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When to replace a toilet's wax ring?

I just bought a new house that was built three months ago. I unfortunately flushed something big down the toilet and had to take the toilet apart, turn it upside down, and fish it out. When I was ...
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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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What is the “required” amount when using Plumber's Putty

I have a new stainless steel sink and installed a Kohler sink flange following their package instructions. The instructions for putty only stipulated "apply a ring of putty." However, subsequently, I ...
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Why does my shower head drip when the tub faucet is on?

I just installed a new tub fixture set: There are two controls - one for temperature and one for volume. The large handle is volume. When the diverter valve is engaged the shower sprays properly ...
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House has no plumbing vent — is this a solution?

I've been living in a fixer-upper for a while... I've been fixing a lot that was previously done wrong. I've finally gotten around to ripping out our first floor bathroom (two full bathrooms) and ...
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Leaking saddle valve

There is a joint of some sort leaking in one of our cold water lines running above the drop ceiling in the basement. Does anyone know what this joint is called, or why it might be leaking? It's ...
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Can you identify this seal?

I have a slow-filling cistern and, having disassembled all the pipes inside I've identified a ripped seal. Assuming that I didn't cause that myself just a moment ago, I'm hopeful that replacing it ...
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Caulk or Grout the base of a toilet?

I recently re-tiled my bathroom floor and removed the toilet to do so. I noticed that the builders had used grout around the base of the toilet when I was removing it and demoing the tile. Should I ...
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How can I install a vanity over this unfortunate plumbing?

I have recently removed a vanity from my bathroom and am facing an unfortunate plumbing footprint when trying to put a new vanity in place. The cold water line runs right against a built in cabinet ...
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How to secure toilet fill valve hose to canister

I have a Kohler Wellworth (low flow model) that uses a canister-style flushing mechanism. The tube that comes from the fill valve is to be seated/secured in an opening at the top of the canister, held ...
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Does this water pipe installation have problem?

I just bought a new home which is still under construction. Today I visited the home and noticed that the water pipe installation at one place seems awkward! It's on the main floor and actually the ...
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How do I stop a countertop soap dispenser from leaking?

I have a countertop soap dispenser. It is a Blanco 911-375 Alta Soap/Lotion Dispenser, Satin Nickel Finish filled with Seventh Generation brand dish soap. For the high-end-quality brand name, it ...
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How can I attach an overflow cover in a bathtub with no access panel?

Years ago, the builders put the bathtub in the wrong way so that it abuts tile in the bathroom behind it. The only way to put in an access panel or to access the pvc behind the tub would be to either ...
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Fitting a thermostatic valve onto a towel rail

I've got a towel rail in my bathroom that is heated from my combi boiler. I'd like to fit a TRV to the towel rail. Is there any reason why I shouldn't do that? Should I buy a specific type of TRV, or ...
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Are all toilet bolts installed from under the floor?

My mom has an older toilet. When is became loose, in order to tighten the bolts she had to hire someone to go under the house. We just got a new toilet. I was hoping to install it as a d.i.y ...
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Is this gas pipe installation OK?

My new home is under construction and I noticed the gas has been distributed to three places through a very tight and rough hand-dug hole. Yes, I have concern about potential gas leakage. Though we ...
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How to identify an old compression stem in order to find a replacement

I have an old (circa 1920s) bathroom faucet with a compression stem that started to leak unless tightened extremely tightly. When I took out the compression stem to replace it, I found that the screw ...
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why would I have water leaking on the bathroom floor when someone takes a bath but not a shower

Why would I have water leaking on my bathroom floor when someone takes a bath but not a shower?
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How to get rid of echo inside the apartment?

A water pipe inside the apartment burst and was repaired. Ever since, the place has acquired a nasty echo. Everything resounds and we have to talk louder to be heard. Is there any solution to get rid ...
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Are replacement kitchen sprayers fairly interchangeable?

Well, first house break-down of the year happened about 6 hours into 2013... The wife grabbed the kitchen sink sprayer and snapped the lever off of it. No leak, but it doesn't work anymore. Am I ...
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Difference Between Flashing Drain and On-Grade Drain?

What is the difference between an "on-grade" drain and a "flashing" drain? What situations call for which? If installing a basement floor drain, which should I use? In case it's not clear, here are ...
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How can I identify and source an old faucet cartridge

I have an old faucet that drips. I would like to fix the leak, but am having a lot of trouble finding a replacement cartridge. The faucet does not have any markings of any kind. I brought the ...
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How to remove this plastic pipe connector?

How do I remove this kind of white plastic connector attached to the metal pipe?
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How can I replace a long double vanity with two single vanities?

I have one long double vanity in my master bathroom. It is approx 122" with a 53" vanity on the left (butts up to soaker tub) and a 49" vanity on the right (butts up to wall when entering bathroom). ...
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Possible cross over issue with water lines

About 2 weeks ago our hot water started getting less and less hot, now it is completely cold. If I turn the cold angle stop off at the sink, so only the hot water line can feed the faucet, and turn it ...
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How to fix a poor plumbing installation resulting in severe odor problems?

