The corner of our basement had this gorgeous wet bar tucked into the back corner. I immediately knew that it HAD to go! Well 7 short months later, it’s GONE! And it wasn’t even that difficult. We had to cut and cap two copper water pipes, cut and cap one PVC drain pipe, and yank one ugly wet bar out.
Our house inspector told me about Shark Bite caps and it was as easy as he said it would be. However, he hadn’t told me how to cap off a PVC pipe, so I spent some time googling and found that Undomestic Goddess has attempted their own 80s wetbar removal as well – coincidentally they also loved the shark bite fittings and recommended rubber qwikcap for the PVC pipe.
We drained the water from the pipes – it turned out to be especially easy because the water had been turned off under the sink already, cut the copper pipe with a small pipe cutter we found at HD, and simply pushed the SharkBite fittings into place. We left the pipes as long as possible as we’re planning on adding a utility sink in the laundry room at some point.
Next up we had to deal with the drain pipe. I actually missed this part, since as soon as my cousin (who we put to work whenever he comes to visit) touched the cap he knew it was too big. Turns out white PVC pipes are measured on the inside diameter, so if you [entirely hypothetically] were to go through the trouble of measuring the pipe with a fabric measuring tape, use the formula for the circumference of a circle, and calculate the diameter you *think* you need, you’d be totally wrong! Turns out, if I just read the pipe, I would’ve known to buy the 1.5″ cap (not the 2″ cap) right from the start.
A quick trip to Home Depot later, while the guys used a mini hack saw to cut the pipe down, we slipped the cap on, cinched it down and called it a successful wet bar removal!
I’d show you an after of the basement without the wet bar, but since we’re still fighting the sheet vinyl glue on the floor, have partially removed the wall paper, and yanked all of the trim off the walls, things actually look worse than they do in that before picture …
Are you tackling any big projects that make you rethink your own sanity?
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