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Old 12-28-2010, 05:13 PM   #1
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framing basement bathroom


Framing a basement bath...getting started.
Plumbing is roughed in. Concrete is poured level.

Next up is framing and I could use some clarification.

What is the preferred way to frame the top plate around supply lines?
In the first picture, the supply lines you see will be used for the sink and toilet. They have some give so I can position the top plate above or below the lines.
http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/u...upplylines.jpg

The supply lines in this picture are tight. Would you just butt up a 2x4 next to the pipe and piece each 2x4 accordingly or would you notch out an opening for the pipes on one long 2x4...how would you tackle this?
http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/u...pplylines2.jpg

Finally, what is the preferred tool most DIYers use for hammering in the bottom plate? (keeping cost in mind)
powder actuated gun
powder actuated hammer
hammer drill hole then nail masonry nails

Thanks for your help in advance!

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Old 12-28-2010, 06:22 PM   #2
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Bad links on the photos.
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Old 12-29-2010, 09:30 AM   #3
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oops.
Try them now.

http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/u...upplylines.jpg


http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/u...pplylines2.jpg
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I'd cut the pipes and reroute them above the joist line and out of harms way.
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just curious if you roughed in the bathroom plumming yourself?


if not, how did you pick your contractor and how much did it cost if you don't mind me asking. I'm considering donig the same thing
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I did most of the plumbing myself. I had to move the washer, dryer, and old cast iron util. sink to make way for this location in the basement.

I live in a old house with old infasructure, so there is always something unexpected that creeps up.

I hired a plumber for two different phases of the project. He's affordable and I am lucky to have him. He charges $75 for the first hour and then $35 hour after that. The most I've paid him was around $200. He's not the type to loaf around to rack up his labor costs. Most other plumbers bid by the job and all of their bids were twice as much as I've had to pay.

These forums helped me tremendously. I'm a novice as you can tell by my question about framing.
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that' pretty cheap. i was quoted for almost 5k just for the rough in for the basement on a concrete slab
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If the pipes are not going to interfere with your finished ceiling material, you may want to consider a double top plate with the upper of the plates pieced to provide for the pipes to pass through, make sure that they are not in contact with the bottom of the joist or the top of the plate or put some pipe insulation on the pipe so that it does not rub on the framing members. Otherwise move the pipes, you are going to be altering them anyway to install the supply lines to your fixtures. If this bath is going to be next to a finished recreation area you may want to insulate the walls and install a solid core door to limit sound transmission. Good luck with the project.
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