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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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 straight-...
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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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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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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 ...