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Does water hardness affect the life of copper pipes?

We have just completed the renovation works of our old home in Toronto. A short while later the pipes in bathrooms began to leak. The plumber may have used lower quality materials or lower class ...
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Where are these flies coming from?

We recently had a sewer fly infestation caused by having a cracked mortar collar on the rest bend of the soil stack which runs through the upstairs and downstairs bathrooms. I removed a good portion ...
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How to diagnose a greywater system backup

In recent weeks I have noticed that the drain pipe from the washing machine has been overflowing into the laundry room. We stopped using the washer thinking that we needed a plumber to come to the ...
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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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frozen pipe: heating tape, compressed air?

We have a shower on a second floor with a frozen cold-water pipe. It seems to happen every time the temperature falls below 15 degrees F. Previously I fixed this by taking the plate off around the ...
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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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How to deal with a corroded copper water pipe?

We have a corroded copper pipe. I'm not interested in what caused the corrosion. I just want to know how to treat it. What can I do to stop the corrosion? Paint it? What would I paint it with? ...
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What can cause copper pipe to corrode?

We have a corroded main water pipe that connects to a valve that goes into the house. The corroded pipe rises from the pave driveway and ends in a valve at the top. Here's a picture: The building ...
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Can I install a toilet flange in a shortened (sawed off) elbow fitting?

I'm putting a bathroom in my basement, and had a plumber come in and lay the PVC pipe after I cut out part of my floor. After pouring new concrete, he came back in and said there was a problem with ...
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How can I connect copper pipe to an unthreaded, galvanized pipe?

I have a di-electric union which I want to install, but the union's galvinized side is threaded. The unthreaded, galvanized pipe is attached to the house so I can't easily thread it. Perhaps there's ...
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How to hang electric fence from posts?

I need to make some posts for a small electric fence (designed for small animals / gardens) in my backyard. This just encloses my vegetable garden to keep out rabbits. My wire is aluminum. I want to ...
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How to tighten threaded pipe in an existing assembly of pipes

I have a brass pipe with threaded joints coming into the house from the street that has a leaking joint. I can't see how it can be tightened without loosening the joint at the other end of the pipe. ...
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How to make a rectangular pipe structure with clockwise threads

I'm trying to make a gate structure for my attic to prevent people from falling through the pull-down stairs opening. For this, I'm joining threaded iron piping together with elbow joints and t-...
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Water pipe extension to livestock corrals

I have horses and sheep that live about 100 feet from the main house/ outside water faucet. We want to install a pipe that allows access to the water down at the corrals, what sort of things should I ...
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Not sure on assembly of shower faucet

I have a faucet similar to this one: Unfortunately, the pipes were not secured very well behind the enclosure, which I assume is a common problem. Specifically, the valve is not mounted to a cross ...
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How do I check if the plastic tube that comes out of the water pump of my furnace/AC does not leak?

I have a water pump similar with this one In this question I am asking bout what is marked with #3 in the picture. In my case that pipe goes to the ceiling ..partially open in the furnace room and ...
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Mouse coming through gap around gas pipe

I found some mouse droppings in a cabinet yesterday, I'm not very handy but best I can tell is the following - There is a weep hole outside, which is maybe 1 centimeter wide wide, and it seems the ...
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Is this iron pipe lamp grounded/insulated enough to be safe?

I replicated this lamp from a Home Depot tutorial. http://blog.homedepot.com/diy-industrial-lamp-cool-desk-lamp-made-from-pipe/ I'm worried that the lamp socket isn't isolated enough and that the ...
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What is this pipe coming up out of our driveway?

Bought a house last week, which -- Canadian winter -- had been mightily surrounded by snow, including in the driveway. Today, with the snow melting, I saw this in front of the garage door. It extends ...
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What's the best way to seal a small leak on a sprinkler pump inlet PVC pipe where a siphoning system has been tapped?

On my sprinkler system I installed, about 4 months ago, a system that siphons, from a large tank, a mixture of fertilizer and iron stain inhibitor. The system works fine but it had to be installed by ...
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What is the weight limit of an average shower head pipe?

I want to use a bucket of filtered water for showering. The bucket when full weighs 20 lbs. Would hanging this bucket on my shower head pipe which is coming out of the wall damage the piping?
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DIY Dip Station [closed]

I want to do dips exercise at home (Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sM6XUdt1rm4) My budget isn't too high, I'm willing to pay up to $30. The best option I found was to create a diy dip ...
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Mount horizontal 6" metal exhaust pipe to wall economically?

