Check out what we've been working on at the Momplex lately!!!!
Notice anything different???
I'll give you a hint.
It costed a small fortune ... probably more than a gold plated bathtub ...
But it was worth every single penny!
We've got water!!!!
Up here in Alaska (where we live) you are on your own for water. We had to drill down a couple hundred feet for a well (that was the small fortune part and a big reason we decided to build the Mom's a shared duplex - so we don't have to drill two wells).
The well sat, just a big pipe looking awkward, for the longest time while we worked on all the other stuff in between a giant hole in the ground and a bathroom vanity needing water.
And then finally last summer, we dropped the pump down the well.
And capped it. The water line is 9 feet down, below the frost line, so the water never freezes. The small gray tube holds the electrical wires that supply power to the pump.
But what happens from here???
The water line and the electrical are brought inside the Momplex underground. The electrical (the gray box on the upper right) ties in to a pressure switch mounted on the pressure tank. When the pressure in the pressure tank gets too low, it trips a switch, that in turn feeds power to the well pump, causing it to pump water into the pressure tank, until the switch trips back signaling the tank is full.
The water line is the white line on the lower right, rapped in the heat trace. It comes in from below ground, and fills the tank, and then on to where ever water is needed by Mom.
You need the pressure tank so your well isn't kicking on and off every time you turn the faucet on. Kinda like buying all your groceries for the week at once, instead of running to the store every time you need a snack.
From there, the water is distributed to manifolds that we DIYed:
That way we can turn water on and off at the main manifolds in case of a leak or burst pipe or we need to work on something.
And from there, the water is distributed through water lines to kitchens and baths throughout the Momplex.
Up until now, the plumbing lines were just stub outs in the wall.
But we cut the stubouts off and hooked faucets up, put a p-trap between the sink and the drain,
and guess what???
We have water up at the Momplex!!!
With the faucet done, we moved on to the showers. The plumbing is already stubbed out, so I just attached the shower head.
In my defense, wouldn't I look even funnier with perfect hair as a plumber???
For the shower drains, we silicone the drains,
And then screw them in place using the old double screwdriver trick.
I know they make a tool for this .... but you can't have every tool, can you? Sometimes you just gotta make do with what you have.
And then the drain is just screwed over top to hide the plumbing.
This space behind the door was originally intended for either a larger tub instead of a shower or a linen closet. But Mom really wanted laundry on the main floor, so we sized the area just big enough to put a stacking laundry set in.
When I say just big enough, I do mean just big enough. It could not have been any smaller.
We placed a tub under the washer as cheap insurance in case of a leak ...
Sad, I know, I'd have loved to have built pedestals under the washer and dryer, but the dryer would then have been too high.
Sigh - you gotta compromise sometimes ...
So what does that leave us with??????
Imagine being 8 months pregnant and spending most of your day working 2 miles from a fully functioning bathroom. Yes, I'm pretty darn excited that the toilet is up next!!!
And then we can talk making it pretty!