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Compatibility of aluminum fittings with brass rough-in valve

I am wanting to add a permanent electronic temperature sensor to a brass rough-in shower valve. For this particular rough-in valve, I can thread a thermowell into the outlet that is normally used for ...
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Should I use Teflon tape or pipe dope when connecting PVC to metal?

I am in the process of repairing PVC pipe, which was broken due to freezing. I'll be connecting the PVC pipe to a metal check valve. Should I use Teflon tape or pipe dope when connecting PVC to ...
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Dropped Item in hot water heater

When I was redoing the plumbing to my hot water heater I accidentally dropped a pen cap down the vent stack/flu. Will this cause any problems? Like melting or catching on fire? Its going to take a ...
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How can I fix a shower faucet valve where hot and cold suddenly reversed?

We have one of those faucets with one handle which first goes to cold and then progresses to hot as you go further from off. Or, at least, it used to be that way. We went on vacation, had someone ...
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I have noises coming from house

I recently have been hearing thumping noises. They are 4 or 5 in a row. I believe that they are coming from my pipes. Could it be my water pump or sump pump going
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Why does my shower head stop abruptly after a few minutes?

Recently my shower has been stopping after a couple of minutes. The tub faucet is fine, water pressure everywhere else in the house is fine. I get city water if that matters. I checked my shower head ...
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Air Admittance Valve Testing Equipment For Inspection

I have an Oatey air admittance valve (AAV) installed in my home as part of an improvement project. Today the inspector came and said that the AAV would have to be tested with an air admittance valve ...
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Should a circulator pump be installed on the supply or return of a forced hot water heating system?

I currently have a forced hot water heating system with 3 zones, all of which have the circulator pump on the supply side of the line. I need to install a 4th zone and am being told that putting the ...
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Can an isolation valve be used to reduce pressure?

The pipes going to the shower unit from the boiler both have isolation valves on them, which look like this: Can these valves be closed slightly to reduce pressure going through the pipes, or is it ...
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Stuck tub drain

I am having trouble removing a tub. Specifically, I cannot seem to loosen the drain. I've tried a proper tub drain wrench, but it still won't budge. Any ideas how I can get this thing to loosen?
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How To Stop A Leak In A Refrigerator Water Line

Our original refrigerator had an ice maker. They installed a white plastic type of water line going from under our kitchen sink, through our kitchen cabinets and behind the refrigerator. We had to ...
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Is there a commodity 3 or 4 way valve that can be electrically controlled?

I live out here in the San Francisco bay area where it doesn't rain in the summer. So I want to make an automated plant watering device. I already have a water pump intended for solar water heating ...
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Can I use a PVC cleanout plug in a Cast Iron Cleanout?

There's a cleanout plug on this pipe that I simply can't get loose. I've tried liquid wrench, PB blaster, heating up the area with a torch, everything I can think of. All that's really left is to go ...
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How do I permantely plumb 5 tiki torches around my pool by placing a T on my buried propane tank which feed the pool/hot tub heater?

What is required to "T" off of my buried propane tank that feeds my pool/hot tub heater so I can permanently mount 5 tiki torches around my pool?
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How do I find out the correct pre-charge air pressure for my captive air water tank?

I have a Sears captive air water tank (model No. 390.29171) that stores water pumped from the well. When we took possession of the house, there was no water in the tank or lines, the water pressure ...
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Why won't my shower turn off all of a sudden?

Until today, our bathtub/shower faucet was working fine, no leaks whatsoever. Today after showering, I turned the single knob all the way to off, yet the water was still coming out full blast. I ...
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How can I remove Algae from my hot water system?

I live in Christchurch, NZ in a cold drafty house with crap plumbing. Some time ago there was a storm which blew the lid off our header tank (which just sits on the roof) but I didn't notice it had ...
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Replaced pressure balancing unit in Kohler Rite-Temp temperature control, now valve body is leaking

I have a Kohler Rite-Temp temperature control for my shower that was having trouble regulating hot and cold (it was either all hot or all cold). I took it apart and replaced the pressure balancing ...
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Sprinkler Box Drainage

Photos & more explanation here: Sprinkler System Album Installed Box w/ Description I recently paid a lawncare company to move my sprinkler box ... I was busy with work, patio was being ...
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Can I run water lines through the attic?

I recently had a Slab leak in my home in Indianapolis,IN. This is the 4th Slab leak since I've owned the home. I decided it was time to reroute all the Water lines. I thought this was best so I ...
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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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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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DIY Tetherball Pole. Screw in or sink it into the ground

I am going to make an outdoor tether ball Pole. It has to be removable as its for a small city backyard. I have two choices. Get a 10 foot 1.5 inch galvanised steel pipe that is threaded and a 2 ...
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Why would I have hot water at one faucet but not the others?

