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Should I use Teflon tape or pipe dope when connecting PVC to metal?

I am in the process of repairing PVC pipe, which was broken due to freezing. I'll be connecting the PVC pipe to a metal check valve. Should I use Teflon tape or pipe dope when connecting PVC to ...
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Can I use CPVC to make a solar water heaer?

I have a shed in my backyard and I have installed a sink on the outside to clean up with. I have run a cold water line to the sink, but would like to attach a "heated" line to the hot water side. I ...
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Digital Shower Mixer with diverter(s)

I'm trying to supply 3 outlets in a shower from ONE output of a digital mixer. I want to be able to control the flow to each of the outputs individually and balance them as I need. I've spoken to a ...
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Why is boiling hot water coming out of every faucet, and even the toilet?

Help! I live in a 80 unit condo (8 floors), with hot water tanks on the top floor (4). They flow down 13 different lines to different units and hot water is recirculated through recirc pipes. ...
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T&P valve draining - expansion tank issues?

I am having issues with my Water Heater. It's a slantfin tankless boiler (TR-30 PT). It's running on a 4 zone setup. I typically only use one of the zones though. We've been in the home for a year and ...
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How can I attach an overflow cover in a bathtub with no access panel?

Years ago, the builders put the bathtub in the wrong way so that it abuts tile in the bathroom behind it. The only way to put in an access panel or to access the pvc behind the tub would be to either ...
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Why won't hot water come after timer of recirculating pump is off?

About a year ago, we had a Grundfos recirculating pump installed. We use a timer on it for morning showers. Recently, after the timer goes off, and someone needs to use the master bath shower later, ...
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Repair sprinkler pipe

What is the best way to repair a pvc T joint that connects two 1 inch pipes and has a threaded half inch T extension, which has been stripped? I can't attach the sprinkler head to it without it ...
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Plumbing system and pipes concerned?

We have a concern on installing the two waters that supply with two house, where the metal pipe connecting from the municipal city water elevated and divided into t-shape directly to the line. ...
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How/where to put hydrogen peroxide in water heater

I just moved into a house that has 2 water heaters. The second one was rarely/never used by previous owner and all the hot water that comes from it is smelly. This came up during the inspections but ...
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Hot Water Circulating System Problems

My hot water circulating system was installed in 2006. It has a dedicated return line from all faucets. I've been having trouble lately with the hot water, it turns cold at the faucet when the pump ...
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Hot water doesn't come out of faucet right away and makes banging noise when it does

This happens on every faucet in the house. Sometimes, when you first turn on the hot water, it comes out (just the pressure in the line) and then it runs slow and stops. Then, a banging noise happens ...
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annoying vibration, deep humming noise in home

What in my home could possibly vibrate and/or make a very low humming noise? I have been driven mad by a low droning vibration type noise for nearly two years. I have gone through testing various ...
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Extending plumbing vent horizontally

I am planning to finish the basement and have some questions regarding the plumbing. The builder already have the bathroom rough in but the location is at middle of the basement. I want to have the ...
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Can I use backer rod and adhesive to fill in the gap between the toilet and the ceramic tile floor?

Can I use backer rod and adhesive to fill in the gap between the toilet and the ceramic tile floor?
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What is the advantage of PEX pinch clamp vs. crimp rings?

I just saw these for the first time today at Lowe's: The advantages I can see over the crimp style are: A single tool can work with multiple PEX sizes That single tool is cheaper than a ...
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Basement Bathroom Plumbing - Rough in Backwater Valve

I am trying to figure out how in the world to frame this basement bathroom. As you can see from the image, there is a backwater valve that would end up right in the middle of the room. I know that ...
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How can I install an overhead water tank and refill it for individual usage?

I live in a group apartment where there is severe water supply problem. We have a common sump in basement which can be filled with water from external supply sources like water tanker trucks on ...
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What is “pipe dope”?

People often refer to "pipe dope" when talking about sealing threads of pipe fittings, but when I go to Home Depot or Lowes or whatever, I've never seen anything on the shelf labeled "Pipe Dope". ...
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Should Water Sediment Filters Come Before or After Water Softener?

My question is: In a water system, should water filtration come before or after the water softener? Edit: or even before the pressure tank? At my cottage, we have a shallow well with an above ground ...
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Why does the bathtub hot water tap continually leak?

Even though the plumber has changed everything; including the seats, after a short while the hot tap starts to leak again. It has been changed three times in the past year. Still leaking again.
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Old PEX tube is larger than new

I'm about to tear out a bathroom and want to install some shutoff valves in front of the supply for that room. I have not used PEX before so before cutting the existing line I bought a small section ...
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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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Toilet drain pipe too high

I'm putting a bathroom in my basement, and had a plumber come in and lay the PVC pipe after I cut out part of my floor. After pouring new concrete, he came back in and said there was a problem with ...
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I am building a laundry room in the basement. Do I need a drain?

