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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 avoid excessive junk on inside junction, when cementing PVC sprinkler pipe?

I'm cementing some schedule 40 PVC pipe using the best instructions I could find ( http://www.tchristy.net/pdf/ChristysTechManual_v5_English.pdf ). The outside of each joint looks fine, but inside ...
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How can I clear out limescale from inside a bath's pipes?

I have a bath which has accumulated limescale inside the piping system; it manifests itself as a very-slow running tap with a weak stream. The tap itself is removable, and I suspect the limescale is ...
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How can I improve the stability of this DIY pull-up bar?

I built this pullup rig: as part of my calisthenics workout. The problem is that it there's too much swing. The first version also suffered from instability issues, even with more pipes: A ...
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What type of chimney liner and vent pipe are required for a wood stove?

I am working to rehabilitate an old chimney for use by a wood stove. There will be approximately 18 ft from the wall chimney socket (this is probably not the correct name for it) to the chimney top ...
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Does it matter what kind of pipe is used for a sink drain?

The drainpipe in our sink broke (corroded right through in several places). Not having the time to find my pipe wrench (much less actually replace the pipe) we called a plumber. The plumber replaced ...
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How to fit a length of drainage PVC pipe between two existent fittings

I need to connect two lines of 100mm PVC that are about 1,5 meter apart, they are about 50 cm sloped from each other, so I tought about using two 45° elbows. See image below (black: existing fittings, ...
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Proper way to join PVC pipes to brass ball valve

I'm using the following fitting to join PVC pipes to the brass valve, my concern is that the recommended 3-8 wraps of teflon tape and finger tight plus 1-2 turns didn't cut it. I end up using about 20 ...
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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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Can I count on being able to cut galvanized pipe to size?

I am planning a shelving project that will use galvanized pipes. I am still designing the shelf and am wondering if I can plan on using whatever length pipe that I need (because they are ...
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What's best to use in a sawzall to cut steel pipe?

So our new place came with an old antiquated huge satellite dish in the yard. Getting it down wasn't much trouble, but I'm stuck trying to figure out how to get the big steel post it sat on out of the ...
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How can I make a clothes rack from this pipe?

I found this piping in the shape of : I want to turn it into a clothes rack since I have NO closet space. I want it to be up right so the bottom pipe needs to be mounted to something to ...
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What are these two pipes coming out of the house?

I am trying to figure out the purpose of a couple of pipes that are currently coming out of the house. First, a couple of notes: One-story house. HVAC system is in the attic. It is winter here. ...
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How do I patch an in-ground ceramic drain pipe?

So tonight I was digging a post hole for a new fence tonight. And as I'm digging the hole I hear a hollow thump, crack. Behold: This pipe is a downspout drain pipe that runs from the front of my ...
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What is the proper method to creating butcher block for a computer workstation?

I've been looking into creating my own custom computer workstation and for the top I wanted to create butcher block but I am needing it pretty thick to be able to hold the weight of servers, monitors, ...
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How to reduce heating of cold water pipes in the ceiling space?

On a hot day our kitchen cold tap, if it hasn't been run for a while, will produce water at a temperature up to around 50-55 degrees C shortly after it is turned on. We haven't measured the exact ...
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Repair water leak around gas line in foundation

I've noticed during heavy rains that I get water leaking through the wall of my foundation, about 2 feet below grade, where an old capped off gas line enters the basement. Looking around online I've ...
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Can I run heat tape on my water pipe behind drywall without hardwiring?

In removing the ceiling tiles in renovating our basement, it came to my attention that the first 5 feet or so on water supply line has heat tape on it. While we've had no problems with it freezing ...
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Is a push-fit end cap a temporary or permanent solution?

I am about to cap my water copper pipe with a Sharkbite push fit end cap. Is it a permanent solution? Or will I have to go with a torch?
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What Type of PVC pipe is required for a septic tank inlet?

I am trying to understand what type of PVC pipe is required for the main septic drain line from the house to septic tank. The IRC says this: International Private Sewage Disposal Code 2012 ...
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How to lock black-pipe connections?

I'm having some fun playing around with a furniture project where I'm using some black pipe as the legs. Things are working out fairly well (well, I think so, even though my wife thinks it's ...
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Why would you use copper over CPVC or PEX?

Are there any advantages to using copper rather than CPVC or PEX?
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Sound proofing a waste pipe

In our (badly designed) flat the upstairs waste pipes run straight through our bedrooms. It's a shame as the outer corridor is right next to our bedroom, so it would have been sensible to put it in ...
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What the heck is this pipe?

I removed the drywall in my utility room to inspect the plumbing and found a mystery pipe. I have no idea what it's for or what it is. Can anyone help me identify this thing's current or former ...
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How can I connect a sink, dishwasher, and laundry pump all to one drain?

My drain pipe in my unfinished basement is close to the ceiling which makes it hard to change things. I know that the drain in my basement is wrong right now and I am trying to fix it. I only have one ...
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Would connecting the downpipe to a gas boiler inlet save energy?

I have a condensing gas boiler for tap-water and central heating. Not very far from the inlet there is a downpipe outlet for the sewer. Since this smelly pipe is partially filled with the same ...
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Is there a way to thaw a frozen pipe, if you can't access the pipe?

