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How can I tell where water is leaking from?

I live in Wyoming and for the past few days we had below zero temperatures and tons of snow. Many people reported pipes breaking but we seemed to be fine. Today it also warmed up a bunch to around the ...
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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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Shallow well pump going on and off too much

Shallow well pump pressure goes up to 50, then pump shuts off, even though the tap is still on. With a small, I think 2 gallon, pressure tank, usually the pump stays on until you turn off the tap. ...
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How to fix a tap where the handle has fallen off

I have the following tap / faucet: As you can see, it's seen better days. The handle of it was composed of four plastic interlocking pieces which have, piece by piece, broken off. We're due to ...
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Water pump keeps running, there is low pressure

I had a water pump installed three years ago. The pump keeps running constantly and there is low pressure. It has about a 35 PSI when running. The gallon is about a ten gallon tank approximately. I ...
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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 Get PEX to Seal

I'm in the process of moving my laundry area. For the plumbing we decided to use PEX. Unfortunately I have been unable to properly seal the PEX tubing to the fittings on the final fixtures- they ...
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Does PEX require home runs?

I've been told that PEX requires home runs to a manifold (or star topology, to borrow from networking) to maintain the same flow rate/pressure as copper. Anyone else heard this?
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How can I support an already installed shower valve?

My shower valve was poorly installed. The pipes and valve were never secured or clamped to the surrounding framing. The valve rattles around in the wall and the cover plate has about a 1/2" gap ...
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Why is the bathtub water backing up into the shower?

When the bathtub water runs out, it backs up into the shower and floods the whole floor. We have cleaned the drain pipes, but it still happens. What could be the problem?
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How can I repair this detached kitchen sink pipe?

I noticed one of the two kitchen sinks is leaking--that's not really the right word. It's more like pouring. When I pour something down that drain it's like I might as well have just dumped whatever ...
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How to reconnect disconnected elbow in waste pipe?

I live in a mobile home community, the septic recently was overflown, it was pumped, however the main line connecting to the pipes in my house was "out of place" when the maintenance person "banged it ...
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Is there any way I can guard this pipe from screws and nails?

I tried to take down a shelf yesterday and water started coming from the wall. Called a plumber and discovered this in my building's water main: The pipe is big enough and close enough to the ...
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How can I fix a broken shower elbow?

The shower elbow in the shower broke off at the copper pipe in the wall, leaving some of the plastic inside the copper pipe's threading. There seems to be some sort of sealant. How might you go about ...
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Are toilets supposed to be caulked to the floor?

I've heard that in some cases toilets are supposed to be caulked to the floor. I replaced both toilets in the condo I moved into last week, and one was calked to the floor, and one was not. One ...
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How to handle vanity replacement when finish materials do not continue behind existing unit?

I had a plumbing leak under my bathroom sink that soaked the vanity before it was discovered and the water shut off. The vanity is cheap crap made out of particleboard that has swelled up like a ...
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Why isn't there hot water coming from my faucet after stem replacement?

I just completed the replacement of the hot and cold water stems form my bathtub faucets. The hot water was leaking so I went ahead and replaced both. They were probably original to the house circa ...
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How to cap or close thermostatic radiator valve

I need to remove a radiator from the wall. When I set the thermostatic radiator valve to it's zero position and disconnect the outlet of the valve I get a strong flow of water. The water is ...
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What is that dripping noise I hear in the wall whenever cold water is used after sitting awhile?

I live in a condo...upstairs with another unit behind me with the plumbing in the shared wall between us. Whenever it's been awhile (say 45 minutes to an hour) since any cold water has been used, if ...
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Why would my Geyser/water flow change from hot to ice cold?

I have a problem with my geyser (I think) When I run the hot water it goes cold within a few minutes then after about 30seconds it goes hot again. This is an ongoing cycle while the hot water is ...
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Can I install a backflow preventer for a frostless hydrant on well?

I notice when I turn my frostless hydrant off with the hose connected, it siphons most if not all water from the hose. I am worried of potential plastic chemicals in the hose after it sits out in the ...
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Need guidance for venting a new rough-in for basement bathroom

I'm currently finishing my basement, and I wanted to rough-in plumbing fixtures for a future basement. I've already got the layout, but I just need to figure out the venting for the drawing for my ...
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How can I calibrate my bar type thermostatic shower mixer?

I have fitted a bar type thermostatic shower mixer, which is either red hot or stone cold. The mixer has blue/cold on the left and red/hot on the right. The plumbing is the same way round. I've been ...
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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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What is this bathroom basin tap connection and can I replace it myself?

A few months back I had a problem with the cold tap in my upstairs bathroom — no water would come out after turning it on. I also noticed that the flexible tap hose underneath the basin was damp and ...
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What could be causing water pressure drop with sprinklers?

My first issue is that when the sprinklers come on, there is a significant drop in water pressure in the sink, shower, etc. I checked the sprinkler lines and there are no obvious leaks (i.e. holes in ...
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how to remove a stuck shower handle?

