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    Hi, I'd like to double check how my venting is for two fixtures. Please see the attached diagram for how I planned on the draining/venting of these two units. I was mainly wondering if I can use the 2" stack for these units as the vent, or if i have to have an additional vent before the p-trap enters the 2" stack? These are the only 2 fixtures on this branch. They connect to a 4" in the basement which also has 2 bathrooms coming into it as well (they have their own venting)


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    When the tub drains, it will siphon the trap on the washer.

    The washer needs either a vent connecting above the tee for the tub, or an AAV to break the siphon.


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    You can not waste stack vent a washer.

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    What's your location? IPC requires a 3" up to the washing machine for new construction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FloridaOrange View Post
    What's your location? IPC requires a 3" up to the washing machine for new construction.
    I'm in Pennsylvania, Altoona to be exact, so we'd be under city codes. I'm assuming by up to the washing machine, you mean a 3" stack up to the 2" p-trap for the washer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickM View Post
    I'm in Pennsylvania, Altoona to be exact, so we'd be under city codes. I'm assuming by up to the washing machine, you mean a 3" stack up to the 2" p-trap for the washer?
    Yes. I don't know how/if it applies to your case, just bringing it up in case it does. 3" up to 3x2x2 tee. 2" trap, 2" vent.
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    Regardless, the drain pipe from the upstairs cannot be used as a vent for the downstairs washing machine. And an AAV would only take care of half the problem with doing it.

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    Ok, so here's what I derived from the responses. This would be correct then?


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    Looks good to me.

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    To be even gooder, the vent could tie in above the fixture flood level on the second floor.
    The inspectors like to see that at 6" above the highest fixture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry View Post
    To be even gooder, the vent could tie in above the fixture flood level on the second floor.
    The inspectors like to see that at 6" above the highest fixture.
    Alright, now we're talking like folks from around these parts!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry View Post
    To be even gooder, the vent could tie in above the fixture flood level on the second floor.
    The inspectors like to see that at 6" above the highest fixture.
    What's going to be tricky is that both the drain and vent are coming up through the same 16" stud spacing, under a 8" floor. The vent is going to have to turn and go through a floor joist to continue up the 2nd floor wall to the attic. I'm sure I can get 6" more inches of pipe from the top of the drain to meet the vent, but it's going to be tight. Unless I take bends off of the vent AND drain and have them meet higher up in the 2nd floor wall.

    Another question, for the vents coming off of the p-traps, do I use a sanitary tee, a wye with a 45, or just a regular tee? And where the p-trap connects into the stack, I was planning on using a sanitary tee, if that was correct as well.
    Last edited by NickM; 06-11-2009 at 06:19 AM.

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    The code reads that the connection between the two vents has to be 36" OR 6" above the highest fixture whichever is HIGHEST. This is to prevent problems in case someone decides to connect a 36" high kitchen sink to the system some day. A Y with a 45 pointing downward will give the closese separation, the tee is the proper fitting for the connection to the drain, but since it wll have its own vent you are not limited to the tee, but can use any connection that works for you. You could use another Y with a 45 faced upright, then a tee in the vertical line which would place the vent as close to the drain as possible an it would be aligned with the upstairs vent so you would have a straight pipe between them.

    Last edited by Terry; 06-02-2010 at 01:50 PM.

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