Episode 12 – Water Services and Tiling

We finished putting all the water services and started the tiling!

Check out the video below.

We’ve just finished up putting all the water services in the wall, the taps and everything, so we’ll show you how it all turned out. We haven’t cemented it in yet, as we’ve just had to get it all level. Make sure it’s all fine and set right, because once it’s in, it’s in. Make sure we’re clamping all the rings and everything correctly, because we’re not going to have a chance to test this before the tiler starts.

Ambulant Bathroom and Kitchen

We show you the ambulant bathroom. We’ve got the toilet. That’s coming through from the other side here. You can see the sink mixer with the handle, and this is the outlet that comes out here. So that pops through to the other side of the wall where the fridge will be sitting.

We’ve got the hot and cold come up. We put a connection on here, so if we ever have a fridge with a water connection later on down the track, it’s always nice. Easy to put in now, hard to do later, so we’ll chuck that in there now. And then also, we’ve got the hot and cold for the sink. And this is just another cold line for maybe a water filter or something. Again, easier to do now, hard to do later. This is the dishwasher connection down here. This is the cold connection for the hot water. We’re going to have the isolation valve in the cupboard, and then this pipe here is going to go through to the other side. And that’s where the hot water system’s going to be mounted.

Hot Water, Laundry, and Disabled Bathroom

For the hot water, you can just see it’s coming in here, and it goes up. So we’re just sticking the pipes up through the top there. Move around to the sort of laundry area. Got the hot and cold for the laundry tap here. And then the hot and cold for the laundry. And then these ones here go through to the other side, for the disabled basin there. So again, the pipes are going up in there, ready for connection later on. And here we are in the disabled bathroom. So we’ve got the hot and cold coming through for the bathroom basin there. So that’s coming out good. And here’s the shower set up, so you can see here’s the outlet for the shower mixer. That’s the cold that goes to the other side of the wall, for the ambulant toilet, and that’s the disabled toilet. All coming together.

Tip from a Plumber

Now, when you are doing renovation or a new build, it’s always good just to ask your plumber if he can document where the pipes are going up and down the wall. Very easy to do nowadays because like us, we’re totally paperless, so we can attach videos and photos really easy to the job. It stays there up in the cloud forever. So we’ve had times where people have done a renovation in the kitchen, and they’ve asked, “Look, we want to hang some overhead cupboards,” which you do a lot in the kitchens. “Do you know where the gas pipe is or do you know where the water pipe is?” So it’s just a matter of taking some measurements. We usually take a measure from here, say, across, that’s going to be 100 mil across there, and it goes directly up.

So then they can transfer that measurement once all the cupboards are in and the tiles are all done, and say to the cabinetmaker, don’t drill anywhere in this area here, because you’ll hit a pipe and it’s going to be a nightmare to fix. So always get your plumber just to take some photos and videos. It just saves you a lot of grief in the meantime, especially over on that disabled bathroom. We’ve got the rail and everything. We’ve worked it all out already, but if you ever want to add something on later on, same with the laundry, too. If we want to have an overhead cabinet, we need to know how far off that wall we have to keep it off. So we’ve taken a measurement already to say from here to here it’s 100 to 130 mil. That’s where the chase is. We can’t fix anything to that. So, that’s a tip from a plumber.

Anyway, we’ve got to cement this in the wall now, make it all neat, and then clean up.

Tiling Started

We’ve got the tiler in, got his set up here. So we’ve finished all the pipes in the wall, cemented them all up. So he’s come in here. This is Dylan, my tiler. He’s tiling away. He’s just done the floor. That’s the inspection opening for the toilet on the other side, and that’s the floor waste. It’s going to be there. And then, over the other side, we’ll just show you what’s happening under the tiles over here.

So this whole area is where the disabled shower is going needs to be waterproofed. This is a membrane that they put on the walls, because tiles are porous. They’ll suck water in, and that’s when you have the bubbling on the other side of the wall. No one used to do that back in the day in the ’70s. So now, you can put this massive membrane on, around wherever the wet area is. And we’ve done the whole floor as well. So tiles all going to go on that later on. That’s really important.

Hiding The Chase

We’ve got everything coming out the wall ready to go. Up here, too, you know how we’ve talked about the chase heat, how you want to see it. So that’s how we’ve finished it off there. We’ve cemented all this up, and then just done a little groove. So it looks like the brick continues on, so when you paint it, hopefully it’s not going to draw the eye to it.

So anyway, looking good. Very excited getting all this done. Once the tiling’s finished, we’ll probably put some floor protection down to protect it, because we’ll be working above it, with the c-channels and everything up here. It’s always hard when you’re working and trying to sort out the warehouse, but yeah, really looking forward to moving in.