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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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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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Can I tile over existing tile (on drywall) to improve waterproofing?

I bought a renovated house; the shower is drop in tub, the tile wall are directly set on dry wall, no cement backer board behind the tiles. can I pay someone to tile over the existing tile , since ...
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Plumbing two sinks on opposite sides of a wall

I had a small bathroom remodel done after flooding last month. I found out I had a contractor in over his head too late. My situation now is I have a bathroom sink on one side of the wall and the ...
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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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Replacement water shut off valve stem is too short to protrude past the wall board

In my condo, I replaced my old, crusty, main shutoff gate valve with a brand new ball valve. The only problem is that the distance from the base of the gate valve to the end of its stem is about two ...
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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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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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hot water pressure in the shower

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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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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How do I interpret plumbing TABLE 6-6 610.4 w/ re to branches

How do I interpret the Table 6.6 610.4 of the UPC? It has two header columns: METER AND STREET SERVICE, (inches) BUILDING SUPPLY AND BRANCHES, (inches) But to me that doesn't make sense. The Meter ...
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How many connections can you have off of CPVC [duplicate]

I am looking to add a wet bar to my bathroom and was looking to tap into my CPVC lines to provide the water. Currently there are some 1/2" lines running near where I want to go that tap off of a ...
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Replaced hot water tap, Water now runs cold

Had my mono kitchen tap (mono) replaced and now no hot water is running. We have running water its just running cold. All taps are running water, I also have central heating working correctly. My ...
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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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Sewage pump issue

Today I was in my basement and it smelled like sewage really bad. When I flushed the basement toilet it had a lot of air push back up into it and into the shower drain too. Like it gurgled a lot. I ...
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Toilet does full-blast, one-second refill every hour or so

I wouldn't lose sleep over this, except the unexpected and fierce sound startles my girlfriend and cat every time. So I just replaced the refill valve on our toilet (using a kit, so everything from ...
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Installing p-trap at a higher level than the waste pipe exit

There are some similar versions of this question, but none that fully answer my issue. Sorry for any redundancy. I am installing a new vanity and would like to have the p-trap higher than the waste ...
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How long should a blower and dehumidifier run in order to dry out ceiling boards and drywall?

I recently had a leak in a pipe in my ceiling. It was caught immediately and only soaked the floor below my bathroom, the floor boards and ceiling drywall in a small area. I had two air blowers and a ...
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How to find source of dripping drain pipe?

I have an older house (1920s) it's two stories, although the second story was probably the attic originally. I used to live in it, but now I rent it and live nearby. There is a pipe that sticks out ...
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How can I find a hidden water consumption source?

After replacing a flapper valve in my leaky toilet, I made note of my water meter reading and went on vacation for a week. On return I found that I had used 100 gallons of water, about a half ...
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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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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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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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Product recommendations for clearing a drain connected to a septic system?

Our shower drain appears to be clogged and is draining slowly. What product can I use to safely clear the drain without damaging our septic system? According to Drano's site ...
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How can I clear a slow running kitchen drain?

My kitchen sink is draining slowly, even thought the U-bend is cleaner than a clean thing. It seems to be the case there's a partial obstruction between the U-bend for and the inspection cover ...
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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 my water pressure fluctuate?

When I run the shower, mostly hot water, the pressure will run normal for a minute, then raise for a minute, then repeat. My home is supplied by a well. What is causing this?
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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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Acid Water Neutralizer - How To: AquaPure Neutralizer use and maintenance

I recently purchased a new home and it appears to have come equipped with an Aqua-Pure Acid Water Neutralizer system, model APUN100 (not APUN100-LW as that seems to be the only thing I can find ...
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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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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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How can I get my shower head to increase water pressure?

My mom has very thick hair and typical low flow shower heads take a very long time to rinse her hair. I decided that I would look online for some high flow shower heads and can't seem to find ...
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Low 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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Kitchen sink draining into catch basin

For a house that I'm in the process of buying, there is what I think is called a "catch basin" in the backyard (under a manhole-looking cover). It seems that the kitchen sink may be draining into ...
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Why does my main water supply go down into the foundation?

The main water supply in our house comes up out of the foundation then sends cold water in four directions--the bathroom, the kitchen, the water heater, and back into the foundation. I know why we ...
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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 ...
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How to best repair poorly fitted rubber ring around overflow of bathtub?

I flooded my downstairs neighbor and after doing some troubleshooting, I figured out why. The overflow outlet on my tub was poorly fitted by the previous person touching it (I bought the condo like ...
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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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What are good methods of locating plumbing blockages?

In medicine if you want to know about the flow of food through the intestinal tract you feed the patient a Barium Meal and X-ray them. Is there any way to achieve a similar sort of result in domestic ...
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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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Why won't hot water come after timer of recirculating pump is off?

About a year ago, we had a Grundfos recirculating pump installed. We use a timer on it for morning showers. Recently, after the timer goes off, and someone needs to use the master bath shower later, ...
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Corrosion around hot water heater connection?

I installed an electric hot water heater about 3-4 weeks ago. Everything has been operating without problem and there have been no detectable leaks around the water connections into and out of the ...
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toilet intermittent runs

I live in high rise condo with identical units on each floor. Only when my neighbor directly above me flushes his toilet does my commode run briefly. My toilet functions correctly. Our building ...
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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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How to replace my kitchen sink basket with no lock nut?

I have a kitchen sink basket that's leaky and has a bunch of gunk caught under it. I want to replace it. All the instructions I see for removing and replacing a kitchen sink basket start by removing ...
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How to remove a stuck Sharkbite connector from a PEX tube?

I have a Sharkbite stopper that I put on the end of a 1/2" PEX tube, and now I'd like to remove it. I've used both the official orange plastic removal tool and an adjustable wrench, and my fingers are ...