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Which plumbing adapter to join 3/4“ FIP line to 3/4” Female NPT inlet port?

My main water line currently feeds into a water filter using a 3/4" FIP x 3/4" FIP x 24" braided stainless steel water heater connector line: ...
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Shower 3 way diverter valve squeeks when turning

I have a shower with 3 shower heads. One of the knobs has started to squeak loudly and has become difficult to turn. From searching online I have learned it is the 3 way diverter valve. I was ...
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Flush valve piping, ok to go straight up instead of into wall?

I am thinking of replacing my upstairs toilet tanks with commercial-style flush valves. Normally the supply pipe to the valve goes into the wall and then upwards through the wall. In my situation it ...
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What could be causing cold water to enter my hot water tank?

I have cold water leaking into the hot water side of my hot water tank. In order to get hot water shower, I have to flush a toilet or turn cold water on at a different location. With the cold water ...
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Should I be concerned about a green crust on the copper pipes on my boiler?

I have a boiler system, about 9 years old, with copper pipes. Many of those connections and handle faucets have a green crust. Is this a sign of something wrong? What do I do? Should I be concerned?
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whats the minimum water pressure for a shower/jet combo unit?

specifically, this unit http://www.houzz.com/photos/12411778/AKDY-Aluminum-Shower-Panel-Tower-with-Rainfall-Shower-Head-52-Mirror-Shower-modern-shower-panels-and-columns It says minimum is 28psi - is ...
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change order with contractor for bathroom - unreasonable for him to ask for more money? [on hold]

First time home owner and first time doing a major renovation. Hired a GC to completely gut the kitchen and bathroom and a few other things around the house. Per the contract we signed with him, all ...
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Water leaking when we are away for a few days

our water system at home works perfectly when we are at home, but when we leave for more than a couple of days the bathroom starts leaking water that goes dripping right on the kitchen that is ...
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Well water surging when running water

I got new water pump and conditioner, now water surges when take a shower? Now it has stopped working all together.
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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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Toilet bowl level drops after flushing

I just installed a new Kohler toilet. It flushes fine but after the flush the level of water in the bowl slowly drains. Why would this be and is it anything to worry about?
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Need help understanding gas water heater

I just bought a house and it have a gas water heater. I need to know what is the water shut off valve to shut down water in the entire house. Also if you can help me label any of the other knob (which ...
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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 is the name of the pump that goes in the drain between a washing machine and the sewer?

My washing machine drains to a pump that then goes to the sewer. What is the name of that type of pump?
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Bathroom remodel done well, not quite

I recently completed renovation of my bathroom. I expanded the space, changed plumbing and ripped out and rebuilt almost everything. One thing I did not know then but I know now is that I needed a ...
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Water pressure tanks

I want to buy a new pump, were as my current one is 42 yrs old. With the new pump I would like to use my current 19 gallon tank, plus I want to if possible install a new 50 gallon tank tied together. ...
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basement bathtub straddling a crater

we got this house recently. i was working on paint and finishing our basement bathroom.. trying to remove the baseboard trim surrounding the the bathroom shower, i noticed that it came out ...
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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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Installing a repair kit on an old toilet

I'm looking to install a repair kit on an old toilet (to replace the dual flush conversion which just doesn't work). I have a korky complete toilet repair kit which includes a fill valve and a flush ...
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Can I use a Sharkbite connector to join copper to rubber pipe?

Can I use a Sharkbite connector to connect a copper pipe to a rubber tube instead of PVC pipe? I am trying to make an outdoor drinking fountain. I have run black flexible piping up to a copper ...
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Is a P-trap required for a shower drain?

I take care of unwanted and abused pets, and occasionally I have to bathe them in a bathtub. Sometimes they go poop and it breaks up in the water so it cannot be scooped out. When this happens, I have ...
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Rerouting a plumbing air vent pipe

We're taking down a section of the wall between our kitchen and living room and we want to drop the 'bar height' down level with the sink. Unfortunately, the bulk of the section we're removing has ...
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How do I disconnect (and reconnect) the tubing from this fitting?

The plastic tubing supplying filtered water to our refrigerator currently runs below a suspended ceiling. I want to reroute it above. How do I disconnect it without damage from either the union or ...
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Do big-box stores sell inferior versions of plumbing fixtures?

Do big-box stores such as the Home Depot and Lowe's carry plumbing fixtures that have the same name and appearance as at other stores, but with lower quality to keep the price low?
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Why does my shower head leak water after I turn on my bathroom sink faucet?

Why does my shower head leak water after I turn on my bathroom sink faucet?
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How can I easily use a damaged hose bibb outlet?

The threads on my hose bibb outlet are damaged and in pretty bad shape. I have not done my own plumbing work before and am wondering if there is some type of solution that would not require opening up ...
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Do I need teflon tape (or something else) for a plastic shower head?

