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  • Remodeling a Bathroom
There are a lot of decisions that you need to make when planning a bathroom renovation. Remodeling a Bathroom takes you through each step in the process: you learn everything you need to know to complete a pro-level bathroom remodel, from planning the renovation, choosing materials and fixtures to putting in the finishing touches.

Whether its choosing fixtures, making the plan, removing old cabinetry, framing walls, roughing in the plumbing and electric supply, installing drywall, flooring, cabinets and countertops, tub and shower enclosures, moldings, or plumbing and electrical fixtures -- you'll learn what to do here.

  • Gives you hands-on advice on how to tackle a bathroom renovation
  • Provides clear step-by-step photo essays to guide you through each part of the process
  • Numerous sidebars, tips, tool lists, and advice on choosing materials and fixtures help insure a successful renovation
Additional Information
About No
Issue Number No
Cover 138
Publication Year 2005
Photos color photos
Drawings and drawings
Isbn 978-1-56158-621-9
Author Leon A. Frechette
Dimensions 9-1/4 x 10-7/8
Pages 176
Format Paperback
Toc Introduction

How to Use This Book

1. Repair or Remodel?

Evaluating the Project
Creating a Floor Plan
Gauging the Scope of Work

2. Demolition and Framing
Gutting the Room Completely
Working on the Floor System
Working on the Venting
Other Framing Projects
Finishing Up the Framing

3. Plumbing Rough-In
Learning Plumbing Basics
Laying Out the Fixture Rough-In
Working with Plastic Pipes and Fittings
Installing Vent Piping
Dealing with Copper Water Supply Lines

4. Electrical Rough-In
Locating Fixtures
Learning Wiring Basics
Installing Boxes and Wiring

5. Working with Wallboard
Understanding Wallboard Products
Fixing Framing Problems
Choosing Wallboard Fasteners
Hanging Wallboard
Finishing Wallboard

6. Flooring, Cabinets, and Countertops
Underlayment Issues
Laying Down Flooring
Installing Cabinets
Installing Countertops

7. Tub and Shower Enclosures
About Bathtub Wall Enclosures
Installing Tile
Finishing Touch: A Shower Door

8. Doors and Moldings
Hanging and Trimming a Door

9. Finishing Up with Fixtures
Electrical Fixtures
Plumbing Fixtures

10. Finishing Touches
Final Prep Work
Installing Door Hardware
Installing Cabinet Hardware
Mounting Accessories



Intro Growing up I was privileged to learn a few things from my grandfather, who had been a carpenter in the service, and from my mom, who was a contractor wannabe. I just never knew what our house would look like when I got home from schoolthat was my early introduction to remodeling. Little has changed today. My wife Kimberly is an interior designer, so I never know when I leave for a trip if well still have the same furniture when I return. Nevertheless, we make a good team.

When I got my contractors license in 1976, at the age of 22, I had to pretend to be an expert in my field in order to get the experience that eventually made me one. That was hard to do at first; I missed out on a lot of jobs because I looked too young to be a remodeling contractor. I learned along the way that I loved to remodel and build new bathrooms. I knew I could make a difference in a 5-ft. by 9-ft. space, the typical size for an average bathroom.

I have written before about bathroom remodeling, but this book project was especially appealing because it presented the opportunity to gut a bathroom and completely renovate it. (Weve lived in our house 18 years and have never done any major remodeling.) I enjoyed working with my wife to create a new bathroom with a 1930s nostalgic feel. It was a complicated project that took months of planning: finding the right products and fixtures; contracting for custom work; and purchasing items and supplies so theyd be on hand when needed. The planning was worth the time invested, as you can see by the photographs on the cover and throughout the book.

The hands-on experience I bring to Build Like a Pro: Remodel Your Bathroom is documented by text, illustrations, and photos. I wrote the book specifically to help you, the homeowner, understand the proper way to start a project and learn the steps required to finish the work. Because the book paints a realistic picture of what it takes to remodel a bathroom, youll be able to make intelligent decisions about the scope of your project. Use the book as tool to help you understand or visualize the remodeling process.You will learn that itemizing a job can help you perform the work in the proper sequence for a smooth and efficient project.

Your work schedule needs to comply with the building, electrical, and plumbing codes established and enforced by your local building department. Be aware that electrical and plumbing permits, as well as inspections, sometimes fall under state rather than city or county jurisdiction. Be sure to check requirements in your municipality.

The information contained in this book is intended to be a resource for you. Its not the final word. The best advice I can give is to take the time to read the entire book to get a feel for what it will take to remodel your bathroom completely. Good luck with your project, no matter how large or small!

Remodeling a Bathroom

  • by Leon A. Frechette
  • Paperback
  • Product Code: TP-FHB72070685
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