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Is there a sure way to know a PVC joint is glued right?

I made some PVC joints that will be buried, since they won't be easily accessible I would like to make sure they are perfect. When I glued them I used primer and glue, but I had to "twist" the pipe a ...
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hydronic baseboard freezing problem

When using a woodstove, the hydronic heating system never kicks on. That can lead to frozen pipes in uninsulated walls. I've heard of Thermogaurd, but its not a smart system, i.e., it uses a timer ...
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How do I tell if a pipe running through a cinder block wall is leaking?

I ran a cpvc pipe through a cinder block exterior wall to put a spigot in. I don't really have access to the inside of that painted cinder block wall where the pipe enters the cinder block. It just ...
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Cut pipe or remove ferrule using tool when replacing compression valve?

I have been changing the valves under my sink and I was wondering what is the best course of action? I've attempted to remove the ferrule on two of the pipes and it wouldn't come off. (I had no tool ...
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If pipe has been frozen for a week, should I call a plumber?

I noticed my cold water lines to the upstairs bathroom were frozen last Monday. After leaving the heat cranked high, the toilet and the sink thawed. But the cold water line to the tub is still frozen. ...
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What is the cheapest way to stiffen a tube/pipe?

I have some steel tubes (18 mm OD) which I wish to use as horizontal members in a storage rack (a bit like shelves). However, the tube flex and bend quite a bit when I put heavier boxes on them. The ...
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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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Cold Water Line frozen, should I leave cold water faucet open?

It has been really cold in DC lately. My thermostat is broken, so it goes to 77 degrees no matter what I set it to. I tried to get it fixed, but it ended up being a waste of $50 because they just ...
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How to unclog water pipes clogged with algae in well water system in Florida?

My house is on well system, and it seems that algae build up is now affecting my water pressure. All pumps pressure are fine. It started suddenly with one facet and now few days later seems like is a ...
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Gas pipe to dryer has wrong adapter

A gas tech had told me that we have a wrong type of adaptor connected to steel elbow. See image below. The gas tech pointed to the elbow joint, but did not tell me what kind of joint I needed to ...
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How can I install a water inlet for a dishwasher?

I am trying to figure out how to add a cold water inlet under the kitchen sink. The easiest thing seems to add a tee joint. Here is the picture of the cold water pipe going into the sink I seem to ...
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Should our kitchen sink vent through the roof?

Our kitchen sink vent pipe goes up through the ceiling but not through the roof, should it go through the roof?
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Is there hard-water deposits inside the pipes in my house?

I have a fairly new home, built in 2007, in Arizona. I noticed today that most of the faucets in our house are starting to get hard water deposits on them where the water is coming out. It got me ...
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How can I determine which pipe is the drain and which is the vent in rough plumbing?

My basement has the below slab drains pre-piped, but just capped off. Coming up through the slab is a 4" cast iron pipe (toilet), (2) 2" pipes sink/vent and then a 10" or 12" square filled with stone ...
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How do I remove paint from pipes?

I have exposed piping throughout my condo that is used for the sprinkler system. It has been painted white. I would like to remove the paint and leave the pipes in their natural color. The building ...
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How can I prevent my condensation tubing from freezing outside?

I apologize if I missed the answer for this. My plastic condensation drain tube froze outside and the water in my condesation pump could not drain correctly. I hardly touched the tube and it snapped ...
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Will this connector seal without a washer?

I want to buy this Connector This is a BSP G 3/4" to 1/2" parallel connector(no tapering). See also ISO 228. These type of connectors are supposed to seal through the use of a rubber washer. Do I ...
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The soil over the pipe from the well is subsiding

The soil over the pipe from our well to our house has been subsiding for the last five years. I'm looking for advice about what might be causing it and what I can do to fix it. There are about 100 ...
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Pipe thread in Switzerland?

Hello can someone tell me what is the usual Pipe thread in Switzerland? Is it the British Standard Pipe (BSP)? I'm considering buying this Bidet Shower on dx.com and I wonder: is this compatible ...
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Leak between plastic elbow joint and copper pipe

I replaced a plastic elbow joint which had a crack in it. One end of the elbow has a PVC pipe fitted into it, and the other end is copper, which connects to an outside tap. I replaced the plastic ...
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How can I clear a blockage caused by the previous owner flushing grout down the toilet?

