I'm not letting the Ram's voice be heard. And he might just know a whole lot more about things like plumbing, framing and building Momplexes than I do. To me, I just want the toilet in the right spot. The the Ram, he wants to make sure it doesn't get clogged.
When we were on our book tour, the Ram had his own thing going on at the back of the signings. And no, he wasn't signing books or taking pictures.
He was answering real questions from from folks who have real problems at home. Someone wanted to know about installing drywall, another person about framing walls. And he was helping these people find the answers they needed to go home and improve their homes.
So we promised at book signings that the Ram would start writing some of the more technical Momplex posts to answer some of these questions. So here you go - the other side of the story!
Hi guys, I'm Jacob, Ana's husband.
I knew when she said let's haul the shower around the side of the Momplex, over the ramp, and up the split level entry that I'd be paying dearly for it. Asking your wife to lift her end of an object twice her size never ends good. Guys, you know exactly what I'm talking about.
Another thing we differ on? Shopping trips. When I go shopping with her, every pair of shoes looks exactly the same. Just pick one and go.
This is what my shopping trips look like.
She says every pipe looks the same. Just grab them and go.
Now for the other one.
Thats right, everything is X2 in the Momplex.
Now time for the connection of all the pipes to the main drain. A plummer once told me @*@* runs downhill.
Cutting and gluing pipes is really easy. Just have to keep in mind that most utilities need a P-Trap.
Excluding a toilet it already comes with one
A P-Trap is a trap that holds water that blocks off the pipes and keeps smelly sewer gasses from coming back into your home.
Another thing to consider is keeping your slope right on your pipes, you want to run your pipe 1/4" per foot of horizontal run. this keeps the water going down hill. The problem with not enough slope would be getting plugged up, and too much slope means that the water will beat the solids to the septic tank leaving the solids behind.
Bad slope = Toilet doesn't work = Mom calling.
Slope is good.
This ties it all in and goes down below to meet the main drain pipe.
We also went ahead and brought the kitchen drains over through the wall, keeping the slope in the wall.
Down stairs is the P-traps for the showers and other drains
And everything gets tied into the main drain that runs under the slab and out to the septic we put in a couple of summers ago.
Here's Mom's Christmas present. Laundry on the main level. We added this at the last minute. It gets drained down too.
With the washing machine utility box in the wall attaching the pipes is easy.
Your probably going to ask. Why it the pipe going up?
That is a vent pipe essential to a good working drain system.
Vents work as a breather for the system, without it would suck the P Traps dry bringing in sewer gases into the house. Not something to look forward to.
The vent or vents, some house have more than one vent, go up through the ceiling and out the roof.
Looking like this.
And then sealed the a roof jack to keep the water out.
Thanks guys! I hope I answered some of your questions and made this plumbing process easy to understand. If you want me to answer any other questions or write about any of the other steps, I'd be happy to. Just let me know in the comments.
PS - Have a safe trip to the polls today.