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Are flexible PVC couplings rated for direct burial?

I need to repair a severed 1 1/2" PVC drain line. I have a Fernco flexible PVC coupling laying around, and I figured it will be much easier to use the flexible coupling instead of a rigid ...
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How can I replace this unusual kitchen sink drain pipe?

I'm trying to replace a broken 1-1/2 inch L-shaped brass pipe under my kitchen sink, as in this picture: At one end, it's connected to the sink drain, which if I'm understanding the terminology ...
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What is the name for this round metal drain cover?

Rainwater drains from an acre uphill from us into an underground system that has been in place for 50 years. It works fine, except that the 16-inch round metal cover for the drain has rusted through. ...
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Why isn't there hot water in the shower, when there is hot water in the rest of the condo?

I moved into a condo two days ago, and found that while the rest of the plumbing in the house has hot water, the shower when turned to hot just has a cool trickle emanating from the tap. The cold ...
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How do I fix this leaking tub faucet?

I have an old tub/shower with 3 handles in it (hot/cold/shower on) that are all twist knobs. The hot or cold can not fully disengage because they are a bit older and have some sediment built up in ...
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Plastic or metal pipes? what do you recommend? [closed]

I need to install piping for hot and cold water, do you suggest plastic or metal pipes?
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Is it a problem that my toilet flange is 3/8" below the surrounding tile?

My tile setter had to elevate the tiles around the toilet hole in order to make up for some unevennesses. As a result, the toilet flange is approx. 3/8" below the surrounding tile. Can that be ...
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Why does it take a second for water to come out of the kitchen faucet?

Starting about a week ago, our kitchen faucet has exhibited some odd behavior. When you lift the handle for it, nothing comes out for a second. You can hear air or water flowing, but nothing comes ...
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What are my options for installing a water softener on the opposite side of the house from the main water supply?

Background Info My main water supply on my home is located on the east wall of the home, whereas my garage is located on the west side of the home. There is no water softener loop in the home, and in ...
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What could be causing low pressure in my new faucet, a Moen 87690SRS?

UPDATE: This ended up being a known issue with this model's diverter. They are sending a replacement part. I've a newly installed Moen 87690SRS faucet whose pressure is really low compared to the ...
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If I use (2) 3/4“ inlet PEX manifolds (hot/cold), do I need 1” PEX supply from the meter?

I am replacing all the plumbing in my house and to the meter. I will be using PEX. I have manifolds for hot and cold with 3/4" inlets and 1/2" outlets at the valves. Do I need to use 1" PEX tubing ...
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How to resolve a drainage issue with aerator lower than the original outlet

I have an issue with the drainage of a new kitchen sink I installed. The old sink outlet was higher up (it was a more shallow sink) and more to the right. The same aerator was attached and the ...
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How can house hot water pressure be kept stable if more than one hot tap is open?

We have a Vaillant Ecotec combi boiler in the loft. When showering, hot water pressure is fine. But if someone opens any other hot tap in the house, it massively reduces the hot water coming into the ...
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Can a lack of oxygen cause septic tank deterioration?

After 2 years I had my 8 year old septic tank pumped out for the second time. When we looked inside we found that the area above the outlet had concrete deterioration. Whatever happened ate through ...
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How do I get even water pressure from a bathtub mixer faucet?

I just bought my house and noticed there is a problem in the bathroom tub faucet and that is: the valve starts from the cold toward hot and as it goes toward the hot the water pressure increases and ...
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What could be causing a urine smell in our bathrooms?

I live in a home built in 2006. We are a clean family and have no pets. In ALL three of our bathrooms I am smelling an odor of "old urine". I do have a 3-year-old son so at first I thought he was ...
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How can I repair a slow leak in my concrete fountain?

I have a painted concrete fountain whose bottom well slowly leaks over about 2 days. My area gets to ~-20c (-9ish F) in the winter, so I worry that trapped water is slowly destroying it. I suspect ...
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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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Why does my bathroom shower have too much water pressure?

I have the same shower head, nothing has changed except the pressure. It sprays so hard that it hurts, and in 10 minutes the hot water is almost gone. What can I do to fix this?
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Should I attempt to get to a potentially damaged trap and check it out myself?

I have a back up in my garage drain. I mopped it up and today I returned to see the same, nasty smelling liquid had returned to almost the exact same level and quantity that was previously there. ...
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Is this water heater drain configuration safe?

I've just replaced my water heater and for the first time my house has a water heater drain pan. The washing machine waste line is nearby and I'd like to connect the water heater drain pan to this ...
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How can I replace the bleed plug for my towel rail?

I have a very similar type of radiator as this: However doing a bathroom refit, I have somehow lost the radiator bleed plug which is shown in the picture above. So if I turn the radiator on, it ...
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How can I fix this leaky water heater?

I have an electric Water heater and it is starting to leak from what I believe to be the pressure release valve. I just wanted some tips on how I can fix this before the leak becomes unmanageable. The ...
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How can I replace cast iron sewer drain that goes through the basement wall?

I have a 4" cast iron sewer drain going through my basement wall. I want to replace all the cast iron drain to PVC pipe. If I would to cut the cast pipe pipe going through the basement wall flush with ...
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Do I need to add a vent when moving a toilet drain across the bathroom?

