Drain Line Installation Drain Line Installation

What You'll Need
Cleaning Solvent
Rubber Sealant
Pipe Girders

It is relatively simple to install a drain line if you do proper planning beforehand and carefully taking measurements. However, before you do any of this make sure you check all of your local codes to make sure you within your states regulations.

Step 1 - Plan Your Piping

There are many different kinds of pipes and fittings offered, each created with the intention of functionality. For instance, some fittings have three openings and each opening is for a different sized pipe. When you are planning where your drain line will run from and to you must also keep in mind what size pipe you will need and if that size will change. Knowing the diameter of the piping you will need, the angles in which you will need to account for when you install it, will determine what you materials you will need to purchase. Also keep in mind that some local codes tell you what fittings you can and cannot use.

Step 2 - Cut the Pipe

Put on your goggles and use the hacksaw cut the pipe in the lengths that you previously measured. Make sure you are keeping in mind what diameter of pipe will fit where to ensure which pipe you cut a certain length. Once this is done use sandpaper to remove what is known as burr (the end where you cut the pipe) and make sure it is smooth. Use a rag and some cleaning solvent and wipe the ends where the pipe will be placed in the fitting.

Step 3 - Glue the Pipes

Before you glue the pipes, "dry fit" the piping by just matching up the cut pipes with the fittings together to make sure it is how you planned it to be. If you do this after you glue the pipes, it will dry almost immediately and you will have no way to get it unstuck. If you make a mistake you will have to saw off the glued ends and start over.

If you "dry fit" beforehand then you will know that all the angles and dimensions you planned actually work. Mark the piping where the fittings will go and which direction. The reason you do this is so you will know how to realign all the pieces once the fittings and pipes are permanently fused together with the glue. Once the glue is spread insert the pipe into the fitting until it cannot go any further then twist slightly to make sure the glue is spread evenly on the inside.

Step 4 - Install Drain Line

Mark on the ceiling and walls where you will be running the pipe exactly where you will be putting the pipe girders. The pipe girder the hold the pipe on the ceiling and hold the pipe in place as it runs along a wall. They should be placed about sixteen inches apart. Use screws and drill the pipe girders to the places that you marked. Once one end to marked from where the drain line will run from to your sewage then make sure there are no leaks. If you firmly fit the piping into the fittings and used enough glue then you should not have any problems at all.

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