Week 19.3: a series of tubes

Rub-a-dub-dub… it's the upstairs tub!

Rub-a-dub-dub… it's the upstairs tub!

Ah, plumbing. That time-honored trade of working with pipes, tubing and fixtures for drinking water systems and the drainage of (ahem) waste. From the Latin plumbum for lead

…but we’re having none of that.

Yes, plumbing (of course).

But no lead… or copper… or steel… or any other metal-ly thing.

Unlike Benjamin Braddock in The Graduate, we’re gonna heed Mr. McGuire’s “just one word” of advice:

“Plastics.”

It’s CPVC for 1133.

Unlike metal, CPVC plumbing systems are more environmentally friendly and resist corrosion. The pipes themselves are also much easier to handle and install than metal, comply with most building code standards, and, best of all, within our budget.

Durability and affordability? There is a great future in that.

CPVC in the wall.

CPVC in the wall.

So, with tubing (and tubbing) in tow, our “Green Bottle Certified” plumbers began what is commonly called the “rough-in.” We hope that the process of creating what will become the backbone of our plumbing system will be a much more precise endeavor than “rough-in” seems to imply. After all, it’s going to take 2 weeks and some change to do.

Behind the headboard.

Behind the headboard.

Judging from their handiwork thus far (which has included the installation of our American Standard Jetted Tubs!), it’s looking like we’re in very capable hands (as usual).

And, what’s that shiny something snaking through the rafters?

Air!

Air!

The end of week 19 also saw a start on the installation of our HVAC ductwork. When it’s all said and done, we’ll have two separate HVAC systems (one for each floor). While they’re at it, the HVAC fellas will also be installing the ductwork for the ventilation hood that goes over our kitchen stove (speaking of, it may just about be time to order those… and the rest of our appliances).

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1 Response to “Week 19.3: a series of tubes”


  1. 1 Chicago Plumber December 6, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    Most any plumbing issues related to a Home/Townhouse/Condo are due to outdated materials and poor maintenance issues. I stand by your decision to use CPVC. I would go as far as swearing by it.


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