In working on finishing our basement, I've come to the bathroom. It was originally plumbed with the plan of having the fixtures share a common wall (vanity, toilet, then tub). so there is already a ...
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Can I use SharkBite connectors on a copper stub out?

Is it possible to use a SharkBite male adapter on a copper stub out for a bathtub faucet? I am not well versed in soldering plumbing fittings and I would rather not have to buy the gas, a torch tip, ...
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Can you identify this seal?

I have a slow-filling cistern and, having disassembled all the pipes inside I've identified a ripped seal. Assuming that I didn't cause that myself just a moment ago, I'm hopeful that replacing it ...
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Why is the water pressure so high from my overhead water tank?

We have recently rented a house and it has normal taps fitte, and a normal overhead water tank, but the water pressure is very high. The water comes out with so much pressure, that if I am trying to ...
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How can I fix a shower faucet valve that is sticky?

I have two bathrooms that have been completed in the last year. Both have the same Price Pfister rough-in valve. One is sticky and requires a bit of force to turn on the water (turns on by pulling). ...
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How can I find a replacement external tub drain if the original has no identifiable markings?

We are rebuilding a bathroom in a house in Long Island, New York. We would like to replace this external tub drain with the same. It has no identifiable markings. We need the make or model, or even ...
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How can I attach a sink drain to a drain that is higher than the sink?

My home is pre-plumbed for a water softener -- whole house water filter. Meaning I have a main water pipe that comes out of the wall, makes a u-turn, and goes back into the wall. Just below the ...
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Why is my main water supply shut off valve leaking even while closed?

While prepping to install a new kitchen faucet, I went to shut off the water supply to the house since there were no valves under the sink. I mistakenly chose to turn the city-side (gate valve) supply ...
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Is it worth replacing globe valve with ball valve for my main shutoff?

I live in a small two story house (row home) with water service entering through the basement. The bathroom is on the second floor. Whoever did the main service line used 1/2 inch copper instead of ...
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How can I fix this broken connector piece on my Symmons shower Knob?

I was trying to get the knob off so I could potentially increase the amount of hot water getting mixed and it seemed to be coming off nicely but then snapped. By nicely, I mean it was a steady ...
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What causes hammering from a new diverter when other faucets are quickly turned on and off?

We're doing a minor remodel of our master bathroom, and I have replaced the 30+ year old diverter and nearby pipe with a new one from Delta. Now when any faucet in the house is turned on and off ...
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How do I replace this bathtub handle that has a plastic piece?

I have followed a number of videos, but they all seem to have a copper (?) stem. At this point I'm up to some plastic piece that has no notches (namely around the metal piece) to use a wrench on. ...
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Can replacing a T&P valve be done as DIY by a home owner?

I want to replace the T&P valve on my gas water heater since it is dripping water all the time. I talked to a couple of people such as my friend and a salesperson at a Home Improvement Store. They ...
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Will the water be able to drain out of a blocked toilet?

Our toilet is backed up and water is filled to the brim but there is nothing else in the bowl. I turned off the water supply for the toilet with the little knob connected to the wall, but will the ...
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Why is cold water coming from the hot part of the faucet? [duplicate]

The last plumber I called made a test. He closed the cold water intake to the 40 gallon gas water heater. The he opened all the hot water faucets in my house. After a minute passed, the faucets, ...
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Is it safe to not have a safety cutoff on an immersion heater?

I'm having some serious trouble with the immersion heater in my apartment. I believe the set up is similar to the one described in this answer, however there is no thermostat to turn the immersion ...
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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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Whats the difference between black, blue and red PEX pipes sleeves

I'm using PEX pipes for water tubing, but I'm not sure which sleeve type should I use for hot and cold water pipes. Whats the difference between black, blue and red sleeves? and which should I be ...
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How do I measure for a toilet rough-in?

Is my thinking correct - If I measure from the wall to the bolt cap of my current toilet, which is 12", that means I have a 12" rough-in.
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Why do I have low hot water pressure in my kitchen?

I have very low hot water pressure in the kitchen only. I have disconnected the line and have great pressure from the valve. It is a two handled faucet and the cold water pressure is very good. ...
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How do I easily separate unglued PVC pipe from joints?

I've been retrofitting an existing PVC irrigation system around my house. Part of that work requires that I work in shallow holes adding T joints and elbows in places where there were none before. In ...
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What causes a water heaters relief valve to discharge water?

I have a Gas Reliance Water Heater 1212. I found recently (in winter) there is a water dip through the relief valve into a 5 gallon bucket. Sometimes, it can fill the whole bucket. Sometimes, it has ...
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How can I repair my leaky toilet?

Apparently my original toilet valves were cheap because they both had problems and I replaced both with fluidmaster valves some years ago. Two problems were apparent immediately which I solved: ...
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How to drill and waterproof a hole in cinder block for PVC drain?

I have a new electric hybrid water heater that emits condensation from a drain tube (normal) which is a bit different than a traditional electric water heater. Right now I have a bucket under the ...
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Why does pressure relief valve state 'Not for Use with Water Heaters'?

So I replaced my 6.5 year old electric hot water (installed with house built in 06') heater and used an identical plumbing setup as my previous install. My previous (and now current) install has a ...
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How can I attach an under-sink water filtration system to the water line?

I recently bought an under-the-sink drinking water filter, a model from GE, and I got stuck trying to hook it up to the cold water line. The package came with a simple plastic tee that had a 1/2 inch ...