Small bathroom

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by badnailer, Sep 24, 2008.

  1. badnailer

    badnailer New Member

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    Would like to add a bathroom (toilet, lav and stall shower) What is the best and smallest configuration for same. Please detail code clearances for each fixture.

    Thanks
  2. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    A shower stall must be a minimum of 30" square (and unless you are a child you will find this very restricting). A toilet needs a minimum of 15" either side of center. I think there's a minimum distance in front, too, but I don't know it. Most places want 24" in front of the sink, but that varies. You really need to check your local inspector, as that's what counts.
  3. nhmaster

    nhmaster Master Plumber

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    If you install a 30" shower you can't put a door on it because if you drop the soap you have to exit the shower to pick it up.:D
  4. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    shower

    You are supposed to lift with your knees, not your back so you should be able to stoop down to pick up the soap, not bend over.
  5. nhmaster

    nhmaster Master Plumber

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    Yea but then you slam your forehead on the shower valve.:D
  6. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

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    I have a 30" shower stall in my basement bathroom. I will certainly concede the fact that it is a tight fit, but this bathroom is intended for the few times we have overnight guests and need a second bathroom. It is not for daily use. As HJ says, bend your knees not your back to pick up the soap. I have a Sterling glass door on the stall and it works very well. If you can figure out how to fit a larger stall in the space you have, by all means do so, but a 30" Lasco works.
  7. nhmaster

    nhmaster Master Plumber

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    The code says that the shower has to be 900 square inches. Most 32 x 32 showers do not have 900 sq. in. in. inside measurment. I don't think by code you can install anything smaller that a 36" rough opening shower.
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    Duh, you get your wife to pick up the soap. My husband could never hold onto that soap, I never understood why.
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