Monthly Archive: July 2012

Jul 20

Bathroom Remodel: The Cast Iron Fitting

I’m going to start this post out by saying that the cast iron fitting part of the bathroom project was the most unnerving aspect of the whole project.  During this step I never felt 100% comfortable with what was going on or if I was installing it correctly.  It was during these steps I had to chisel at the foundation, use the biggest pipe wrench ever, and cross my fingers for no leaks.  Luckily for me it all worked out and the drainage is still holding strong to this day without leaks.

This is also kind of part 2 of my previous post on building the raised drainage platform.  In the first part/post, my focus was on the lumber part of the project where I was able to build up the platform.  This post will focus primarily on the connection going from the cast iron fitting into the PVC drainage coming from the shower and toilet.

Throughout the project I did have one set of eyes on me.  The slave driver of the house, the construction site manager, good ol’ Barkley!

You saw this on the first part, but for those that haven’t this was the contraption that I had to connect into the pipe.  The PVC pipes below are the drainage pieces that actually connect into the toilet and shower.

Here is a picture of the main drain for the entire house.  For those of you that don’t know.  This pipe goes from the roof of the house all the way down under the foundation and into the drainage pipes of city.  This pipe is also open on top to allow air ventilation to all the stinky smells coming from the great below!

You will also notice that I cut the platform into two top pieces.  I did this so I could work on the shower and toilet separate from one another.  I also did this so I could keep an eye on the connection to make sure there were no leaks for about a two week period.

Along with that ventilation I had to install another pipe that went outside to help the water drain from the shower and from the toilet.  Here is a picture of how I tied into exhaust coming from the furnace.

Now lets get back to how to connect the Cast Iron Fitting.  The drainage opening into the cast iron was large enough that I had to have some assistance from my father-in-law to find the correct size fitting.  Luckily for me, he knows just the right places to look for things like that and was able to snag me one.

But before I could get that one I had to get out the chisel and hammer and knock some concrete away from around the cast iron.  This was not the most difficult task, but still a little nerve wracking because I didn’t want to accidentally crack the cast iron.  By doing this project myself I’m saving a lot of money.  If you want to know how to spend a lot of money go and crack your main sewer drain coming from your house.

Once I finally got the area chiseled out enough and few times hitting the fingers with hammer I was done.  Getting the cap off the cast iron wasn’t to bad.  I was able to borrow a pipe wrench from the neighbor that fit the square on the cap and take that off.   Lesson learned here; once you get the cap of your sewer off the room will start to smell like #2 if you catch my drift.  It’s a lovely potpourri to work in!

Next, it was time to get the cast iron fitting put on the cast iron joint.  Bring in the BIG wrench!  This thing was so big that I had to rent it from an actual plumber because I couldn’t get it around town and they are ridiculous expensive.

Here is a pulled back version of the wrench.

Needless to say there was some major torque on that fitting.  If that doesn’t get tight enough I will have to tear everything down and fix the leak.  Also, make sure that you cover the ground rules of having the sewer drain open with your wife prior to the flush!!  Very Important!

Once I got the cast iron fitting secured I was ready to build the platform around it and get the shower unit put together.

I would say in the end it all worked out.  Like I mentioned earlier *knock on wood* there are no leaks up till this point!! That all I have for now.

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Jul 18

Getting Our Baseball Fix

Today, we had the opportunity to go to the Rockie’s game with some of Eric’s co-workers on an “outing”. It was our second game in 4 days…I know, rough life, but you gotta get your baseball fix somewhere. We had great seats that we shaded for part of the game, which was great. When the sun moved in on us, though, it heated up pretty darn fast! We had a great time though, and were able to enjoy the game and eat lunch at a cool restaurant/brewery downtown before the game. Fun times had by all!And just this past Sunday, we went to the Rockies vs. Phillies game with our good friends the Hucks! We sat in the 13th row (Thanks Leslie and the bank!!) which was amazing. I’ve never seen a game that close! It was Eric and my first Rockie’s game, so we had fun taking it all in. We had such a good weekend with them, hitting up a beer and BBQ fest (kind of a bust, but still fun), shopping till we dropped, and eating amazing food in Ft. Collins! We can’t wait for our next adventure with them! Go Rockies!

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Jul 17

We All Make Mistakes….Right?

This wasn’t the kind of life changing mistake you might be thinking. It’s quite the opposite in fact, but a mistake nonetheless. AND it makes for a funny/slightly embarrassing story.


So, for two years now, I’ve had a good plant going on my kitchen window sill. I was darn proud of it too! When someone would walk in the door and ask “What in the world is that plant?”, I’d boastfully say “It’s parsley! Duh!”. I specifically remember my Mom coming in and saying…”Is that a carrot in that small pot?”. Of course it’s not Mom, it’s an herb!

I used that parsley in countless dishes. When my husband would say “Hmm, this doesn’t smell like the dried parsley we have”, I’d just shrug and toss it in. That was some hearty parsley too, because it stayed strong for two years straight! I watered that baby every day. We had a special relationship.


A while ago (yes, I’m a bit behind on this breaking news), I’m watering the carrots in the garden. I looked at the tops coming up and thought….that looks strangely like the parsley on my window sill. I looked again closely and it clicked. Maybe my parsley was really a carrot!

No way, it couldn’t be. I’ve never even planted carrots before this year, so there’s just no way. I walk inside and gently pull up on my parsley stems just to make sure I wasn’t going crazy.

And out comes…

an orange CARROT!

Oh my lanta, was I surprised. I’m still shocked to this day, and honestly have no idea how #1 it stayed alive so long, and #2 how I planted a carrot without knowing it!

Sorry to all that I doubted (that includes you, Mom). You were right, it wasn’t parsley. Ya know that green thumb I thought I was slowly attaining…yea, this was a minor set back to that title. Maybe one day.

Can’t you see the resemblance. Carrot tops, parsley…pretty much the same thing! And it was the same thing in my house for 2 years, har har.Until next time!

Jul 16

Garden Update…In Photos

This has been a hustle bustle week and a half in our household, so I decided to do a post full of pictures! It’s been so fun to watch the garden grow (and not destroyed by the horrific hail storms like last year!), so I just have to share. These are from last week…and we already have green tomatoes and a large pepper this week! Amazing, I tell ya. Enjoy!

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