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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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How can I fit a pipe inside another pipe?

Does anyone here with experience in plumbing or piping know if a 3/4" pipe can fit inside a 1" pipe to the point where you can slide it in and out like a telescope to make an adjustable stand post? ...
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Installing short 18“- 24” threaded black pipe for lp gas line in wall

Is it ok to run short 18"-24" threaded pieces of black gas pipe in the wall horizontally done by a licensed plumber so it goes through the 2x6 studs
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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 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 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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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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How to connect kitchen sink PVC J pipe to flanged drain pipe?

How do I connect the PVC J pipe to the drain pipe in the kitchen sink? The drain pipe has a large flange on it. Because of the size of the flange, when using a flanged "top hat" washer, the nut ...
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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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Do I need to ground black gas pipe?

The backstory: My HVAC friend, my dad and myself installed new gas pipes in my house after the 40 y/o pipe started leaking. Suffice to say, the old pipe was beyond repair, every retightening of 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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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Storm drain sizing for gutters and driveway runoff

I have about 1200sq feet of my roof going through two gutters on one side of my house which empty the water on the lawn. I also have a driveway and front yard that slope down towards my house (this ...
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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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How do I easily separate unglued PVC pipe from joints?

I've been retrofitting an existing PVC irrigation system around my house. Part of that work requires that I work in shallow holes adding T joints and elbows in places where there were none before. In ...
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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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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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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.?
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Can I glue poly supply line to a connector?

I just bought a new house. The PVC connection to the foundation watering drip line snapped off because of ground movement. I bought several 1/2" parts (black) and connected the PVC back up to the ...
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How can I replace this unusual kitchen sink drain pipe?

I'm trying to replace a broken 1-1/2 inch L-shaped brass pipe under my kitchen sink, as in this picture: At one end, it's connected to the sink drain, which if I'm understanding the terminology ...
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How to fix hole in yard with/from burst irrigation pipe?

I had the end cap crack on a 2" irrigation line buried 1-2' underground. It sprayed downwards, clearing away 2' of dirt vertically (3-4' total downward now). I found an area about 3-4' away from this ...