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How to properly attach copper pipe to steel framing?

What is a code-approved way to secure copper pipe to metal framing members which minimizes heat transfer and potential reactivity between the two different metals?
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Why might my water (hot and cold) be discolored/brown

For a couple of months, we've been noticing that our water is brown or discolored. It comes from both faucets. This morning I had run nothing but cold water and noticed it had a brown tint to it. ...
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Redguard - Waterproofing around penetrations / stub outs?

I'm getting ready to apply Redguard waterproofing membrane to my bathroom walls and floors. The room has been designed as a "wet room", so the entire thing needs to be "tanked" to be correctly ...
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Can I install a backflow preventer for a frostless hydrant on well?

I notice when I turn my frostless hydrant off with the hose connected, it siphons most if not all water from the hose. I am worried of potential plastic chemicals in the hose after it sits out in the ...
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I have an oil burning furnace and my hot water only last 2 minutes. Hard to take a shower

I have an oil burning furnace and my hot water only lasts about 2 minutes, making it hard to take a shower. I'm not sure what the make and model is. I had hot water that would last a long time, had ...
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How would I secure a pex shut off valve to the stud in the wall interior?

This 3/4 in. Brass PEX Barb x Barb Ball Valve will be my main shut off valve in my house. It will be in an interior wall behind a wall panel. How can I secure this valve within the wall so it doesn't ...
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How can I determine why all the faucets are giving only warm water when turned to cold?

When ever we turn on the cold faucet in any room in out house we only get luke warm water. I have heard that a faulty washing machine inlet valve can cause this. are there any ways to test that ...
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Supply Elbow doesn't tighten against wall

The instructions for my Kohler Wall-Mount Supply Elbow say to leave the NPT nipple sticking out of the wall 9/16". I did that but now I can't tighten the elbow all the way to the wall as I'm supposed ...
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How to loosen tub facet shower pull plug?

How do I loosen the facet shower pull plug. It seems to be stuck all the way pushed down so it cannot be raised so shower can be turned on. Tried hitting it from inside faucet with hammer and nut but ...
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quarter turn shutoff valve won't completely close

I have a quarter turn shutoff valve on our toilet that won't turn all the way off. It turns about 75 degrees and still lets a bit of water pass through. From 0-45 degrees, it feels fine, just like ...
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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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What's the advantage of PEX crimp/clamp over the expansion connection?

It seems the ease and reliability and no water pressure loss of the expansion connections makes them far superior to the alternative. So besides slightly cheaper materials cost and less expensive ...
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How can I install the electrical and plumbing for an aquarium filtration system through an exterior wall?

I have a large fish tank in my house, and would like to run a 1\4" reverse osmosis/deionization (RO/DI) top off water tube through an exterior wall into my house so that I can have the top off tank ...
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How to rough bath sink drain to maximize drawerspace

I am roughing in the plumbing for a bathroom sink that I am going to build a vanity for. I'd like to have the drain only impact a top drawer and take up as little space as possible. The drawer back ...
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Why would I have little to no water pressure after reopening the main water valve?

I had turned off the main in my basement today so I could replace a couple of leaky valves in my basement bathroom and under my upstairs kitchen sink. turned on all the valves and opened up the main. ...
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Can I sink a hot water copper pipe into the ground and keep the heating functionality

we are remodeling a our kitchen and the hot water baseboard heating is in the way. We had two ideas. 1. we let the baseboard heating run under the cabinets 2. we cut open the floor and drop the ...
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Expansion tanks

Will an expansion tank maintain house pressure on cold water lines in homes? Water pressure in system is 60 lbs removed all galvanized piping, replaced all mains with 3/4" copper. When using hose ...
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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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Do you size a DHW expansion tank to incoming pressure or pressure after PRV?

Thinking of adding a pressure reducing valve (PRV) to reduce my home's water pressure. I understand that I'd need to add an expansion tank to the incoming cold water line of the domestic hot water ...
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Anti-Siphon Sillcock Handle

I just moved into a new home and the anti siphon sillcock on the outside of the house is leaking from behind the knob. I tried to remove the handle via the center screw but it was rusted so badly it ...
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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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How to achieve PVC pipe slope [duplicate]

This seems like a really silly question, but I haven't been able to find the answer (maybe because it's so obvious). I commonly see that PVC piping should be run at a minimum slope of 1/4" per foot. ...
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Is PEX exposed to the environment OK to use?

In preparation for a big job I found some PEX on craigslist. It appears to have been exposed to the elements but all in all it looks fine. Can PEX withstand a little environmental conditions ...
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Leakey shower head

I just installed a Kohler single handle deverter valve and when I turn on the water to the tub water comes out my shower head, even when I remove the bath tub spout. I used half inch copper tubing ...
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Can the high efficiency washing machine drain into the kitchen waste stack?

newbie here. We live in a condo that is the third floor of a converted Victorian home (there are two units below us). We have in-unit laundry - a stacked high-efficiency washer and dryer (both front ...
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Drilled through one of the biggest walls in my house and hit some sort of black plastic (likely PVC). Did I just drill through a water pipe?

