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rhagfo

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Posted: 12/28/17 04:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Well after fighting an issue with our shower drain blocking much needed storage space in our basement I finally fixed the issue.
The issue was the drain line and trap blocked a considerable area of the basement.
The fix was to relocate the drain line to the side wall, and the trap was relocated to the front wall. In addition we also got a better slope on the line to the tank as the old line was almost flat or slightly uphill to the trap.

This not only opens up the basement, now the P trap is removable for cleaning! [emoticon]

This is the old line blocking a good portion of the basement space.

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This is the realigned drain and relocated trap, out of the way!

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Posted: 12/28/17 05:25pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Good idea. Mine is like that as well. Trap takes up alot of room. Its on my todo list this winter


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Posted: 12/28/17 05:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Appears to be very nice work.


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Good job! Very neat and professional.


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Posted: 12/28/17 06:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yeah why would the customer want unobstructed room in his basement. Good job.

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Posted: 12/28/17 06:10pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Great job...much smarter.
Just make sure it doesn't leak onto that electrical box that is right beneath it.


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[emoticon] Hi, great job; Makes you wonder what the heck they were thinking, or not thinking, when they built this.


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I did something similar under my kitchen sink in the TT. My sink has a large bowl on the left side and a smaller Bowl on the right side that was about half the size of the left. The P-trap was on the left side of the cabinet. The drain line then ran straight to the left to a T with the air admittance valve on top of the T. The line then ran down and turned under the stove to run to the tank. This created a loss of about 30% of the storage capacity under the sink.

I completely removed the short radius elbow where the pipe turned under the stove and cut the pipe between the P-trap and the T. I then moved the portion of pipe with the T and air admittance valve to the left rear corner under the cabinet at the same height with the horizontal portion of pipe running against the wall. I disconnected the piping from the drains under the sink and flipped it 180 degrees with the P-trap on the right side under the small sink bowl. I then turned the P-trap so it went towards the wall and ran along the side of the cabinet drawers. I then installed two pieces of pipe, a long radius elbow and two couplings to reconnect the P-trap to the T and air admittance valve horizontal pipe. I then reconnected the vertical pipe below the T and air admittance valve to the pipe under the stove with a necessary pipe and elbows.

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Nice fix! It's annoying that the manufacture's consistently opt for quick and cheap rather than well-thought-out and only slightly more expensive.

I've always been puzzled as to why waterless traps, which are pretty common in Europe, have not caught on here in the states and Canada. Seems like they would be a no-brainer for RV's, don't require much vertical space and are already winterized.

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gregirish1954 wrote:

Nice fix! It's annoying that the manufacture's consistently opt for quick and cheap rather than well-thought-out and only slightly more expensive.

I've always been puzzled as to why waterless traps, which are pretty common in Europe, have not caught on here in the states and Canada. Seems like they would be a no-brainer for RV's, don't require much vertical space and are already winterized.

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I see two reasons, one is cost $30 compared to about $7 for a standard trap. The other would be if anything get stuck in the lips of the trap order can get through.

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