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PLUMBING PROJECT
A FAN
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When building the bathroom, Manny Neves of
Hardcore Renos included high-humidity moisturesensing exhaust fans. “We know that kids don’t turn
on fans and adults can be lazy too, so we put in fans
that are sensitive to motion and humidity that will turn
on when they need to be turned on. We ran them with 6”
lines because you can move that much more air. Instead of
restricting airflow by putting in a 4” line, we thought we’d
run a 6” line that was as short as possible with as few
elbows as possible right to the exterior.”
B y G r e g Dalget t y
The bathroom also features two forced-air
outlets—one in the water closet and one by
the window—as well as an in-floor
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PLUMBING PROJECT
All About the
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TUB
“From the get go, the client was talking about how she wanted a traditional bathroom,” Neves said. “I guess she spent a
lot of time in the tub and that’s the reason she was so fixated on this bath and its placement.”
The tub, an 80-gallon model with an antique look, ended
up being placed in the middle of the room at a 30-degree
angle from the nearest wall, which dictated the layout of
the rest of the room.
“My first thought was to park it where you would see
it when you walked into the master bedroom, which
had a direct sightline into the master bathroom,” Neves
said. “We left enough space to walk around it to get
into the shower and still be able to comfortably access
the vanity that’s closest to it. It’s kind of like an island.
Subconsciously, we were creating something that was like
a kitchen island, but we were using a tub.”
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Challenges Behind
the WALLS
“One of the main challenges we faced
was finding a place to run the main 3”
stack,” Coletta said.
“We wanted to avoid any bulkheads in the house, so we took a centre wall in
the house and we stacked it out with an additional 2’ by 4’ wall,” Neves added.
“And just by doing that, we basically have a wall that’s probably about 15’
long and every single cavity in that wall is being used either by mechanical or
plumbing. There are four mechanical 6” runs in six different cavities and Paul
had two plumbing waste lines going through two of the cavities.”
All the plumbing was done with PEX piping.
“We ran dedicated ¾” water lines from every bathroom straight into the
mechanical room and we built a manifold system,” Coletta said. “So no matter
what you turned on in the house, it would not starve any washroom that was
downstream or upstream from it. All the water comes from a central area. With
a master we like to use ¾” dedicated lines, because most of the time there will
be two people using it. One person could be showering and another person
could be using a sink, so you want an abundance of water there.”
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