DIY vs Professional
You may have seen our master bathroom a few times …We have renovated half of our master bathroom already. We replaced the vanity, mirror and painted. (first renovation here)
We were in the process of trying to fix the leaking shower when we broke it instead. We know the basics, and have done some plumbing before. What we didn’t know was that 21 years ago the manifolds for showers were different. In the process of trying to change it we kinked the hot water pipe. Since the tub has a fiberglass surround in order to change the manifold it all has to be torn down and redone! If we had paid a plumber in the beginning it would have been a couple of hundred bucks ….. but 5 years later we still don’t have a working shower!
When something needs to be done or fixed my first thought is “how do I do that?” most of the time this is a good thought.
However there are times you should call in the experts.
I have resorted to asking myself these questions before jumping into a project
- is it already broken
- if I mess it up how much will it be to fix it?
- how much time is involved?
- how much will it cost me verse a professional doing it?
- do I have the tools needed?
We finally could afford to called in a professional to do our plumbing…but we can do the DEMO!!!!
Here is how we demoed our shower:
The first thing we did was removed the fixtures and tear down the tub surround.
Once the surround was down my husband used a sludge hammer to break our cast iron tub in half….warning…..this is a very loud and messy project.
After the tub was broken in half we torn down the sheet rock so we could get the tub out easier and we hauled it all out to our trailer to be taken to the dump.
Now that everything is torn down it is ready for the plumber. When our plumber showed up he recommended we move our plumbing to an inside wall rather then having it on our exterior wall. Why? It can freeze easier in the winter and if something were to go wrong after the shower is tiled there would be no way to get to our plumbing unless we torn the tile down.
And look at that beautiful new plumbing….done the right way!!
Through this experience I have learned DIY isn’t always the cheapest solution. There are times when it is best to have things done right the first time either by a professional or seeking professional advice. Hopefully this has helped you to know when to DIY or call in a professional.
DIY vs Professional
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