Re: plumbing question - Posted by Tony Colella
Posted by Tony Colella on October 21, 2005 at 07:56:21:
I have replumbed trailers a variety of ways but the most crucial consideration in most areas is to keep the lines from freezing. In some homes, I have plumbed the lines inside the home by running the lines where the wall and roof meet and then later casing in these lines with a chase type box.
In the case of older, smaller homes I have just hid the plumbing but kept it all inside the home so that no freezing can occur and any damage that might happen can be quickly detected and repaired (nothing worse than working under and old home, in the cold, soaking wet). I prefer to work inside (warm, dry, quick and easy).
If you are going to run the lines under the home, then Karl is dead on. A few small slits in the underbelly to slide your hand in so you can guide the lines and then one larger whole where you make connections is the way to go.
Having the lines in the underbelly does insulate the pipes but typically the intention is to keep the lines near the vents so that heat can radiate from the duct work to the water lines so they remain above freezing.
You might want to question your handyman decision. He is taking shortcuts that make his work easier but will make your life harder. I suspect this type of decision by your handyman will manifest itself in other areas as well.