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How do I turn off this sprinkler valve?

We just purchased our home this summer, so I've never gone through the process of turning off the sprinklers for the winter (we're in Utah, so hard freezes are possible). The stop-and-waste valve is ...
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How do I choose the correct size pump and pressure tank?

I'll have a 3000 gallon water tank (around 8 feet tall) located at the same elevation as my house. The distance between my house and the tank will be about 90 feet, with the water traveling through a ...
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What to look for in a new/replacement toilet?

I have a slow/weak flushing toilet and it's not the tank or flapper, etc. Shirlock says in an answer to a related question, that it's "time to spring and spend 200 bucks for a new Class 5 toilet. ...
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Why does my toilet still leak after replacing the wax ring?

I just replaced the wax ring under my toilet. Now when you flush, it leaks worse than it did before! I am so confused! Is there something else that needs to be replaced?
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Is this shower trap better than a P-Trap?

Here in Brazil almost all shower and floor drains are made using a device that translate as "siphoned box" and work as a trap collecting water from the sink, tub and shower. Is that any better ...
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How can I repair a slow drip at the main water shutoff valve?

I noticed a slow drip and wondering if solution is to turn the nut clockwise to solve. I normally would give it a go but since this is the main water shutoff I figured it'd be smart to get some ...
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How can I remove an anti vandal tap head?

I have almost identical problem this one except that it's a shower tap... How can I remove stuck anti-vandal rings in tap head? The drama is that the shower won't turn off all the way as the washer ...
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Why does the pressure, attached to a submersible well, keep increasing?

I have changed the pressure gauge, a Square D switch, and checked the pressure (from 40 psi) to 28 psi. Within 3 to 4 days the pressure increased back to 40 psi. I called a plumber who lowered the ...
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When should pipe dope vs thread tape be used?

For threaded plumbing connections, you typically use pipe dope or thread tape (aka teflon tape). Are there situations when one is preferred over another? Does the size of the pipe, type of pipe, part ...
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Can I use flexible tube to replace a segment of copper pipe?

I am installing 1/2" copper pipes to supply water to my own new gas heater. The pipes need to pass around corners that are full of obstacles. I am not a professional plumber but know that I normally ...
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What goes on threads first: tape or dope?

Should the dope be applied directly to the male threads or should the tape go on first?
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What could cause this rhythmic clicking/drumming sound in my bathroom sink pipe?

Why is my bathroom sink making a rhythmic drumming/clicking sound after I used a small plunger to help make water flow more quickly down the drain?
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Can a ½ inch water pipe supply enough pressure for a shower head and body sprayers?

I have a ½" water supply feeding my shower currently. We're currently doing a remodel and would like to install a shower system (shower head and three body sprayers). Can I use the current supply to ...
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Why does my water heater stop after a few minutes?

I have a Junkers (European water heater) that works for a few minutes and then stops. Anyone have experience with this/know how I can troubleshoot? Or, would a regular plumber be able to fix it?
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Is it wise to cut a long trench in concrete slab foundation?

I've got a two-car garage (4-inch concrete slab on grade) that I'm turning into living space. I want to put a bathroom out there but I need to get plumbing through the floor. I didn't think it was ...
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How can I purge air from a baseboard heating system with the spigots on the wrong side?

My (new) baseboard heating system is causing a racket, and I've been trying to figure out a way to properly purge the air from it. Following the flow of water through one zone of my four-zone system, ...
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Why do my pipes bang when running hot water in my kitchen?

After a minute or so of hot water running in my kitchen the pipes start to knock, and water doesn't come out in a stream. It is like there is air getting in. What is happening, and how can I fix it? ...
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Does anybody have a source for epoxy putty (for plastics) in black color? [closed]

I need to seal a broken plastic ring, but it needs to stay black - all the epoxy putties I find are grey or white. Thanx!
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What would cause the water pressure to be too high for just a second?

Lately when I turn on any faucet in my house the water comes rushing out at about twice the normal pressure for about half a second and then drops to normal pressure. I am worried the pressure is ...
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Why does my shower head drip when the tub faucet is on?

I just installed a new tub fixture set: There are two controls - one for temperature and one for volume. The large handle is volume. When the diverter valve is engaged the shower sprays properly ...
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Should a kitchen sink S-trap be replaced?

Everything I see mentions P-traps. I seem to have instead an S-trap. What are the downsides of this, and is it something that should be fixed?
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Should second trap under kitchen sink S-trap be there?

My kitchen sink drains through an S-trap immediately below the sink to another trap (a P? a U?) in the basement below. The drain pipe then runs along the wall till it meets the main drain pipe shortly ...
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How do I replace a drain stack?

So I had just had a shower upstairs this past weekend and went downstairs to do the laundry and I discovered that the floor near the pipes was wet. See photo I immediately went and bought some GOOP ...
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Under bathroom sink piping (exposed)

We are looking at setting up the piping for under our wall mounted sink (no vanity, ie, piping will be exposed). And after our contractor finished putting the wall we noticed that the hole from the ...
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Can't seem to find solution for vinyl tube to copper tube connection

Its been 6 months and I can't quite seem to find the parts I need for this. I Need to attach a 1/2" OD (5/8" ID) tube to a 3/4" Copper Hydronic Baseboard Element. One end the Element is enlarged to ...
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How do I trace a water leak inside a stud wall?

