remodeling bath - need to move water lines a few inches


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Old 08-28-08, 01:15 PM
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remodeling bath - need to move water lines a few inches

Have tried other forums but without much luck. I am thinking about remodeling my 2 bathrooms, both of which currently have 72"-wide double vanities. The new vanities I am thinking of buying would need the water lines to be moved a few inches. For example, I would like to install 2 24"-wide vanities (one at each end of where the 72"-wide unit is now) and put a piece of furniture in the 24" now-open space in between. The problem is that the 24" vanity has a drawer on the bottom and when I look at the current water pipes/connections, one pipe is coming in only a few inches from the bottom of the current cabinet - right where the drawer would be on the new cabinet. In the other bath, one of the water lines is probably 27-28" in from the left end of the 72"-wide cabinet, which means it is in what would be the space BETWEEN the new 24"-wide cabinets. (I hope all this makes sense!) So my question is, how difficult a job is it to move water lines a few inches up, down, to the right, to the left? And what might be a ballpark cost of this kind of job? (I hope I don't have to give up on my bathrooms!) Thanks!!
 
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Old 08-28-08, 01:43 PM
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Some pictures or drawings of what you currently have and what you want to have would be helpful. They would have to be uploaded to a photo hosting site and then the URLs posted here.

If the piping is at the back of the drawer then it might be possible to re-build the drawer to a shorter length to allow for the piping. Supply piping is relatively easy to move and drain piping is usually much more difficult.
 
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Old 08-28-08, 01:57 PM
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Originally Posted by furd
If the piping is at the back of the drawer then it might be possible to re-build the drawer to a shorter length to allow for the piping. Supply piping is relatively easy to move and drain piping is usually much more difficult.
Thanks for the quick reply. I am a total novice. How can I tell if the pipes are supply or drain? (I did a google search and found some info but not enough for me to be able to tell the difference.) Thanks.
 
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Drain piping is about 1-1/2 inches in diameter and comes from the bottom of the washbasin. Supply piping will be about 3/4 inch in diameter and goes to the faucet.
 
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Thanks for the explanation (but duh, I should have been able to figure that out)! I just checked all 4 basins/faucets in the 2 bathrooms and found, to my delight, that the drain pipe won't have to be moved at all -- it's in a perfect place (or 4 perfect places!). Even the supply pipes might be OK -- just 2 of the 8 placements are "questionable" but your suggestion about moving the drawer back should definitely work for one, and I might be able to move the new cabinet 2-3" to the right to make the other one work. So this is quite a relief -- the bathrooms look very dated to me (early 1980s, original to the house I think) and I really do want to change them.

Anyway, thanks for answering something that I have been asking for days in various places with no help at all! I really appreciate it.

-Karen in New Hampshire
 
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Old 08-28-08, 05:04 PM
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Hi Karen,

What part of NH are you from?

If you are close enough, I wouldn't mind showing you what must be done if interested. You would need to pick me up and bring me back.
I am in West Manchester/Pinardville

If interested, PM me and I will give you my number.
 
 

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