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Bubbagumpredditor t1_iqty1cf wrote

WE had this with a bathtub. Soloution: Rip open plaster ceiling and install drop ceiling after numerous plumbers couldnt fix fully. Replace/repaint drop ceiling panels as needed.



frzn_dad t1_iqufgky wrote

Don't need to be handy if you are rich.


EleanorRigbysGhost t1_iqvc12k wrote

If any rich heads with old houses out there are reading this, I am very handy and will gladly take your money.


fabeeleez t1_iqu19ke wrote

My in laws have a hundred year house but they've taken very good care of it


Bubbagumpredditor t1_iqu1p18 wrote

Oh, dont get me wrong, it was a lovely house, but still had the original plumbing and electric and guess why hit burned down?


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Bubbagumpredditor t1_iqucpl9 wrote

Nope, bad switch.


FerretChrist t1_iqv6r54 wrote

Dragon attack?


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yacht_boy t1_iqu1fi9 wrote

Ehhh. Just renovate the bathroom properly. Replace the tub and all the associated plumbing. While you're at it, might as well do the rest of the bathroom over.


Bubbagumpredditor t1_iqu1ue4 wrote

You sound like someone whos isnt wrong but who didnt have 2 kids in school form 1986-1994.


yacht_boy t1_iqu2a0a wrote

I was 11 in 1986. But I do have 2 kids now, and my house is 175 years old.


beardedheathen t1_iqu2xig wrote

I'm a decade younger with two kids and a house that's 125 years old. I wish I'd had other options because I'm a diyer because of budget issues.


pops101 t1_iqu9spz wrote

I'm a decade younger than you and have neither kids or a house. If something is leaking then I really have a problem.


oh-propagandhi t1_iqucqdo wrote

I'm right in between y'all in my house that's 8 years old. Houses always need fixing. The 12 year old one did and the 40 year old one did too. There's always something.


Kevven t1_iqv4qof wrote

That's nothing. I was 135 years old in 1986. We bought a two year old house and it was a nightmare cause I was leaking all over the place!


yacht_boy t1_iqugnae wrote

It's not too late to burn it down!


burnerman0 t1_iqvsigr wrote

I assume you're saying this is the same time as you had your house with the leak? Or else I'm not sure what having your kids graduate 20 years ago has to do with fixing a leak now...


greeblefritz t1_iqvggl5 wrote

Just did a full kitchen remodel on my 120ish year old house, with two kids in school. Once they are old enough you can actually use their help and teach them things.

(Although to be honest I'm a little premature in using the past tense, I've still got some trim to hang and I installed the blower motor on the range hood backwards, so I have to fix that before it's truly 'done').


UsedUpSunshine t1_iqu4608 wrote

While you’re at it change the door frame in every room. Then the floors. Redo the kitchen. It’s a workflow that starts when you work on your house. You start and you’ll never stop.


imanze t1_iqu76pm wrote

I’m sorry.. I don’t mean to be a dick but are you saying your solution of a constant and active leak was to remove an awesome plaster ceiling and replace it with a drop down ceiling so that you could just rip them out as they got water damaged? … Are you planning on addressing the leak? Disposable ceilings, now i’ve literally heard it all.


AKA_Squanchy t1_iqu2quw wrote

Seriously! I grew up in a 1928, my dad is still battling it (he was a carpenter, and he taught me lots of handiness). My wife kept looking at craftsman homes and other classics and I finally had to tell her to stop, no way in hell I was going to deal with all that.


last_rights t1_iqudy83 wrote

Mines 1917.

We're pretty handy.

Some small plumbing leaks that we fixed, replaced some of the cast iron sewer pipe that was rusted at the toilet, and replaced the old leaky cedar gutter that rotted the rafter tails. We cut those off and put up fascia and had aluminum gutters installed instead.

That's pretty much all that we have been "forced" to do. Everything else was because we decided to.


greeblefritz t1_iqvj0n9 wrote

Yeah, I don't think you can broadly generalize about older houses like people are in this thread. It has to be more case-by-case. If a 100+ year old house has been well maintained over the years then it's not going to be much worse than a newer one. Different types of problems certainly, but it's not not automatically a junk heap. Whereas I've heard numerous stories of newer houses needing repairs or remodeling within the first 10 years because of shitty contractors cutting corners and doing a bad job.


sose5000 t1_iqveshs wrote

Find different plumbers. Every leak can be fixed if you don’t half ass the repair.


CoolWhipMonkey t1_iquq6nr wrote

My parents’ house was built in the 1800’s. So. Many. Problems.


wootled t1_iqv6700 wrote

Depends where you live - my house is just over hundred years old, but it’s pretty standard in the UK.

Pain in the arse to fit anything like cupboards or shelves as not a single wall is straight or at a right angle to anything else!


My3rstAccount t1_iqu21i8 wrote

Exactly why houses shouldn't be an investment. The first thing you do when you get one is change everything about it anyway.