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How to improve the drainage of a patio with 6“x6”x39" cement blocks used for edging?

The patio looks like in the picture. I have no idea if this is standard practice but it looks dumb to me. There is a very small space between blocks and that is filled with dirt. Virtually the patio ...
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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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Does a plumbing vent need to penetrate the roof? (Can it penetrate a wall?)

We're going to move our washer/dryer to the garage (the front loader needs to sit on concrete to keep it from shaking our house to the ground). I'll need to add a washer drain to the garage for the ...
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What is the correct procedure to turn a 10“ rough-in toilet drain into a 12” rough-in drain when the drain goes through a slab-on-grade?

I need to replace a leaking toilet, but the distance from the drain to the wall is about 10.75". The selection of toilets that I'm finding in the 10" rough-in range is pretty pathetic and overpriced, ...
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Should I add a grease trap to a long drain run from the kitchen?

My 1955 house has a 25 foot drain run from my kitchen to my main stack (~7 feet of bends, then ~18 feet straight along a back wall). It has clogged several times in various places, and I have had it ...
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How can I reseal a shower drain on a pre-formed shower base?

The shower drain in my first-floor bathroom leaks. Based on looking from the basement below, it seems the leak is at the point where the drain assembly should clamp to the shower base (which is ...
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How can I move a tub drain plunger, if the linkage chain is missing?

The broken linkage chain was removed from our tub a couple of years ago. All has been good until now the plunger has fallen shut and the water drains v e r y, v e r y s l o w l y. any suggestions how ...
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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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White solid drain pipe vs black flexible corrugated pipe for a french drain

Which one is preferable if you have a straight line 2 feet deep trench in mostly clay soil? I'll put either one in a sock with gravel. There are some roots around the trench so I thought the solid ...
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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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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 should I replace this ABS p-trap and drain?

I just replaced a faucet and drain on a sink which involved taking out and reinstalling the p-trap. When removing the p-trap I noticed the union nut was very tight. After my re-installation - hand ...
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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 move sink supply lines from the floor to the wall?

So before I make any cuts into my subfloor and wall I wanted to ask anyone with experience in this area on what my best course of action would be. Basically, I would like to have the pipes you see ...
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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 ...
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Shower drain: plunger helps but only momentarily

The water in my shower doesn't drain properly, so I used the plunger and the problem seemed to be solved. However, the next time someone uses the shower it's the same problem again: water doesn't ...
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How can I prevent my HVAC condensate drain line from freezing?

Last night, my heat (forced air) suddenly stopped. Today, a plumber figured out that my heater is 90% efficient, produces lots of condensate, and the drain line had frozen. We went outside and saw ...
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Would you trust this PVC drain joint?

This is a joint for a 2" elbow underneath a unit-shower (in Japan.) The elbow is a special type which is clear, and using a blue glue shows the glue line so you can insure you have a good joint. An ...
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Unblock a drain after using too much baking soda

I had a smelly drain in my bathroom after moving into a new house. I tried baking soda and vinegar but the smell remained. I decided to poor the rest of the box of baking soda down the drain and let ...
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What methods are allowed by code to convert a kitchen sink drain pipe from copper to PVC?

The copper pipes under my sink have corroded and I've cut off everything except about 8-10" of the horizontal pipe coming out of the wall. The guy at Ace hardware said the old pipe would have a ...
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How can I hook up my dishwasher drain properly?

The problem I am installing a new Bosch dishwasher and have run into a conundrum hooking up the drain. The parameters are the following: The dishwasher drain hose has a rubber bit on the end marked ...
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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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How to fix a slow draining sink?

I have a bathroom sink that has started to drain slowly. There are 2 sinks in that bathroom, and the other sink drains just fine. The pipes and joints are PVC and the construction is fairly new. We ...
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How can I replace this corroded metal P-Trap with a new PVC trap?

I have a big problem at my apartment, the metal p-trap has a hole under my kitchen sink drain pipes due to corrosion, I was told I could temporarily fix it applying epoxy, but I would rather fix the ...
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How to fix stinky bathroom sink?

It smells like really musty water, but the water itself does not smell or taste bad at all. Only happens when I run the water, so it doesn't make the room smell, just when you fill something up or ...
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How can I stop suds from backing up in the drain line?

