I am developing my basement that will need plumbing for 1 1/2 baths,
a basement kitchen, the washing machine, the laundry tubs and a wet
bar. My house has half inch copper pipes for plumbing. I like the
new fangled plastic piping that can run the whole (30 ft?) length
without a soldered joint.
All the plastic piping will run from a copper header, that thingy
shaped like a sausage and has 8 (or 12) 1/2 inch nipples for the
plastic pipes to connect to. I'd like to connect the (Hot-Cold water
supply) headers to the hot and the cold water faucets that are
currently used for the clothes washer. That way I don't have to cut
into the copper pipe to solder on a copper Tee to hook up a header.
The current washing machine faucets will also serve as shut off valves
for the basement pipe installation.
This is the question. I will be affixing the headers under a laundry
room cabinet to organize the plumbing and look tidy. The header will
be 5 to 8 feet from the supply faucet. I asked the Home Depot guy for
a female hose fitting that will let me connect the header to the
washing machine's faucet via plastic pipes. He couldn't help me. I
looked through their fittings and didn't find anything suitable (1/2
in plastic pipe with a female hose fitting.)
One alternative may be to remove the faucets to expose the 1/2 inch
female brass pipe elbow. I think I may have seen a (30 inch long)
plastic pipe section that had a 1/2 inch male pipe end to fit into
this. But I would like to keep the faucet as a shut off valve. 30
inch is too short anyway and if I have to use pipe connectors the cost
and complexity increases.