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Do I need an air admittance valve for my basement shower?

I've been trying to figure out why my water in my shower drain doesn't flow through the elbow. When I turn the elbow sideways the water flows correctly but sewer gasses emits out the empty elbow ...
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How to tighten threaded pipe in an existing assembly of pipes

I have a brass pipe with threaded joints coming into the house from the street that has a leaking joint. I can't see how it can be tightened without loosening the joint at the other end of the pipe. ...
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How to remove turn-style tub overflow cover?

I've tried looking all over for a solution, but I've yet to find a solution that matches my situation. The cover I have (I think) is supposed to turn so the hole is downwards so you can remove the ...
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Water Heater Cold Intake Pipe always drips from drain valve

The cold intake pipe for my water heater has a drain valve with plastic tubing leading to my basement drain. This tubing always has a constant flow of dripping water; basically, my water heater's cold ...
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Ground Water in Sewage Basin hole

I am installing a sewage ejector pit and pump in basement, hole is dug and I piped the inlet pvc for the toilet and sink. I did not have time to backfill or concrete. The next morning I woke up to ...
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How simple is it to fix this drip?

Now that I have finally opened the water outside after the winter freeze, I'm encountering a drip. I can foresee three levels, in increasing difficulty, of fixing this problem: Squeeze some ...
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Does my new soil pipe need additional venting?

I'm moving my bathroom to the adjacent corner in my house, and would like to know if I need to vent my soil pipe with my planed system before it reaches the existing external soil stack. Going ...
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How can I get a direct stream of water out of my kitchen sprayer hose?

I fill up my humidifier tanks several times a day. The tanks don't fit under my kitchen sink, so I have to fill them partially in the sink and then the last 10% with the sprayer. The sink has a flow ...
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dissolved brass fitting

this week i had to go check a problem for a long term customer that she was having with her furnace. she had had some company come in and do a furnace service, and a few days after they left, she was ...
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Can I repair this crack in my sprinkler backflow preventer?

I have a crack in one part of my sprinkler backflow preventer/vacuum breaker. It looks a lot like this: Can I re-seal this crack? Or do I have to buy a whole new assembly?
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Can we install an aeration unit in an older septic system?

Our home was built in 1957. We have had problems for years with having a wet drain field and keep having our septic pumped. Today (of course my husband is away), I have done a couple of loads of ...
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soldering pipe with mapp gas

I am trying to open up some solder joints on a 1/2" residential cold water line, and I am having trouble doing so. I am using a propane torch, and I confirmed that the pipe was evacuated. My brother ...
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One of our toilets refills VERY slowly - takes 15-20 minutes after flushing.

Note: Like another user's query, our bowl fills okay, but the tank refills very slowly - takes 15-20 minutes. We can't detect any leaks. I've adjusted the water valve. I've put a brick in the tank to ...
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Not sure on assembly of shower faucet

I have a faucet similar to this one: Unfortunately, the pipes were not secured very well behind the enclosure, which I assume is a common problem. Specifically, the valve is not mounted to a cross ...
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Plumbing issue throughout house - gurgling coming from shower, bubbling in toilet, standing water in drain of shower

Update below: Main line snaked For reference, images of the drain. I'm going through the whole story in case any details might make a difference in prognosis. If you aren't interested in the ...
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Cold water faucets plugged

We live at the end of the service line and all of our cold water faucets keep plugging off down to a trickle. How do we stop this and how do we fix it?
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Water dripping from Concrete slab

I am facing problem of water dripping in my bedroom from upstairs apartment from upstairs bathroom. However, upstairs neighbour never used his bathroom since last almost 1 year. How to find and What ...
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Can I use a single air gap for a reverse osmosis system and a dishwasher?

Is it possible to do this? Currently we have a line from the dishwasher to the air gap and from the air gap to the garbage disposal. I want to install a reverse osmosis system but we only have the one ...
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Vacuum Breaker Valve on Hose Bib Humming / Noise

I have one of these vacuum breakers on my outdoor hose faucet. Every time I turn it on, it creates a loud noise in the form of a hum or drone I can hear throughout the house. While I have been able ...
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Spigot leaks when sprinklers come on

Today I was adjusting my sprinkler system heads and I had my spigot turned on with my hose and nozzle attached. Strangely, when two zones would turn. On the spigot would shoot water out until the ...
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How can I fix this toilet flange?

So I'm in the middle of a bathroom remodel and I was having problem removing some damaged flooring around the toilet flange and ended up taking a reciprocating saw to the lip of the flange to make it ...
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Anchoring toilet flange into hollow space in floor?

I'm replacing a toilet and am using a Hydroseat rather than replacing the damaged flange. The problem that I've run into is one of the spots to anchor the Hydroseat down seems to be hollow below the ...
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How do I replace a broken bathtub drain?

I am trying to replace my bathtub drain however the cross bars have broken off so I am unable to unscrew it from the tub. How can I unscrew it? EDIT: This is approximately the product I am trying ...
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How do I fix a leaking connector between my garden hose and faucet?

