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Old 09-06-2014, 10:48 PM   #1
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toilet in garage w 3 inch drain


i have a 390 square foot garage that I want to make into a studio apartment.

In one corner there is are two water spigots - hot and cold water. In the center of the garage is a drain that looks like 3 inches around. It goes down about 15 inches and turns at 90 degree angle. I flushed water from the hose into it for 5 minutes, and it continuously drained.

I'd like to add a bathroom with toilet, shower, and sink. I'd like to add a kitchenette, and a drain for a small clothes washer.

Would I be able to use the drain for the toilet? In general, how would I connect the toilet, sinks, and showers to the drain? Would I run pipes on the ground and then build a subfloor? Are two spigots enough for all the water needs of the studio?

Finally, in general, what kinds of costs am I looking at? I'm thinking I won't need to tear up the floor, is that correct?

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Old 09-06-2014, 10:56 PM   #2
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I may be mistaken and if so someone will be along soon to correct me.

I thought that garage drains were required to be hooked up to the storm sewer system. and if so they do not want sanitation sewer water in the storm sewer.

I say no. You should tie into the sanitation line for the home instead.



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Too bad, but it did seem too easy to be true. So I would have to run the sanitation pipes through the garage wall into my basement to tie into the sanitation line, right? It's quite a distance away, but I guess that's how to do it.

Aside from that, are there any other major plumbing issues to be aware of?

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Your profile doesn't say wher you live. Have you checked to see if you can legally do what you're planning in your neighborhood? I know my in-laws had a heck of a time getting approval to create an apartment in their home for one of their aging parents. Could be a bigger problem if the plan is to rent the unit out.
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