This part was definitely a learning experience. Who knew that hammering nails was so hard?
After the total destruction of the bathroom floor was complete, I had to rebuild it from scratch. I modeled the new floor framing based on the old layout with added reinforcement of 2 x 10s to make up for some water damage that weakened one of the main floor joists. I then also put in new 2 x 8 floor joists and used joist hangers to make sure everything was solid. This should ensure we have a solid base for the tile floor and tub that we’ll be putting in.
On a funny note, I had about a 20% failure rate for nails. The 10d structural nails that were required went through the new soft pine like butter, but when they hit the old hardwood joists they would stop and bend. This made for a longer than anticipated job and it didn’t help that I had to hammer around copper pipes and wiring while doing a contortionist routine on the ladder.
I think the outcome is pretty good though for my first time doing any framing.