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Do tub drains of the same diameter ever have different thread-per-inch counts?

My tub's drain flange has had the little cross piece inside it broken out, which means I cannot screw a grid drain into it. Right now, it's totally open and an invitation for my toddler to drop stuff ...
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How do I replace the water supply line that appears to be built in to the shutoff valve?

We're preparing to replace our bathroom faucet. We were able to easily disconnect the cold water supply line from the shutoff valve to the faucet by simply loosening the nuts holding it in place. ...
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Can water siphon backwards through the main pressure regulator?

Can water siphon backwards through the house pressure regulator? My house is above the main water line in the street. If the main line pressure goes to zero, will the house water siphon backwards ...
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What could be causing my kitchen faucet to not work?

For a while our kitchen faucets (both hot and cold) were not working properly. Sometimes we would turn one or both on and no water would come out, so then we turn it off then back on and it would ...
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How can I install a sink/dishwasher in basement?

I am looking to finish my basement and as part of the renovation, I'd like to install a bar complete with a sink and dishwasher (and beer taps of course). Attached (once I get enough rep) is a ...
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Can I use a braided flexible supply on a Polybutylene Qest Shutoff Valve?

I was repairing my leaky old qest PB angle valves in preparation to replace my faucets, and I overtightened a nut and broke it. Can I replace the 3/8" supply line with a flexible braided supply with ...
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Floor plumbing pipe too far away from the wall for vanity

Floor plumbing pipe too far away from the wall for vanity. I do not want to cut a hole into the vanity shelves to accommodate this discrepancy because the shelves are already shallow with limited ...
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Water drains from the toilet, but contents don't go with it

I assumed my toilet was clogged when I flushed it and the contents didn't go down, and the bowl filled with swirling water. After using a plunger and seeing no immediate results, I gave up for a ...
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Does water run through a kitchen faucet sprayer when the faucet is off?

I was attempting to replace my faucet sprayer and hose today and discovered that the hose I bought was not compatible with the faucet. I bought a hose that screws on, the one on the faucet has some ...
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What can I do about my drains constantly getting blocked?

The one thing I have tried to do about this is use those foaming and non-foaming drain unblockers regularly. That has just been money down the drain, pardon the pun. I suspect that unblockers only ...
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How do I install an in-wall tank (wall-hung toilet) with the stack in the way?

Every toilet I've ever worked with (not many, I admit) has a stack in the wall directly behind it, including mine. I'm re-doing my bathroom and I'd like to install a wall-hung toilet. I have 2x4 ...
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Broken/busted main cast iron drain line

have busted cast iron drainage (services kitchen sink, dishwasher and bar sink. Have located area that is broken in wall behind bar sink but and not able to remove/replace pipe myself as the break is ...
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Bathroom tile repair

I have a plumbing leak under the slab in between my bathrooms. Both the hallway bathroom and master bathrooms back each other. Both have tile all the way around the wall up to about 4 feet. I would ...
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In this plumbing code illustration, what are the meanings of “SH” “WC” “BT” “LAV”, etc?

The image below, taken from this plumbing code page, has an "SH" going to the middle pipe with the trap in it. Does anyone know what the "SH" stands for, or the "BT" and "WC" ones for that matter? ...
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Is flexible gas pipe safe to use for main or long runs?

The house we purchased is a "tear-down". A builder bought the older structure, partially tore it down and built a bigger house on the old footprint. A lot of the original gas piping is still in the ...
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Shared water supply with combi boiler but shower hot water pressure extremely low

Have a shared water supply (live in a maisonette) with combi boiler but shower (thermostatic mixer) hot water pressure extremely low, how can we remedy it? Replace it with an electric one?
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What could cause my showers hot water to not work well after water main work?

We had some work done on the mains cold water feed into the house. At first everything worked just fine but after about a day when the top floor shower is now switched on there's a rapid banging noise ...
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Kitchen sink backing up problem

I have side by side sinks in the kitchen. When one sink drains, it backs up into the other sink. I have removed the trap and it is clean, however, the problem still exists. What am I overlooking? How ...
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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 remove the vacuum behind my toilet's flapper valves?

Over the last 12 months, the toilets in my condo have becomes progressively harder and harder to flush. Once the flapper valve finally releases, they flush just fine, but it's getting them to release ...
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water coming out of bathroom faucet when I turn on my kitchen faucet

When I turn on my kitchen faucet water starts coming out of my bathroom faucet. Not sure whats going. Would like to know incase of serious problem.
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Is it OK to drill through a jack stud/full stud pair to cut a hole for water heater drain pipe?

I just had a new water heater installed in my garage. My city building / plumbing codes require that the water heater overflow drain be drained to the outside of the house. Situation: The heater ...
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recommended heat tape for PEX piping

living in Maine, where temps can run minus zero for days on end, i feel that I need more than insulation to keep my PEX pipe running from my pressure tank to the main line underneath my mobile home ...
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Why Does Water in Toilet Bowl Drop

I have an inexpensive AquaSource toilet that's about two years old that will not hold it's water level in the toilet bowl. I just did a test: flushed toilet, marked water level in toilet bowl with ...
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Decipher my bathroom rough in

Can someone help me decipher this picture? When I had the house built, the builder roughed in a bathroom for later use. The pipes in this picture are A 2" pipe, possible a vent with a T connector ...
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what PEX fittings can I use with a Zurn PEX QickClamp Crimp Rings?

