I'm moving the washer/dryer to the second floor. I'm installing an enclosed
tiled floor with a floor drain to catch any leaks. (It's elevated 5" so that
the laundry basket fits under the doors when you swing them open and so you
don't have bend over as far).
It was recommended that I put in a rubber pan liner between the layers of
mortar like you do with a tiled shower. I trying to balance the risk of
leaks through the tile vs. the floor's stability. Since the drain is just
for emergencies and won't be used regularly (hopefuly not at all) I'm
wondering if it's a good idea. My concern is how well the tiled floor will
last with the vibrations from the washer and dryer it it's got the rubber
sheet layer. How well does the mortar bond to this rubber?
I wouldn't bother with the liner at all. The only caution I'd mention is
to make it easy to shut off the hoses to the machine. They make a nice
valve that shuts off hot and cold with a single lever. It's very convienent
having the laundry on the second floor, but you probably should protect
yourself from a flood by shutting off the water between uses. A hose that
bursts can cost thousands of dollars.
Oh...YOU did the work yourself.
Tell us more.
How did you vent it?
And how did you vent your floor drain?
Your floor drain will almost never see any water (probably NEVER in
fact) what are you using the prime your trap? If you havent' installed
it yet, you might want to install an automatic trap primer so you
don't have to fuck with it at all. Either that or you can do that
trick where you deliberately backgrade a section of drain pipe in
order to auto-prime your trap by stealing some of the water from your
washing machine loads. Not to code in most areas though.
And no, you don't need a liner. However, I love those liners. When we
remodeled the house, we used that stuff everywhere. I have all tile
everywhere in the house now. Spring cleaning around here is a breeze.
I simply move the furniture and use the pressure washer to clean the
interior. If you like clean, this is the only way to go.
I agree that turning the water off entirely isn't a bad idea. However,
I personally use DW hoses that are metal-braided for an added level of
protection. I do think a VERY accessible whole house shutoff makes a
lot of sense. Instead of turning off ONE fixture, why not turn the
whole house off before you leave for work?
Yes I am doing it myself. It's a full bathroom renovation. It was one of
those 70's bathrooms, avacado green with white shag carpet. It was poorly
laid out so there was a lot of wasted space. It's a 14' long room that had
no ceiling lights or fan. It just had one of those long strips of round
light bulbs that go over the mirror.
We were able to reorganize it so we could fit a set of those european style
front loading washer/dryers without (I think) making it look like too much
like a laundry room.
The washer/dryer it where there used to be a sink so it vents directly up
through the wall behind it. I was going to put an automatic trap primer but
the guy at the plumbing store talked me out of it. He recommended putting
some mineral oil in the draing to stop it from evaporation.
I put in a 'Apartment ' laundry in my Moms place. Its a small
washer and a dryer above it. Its great for her.
Everyone who walks into the place loves it.
Yes, I always tell people to put veg oil in a trap that is
not used or fill it with a little concrete. Anything that will stop
gas from coming in.
trap primers suck.
I use 3/4 wirsbo for me pan drain. I use no trap and never tie it into the
mine dump to basement floor near floor drain.
For traps that dry out I use the shit from the waterless urinal.
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