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Which type of PVC for exposed outdoor use?

I'm looking at hooking up some rain barrels using PVC piping. Is there a certain type of PVC that would be best to use for this, considering that it will be exposed to sun/rain/heat/cold? Lots of ...
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How do I diagnose and fix a toilet blockage

I have a toilet that makes a gurgling noise IF it flushes down. However, at times it will fill up when I flush the toilet and I will see something come up from the bathroom drain. I have tried putting ...
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What could cause a tap to flow well, then spurt?

I fitted a new tap to a sink, single cold water tap. When I first turned it on the water ran fine. If I open the tap further, the water flow becomes jerky with constant gaps in the flow. Is this the ...
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Why do some free-standing ice makers need floor drains?

I am about to begin a bar installation project. I need an ice maker. There appear to be two kinds of free standing ice makers - those that do and do not require drains. Why does one type need a ...
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What diameter pipe do I need to adjust this basin waste pipe?

I fitted a new tap and waste outlet to a small basin, because the new outlet is shorter than the old, the plastic pipework no longer reaches (see photo) I can force the parts to mate but I don't like ...
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What are the relative merits of stainless steel vs. granite composite sinks?

I am about to begin a project to install a bar sink. I am debating between granite composite, such as the Blanco, and a conventional stainless steel sink. In either case, the sink will be mounted ...
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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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What would cause water to flow around the toilet flange where the concrete is? [closed]

My toilet was leaking around the bottom so I assumed that it needed a wax ring. However when I removed the toilet, after emptying the water, I noticed that water keeps coming up around the flange. ...
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Why is there no heating at all until we use hot water?

My boyfriend has a combi boiler and he's very confused as to why he has no heating at all through the radiators until he uses hot water. On the meter it says radiators shouldn't be working but they ...
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How to snake a bathtub with no overflow drain?

Our upstairs bath tub has been taking longer and longer to drain and my wife has finally tasked me to fix it. Yesterday I literally emptied an entire bottle of Liquid Plumber down the drain ...
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What to do with leaky sink?

Our kitchen sink has been slowly leaking for several months, and as of yesterday, it is finally leaking so bad we can't use it until it's fixed. I'm generally handy, but when it comes to plumbing of ...
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If I fit a water softener, will I run out of on-demand water via bath/shower-use?

I'm interested in fitting a water-softener (specifically, the Twintec S3, which is a dual-cylinder unit developed in the UK, apparently) to my home. My home is over 3 stories, with a bathroom on the ...
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What are code restrictions on turning sink tailpiece?

I have drain that is a bit too low so I may have to cut lower drawer on my vanity (see my other question).I want to avoid that. There is 4" clearance behind the drawer. After some research it ...
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Do I need a vent for extending a drain to a new bathroom addition?

I am building a new full bathroom on what used to be my back porch. I am planning to extend the existing drain at a cleanout and to run it outside the house underneath the floor. I need to know if I ...
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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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Replace under warranty Bradford White or get a new Rheem water heater? [closed]

I have a Bradford White water heater that is about 4 years old, still under warranty, and has started leaking. My understanding is that it must be replaced. The plumber I contacted about this told ...
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What could be causing the low water level in my shower trap?

I have a tri-level home with a shower on the lowest floor. When I noticed that the bathroom smelled like rotten eggs, I shined my flashlight down the shower drain and saw that the water level was low ...
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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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What could cause taps for both hot and cold water to suddenly stop working?

There are two taps in one of the bathrooms of our house. A few days ago, one of them "went out": after giving a noise as if very suddenly closed, the water stopped flowing, only a little trickling ...
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Can I use primer for multiple purposes?

I want to join some PVC pipes. I've got primer (from a store that only sells paint) and on the back it says it's suitable for PVC. I doesn't say anything about paint or joining. Can I use this kind of ...
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Can I replace my oil-based water heater with several electric ones?

I was looking at this question, which is somewhat related to mine but didn't give me a good answer: How to evaluate the suitability of an electric tankless water-heater Basically, my mom's water ...
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Can I branch off of 1/4" copper tubing to a standard hose connector?

I would like to branch off of the tiny 1/4" copper tubing that supplies my refrigerator with water and connect the branch to a hose timer that will auto-water some plants that I have in the kitchen. ...
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What can I do about a jammed tub drain plug?

We have an older home with a parallel bar tub drain plug that is internal to the P trap. Similar to that of a Bathroom sink. Lift the lever up, to bring the plug inside the p-trap to position to plug ...
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How to stop a whistling hot water tap which also has a mind of its own?

The hot water tap in my kitchen whistles quite loudly when it is in a certain pressure range -- at very low and high pressures it is fine, but within the sweet spot it whistles away. It also seems to ...
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Safe way to close gaps around copper pipes?

I have baseboard heaters in my main living space. I can't see for sure without taking the covers off (which I haven't done yet) but it appears 2 copper pips come up from the basement (through the ...
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How do I install this wall mount bathroom sink?

I'm replacing a sink that was on a vanity cabinet and hoping to do as little busting through the perfectly good tile as possible. I heard a rumor that I need to make very sure that the sink is ...
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What should I be aware of as I prepare to replace my bathroom vanity with a wall mount sink?

