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Kitchen Sink Drains

February 14, 2013 |

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posted by Ana White

Did you know that roping a house in doesn't mean we actually went out and lassoed a house and roped it in? Apparently, roping a house in means the you pulled wires through the wall. Huh.

Kitchen Sink Drains

Now that we've got the Momplex roped in, we've got to finish up one last drain system.

Do you see the short wall above? We just built these walls to hold the plumbing and electrical for the sinks. Because this is the Momplex, there's also another wall built in mirror on the other side of the main center wall (the wall with the black pipes in it). We have to put drains for the kitchen sink and dishwasher in these walls and connect those drains to the center wall drain lines.

For those of you following from the beginning, you know I had originally intended to not build a wall here, but to build a storage cabinet accessible from the dining area. After you read today's post, you'll fully agree with me that we need a utility wall here instead of storage.

Kitchen Sink Drains

Things start off easy - just drilling holes in the new shorter wall studs for the new drain pipes.

Kitchen Sink Drains

Of course, these holes are done to a specific angle so the drains flow down.

Kitchen Sink Drains

Not so bad, right?

Kitchen Sink Drains

Well, here's when things get interesting. We've got the main driain line in the center, and we somehow have to place a four way tee in there.

Kitchen Sink Drains

As in this part

Kitchen Sink Drains

Has to go in there.

Kitchen Sink Drains

You already knew that was not going to work.

Kitchen Sink Drains

Hmmmmmmm .....

Kitchen Sink Drains

I won't go into the details, but I can assure you that wall did eventually get put together almost like brand new.

Kitchen Sink Drains

And the four way tee did get placed in the right spot.

Good things walls can't talk.

Kitchen Sink Drains

But now things get really fun. We have to thread a drain pipe into the drilled holes, but the holes don't extend to the end of the wall.

And these drain pipes don't like to bend.

Kitchen Sink Drains

First we cut a pipe no longer than it needs to be.

Kitchen Sink Drains

And the fun begins.

There may or may not have been some of this going on. 

There was definitely moments of doubt.  

But I can assure you of this: If you go up to the Momplex right now, there's two kitchen sink drain stub outs.

That have been cleaned

And glued together

Just waiting for a sink cabinet.

Good thing walls can't talk.

Or file police reports.

I'm curious why the drains

I'm curious why the drains have to run through a wall. Why not run all pipes under the floor instead? The garage below is heated, right?

posted by WendyW | on Thu, 2013-02-14 23:58

It's all about venting. Every

It's all about venting. Every fixture needs a trap and a vent. The vent has to be connected to the horizontal pipe coming out of the trap.
The pipe cannot go down below the floor (usually) because the vertical drop from fixture to the trap is too great causing much grief.
Therefore, the drains go into the stud-wall and make life difficult.

posted by mudbrrk | on Tue, 2013-02-19 22:41
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I hope you are not feeling as

I hope you are not feeling as battered tomorrow as the drain pipes are! ;-)

posted by Pam the Goatherd | on Fri, 2013-02-15 01:19
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There's actually quite a

There's actually quite a awesome feeling after you get through an especially challenging diy situation, and things have been going well! Thank you Pam!

We could run the plumbing drains down, but we'd still have to run the vent pipes up, so this is why we had to go through the wall and join the pipe in the wall. You are so smart! Going through the floor would definitely have been easier if we could have gotten away with it!

posted by Ana White | on Fri, 2013-02-15 12:34
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No bend method?

I think I would have drill the holes thru the entire short wall -- then no "bendng" of ABS and less stress? Been there /done that / learn better ways....

Thanks for all your posts! It's a lot easier to watch ou build than do it myself... :)

posted by Sue_McL | on Sun, 2013-02-17 12:22

Drawer boxes need to have

Drawer boxes need to have solid sides, made of either wood or metal, with strong bases and smooth-action roller runners. The best drawers can glide shut with a push from your hip or foot, and close silently. The most expensive are made of wood with dovetailed joints and waxed wooden runners. Kitchens Northamptonshire

posted by mikeharding | on Thu, 2013-03-14 18:45

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