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Where's a Good Place to Learn to Sweat Solder Copper Piping and Joints? [on hold]

As a still relatively new (1 year and counting) homeowner, I've tried to pick up a number of basic home improvement skills in the last year to assist with repairs around the house. I know enough now ...
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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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Knocking well pipes

As my well pump shuts off after getting up to pressure I can here the underground pipe that goes to the well point "knocking". There is a check valve on the inlet of the pump and possibly another at ...
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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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Sink tailpiece doesn't line up with trap

After installing a new bathroom sink, the drain tailpiece doesn't line up with the trap coming out of the wall. I've seen flexible accordion hoses for this, but I think that violates code (P3002.3.1)....
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How do I seal my shower escutcheon plate to prevent it from leaking?

I have a leak that's going from my upstairs bathroom tub/shower to my downstairs bathroom ceiling. The leak occurs only when someone is using the shower or tub. I had someone open up the ceiling and ...
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Why is my shower head pressure low?

I have two bathrooms back to back. one with a tub and shower and the other is a walk in shower. Both have the same shower head. One has super pressure, the other is eh. What do you this ...
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My OLD bathtub is clogged

I need some help. I have a really old tub, maybe late 1920s tub, It doesn't have a overflow trap/drain and it is clogged. Ive tried a plunger, used a snake (about 25feet of it) and finally used Drano. ...
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new water heater, unexpected noises

I installed a new water heater about 2 months ago and I hear this cracking noise most of the time, even when I have not used the hot water. Does anyone have an idea of what could possibly be causing ...
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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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Do I have to increase the water line diameter all the way to the water meter?

I have a 1/2" water line into my house from the meter. I would like to change that over to use a 3/4" or a 1" line into my house. Do I need to replace all the 1/2" pipe back to the meter with my ...
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moving electric water heater to old shower cove

doing extensive remodeling of a small (1400 sq ft) house. I want to move the electric water heater to an old shower cove. Getting the wiring there will be easy (its about 5 feet away and all the walls ...
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Toilet will not flush and has Air Bubbles

Toilet will not drain when flushed. If I use a plunger for 5 min I can get the water to drain to normal level in the bowl. If I turn on the water to the bathtub and sink both sandwiching the toilet ...
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Water heater not filled with water before being turned onto hot setting

I had a new water heater installed by a local handy man plumber. My initial concern was tank had 3 dents in it. Was on phone with company (Sears) re: dents, so plumber was delayed some due to phone ...
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Identifying a metal item buried in my backyard

I was digging up a bush stump so we can pour a concrete pad for a condensing unit. As I dug I uncovered the top of a metal object approximately 3-4ft long and 1.5 feet wide. It's made of some kind ...
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How to isolate a baseboard heater circuit, drain, purge?

I am renovating a kitchen and in the process have a need to remove a baseboard heater from a wall that will now occupy cabinets. The removal is straightforward and will take 10 minutes tops. However I ...
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hot water pressure in bathtub

Works fine through rest of the house. Its a mobile home n the water pressure was fine until water lines froze. Have replaced tub fixture n checked for leaks. Anything else that I can check
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How far to rough in sink

When roughing in a sink, how far should I extend the 1.5" PVC into the room (i.e. through the drywall). Seems like if it goes past the framing, the drywallers are going to have to cut the hole before ...
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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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Cheapest way of adapting G1/4 sensor to 1/2" NPT

I'm in the research stage of building an RO system for an RV, relatively cheaply. I live in the U.S. The membrane housing has 1/2" FNPT for water intake, and I would like to connect a pressure sensor ...
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Hot water and cold water switched in shower

I recently bought a house and in the master bathroom the hot and cold water seem to be reversed. When I turn the dial left, the hot water comes out first with very little pressure. As you continue ...
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Water Supply Noise due to Thermal Expansion?

I have a plumbing issue that I'm looking for suggestions on. After using a substantial amount of hot water (say, a long shower + washing laundry) I will hear a loud rumbling / vibrating sound ...
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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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Can I split off a pipe to create an additional faucet in my basement?

I've been madly googling this question, but either this is not a thing anybody does or I can't find the words to express it well enough to get an answer. I have a home hydroponics setup for growing ...
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Loud gushing noise when neighbour runs their faucet

I live on the 2nd floor of an 11 floor condo. Lately I have heard a loud gushing water sound under my kitchen sink when a neighbour runs their water. This occurs every time the neighbour turns on ...
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Hot water tap bangs and pressure is reduced

I have two outlets in the shower one hot and the other one cold. when I turned on the hot water tap gave a kind of bang and then the flow reduced to half the pressure.
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Replacing Ceramic Toilet Cistern

I have a damaged toilet cistern which is beyond repair. I was wondering if I was to install a new cistern how I would know my new one would be 'compatible' with my current set up? Is there a degree of ...
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Why is there yellow water and how to solve this? [on hold]

the water (hot?) in our building looks yellow. Is there some of product that will help clean or protect against whatever is causing this? Can we clean or flush out the pipes/water heater to resolve ...
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How can I prevent or remedy “bio slime” accumulation in a sink drain?

