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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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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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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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Replacing galvanized

I am redoing my basement. My plumber suggest I should change my 3" galvanized steel pipes on my hot water heating system that run across the hole basement for 1" copper pipe. I currently don't have ...
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Gas hot water heater

Our gas hot water heater is leaking pretty good, should we turn off the water to the tank and should we leave the pilot on or off? We are waiting for the fellow to come and fix it, might not get fixed ...
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WATER PUMP LOW PRESSURE

03S Jet pump that does not give more than 27 psi output, what can be wrong with the pump. I turned off the valve after the pump to check if there is a leak after the pump still same low pressure gage, ...
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Why does hot water come from the faucet when only the cold water tap is on?

On occasion, when I open the cold water tap on the kitchen sink, the flow from the faucet briefly becomes warm: it starts cool, becomes warm for about 30 seconds, and then returns to the desired cold ...
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How do I connect braided under sink hose to 3/8 inch RO plastic tubing?

I can't figure out how to hook up the incoming water to my reverse osmosis system. I want to tap off the braided hose here, and use a quick fit for the plastic tubing but have searched and ordered two ...
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Regarding detaching a tube from a valve on the top of a water storage tank

I am trying to perform the tank sanitizing operation for the reverse osmosis system. One of the procedures involves detaching the tube from the valve, as shown in the first figure. The document does ...
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Tee size in efficienct flow splitting of main water supply

I am re-piping the water supply lines in my house. I have a 1 inch supply line coming from the main. This will travel about 30 feet before being split into 2 lines, one supplying the hot and the ...
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Can I use backer rod and adhesive to fill in the gap between the toilet and the ceramic tile floor?

Can I use backer rod and adhesive to fill in the gap between the toilet and the ceramic tile floor?
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Do they make 1.5/1.5/2 combo wye (and is that what I need)

Looking to add a bar sink. There is already an existing DWV stack that I believe is dedicated for this (based on location and model homes, etc). This is a diagram of what I'm working with and the ...
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How do I fix a leaking outside shutoff valve?

I decided to turn the outside water tap on this weekend, and when I did I noticed the valve inside that connects to the main (in the basement) seems to be leaking a lot along the threads of the valve. ...
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Why does the bathtub hot water tap continually leak?

Even though the plumber has changed everything; including the seats, after a short while the hot tap starts to leak again. It has been changed three times in the past year. Still leaking again.
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How to fix leaky plastic to metal adapter?

I have a drain pipe for my 2001 camper, that goes through the bottom of the camper. Attached to the bottom of the plastic hose is a threaded female adapter that rotates 360 degrees: There is a ...
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How can I find a leak in underground plumbing?

We moved into a home a couple years ago that was 1600 sq ft from a 3700 sq ft home. We were shocked that the power bill here was about 30% more than the big house but I suspected a water leak ...
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Basement Bathroom Plumbing - Rough in Backwater Valve

I am trying to figure out how in the world to frame this basement bathroom. As you can see from the image, there is a backwater valve that would end up right in the middle of the room. I know that ...
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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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How can I remove the stopper from my sink?

As you can see in the picture, in my infinite wisdom, I managed to block the kitchen sink with the stopper by placing it upside down in the sink, now I can't take the stopper out... Oops. Any ...
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Can I install a toilet flange in a shortened (sawed off) elbow fitting?

I'm putting a bathroom in my basement, and had a plumber come in and lay the PVC pipe after I cut out part of my floor. After pouring new concrete, he came back in and said there was a problem with ...
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patch small leaks in ceramic sewage line running through basement

Have a ceramic (I think?) sewage line that runs from under the bathroom across the top of the basement and goes out the wall into the yard. Have very small drips in a couple of places on this line. ...
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Plumbing issue with Toilet ONLY

The toilet in the Master Bath is NOT clogged but, there is a forceful air compression into the bowl from an exterior source. All other toilets, sinks and showers seem to be unaffected by this issue. ...
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I am building a laundry room in the basement. Do I need a drain?

I am finishing a basement with a laundry room in it. Do I need a drain over there? The floor for the laundry will be tile.
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How should I configure my plumbing with PEX?

I have a house built in 1940, which has a mix of copper, PVC and galvanized pipe for its plumbing at present. I am going to be gutting the upstairs bathroom in the near future, and have access to ...
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How do I winterize this sprinkler system

I am trying winterize my landscaping sprinklers. I just moved into my new house and find out this plumbing layout is quite different, I hooked up my 100psi air compressor and tried to blow them out ...
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T&P drain line needs to be outside of the house?

I called the gas company to turn on gas. But the engineer left a note saying that "T&P drain line needs to be run outside of house". I called my plumber but he didn't know such a thing. Can ...
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Do I need a dielectric union if replacing galvanized in my crawl space?

I'm in the process of replacing all the galvanized in my house with PEX. The pipe coming into the house from the main is galvanized. I was going to cut it, thread it, and put a Watts pressure ...
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Right way to disassemble radiator piping?

