Once the tub was removed, we realized that the layer of linoleum that we had removed was one of 5 layers of linoleum and thin plywood. So our next task was to remove the remaining 4 levels of flooring to get to the subfloor. Since we will be tiling the bathroom, it was important for us to make sure the sub-floor was sturdy and level and in good shape so this step was essential.
Because there were 5 total layers of flooring above the subfloor, there were layers that were more difficult than others. We used all the resources we had, including my parents. Out came the shovels and hoes.
Next we had to remove all of the staples that were popping out of the subfloor in order to have a smooth surface for tiling. This task was given to my mom and I and I like to think we did a pretty good job of it. We also could examine the water damage better with all of the floors up. With water damage visible to the subfloor, we began cutting out pieces of the subfloor. Before we put new subfloor down, we reinforced the cross beams. End of day five occurred with the nailing of the subfloor over the new supported cross beams. It was finally a celebration. We had worked hard for two full days and didn’t see much results, just tearing down old drywall and floor. But the end of the day resulted in a NEW floor being put down.
At the end of the two day demolition experience, we had this pile of flooring and bathtub sitting in our yard. Until Wednesday when Rumpke comes to pick up the tub, toilet and vanity, our yard is going to look like a junk yard.
The other HUGE happening to our bathroom this weekend was that my dad was able to put in another outlet. Before, we had this 2-safety outlet by the vanity.