I'm considering purchasing a second home with the intent to rent. The
wiring has been upgraded to 200amp with breakers. The home is old but
appears to be in very good shape. The wiring job was recent but the
elec. left the old wiring intact (not live) - only visible in the open
basement - ceramic / wires. Should this not have been removed? Anything
to worry about?
Sorry - the tub was to be my second question. In the potential home the
tub was obviously placed in the washroom before the room was studded
out. Not an uncommon thing around here. It has to be removed from the
room. Is it feasible to break it up? cut it up or am I better off
knocking out a wall.
On 3 Dec 2006 12:01:23 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I have an old claw foot tub in my bathroom. I thought it might have
been installed before the wall was put in but my plumber told me that
the paws unscrew, and that the tub could easily be moved out and down
the stairs. There is a market for them around here.
Easily? (Yeah, right) You obviously haven't moved a full-size, cast iron
I moved my sister's beloved POS cast iron tub to her "new" home a few years
ago. I told her it would be the LAST time I would do so. I would cheerfully
volunteer for sledgehammer duty, though. (pay back)
Unless the tub is in PERFECT condition (no chipped enamel, etc), its value is
probably limited to scrap, and that value is probably less than the effort
needed to get it to Sanford and Son's yard.
When it comes to house resale, a cast iron bathtub is "right up there" with an
old, upright piano: The house sale is contingent upon that the tub and piano
It's always a good idea to remove any non-working wiring. The previous
owner probably told him the electrician to forget about removing it to
save himself some money. You should _definitely_ verify that _none_ of
the old wiring is live. You'd be surprised how many times wiring has
been upgraded and a couple of circuits from the old system remain in
Sledgehammer and have at it. Wear eye protection.
remove all traces of old wiring, and check entire home to confirm
theres none live.
often people try disquising their K&T is gone, when really stuff in the
wall is still active.
check receptables and lights to confirm boxes and grounds are in and
2 questions for the price of 1.
1. No problem with leaving the 'abandoned' wiring in place, unless of
course removing it was in the contract with the electrician.
2. A cast iron tub can be broken up relatively quickly with a sledge
hammer. If it is of no value, you might want to break it up even if an
opening is available, since those CI tubs are HEAVY. OTOH, if a new
tub is replacing it, and a wall has to be opened up anyway....
Often wrong, never in doubt.
Larry Wasserman - Baltimore, Maryland - email@example.com
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