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Old 07-13-2009, 11:52 AM   #1
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I am planning an addition to my home and am trying to figure out how to run some of the plumbing. The house is currently double wythe brick construction, so 2 of the 4 walls of the addition will be brick. Since space is at a premium, I am trying to figure out ways to avoid building out the brick walls too much, but the part that is killing me is the 2" vent stack.

I'm wondering, is it possible to create a channel in the brick for the pipe, like what is often done for wiring? If so, how deep and how wide can I go without risking the structural integrity? I am not thinking of fully embedding the pipe, perhaps just 1"? Does it matter if I am going vertical or horizontal? Does the distance matter?

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Vertically should not be a problem if it not to deep.

If you have cored brick, it may be easier if you hit the cores.

It is done every day around the developed world where people refuse or cannot use wood because of the short life or code requirements. In Spain, they routinely rout out 3" or 4" clay tile (total wall thickness except for plaster) for the electrical.

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Thanks!

So, vertical is OK, but not horizontal?

How deep is too deep?

What's the best tool for the job?

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It all depends on the characteristics of the brick (hardness and configuration).

Obviously, only go as deep as necessary.
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No way to route it over to an interior frame wall or run it behind built-in cabinetry?
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