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SavinMaven

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Basement remodeling "is it possible" question
« on: December 18, 2017, 07:52:01 PM »
When our house was built, rough plumbing for a half bath was included in the basement. We are contemplating putting in a rec room, which would have a greater number of uses if it included a full bath instead. Is it possible to use the existing rough plumbing and somehow put in a small shower stall too? We have head-room for the bath to be a step up, if we needed to run pipes under the floor to the drain - our main goal is NOT to jackhammer the slab. Would hire a pro if that helps meet both goals of 1) small shower stall and 2) no jackhammering.

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Re: Basement remodeling "is it possible" question
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2017, 08:23:39 PM »
Why the aversion to removing part of the slab? It's messy, yeah, but not hard to do.

What do you currently have rough plumbed? A 3" for a toilet and 1 1/2" or 2" for the sink?

It's my understanding that showers require a 2" sanitary pipe and a hard piped trap.

I would saw cut the concrete and jackhammer out the channel. Would probably be a few hours of work.


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Re: Basement remodeling "is it possible" question
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2017, 10:07:01 PM »
Just what do you imagine will go on in the rec room that a full bath will become involved?!?

Perhaps a female plumber would Jill-hammer it...  sorry, I couldn't help myself.. and I apologize for that one there...

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Re: Basement remodeling "is it possible" question
« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2017, 05:29:22 AM »
Why the aversion to removing part of the slab? It's messy, yeah, but not hard to do.

What do you currently have rough plumbed? A 3" for a toilet and 1 1/2" or 2" for the sink?

It's my understanding that showers require a 2" sanitary pipe and a hard piped trap.

I would saw cut the concrete and jackhammer out the channel. Would probably be a few hours of work.


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Thanks Papa Bear. We have a 3" and a 2". I'm reluctant to disturb the slab because 1) the closest wall of the bathroom will end up about 8' from our furnace and 2) I picture $$$ flying right out the window.

SavinMaven

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Re: Basement remodeling "is it possible" question
« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2017, 05:31:10 AM »
Just what do you imagine will go on in the rec room that a full bath will become involved?!?

Raging parties. Wanna come?

I wish it were that colorful. I was thinking more along the lines of 1) resale value (basement has three egress windows, with added finished square footage could add an additional bedroom to the house), 2) possible in-law suite, 3) possible rental (basement has its own entrance).

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Re: Basement remodeling "is it possible" question
« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2017, 06:22:41 AM »
I would want a full bath there too.

Are you paying for this work or will you DIY?  This is basically only labor work.

Are you worried about concrete dust in your furnace?   Keep it wet while working and vacuum after.  There's nothing structural that is being disturbed here.

As for paying for the work, I haven't paid anyone to do that, I DIY these things, but I know a few friends who pairs plumbers to do the work. I'll ask around.

So if it's money and dust issues, cut out that concrete.


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Re: Basement remodeling "is it possible" question
« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2017, 08:15:39 AM »
I agree to do it right and rent a concrete saw. Yes, it's loud and messy since you hook up a hose to it while running, but it's not difficult or long work.

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Re: Basement remodeling "is it possible" question
« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2018, 09:21:15 AM »
Couldn't you use a pump system to tap in above? Something like the Saniflo products. There are several out there which have complete systems for brown and grey water...

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Re: Basement remodeling "is it possible" question
« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2018, 01:22:51 AM »
We are considering our basement renovation this year. I have always dreamt about the place to store my belongings in order. I want something like this:


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Re: Basement remodeling "is it possible" question
« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2018, 06:57:13 PM »
We had a full bath added to our walkout basement in our current house. Didnt take anytime at all and really added a lot to the functionality of the house. Cutting the slab is fairly simple but you may want to consider radon issues depending on where you live.  We are two for two in failed radon tests in NE Ohio.