We are going to be renovating our bathroom. Replacing the tub , sink, toilet, tile etc...
We will need to shut off the water to that bathroom, but I was wondering if we could use the downstairs bathroom while renovating the one directly above it?
As long as you can turn the water off to the upstairs bathroom without turning it off to the downstairs bathroom, certainly. Be sure to seal the waste lines for the toilet and anything else where the trap is removed while you are renovating the bathroom, you don't want sewer gases coming in through the drain lines.
Any advice given here is general in nature and is not necessarily valid for your given area. If in doubt check with your local codes enforcement department for what is required when doing electrical, plumbing or structural work on your house. Permits may or may not be required in your area and home owners may not be able to DIY some tasks. I have no way of knowing if you have the skills needed to complete the tasks you are asking about, when in doubt seek professional assistance.
My advice may be worth exactly what you pay me for it. :-) For the record I did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.
Sparky's comments are right on!
Question: Can you turn off the water for your tub separately? Usually builders do not install shutoff valves for the water to a tub. If not, you may have to install temporary plugs in the tub water lines.
I knew a family that redid their one and only bathroom with 4 kids in the house and it took a week. They reseated the toilet every evening, and kept a bucket of water nearby for occasional flushing. (smile)
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