The previous owner of our house tiled the main bathroom before selling the house and flushed the grouting down the toilet. This caused the pipes to become blocked. We've had to break down some of ...
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How do I determine if a pipe is frozen?

I have a shower which has no hot or cold water this cold (2F outside) morning. I can get to some of the piping directly behind it, inside an attic. There is at least 8-10 inches of insulation ...
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Stop a leak in an outdoor plastic pipe

We had our bathroom refitted a couple of years ago, which required all the waste water piping around the house to be refitted. One of the joins in the pipe carrying all the waste water away from the ...
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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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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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How to disconnect shower tray from drainage pipe?

I'm trying to disconnect the shower tray from the drainage pipe but the white plastic bit that looks like it could be screwed off seems stuck tight: I'm not sure I can apply the torque needed to ...
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How to remove this plastic pipe elbow

I cannot seem to get this plastic pipe elbow (pictured below) off. It joins a plastic pipe to an outside tap and the elbow has a crack in. I've tried twisting, pulling and pushing it - but it won't ...
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How can I repair a cinder block wall around a sewer line?

After having replaced ~30' of 4" cast iron w PVC, I'm left with two holes in the cinderblock foundation. The holes are the height of 1 block and about 1/2 the width of a block. These leaves a pretty ...
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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 remove 1/2“ PVC pipe that has broken off inside a 1/2” elbow?

How can I remove 1/2" PVC pipe that has broken off inside a 1/2" elbow?
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Does air trapped in water pipe disturb the meter reading?

I have about 7 meters of PVC pipe connected to the water meter. Some of this pipe is above the meter level so some air sure gets trapped inside. Is it possible that the air in pipes expand and ...
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How should a section of cast iron piping be replaced?

I just discovered a leaking section of cast iron pipe in my basement. There is moisture around the joints, but I guess there could be pinhole-sized spots or a crack on the bit I can't easily see. I'm ...
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What is the best quick repair for a drain pipe?

In particular, a cast iron drain pipe. It doesn't have to be pretty, but needs to be effective and should last until it can be fixed properly.
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Hardware (clamp and/or spacers) to mount a horizontal pipe to a roof?

Related question: What is this called (adjustable angle pipe footplate)? After posting that previous question, I began to think that there's likely both a cheaper, and sturdier way to accomplish what ...
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What is this called (adjustable angle pipe footplate)?

I'm constructing an EMT pipe tarp canopy frame. It will be a shed roof. One side will be pipe supported (low end) and the other side (high end) will be mounted to the top of my garage roof. The plan ...
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How can I extract a broken off 1/2 inch threaded galvanized pipe?

Looking for options on removing a 1/2 inch threaded galvanized pipe broken off with about a third of an inch of it still inside the hole.
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What could cause reoccurring leaks in a hot water pipe?

I have a 12 year old house. The past couple of months a couple of hot water pipes have sprung pin-hole leaks at the solder joints. This has happened on four separate occasions. I've had three ...
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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 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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How to fix a minor leak in situ

I have an Intex swimming pool and there is a minor leak at the outlet/strainer grid as petroleum jelly was not applied during installation. The obvious solution is to drain, rectify and re-fill, but ...
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What size cap do I need for this steam pipe?

I'd like to put a cap on this steam pipe, but the standard cap sizes don't seem to fit -- a 2" cap is way too big and a 1.5" cap is slightly too small: There is a very faint "1 1/4" engraved on the ...
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Is stainless steel water piping more durable than copper?

After thirty years of usage, the plumbing in my house is starting to fail progressively. The water pipes in my house is made of copper, one of which is suffering from pitting, which results in a ...
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How do you find underground pipe and wires to a private well and how deep would they be?

I need to terrace some stairs into a steep hill, but my well is at the bottom of the hill and my house is at the top. Therefore there has to be pipe and wires going up the hill somewhere. I don't know ...
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How can I close a rectangular PVC pipe without using glue?

I will use a rectangular pipe (65mmx100mm) for growing herbs on the wall outside my house. I want to close both ends of a rectangular PVC pipe without using glue so I can pull at anytime both ends for ...
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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 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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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 ...