I’m almost ready to hookup the hot and cold water supply lines, but first I need to install the water shutoff valves for the toilet and vanity. BTW – you can read about Part 5 of the project here. The soldering kit is pictured below: Propane torch 4-in-1 wire brush Solder paste Solder wire Pliers [...]
Plumbing and repairs.
Exposed copper pipes provide water to the hose bib at the wood deck. These pipes had frozen and split open the last two winters, despite the fact the water shutoff valve inside the house was closed. The problem is the shutoff valve inside the house had a slow leak that filled the pipes where it [...]
This is the part 3 in the series. Click here for Part 1 and Part 2. Building the Shower Pan Oately, Inc. has an excellent overview of shower pan construction here and my installation will be identical. The curb for the shower pan is built using pressure treated 2 by 4′s and Tapcon concrete anchors. [...]
This is Part 2 of how I finished a basement bathroom. Click here for Part 1. Bathroom Layout – Toilet, Sink and Shower Stall The next task is to decide where the bathroom fixtures – sink, toilet and shower stall will go. The builder had already roughed-in the plumbing so I didn’t have a lot [...]
I bought a house with an unfinished bathroom in the basement. The builder had roughed in the electrical and plumbing connections, including the sewage basin. The remaining tasks to finish the basement bath are: Obtain a building permit. Paint the walls. Install a ceiling ventilation fan. Install a vent to the outside for the fan. [...]
A distinct sewer gas smell was coming from the bathroom sink area. At first I wondered if there were a leaky pipe or such. Sniffing around, it was clearly strongest under the vanity. I discovered the Studor® Mini Vent Air Admittance Valve had gone bad, allowing sewer gases to back flow into the house. Copyright [...]
“Dad! The toilet handle is broken and it won’t flush!” Probably an easy fix I thought to myself. Better check it out to be sure. I removed the cover from the toilet tank and saw that the lift chain connecting the handle to the flapper valve had broken. It was 5 years old and not [...]