I want to put a grooming room in my basement

Old 05-11-01, 03:06 PM
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I am a dog groomer and I would like to put a raised tub about waist high in my basement along with outlets and walls. I know from looking through books that I have to build a wall first. Next add a tub but how do I build a platform to put the tub on? Also I have to do the plumbing and add electrical outlets. How do I go about starting something like this? What kind of a pump do i need to take the water out of the tub? Or do you think I should hire someone to do this? THanks

Old 05-11-01, 05:21 PM
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Building the platform should be easy. You can just build it out of 2x4s and plywood. You'll have to build it very strong, because it will be supporting a lot of weight. I'd just build four short stud walls with plenty of cross-bracing. It will be just like a little house.

A sump pit and pump should be adequate for pumping out the water. You'll need to check locally to see where it's legal to pump it to. You may be able to get a sewage ejector and pump in into your main drain (assuming your main drain is above the tub -- otherwise, you might be able to feed directly into the main drain). Supplying a vent to prevent siphoning of the trap will require some on-site evaluation of your options.

Supply plumbing should be the easiest part of the job, assuming there are some pipes running on the ceiling of the basement to tap into.

Electrical outlets are pretty easy too, but there are a lot of codes to understand. You'll need to run a new circuit or find an existing circuit with excess capacity. You'll need GFCI protection. You'll need to know a few dozen other codes about protecting and securing cable, and making connections.

I'd start by going to your local public library, or your neighborhood Home Depot, and getting some DIY books. Get a few on home wiring and a few on home plumbing. Take some of those DIY classes in electrical and plumbing and framing that Home Depot offers. Then make a plan, get a building permit, review your plans with the building department to make sure they comply with code, and get started.

I'd read the books first, and then decide whether you want to hire somebody to do it. See if it looks within your capabilities.

Good luck.
Old 05-12-01, 10:38 AM
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Thank you, it's off to the library I go.

Thanks again,


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