I recently installed a new electric water heater and now I only get hot water to one faucet at a time. The kitchen faucet is closest to the heater with the bathrooms being the furthest. when i turn on ...
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What's the best way to seal a small leak on a sprinkler pump inlet PVC pipe where a siphoning system has been tapped?

On my sprinkler system I installed, about 4 months ago, a system that siphons, from a large tank, a mixture of fertilizer and iron stain inhibitor. The system works fine but it had to be installed by ...
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How to extend Sump Pump discharge pipe from house

My house's sump pump discharge pipe exit's the house a couple of feet high from the ground and runs straight down. I don't want it dumping right next to the house (kid's sandbox is there now) so I ...
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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 do I “fix” a bad sweat (solder) joint?

I tried soldering some 1/2" copper (to make something like this) and some of my joints are horrible. I tested it with water and some of the joints leak. What is the best way to fix the joints? ...
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Why do I have low water pressure with more than one fixture turned on?

What would cause low water pressure or flow when more than one fixture is turned on. It does not matter if it's hot or cold water.
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Installing new soil pipe

I'm moving my bathroom to the adjacent corner in my house, and would like to know if I need to vent my soil pipe with my planed system, before it reaches the existing external soil stack, direct ...
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Why are our toilets not flushing correctly after our septic system was cleaned?

We just our septic tanks cleaned. The lines had suction applied. Now neither of our toilets will flush correctly. The water will drain out but the paper will not go down. Any suggestions as to our ...
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How do I remove a stuck kitchen aerator tip?

I recently moved into a new apartment and need to remove the aerator tip on the Moen kitchen faucet to set up the countertop dishwasher I brought with me from my previous apartment. It was missing the ...
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Can we install an aeration unit in an older septic system?

Our home was built in 1957. We have had problems for years with having a wet drain field and keep having our septic pumped. Today (of course my husband is away), I have done a couple of loads of ...
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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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Why does my toilet make air noises when nothing is being used?

There is no back up in sink or shower. Nothing using water is turned on. Flush handle is sometimes hard to press. Why?
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What could be causing drainage issues in our new bathroom?

We had a bathroom reassembled in stages. The bathroom functioned when we moved in 17 years ago but fell apart over time. So we had the floor re-leveled then we had new plumbing and a stall shower ...
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Can I use a single air gap for a reverse osmosis system and a dishwasher?

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 ...
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Why would a shallow well pump go 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 can I get a direct stream of water out of my kitchen sprayer hose?

I fill up my humidifier tanks several times a day. The tanks don't fit under my kitchen sink, so I have to fill them partially in the sink and then the last 10% with the sprayer. The sink has a flow ...
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Best way to add p-trap under my kitchen sink when drain goes down into slab

I just bought a 1980's condo, and there is no p-trap under the kitchen sink. The drain is down into the slab. It's a 50/50 sink with a disposal on the left. Is a p-trap still needed with this ...
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Is a leaky pipe causing pressure problems throughout the rest of the house?

I turn on my cold faucet in kitchen sink, the pipe starts to squeak and pressure drops. In my tub the cold handle is not on tight, and when the kitchen one builds up the pressure it sends the tub ...
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How do I run PEX to exterior plumbing?

I am replacing some failed galvanized water pipe indoors. Two of the existing galvanized pipes poke straight through the exterior wall of the house, right above the foundation, and have hose bibs ...
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Why is my electric water heater making an intermittent groaning noise?

My 8 year old electric water heater started to make a strange rattling noise a couple of weeks ago. The noise happens at random and lasts for only a few minutes. Short bursts of noise about a minute ...
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PVC lubricant for pipe and fittings

What kind of lubricant can I use on PVC pipe and fittings so that I can assemble and disassemble easily. This is a stage made of PVC pipe that must be assembled and disassembled repeatedly.
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How can I take apart this leaking outdoor faucet?

I have looked up how to take apart a leaky outdoor faucet. Unfortunately it looks like my faucet does not match the videos/pics I have seen. Most videos show removing the knob, removing the nut which ...
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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 you tell when a vacuum breaker needs to be replaced?

The one in the master bath just started "leaking" recently and now my daughter reports the same problem in her bath. Is this just a part of their normal function or do they need to be replaced or ...
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Rocket thrust washing machine drain hose

Washing machine drain hose discharge pressure has increased, causing the hose to blast out of the drain and flooding the basement. What would cause the pressure to increase?
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What could cause bubbling toilet when the shower or sink is running?

One of the two toilets in my rental house is bubbling when the shower or sink in that master bath area are on. In the past, about 6 months ago, I have had plumbers and rotoruter out and they could ...
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Replace cartridge of valve for shower

I have some problem with my shower, the control of cold and hot water doesnt work. My guess is that the cartridge of the valve needs to be replaced. The problem is that I dont know the brand for the ...