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(copper) Pipe dreamsSunday, August 01, 2010
There is definitely a trend here. We decide to do one thing, and in the course of doing that one thing, we realize that two other things should be done, which each have their own hidden needs as well. So goes home renovation!

The current saga started with a need to run hot and cold water to the new washing machine. It would be relatively simple to add a couple of Ts into the supply lines going to the kitchen sink, add some valves, and be done with it. But... that would be too easy!

So instead, I'm going to be re-plumbing almost the entire rear of the house. The major reason for this is the fact that we have the kitchen sink, a future dishwasher, the refrigerator, the washing machine, the basement sink, an outside spigot, and a future backyard irrigation system all trying to drink from the same 1/2" trunk line coming through the wall from the front of the basement (the infamous "they" say that a 1/2" line should serve no more than two devices). Okay, time to upgrade the trunk line to 3/4" copper. Well, while we're at it, we might as well re-route things to better serve our needs. First off, getting down under the stairs for the washer and dryer. Fortunately, we have all of the equipment (and some of the skills) needed to sweat-solder copper, making this pipe dream possible. Of course, in the corner where the pipes are coming down, the dryer vent must also go up, so we're going to get a bit creative with the tubing...

Now, what's left is to extend the trunk off of the lower diagonals over to the basement sink, then to connect back in to the line going up to the kitchen sink. But we need to install the new cabinets before those pipes, and we need to install the floor before the cabinets, and the stairs should get re-built before the floor tiles go in... oh gosh - order of operations nightmare!

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