PVC Pipe in the way of bathtub apron support

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  1. jmcintosh

    jmcintosh New Member

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    Hello, what's the best way to deal with this problem. The 3 inch PVC pipe is in the way of my tub apron support. The tub is 60x30. Do I try cut the support from the tub or relocate the PVC pipe. Is that PVC a cleanout?

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  2. jmcintosh

    jmcintosh New Member

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    It appears that PVC pipe is a vent stack. I wonder if I could taper it off into a 2 inch pipe and that might give me the room I need. It's a 2 bath house.

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  3. jmcintosh

    jmcintosh New Member

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    Will that violate code or restrict proper air flow? Any other alternatives?
  4. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    There's a general rule in plumbing...you cannot go from a larger pipe to a smaller one (restriction) in the direction of travel of the material (air or waste). So, I do not think that going smaller would be allowed. SOmetimes the plumbers don't check this spot as often as they do on the plumbing specific ones.
  5. cacher_chick

    cacher_chick Test, Don't Guess!

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    If there is enough room to fit the tub in there, the easiest thing to do it frame the alcove wall out the inch or two that you need.
  6. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    It looks like that could have been cut lower down, and if so, it would have cleared the tub.
  7. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    Whether you can reduce to 2" and then increase again depends on several factors, starting with the requirements in your local code.
  8. jmcintosh

    jmcintosh New Member

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    Done!

    Ok, I stuck with 3 inch but it wasn't easy. There was a structural beam I had to work around.

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