I am finishing a basement with a laundry room in it. Do I need a drain over there? The floor for the laundry will be tile.
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Hot Water Heater Pressure Relief Valve Hissing and Discharging Water after Draining Tank

I just drained the hot water heater, as I do every year (using the following video for instructions: https://youtu.be/qqaehhGYV_I). This time, the pressure relief valve had a slight hiss after I ...
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Where can I find a 90-degree elbow to connect to my ice maker water line? [closed]

I currently have an ice maker box in my kitchen that is connected to a 1/4" compression fitting to a braided stainless steel tube that goes to my refrigerator. The problem is that this ice maker box ...
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patch small leaks in ceramic sewage line running through basement

Have a ceramic (I think?) sewage line that runs from under the bathroom across the top of the basement and goes out the wall into the yard. Have very small drips in a couple of places on this line. ...
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How do I connect both my dishwasher and washing machine waste pipe to the same sink?

My current sink plumbing looks like this with a single waste inlet. When I remove the current single waste inlet, the connector looks like this: I bought one of these (the connector is 40mm): ...
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How can I remove the ends of this tap spout?

I'm trying to find a shower that fits these taps but with no success.I have seen showers with ends that screw into the tap spout but I don't know how to remove the black plastic ends that are ...
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Connecting 1/2 copper to 1/8 pex?

Water line to fridge had a saddle valve, saddle valve started leaking so took it out and repaired pipe. Now trying to figure out how to reconnect fridge line. I have 1/2 inch copper under the sink and ...
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How do I winterize this sprinkler system

I am trying winterize my landscaping sprinklers. I just moved into my new house and find out this plumbing layout is quite different, I hooked up my 100psi air compressor and tried to blow them out ...
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When is pipe dope/tape needed?

When is it appropriate to use tape, dope, or nothing at all when connecting pipe fittings? Several advised not to use any product when I posed this question. What is the purpose of each product, and ...
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how do you replace a pool pump where PVC installation is coupling to coupling?

I want to replace my pool pump, and my pool system installers built a system where there is no room for one to make a splice. There is not one section of pipe exposed greater than 3/4" where I would ...
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Could I make a turn in the opposite direction in toilet drain line? [closed]

I'd like to connect a new toilet in the room next to the current toilet, but not the same wall. I have a problem running it to the drain line using only a 90 turn at the connection because there is a ...
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What's the best way to seal a small leak on a sprinkler pump inlet PVC pipe where a siphoning system has been tapped?

On my sprinkler system I installed, about 4 months ago, a system that siphons, from a large tank, a mixture of fertilizer and iron stain inhibitor. The system works fine but it had to be installed by ...
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Outlet drain hose of my washing machine must go all the way to the top of the machine?

I have just purchased a Samsung front load washing machine (7kg capacity). So when I was studying its emplacement, I have decided that its drain hose would be over the floor to a avoid an obstacle ...
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What could cause my radiators to go cold when the hot water is turned on?

When only heating is selected on my program timer the radiators all work fine and are hot. But when both heating and hot water are on the water gets hot but all the radiators go cold. When the hot ...
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How do I share the same cold water pipe for both my dishwater and washing machine?

I have one cold water source, the pipe looks like this: I would like to connect two of these pipes this the source: How do I do this? The best I could find was something like this. But the ...
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air trapped in sink drain?

A modest sized object had fallen into my bathroom sink causing (I assume) the sink to drain slowly. That is, at first (after dropping the item) the sink seemed to drain fine but eventually it slowed ...
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Should toilet be close to sewage pump?

I am adding a bathroom in basement which will have a sewage pump. I am finalizing the bathroom layout and the ideal setup will have the toilet 8 ft away from the sewage pump. Is there any reason of ...
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Why would I have hot water at one faucet but not the others?

I recently installed a new electric water heater and now I only get hot water to one faucet at a time. The kitchen faucet is closest to the heater with the bathrooms being the furthest. when i turn on ...
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How to drain a free standing bathtub

I have a freestanding bathtub to be installed on a bathroom with concrete floor that will be tilled. There were no instructions with the bathtub and the company doesn't really care (Brazil has ...
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Whistling Noise after shut off

Both faucets and toilet have whistling noises just as I shut off the valves or the toilet finishes flushing. I don't hear it in any other part of the house. Any ideas? It just started a week ago. ...
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Removing kitchen sink drain pipe from behind a wall

I'm replacing an old galvanized pipe from my kitchen drain to the basement. The drain pipe corroded a couple feet down the line and is leaking. I'd like to replace the entire run from the sink to ...
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DIY Tetherball Pole. Screw in or sink it into the ground

I am going to make an outdoor tether ball Pole. It has to be removable as its for a small city backyard. I have two choices. Get a 10 foot 1.5 inch galvanised steel pipe that is threaded and a 2 ...
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What could be causing drainage issues in our new bathroom?

We had a bathroom reassembled in stages. The bathroom functioned when we moved in 17 years ago but fell apart over time. So we had the floor re-leveled then we had new plumbing and a stall shower ...
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Laundry box and water hammer arrestor

I am trying to install my new washer & dryer combo. There are a few things that I am not sure since plumbing hardware and markings are a bit different in the US compared to once I used in Russia. ...
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I have toilet water disappearing after neighbor flushes toilet

I come home and have maybe 1" of water in bottom of stem in base of bowl. This happens when neighbor flushes her toilet. I have had a plumber here, he has reset the toilet & new wax ring, gone ...
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How to remove tap valve within shroud (Franke ascona mixer tap)

I'm trying to replace the cold tap valve on a Franke Ascona mixer tap. The valve is slightly recessed in a non removable shroud. The new replacement valve fits a standard 14mm socket set which I can ...