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Posted by Nancy on March 24th, 2003 09:23 PM

I am expanding the kitchen into an adjoining lower room where the back door is located. I'll have a 4 ft by 10.5 ft space under the windows that will be left over after the kitchen grows. My idea is to have a built-in bench intalled under the windows. This will end next to a stair platform that (underneath) connects to the basement. My idea is to run water pipes under the stairs, into the base of the benches, and end in a paw-washing station by the back door. My problem is plumbing the small shower base I plan to use for the station. It is uphill from here to the waste water pipes. I was thinking to go through the wall with a PVC pipe from the drain, ending with the waste water from the station dripping down into a dry well burried next to the house. Of course, I would only have holes in the plastic drum on the side facing away from the house. This room sits on a concrete slab, it used to be a porch. Someone suggested that the pipe end in a removable screw cap for a clean-out. The water and dirt would flow through a series of holes drilled into the lower side of the PVC pipe, into the dry well. That will keep the critters out. Am I completely crazy? I have three dogs, little grass, and lots of mud. Should I even bother to ask the building inspector to okay this, or should I just do it on the sly and install a cat door in the (enlarged) hole when we someday sell? BTW, I do plan to put electric radiant heat under the new ceramic floor, and can run it under the benches, too, to keep the pipes from freezing in winter

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