03:31AM | 09/20/03
Member Since: 09/18/03
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My husband and I are adding a bathroom to an older home and wanted to tie in the plumbing to the other. We live in the country and have no rules or regs or codes to live by but to be safe and make it work. We are inexperienced with anything other than necessary plumbing, like changing out a toilet or bath tub or fixing a leak, but to cut and tie in seems more difficult. We have asked for quotes from local plumbers but they seem to be outrageous,

So what we need is a few hints on where to start, and how to be successful at adding a working bathroom without much expense. We can provide the back work and grunt work, but the know how is up to someone else…..

Thanks in advance for your help…..


05:24PM | 09/20/03
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
I'm not a plumber, but I've done some plumbing work (nothing major like a bathroom addition) and it can be surprisingly labor-intensive and frustrating. I'd think you want to make sure your venting is really done right so you get proper drainage. You definitely want an effective flush--not for the water in the toilet just to circle around and around.

Also, I'd be concerned about water pressure. For example, plumbers know what size pipe to use and how to transition it, so they might run 3/4" to a point at which it separates into two 1/2" lines. You don't want to be scalded in the shower when someone turns on the cold water in another room.

I fully agree with not wanting to pay ripoff prices. But--code or no code--if you can find a plumber who'll work for time-and-materials it could be money well spent. If you're paying by the hour, maybe you can just hire one for a set time (say one day, or ?) and then you can take over from there. Just an idea....good luck.

[This message has been edited by k2 (edited September 20, 2003).]


10:55AM | 09/21/03
Member Since: 09/18/03
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thanks so much we hadn't even thought of hiring for just a few hours.....maybe a day or so, he could get most of it done, and we could the the rest of the grunt work


04:20PM | 09/21/03
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Hi, glad you like the idea. I certainly do that sometimes--hire a plumber for just a short time. The trick can be to find one who'll work hourly. There seem to be so many who 'bid' by the job....and it ends up being pretty darn expensive! Good luck; hope you find one!


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