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Best tool and blade to cut 8" pvc

This is my first post. I need to cut 1' pieces of pvc sewer pipe for a few projects. The pipe will range from 4" to 15" diameter high density sewage (and perhaps fire-rated industrial pipe). I've ...
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How high can I stretch my washing machine drain hose?

The waste hose through which the water is removed from my washing machine is inserted into a vertical pipe extending from the floor with a U shape at its end. The problem is that there is foam coming ...
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What type of pipe joint is this, and how do I repair it?

The plastic pipe under my kitchen sink is leaking. This top pipe seems to simply be resting on the bottom section. Is this how it is supposed to be? I can freely pull the pipes apart with a little bit ...
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Fix Vent Pipe leak?

This is the exhaust vent from a gas fired heating system. That drip, right at the joint, started a year ago. I'm assuming it's from condensation, and would otherwise drain back into the heater, ...
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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 do I fix a water pipe leak?

My dog has a leash that is by our back porch. About 3 feet over, there's a pipe that goes into the ground. One day she got her leash wrapped around it and started pulling at it. Ever since then, there'...
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Should I replace a kinked hot water supply pipe?

I recently put a kink in this hot water supply pipe. It's not leaking now, but I'm not sure if I should replace it proactively at this point. I'm looking for a practical answer, since replacing this ...
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Steel wool around a gas pipe

There's a crawl space in my basement where the gas pipe to the stove goes through a hole in the ceiling. I think it might be a big enough hole for a mouse to get through so I'd like to stuff some ...
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What could green covering on a radiator pipe be?

Recently I have discovered the pipe to my radiator is looking a bit weird. From what I can tell, it does not quite look like corrosion, neither like mold. I think I recall there was some green paint ...
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How do I attach compression fitting to copper pipe that is bent?

I need to replace a compression union on some copper pipe that runs to my water heater. I cut the pipe as close to the old union as I could, then tried to slide the compression fittings onto the pipe ...
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Clay drain pipe repair

I was digging up a foundation and broke some parts of the top sewer pipe. The pipe is encased in concrete so not easy to replace. How can we repair the hole without replacing the pipe?
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How to remove hoses that are clamped to a water manifold in a hot-tub

I have a hot tub and a hose of the water manifold cracked off (see below on the second hose from the left that is separated from the manifold, but a part of the manifold is broken off inside). Since ...
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How can I remove a “log lighter” pipe from my fireplace?

My fireplace has a log lighter: What is the easy way to remove it? Can I use WD-40 to loosen the connector?
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Is there a detector of plastic pipe?

I know metal detectors for walls, but in my house there are places where it has a plastic pipe. I wonder if there is a good detector to buy.
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Pipe inside pipe to reduce condensation

Cold well water and high humidity cause serious moisture problems on wall pipes in this area of the country. Would like to develop pipe-in-pipe system to carry cold water in the core pipe and hot in ...
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Can you diagnose coolant leak in a refrigerator by blowing hot air on the back?

An "engineer" has recently investigated my 10+ (that's my estimation - we bought it together with our apartment) year old Smeg FB30 refrigerator and claimed that the coolant gas is leaking from the ...
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Should I leave water in my galvanized radiator pipes when permanently removing boiler?

I have switched to using a ductless heat pump for heating and am planning on removing my gas boiler but leaving the hot water baseboard radiators and 65-year-old galvanized pipes (in the crawlspace). ...
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What product will insulate an exterior PVC pipe coming out of the ground with a faucet on it?

We want to insulate from freezing an exterior 24" tall PVC pipe coming out of the ground that has a faucet on it ~ a heated product is not plausible in our situation. Are there other products that ...
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Drain piping diagram for bathroom

This is a diagram of how I would like to do the drainage for a bathroom extension. Does it appear right? If not, why? Both the shower and the toilet are within 6 feet of the wet vent. Thanks!
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What sizes of DWV pipe are commonly used for (very) small residential homes?

One of the DIY projects I sometimes contemplate is replacing the ~45 year old galvanized steel drain pipe in my house with PVC DWV pipe and fittings. There is at least one slow, dipping leak I ...
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multi-family building leaking elbow in tight space inch and a half copper cold water supply

Main water supply for the 16-unit building comes up vertical then flattens horizontally right as it passes through a small opening in a brick/concrete load-bearing wall. Difficult to solder from ...
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How would I convert a wood burning fireplace to gas?

I have an insert that we use as a wood burning fireplace. It would be fairly easy to run a natural gas line under the house to the location of the fireplace. I would like to convert the wood burning ...
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Can a plumbing vent pipe be vented horizontally?

I live in NYC and I have a plumbing vent pipe which vents through the roof. The vent pipe however has some "angled" pipes which bring it out into a small section of a bedroom to avoid going through ...
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How can I repair my shower that is leaking from the back of wall?

