Re: Alright already...I was just asking!
Posted by hj on January 26, 2004 at 23:52:16:
In response to Re: Alright already...I was just asking!
Just one reason for not doing it if that can convince you that we are not just being dogmatic. The water coming down the pipe from the upstairs toilets will push air in front of it causing a positive pressure. Your "in line vent" can only relieve a negativer pressure caused by your urinal draining. The positive pressure could "blow" the water out of the urinal when a toilet upstairs is flushed, but at least it would not suck the water out also, which it could do without the AAV, Studor vent, or inline vent installed. The problem is that the public has the stereotype of the plumber being an overweight, uneducated, crack showing (or bikini panties according to one TV commercial) slob, who only knows that water flows downhill and payday is Friday. And since this is the total intelligence of the plumber, and because "anyone" can put two pieces of pipe together, they feel that anyone can do plumbing.

: : If by "maybe not the way the plumbers would do it" you mean "in violation of most plumbing codes", it's possible--the pipes will fit together the way you describe and the urine will probably flush down the drain instead of onto your feet. It's almost certainly illegal for several reasons others have already mentioned.

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: Geez...what a tough won't meet code...I suppose that's a good reason not to do it because I assume the UPC or IPC have some rational basis for the regulations...I just thought that perhaps somebody could explain it to me...and you know....the more I think about it...which is what I like to do...the hook-up would be nearly identical to the upstairs drains...they all run into the same stack...albeit at a 2" opening instead of the clean-out...but heck, that's not a real difference of any consequence. You see, when you aren't a plumber...and the plumbers can't give a rational explanation, just makes me think that maybe there really isn't anything "wrong" with it...might be in poor taste...might be different...etc. but it would work just fine. Yankee ingenuity isn't what it used to be. I guess I'll just call my plumber and have him put in a toilet. Thanks for all the friendly advice....

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