I have an old house with a radiator system, and am needing to take a radiator out. While some of the radiators in my house have nuts on both ends of the radiator, making it easy to remove, this one ...
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Water pressure buildup causing water meter to turn

I have a problem that no professional has been able to answer. The water meter will turn intermittently even when main valve is shut off. Water pressure on my fire sprinkler system has shown values ...
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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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Is there such a thing? Wall access panel with a water shutoff -> so I can turn off water to outside spigot in the winter? [closed]

Im looking to see if such thing exists. Nice looking wall access panel with a shutoff ball valve inside -> so I can turn off water to outside spigot in the winter?
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Why is the water bubbling up in my toilet

I have water bubbling in my toilet, it's just happening on its own. Not due to using or recently using high quantities of water such as my washing machine or having a bath/shower. I live in a flat and ...
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Flow sensor adjustment for Navien 240S natural gas

We installed a Navien 240S natural gas in our house, and it is working fine. Except the short range for hot water valves in the showers. So, in other words, I need to turn shower valve almost all ...
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Should toilet be close to sewage pump?

I am adding a bathroom in basement which will have a sewage pump. I am finalizing the bathroom layout and the ideal setup will have the toilet 8 ft away from the sewage pump. Is there any reason of ...
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How to fix broken plug

My neighbors landscaper has totally mutilated the cleanout plug between our yards that connect to each other. Can I use a brass plug in the ABS pipe, or should I use ABS to ABS. (4" pipe) whatever I ...
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What could cause my radiators to go cold when the hot water is turned on?

When only heating is selected on my program timer the radiators all work fine and are hot. But when both heating and hot water are on the water gets hot but all the radiators go cold. When the hot ...
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Installing a drainable waterline to garage, draining into sump for winter months

So, My utility room shares a common wall with my unheated garage. I've been toying around with the idea of running some pex out there to have a spigot in my garage. I'm wondering if I need to attach a ...
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I have toilet water disappearing after neighbor flushes toilet

I come home and have maybe 1" of water in bottom of stem in base of bowl. This happens when neighbor flushes her toilet. I have had a plumber here, he has reset the toilet & new wax ring, gone ...
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Can I connect an indoor water meter to water heater with PEX?

So I have a water meter in our basement, connected to the city line via copper (it's also our electrical ground). From the meter is decades-old galvanized leading to a leaky shutoff (which I plan to ...
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How to fix PVC to PVC leak?

There's a leak in the PVC to PVC connection shown below. The pipe without red-lettering is not securely attached. It rotates slightly and can be pushed in and out slightly as well. I don't believe ...
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Can I route an irrigation main through my basement?

I received estimates on getting an irrigation system installed in my back yard. The majority of the cost is for digging down to the house's line in the front of the house (4 feet deep), splitting the ...
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Standard Grade and Curb Height for ADA Compliant Shower Floor

I am managing replacement of a bathtub with a walk in shower for my mother in her condo. The HOA is demanding a shower grade of 1 inch per foot which seems far to steep for a person with disabilities. ...
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Do I need an air admittance valve for my basement shower?

I've been trying to figure out why my water in my shower drain doesn't flow through the elbow. When I turn the elbow sideways the water flows correctly but sewer gasses emits out the empty elbow ...
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water pressure high after using hot water

We have replaced all the check valves from the road to the house.. The city replaced its valve at the road. We continue to have 90psi pressure after shower or dishwasher use. I have to flush the ...
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How to tighten threaded pipe in an existing assembly of pipes

I have a brass pipe with threaded joints coming into the house from the street that has a leaking joint. I can't see how it can be tightened without loosening the joint at the other end of the pipe. ...
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How to remove turn-style tub overflow cover?

I've tried looking all over for a solution, but I've yet to find a solution that matches my situation. The cover I have (I think) is supposed to turn so the hole is downwards so you can remove the ...
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Water Heater Cold Intake Pipe always drips from drain valve

The cold intake pipe for my water heater has a drain valve with plastic tubing leading to my basement drain. This tubing always has a constant flow of dripping water; basically, my water heater's cold ...
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Plumber's Putty on outside of tub drain is cracking: Replace with same or something better?

This putty is starting to crack and leak onto my basement ceiling. Is this repair as simple as removing old putty and applying new? Or is this practice now (or always has been) frowned upon and is ...
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Ground Water in Sewage Basin hole

I am installing a sewage ejector pit and pump in basement, hole is dug and I piped the inlet pvc for the toilet and sink. I did not have time to backfill or concrete. The next morning I woke up to ...
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Why does my dishwasher back up into the sink, but running the disposal allows it to drain?

When my dishwasher runs the kitchen sink backs up. I have a two tub sink and only the side nearest the dishwasher with the garbage disposer backs up. Running the disposal for a few seconds causes the ...