Complete Remodel of Bathroom Questions

Old 11-06-04, 08:10 PM
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Complete Remodel of Bathroom Questions

I have a few questions here and need to explain what I want to do and if it is possible.

Bathroom - walk in door and shower/bath is immediately on left and to right is a double sink counter top that connects to the far wall, but not connected to the wall where the door comes in. After the the tub is a 2' wide linen closet then on the other side of the linen closet on the left is a toilet.

Now the plan if possible is to gut the bathroom by removing shower/tub and toilet and half of the sink counter that connects to the far wall. Would like to know if I can use the drain pipe of the toilet as a drain pipe for a new shower/bath and then use the end sink lines for the hot and cold hook ups for a shower. Then also would like to put the toilet over where the drain pipe of the shower was and use the cold water hook up from the tub for the toilet.

Is the drain pipe of the shower and the toilet significantly different in sizes, cause I am thinking they are as well as needed siphon piping? (not sure exactly what I am thinking or talkin about). Also If I wanted to put in a big jetted tub in this bathroom, is it easier to remove the exterior wall and have it craned up to the second story or how else could I get something like that installed in my house? Any ideas or suggestions will help me out greatly if I even really want to upgrade this much. Thanks for any help, Joe

PS My house is a split level and aside from me knocking out a side wall in the future to add a french door out to a "to be built" deck. I dont know how else to get the tub through a front door and down a hallway and tossed in the bathroom.

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Old 11-07-04, 06:47 AM
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First you need to check with your Building Inspection Department for local codes, and permit and inspection requirements.
A sink needs a 1 .5" drain and a shower needs a 2" drain, both vented after the traps. A toilet has a built-in trap and usually a 3" closet bend drain line vented by the stack.
The vent lines have to be within certain distances of the traps based on the size of the drain line.
It sounds like you're going to have to basically replumb the whole bathroom drain system to do what you're wanting to do.
If you're putting anything in the bathroom that is too large to maneuver through the door, you're right. You're going to have to open a wall.
You are talking about some major expense to re-do this bathroom as described.
Good luck!

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