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Old 02-10-2011, 08:59 PM   #1
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What Are All These Pipes For?

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A buddy of mine, in Colorado, emailed me this picture of his basement floor. He's wanting to finish their basement. The house is approximately 10 years old, and one corner was obviously plumbed for a bathroom.

I'm just guessing at what all these pipes are for. Anybody else want to give it an educated guess?

And sorry, but this is the only picture he sent me. I know it's a long-shot, but anybody know?



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Old 02-11-2011, 07:25 AM   #2
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Maybe electrical cables and water drains
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Does he have any neighbors with the same house ? ask them if he does.
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Rough in plumbing for a potential future bathroom possibly.
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Old 02-11-2011, 10:32 AM   #6
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There's a lot going on there. That's a rough-in stub-out for a bath group. Shower (the hole), 3" for water closet, 1-1/2" for vanity (poorly located). I assume that at least one of the smaller pipes between the shower and the water closet are vents for the shower or water closet, but having two is odd and their location is a bummer. Not sure what is over by the furnace.

Only way to know for sure is have a plumber check it out and advise.
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My guess would be rough in for a future bathroom. Starting at lower side of picture--vanity drain, toilet, two vents designed to go up a wall to be built between toilet and shower, shower drain.
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Old 02-14-2011, 08:46 PM   #8
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That is most definitely is a rough in for a bathroom.

The shower is the bottom pipe in the picture.

The toilet is the middle pipe (the big one).

The left top pipe is a vent for the toilet.

The top right is for your sink, but it also wet-venting the toilet. You can connect the two vents above 36", and somewhere in the ceiling above or around it you should a capped vent pipe to tie into.


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