Re: Roughing in a basement bathroom
Posted by LonnythePlumber on July 01, 2004 at 14:50:31:
In response to Re: Roughing in a basement bathroom
: Breaking or cutting the concrete is the way to go assuming the main drain is below the floor level. Raising the floor is not a good option, it would always look like a jackknifed job. You can probably live with the 81" ceiling height in a basement bathroom unless you have a family of basketball player. Your best bet is to have a plumber inspect the site and give you his advise based on personal inspection. If you do proceed, you could save some money by breaking out the concrete yourself with a small rotary hammer. Grizzly sells them for about $100 including drill bits and chisels. They work great on breaking out small areas and will drill holes in concrete like it was putty.

This is very physical work and hard for one person to get a ditch ready for plumbing in one day. You are going to have a 5 gallon bucket of concrete to carry out for every linear foot of cut. Too large of a jack hammer can crack your floor if you don't cut or chisel bit the sides of the ditch first. LonnythePlumber

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