I was trying to secure some bookshelves to the wall, and after using a stud finder to confirm it was drywall (and not a stud), I drilled into the drywall. I met some resistance, so, like an idiot, I ...
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Replace buried polybutelyne/Qest with Pex

Would it be possible to somehow replace buried polybutelyne/Qest with Pex without having to dig? It would be amazing if I could connect the old Qest to the Pex and pull it through into the house. I ...
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Lack of Hot water

I have a 40 Gallon electric hot water heater that goes to a shower by the swimming pool of the fitness center. I get complaints of the hot water running out. the previous Facilities Director said it ...
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Do I need to replace this toilet ring?

You can see the ring is broken on the right side.
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How can I route the shower plumbing back into the wall?

I have purchased an exposed shower valve similar to this for a ground-floor shower room in my home. I would like this connected to a ceiling mounted rainfall shower like this. So I need to be ...
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Is there a reason NOT to use a garden hose to hook up two faucets?

I have a faucet below my deck that is connected to a faucet that is screwed into the railing. They are connected via a 1/2" copper pipe which burst this winter in multiple locations. The simplest fix ...
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Could our new plumbing be to blame for our new downstairs toilet and upstairs spare bath being clogged?

We need help troubleshooting our plumbing problem before we spend any more money on this house. We just spent quite a bit of money finishing our basement, where we added two bedrooms and a new full ...
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Can I avoid the slab and run the new PEX through walls and interstitial space?

… and many other questions. The following is the incoming water for my small 2-story townhouse. This picture was taken in my downstairs hall closet. This is what I have figured out so far: (1) is ...
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How to remove this plastic pipe connector?

How do I remove this kind of white plastic connector attached to the metal pipe?
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What fails in a centrifugal pump when it runs dry?

A 3/4 HP 10 GPM shallow well pump for irrigation ran dry for a couple hours due to a technical failure where a feeding valve mounted at the pump inlet blew out of its hole. All the water being pumped ...
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how do i mount this old Toyo Toki (Toto) sink?

I'd like to use this small sink in a powder room, but can't figure out how it mounts to the wall. There are large holes for lugs at the bottom, but if that's it the sink will tip and crack. Does ...
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Old solder joints are failing

Working on a small cottage by the Delaware Bay. Last year I had to repair the plumbing in the two bathrooms because the solder joints pulled apart. This year some pipes fell out under the house ...
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How to remove broken threaded water pipe

The pipe connecting my shower head to the wall has broken off. I removed the head and tried to remove the theaded pipe but the potruding metal broke off completely. Is there anyway to remove the part ...
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Can I still use my bathrooms if my sump pump is broken?

My sump pump has gone out. We have a bathroom in the basement and our laundry room is downstairs. My question is will we be able to use the upstairs bathrooms until we can get the sump pump fixed? Or ...
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UK to East European shower pipe converter

I bought an UK shower while doing my refurbishment of the flat in Latvia. Unfortunately, only after the tiles and pipes were installed the plumber told us that the UK shower "doesn't fit". This is ...
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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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water heater won't stay lit

Looking for suggestions on repairing my water heater. The pilot light won't stay lit. I've cleaned the air intake and checked the venting in the attic but it didn't correct the problem. It will ...
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Toilet problems

When it rains my toilet will act as if it is going to overflow when flushed. It goes down slowly. I live in the city and the main sewer line is in my front yard. My line connect to the main from my ...
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Adding a utility sink drain to the main to the main cast iron stack

I need to add a utility sink and the drain would connect directly into my main stack (see attached picture). Is it possible to add a connection to the main cast iron stack, without cutting out a ...
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Well pump runs constantly; Pressure tank doesn't fill

I have a well and pressure tank (Well-X-Trol WX-250). Upon troubleshooting low water pressure in our home, I discovered that our pressure tank is never filling and our well pump is running ...
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Inserting a connecting threaded water plastic pipe between two fixed ends

Newbie to plumbing here so please excuse the question if it does not make sense! This morning I removed a length of threaded plastic water pipe that was connected to an elbow at one end and to a "T" ...
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How do I disassemble this old sink setup?

I'd like to replace my old bathroom sink pipes with plastic, but can't even figure out how to disassemble the existing setup. I couldn't find a single image or video that was similar. Does someone ...
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Hot and cold water stopped flowing in shower at same time

I heard a couple of kind of thuds sounds and then a few seconds later, all water flow stopped. This lasted for several seconds (maybe a minute) and the all flow came back. Water temp unchanged from ...
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How to remove this kitchen faucet cartridge?

I haven't been able to determine the make/model but doing some research it looks like possibly Pfister. Either way, the cartridge part is sticking and handle is very difficult to use. I am trying to ...