DIY moving shower vent pipe?


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Old 12-01-19, 12:14 PM
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DIY moving shower vent pipe?

SOS!!! My husband is trying to remodel our master bathroom shower. He just completed the demo and realized that two pipes need to be moved. Of course I immediately said we need a plumber. 😬 He asked me to post pictures on "one of your DIY FB pages and ask for advice". Does anyone have advice? Thank you for your time!
 
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Old 12-01-19, 12:16 PM
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Welcome to the forums.

It looks like those two pipes are coming up thru a concrete floor.
I also see what looks like copper pipe incorrectly coming up thru concrete.
..... and your electric panel in the shower wall. A lot going on there.

If you need to move those pipes..... there will be a jack hammer in your future.
 
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Old 12-01-19, 12:22 PM
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Ugh! Thank you for your quick reply! The copper pipe is not in use. The plumbing was rerouted into the attic many years ago. I believe the two pipes that need to be moved are the vent pipes for the shower and toilet? I think we are officially over our head. Do you think it's time to call in the professionals?
 
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Old 12-01-19, 12:26 PM
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I wouldn't say it's not a DIY job but you need to dig down thru the concrete to access the connecting pipes. That will require an impact hammer to break the floor up. Depends on your timeline too. How fast you need it done.
 
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Gotcha! We would like to have it complete before Christmas. He just measured how far it goes down. It's about a foot. I think he's considering calling a professional now. LOL.
 
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Old 12-01-19, 01:27 PM
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None of what needs to be done is rocket science. It's really a question of whether or not you want to do the work. Christmas as a deadline though does put a bit of pressure on the schedule.
 
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You could build a bench seat over those pipes.
 
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Old 12-03-19, 05:13 PM
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From a plumbing perspective, it's a pretty easy change. The connections need to remain basically the same, but a foot lower. The hard part is breaking up the concrete (need a demolition hammer probably), cutting and redoing the pipes, then re-cementing.

Are the pipes ABS (plastic) or cast iron? If cast iron, they need to be cut with an angle grinder most likely.

All doable. How much of a project do you want?

And btw - I love John's idea of a bench!!
 
 

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