Sunday, 31 August 2008

Water water everywhere...

All the water pipes are finally installed in the house! Here you can see the main water supply in the utility room. Above it the largest splitter for cold water and the one above for warm. Each exit from the splitter has a tap, in-case we need to isolate a particular room. The cold splitter has 5 exits, sink in utility, boiler, outside tap, kitchen (inc downstairs wc) and upstairs bathroom. The hot splitter has 2 exits, kitchen and upstairs bathroom.

The opposite corner of the utility is where the new gas, condensation boiler will be. The black stripe is soot from the chimney that we demolished where the wood-stove previously was. The blue pipe is the cold water supply for the boiler, the red is the hot water supply for the radiators which goes straight up to the upstairs bathroom first.





This is the new outside tap. The round plate that looks like a satellite dish stops the tap from sinking back into the hole in the wall, keeps the tap in the same position as it has claws on the back and generally makes it look better. We had to use a small piece of galvanised piping to go through the cavity wall which then connects to the alpex pipe on the inside.

Being a house of MANY chimneys we used one of the empty channels in the central chimney to bring the water and heating pipes upto the first floor. On the pic is the starting point in the kitchen. First we dopped a weighted cord down the chimney and then attached the alpex downstairs and pulled it back upstairs, it saved making a big hole in the ceiling :)


Here you can see the point in the bathroom where the pipes emerge out of the chimney. The hot water splitter goes to the sink, bath and shower. The cold water to the sink, bath, shower and toilet. The pipes downstairs where laid in channels that we cut out of the floor, the channels will be filled up with cement and the new floor laid over the top. Upstairs unfortunatly the base of the tiles was too thin so we will have to box the pipes in.

Here you can see where the bath will be on the far left, then the toilet (where the upsidedown U is) and the sink on the right.








This is where the shower will be.









Aliens at work!

9 Comments:

Mrs. Mecomber said...

Congratulations on your progress! Is that "pex" tubing I see? That's what we call it in the U.S., anyway. Europe is so much further ahead with home modernizing. Pex piping is still horribly expensive here, but I love the idea.

Claire said...

Hi! Yeah it's pex tubing, we call it Alpex. Here it costs about 70euros for 50m. So far for the water we have used one roll of blue and one of red, for the heating we will prob use 1-2rolls of red. It's so easy I really don't know what we would have done without it!

Carole said...

Great pic of you with your glasses all dusted over, you look like you were traveling through time or something. Congrats on all the progress you've made, it's been really fun following you. :-)

wildcatsthree said...

You've got quie a projec on your hands. My husband and I have slowly remodeled our house ove the past 6 years, while living in it which can be difficult. We haven't tackled the plumming much yet but will probably need to eventually. It's very interesting following your work in progress. Keep it up.

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