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What are the two tubes connected to my refrigerator?

I bought a used whirlpool refrigerator, I don't know if something is missing or what. There are two plastic tubing lines coming out of the back of the refrigerator. Now I know one needs to connect to ...
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Should my toilet flange sit on top of the backer board or the tile of the floor?

The bathroom model saga continues. The old toilet flange was rusting, and the subfloor was rotting, so I pulled up the subfloor around the toilet, and replaced the drain pipe with ABS, and an elbow. ...
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water from dishwasher backing up

How do I fix this problem, I live in a 1976 doublewide which has no air gap on the sink and I have no garbage disposer, the problem is I run the dishwasher and the water backs into the sink, so I ...
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What would cause the water pressure to be too high for just a second?

Lately when I turn on any faucet in my house the water comes rushing out at about twice the normal pressure for about half a second and then drops to normal pressure. I am worried the pressure is ...
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Washing machine drain into 4" cast waste stack

Can I drain my washing machine into a 4" diameter cast iron stack? I want to take my washing machine out of the basement and reinstall it in kitchen above. I would like to drill into the stack to take ...
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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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What is this? (Something to do with water filtering?)

I have the following thing in my basement and I'm not quite sure exactly what it is. I believe it has something to do with either hard water, or water filtration. So my two questions would be: 1. ...
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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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How do I clean a cheap blow torch?

I have one of those cheap Mapp gas + nozzle torches I'm using for sweat sodering and the tip clogged up today. How do I go about cleaning it?
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Why has my bathroom cold water tap (but no others) stopped working?

The basin cold water tap in my bathroom over the last week has gone from fully flowing, to half pressure, to a dribble, then to a drip and now nothing comes out. The 3 other taps in the bathroom work ...
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Replacing moen moentrol shower trim

I have two showers that are back to back, making accessing the valves extraordinarily difficult (no closet or access behind them). So, I don't really want to get into the business of replacing the ...
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Covering / Cap over DWV vent pipe

I've eliminated a DWV vent pipe during a bathroom remodel (consolidated fixtures and went from 2 vents to 1) but I don't want to mess with roof patching/repairing if I were to undo the penetration of ...
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How can I locate and solve this water hammer problem, and what are its effects on the human body?

I live in an 180 sq.ft. single room apartment with kitchen area, and is pretty much a simple box like shape. For a year, I have heard noises that sounds like a rod banging in the wall and its ...
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Shower plumbing in exterior wall

I plan on doing a full gut/rebuild on our bathroom this spring, and one of the things I plan on is his/hers shower heads. Problem is, one of these will need to be on the exterior wall of the house to ...
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How do I tap into the PEX water supply line?

The water supply line for my ice maker was never connected. So I want to know how to tap into the PEX water supply line to allow connection to the ice maker.
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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 can I install a washing machine in the kitchen?

i am looking to install only a washing machine (no drier) in my condo under the counter in the kitchen. my brother tried to install it for me but some plumbers advised him not to just hook it up ...
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2nd floor p trap for clawfoot tub

I have a 1908 home with a clawfoot tub on the 2nd floor. It had some sort of lead box between the 1st floor rafters and under the permanent flooring that leaked. (A rat had chewed into it before I ...
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shower head replacement

I have a Kohler model 10828-4-BN shower kit. It has a handshower so it has a diverter piece coming out of the wall instead of a pipe. I wanted to change out the shower head but the new one does not ...
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Is there a minimum distance required from the bottom of the sink to the outlet?

Is there a minimum required by code from the bottom of the sink to the horizontal PVC outlet that goes into the wall? I am putting in a utility sink and have the top of the horizontal wall outlet ...
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Do I need to shut off the gas to my water heater, when I shut off the cold water intake to fix a leaking hot water faucet in my basement sink?

I need to replace a leaking hot water faucet in my basement laundry sink. To do this I need to shut of the hot water going into that faucet. The only option I see is to turn off the cold water intake ...
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why is my residential cold water in pressure reducer valve corroding like a battery terminal?

my pressure reducer valve to my appartment is corroding on the outside like the build up you get on an automobile batery? is this any indication that the water is toxic? what would cause this? ...
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T&P valve draining - expansion tank issues?

I am having issues with my Water Heater. It's a slantfin tankless boiler (TR-30 PT). It's running on a 4 zone setup. I typically only use one of the zones though. We've been in the home for a year and ...
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Digital Shower Mixer with diverter(s)

I'm trying to supply 3 outlets in a shower from ONE output of a digital mixer. I want to be able to control the flow to each of the outputs individually and balance them as I need. I've spoken to a ...
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Hot Water Circulating System Problems

My hot water circulating system was installed in 2006. It has a dedicated return line from all faucets. I've been having trouble lately with the hot water, it turns cold at the faucet when the pump ...
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How can I get the supply line brass valve seat on Pfister tub/shower mixer valve to stop leaking?

The hot water supply line brass seat fitting leaks where it enters into the concave section of the Pfister mixer valve for a tub/shower faucet. I have cleaned both surfaces with emery cloth and wire ...
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What could cause low hot water pressure only in the line to one shower?

