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Old 01-10-2009, 11:05 AM   #1
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I am finishing my basement and I have this on the floor. I am assuming if I unscrew the yellow plug it is just a drain line. It is below the incoming water line so it would make sense as an emergency drain. Is this a drain? I would like to cover it up with carpet when the time comes. Can I do that? If not any creative ideas to mask this legally?
Note: I am going to (have to) leave access to the main water line shut off valve by putting a small cabinet door on the wall.

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Old 01-10-2009, 11:18 AM   #2
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Can't see anything. Need more light on the item.
It sounds like it might be a sewer clean out. It is there to snake the sewer line if you get a clog.

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I fixed the OP photo with Photoshop.
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Old 01-11-2009, 12:20 AM   #4
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Very possibly a backflow device. Need a better picture.

If it is a backflow device you can't cover it completely or render it inaccessable, but they do make some pretty decent looking metal floor escutcheons that you can use to cover it up.
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Kind of looks like a test plug, too.

Any text or model numbers visible?
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Three possibilties as I see it in the order I would suspect.
1. Cleanout
2. Back flow cover
3. rough in for toilet.
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Old 01-18-2009, 02:27 PM   #7
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The only legible text on it is...the top says "ETC/0", one side says "stopper", the other side says ""T" Cone", The bottom has a patent number but it is too beat up to read it.

Whatever it is I am thinking it would need to stay open. Where at Home Depot or Lowe's would you find a metal floor escutcheon to cover it up? I can't picture what these look like in my head.
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It appears its a plug for a future water closet waste flange. was that 2x4 wall always there or did you frame it recently. Reason being it seems to be the proper distance for the roughing for a toilet. BOB
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Can we get a closer image of the flange.
Does the flange have holes around the outer edge. If it does, then it looks like a rough for a toilet.
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I did the framing so that wasn't there before. Here are the best pictures I could get of it. It would be a horrible spot for a toilet. The basement already had a rough in for a toilet and a shower in another spot so I wouldn't think they would put one there. Then again they did a lot of stupid (lazy) stuff that I can't figure out.
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Unscrew the yellow cap and tell us what you find in there. Take a picture if possible. I'm still thinking it is a backflow device but I haven't seen a cap like that on one.
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yes I would have to agree with you! it does not make sense to have two stub outs for a water closet, I wasn't a where that there was one all ready. As for KC's determination, I must say I'm not knowledgeable with that device. Also could be a clean out for a plumbers snake? for the under slab waste lines. BOB
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Here is what it looks like when I pulled the plug. Kind of hard to see down there. It goes down about a foot and a half then curves a little and connects to a horizontal pipe.
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So it doesn't go to a trap? Is this where the drain exits the house to the sewer? If so it must be a cleanout and should remain accessible.
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Agreed, that's a cleanout for sure. As mentioned, it must remain accessible. Nearly all plumbing supply companies sell nice metal covers that will clean up the look a little.

FYI, a backflow device would have a little flapper contraption down in there to prevent sewage backflow. The majority of basement baths do require backflow protection, so it might warrant checking with your local inspector to see if that's something they're going to require on your project. Per the International Plumbing Code, if the flood level of your fixtures is below the upstream (uphill) sanitary sewer manhole, that bath group needs a backflow device on the 3" line that drains it to the main building drain.

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