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Preventing Clogging/Flooding at bottom of exterior basement steps

I just purchased a house this weekend, and moved in yesterday. I live in MD (USA), and there just happened to be a torrential downpour yesterday after we moved in. I went downstairs to check my sump ...
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How to install sink drain pipe correctly

I'm trying to connect this drain assembly on my bathroom sink. But when I connect to the sink it drips. I tighten the top nut(arrow) with a channel lock, but it still drips. Steps I took: I put ...
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Hiding rain drain pipe below the sidewalk

I have a 100mm pipe (4") that comes under the garage ramp and outputs the rain water to the street. My problem is that I couldn't have the pipe goes straight to the street because of the slope needed, ...
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What is the best position for a French drain between a wall and a patio?

Below is the layout of my patio and the context The patio settled and now moisture collects at the base of the wall causing efflorescence on it and small cracks in the cement coating at the base of ...
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Did I do the right thing putting small stones under my deck?

I bought a foreclosure house last year (built in 1987), there is a tall deck at the back, and backyard is slightly sloped away from the house. The deck was rebuilt from scratch before put on market ...
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How do I snake this tub drain?

I have a Trip Lever Plunger Style Stopper. I removed the faceplate and there was no plunger attached to it or in the pipe, and it seems like the stopper closed. Why i say this is because when we ...
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Where does my garage drain go and how can I unclog it?

I have a drain in my garage floor. I've never worried about it too much, but with some heavy rains recently I discovered it doesn't work. It appears to be clogged with lots of dirt, pebbles, and ...
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How do I drain my washing machine?

Frontload GE Washing Machine to sit on Basement cement floor. Drain to Greywater rockbed is a 2" line going out through wall 54" above basement floor. It goes through wall and down approx 3 feet on a ...
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Why doesn't the flange fit on a new bathroom faucet?

I purchased a Kohler Mistos today for the bathroom sink. I took out the old faucet, struggled with the old drain assembly, but got that off with no damage to the sink. I attempted to put in the new ...
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Can I build a French drain with old concrete and brick instead of rock?

Can I use old pieces of concrete (broken up cinder block) and old brick instead of rocks in the construction of a French drain? I'm thinking of building a French drain that leads to a dry well to ...
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What would cause my sink to back up and my dishwasher pipe to overflow?

So I installed a new disposal and connected the dishwasher directly to the disposal. I put a stopper in the second drain pipe the dishwasher was draining to and all has been ok. Recently, the sink ...
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Outside drain - how to replace this grate?

I'm planning to redo a back entrance into the REO house I bought. There is this drain: see images which seems like it had a grate on it initially but was broken out? It's hard to read - but it ...
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How can I determine if I have cracked drain pipes under the basement cement slab

I have a wet wall (just efflorescence and wet spots) on the wall as showed in the picture. I suspect that this is because of a patio that was incorrectly sloped toward the house. That is fixed now and ...
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Could a frozen dishwasher line have ruined something?

I had a frozen pipe under my kitchen sink and was able to get the hot water moving with a hair dryer but the dishwasher also has a frozen pipe. I was able to warm that up and get that going, but when ...
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What could be causing thumping in the wall when the bathroom shower, toilet, or sink are used?

I hear a thumping in the wall whenever the second floor bathroom shower, toilet, or sink are used (sound is similar to if you let the bottom of your fist fall against a sheetrock wall). It is 'almost' ...
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What could be causing drainage issues in our new bathroom?

We had a bathroom reassembled in stages. The bathroom functioned when we moved in 17 years ago but fell apart over time. So we had the floor re-leveled then we had new plumbing and a stall shower ...
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How can I get the drain apparatus out of a pedestal wash basin?

I have successfully replaced two out of the three wash basin faucets in my house so far, but this one has me stumped: As you can see from the picture, it's a pretty run-of-the-mill pedestal wash ...
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Should I install a floor drain in my laundry room?

I am relocating my laundry to a room over my garage. I have an opportunity to put in a floor drain. My old laundry has a floor drain (not sure why -- it is carpet and subfloor with only crawlspace ...
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Shower floor slope

We moved into our new home to find that there were some cracks in the shower floor. Even worse though, was that we didn't even see them for the first couple weeks because they had been covered up with ...
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What kind of glue for shower drain?

I have a shower drain cover which is loose. I don't have any leaks, but the plastic grate that covers the drain hole is loose and slides around. What kind of glue should I use to keep this plastic ...
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Mystery pipes in basement - where do they go?

Newbie to the forum here. Will upload photos this evening, but thought I'd start with the question/context: Just bought a fixer upper farmhouse in Portland, OR area. House is at least 1930s, could be ...
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Basement shower drain backing up when washing machine runs

When running washing machine, water backs up through a nearby shower drain and makes a gurgling noise. How do I solve this problem?
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Washer Drain pipe too high - suggestions?

First post on this site, long time Stack Exchange consumer for tech stuff, didn't realize there was a Home Improvement section! I've got a GE washing machine that periodically will spray water out of ...
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Air handler condensation draining problem

For the life of me, I cannot figure this out. My air handler and heat pump were installed in 2006 and work great. For the first summer since I've owned the home, condensation started to not drain ...
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How do I install the trap for a standard bathroom sink?

I have an open 1.5" drain pipe in the wall. I just need to redirect it through the (currently non-existing) drywall and put in a trap. What is the proper way to do this? Do I just put a 90 degree EL ...
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How to extend my washing machine standpipe?

