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    Aug 2012
    Bellevue, KY

    Question Interior brick walls covered with plaster or concrete I think....Need avise!


    I have started a restoration project in my upstairs bathroom and I think it may be a little out of my league.

    Two of the walls have some kind of plaster attached directly to the brick. There are no studs in these walls and the plaster I have removed has preveiled bad/cracked brick where a lot of the morter needs replaced. Some of the brick I guess weren't long enough so whoever built the house filled the gaps with pieces of wood to fill the void in stead of using a whole piece of brick. I don't know if this was typical back then or if they were just rushing through it or just simply didn't care.

    My intentions are to frame the walls so that I can run all plumbing and electrical and keep everything up to code, but at the same time I don't want the bad brick to destroly the new walls or cause damage to the wiring/plumbing that I plan to run behind it. The house is 150 years old and had a old claw foot tub and cast iron sink that was mounted to the wall. All of the piping was exposed that ran to the tub and sink and the piping they ran to the drains corroded causing the pipes to leak (which caused a big section of the plaster ceiling below it to come crashing down) and the hot and cold lines seem okay as far a leaks, but the inside of them have this green material and did some research and it was a different material used back then instead of the standard copper piping used today. I need to ask my plumber about this, but if you guys know I would appreciate your input. I know a plumber is going to tell me to replace it all regardless so they make more money. Also, there are no shut off valves upstairs in case of lines breaking or faucets leaking, so when a problem occurred I had to race down to the basement to shut off the water to the upstairs bathroom - a lot of water was able to build up by the time I made it the basement to shut it off. I told my plumber this was one of the main things I wanted added upstairs.

    Long story short I just need advise on what I should do to weather proof the exposed brick walls. Should I buy a bunch of mortar and skim coat the entire wall? Or would concrete be better to use to skim coat the walls? Or worst cast do I need to replace all the bricks and mortar which would take me a extremely long time. I know I need to have the outside brick walls tuck-pointed soon, but do I need to do that to the interior layer that is exposed in my bathroom? My last question is about the old hot and cold lines I mentioned above, should I keep or replace? I'm sorry, I lied I have one last question. There is one fume line upstairs that runs to the room which is mainly for the toilet I think because it has a elbow right next to where the toilet mounts that runs straight up to the roof, but I'm being told that to have it up to code the sink and tub also need one. Someone mention they sell mechanical ones that hook up to the drain line would work fine and were only like $30 a piece.

    Please help! Need suggestions before I begin framing so that my plumber and electrician can come back and finish their work.

    ***PS.....Also, learned the hard way that I should have wore a respiratory mask. Was sicker than a dog for 3 days and still feel sorta crummy, I have no plans of going back up there until I'm completely better and buy the proper safety tools (respiratory mask, gloves, and Google's - the safety glasses work, but a lot of degree still falls behind them) I should of had when starting the tear down of the old walls. I learned a lot from this mistake and hope anyone new like me gets the chance to read this so it doesn't happen to them.

    Best Regards,



    Last edited by bwalton41073; 08-30-2012 at 02:51 PM. Reason: Proof reading / forgot a few things

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