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How does this 50 year old shower valve work?

I'm in a bind, with this valve taken out of the wall and the water supply turned off. It looks like these pieces are all intact, nothing broken. The valve stem screws into what I would call the valve ...
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Why won't my hose bib handle turn either way?

The handle on my outdoor hose bib won't turn at all. The faucet is currently partially on and the handle will not turn either way. How can I fix it so it will work properly?
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Bathroom exhaust Fan

I need to install an exhaust fan in my bath on the main floor but I have no place to vent it but down through the basement and out a window. Is this Okay?
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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 ...
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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 purpose of this pole in my garage?

Why is there a three inch pipe filled with concrete sticking out of my garage floor? We've ruled out the obvious explanations: missle launcher, coffee table, NSA listening post, and Mario shortcut. ...
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Why isn't my new toilet flushing system working as well as the old one?

We just replaced the whole system in our toilet. It use to have a flushing ball valve and it worked great until it broke. It flushed everything down the first time no problem. Now with the new ...
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How to keep my sink from coming loose?

How can I keep my faucet from twisting on it's center axis and becoming loose? I have a Glacier Bay Keelia 8 in. Single-Handle Pull-Out Sprayer Kitchen Faucet, as you can see in the below photo. In ...
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Possible causes for sound of water running through house pipes when water is off?

We recently moved back into our beach house after hurricane Sandy. During the storm repair the lower level was rebuilt including moving a bathroom and moving the house valve (only a few feet). We ...
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How to run an interior gas (LP) line

I need to run a gas (LP) line from outside the house to a cooktop in the kitchen. Here's what I think I need to do: drill a hole in the exterior wall and the header (from the attic) of the same wall ...
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Deal with stripped washing machine inlet

I have a washing machine with a stripped water inlet. Is there an easy solution to fix this?
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What kind of pipe should I install between my water meter and my house plumbing?

What kind of pipe is used to hook house water pipes up to the city water meter? I have a blue flexible hose between the meter and my 3/4 inch galvanized piping to the house. The blue flex hose is ...
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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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How do I fix a leak in a fiberglass water tank?

There is a small crack in the overhead water tank, about 6 inches by 1 inch. The tank is made up of fiber glass. Is there any chemical that can be used for filling the crack?
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Is it okay to put a heat pump water heater in a crawl space?

I have a pretty large crawl space. It is 80 inches wide and around 7 feet high. I am looking to replace the 50 gallon electric water heater with the new Geo Spring Water heater by GE This unit is wide ...
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Water heater leaking from the top?

I recently noticed that water is pooling on the top of my water heater. When I took a closer look it appears that the leak is coming from where a metal hose comes into the top of the water heater. ...
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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 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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hoses instead of pipes

Quick question that came to my mind earlier today: When installing a water system (concealed installation), why does one use pipes. It seems to me that hoses would be easier to install, more flexible ...
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Well (Water) Troubleshooting

I have a 20g Pressure Holding tank. When I turn on the outside faucet, I notice low pressure after a while. When I go to the control unit connected to the pressure tank, I see the pressure drop from ...
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Bath tub spout rough in

I am surprised it is so hard to find a diagram or description of the proper way to rough in a bathtub spout. In case it makes any difference, the specific spout will be a Toto TS210EV with diverter. ...
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How do I fix a “water hammer” problem?

When I shut off a water faucet or right after the toilet tank refills after flushing, I hear a vibrating sound in my pipes. It last between one and two seconds. On the interwebs, I found out that ...
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Should I unplug the timer on the water heater when shutting off water to the house?

If I shut the water off to the house, do I need to unplug the timer on the cold water heater?
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new plumbing, new HE washer, now wash over flows

After noticing a leak in my sewer drain pipe in my basement, I've decided to replace all plumbing, since a plumber pointed out to me last year when I bought my house (1950) that the drains were all ...
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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 can I locate an odor emanating from the kitchen/laundry area?

I live in South Florida. My home is a one level, 2400-sq ft, u-shaped with bedrooms on one side and kitchen/laundry on the other side. I have a consistent odor but it's not constant. It comes and ...
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How to extend my washing machine standpipe?

