Re: bathroom soffit
Posted by Terry Love on January 06, 2004 at 01:19:17:
In response to Re: bathroom soffit

: I am currently remodeling a 7' x 9' master bathroom and have gotten down to the joists and studs.

: I have a 5'soffit above the tub area that I would like to remove. The soffit does not hold any electrical or plumbing lines and appears strictly cosmetic.

: Please let me know what the purpose of this popular structure was and what relevance it serves today. What would the pros and cons be of removal?

I would get rid of the soffit over the tub.
I've seen plenty of them, they use up head room and tend to rot over the tub.

: I also have a bathtub clean-out trap that is rather large and is capped at the tile level by a shiny 4" cover. I have been told that it is installed using lead fittings and would take quite a bit of labor to remove and replace beneath the sub-floor. Please provide any insight on this and why it should or should not be removed ad what would truly be involved.

Someone else may know more here, what you are seeing is a "drum" trap.
If it's doable, I would remove it. However, if it's installed using lead pipe, it may be more than you are looking to do.
Hey! Someone out there good with lead?

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