I have a 10 year old house with (probably) 2" vertical waste line inside the wall (plastic at top). Lately we've noticed suds foaming out of the drain at the end of the rinse/spin cycle. It does NOT ...
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What can I do to fix water coming up from floor drain?

This vertical pipe is connected to the kitchen sink above and the utility tub in the basement. When the utility tub is used, the drain in the floor is backing up. If the sink is run upstairs it ...
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Do I bond an Air Admittance Valve to the pipe?

I have a drain pipe in my laundry room. It runs into a sewage drain that I imagine is in the slab. I had the local building inspector come check it out. I haven't investigated enough; but we both ...
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Can this 4'' PVC perforated sewer pipe be used for a french drain?

I would like to use PVC pipe instead of corrugated pipe. I went to HomeDepot (Canada) to see what is available and the below is my only choice. I don't think this will work as is since the lateral ...
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What could cause a foaming clothes washer standpipe?

I'm a plumbing contractor and my customer called to say her drain standpipe had started to foam out of the top near the very end of the drain cycle, allowing time for the suds to build up I guess.She ...
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How can I prevent water from pooling in the street in front of my house?

I have a problem with water pooling in front of my house. Between my Sprinklers and the rain there is always a puddle where my lawn meets the street. What do you think is the best way to stop this ...
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Is it wrong to connect multiple J-bends (traps) together?

My tenants recently told me that they have constant clogging problems with their bathroom sink and had me come take a look at it. I found the following 3-trap configuration: This was done because ...
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How can I remove grout and mortar from a drain?

I accidentally poured some mortar and grout down my bathroom drain when I was cleaning the remains of a bucket of mortar after tiling the kitchen. The drain was plugged up pretty bad so I tried to ...
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How to prevent washing machine drain overflow

I have a washing machine upstairs. The discharge hose is placed in the top of some 2" ABS pipe. That pipe then drops about 14' to my basement floor, then runs along the floor for 5', ending in a ...
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How does one identify compatible shower drain covers?

One of the several things that our contractor never completed on our project was the shower drain. We've got this awesome hole in the shower floor right now: Sorry, I know it looks nasty. THe ...
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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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Proper size drain and venting behind new bathtub

I'm a plumbing newbie and I'm adding a bathtub where one didn't exist before and I want to make sure that I am plumbing the drain properly. I have a 2" drain available to me directly below the tub ...
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How does an external tower style bathtub drain work?

I have this style tub drain and can't figure out how it works. Does it simply block the flow of water when lowered? Or is there something more complicated happening? My tub has stopped draining and ...
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How to deal with a pop up drain install when nut doesn't sit flush with bottom of the sink?

Finished up a bathroom today and installed a pop up drain assembly on new sink. The nut to tighten the drain assembly is off by about a 1/4 inch - tight in the back, gap in front. I am guessing that ...
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Use Rigid Foam Underneath Sidewalk to Control Water

hoping to get some opinions on this. I recently dug up a wall of my house as I was having water problems. It's been now sealed, backfilled, and I'm debating how to refinish the top layer. It used to ...
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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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Bathtub trip lever broken and detached

I have somehow broken the bathtub trip lever and it is detached from the inside. How easy is it to fix it? I am worried that whatever (chain, rod) that is behind the bathtub might be falling down to ...
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How can I repair a loose T joint connecting pipes under my kitchen sink?

I found a puddle under my kitchen sink and was disappointed to find that the T joint connecting the drain from the garbage disposal and and the second sink was completely loose. As shown in the ...
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Persistent sewage smell coming from basement drain

I've recently purchased a house and am now learning all the ins and outs of home maintenance. This summer, I've noticed that I have a very smelly basement drain. Particularly, it smells like sewage. ...
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Sink tailpiece doesn't line up with trap

After installing a new bathroom sink, the drain tailpiece doesn't line up with the trap coming out of the wall. I've seen flexible accordion hoses for this, but I think that violates code ...
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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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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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Solution for A/C Condensate Drain Line that doesn't require emptying a bucket of water every day?

I have a split A/C system in a room that runs on low 24 hours a day during Summer that unfortunately cannot be connected to any drain or pipe and which therefore requires a bucket to be used to ...
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How to fix leak in ABS pipe going into cement

I discovered a leak in the drain pipe from my kitchen sink (and dishwasher) as it joins with the main drain in my basement floor. The leak is at a Y junction - the bottom of the Y is in the slab, one ...