I am trying to connect a garden hose with the faucet. After connecting and turning on the faucet, the water still squirted out. Please see the attached picture. I am not sure whether I need a wrench ...
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Plumbing and septic: bubbling and backing up

My mother lives in a two bedroom trailer with two full bathrooms. It's got a septic tank, but the toilets bubble and back up anytime she uses the dishwasher, washing machine or runs water in the sinks ...
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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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Water pressure guage plumbing adapter

I have the following water pressure guage. I need to connect it to the garden valve, but not sure which adapters I would need. Something like this:
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Are Electronic Water Conditioners Effective

I'm looking into water softeners, and am intrigued by the "electronic descaler" option. They seem like snake oil - do they actually work? Here is an example.
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Does my house just not have a plumbing cleanout?

So I've just bought my first house and before we fully move in, we've been doing some work (floors, painting, etc.). I noticed at some point that if someone is using the shower or flushing a toilet, ...
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Where can I find replacement stops for a shower faucet?

I've looked everywhere locally for a replacement shower stop and cannot find the right now. This is from an old shower (about 20 years). I've attached photos that show the size on top of a ruler. The ...
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Why would my bathtub spout stop leaking after fixing a water pressure issue?

Something strange happened in my bathroom. For a few days the tub spout was leaking non-stop. During that time the water pressure had been low and there was no hot water. I thought that the leak was ...
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How vent bathtub trap when drain is routed under tub, directly away from best vent location?

I am … very slowly … thinking about replacing the probably circa 1950's galvanized steel drain pipes in my basement with PVC. In particular, I would like to replace the drain line under ...
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Installing a permeate pump on a manifold-style RO system

I've got a Whirlpool WHER25 RO system. Recently I added a hot water dispenser to our kitchen sink as well and would like to route the RO product to it instead of running it off of unfiltered water. ...
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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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Pros and cons of coupling vs. threaded when transitioning from copper to PVC

I'm replacing a copper DWV pipe with PVC since it's rotting out. It looks like this: There's the cast iron on the bottom going into the foundation, followed by a brass cleanout, a brass tee above ...
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Do I need to angle/pitch pex tubing for draining in the winter?

I've never installed any plumbing before, but I'm going to try to install an outside faucet/sillcock because it seems fairly simple. The only interesting part is that the pex tubing will be run under ...
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Removing bath faucet fixture

I have an older bathroom sink fixture that needs some repair. I was able to remove the allen screw and pull the handles. But I can't remove anything after that. I'm assuming the outer threads on ...
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What happens if you sweat pipe copper pipe without flux?

I may have forgotten to use soldering flux paste when I replaced a water valve on 1/2" copper tubing. It was in a tight place and sweating pipe is not something I do often. Some of the joints I ...
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Cooling radiators in summer?

How efficient would it be to use radiators circulating with cold water, to cool house in summer? Wondering if anyone has tried this, and how well it works? I was thinking about H/AC in general, and ...
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Is this a workable water softener plan?

I'd like to install a water softener in my house. I have a good idea of what's required, but I'd like to know if I'm overlooking anything. I have city water coming into my basement through the floor ...
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Clogged toilet(s)

Plumbing question and issue here that has me baffled. We have two toilets in our house and it seems that the guest bathroom seems to get clogged more often than not. This issue is normally resolved ...
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Pre-made rain cap for plumbing vent? (Preventing rust-through of galvanized pipe in the walls)

Are pre-made rain caps made for plumbing waste vents? My house was built 1938 with galvanized DWV pipes which have a series of elbows before reaching the roof. All such elbows retain a certain amount ...
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Loosening Brass Pipe From Elbow Fitting On Pressurized Water Tank

Two things have led me here, yet again: arrogance in thinking anything is an easy fix, and inexperience. I've disconnected my pressurized water tank from the electric running to the switch and the PVC/...
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How to remove broken threaded water pipe

The pipe connecting my shower head to the wall has broken off. I removed the head and tried to remove the theaded pipe but the potruding metal broke off completely. Is there anyway to remove the part ...
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Intermittent Water Flow And Potentially Busted Pipe

We have a well that has been causing us some trouble. The pressure gauge/pressure switch assembly on our water tank is older and rusted due to the high calcium/mineral content in our water here. (1.)...
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Rotten eggs smell in house

We bought a 3rd floor apartment in Italy (highest floor) a few years ago and use it as a holiday home. We've had no issues for about 3 years and suddenly we started getting the smell of rotten eggs at ...
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How can I fix a Moen faucet that is still leaking after replacing cartridge?

I had a leaky Moen faucet (Moen 4600) so I removed the old cartridge and replaced it with a new brass replacement cartridge (model 1200.) Since replacing the cartridge I now have a leak from the valve ...
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Clearing out blocked weeping tile

My basement floods when it rains, because the weeping tile can't drain. I'm trying to figure out how to fix it without tearing up my finished basement. The 1968 home has recently installed (2000?) ...
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What causes tub drain to gurgle when toilet flushed?

Recently, the drain in my second floor tub makes a gurgling sound when I flush the toilet, which is located right next to the tub. They are obviously on the same drain line. I know that there is a ...
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How to fix this leaky sink drain?

New to the forum. This I am thinking is a fairly straight forward job, but I don't have any plumbing experience so a little ify on how to go about it. Essentially I have a leaky sink drain. Little ...