How to Remove Water Damaged Subfloor Bathroom

The guys are removing a water damaged mobile home bathroom floor in this video. It’s always surprising how much rotted wood can be under what looks like a safe floor. We will be completely remodeling the mobile home bathroom. You can follow along with the entire job here:

Phil has several tips and tricks to help you with your project, so be sure to watch to the end. Some of these tricks are specifically for mobile homes, because it’s a way to use the frame to support the floor and save you hassle.

The second trick is specifically for trailer home, mobile home, manufactured home.

00:00 Follow along with a handyman
00:25 What Was nesting under the tub???
00:54 We’re going to try to get the floor out
01:08 First trick for getting the floor out faster
01:33 Cut where your floor sags
02:16 The fun part, just be sure not to fall into the floor
03:15 Need to pull the staples around the vent
04:04 Where all the water damage probably came from
05.10 Using the Sawzall to cut around where the sink was
06:35 When you have a tough piece of floor that just doesn’t want to give up
07:06 Trick number two-specifically for mobile home floors
09:35 Always want to reinforce your floors with 2 bys between the centers around the outside of your room
09:50 You want to put the plywood across the floor so you add strength
10:12 Be an American not an American’t

Hi, I’m Phil bridges, owner of Straight Arrow Repair. Ever want to know how a repairman fixes things? Well come with me, and I’ll show you how I solve problems. Let’s make things better together.

And by the way, we determined that it was either a squirl or chipmunk because it was a whole lot of acorns and walnuts and those kinds of things in this bathroom area. So, it wasn’t a rat or a mouse was something that’s climbing trees and likes nut and hibernates. So next, we’re going to just try to get the floor out. They won’t run like a paneling over the floors.

An overlay that, they sell at Lowe’s and Home Depot. And it’s probably fashioned with screws. And then as you glued down tile, it’s peal and stick. So, what I’m probably going to do is get a saw and cut, which I know one stud is right here, or one floor joists is here and one over here, so I cut in the middle on both sides of that and I should be able to rock it back and forth and get it out. But we’ll see. OK, so what I’ve done is knowing the floor joists is here and here, because that’s where it’s highest and the floor sags where it got wet.

I cut right here on this side of the floor joists and there knowing that that floor generally is held on by a little bit of glues and staples. And this has got a whole bunch of nails for the overlayment paneling.

Holding it down. And it took me a while, but let’s see if I can influence this stuff to come up So, what I’m going to do is step on one side and then on the other rock it back and forth. Where the staples will start coming loose and the glue and see if I can get it to cooperate.

Going to need more influencing. It’s like I to pull the staples on the vent, so, I don’t have to redo that, so I’ll take a break and do that. And I’ll lift to snuff out. Cause it’s coming loose. All right, Clay, let’s get that vent out.

It looks like it’s leaked multiple times. Doesn’t look like it leaked around the toilet, it’s like the tub overflowed. Right but the sink to. Stains on the. On the back at the particle board, kind of see it’s spilled here went down through there, so they overflowed the tub.

Knocks this particle board out. Well, we’re making the distance. Need me to hold something out of your way. Woo it’s like work. With a metal blade? I need a pry bar. I can try looking again. Alright, I will give you a little cheat sheet kind of thing that I do. I know for about.

30 or 34 inches or so from the outside wall, which would be. About 30 inches from the inside wall, there’s a frame runs all the way length of the house and where those two halves meet, it’s the same thing.

Basically, it’s a little less than eight feet across most of the time. Now. In this case, the two by four, or two by six was on. Sort of a two-foot centers, 22 inches, 23. It’s way under there to the other side room.

That would be very difficult. I could cut a little slit in the floor, you know, so I can get my head up in there, go underneath and fasten on both sides. Run a board all the way across and then run over to the other one and fasten and toenail it.

But what I’ve learned is that a two by four laid down and a two by four standing up, it’s the same distance as two by six. So, if you can get on top of the frame, either standing up a board on top on edgeways and then laying it down like this, you still are going to be the same height and you won’t have to go all the way to the other one. Now I’ve got it fastened in here, too. And then over there, this is notched an inch and a half. So, it comes over here and then an inch and a half down, an inch and five eighths down and then screwed here on that end.

I just got a board laying on top of the beam. And then this board is long, long ways on top of it. So we have the same height all the way across. If you notice, I don’t have any screws on that, but I will put a board over there against the wall.

But just a trick you can do, you can lay one down, lay one two by four down and one two by four standing up, is the same as one two by six. So that’s what we’ve done so far. We’ve also put a two by four on this side, so we’ll get to the bottom of it.

And now we’re going to put a board along the edge where we’re going to put the first piece of plywood. And first one, it’s going to be a tough because it’s got a lot of cuts, it’s got the vent, the drain, and both supplies in it.

We’re going to go across the floor, so we get our most strength. So, this is what we’re doing, we’re going to run wherever the board is cut. That’s what we’re going to put it to by four so that it won’t move one side or the other won’t move. Going to screw it down and they’ll both be the same height because they are screwed into the two by four. That’s what we’re doing.

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