I have Zurn crimp rings and the Zurn ratchet tool. I was wondering what brass fitting I can use. Do they need to be Zurn fittings or can they be any crimp fittings? For example, can I use ...
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I have a surging noise coming from my water main, it's like a heart beat. How do I get rid of it?

What do I trouble shoot, what are the usual culprits with this problem? Pretty sure it's not a water hammer because there is no clanking or banging..
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Washer tray AND stand pipe with trap?

I am moving my washer and dryer up to my second floor. I plan on using a tray with a floor mounted shower type drain. Will there be enough room in the joist bay below to join the tray drain and the ...
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How can I replace this water pressure reducing valve?

Some of my taps were dripping slightly and it was recommended that I test the water pressure. After a few tests the pressure is 140 PSI in the house, which I understand is extremely high and I have ...
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Due diligence preventing leaks between condos

I wish to expand the size of my bathroom in my condo and will require the approval of my condo association. Currently, all bathrooms in the building are stacked vertically - so if a leak occurs it ...
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What would cause a well pump to suddenly be louder when operating?

We currently have an unknown (in terms of GPM) 3/4HP Franklin well pump, at an unknown depth (though our neighbor's well is at roughly 100'). Since we moved in, when the well pump is running, there ...
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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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Why do I have almost no water pressure after installing a new kitchen faucet?

I installed a Price Pfister 533 single control kitchen faucet today, and for whatever reason my water pressure is next to nothing. It was perfectly fine before. What is wrong and how do I fix it?
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How do I pump up water pressure in my shower?

I have a well system that generates approx 35 psi of flow to my shower. How can I pump up pressure to the shower?
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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 do I seal a garden hose against a nipple?

I put a nipple on the end of a garden hose. It leaks when I close the valve at the other end of the hose. I have pushed the hose all the way up the nipple. It's sealed really tight. I could barely ...
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Question about my sewer stack situation

I just purchased my first home with limited knowledge on many things. At one point my house was outside city limits (using a well and septic) and has since been annexed into the city and brought onto ...
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How do I fix a leaky outdoor faucet?

As you can see, the outdoor faucet in my backyard leaks when the water is turned on. It does not leak when the water is turned off. (For those who are wondering: Yes, there is some water going ...
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Does a reverse osmosis system drain constantly?

I have come across a pharmacy grade reverse osmosis filter system. I would like to install it in my kitchen but before I do, I need some questions answered. Does the system drain constantly or just ...
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Toilet in spare bath runs automatically for 2 seconds about every 20 min! [duplicate]

This started a few weeks ago in the spare bath room, I replaced all internal parts in tank and problem still present. The main bath which is closer to main water source operates fine, what could be my ...
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My Refrigerator Water Tastes Like Peppers!

I have a whirlpool side by side refrigerator with an ice maker / water dispenser in the door. I got it used and have never use the water features because there is a peppery taste in the water that ...
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Irrigation sprinkler only comes on for a moment?

I recently had a tree removed, and in the process of grinding the surface roots they broke one of the irrigation lines. I dug out around it and fixed the pipe with a slip fix, but now I'm having an ...
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How to replace stripped faucet stem?

Weekend warrior here. Watched some YouTube videos, but my set up looks different and don't want to mess it up. The handles to my tub faucet use a plastic connection. This got stripped. So I believe I ...
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Why won't my toilet flush?

A sewage pump in my basement is 7 feet from the shower drain and 2 feet from the water closet. The only vent is from the sump pump which runs 20 feet horizontally to an outer wall then goes ...
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Is PVC Schedule 40 pipe safe to use in a potable water supply?

I have not had a problem for nine years and never noticed what my plumbing pipes used. My hot and cold water feed away from heater use "Bristol 1120 Schedule 40 PVC. 480 PSI 73 deg." Is there strong ...
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What could be causing the bizarre whistling sound that is coming from the pipes around the en suite and main bath?

The sound changes frequency in a regular pattern, and almost sounds electronic, like an old radio with a bad antenna. We can only hear it in these two bathrooms, and it occurs whether or not the water ...
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Why do I have clumps of grass in my bathtub after a sewage overflow?

The washer drained and two bathroom toilets violently overflowed. Nasty, stinky, sewage and water came up in both bathroom tubs, the shower drain and both sinks as well. I could hear water gurgling in ...
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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 is this pipe called, and how does it work? (Round II)

OK, thanks for people's help on my last question, now I've confused myself again. I came across this picture, similar to the last question, but I don't think it's a cleanout. It looks like a vent to ...
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What does a vent stack look like?

Excuse my noob question, but what does a vent stack look like? It's pretty easy to tell which pipes are for waste (I can hear the water running through them), and I'm assuming that all of the pipes ...