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Old 04-30-2012, 07:40 PM   #1
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I am in the process of making a clean, modern laundry room in my basement.

I took an enormous steel sink which was filled with concrete out of the center of the room.

This piping was going into the sink, and it is connected to the faucet.

There is hot and cold and it works, I can trace that just fine, but I don't know what this random thing in the middle is.

One picture shows the faucet with the random thing. The other picture shows the back side of the top of the pipes with a valve of some sort. The red valve connects to the random thing.

I am sure someone has seen this and knows what it is.

I am wanting to put in a modern sink and move these pipes from the center of the room.

Does anyone have any advice? I am fairly handy, I am just not a plumber by any means, so I want to know what it is before I consider removing it all.




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Old 04-30-2012, 07:46 PM   #2
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Looks like the plumbing episode from the 3 Stooges.
Trace the line back to wherever it goes to; it looks like your cold water supply to the sink is connected to that downpipe with the valve in the sink. Could perhaps cap it off near the ceiling but you want to make sure doing so doesn't shut off water elsewhere. Maybe it was there to drain the water lines into that floor drain?

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Old 04-30-2012, 07:49 PM   #3
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No clue what that center pipe could have been but I sure hope you have it in the plans to get rid of all that old steel piping and gate valves.
It will leak at some point and by now is starting to plug up from the inside out.
Those old gate valves will not shut off also at some point.
How do you plan on relocating the drain? I'd bet now it's just dumping into the floor drain, that was only suppost to be for a basement floor drain.

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Old 04-30-2012, 07:52 PM   #4
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Yes, I am going to get rid of it, but I am curious to know what the purpose of it would have ever been?
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The drain that you see isn't part of this system at all.

That is a floor drain that has only 2 french drain pipes running into it from either side of the house.

The house has no sump pump and has never had water in the 12 years I have been here. It is wet down there, because I am using the hose to clean up the room. This was the original laundry room in the basement, and I am recapturing it and hope to use it again.

The drain from the sink was actually a big steel pipe that ran into a stack, it had a drum trap on it.

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Is it a single family home?
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Has it ever been a double?ive seen old doubles where each renter would turn on their respective hot water valve when doing laundry so the didn't use the other renters hot water(back in the honest days).it looks like that might of been what the extra line was at one point
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Old 04-30-2012, 09:14 PM   #8
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Yep its a single family home. It's a brick bungalow built in the late 1920's.

I guess it would be possible that they might have had a tenant in the basement at some point...

I dont quite follow what you are saying though.

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