adding shower to half bath using washing machine plumbling

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  1. rhoxsie

    rhoxsie New Member

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    Hi,

    We recently purchased a small house built on a slab foundation. We'd like to add a stall shower to the half bath. On the other side of the wall is the washing machine plumbing, so we have access to water and drain in the wall. Can we tie into the washing machine drain that is in the wall and not the floor? Has anyone done this? If so, how is it done?
    Thanks,
    Ronda
  2. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    Water (well, nothing) flows uphill without help, so to do it you'd need to dig a pit for a tank and a pump, and then you might as well just break the slab to do it right and let gravity do it for you. If the line the washer drain goes into isn't 2", then you have to find the main line or one at least 2" to meet code (drain pipe is inside diameter).
  3. nhmaster

    nhmaster Master Plumber

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    NO you can't
  4. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    Unless you want to step up into the shower, you should cut the slab.
    My sisters vacation cabin has a step up tub, and I always forget and darn near fall onto the floor everytime I step out.
  5. rhoxsie

    rhoxsie New Member

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    Thanks Terry. Does the sink drain have a 2" pipe?
    Ronda
  6. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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    In many areas code would require you to get to a larger drain 3" or better to tie in. Even when not required it's a good idea! A washer can fill a shower quite quickly with a backed up line. 3" and larger pipes would drain a toilet.
  7. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    How many steps do you want to climb to get into the shower? The pipe in the wall should be 2", but it could go horizontal before connecting to a pipe that goes down into the floor. Until you know what you have any discussion of how much concrete to break, and that is the only proper way to install your shower, will be academic.
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