We are in the process of a complete remodel of our second floor bathroom. The bathroom was gutted to the studs and floor joists, the rough plumbing was moved and updated, and then re-construction began this week. Today, the plumber was setting the tub and I come home to a gigantic hole in my first floor ceiling, directly below the tub. I won't be able to discuss the reason for the existence of this hole with my plumber until Monday, but I cannot understand why it was necessary. I can see through the hole all the way through to the second floor. It appears to my untrained eye that there was no need for this hole, and they could have managed everything from the second floor, where there was already a hole. Is this normal? How can I find out if the hole was necessary? I have plaster walls/ceilings, and this hole will be very costly to fix. In a related question/note . . . the plumber insisted that I buy a cast iron tub. Apparently, you cannot get clean taking a shower in a fiberglass tub. I followed the plumbers recommendation, and was thanked for this by having my wood floors damaged by the clumsy plumbers while they carried this 500lb monstrosity up to the bathroom. I would guess there is approximately 8 gouges of various sizes between my front door and the bathroom. The gouges are cosmetic and probably unfixable. I am definitely bring this up to the plumber, but do not know what I should expect him to do abou it. Any suggestions would be appreciated. FYI, this plumber came highly recommended and has been very professional in my dealings with him so far. I do not know if the owner was even here today though, it may have just been his employees.