4 Tips for Installing the Bathroom Plumbing

Whether you’re building a brand new house from scratch or doing some remodelling work in your house, the bathroom is a place that requires a lot of attention. It needs to be place of comfort and relaxation and everything from the layout of the plumbing to the lighting needs to reflect that.

If you’re on a tight budget, it’s always a good idea to take on some of the handy work yourself. While more complicated plumbing issues may require you to contact your local plumber, there’s no reason why you can’t handle the basic work. If you’ve never attempted to do plumbing work before, don’t worry. With our helpful tips covering different aspects of it, you should be able to breeze through the process.

Plan Where You’re Going to Place the Fixtures

Determining where you place your sink, toilet, bathtub and shower beforehand allows you to figure out where and how the plumbing lines will be located. It is of the utmost importance that you finalize on these positions before you cut the holes that will allow the lines to meet the fixtures. Otherwise, you’ll have to cover them up and cut new ones.

Make sure you take the right measurements for each hole. It doesn’t hurt to recheck each one before you start drilling. Finally, be sure to get all of the cutting and drilling work completed before you start work on the water lines.

Always Keep the Water Turned Off While You Work

This will ensure that you don’t accidentally flood the bathroom, inconvenience yourself or get your plumbing activities disrupted. If you have trouble locating the water valves, refer the plumbing section of your home’s property inspection report. Typically there should be a picture of the shut off valve, which makes it much easier to locate.

Installing the Water Lines and Drain Lines

The typical bathroom needs five of these: two (hot and cold) lines for either the bathtub or the shower, two lines for the sink and a cold one that connects to the toilet. If there are any additional fixtures, make sure to calculate the correct number of lines you’ll need to install. Depending on where in the house your bathroom is located, you can either install these lines so that they run up the floors or through the walls.

You will need to install drain lines for the toilet, sink and bathtub. The typical toilet drain line is 3 inches in diameter while the sink and bathtub drain lines are 1.5 and 2 inches respectively.

Installing a Toilet

Here are some tips to keep in mind when installing a toilet:

  • Install the bowl to start off with.
  • To connect the waste pipe to the toilet, affix the nearest flange into place with the use of glue. This way, all of its slots will line up with the toilet’s bolt holes.
  • Before you tighten the bolts, make absolutely sure that the bowl is levelled properly.

With these four beginner plumbing tips, you’ll be able to handle at least most of the basic work all by yourself!




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