I bought a plastic shower head from home depot for $1.97. It said hand tighten. When I got home I could not find my teflon tape. I installed the new shower head by hand tightening very tightly and it ...
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Hot water issues in the apartment and plumbers are stumped?

We have a unit upstairs in a 4-plex. The other units don't have any issues, but hot water recently stopped working in this apartment. Rarely water might get hot or warm but goes cold again. When the ...
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Can I tap into the kitchen / dishwasher drain pipe with my washing machine?

I am moving my washing machine as a part of finishing my basement. Can I tap into a kitchen drain pipe (draining my sink and dishwasher) for my washing machine drain? How would this be done? I ...
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Lever for faucet

I have 1 bathroom faucet that is missing the lever and a kitchen faucet that is missing the screw the hold the lever. I am trying to hold hout on buying new faucets and would like to know if it is ...
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Is it a problem that PEX emerging from the walls is floppy

I'm working on a bathroom remodel (necessitated by a failing sub-floor, but that is neither here nor there), and PEX has been recommended either to completely replace the affected plumbing or at least ...
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Can I add an air gap to an existing drain pipe?

I am installing a water softener in my garage. There is already a place to connect into the water line (after the existing sediment filter), and there is an existing drain pipe (2 inch PVC that runs ...
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Dual Flush Conversion not sealing anymore

About a year ago we bought a dual flush conversion kit for the very old and very high-capacity toilet in the house we just purchased. I don't remember the exact model, but I believe it either was this ...
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Ceiling leaking from upstairs bathroom ONLY when water supply is turned OFF

I have a leak developing in my ceiling that is coming from what I assume to be the upstairs bathroom. This first happened when my pipes needed to be snaked a bit over a year ago where, during that, ...
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Water tempature changes

We can only run water at one faucet in the house, if your in the shower you can't turn any other water source on ex kitchen sick, toilet downstairs or upstairs, either bathroom sink etc.
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Fixtures will not run hot water unless another fixture is on

We have a unit upstairs in a 4-plex. The other units don't have any issues, but hot water recently stopped working in this apartment. Sometimes water might get warm but goes cold again. When the ...
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cost of replacing complete plumbing stack [closed]

Approximate cost of replacing full main drain stack from metal to PVC on two story residential home including all branch fixtures, toilets sinks etc..Cudahy,WI This is a complete assignment from ...
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P Trap? Ugly mess? Not much room to work with up there

[underneath[![side][2]][2]Recently decided to replace the drain in my bathroom and learned a little about p traps from the inter web. All the work was done by the previous owner. Was wondering if ...
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Moving kitchen into dining room

I have recently purchased a 1930's very typical London terraced house- little rectangular kitchen at the back next to a formal separate dining room. I have attached the floorplan. I am going to build ...
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Why does this toilet valve have corrosion on it?

I had a question about some corrosion on my toilet water supply line. I've provided a picture below. What I was wondering are a few things. 1) What is the reason for this? Why would a valve ...
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Water Heater PRV keeps opening

I have a water heater that is 20 years old. When we turn up the water temp the pressure release value opens and drains water into the overflow pipe. The issue is this then overflows from the top of ...
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How to fix a sewer pipe leak in a prefab concrete floor

My house is built with prefab concrete slabs for walls and floors. These have been prefabricated with most of the plumbing and electricity tubes pre- installed inside the concrete. While redoing the ...
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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 do I unglue metal pipes?

some Einstein glued the shower head to the pipe coming out of the wall. Both are METAL! How do I unglue these, please?? Can't find answer when I 'search'---only PVC answers come up, but these are ...
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I have an exterior water tap for a garden hose that needs new caulking

I noticed that the caulking around my outside water tap was beginning to deteriorate and crack. I removed the old caulking to find that the builder had filled the gap where the pipe goes into the ...
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How do I fix a leaking garden hose connection?

I just moved to a new house last week. Today I tried connecting several garden hoses to the both spigots. Each combination of hose and spigots leaked water (more like sprayed) below the connection ...
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Is there a way to find rebar in concrete walls?

I was wondering if there is a way to find the tie rods and also plastic electrical conduit in concrete walls. In Ecuador all walls are made from poured concrete and plastic conduit is run. But it all ...
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Why multiple copper tubes joined together?

I found this behind my vanity and shower. I'm sure there is a good reason for the multiple copper tubes joined together into one supply line, but I have no idea. Can someone enlighten me, please? I'm ...
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How to fix a threaded toilet shutoff valve?

This valve is leaking from the area shown. I tried unscrewing the valve but it wouldn't budge. The pipe it's connected to is 60 years old, so I need to be gentle. What's the safest way to take it ...
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why does the hot water come out of my single handle faucet but the cold will not?

Why doesn't the cold water come out of my bath tube faucet? I have a single handle faucet and the hot water does work.