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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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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 do I realign copper water pipes after cutting?

I cut a 1/2" copper pipe to insert a tee fitting a which will eventually go to a Pex line for an outdoor tap. The copper pipe was vertical, and when I completed the cut I found that the pipe was ...
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What do you call this old pipe to bath tap join and how do I remove it?

I'm trying to replace the bath taps. I'm at the point where i've removed one, but can't get the 2nd one off. They are connected differently (go figure). See attached image: As i'm new to plumbing i ...
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Waterproof seal between two submersed pipes

I have an odd problem. Essentially I am working on fabricating a connection between two fiberglass pipes that are intended to be submerged underwater (depth 30ft). No water should make it inside of ...
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AC Coolant pipe has condensation and leaks inside wall

I've got an old AC unit (probably 13+ years old) that came with the house that I bought. This summer I noticed some water damage on the drywall in the basement, so I cut the damaged drywall away, and ...
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opening water pipe/tap has hissing noise throughout the house [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to eliminate the “whooshing” sound of water running though pipes. I have a 3 story townhouse. Any time when I open a tap, even very slowly that water is ...
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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 is the white, crusty, crumbly stuff I find in my kitcken sink drain pipes?

From time to time my kitchen sink needs to be unplugged, and each time I invariably find accumulations of a crusty, crumbly white material in the pipes. It looks a lot like old cheese, has no ...
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Corrosion on copper pipes due to insulation (with foam)

My incoming water pipe is copper and it is a brand new installation with no leaks. But due to the hot humid weather (even in the basement) it sweats due to condensation. Should I insulate it? The ...
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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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Mystery copper pipe in basement

In recent flooding I started excavating our (cracked, failing) concrete basement floor. (it's just a thin layer over a dirt floor--old house) I stopped when I found a 1/4" copper line buried in the ...
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Why do I have two parallel gas pipes?

I've got a water heater and a hot water radiator furnace sitting next to each other, both on gas. The strange thing is that there are two parallel gas lines feeding each one of these which come from ...
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How do I paint a basement ceiling and heating pipes?

What is the best way to paint a basement ceiling? Can I paint the copper baseboard heating pipes? Do I have to use special paint?
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Screaming shower head (the sequel)

See also this question: I recently soaked my Moen shower head in vinegar for a day to fix a problem where the center jets which pulsate were not working. Inside is an impeller of some kind and I ...
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How do you insulate your pipes to protect against freezing?

So, my pipes froze in my house today, and it made me realize that I should better insulate them for the rare days that it gets in the teens here... What should I do to insulate them?
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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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Outside water pipe covered in ice

A month ago my house's sprinkler pipe formed a hole and exploded due to pressure. This was caused by the fact that I had forgotten to shut the water off to my sprinkler system before it got too cold. ...
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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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How do I level a pipe with the ground?

I have a drain made of PVC pipe on my back porch. The PVC pipe sticks up from the concrete about an inch or so. What is the best way to cut the pipe down so that it will be level with the concrete? ...
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Do I need to do anything for my external spigots during a short hard freeze?

Like the questioner in Do I need to do anything to protect my pool during a rare freeze? I live in central florida and its going to be a hard freeze tonight. Do I need to let the spigots drip or cover ...
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Sources for small metal tubing?

This is more a DIY question than a home improvement one but I can't seem to find a beter place to ask: I'm looking for small diameter metal tubing, specifically 0.159 ID, ~3/16 OD (the inside ...
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Why does our shower make a screaming noise?

Our shower has a problem...It's very loud! When water hits the correct temperature and flow the shower immediately starts shrieking like a banshee. It seems to be related to the flow because we can ...
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Why do our baseboard heating pipes make a loud banging noise after a new furnace was installed?

We had a new furnace installed about a month ago. The heating in our house is hot water baseboards. Ever since the new furnace was installed, when the heat comes on or turns off, there is a loud ...
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How can I locate the pump in a wet open-vented central heating system?

Lost: One Central Heating Pump. Reward offered (in reputation points ;) I have a wet open-vented central heating system, and I've turned it on after six months to find the radiators aren't getting ...
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Is cleaning the tub with bleach bad for the plumbing?

My wife had a brainstorm and we tried cleaning the tub with a dilute bleach solution, letting it soak overnight, and it worked very well. The tub still needs a cleaning, but the bleach loosened the ...
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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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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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How can I straighten pipes behind a wall?

The original builders did a shoddy job when they installed the plumbing in the bathroom, causing the taps/faucets to come out of the tiled plasterboard wall at a slight angle - about 5 degrees - so ...
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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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How to drain a baseboard radiator system for a repair? How to refill the system?

I have a leak in the second zone in my baseboard radiator system. When installing some drywall in the room the previous owners nicked the copper pipe with a drywall screw, and it appears to have ...