Big freeze, new house. Just found out the add-on bathroom was plumbed by amateurs, and the cold water supply froze. I don't have access to the frozen section of pipe (without major demo), so I can't ...
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Exhaust/drafting plan for a new wood furnace install

i just purchased a wood burning furnace that is designed to tie into and supplement the main furnace which in my case is a geothermal unit. after spending a few days reading about "best practices" ...
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How can I thaw a frozen washing machine pipe limited access semi-exterior wall?

The pipes for our washer have frozen. I believe they froze in the section that runs through the wall facing an enclosed, uninsulated porch. I currently have the heat cranked in the laundry room and ...
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What are the possible ways to prevent heating pipes in an entryway from freezing?

I live in Maine, and it can get cold in the winter. My house has baseboard hot water heating and three heating zones (basement, first floor, and second floor). We have a mudroom/entry room that I ...
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Can I rely on a simple gas valve to shut off the gas?

I have a gas pipe with a simple turn shut-off valve in line on the pipe feeding the section I need to work on. Is shutting it off there sufficient enough to do the work I need to do, or do I need to ...
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How can I trace the path of plumbing lines inside walls without cutting holes?

I am looking to install a shutoff valve for an outdoor faucet, and to do that, I need to locate the pipe leading to that faucet. I tried to trace it by listening for the hissing sound when the water ...
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Why don't my Radiators get hot?

When I turn on my heat, the pump attached to the boiler comes on but the pipes don't get hot and the radiators never do either. I've bled them and believe they are hot water radiators (since there ...
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Do tub drains of the same diameter ever have different thread-per-inch counts?

My tub's drain flange has had the little cross piece inside it broken out, which means I cannot screw a grid drain into it. Right now, it's totally open and an invitation for my toddler to drop stuff ...
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Why am I seeing stagnant water inside the shower drainage pipe hole?

I was cleaning the shower drainage pipe (removing hair etc) in the upstairs bathroom and I can see water around 1 foot deep. See the pic. Is that normal? Shouldn't the pipe be empty? If water stays ...
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How to fix a ventilation pipe to the wall?

I'm doing some renovations in my toilet/bathroom, and am currently pondering the ventilation. Here's the current situation (click pictures to get bigger versions): My toilet and bathroom are right ...
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How can I remove a temperature and pressure relief valve that seems to be stuck?

I have a hot water heater relief valve that is leaking heavily. The water heater manual states I should replace the valve (which is OK by me). Unfortunately, I am not able to remove the valve as it ...
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Is there something like a P-clip but with symmetric flanges?

This is a P-clip: It has a round bit which goes round a pipe, and two flanges which come off and present a pair of aligned holes through which you can thread a bolt. Ideal. One of the flanges ...
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What kind of pump would I need to supply my trailer with water from a nearby creek?

The water has to come out of the creek, up 30 feet to the pump, then about 100 yards to the holding tank. I am not sure how much higher the holding tank will be above the pump, but I do know that it ...
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Whats the difference between black, blue and red PEX pipes sleeves

I'm using PEX pipes for water tubing, but I'm not sure which sleeve type should I use for hot and cold water pipes. Whats the difference between black, blue and red sleeves? and which should I be ...
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How can I frame this area of my basement wall around my water main?

I have started the process of framing my basement, but I've hit a bit of a snag as I'm not sure how exactly to frame around our water main. My original idea was to frame two walls (floor to joists) on ...
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How do I clear a drain pipe clogged with dried soap?

I think we have a clog of dried soap in our pipes, past the U-bend and down the pipes from upstairs to the drain at ground level. How do I clear them?
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How do I cut and cap copper water tubing cheaply and safely?

In my basement I have copper water pipes that look like they hooked up to an old shower. Now they don't hook up to anything. I want to prune these pipes where they come off the main water line (so I ...
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What is involved in moving the gas line in my basement up a few inches?

I have gas lines that stick out about 1 inch below the joists in my basement. This actually starts right where the pipes enter my basement - they go over and then down. I need that "down" part to be ...
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At what temperatures do pipe sleeves protect pipes from freezing?

Pipes start icing at 20ºF and below. Down to how many ºF do the foam sleeves protect the pipe? The foams I placed in my outdoor pipes had a 0.35" thick polyurethane foam surrounding them. This is a ...
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How can I join two lengths of flexible 1/4" copper pipe?

I have found a leak coming from under my refrigerator, after pulling it out to get behind it I found the 1/4" copper pipe that supplies the water for the ice maker and water in the door was severed ...
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How do I get these toilet shut off valve out?

As title says I am trying to figure out how to remove the old shut off valve from the pipe. I've been watching lot of videos, reading up on articles and all seem to deal with compression fit type but ...
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Can/Should I Move These Pipes?

I need to fix a broken ball valve (luckily the valve doesn't leak until I turn it on) that runs to an outside faucet. Also, all of these pipes are CPVC. When I looked at replacing it, they seemed to ...
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How can I replace this unusual kitchen sink drain pipe?

I'm trying to replace a broken 1-1/2 inch L-shaped brass pipe under my kitchen sink, as in this picture: At one end, it's connected to the sink drain, which if I'm understanding the terminology ...
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Plastic or metal pipes? what do you recommend? [closed]

I need to install piping for hot and cold water, do you suggest plastic or metal pipes?