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Plumb Day One

February 25, 2013 |

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Plumb Day One

Soooo .... what next ......

It's always a little awkward going from one stage to the next. Not just do you have to change out your tools sets, but you have to start thinking with a different mindset. Today is plumbing supply lines day one.

Now just like the electrical, you run all your main lines to a central point, in plumbing, it's the manifold, and then from the manifold, you run larger lines to the water tanks. It's more like a modern freeway system, not like a country road system.

But because every home is different and has different requirements (for example number of bathrooms or in our case, two kitchens) we build the main manifolds. Now there are some off the shelf manifolds, but we are old school and like to solder everything.

We want to place the manifolds in the center wall between each duplex because it's a 2x6 wall, but don't want to have to take a stud out.

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Maybe it'll fit like this?

Remember, we've got to fit the hot and cold manifold in there, and there's gotta be enough spots for two home's worth of water lines.

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Maybe this way?

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Or maybe we should stagger them like this so the valves are easy to reach? You never know when you might need to shut off a water line.

And finally, we just decided that we were over thinking everything, and would just do two straight manifolds, with 8 on each, side by side. This may mean the access panel will be a little larger, but it's going to be in the garage. Does anyone care?

I'll ask the car.

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The pipes are prepped for soldering.

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Valves fit on.

Think your jewelry is expensive? Each of these sparklers was $10 each. Ouch. At least we aren't paying $100 an hour to have it all installed. The Ram is pretty happy with a hot lunch and a day off once in a while to go fishing.

And me? Well, you know me. DIY IS what I like to do.

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All the joints get soldered.

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And then ends that don't get a supply line get soldered closed.

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Then we just mount the two manifolds in between studs in the center wall in the garages. We'll pull all the water supply lines to these guys.

One's hot, one's not.

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We'll be using tubing for the water supply lines.

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After drilling all those giant holes for the plumbing drain lines, then the HVAC and Dryer vents, and then more holes for the electrical, this plumbing stuff is much easier.

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One is hot.

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And one is not.

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Down below, we've positiend the manifolds right below the kitchen's and baths, so it's a really short run over

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And down to the main center wall.

Neatly stapled in place.

And brought to the main manifold.  

Most of our first day running plumbing was used up by figuring out the main manifolds, and we only got a couple of supply lines run.  We'll run the rest tomorrow and get everything hooked up and put it to the pressure test.

I'll give you a hint: dishwashing soap in a spray bottle.

If you know what I'm talking about you are either a DIY dork or a pro plumber.  Or you are just really really smart.  Have you done plumbing lines in your home?  Did you do tubing too?  Build your own manifold?  Or does your home have an off the shelf manifold?  There's unilimited ways to go about DIYing a home, and it's always interesting to learn about different ways things are done!

Thanks so much for reading and following along!  We just might make this Mother's Day moving date!

Manifold

I think the manifold is the best method to use, i found out about it about 1 year late to use in my house. How are you going to create access, with a panel box framed around it?

posted by Quintin79 | on Mon, 2013-02-25 14:16
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So to find leaks you're going

So to find leaks you're going to spritz the pipes with soapy water and see where it bubbles?

posted by perchik | on Mon, 2013-02-25 14:28
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Dishsoap on a swab works to

Dishsoap on a swab works to check for gas leaks, too! I am not only a DIY Dork, but my hubby has a college degree in HVAC as well as being a certified appliance tech. Between us we can build or fix just about anything.

posted by Pam the Goatherd | on Mon, 2013-02-25 20:21
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One's hot, One's not.

That flexible tubing looks so nice to work with. Don't you feel for all the plumbers that had to use straight pipe 50 years ago? That sure makes it look easy.

posted by birdsandsoap | on Tue, 2013-02-26 03:13

pompe-submersibile

Dishsoap with a swab operates to check intended for fuel leaking, also! My business is not only a DO-IT-YOURSELF Dork, yet my husband includes a college degree inside HVAC as well as as a accredited machine technological. Involving you we could develop or maybe resolve everything.
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submersibile

posted by plumbing | on Tue, 2014-01-21 07:02

pompe-submersibile

Dishsoap with a swab operates to check intended for fuel leaking, also! My business is not only a DO-IT-YOURSELF Dork, yet my husband includes a college degree inside HVAC as well as as a accredited machine technological. Involving you we could develop or maybe resolve everything.
pompe-
submersibile

posted by plumbing | on Tue, 2014-01-21 07:04
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Hawaii

Here in Maui we don't like the pex tubing (not sure if that's the same stuff) with our heat and such it gets brittle and breaks and then rodents love that stuff.

posted by jojabis | on Tue, 2013-02-26 20:20

The los angeles plumbing

The los angeles plumbing services estimate and examine the materials they want to attribute for the tools until they could get the idea of installing.

posted by marymorris | on Tue, 2013-08-13 20:48
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Einstal

Find in this website einstal.ro all about installation.

posted by claudiu212003 | on Thu, 2014-01-23 14:47
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Centrale Ieftine

Very nice job, i like those solder copper distribution.It was better if you buy directly distribution copper ?
I this site centraleieftine you fiind pices of plumbing.

posted by claudiu212003 | on Thu, 2014-01-23 14:44

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Here in Finest we don't like the pex tube (not sure if that's the same stuff) with our warm and such it gets weak and smashes and then rats or rodents really like that things.
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posted by aminta | on Sat, 2014-02-08 07:44

visit my site

Here in Finest we don't like the pex tube (not sure if that's the same stuff) with our warm and such it gets weak and smashes and then rats or rodents really like that things.
http://www.javawebapplicationdevelopment.sitew.org/#Page_1.A

posted by aminta | on Sat, 2014-02-08 07:44

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