When you’re working to remodel your bathroom on a budget, one way you can save money is to do some of the work yourself.
Although plumbing may seem mysterious, it’s not. In a relatively short time you CAN learn how to properly plumb a bathroom. If you’re doing a full bathroom tear out (down to the studs and the subfloor) it gets easier as everything is exposed.
If you’re going to do this, the key is practice first where it doesn’t matter.
Attend a How To clinic at your local Home Depot or Lowe’s, then get some stuff and start practicing. You’ll find that in relatively few hours you’ll know how to sweat copper, secure ABC, and do all aspects of rough plumbing.
The only major suggestion I make in this regard is to make sure you work this out with your contractor first. Some won’t let you as they want full control over the quality of all the work. If your contractor is willing to work with you in this way, ensure they inspect your work before the city does.
What are the important points to ponder?
- When seating copper, cleanliness is truly next to godliness. A junction that is not clean enough won’t bond properly.
- Get and use a heat shield. You put it being the joint being soldiered. They are available in the plumbing departments at all the big box stores. Click here to see what they look like.
As regards heat shields… DO NOT TOUCH THE METAL GROMMETS!!!! Although the felt material does not get hot, the grommets get so hot they will burn you in an instant. I learned this the hard way and had a beautiful ring shaped blister on my palm after contact of a short fraction of a second. The purpose of the holes is to hang the heat shield on a hook or nail.
If you’re game to do this, you can save several hundred dollars. Having said that, it’s only worth it if you have faith and confidence in your abilities, so practice and develop some skills first.
Now that you’re ready for your bathroom remodeling project, you should contact us. The contractors you’ll meet through us are second to none.