I have a shower faucet "mixet" temperature handle that I can't remove. I have have the screw out but the knob won't come off. How do I get it off with out breaking, or pulling apart the pipes? If it ...
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Purpose of Fill Valve Tube Going into Overflow Drain

I can easily understand the purpose of the overflow tube itself, but why is the little black hose that comes from the fill valve placed down into the overflow tube? On my toilet, there is a strong ...
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How to install sink drain pipe correctly

I'm trying to connect this drain assembly on my bathroom sink. But when I connect to the sink it drips. I tighten the top nut(arrow) with a channel lock, but it still drips. Steps I took: I put ...
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What kind of toilet tank is this?

This is the toilet tank in my apartment. A few days ago I started noticing brown residue in the water. Upon investigation, I encountered a toilet tank I'm not familiar with... there's an "outer" tank, ...
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Well pipe leaking at where pipe comes to the house. (Images, Video)

so here's my problem here: Well pipe leaking - images Well pipe leaking - video ^ This was recorded march 28-th (so during spring thaw). Since it wasn't dripping since the spring - my ...
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Maxi Pad flushed down the toilet

I accidently flushed a rolled up maxi pad down the toilet 14 days ago at a friend's house while on vacation. We stayed at their house for 7 days and it was clogged with the pad the first day we stayed ...
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What is the difference between Moen Moentrol 3510/3520 and 3550/3570?

I'm trying to pick out a new valve for my shower, and I'm pretty set on a Moentrol. Moen produces four differnet models: Two 1/2" IPS Models: 3510 and 3550 Two 1/2" CC Models: 3520 and 3570 Their ...
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What is the advantage of PEX pinch clamp vs. crimp rings?

I just saw these for the first time today at Lowe's: The advantages I can see over the crimp style are: A single tool can work with multiple PEX sizes That single tool is cheaper than a ...
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What has caused a concrete slab under a towel rail to erode?

I am in the process of replacing floor tiles with engineered wood in the kitchen of the house we're moving in to. However, lifting the tiles under where a towel rail had been installed we found a ...
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Why is my Sterling three handle shower tub faucet leaking?

I have a three handle shower tub faucet that has leaked for years. I replaced the stems last year, but recently learned that the stems the hardware store gave me to use were the wrong ones. I brought ...
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Our hot water heater is gas, and it only has low med. and high temperature settings. Which setting is the safest to use for our home?

Our hot water tank is gas, and only has high, med, and low temperature settings. Which one is the safest setting for our single home?
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I have an oil burning furnace and my hot water only last 2 minutes. Hard to take a shower

I have an oil burning furnace and my hot water only lasts about 2 minutes, making it hard to take a shower. I'm not sure what the make and model is. I had hot water that would last a long time, had ...
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What could be causing a urine smell in our bathrooms?

I live in a home built in 2006. We are a clean family and have no pets. In ALL three of our bathrooms I am smelling an odor of "old urine". I do have a 3-year-old son so at first I thought he was ...
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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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Should galvanized steel pipe be used as a tub spout?

I have a 90 degree fitting coming down from my shower valve. Also have a screw on tub spout trim. Right now there is a 6" galvanized pipe that connects the 90 to the tub spout trim. Is the ...
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Tailpiece too long for new chrome J-Bend in kitchen sink drain repair

The j-Bend of my kitchen sink drain pipe rusted through and started leaking. I bought a new 1.5" j-Bend at Home Depot. Only when I got it home did I notice that the top part of the J is different than ...
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Holding flush valve open usually flushes toilet. Bowl always smells [closed]

It usually takes two or more flushes to clear the bowl of material. Holding the lever down (Valve open) sometimes clears in one flush. Tank was upgraded in 1994. Bowl smells with chlorine cleaning. ...
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How do I quiet noisy drain pipes?

I recently replaced cast iron drain pipes from my second story bathroom with pvc, and I've noticed the new pipes are much much louder when the bathroom is used. The pipes run down through a wall right ...
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How can I clean hard water buildup from pipes?

I've basically confirmed that my overall plumbing problems are down to hard water buildup. My softener has been out of action for about a month or two (waiting on a part), so I have at least that much ...
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Is it ok to unsolder an outdoor spigot and to solder back a new one without cutting the copper pipe?

I am trying to replace an old outdoor spigot that is soldered to a copper pipe. I will put in place a fitting that will give me a thread so I can attach (screw in) a ball valve. All the instructions ...
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Is my water heater installed properly?

Why do all 3 pipes..the hot, the cold, and the over flow valve run hot water. I can tell by the touch. the overflow which I'm used to having a free flowing tube attached to a pan is connected to a ...
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Why do my water pipes jump when running water?

I turn the water on half to full volume and the pipes make a jumping noise about every 4 to 5 seconds. The do not make any noise when turning the faucet on or off. If I run the water slow, it ...
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baseboard heat noise

I have oil heat with cast iron baseboard heat. One of them has noise in it & last year I had to bleed it multiple times to get the air out of the line. The only problem with doing this was that ...
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Combining Reverse Osmosis and Dishwasher waste drain with airgap

Is it possible to do this? Currently we have a line from the dishwasher to the air gap and from the air gap to the garbage disposal. I want to install a reverse osmosis system but we only have the one ...