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My Love of Remodeling

Hello I'm Risa Lee. When my husband and I bought our first home, it was with the intention of doing some major remodeling. We liked the basic floor plan, and it was cheap, but other than that, nothing was right about the house. It took us a while to get started because neither of us had the time or the knowledge. Finally, there was a summer when he had a three-week vacation. Instead of going on a trip, we used our time and money to finally get started on our remodel. To our surprise, we both fell in love with amateur construction! We have since bought and remodeled a few other homes because we love it so much. We're in no way professionals, but please feel free to join in our love and experience in basic construction. Maybe you will learn something!

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A Few Steps Involved In The Installation Of Plumbing In Your Shed

If you have a large shed you use for working on lawn tools or growing plants from seeds, you could probably use a water supply for washing your tools, watering plants, and washing your hands. You could run a hose from your house, but hooking up a faucet or sink would be a lot more convenient. Here's a look at a few things this would entail.

Digging A Trench

You can hook the pipes for your shed water into your home's plumbing system. First, decide if you need both hot and cold water or if cold water will be sufficient. A plumber can determine the best location to hook into the system. From that point, pipes are run to the shed. This requires a trench dug below the frost line so the pipe or pipes won't freeze in the winter. Before a trench is dug, your underground utilities have to be marked so they aren't disturbed. In addition, local codes will probably require that the trench be a certain distance away from other buried utilities.

Other things to consider when planning the trench include landscaping or a patio that might be in the way. You'll want a straight line when possible with the least disruption to your yard. Once you've found the perfect spot for the trench, you can rent a machine to dig it with minimal work if the plumber doesn't provide this service. However, you'll want to follow advice from the plumber when it comes to depth, pitch, and preparation of the trench.

Insulating The Pipe

A pipe that comes above ground and connects to the sink inside your shed or the hose bib outside it, is at risk of freezing in the winter if it isn't insulated or if your shed isn't heated. This requires wrapping the pipes to keep them from freezing. You may also want to prepare the shed plumbing for the winter by draining water from the pipe. With no water in the line, freezing won't be a problem. This is a good solution if you won't be using your shed in the cold months.

Installing A Drain

Depending on how you plan to use water in your shed, you may need a drain system. If you attach a spigot to the outside of the shed, you may just let water drain into the soil. If the water is connected to a sink inside, then you'll need a drain. If you're also installing a toilet, you'll need to hook up to the drain system of your house and should probably hire a professional plumber to do this. However, if you're only draining water from a sink, you might be able to drain it to a dry well that's filled with gravel so the water can filter through the well and into the soil.