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Old 02-19-2018, 01:36 PM   #1
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Can anyone advise me on the best course of action. I wanted to have a utility sink in my basement. I got a couple quotes from plumbers to do the job but they were way, way, way too expensive. They did say how they'd do it though -- where they'd build an extension to tie into a vent, where they'd tie into the main 4" house drain, where they'd take water from, and lastly that they both recommended an anti-backwater valve not on the house's master drain but on the sink's 1-1/2" drain alone.

Long story short, I decided to do it myself. I took painstaking care to read up on the applicable codes, carefully amassed all the (many!) needed parts, and then I screwed up my courage and sawed out an opening on the main drain line and slipped/glued a wye fitting in there. Then, operating ultra slowly and deliberately, I built the vent connection, put a tee on a pair of seldom-used pex water lines to get some H2O, installed a wall mount sink and wall faucet (wow what a pain in the neck!) and although it took me forever (seriously, embarrassingly many hours) to do, I have to say it came out as a really impeccable installation. Even a carpenter working at my house said, whoa I can't believe you did that yourself. The sink works perfectly and everything is leak-free and solid, it drains correctly and all seems 100 percent perfect.

Anyhow, I realize that I probably went too far without getting a permit. Should I call the plumbing inspector and just tell him? Or is there too much risk that they'll fine me and tell me to rip all the work out and have a licensed plumber re-do it?
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I would let that dog sleep. Glad it worked out for you.
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I don't know about Ma. codes, but here anything done by the homeowner needs no permit.

But they do want to know any improvements, so your home's value can be adjusted up, consequently raising your taxes.

Look into that and see if a permit was actually required, and if not get it inspected.

If required, Shhh, don't ask, don't tell.


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