We have a super tiny master bath, and the sink, which is a vanity type is pretty destroyed. I think someone used some caustic cleanser on it or something. I'm thinking of replacing it with a wall ...
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How can I tell if slow drainage is caused by a problem in the main sewer line or the venting system?

I recently had the plumbing get backed up and snaked out. Things are working much better now, however, there are certain conditions (notably the use of toilet paper in conjunction with a shower or the ...
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Which parts of a Moentrol transfer valve need to be exposed?

I am going to be finishing the shower wall over a new Moentrol transfer valve (3320) This obviously requires penetrations for the two control levers, but it also has three of what appear to be ...
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How many vent stacks should a house have?

I just purchased a 1948 pier-and-beam in Austin. The pest control guy came to deal with rats, and asked me to locate my vent stacks. We seem to have one for the washing machine, but none is visible ...
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How to install Water Heater drain pan to sump pit?

I want to replace my electric water heater. The current water heater does not have a drain pan. I'd like to add one with my new water heater. This is all in the basement. Our basement does not ...
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Why is sewage backing up from this outdoor pipe?

I just recently moved into my first house this morning and when I went outside I noticed this: What happened? What should I do? I have no idea what that pipe even is. I don't believe there is a ...
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How do I deal with a leaking toilet cistern inlet pipe?

Recently there's been an odd, damp smell coming from one of our bathrooms. On further inspection, there seems to be a leak on this pipe where it connects to the bowl (where the little red arrow is). ...
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How to fix a self-turning handle on a Price-Pfister single handled faucet

I have a Price-Pfister 533 Genesis single handled kitchen faucet that turns itself off. It is impossible to run water at a low volume because the moment your hand is off the handle it shuts off. ...
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Can teflon tape be used on a threaded joint behind a wall?

I'm remodeling my bathroom. Last night I took the cement board off the wall where the pipes run for the shower. One of the pipes that carries water to the shower was corroded. Upon further inspection, ...
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How can I add an ice maker water line?

I have the following setup with a T with a valve to an above sink water filter. The line from the T has one steel braided 3/8” line and goes up to the sink as 3/8”. The other is a thin PVC line ...
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Can air in pipes cause a faucet to catastrophically fail?

For about two weeks, I have been hearing a vibration and loud noise very time I turn on the kitchen faucet, mostly on the hot water side. If I turn to cold water it stops but periodicly when running ...
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Can I bury a 1 1/2" shower/tub drain pipe in an earthen floor?

We are building an earthship and our bathrooms will feed a greywater system. We've spec'd the usual 1 1/2 drain for the tub...but we plan to bury it in an earthen floor in the bathroom (our code ...
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Options for replacing an at-grade hose bibb

The problem My house is built on a crawlspace and the floor of the house is just a few inches above grade. The hose bibbs come straight out of the crawlspace and are thus very close to the ground. ...
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Is there such a thing as a vacuum sump pump? No standing water above check valve?

Is there such a thing as a vacuum operated sump pump? Most sumps or ejector pumps leave a column of water above the check valve, and leave a few centimeters of water in the sump beside. I have a need ...
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Can I have 2 45 degree angles in my wall from drain to vent?

Can I have 2 45 degree angles with a 8 inch piece of 2inch to my bathroom sink? The drain pipe is over to far to be in side my vanity. The the clean out and vent pipe will go strait up threw my roof ...
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How do I use plumber's tape on a pool float?

The auto-refill float broke off my pool filler recently. I bought a new unit and I was just going to switch out the float part but the guy at the shop said to unscrew it from the pipe and swap out the ...
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How can I fix a leaking outdoor faucet with broken threads?

We bought a house recently. The backyard has a faucet that is leaking (at the connection between pipe and faucet). looks like the previous owner tried to fix it too and in the process did the ...
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How do I “un-winterize” my sprinkler system?

I just moved into a house in which the sprinkler system has been winterized. I want to get it going again, but I'm not sure what to do about these four valves here. The previous owner told me that ...
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How can I reseal a shower drain on a pre-formed shower base?

The shower drain in my first-floor bathroom leaks. Based on looking from the basement below, it seems the leak is at the point where the drain assembly should clamp to the shower base (which is ...
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Did I just ruin the flange on our toilet?

The point where the elbow joint from our flushometer meets the toilet bowl has begun leaking (dripping, really) whenever we flush (so, whenever water passes through it). I jiggled it a bit and the ...
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What alternatives do I have to cap/plug the kitchen spray nozzle

I have a seasonal camp that is winterized each year. The kitchen faucet spray nozzle must have suffered from some ice damage and leaks constantly. The feed line to it comes from the mixed section ...
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How do I repair this broken pipe?

We just bought a house and while digging in the yard using a pick axe, I broke a pipe. Per my research, I need to put a joint there. The broken part is right next to the joint, so not sure how can I ...
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How to remove a tub drain with no spokes?

I attempted to use my tub drain removal wrench to remove a bath tub drain. Unfortunately the spokes of the drain broke and the drain flange cracked. Not being terribly skilled at plumbing I am now ...
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What is this component that connects to the garbage disposal?

I am trying to install a new faucet with a soap dispenser. I removed my old facuet; however, where the soap dispenser is supposed to go, this is here: It has pipes that go to the sink erator under ...