Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Bathroom Repairs

 Now here's a subject we mostly don't want to see or talk about until we need to fix something - then we're googling all over the place looking for answers.

I haven't posted any repairs lately, because, well, thankfully, I haven't had to do any!  But this one has been rolling around in my head for a while.

I have had some kind of leak from my toilet or the incoming water valve or maybe just from the tank sweating.  It was a mystery, but the floor was obviously showing signs of water absorption.

I called a friend to see if he knew of any carpenters in the area who could take a look at this.  He said he had done repairs like this and would be happy to inspect it and see what we should do.

Here are some before photos:

Actually I have seen worse than this, and it wasn't getting any worse - but I was sure there was some kind of monster under there.
My friend poked around and discovered some dry rot, but nothing was moist any more, so whatever it was wasn't happening any longer.  He offered to take the toilet off, inspect further and put on a new seal.  He also had a great idea for a plate of sorts that would level out the floor so the toilet sat level.

Gotta love the mind of a repairman.
This is made from a sheet of plywood that is stained.  Perfect fit!

For those of you with an older mobile home, this is a great fix as long you do not have major dry rot underneath your floor.  I once saw a similar fix with a steel plate.  This will probably last another 10 years.

Total time four hours.  New seal, bolts, plywood just under $40.
So I only got to play assistant on this one, but I am grateful that I was not the surgeon this time!!!
And so grateful for good friends!!  :)


  1. He IS a good friend, Jeni! :-) xo Jennifer

  2. Ah, so it's okay to do this! It's how I found my just-bought mobile home master bath. Unfortunately, the commode is very wobbly side-to-side. I sure don't want to pay a darn plumber, but I'll probably have to... Ugh...

    1. No plumber needed!! A handyman can do this! I had a friend help me. It's basically just like replacing the seal, but with added support.
      So far this is working good for me. I'm putting off the new floor until it really needs it!
      Hang in there Robynne!


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