It was an exciting day here on Saturday. My Dad, and our neighbour (both named Bill) came to help Derek with the plumbing of the basement. The plan was to replace the main cast-iron stack with new PVC, re-locate the existing toilet, and add in all the "Ys" and "Ts" for the new bathrooms and kitchenette. I didn't get to help too much because of having to take care of the kiddies- and believe me, that was pretty hard once they saw all the excitement- and dirt- in the basement.
The next task was the decision to go past the point of no return, and take out the existing cast iron stack with a sledge hammer. The demo always goes quickly, and soon, all the pipes were laying on the driveway. Next was a little more digging, to get all the new plumbing at the proper angle, 1/4" per foot is optimal. 1/8" per foot is minimum. Then we started building backwards from the sewer side connecting to the toilet, and the vent. Of course it didn't all go smoothly, and Derek ended up going to 2 home improvement stores to get parts. The water supply for the toilet had to be moved as well. The kitchen sink is just connected temporarily , since there wasn't enough time to get all the plumbing done in one day. We still need to complete all the branches for the new plumbing in the basement, so we've got another day of plumbing ahead of us. We pretty much left off where we started....
Here's Bill, doping out the connections to the toilet, tub and vent. The precision of this stack will be a thing of legends for years to come.
The new stack, in all it's glory. (queue god music)
Here's Dad, soldering the connection to the toilet. He has an old school acetylene torch that burns hotter than propane. We still have to remove the old line, the knob was removed, so little hands don't play with it, and get water everywhere.
Here's the better location for the toilet. The sticky gunk (wax and caulking) and the old flange were removed, the floor was wiped down with paint thinner. A square hole through the top layer of subfloor was cut, by doing plunge cuts with the circular saw. A new piece was cut to fit, then screwed in. We're just covering the floor with peel and stick tile in the interim, since this room needs a full redo, and we're not even sure if we want to keep the current tub or go with a gorgeous claw foot... can you tell which way I'm leaning? Another bonus on moving the toilet is the roll holder location... now hopefully Ella won't pee on the seat while rrreeeeeeeaching for it!