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How does a shower valve get installed backwards?

I have stayed in hotels on a few occasions where the shower is controlled by two knobs (hot/cold), and one of them turns backwards (clockwise for "on", counter-clockwise for "off"). Now I've moved ...
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Grout clogging up drain in bathtub [duplicate]

I believe the person (idiot) who remodeled the home I recently purchased let the grout and other construction material he used to rehab the bathroom go down the drain. I believe it has dried in the ...
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How do we extend, stabilize, and give a finished look to an outside faucet that is attached to the house?

We have three issues we want to resolve regarding an outside faucet. We want to extend the faucet about 4" from the siding, We want to stabilize the faucet because it is bouncing around in the pipe ...
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Trying to repair a leaking faucet handle, but can't determine the brand

The hot/left handle leaks when you turn on hot OR cold. I have pictures/video attached to show where the leak is coming from. Hoping someone can identify the brand, so I can tell what part 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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Recurring banging in water pipes, cured by draining system

When I turn off the cold taps in my house there is a loud banging noise from behind the wall in the downstairs bathroom (which is where the cold water supply enters the house). This started happening ...
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Weird dishwasher problem

After my house was remodeled (including significant plumbing changes), I reinstalled my previous dishwasher, and was surprised to see a puddle appear when it started filling. Upon investigation, I ...
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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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What types of tubing can I use with Push-to-Connect fittings?

I'm running a hydrogen gas system that's below 15 psi. All of my fittings are Push-to-Connect fittings of either 3/16", 1/4", or 5/16" OD from SMC. What sort of tubing can I use with this? Would ...
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how to soundproof pipes in basement apt

Have waste pipes passing through basement level to well. Want to set up a small apt at basement level so want to both hide the pipe and especially to create barrier to have it soundproof.
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Can p-trap be installed higher than drain entry?

I have p-trap entry in drain at 16" above the floor. However, vanity that I got has lower drawer which has top at about the same height. There is also about 4" clearance behind drawer. I was told that ...
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Toilet gurgling when another one is flushing: 6-way joint

I have 2 adjacent bathrooms, with toilets opposite of each other. I recently upgraded one older toiled that took a minute to flush with 3.5 gallons of water to 1.2 GPF model with "aquapiston" ...
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Causes of hot water flashes?

I would like to learn more about possible causes of hot water flashes. More specifically when I shower, the water often (seemingly randomly) turns pretty hot for about 3 seconds and then goes back to ...
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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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How do I get the stem out of a hose bib to replace the washer?

I have no idea why this isn't simple, perhaps because every repair project has to have some hitch in it to piss me off. I have a leaky hose bib in my back yard, so I wanted to take the sucker apart ...
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How do I snake this dual-sink configuration?

The sink drains have become blocked in a duplex apartment. There is a bathroom on either side of a shared wall, with each sink belonging to a different living space in the duplex. There is a ...
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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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Plumbing gravity fed water to unvented hot water cylinder?

I'm thinking of installing a point of use mini hot water cylinder into my laundry room. Something ike this: ...
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How can I stop this drain pipe from backing up?

In my basement laundry room is (to my knowledge) the only drain pipe in the whole basement, which hooks into the end of the main line as it exits the house and heads to the septic tank. When we moved ...
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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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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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Concerns about broken washer found in water supply

Today I've notice black particles in the water from a faucet. Upon removing the aerator, I noticed chunks of plastic nearly clogging it. It appears to be from a washer. I don't know where it comes ...
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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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dyeing grey water, standerds for how much dye to use

I am looking into grey water systems for a future house. In the course of researching, I learned that in states that have adopted the International Plumbing Code, you can use the water for flushing ...
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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 I use the existing rigid copper plumbing when replacing a water heater?

We have a 40 gal RUDD water heater installed in 1997. We are thinking of replacing it before it starts leaking. The existing plumbing is with rigid copper, with an expansion tank connected on the ...
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How tight should threaded brass pipe fittings be?

I'm working with 3/4" brass fittings, which seem pretty robust. Some plumbing fittings should be only finger-tight. My friend said I should use 2 wrenches to make these as tight as I can, and then ...
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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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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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How to remove grating from bathroom sink

How can I remove this grating from my bathroom sink so that I can unclog that drain?
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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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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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What diameter pipe should I run from a septic pump up hill (3 meter head ) to my septic tank?

what diameter pipe should I run from a septic pump up hill (3 meter head ) to my septic tank please
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What could be causing a high pitched squeak when the water is turned on?

When the water is turned on for toilet flush or sinks-hot or cold and when the clothes washer is filling (newer type washer that adds more water), many times for the first 4 minutes (starting the ...
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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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Making piping easily accessible inside shower

A plumber has just repaired a leak in my shower tap pipes. To do this he had to smash out tiles from the shower wall, and now I am left with a big hole to repair. I could re-tile this hole but if I ...
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Second Floor Toilet mystery

Toilet flushes after hours of standing but soon after refilling will not flush completely. It's as though the water meets resistance. We have snaked 28 feet multiple times, checked the roof vent for ...
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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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What would cause a toilet tank to intermittently leak into the bowl only when half-full or more, even after a flush valve replacement?

Well I'm at my wits end. The toilet's been running for weeks and I've yet to catch it. I first replaced the flapper, it still leaked. Then I replaced the flush assembly, it still leaks. Now at this ...
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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 should I do if the pressure is too high in a home water pressure increasing system?

Hi I have two well x trols and a large water storage tank. This system was put in before I bought the house 2 years ago and it it supposed to increase the water pressure in the home. The problem is ...
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How can I repair this unusual joint that leaks?

Got a leaking drain at the back end of the P-trap. When I pulled the PVC trap apart, there was no washer. Also, the male 90 pipe has flanges that keep the metal nut on the pipe. Haven't seen this ...
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Stool sounds like foghorn!

Our toilet suddenly started sounding like a foghorn, periodically. Does this mean air in the waterline? If not, what is going on? What can we do about it (it is really loud!)?
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Kitchen sprayer only uses half the water, how to fix?

I have a Moen kitchen faucet with separate sprayer. When I use the sprayer, it only cuts the main water flow by about half and sprays with the rest. Every other sprayer I've used will transfer all of ...
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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 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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Does one way check valve reduce the water pressure?

I am getting very low pressure due to my tank height in home. Input of tank got high pressure but not whole time. Something like below. What my idea is directly connect input to low pressure end as ...
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How to fix a tap where the handle has fallen off

I have the following tap / faucet: As you can see, it's seen better days. The handle of it was composed of four plastic interlocking pieces which have, piece by piece, broken off. We're due to ...
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What type of hose should be used when flushing a water heater?

I know that a hot water heater should be flushed yearly to mitigate sediment buildup. What kind of hose should be used? Is a simple garden hose sufficient, or will the hot water melt or damage the ...