I had my shower remodel a couple of years back, from plain old shower to now cement tile. Now I noticed that when I go to turn the water on, there is water coming up out from the back of the shower ...
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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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UK to East European shower pipe converter

I bought an UK shower while doing my refurbishment of the flat in Latvia. Unfortunately, only after the tiles and pipes were installed the plumber told us that the UK shower "doesn't fit". This is ...
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how to patch minor leaks at cast iron sewer pipe's joint

please see attached image, I am not sure whether it's a leak where the metal is split, or whether its corrosion where the liquid seeps through the metal. I am looking to patch this, somehow, can ...
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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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What sort of a drain pipe is this?

I dont even know if drain pipe is the right word. We have this little pipe jutting out of the wall in our back yard. It keeps dripping water. Its a new unit/apartment in Australia and the builder ...
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standard garden tap size (US)

I am building a garden irrigation system which is directly connected to a tap. In Europe the garden taps are usually BSP 3/4" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Standard_Pipe). It would be great to ...
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Correct piping for summer water supply outdoors?

I have a summer cottage, which is not used in winter, when the temperatures can drop to -20C (-4F) and lower. Currently for water supply there is some existing ~7-9m (29ft) driven well (I hope that'...
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Old solder joints are failing

Working on a small cottage by the Delaware Bay. Last year I had to repair the plumbing in the two bathrooms because the solder joints pulled apart. This year some pipes fell out under the house ...
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Should a twisted copper pipe be replaced?

While replacing a hot water tank I foolishly twisted the out pipe by losing my grip on the wrench. The copper pipe twisted, so I twisted it back gently, but it now has a kink in it. Is this likely ...
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3" conduit with many bends - is it worth to build it?

I am working on sending some cables (RG6, Cat5 and speaker cables) from basement to the attic. This is a typical 2-story house. After reading some posts found over the Internet, I am now considering ...
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Hot water pipe sticking up in back yard?

Found that a copper pipe coming out of ground in back yard is the Hot Water pipe for the house. Turn on the Hot Water, the pipe gets hot. It is sticking up out of the ground and think this is NOT ...
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Quarter turn connection for plastic tubes — Design idea request

I'm developing a 3d project using AutoCAD 2013 and I would like to request ideas for a specific problem. It is not for a commercial project. It is about how to connect two hollow plastic pipes using ...
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Pipe seized to inaccessible coupling - how to attach a new pipe? [closed]

I have updated this question with additional detail - it is not a high-pressure steam environment; it only operates at 115 PSI. Apologies if this is off-topic here. It's less "home improvement", more ...
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bathroom sink drain line

My bathroom sink drain was clogged. Since drain stop had been out, figured something fell down hole into p trap. Anyway, when I went under sink, learned P Trap piece was connected to pipe with ...
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How to fix a garbage disposal pipe leak?

I have a slowly dripping joint where the disposal meets the drain pipe. I want to fix it myself and thought to just seal it with some sealant. What sealant should I use and/or should I not seal it, ...
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New Propane Run

I just had a new propane tank installed, however before the company would put in the tank they said I needed to replace the flexible copper tubing with the appropriately sized black pipe or CSST. They ...
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is there such a thing as a pipe brush?

I've used Drano/Liquid Plumbr Foam to clean the bathroom sink drain, but that never cleans enough. There's always scum left over. I think I can clean it better if I follow up the Drano with a brush. ...
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Can I insulate PEX pipe in a crawlspace with fiberglass insulation?

I have PEX pipe hung under the floor joists in my crawl space. I am inclined to cut fiberglass wall insulation R-14 into strips and run it under the pipe.That will encase it as the floors are well ...
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Stop water leaking from polypropylene pipes joint

How to stop water leaking from the joint (fitting) of two polypropylene pipes for water. The connection between the two pipes is made by heating the pipe end and the inside of the fitting and then ...
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Vent pipe related odor

Odor happens when adjacent bathroom toilet is flushed and is only smelled in adjacent laundry room??? Was really bad at Thanksgiving when we had about 14 extra people in our house for several days. ...
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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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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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Plastic central heating pipe - cover up in built-in cupboard

I have a built in cupboard which has plastic water pipes travelling vertically up the inside (supplying a small radiator in the loft). I want to cover them up because they're ugly, awkward and also ...
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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 cut angled pipe for a segmented/lobster back bend?

I'm trying to create a segmented/lobster back bend out of some straight sections of 200mm diameter acrylic pipe, like so: As you can see the bend is made from two types of parts: Part 1, which is a ...
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Bathroom above the Garage

Is it advisable to build a bathroom above the garage? What kind of obstacles might we face if there is a bathroom above the garage in terms of piping, insulation, etc.?