Okay so when last we left off we talked about coming projects on the house. The main project we'd like to focus on is turning this room into a finished fabulous bathroom.
I'd like to restate that we already have permits to finish this bathroom.
One issue that I didn't think of at the time is what to do about this siding. I would like to carefully remove it and install the earthquake shear panels in this area. As you can see there are several soil stacks in the way that will have to be removed for access. Also the closest window is pretty rotted away to nothing and I've bought a replacement for it.
But, how to remove the siding without destroying it?!?!!? Any ideas? Then how do I strip the siding back to bare wood (safely and effectively as there is lead paint there for sure) and reinstall it?
I want to install house wrap and flash the window openings with peel and stick flashing. There also is a question on how far I should strip the siding. Should I do this entire side then I can flash that far window also. Unfortunately that far away soil stack is the one most used on the house as it connect the only working bathroom to the sewer main....that's gotta stay attached and working as much as possible.
That nearest soil stack shoots way up to the third floor. This stack is not being used at all so I think it makes sense just to remove it entirely and replace it with modern no-hub cast iron when we get to redoing the upper bath.
Check out what looks like an old boarded up window and the lame t-111 siding in this pic. More evidence that this back part of the house was probably a porch at one time.
Here is a picture of the type of drain that I was hoping to use. Its from a company called quickdrain and they are newish to the U.S. Using this drain I can do a simple slope towards the drain, not a fancy 4 way slope you have to do with a standard center drain. One problem is that I thought this company had a rear discharge model...which I can see nicely hooking up to the drain line in the above picture. With how the drain line is above slab I don't know how I'm going to get a standard bottom discharge drain to work unless I have a very thick mud bed. Also, I'm not sure if these drains are approved for use in Alameda... I could be looking at a pretty serious step up into the shower if I don't plan this right. When I'm old I don't want to have to take a giant step over the shower curb and into the shower...