Old Stone House

The Pipes Froze!

February 7, 2006

Filed under: Day to Day,Master Bathroom @ 7:13 pm

Returning from a two-day mini vacation, we were greeted by a frigid house, and yes, frozen pipes. Apparently snow drifted over the furnace intake and snuffed the flame (another project to fix). Luckily, just the pipes on the front of the house froze – which just happen to serve the master bathroom. With this, the bathroom reno has started.

I cut a hole in the wall and tried to thaw the pipes by blowing hot air from a heater into the cavity, but this was useless at best. Turns out whoever boxed in the pipes insulated on the inside of the wall, as opposed to the outside of the wall, essentially protecting the pipes from the warm air and keeping them perpetually frozen.

As a result, I tore out all the bulkheads that surrounded the pipes, running up the wall and across the ceiling. I was surprised at how much cold air poured out of the wall where the lathe was exposed, and it was no mystery as to why the pipes had frozen solid. I fired up the propane torch and ran it along the length of the pipes and within minutes water was flowing. Not one burst pipe!

As you can see in the following photo, the bulheads were hiding the wastepipes for the tub, toilet and sink – as they had been simply strapped to the ceiling and boxed around. Also take note of the lovely wallpaper – it makes you eyes throb!

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  1. […] Within a few hours the whole room had a nice fresh coat of sheet-rock on it, and the first coat of mud. One of the pleasant results of reconfiguring the plumbing is that as all the plumbing is now coming through the floor (as opposed to the wall, thus avoiding another freezing!) and as such we can sheet the walls before the plumbing is even started! Granted, the floor will have to wait until all the copper and ABS are installed, but as I can’t figure out anyway to get drywall mud to dry faster then it does it is just as well – nothing is more bothersome then having to wait for something to dry! In our case, we can continue to add coats of mud while we work on other aspects of the reno, maximizing time as well as my holidays. Off to the plumbing! […]

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