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We have had occupancy of the house for a month now.

Well, it is not so much a remodeling project as it is finding that there is a crack in the tile in the downstairs bathroom that runs the full length of the bathroom from the door to the shower and thinking that should probably not happen in the first month of occupancy. 

Here's the full story....

I was vacuuming the bathroom the other day when I noticed a big scratch in the tiles in the bathroom.  I swore just a bit because I thought I had picked up a rock or nail with the vacuum and subsequently had scratched the floor with it.  I searched the vacuum cleaner and could find nothing that would cause a scratch.  So I got down on my hands and knees to inspect the scratch more closely and found it was not a scratch but a crack (no, I do not have a photograph).

The next time project manager #3 was at the house, I pointed it out to him.  At first, he thought I was nuts because he couldn't see it.  However, after I made him get down on his hands and knees, he came to his own crack conclusion.  After some sluthing on his part, he found that the lath that is supposed to be put in the concrete under the tile was not put in the concrete.  Therefore, any slight shift in the floor would cause the tile to crack.  The contractor has taken full responsibility for the issue and is fixing it at their own cost.  However, it still means we have to live in a construction zone - something I very much did not want to do, no matter how small the construction area or how quick the construction process.

Anyway, it has to get fixed so today they are demolishing the bathroom floor. 

Demolition of the bathroom floor does not just mean jackhammering through the tile and concrete underlay because, of course, we have radiant floor heating so the demolition must be done with the utmost care so that the radiant floor heating pipes do not get damaged.

The bathroom has been wrapped in plastic to reduce the amount of dust escaping into the rest of the house and two guys are planted in the bathroom pulling up the tile and concrete.  They are almost done.  There is just one more corner of tile to pull up (under the guy who is standing).

The tile is pulled up by forcing a putty knife (by hitting it with a hammer) into the space between the tile and concrete


and chipping the tile away.  Once the tile is up and the concrete is exposed, the second guy demolishes the concrete with a small sledge hammer.

Once the concrete is broken, the pieces are carefully removed from around the radiant floor heating pipes.  Here are some of those pipes now exposed again.  We will not know if they survived the demolition until we test the heater tonight.

I am not sure where the crowbar comes into play but in all honesty, I didn't really watch any of the demolition process to closely.