I'm trying to add more ventilation to the back room of my garage. The only available outside air exit location is 25' horizontally along the front room of the garage's wall. I have 6" 30ga sheet ...
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Corroded Sink Drain Cover Removal Suggestions

I've pretty much taken my entire old faucet apart except the last piece, the Sink Drain Cover. I've put WD-40 on it, didn't help much. I've read about different products that help with corroded ...
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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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Galvanized pipe life expectancy

USA, NW Oregon, single-story house with crawl space, built 1972. Background The house has the original galvanized piping in the crawl space and suffers from low water flow in two bathrooms. Static ...
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Relocating the PVC from behind dishwasher

I want to replace a 12 year old dishwasher with a new KitchenAid model. The hot and cold PVC pipes from under kitchen sink are blocking a full install. These pipes are not flush against the wall or ...
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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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Should I run the tap while dumping boiling water?

It seems to be common advice to run the cold water while dumping boiling water down the drain (for example, when draining pasta). A variety of reasons are cited for this, one of which is that it is ...
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Techniques for Squarely Cutting the End of a PVC Pipe

I am replacing a floor drain which required me to saw off the old drain which was cemented to 4" schedule 40 PVC. I had limited room to do this (Please see the picture below; I had broken out the ...
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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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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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Plumbing system and pipes concerned?

We have a concern on installing the two waters that supply with two house, where the metal pipe connecting from the municipal city water elevated and divided into t-shape directly to the line. ...
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Does the thickness of insulation on the cooling pipe of an air contioner make a difference to preventing mould and condensation

We have an apartment in Port Hedland WA.( Extreme humidity and heat) It's relatively new( 3 years old) but there was mold all over the ceiling and along the walls following the air con pipes to ...
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How to stop acorn-head supply tube from leaking?

The purple highlighted rectangle shows the spot where the acorn-head supply tube connects to the faucet valve. Ours is leaking, no matter how tight it is, and even after applying teflon to the ...
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What should I do with misaligned sink pipes

I tried to fix a clogged sink and found the problem was much more complex: I have to replace the sink waste too. And after I installed the newly bought waste, the pipes failed to align. I think it'...
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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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Leakage in my pipes, how to densify/seal?

I've never built with pipes before so maybe I'd need some general advice regarding leakage. On a specific note, I've built a system (see picture) where it leaks practically everywhere. I've sealed it ...
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Condensate pipe touching basement floor ok?

I recently replaced my leaking condensate pipe that was crusty and rusted. I've replaced it with a 1" copper pipe in the same position the old galvanized pipe was. Please see the picture I've attached....
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Any advice on unthreading old Brass pipe?

Any advice on unthreading old Brass pipe? The brass pipe is in the back with the spigot attached.
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How to cap and remove fireplace gas pipe?

We recently took out an outdated gas insert and looking to have a simple decorative firebox. As a temporary measure I put a metal screw cap with some yellow Teflon tape on the gas pipe in the firebox....
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Could condensation happen on unused heating pipe?

So I used a furnace in the old days and now I switched to heating AC. But the old pipes and radiators are still in place. I just discovered that in the corner of the room the lower pipe is very cold ...
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What pipe is this?

Hello and please bear with me. I'm no expert when it comes to plumbing but I will try to be as detailed as possible. I'm trying to understand what a pipe does in my basement. The pipe seems to be ...
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How to close pipes of shared central heating radiator

I want to permanently remove a radiator in my apartment that is connected to a central heating system shared by other apartments. It gets in the way of a kitchen we are installing. The pipes must be ...
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When do galvanized pipes in NYC residential water delivery pipes need to be upgraded?

It was suggested that I ask here. Some residential properties in New York City still have galvanized pipes for the inlet water line. Since heavy metals from the galvanization can leach into the ...
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How do I replace a boiler condensation pipe? [closed]

I ended up calling a plumber and he told me that it was a condensation pipe for the heating system that was corroded and leaking behind the wall. The pipe was supposed to be a return for the condensed ...
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Rogue "flushing' water pipe

I live in the ground floor flat of a converted Victorian House and have recently come across a rogue pipe that shoots water out sporadically into an external drain kind of like a toilet flush swoosh ...
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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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Eliminating ticking noise of pipe in wall

I know that the ABS main stack in my home is not rubbing against the floor or attic plywood openings; it is rubbing against the drywall in a interior wall when the pipe expands with the use of hot ...