Our next plumbing repair is going to involve tearing out the bedroom wall in more than one place.
I am unclear on exactly how the plumbing was run in that section of the house…
Is it under the slab? or was it run over the ceiling?
My thinking is that if it was in the ceiling, we’d be seeing water dripping from various spots in the ceiling.
If it is under the slab, given there are two outside water connections; one a hydrant, and the other was the one that we attempted to repair…so, are both of these connections coming from under the slab? If so, then why the leaks from behind the bed between the two outside connections?
Did they run it inside the wall? if so, then they would have put 3/4″ holes in every stud along the east wall, and that doesn’t make sense, but then, given that my old man did this install, there is absolutely no telling how he did it.
We have decided to check the water leakage (if any) today outside the bedroom where the water was coming from under the wall and above the slab. If none, we may be able to breathe a little…a little.
We will also check under the bed for any dampness or heaven forbid, puddles in the carpet. If so, then our timetable will be moved into more of a ‘rush’ mode.
The king size mattresses will have to be removed to the spare room, leaning up against the couch( will require some rearranging), and the frame will have to be disassembled and removed to access the wall.
The wall is bottom half, paneling. The top is sheet rock. I’ll begin by tearing (and preserving) the paneling to get behind it to find the cracked pipes.
I am placing an order through Amazon today for 3/4″ couplings and elbows…maybe some 3/4″ pipe sections as well. Even so, they won’t be here until next week.
We won’t know until we get the wall torn out to make any plans.
I’ll have to worry about the drywall repair after the plumbing is done.
Meanwhile, we’ll be sleeping in the other room…no guests allowed until the bed is reassembled and return to the proper place.
Then there is, of course, the question that everyone asks themselves when tearing open a wall that’s been closed for 20 years…what the hell kind of things will one find behind the wall?
answer: here? dead scorpions, and given the warm weather, maybe some live ones too…
We’re also planning to fog the rooms before tearing out the walls…just in case…shudder.