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Old 05-12-2011, 03:17 PM   #1
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Hello Everyone. I'm finishing my basement which has a rough in for a bathroom. I'm going to install a shower and wanted to know what size wood to use for the water wall frame. I framed the wall for the vent/drain line with 2x6's to accommodate the drain line for the sink. My question is the wall where the shower head will be located, should I frame it out with 2x4's or 2x6's. Thanks for your help.

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I'm no plumber, but drain and supply lines have been run inside 2x4 walls for decades.

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2X4 works fine.
2X6 would allow for more sound insulation if that's a concern.
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FYI, make sure you use nail plates in the walls if you use 2 x 4's.....I believe code requires them for anything closer than 1 1/4 " from the edge of a stud
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I'm no plumber, but drain and supply lines have been run inside 2x4 walls for decades.
True, but that doesn't mean they ever met code, or meet code today. There are maximum pipe sizes for the standard wall thicknesses. Refer to your local codes.
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Hello Everyone. I'm finishing my basement which has a rough in for a bathroom. I'm going to install a shower and wanted to know what size wood to use for the water wall frame. I framed the wall for the vent/drain line with 2x6's to accommodate the drain line for the sink. My question is the wall where the shower head will be located, should I frame it out with 2x4's or 2x6's. Thanks for your help.

If there are no drain or vent lines, you can use 2x4's. But 2x6 will give you more leeway for locating the valve body support brackets and the access door/panel framing.
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