Feeling Flushed

Toilet Installed and Flushing!

I’ve been working on hooking up the last of the plumbing in the butcher shop. Here Ben does the first flush of the toilet. You wouldn’t believe how exciting a flushing toilet can be!

The toilet and sink hang from the wall so there is nothing to interfere with cleaning the floor – same as in the processing rooms. The buttons are ‘elegant’ as in ‘unlabeled’. The big one appears to do a standard, probably government mandated, volume of flush while the small button flushes as long as you hold it or until the toilet tank is empty. The tank itself is hidden away inside the wall and accessible from the other side – built in furniture.

Bathroom Sink Too!

Washing hands in the new sink. Currently the sink drains to a bucket because I’m missing the tail piece to connect the sink to the P-trap for the DWV. I’ll get that Thursday. As demonstrated, the sink is knee operated just like the sinks in the processing rooms so you don’t have to use your now clean hands to turn off the water.

The inspector’s shower is also now connected up but right now it’s just cold water as I don’t have the hot water heater hooked up yet. I’m plumbing backwards from the far end towards the water source. The shower has a tub faucet connection to which I hooked up a hose that hangs in the closet which will make cleaning the bathroom quick and easy using the shower valve system. Simplicity.

The pipes have been low pressure tested by running water in through the opposite end, the low drain point where I have a handy dandy hose fitting. No leaks on the first try at about 25 psi which is our default spring pressure – pretty good! Once I have the medium pressure pump installed in Upper Mech I’ll test the 70 psi water flow to all the plumbing joints. That is the maximum pressure for the hot water heaters. Once that test is successfully achieved I can cover up the access panels hiding it all away.

The interior of the bathroom is coated in polyurethane and polyurea just like the rest of the rooms to make it easy to clean. This will minimize maintenance and repairs while optimizing sanitization.

Yes, that is real marble making up the shelf next to the toilet. It is a 900 lb slab of marble from a local quarry. Ben cut and carved the marble slab from a much larger piece so that it fit our bathroom – a touch of elegance. The stone company was throwing it away and we picked it up in one of our loads of waste stone. A small flaw will make a stone like that not suitable for sale but there are still ways to use it by cutting out the bad sections. Waste not, want not.

There is a visual joke in the bathroom which you might spot in one of the photos if you ever saw the movie “Demolition Man” with the very funny actress Sandra Bullock and co-starring Sylverster Stallone and Wesley Snipes. Let me know if you figure it out by leaving comments…

Outdoors: 72°F/41°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 68°F/63°F

Daily Spark: If his IQ slips any lower, we’ll have to water him twice a day. -Molly Ivins, on a Texas politician

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6 Responses to Feeling Flushed

  1. David B. says:

    He doesn’t know how to use the three seashells!?!?!

  2. David Lloyd Sutton says:

    Ah yes. The essential clam shells!

  3. karl says:

    can you explain how to use the shells?

  4. Glenn Warren says:

    A common test method on plumbing is to connect an air compressor; pressurize the system to 100 psi, and leave closed with a pressure gauge on a hose bibb connection. If you don’t loose pressure you have a tight system and avoid the mess of a water leak.

    Your wall finish looks very nice.

    • I’ve done that method in dry installs. In the butcher shop I have the advantage of a installation where things can get wet, in fact are designed to get wet. The thing I like about doing the wet pressure test is I can better see any leaks, of which there were none, without spritzing every joint with soap to see air bubbles. One of the great things about PEX fittings is that once I got used to doing them I find them to be virtually fool proof and easy to install. I read somewhere that plumber’s unions were trying to ban PEX in local codes because it was so easy that they were afraid of losing jobs. They have reason to be afraid. The thing is, the PEX is not just easier but it is also better as it can withstand freezing to a large degree. Again that takes away plumber’s jobs. Not that I have anything against plumbers, I play one in an alternate Universe, I just like PEX. :)

  5. Jake says:

    The three seashells!!! I love it!!

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