want the expense.
So they covered the hole with rocklathe and left it). Their continues to drip
into my ceiling from time to time-- sigh.
Today, the new tenant tells us he is chipping out the old mortar where the cast
iron tub sits-- literally pounding on it with a hammer / chisel. Says it is not
needed! I argued it IS needed to distribute the weight of tub+water+human -- he
argues the joists (which are partly rotted from water leaks) are all that is
needed. I read through this which seems to support my arguments:
So how do I get a "dumb hick" who thinks he knows it all to Stop, Look, and
Listen before a heavy tub breaks through my non-ceiling-covered only with a
piece of rocklathe sheeting?! By the way, the guy told a friend that his floor
has FIFTY-by-TEN joists-- laughing (can someone tell who sells 50x10s? I do
recall dad nailing together joists when load required it and adding cross
supports , but none were 50'x10' --oh my!).
Want to thank my very demanding and exacting dad who built our house around us
as we lived in it, and who made his daughters/me "help" him from the time we
could crawl and walk. Learned lots of lessons for every aspect of home
construction. I may not always know names of tools or products, because I was
so young when "building" with him.... but I sure remember how he constructed and
his attention to details. And his warnings, and explanations of why were were
doing X this way and not the "easy way".