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New Drain/Water Pipes

Posted By: Bill
Monday, 19 October 1998, at 8:15 a.m.

I'm putting my washer in the basement and need to run new water lines to it plus drain the waste water. The 3" PVC drain pipe runs across the basement wall at about 4' - 4 & 1/2'above the floor and I want to have the washer drain into it. I believe that the height shouldn't be a problem for the washer pump to handle but I was concerned about if a trap was needed. The washer will be the first connection after the drain vent. Also... I ran and mounted new water lines to the basement wall surface where the washer will be located. I sweated the copper pipes together. I installed shut off valves on each line after tees which runs down the wall. The both of them seem to be dripping just a little bit from the valve stems. Could I have done some internal damage when sweating them? Would compression fittings have been a better choice? I had to use a compression fitting at the point where the line was tapped into the original line because residual water would keep dripping from the line but I sweated the point after the valve and now have a leak there. I think a bit of moisture had been there and a good connection did not take. Can I re-sweat the connection to remove it?

Thanks for you help, Regards, Bill

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