Plug Bathtub For Pressure Test

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  1. turkeyvulture

    turkeyvulture New Member

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    For a DVW pressure test, how do you plug the tub? It's not practical to plug the drain and overflow, with those little cross bars in there, and I can't turn the trap to plug it caue it's connected to the overflow and the drain. Pros, what's the trick? Got an inspection in two days.
     
  2. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    Depending on WHICH drain and overflow you have, some companies have "test plugs" which fasten in using the bolt holes for the lift and turn plug and the overflow plate.
     
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  4. cacher_chick

    cacher_chick Test, Don't Guess!

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    Not much help I know, but here we only pressure test the rough-in, the traps and fixtures are installed afterward.
     
  5. turkeyvulture

    turkeyvulture New Member

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    Cacherchick, I thought tubs and shower pans were considered rough plumbing, since they go in before sheetrock.
     
  6. cwhyu2

    cwhyu2 Consultant

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    On a rough no traps installed, plug all waste arms then put under pressure plus vents
    the whole system has to be sealed,air or water test,traps installed on final test,Bowl test.
     
  7. SacCity

    SacCity In the Trades

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    I've always had to have the bathtubs installed for rough plumbing inspections.
    Failed one inspection for that reason!
     
  8. cwhyu2

    cwhyu2 Consultant

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    What the inspectors wanted to see is a PB faucet and that DWV holds.That is in this area.On the final they want to see if the trap holds.
     
  9. cacher_chick

    cacher_chick Test, Don't Guess!

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    As with most things, California is not much like the rest of the country.
     
  10. cwhyu2

    cwhyu2 Consultant

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    Sure you can have the tub installed,but in order to put on rough test you cannot have a trap or waste and overflow connected.
     
  11. PlumbPowerHouse

    PlumbPowerHouse Plumber

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    We do a lot of new construction and when we rough in tubs, we use the test plugs that come with the waste/overflow kit. You probably should check with your local plumbing supply shop and grab a few different test plugs for your tub drain to see if you can get one to fit.
     
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