In my house I have a water pressure issue: Pressure is fine everywhere except for the hot water supply to the second floor shower There is another shower in the basement that has good water pressure ...
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Shower hot water problem

Why does my shower hot water flow slow down during showers? I find that I need to keep adding more hot water to keep a consistent temperature.
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2nd floor laundry room drain spraying water up into room

2nd floor laundry room drain trap is fed from pipe going up to a shower....i have water spraying out of the laundry room drain everytime i turn on the shower...it's been working fine for 10 years and ...
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What is this cylinder looking thing in the drain line?

The house is 1950. There is a round cylinder in the drain line with a cap. under the floor is where it is located. What is this called and can I get it out of the drain system?
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Waste pipe connector identification

I've purchased a dishwasher supposedly with exact same dimensions as the previous however swapping out hasn't been as straightforward as I imagined. The issue is a waste pipe, ever so slightly in the ...
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How can I reset my Baxi Combi Duo-Tec HE boiler after a gas supply fault error?

My boiler is giving me some real problems, for whatever reason, it's not resetting as it should. I ran out of gas last night and since ice put some on and tried to reset, it still thinks there is a ...
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What could cause a loud clunking sound when I turn on the hot water in my shower?

When I turn on the hot water in my shower there is a loud clunking sound. I'm afraid the vibration may cause a joint to loosen and leak. Any idea as to why this is happening and what I can do to ...
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Hot water doesn't come out of faucet right away and makes banging noise when it does

This happens on every faucet in the house. Sometimes, when you first turn on the hot water, it comes out (just the pressure in the line) and then it runs slow and stops. Then, a banging noise happens ...
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What could go wrong with washing machine water hammer devices?

I ordered up a pair of water hammer arresters for my washing machine and installed them. The house still shakes, rattles, and rolls when the washer pulses the water. I saved a bit of money by ordering ...
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can I change the galvanized nipple going into drain to PVC or other type of plastic?

Can you switch put a galvanized drain nipple with plastic? And of so would you use tape instead of pipe dope? The guy at Lowes said pipe dope but many have said tape. Confused
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how do I repair broken pipe under foundation

For a home built in 1965, with broken pipe under foundation, what is status of inserting a stent, perhaps under visualization?
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Pressure Testing plumbing - pressure drop over night

I'm pressure testing some PEX before I close in the walls. I pumped in 80psi of air around noon yesterday and it was about 60 degrees F. Was a solid 80psi from when i filled to to 11pm (11 hours). ...
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How do I replace shower / tub handles / spouts?

I recently bought a house with 20 year old fixtures 3 bathrooms including a shower, shower/tub, and roman tub. The shower knobs say Harden on them and the tub/shower knob has a separate tub/shower ...
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How can I install an overhead water tank and refill it for individual usage?

I live in a group apartment where there is severe water supply problem. We have a common sump in basement which can be filled with water from external supply sources like water tanker trucks on ...
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Why is cold water coming out of my HW OUT-TAKE pipe?

I'm replacing our water heater. I disconnected the cold intake and hot out-take. I'm replacing the valve on the cold intake. I got to the point where I had both the cold in and hot out ...
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Will I notice a pressure drop going from 1/2“ pex to 3/4” CPVC then to 1/2" CPVC?

I'm replacing my older CPVC piping in my house and I have access to almost the entire house except the master bath area. At first, I thought it was being fed by a 1/2 inch line that I could just ...
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What is causing my drain to clog every 7 days?

I have a septic tank that clogs every 7 days. I snake it, but the next week I have to snake it again. Is there any way to know if it's the drain or the pump? Is there a way to check? I checked the ...
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Why would our kitchen faucet hot water stops working intermittently when it gets cold outside?

The cold water works great and has never stopped. But sometimes, when it gets really cold outside, the hot stops working. And then, magically, it will start working again. There is no drop in ...
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Descale municipal water supply line

I have a pretty old house (1910) and the water supply line from the street is ancient. I suspect it may be narrowed with scale, and/or manganese fouling (there is manganese in the local supply), ...
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Can I use ProPEX for Pressure Relief and Steam Generator Drain?

I'm installing a steam generator and a tankless water heater. I want to know if I can use ProPEX for the P&T relief and for the steam generator's auto drain valve. The googling I did on the ...
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Can I shut off the water supply by unplugging the water softener?

I have to replace one of the O-Rings in a leaky faucet, and would have to shut off the water valve to said faucet. However, the faucets in my place don't have individual shut off valves, and there is ...
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How can I fix low water pressure in one shower?

I am experiencing low water pressure in one shower on the second story in my condo. The water heater is on the first floor. The shower downstairs has good water pressure. Every sink and toilet seem to ...
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What disadvantages do thermostatic mixing valves have?

I will soon be buying a new water heater for my home. I want to set the heater to keep the stored water at least 140 degrees Fahrenheit (60 degrees Celsius), and use a thermostatic mixing valve to ...
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Will this connector seal without a washer?

I want to buy this Connector This is a BSP G 3/4" to 1/2" parallel connector(no tapering). See also ISO 228. These type of connectors are supposed to seal through the use of a rubber washer. Do I ...