There is (maybe was) a slow water leak in the wall behind our shower. While tracking down an issue with the floor, I removed the frout panel from under the shower tray and noticed it was very wet ...
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What could cause my toilets to bubble and clear water to come out of the clean out pipe?

Manufactured home installed 1996 but septic tank is from 1973. I live on a hill and have had no septic back ups. Two weeks ago my toilets started bubbling and it appeared they were sucking air. I ...
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Why did my tub drain start running slowly after going unused for a little while?

I recently moved into a new apartment and quickly found that the tub drain ran pretty slowly. I wasn't able to fix it myself, so eventually a plumber came in and fixed things up — the drain ran great ...
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When does an under the sink P-Trap assembly need venting?

In the realm of second homeowner woes, I had a P-Trap assembly under the bathroom sink. It was a strait connection to the pipe connected to the main sewer line. (least I think that was the case) ...
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How do I make sure that a new washing machine doesn't overflow?

My house suffers from a chronic lack of planning on the part of the designer. For example: the piping to my washing machine is both too small, and angled so that the water has to run uphill. This ...
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What could be causing water to drip from the relief valve of my new gas water heater, again?

I installed a brand new water heater about 4 months ago, noticed that that relief valve was dripping like crazy. Checked the expansion tank and it was filled with water. I replaced it with a brand ...
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How do I connect my refrigerator water line to the house line?

My GE fridge has a 1/4 in OD line, but the connection on the house is larger, and I'm not sure what exact size it is. What is the standard sized connection for the wall valve water supply line?
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How proud can a toilet flange sit above the floor?

Related to How do I replace this cast iron toilet flange? I've removed the cast iron and am dry fitting the replacement parts. I used a 4" - 3" reducing coupling, 3" pvc and a 3" 90 to line up where ...
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How do I replace this cast iron toilet flange?

I have a big old gawd awful cast iron (at least I think it's cast iron, the house was built in 1940) toilet flange that is in sorry shape. See? There will never be a better time to replace it - as ...
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Can I reduce or eliminate water hammer without plumbing?

I have a friend who lives in an apartment with terrible water hammer problems which the management is unwilling to fix. I'm curious if there is a product or device that would attach, for instance, to ...
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Why is it that every DIY plumbing job requires two extra trips to the hardware store? [closed]

You plan. You measure. You re-measure. You plan some more. You write it all down. You go to the hardware store and buy EVERYTHING you could possibly need, plus extra. You come home, you go to ...
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Why does water surge out of the shower head after being turned off?

This can happen 30 minutes later or even many hours later after a shower is taken. The new shower fixture installed didn't solve the problem. Can anything be done to correct this and prevent this ...
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Adjusting a Mixer Tap Hot/Cold Mix

I have a Twyford mixer tap on my bathroom washbasin (Exact model here). As it stands the Hot/Cold mix I can get out of it is either very hot or very cold, with a tiny area in the middle giving a ...
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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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What is a quick and temporary fix for a cracked toilet waste pipe?

Somehow the porcelain waste pipe of the toilet has cracked and has started leaking. We're about to replace the whole bathroom so I just need a quick fix. Will wrapping the crack in duck tape work?
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What could be causing our shower fixture to not work properly?

All of the sudden, we can't turn our Symmons shower fixture to 12 o'clock. It stops around 10 o'clock in it's off position now. We've noticed that when we turn the shower on lately it makes a really ...
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Why can't the plumber fix my kitchen sink?

I had a professional plumber out today. He spent about 3 hours trying to unclog my kitchen sink. Finally he said there's something wrong with the drain because he can't get it fixed. So here I am with ...
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Why does my toilet overflow during my washer's spin cycle?

Whenever I use my washer, the toilet makes a gurgling noise and then over overflows. I have to turn the washer off until the water in the toilet recedes. I have noticed this during the spin cycle. It ...
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How can I rebuild/repair/replace this garden faucet

I recently bought a house that was built in 1978, and it has a couple of garden faucets. These are not frost-free faucets, and that's not a huge concern for me because the house is located just south ...
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How can I get a coat hanger out of a drain pipe?

I have a horizontal drain pipe running from my kitchen/laundry area, which I had been unclogging with a metal coat hanger. The end was screw fittings I could remove myself, but the part that the ...
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Can I alter the 'timing' of my toilet flush?

I have a standard, normal flow toilet, with a problem. When the toilet is flushed, it seems to start refilling the bowl with water from the tank too soon, before the waste has had a chance to drain ...
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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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Should a curtain drain be covered/back filled?

I do some light maintenance and yard work in exchange for rent. The building had some problems with flooding. We have an extensive drain system, but it was a bit clogged. Even after the plumbers ...
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What is this thing next to my sink? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is this component that connects to the garbage disposal? As I mentioned in a previous post, I recently moved to a new place and I'm still trying to figure out what ...
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How can I fix a toilet that is backing up with sink water?

I need help. I would like to avoid calling a plumber. The toilet in our downstairs bathroom keeps backing up. Here is what I have tried and/or observed: I tried using a good plunger. I cannot even ...