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How do I run PEX to exterior plumbing?

I am replacing some failed galvanized water pipe indoors. Two of the existing galvanized pipes poke straight through the exterior wall of the house, right above the foundation, and have hose bibs ...
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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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PVC lubricant for pipe and fittings

What kind of lubricant can I use on PVC pipe and fittings so that I can assemble and disassemble easily. This is a stage made of PVC pipe that must be assembled and disassembled repeatedly.
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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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Does PEX require home runs?

I've been told that PEX requires home runs to a manifold (or star topology, to borrow from networking) to maintain the same flow rate/pressure as copper. Anyone else heard this?
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How can you tell when a vacuum breaker needs to be replaced?

The one in the master bath just started "leaking" recently and now my daughter reports the same problem in her bath. Is this just a part of their normal function or do they need to be replaced or ...
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Rocket thrust washing machine drain hose

Washing machine drain hose discharge pressure has increased, causing the hose to blast out of the drain and flooding the basement. What would cause the pressure to increase?
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What could cause bubbling toilet when the shower or sink is running?

One of the two toilets in my rental house is bubbling when the shower or sink in that master bath area are on. In the past, about 6 months ago, I have had plumbers and rotoruter out and they could ...
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Replace cartridge of valve for shower

I have some problem with my shower, the control of cold and hot water doesnt work. My guess is that the cartridge of the valve needs to be replaced. The problem is that I dont know the brand for the ...
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Stool sounds like foghorn!

Our toilet suddenly started sounding like a foghorn, periodically. Does this mean air in the waterline? If not, what is going on? What can we do about it (it is really loud!)?
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How can I fit a pipe inside another pipe?

Does anyone here with experience in plumbing or piping know if a 3/4" pipe can fit inside a 1" pipe to the point where you can slide it in and out like a telescope to make an adjustable stand post? ...
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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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Water pump keeps running, there is low pressure

I had a water pump installed three years ago. The pump keeps running constantly and there is low pressure. It has about a 35 PSI when running. The gallon is about a ten gallon tank approximately. I ...
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How can I tell where water is leaking from?

I live in Wyoming and for the past few days we had below zero temperatures and tons of snow. Many people reported pipes breaking but we seemed to be fine. Today it also warmed up a bunch to around the ...
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How to identify an old compression stem in order to find a replacement

I have an old (circa 1920s) bathroom faucet with a compression stem that started to leak unless tightened extremely tightly. When I took out the compression stem to replace it, I found that the screw ...
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How to fix a tap where the handle has fallen off

I have the following tap / faucet: As you can see, it's seen better days. The handle of it was composed of four plastic interlocking pieces which have, piece by piece, broken off. We're due to ...
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How to Get PEX to Seal

I'm in the process of moving my laundry area. For the plumbing we decided to use PEX. Unfortunately I have been unable to properly seal the PEX tubing to the fittings on the final fixtures- they ...
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How can I support an already installed shower valve?

My shower valve was poorly installed. The pipes and valve were never secured or clamped to the surrounding framing. The valve rattles around in the wall and the cover plate has about a 1/2" gap ...
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Why is the bathtub water backing up into the shower?

When the bathtub water runs out, it backs up into the shower and floods the whole floor. We have cleaned the drain pipes, but it still happens. What could be the problem?
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How can I repair this detached kitchen sink pipe?

I noticed one of the two kitchen sinks is leaking--that's not really the right word. It's more like pouring. When I pour something down that drain it's like I might as well have just dumped whatever ...
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Is there any way I can guard this pipe from screws and nails?

I tried to take down a shelf yesterday and water started coming from the wall. Called a plumber and discovered this in my building's water main: The pipe is big enough and close enough to the ...
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How can I fix a broken shower elbow?

The shower elbow in the shower broke off at the copper pipe in the wall, leaving some of the plastic inside the copper pipe's threading. There seems to be some sort of sealant. How might you go about ...
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Are toilets supposed to be caulked to the floor?

I've heard that in some cases toilets are supposed to be caulked to the floor. I replaced both toilets in the condo I moved into last week, and one was calked to the floor, and one was not. One ...
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How to handle vanity replacement when finish materials do not continue behind existing unit?

I had a plumbing leak under my bathroom sink that soaked the vanity before it was discovered and the water shut off. The vanity is cheap crap made out of particleboard that has swelled up like a ...
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How to cap or close thermostatic radiator valve

I need to remove a radiator from the wall. When I set the thermostatic radiator valve to it's zero position and disconnect the outlet of the valve I get a strong flow of water. The water is ...
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Why would my Geyser/water flow change from hot to ice cold?

