Once we had completed the tile, we still had the bathroom floor to deal with. There was at least an inch of mortar that still needed to come up. Out came the hammer drill.
The mortar came up fairly easy. However, we were now left with an iron toilet flange that was two inches higher than it needed to be. After hours of taking the grinder and blow torch to it, we finally got it flush with the floor. Now we could attach the new toilet flange. Actually, Norm attached the new toilet flange. I wouldn’t go near the thing.
Like I mentioned in my last post, this bathroom was a project we kept putting off. We had just completed sheetrocking the entire basement, and it seemed like there was no end to the dust. We were in no hurry to create more. So, after taking a long break, we decided to break out the hammer drill and get to work. After removing the tile and lath, which is the wire meshing that holds the mortar, we were left with a dark cinder-block room. Norm wired up temporary lighting and this is what we were left with:
A blank canvas and a lot of debris to haul to the dump. H-e-a-v-y debris. What did we do before Rubbermaid bins?
After the dust settled, it was time to wire and hang the sheetrock. Norm, who is a licensed electrician, wired a light fixture in the shower stall since it is such a dark space.