I need to extend my standpipe so that it's higher than my washing machine drum height. I need it to be about 24" taller than it currently is. I'm not experienced doing any plumbing work beyond ...
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How do I plumb an outside line to a roof deck faucet?

I want to get water from the first floor up along the outside of the wall (with a parapet and projecting coping) to the second floor. I got this working as follows: 1st floor hose bibb -> 4:1 hose ...
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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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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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How do I unclog a clogged swimming pool vacuum?

I have a swimming pool which I was vacuuming the other day. Unfortunately, I accidentally vacuumed some larger items (leaves, paper, etc) which caused the whole mechanism to clog, i.e., I can no ...
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Is it safe to shut off cold water entering water heater?

I have a pretty bad situation at my place. I have a leaky shower faucet which has gone from drips to a steady stream. I calculated the flow at .3 gallons per minute. My very old home has no private ...
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What is the “standard” height of a P trap?

I know that the height will vary based on how high the sink is mounted and how deep it is, but I'm trying to figure out how long of a run I can make for my sink.
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Can I extend my sump pump outlet?

I live in area without sewers, so we depend on swales and drainage ditches when it rains. My basement sump pump outlet is in the ditch in front of the house, but it's a couple of inches below grass ...
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Should I install a floor drain in my laundry room?

I am relocating my laundry to a room over my garage. I have an opportunity to put in a floor drain. My old laundry has a floor drain (not sure why -- it is carpet and subfloor with only crawlspace ...
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What could be causing the foul smell in my bathroom sink?

We bought a 1967 year old ranch 2 years ago and have been experiencing a foul smell coming from our bathroom sink. We have been putting bleach, vinegar and soda down the sink and overflow over and ...
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What kind of water pump do I need

I have bungalow with two bathrooms and one kitchen. Outside I have a 1000 gallon plastic tank which stores rainwater. We have no main water supply. What kind of pump do I need in order to get enough ...
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Running air handler condensate drain into sump?

The condensate drain from our air handler now runs across the wall and into the laundry sink. This is stopping us from attaching shelving to the wall. I noticed that the sump pump pit is right next to ...
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Can I cut or cover a sewer cleanout pipe in front of my house?

I have a PVC pipe sticking up in front of my house, in a flower-bed area. It's 20 inches high and 5 inches in diameter. As I understand, it is a sewer clean-out pipe. It's rather unsightly and I've ...
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Shower Pressure Decreases after thumping noise behind wall

With the shower on, I hear a thumping noise behind the wall and the water pressure immediately drops. This happens every few days, so not every time I take a shower. It happens almost immediately ...
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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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how to repair leaking water main

So here's the situation. I've got a water main that is gravity fed from a spring into a cistern in my basement (and from there pumped to a pressure tank and the house). The main, black plastic and ...
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Bathroom remodel - Insulation/vapor barrier behind tub surround question

I am renovating my bath and my tub surround says it should be fastened to the studs. With this in mind my 1923 building has serious insulation problems and I would like to add R value as well as some ...
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How can I find the bypass that is causing my tankless water heater not to produce hot water?

I recently installed a tankless water heater. During the installation I had shut off cold water to the heater but saw that while water did not flow through the cold water source (nor in the sinks) it ...
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Help identifying thermostatic mixer (shower temperature control)

I have the following valve in my shower. I thought it was a Grohe, but after contacting their support - it seems it is not. There is something wrong with the valve, not letting us decrease the ...
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What is schedule 40 'Cellular Core ABS' pipe?

At a big home store today, all the black drain pipe was 'cellular core ABS'. What does the 'cellular' mean? The pipe was very inexpensive.
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I am installing a mud sink in my basement

I have a sink which includes a sump pump to pump the waste up to a higher level where there is drain plumbing. There is a 2" plastic ptrap off a 4" branch leading a few feet to the main house drain. ...
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How can I fix a Moen faucet that is still leaking after replacing cartridge?

I had a leaky Moen faucet (Moen 4600) so I removed the old cartridge and replaced it with a new brass replacement cartridge (model 1200.) Since replacing the cartridge I now have a leak from the valve ...
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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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What could cause my water to taste metallic after a water filter cartridge was changed?

About 20 years ago, we remodeled our home and had two water filters installed (downstairs and upstairs). They are stainless steel enclosures with carbon block filter cartridges inside. The brand is ...