I need to extend my standpipe so that it's higher than my washing machine drum height. I need it to be about 24" taller than it currently is. I'm not experienced doing any plumbing work beyond ...
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How do I seal an unused washing machine drain?

I have an unused washing machine drain in part of my house and it's started to smell because (I assume) the water in the u-pipe has dried up. My objective is to stop the smell and I guess the only way ...
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Can a garbage disposal handle waste from both a sink and a dishwasher?

Can't decide whether to put garbage disposal on the dishwasher drain or sink drain. Is it feasible to install single garbage disposal to handle waste from both?
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Connecting condensate pump to sewer

My AC condensate pump currently pumps through a vinyl tube directly outside my house. However, I just replaced my broken home humidifier and realized that the previous one never had its drain properly ...
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What is the minimum height for garbage disposal drain above the drain stub

Apparently the garbage disposal drain must be above the drain stub, but I can't find a clear answer for how much height difference is actually required. Let's use this drawing: The question is how ...
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Unclogging bathtub with an external tower drain

I have a clog in my bathtub. There is no visible overflow and it has an external tower drain. When I try to snake through the tub drain the snake comes up the external tower. Do I need to remove the ...
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Tub drains very slow

I've been trying to fix a extremely slow draining bath tub for awhile, but still can't get it right. Here is the work that's been done: Ran 25 feet of cable from a power snake (drill powered) 3x's. ...
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Can I clean out a GE dishwasher drain pump?

I have a GE GDT530 dishwasher that just went out of warranty 2 months ago. Now it's starting to make crackling sounds when it's draining water and it sounds like there is some debris in the drain ...
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Do I need to trim the dishwasher drain line to prevent water build-up from the disposal? Also are elbows OK here?

We replaced the sink recently, which required taking off the disposal and installing it on the new sink, and also re-doing the plumbing since the new sink's drain would be further back than the ...
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2nd floor laundry room drain spraying water up into room

2nd floor laundry room drain trap is fed from pipe going up to a shower....i have water spraying out of the laundry room drain everytime i turn on the shower...it's been working fine for 10 years and ...
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Putty around a new kitchen sink drain

This may sound too simple, but I know nothing about it. My kitchen sink drain was replaced and a small amount of putty comes off around the diameter. I know that is normal but am I suppose to let that ...
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A ground rod where a drain needs to go

My house sits on a hill, and the gutters don't properly drain. As a result, I'm digging a new drain along the side of the house to re-route the water. However, while digging the drain, I came upon a ...
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What can I do about a jammed tub drain plug?

We have an older home with a parallel bar tub drain plug that is internal to the P trap. Similar to that of a Bathroom sink. Lift the lever up, to bring the plug inside the p-trap to position to plug ...
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What should be cleaned or examined after an air conditioner drain pipe leak?

The other day, we found some water on the floor in our utility room. After some research and investigation, we discovered that the drain pipe from the central air unit was blocked. We were able to use ...
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Major issues fitting new drain to bathroom sink

So I’m replacing a bathroom faucet. Faucet went on no problem. The drain however, is not going so smoothly. The previous drain was the metal popup kind. The new one is a Pfister push & kind ...
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what connection to use for drain

I have a 3" drain running horizontal. I will have a new 2" drain running horizontal to just above the 3" drain at an angle and need to connect them together. I assume I shouldn't use a regular T ...
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How to wrap french drain

I'm putting in a french drain to control runoff and get it out of the yard. The drain is going in an area of the yard that is covered with 1.5" river rock, no dirt will cover the trench at all. I want ...
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Are my outside HVAC units and condensation drain PVC pipes set up correctly?

I'm a newbie with this stuff, but here's my situation: I have two HVAC units in my home. One sits on top of the patio and one sits on the ground. Both of them are draining condensation from the PVC ...
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How can I remove a large obstruction from a storm drain pipe?

This is a hypothetical question, so that I'm prepared if it happens again. Sometime ago someone dropped a ball that was almost the same size of the storm drain pipe (10cm/4in) in it. By luck it ...
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How do I remove this plastic shower drain cover?

My shower has recently been having trouble draining and, with a flashlight, I've noticed that there's a great deal of hair and other material stuck in the pipe, clogging it. It seems simple enough to ...
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Sink drain plumbing pipes won't connect

I'm installing a new sink and as its visible from the picture the pipes are not aligned and sink pipe is not long enough as well. The pipe coming out of the wall is pretty solid so I didn't try ...
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Bar sink drain/vent

I am in midst of finishing the roughed in full bath and want to put a bar sink on the wall behind the tub. I will add pictures later- once I am able to get some good shots.... The way it was roughed ...
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Can I connect my water heater pan drain to the building waste drain? (CPC)

This question is relative to the California Plumbing Code (CPC), specifically the Sacramento area. I'm doing some remodeling of a bathroom where the water heater pan drain line comes across the ...
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I need to Improve drainage in croncrete

I have greyhound kennels. Built them brand new the concreter was a moron and the fall is everyway except towards the drains, I was wondering If it's oossoble to cut a small trench to squeegee water ...
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How can I fix a very slow drain?

I have a bathroom with a bathtub, toilet, and sink that are all very, very slow to drain. When water drains out of the toilet, it backs up into the tub, and vice-versa. Here's what the setup looks ...