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Old 02-20-2012, 08:25 PM   #1
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In our 2nd floor bathroom, the shower walls were failing... tiles were loose... so we're redoing the shower. We just completed the wall demolition.

This shower shares a wall with a tub in an adjacent bathroom. That side of the tub has a shelf to put bottles built into the wall. When we demo'ed the shower, we discovered there's dead space between the bathrooms and the tub shelf framing actually extends well beyond the other bathroom and into this shower's area.

We're debating moving the plumbing for the shower head to the opposite wall and expanding the shower area to include this hidden shelf. Would make the shower much more roomy and nice

Then there's the mystery pipe. It's a 1.5" PVC pipe. It runs from the first floor (where our 1/2 bath is) up through this dead space and towards the attic, it makes a 90 degree turn.

What is the pvc for? Is it a vent for plumbing or something else? Would it be a problem, functionally speaking, to move the PVC bend to beneath the shelf?

thanks for your help!
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i would say it is your vent and if you want to put under your shelf that should be fine as long as it vents only downstairs bath and you connect back up in attic

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Thats a vent would be my guess,as far as moving it goes you mind want to check with jasin to make sure thats not a code violation!
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Dollar for a donut (or a puenchky) that is a vent pipe for both bath drains.

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[quote=jaydevries;858725]i would say it is your vent and if you want to put under your shelf that should be fine as long as it vents only downstairs bath and you connect back up in attic[/quote

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that is a vent for your powder room...yes you can move it ...USE AS LITTLE FITTINGS AS POSSIBLE...
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Offset the vent under the shelf deck, not at the floor. Put 1/4" per ft grade on it so it will drain to first floor if it ever has water in it.

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Offset the vent under the shelf deck, not at the floor. Put 1/4" per ft grade on it so it will drain to first floor if it ever has water in it.

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ok i added it are the three of you happy it is code compliant
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thanks everyone! With my limited knowledge, you mean I guessed correctly?!

I'm so excited to find extra space. Shower space is prime real estate. to have more room to maneuver is going to be AWESOME!

This revalation makes up for the other of the day... the patch of black mold on the plywood / exterior wall. The people who built the old shower neglected to install a vapor barrier So, we have to do some shingling in this shower reno as well!

since I can't help you guys with plumbing, if you ever need advice about cooking or pharmaceuticals, give me a holler
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thanks everyone! With my limited knowledge, you mean I guessed correctly?!

I'm so excited to find extra space. Shower space is prime real estate. to have more room to maneuver is going to be AWESOME!

This revalation makes up for the other of the day... the patch of black mold on the plywood / exterior wall. The people who built the old shower neglected to install a vapor barrier So, we have to do some shingling in this shower reno as well!

since I can't help you guys with plumbing, if you ever need advice about cooking or pharmaceuticals, give me a holler
ok does this mean you produce C10H15N or is it just a coincidents that these 2 things are your area oh expertise
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