The drain in the sink which we use for mouthwash consistently gets clogged by a very repugnant slime. I've tried all the common drain unclogging products (Drano, Liquid Plumber) as well as some non-...
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Stinky air when I turn on the bathroom faucet…what is causing it? [duplicate]

The sink is pretty close to the toilet...about 2 feet away. I've noticed that often times when I turn on the faucet (either hot or cold), I smell a sewer kind of smell. What could be causing it? I ...
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Water running in basement floor drain but no faucets or toilets are running

I can see/hear water running through the pipe just under the basement floor drain in the laundry, furnace and hot water heater room. Nothing is turned on in the house. If I turn off the main water ...
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When should pipe dope vs thread tape be used?

For threaded plumbing connections, you typically use pipe dope or thread tape (aka teflon tape). Are there situations when one is preferred over another? Does the size of the pipe, type of pipe, part ...
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Testing older anti-scald valve for correct function?

Would it be acceptable to do the following: 1) Turn on water at shower valve. Set temp at > 100F. 2) Turn off (or drastically lower) cold water upstream. 3) Measure Temp of water < 120F.
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Gurgling pipes after shower

After taking a shower and then flushing the toilet, we get gurgling sound in the kitchen sink. We have had the plumbing snaked which didn't help, kept happening. Then the plumber jetted the entire ...
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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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Best configuration for an outdoor hose extension

I created a hose extension simply using ordinary garden hose attached from the house spigot to a spigot mounted to a vinyl fence post. After 2 years, the garden hose has burst and I'm looking to find ...
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How low could kitchen sink sewage inlet go?

A plumbing book I have says a kitchen sink sewage inlet should be at 16" above floor. I would like to set it a little lower (e.g. 12") in order to make more room around water stubouts for plumbing as ...
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I have no idea what to do with the toilet water, plumbing issues?

I live in a trailor in Alaska. There is water coming out of the toilet bowls. At first it was clear, and I don't know if it because we are washing laundry at the same time as trying to unplug the ...
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Hot Water stopped working in Kitchen Faucet

In the process of a failed attempt at fixing our dishwasher, I turned off the hot water valve beneath the sink. After turning it back on, the hot water side of the faucet no longer works! Our faucet ...
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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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Tub faucet pressure starts strong then drops off

Only my tub fauce water pressure starts great, then after 5 seconds it drops off. It happens on both hot and cold settings. What could be causing this? Thanks in advance for any advice.
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Leaking shower tap

Recently, I had to replace a seized Moen shower cartridge. In removing the old one, the brass piece the cartridge sits in was scored by a drill. It now leaks cold water when I turn on the faucet. What ...
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Why does this sink gurgle?

This is the drain and vent for a pair of kitchen sinks, one directly above the other (2 separate apartments). (The larger pipe to the far right is a roof drain that doesn't join until underground.) ...
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Toilet leaking above coupling nut

I'm a newbie homeowner, and I keep having a minor plumbing issue. My toilet is leaking a little from above the coupling nut at the water supply connector. Just to make sure, I replaced the gasket ...
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toe touch drain stopper won't come off

I have a toe touch drain stopper that is causing a leak. I'm trying to unscrew it, but to no avail it just keeps spinning. I tried a lubricating oil and it still just spins. Is there anyway to get ...
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Toilet bowl fills very slowly unless the shut off valve is turned off and then on again

The toilet bowl is filling up very slowly. When I take the back of the toilet off, I see that there is only a little bit of water going into the fill up tube. I then found that if I turn off 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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Dual-flush Toilet Not Filling Up Properly

Here is the video I recorded of my toilet: Toilet Problems So about a month ago our dual-flush toilet suddenly stopped filling up properly. It takes forever to fill up and it doesn't even fill up ...
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Low water pressure in bathroom in the first floor

The water tank is just above the first floor of the house. The diameter of pipe from the tank is 25mm and diameter inside the bathroom is 12 mm. Water pressure in bathroom of ground floor is good and ...
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Will there be water pressure/flow into the pipe with this setting?

I have a space in balcony of my 1st floor house where I intend to keep a tank around the height same as that of the water pipe which leads to my bathroom taps. Will there be problems related to flow/...