I have a problem with my geyser (I think) When I run the hot water it goes cold within a few minutes then after about 30seconds it goes hot again. This is an ongoing cycle while the hot water is ...
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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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How can I calibrate my bar type thermostatic shower mixer?

I have fitted a bar type thermostatic shower mixer, which is either red hot or stone cold. The mixer has blue/cold on the left and red/hot on the right. The plumbing is the same way round. I've been ...
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What could be causing water pressure drop with sprinklers?

My first issue is that when the sprinklers come on, there is a significant drop in water pressure in the sink, shower, etc. I checked the sprinkler lines and there are no obvious leaks (i.e. holes in ...
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Purpose of Fill Valve Tube Going into Overflow Drain

I can easily understand the purpose of the overflow tube itself, but why is the little black hose that comes from the fill valve placed down into the overflow tube? On my toilet, there is a strong ...
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How to install sink drain pipe correctly

I'm trying to connect this drain assembly on my bathroom sink. But when I connect to the sink it drips. I tighten the top nut(arrow) with a channel lock, but it still drips. Steps I took: I put ...
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Well pipe leaking at where pipe comes to the house. (Images, Video)

so here's my problem here: Well pipe leaking - images Well pipe leaking - video ^ This was recorded march 28-th (so during spring thaw). Since it wasn't dripping since the spring - my ...
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What is the difference between Moen Moentrol 3510/3520 and 3550/3570?

I'm trying to pick out a new valve for my shower, and I'm pretty set on a Moentrol. Moen produces four differnet models: Two 1/2" IPS Models: 3510 and 3550 Two 1/2" CC Models: 3520 and 3570 Their ...
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What has caused a concrete slab under a towel rail to erode?

I am in the process of replacing floor tiles with engineered wood in the kitchen of the house we're moving in to. However, lifting the tiles under where a towel rail had been installed we found a ...
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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 replace this corroded metal P-Trap with a new PVC trap?

I have a big problem at my apartment, the metal p-trap has a hole under my kitchen sink drain pipes due to corrosion, I was told I could temporarily fix it applying epoxy, but I would rather fix the ...
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Should galvanized steel pipe be used as a tub spout?

I have a 90 degree fitting coming down from my shower valve. Also have a screw on tub spout trim. Right now there is a 6" galvanized pipe that connects the 90 to the tub spout trim. Is the ...
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Tailpiece too long for new chrome J-Bend in kitchen sink drain repair

The j-Bend of my kitchen sink drain pipe rusted through and started leaking. I bought a new 1.5" j-Bend at Home Depot. Only when I got it home did I notice that the top part of the J is different than ...
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How do I quiet noisy drain pipes?

I recently replaced cast iron drain pipes from my second story bathroom with pvc, and I've noticed the new pipes are much much louder when the bathroom is used. The pipes run down through a wall right ...
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How can I clean hard water buildup from pipes?

I've basically confirmed that my overall plumbing problems are down to hard water buildup. My softener has been out of action for about a month or two (waiting on a part), so I have at least that much ...
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Is it ok to unsolder an outdoor spigot and to solder back a new one without cutting the copper pipe?

I am trying to replace an old outdoor spigot that is soldered to a copper pipe. I will put in place a fitting that will give me a thread so I can attach (screw in) a ball valve. All the instructions ...
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Is my water heater installed properly?

Why do all 3 pipes..the hot, the cold, and the over flow valve run hot water. I can tell by the touch. the overflow which I'm used to having a free flowing tube attached to a pan is connected to a ...
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Replacing leaking Scalemaster scale inhibitor

I've just discovered that my "Scalemaster Electrolytic Speedfit Scale Inhibitor" has a pin prick leak in it. This device is sat between a copper pipe going to the combi boiler (I have assumed) I've ...
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Can I build a 3 stage whole house water filter myself?

I wanted to get any thoughts and suggestions on setting up a 3 stage whole house filter for a well. The idea is to take the individual whole house filter and put 3 of them in series together. First, ...
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How do I fix a leak at a decommissioned saddle-valve?

Water is dripping, about a drop every other second, out of the end of this thing. what is it? why is it dripping? can I fix it myself?
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What can I do about a saddle valve that won't turn on?

First winter my mother is widowed, we can't get the humidifier on. Thought maybe the water to it is turned off. I'm on the phone with her and telling her to turn this saddle valve counter clockwise to ...
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Is there an alternative to a self-piercing saddle valve for a humidifier?

I bought and installed a whole home humidifier. The humidifier is located in my attic connected to the air exchanger. The Self-Piercing Saddle Valve is located there as well to draw water to the ...
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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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What should we look for when buying a fixer-upper house?

My fiance and I are considering buying a fixer-upper house rather than an apartment when we get married. Obviously things like location, neighbors etc. are important, but; what should we be looking ...
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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. ...