After reading this related question and check that the wax seal is ok, I assume I have a problem with the trap, but where's the trap? The outline of the plumbing in my home (a bit simplified) is like ...
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How can I repair a leaking wall valve for future laundry sink?

Just found the stub for an unbuilt sink in our laundry room is leaking. Tightened but moisture continues to collect below the valve. Not sure about next steps to explore before calling a plumber. You ...
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what PEX fittings can I use with a Zurn PEX QickClamp Crimp Rings?

I have Zurn crimp rings and the Zurn ratchet tool. I was wondering what brass fitting I can use. Do they need to be Zurn fittings or can they be any crimp fittings? For example, can I use ...
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How can I connect this washing machine outlet to the drain?

I have been given a washing machine and I've plumbed in the inlet no problems The problem I have is that the outlet hose coming from the machine is not compatible with the drainage plumbing in the ...
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how to remove a stripped allen screw?

I removed a spout handle that kept falling apart to repair it with teflon tape. I am now trying to put the handle back but the hex bolt is half recessed and badly stripped. How would I remove it? I ...
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How to extend my washing machine standpipe?

I need to extend my standpipe so that it's higher than my washing machine drum height. I need it to be about 24" taller than it currently is. I'm not experienced doing any plumbing work beyond ...
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What's the bracket used to fix a kitchen faucet called?

I've got a broken kitchen tap/faucet, and it's because there is a plastic bracket that fits under the sink that has broken. I need to know the name of it because I can't search for a replacement ...
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How can I remove/reattach the clamp on a dishwasher hose?

I'm trying to fit a dishwasher into our kitchen. There is a small gap in a counter top for the hose to go through, and the part of the hose that connects to the tap is too big to fit through... Is ...
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How to move utility sink and extend trap / drain pipe under it?

I'd like to move the utility sink (that my washer drains into) in my basement ~6 inches to the left to accommodate a new washer dryer. The incoming water lines aren't a problem, but as you can see ...
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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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How to remove broken threaded water pipe

The pipe connecting my shower head to the wall has broken off. I removed the head and tried to remove the theaded pipe but the potruding metal broke off completely. Is there anyway to remove the part ...
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How to remove pipe sealed with silicone

My kitchen sink is emptying very slowly. The pipes under the sink are clear. So the blockage must be somewhere in the pipe from the wall on. Unfortunately the curved pieces of pipe are in the way and ...
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How long should I wait to turn on the water, after gluing my pipes together?

The hot water line from my water heater to the house just came apart recently shooting water everywhere, so I re-glue the parts and wait a few hours and turn on the water. A few minutes later it blows ...
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Imperial to Metric Tap Thread Adapter

We had been using this basin shower head attachment happily for a while, until a plumber came to replace the taps due to a leakage. The new taps (like the old ones) happen to be a pair of hot and cold ...
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Do I have to replace this entire valve or can it be fixed?

My bathtub/shower faucet has been constantly dripping and I took it apart to try and get it repaired. Here is what is on the inside: I would rather, for obvious reasons, avoid having to take ...
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How to fix Kitchen drain that came apart?

My kitchen drain came apart, it is like 12 years old. I noticed it is not a locknut connection, so I am not sure how to attach these parts. The sink strainer itself is loose and I can pull it out ...
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IKEA Loviken Faucet disassembly assistance requested

My kitchen faucet drips a bit from the hot water tap. I've found the manual, which is somewhat helpful, but I'm unable to remove the part 118211 shown on page 3. There is a exterior top screw cap, ...
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Faucet runs slowly on hot, fine on cold

I have a single handle Pfister faucet. It flows fine on cold but only about half on hot. What is wrong? Video of issue
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How can I split a shower head with this fitting?

I want to add a second shower head that splits off at the fitting for the current shower head (because my ceiling is low so I have to sit, and I want a shower head that sprays my lower body at the ...
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How do you remove a really stuck shower diverter spout?

My bathtub's shower diverter spout leaks when it's in shower mode, so I'd like to replace it. It's the screw-on type. Trouble is, it's stuck tight. I've applied a lot of torque (counter-clockwise) ...
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Connect 1/2“ supply line to 3/8” outer diameter faucet line

I bought from Home Depot a Glacier faucet that comes with 3/8 inch O.D. supply tubes. The supply lines from the wall have an outer diameter of 1/2 inches though. How do I connect the two? This ...
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Question about end caps on Pex lines for Washer in new house

I just purchased a new home and the washer and dryer are in the basement, I plan to learn how to run pex soon although only know a little about it now. I went to go hookup my washer today and there ...
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Supply Elbow doesn't tighten against wall

The instructions for my Kohler Wall-Mount Supply Elbow say to leave the NPT nipple sticking out of the wall 9/16". I did that but now I can't tighten the elbow all the way to the wall as I'm supposed ...
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I am trying to identify the brand of this bathtub faucet

I am wanting to replace this bathtub faucet without changing the plumbing behind the wall. I am assuming by identifying the brand/type of faucet already installed I could have success by getting ...
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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 ...