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xclaim 08-26-2013 06:41 PM

move toilet or move shower drain ?
Hello Plumbing experts :

I am planning a restroom/washroom in the basement and have a rough in for toilet, shower in concrete slab - the toilet area is 8 ft X 13 ft = so there's allot of room ... but the builders put the rough-in for the shower and toilet too close to each other.

For better placement of shower and toilet i need to move either/or ... can you suggest if i should
1. move toilet to right lets say 2 feet or
2. Move shower drain to right lets say way over approximately 7 ft


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TheEplumber 08-26-2013 07:40 PM

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I think the easiest is to move the toilet.
But it ultimately depends on how you want your bathroom to look. Now would be the time to move the pipes underground.

Peppe1019 08-26-2013 08:44 PM

Code requires a total of 30 inches of clearance for toilet 15 on either side of center of flange..either way your going to have to move one of them to pass inspection.

VIPlumber 08-26-2013 11:11 PM

I agree with E & peppe but I would also consider how you're going to finish the area, ie how far out your going to frame that back wall? The 6th (?) pic looks like it has the shower on the left & toilet on the right. Shower looks close if 2x4 used & toilet looks a little far.

No box out for the shower P trap? (pretty common here), check if there's a P trap below slab by adding some water & see if it holds/stays.

xclaim 08-27-2013 07:57 AM

Thank you all :

So I tested the shower drain with water and it holding so it looks like it has a P trap - I guess the feasible option is to move the toilet drain right so i can have the 15 inches clearance on either side and use the shower drain as-is to build the shower stall.

any tips on cutting concrete to move toilet ? I've done toilet plumbing before but never cut concrete around toilet drain. i can use a skil-saw with diamond blade but how do i get the concrete around the drain to break away without damaging drain ?

or should i sub it out ?

Peppe1019 08-27-2013 08:56 AM

I would jackhammer not chopsaw around the flange and follow the submerged pipe jacking up what you need to get your clearances, keep in mind your going to need enough room to make the replacement so make sure you do so and leave yourself room to repipe. That is one of the worse roughs by a builder i have seen! Make sure you plan out where all your fixtures are going to before you do any jacking as that rough looks pretty useless the way it is vi said I would properly design a layout and plumb it accordingly.

xclaim 08-28-2013 06:55 PM

thank you all : I will do so accordingly and post status when its done.

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