appropos of flooding basements

There's a floor drain in a weird place in my basement. It's right at an exterior wall, in a room where there is no other plumbing, and no real reason to have a floor drain. The floor isnt' even sloped to it. Every month or so, I notice that the basement smells of sewer gas, and dump some water down it to reprime the trap. (Some time, I'll get some mineral oil, and add that after the water...) There's a pipe running down the wall, which ends six inches or so above the floor drain, and a scraped out bit on the floor for the two or three inches between the wall and the drain, so that water from that pipe could reach the floor drain. I just realized the purpose of the pipe, and probably the drain, is (was) to drain the ice box that is located directly above the wall (openings on both sides of the wall, one for the ice man outside, one inside for the home owner.). Duh.
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David Scheidt
:> There's a floor drain in a weird place in my basement. It's :> right at an exterior wall, in a room where there is no other :> plumbing, and no real reason to have a floor drain. The floor :> isnt' even sloped to it. Every month or so, I notice that the :> basement smells of sewer gas, and dump some water down it to :> reprime the trap. (Some time, I'll get some mineral oil, and :> add that after the water...) There's a pipe running down the :> wall, which ends six inches or so above the floor drain, and a :> scraped out bit on the floor for the two or three inches :> between the wall and the drain, so that water from that pipe :> could reach the floor drain. I just realized the purpose of :> the pipe, and probably the drain, is (was) to drain the ice :> box that is located directly above the wall (openings on both :> sides of the wall, one for the ice man outside, one inside for :> the home owner.). Duh.
:Blast from the past!
:(To keep this On Topic, is your sewing studio located in the :basement?)
Gah. I posted this to the wrong group, realized that, and immediately canceled the article.
Yes, my sewing space (studio is much too grand a description) is in the basement, though not in the room with the ice box drain.
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David Scheidt
LOL!!! I kind of thought that might have been the case
Usenet is forever....
Yeah, I call mine a "sewing room".
Beverly
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BEI Design
:> :>> Blast from the past! :> :> :(To keep this On Topic, is your sewing studio located in the :>> basement?) :> :> Gah. I posted this to the wrong group,
:LOL!!! I kind of thought that might have been the case
:> realized that, and :> immediately canceled the article.
:Usenet is forever.... : :> Yes, my sewing space (studio is much too grand a description) :> is in the basement, though not in the room with the ice box :> drain.
:Yeah, I call mine a "sewing room".
Room is over stating it. I have a space. It's got three and a half walls (half of the short wall is missin), no door, is about 7 feet by 18 feet. It's in need of paint and some organization, and the removal of the crap my wife thinks belongs there. It does at least have good places to plug stuff into, a dedicated circuit for the boiler iron, and decent lighting.
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David Scheidt

The only finished room in the 1600 sq. ft. basement of my home was a 12' X 15' laundry room. The laundry equipment and deep sink are along one wall, the rest is dedicated to sewing. A big plus was a rough-plumbed bathroom next door, which we finished a few years later. I have never regretted basing the buying decision on having that finished space.
I do regret that we never finished all the rest of the basement, because it has become a huge put-it-downstairs-we-may-need-it-someday space. ;-}
Beverly
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BEI Design

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