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Installing new soil pipe

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, direct ...
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Why does my toilet fill valve never completely stop filling?

When ever I flush my toilet the tank fills to the correct height and the water looks like it stops, but then I hear a hissing noise and the tank continues to slowly keep filling until it is constantly ...
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Why won't my hose bib handle turn either way?

The handle on my outdoor hose bib won't turn at all. The faucet is currently partially on and the handle will not turn either way. How can I fix it so it will work properly?
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What could be causing water to leak out of the overflow hole from the bottom of a sink?

I have installed a new sink (A St. Thomas Creations Antiqua Petite Oval Self-Rimming Lavatory Sink with Overflow). After the water has been running for a while, water starts to leak out of the ...
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Can I use the existing rigid copper plumbing when replacing a water heater?

We have a 40 gal RUDD water heater installed in 1997. We are thinking of replacing it before it starts leaking. The existing plumbing is with rigid copper, with an expansion tank connected on the ...
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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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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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Why does my toilet make air noises when nothing is being used?

There is no back up in sink or shower. Nothing using water is turned on. Flush handle is sometimes hard to press. Why?
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Need to unstick stuck shower divider valve

The shower divider value (which chooses between letting water flow into the tub or up into the shower) is stuck. I can't spin it with the installed plastic handle. Here's some pictures: With the ...
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Funny “thump” sounds sometimes at night, what could be the cause?

I live in a 4-story townhouse that has a wood frame (no concrete except in basement) and was built in late 1980's. Once in a blue moon, whilst laying on the bed at night, I have heard a rather loud ...
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Should I attempt to save 4" cast iron DWV fittings and pipe?

I'm in the process of ripping out an old cast iron drainage stack that runs clear from the roof to the basement with a few elbows and wyes in the mix. I'm in Portland, Oregon (west coast USA), and my ...
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What's the correct term for a steam radiator valve pipe with tapered threads?

In changing the air valves on antique steam radiator, I bought two different brands which both have machine-like straight threads, whereas the old ones reveal themselves to be tapered. The new will ...
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Can I cut or cover a sewer cleanout pipe in front of my house?

I have a PVC pipe sticking up in front of my house, in a flower-bed area. It's 20 inches high and 5 inches in diameter. As I understand, it is a sewer clean-out pipe. It's rather unsightly and I've ...
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What can I do about toilet water disappearing?

Since last month, for whatever reason, the water in the toilet keeps disappearing every other day (like the water that sits at the bottom after you flush). This is enough to fill the apartment with ...
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How do I repair my cracked shower pan?

My shower pan, made of gel-coated fiber glass, has three cracks, as shown in the photo below. The cracks radiate fairly straight from the drain in the center at twelve, four, and eight o'clock. (All ...
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What could be causing a high pitched squeak when the water is turned on?

When the water is turned on for toilet flush or sinks-hot or cold and when the clothes washer is filling (newer type washer that adds more water), many times for the first 4 minutes (starting the ...
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How far from the sink can we install the dishwasher without major remodel?

We are buying an old house built in 1935. We do not want to do a major kitchen remodel but we would like to replace the old portable dishwasher (that you roll over to the sink and hookup) with a ...
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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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How do I remove a stuck faucet/tap cover?

I've been fixing leaking faucets in a bathroom. There are total six faucets in a bathroom, two made into a bathroom basin, two made into the wall in the shower tube and the last two are on the wall ...
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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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Hot water stops flowing out of ALL taps in the house.

When we flush the toilet in our renovated bathroom, the hot water stops flowing out of ALL taps in the house. This is solved by flushing the toilet in the (un-renovated) ensuite at the other end of ...
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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 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 remove pipe sealed with silicone

My kitchen sink is emptying very slowly. The pipes under the sink are clear. So the blockage must be somewhere in the pipe from the wall on. Unfortunately the curved pieces of pipe are in the way and ...
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Replace with Copper and “mixing” with Old Galvanized Pipe health concerns

I have a 1940s house located in Indiana (no hard water). I'm doing a tub/tile replacement with 100% Dreamline Shower Kit, and Delta Single Trim T17255 hookup with shower head ONLY. This house is like ...
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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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How can I repair a kitchen sink that is leaking from both the handle and the underneath cabinet?

My kitchen sink is a single-handle, ball-type faucet. Lately it has been leaking from the base of the handle when the water is running, and when that happens water also drips beneath the sink. Is it ...
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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 disconnect my water line from the toilet?

I'm trying to replace the bits inside my toilet. The water supply line is stuck where it goes into the toilet, The plastic connector seems "glued" to the fill valve assembly. How can I get it off?
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Can I move my kitchen to the front of the house or any other ideas?

I recently purchased this 3/4 bedroom house. I liked having the additional room space downstairs (converted garage) but do not like how it is separated from the rest of the house. Also, the kitchen ...
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Washing machine drain into 4" cast waste stack

Can I drain my washing machine into a 4" diameter cast iron stack? I want to take my washing machine out of the basement and reinstall it in kitchen above. I would like to drill into the stack to take ...
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What disadvantages do thermostatic mixing valves have?

I will soon be buying a new water heater for my home. I want to set the heater to keep the stored water at least 140 degrees Fahrenheit (60 degrees Celsius), and use a thermostatic mixing valve to ...
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Is the water valve continuing to leak after I shut it off normal?

In the process of replacing the T&P valve for my hot water tank, I shut the supply valve off, to the tank but it continued to leak. Is this normal?
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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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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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How to reconnect disconnected elbow in waste pipe?

I live in a mobile home community, the septic recently was overflown, it was pumped, however the main line connecting to the pipes in my house was "out of place" when the maintenance person "banged it ...
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Is there a way to fix a small water leak in a PVC pipe from inside the pipe?

The PVC evacuation pipe from my toilet is leaking a little bit. The part of the pipe that is leaking is buried inside concrete. I am trying to find a way to fix the leak from inside the pipe, that is ...
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why does kitchen tap go cold when pressure is reduced

I have a mixer tap in the kitchen, when the pressure is medium or low the water is cold - i need to turn the pressure up way too high for the water to be hot. This is really annoying as the water ...
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What is that dripping noise I hear in the wall whenever cold water is used after sitting awhile?

I live in a condo...upstairs with another unit behind me with the plumbing in the shared wall between us. Whenever it's been awhile (say 45 minutes to an hour) since any cold water has been used, if ...
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How does this 50 year old shower valve work?

I'm in a bind, with this valve taken out of the wall and the water supply turned off. It looks like these pieces are all intact, nothing broken. The valve stem screws into what I would call the valve ...
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How do I prevent mobile home flexible water lines from freezing?

I have a 2009 mobile home. It has a flexible water feed line going to the toilet that freezes in very cold temps. I have been told these lines won't break if they freeze. They will just expand and ...
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What kind of toilet tank is this?

This is the toilet tank in my apartment. A few days ago I started noticing brown residue in the water. Upon investigation, I encountered a toilet tank I'm not familiar with... there's an "outer" tank, ...
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Does a plumbing vent need to penetrate the roof? (Can it penetrate a wall?)

We're going to move our washer/dryer to the garage (the front loader needs to sit on concrete to keep it from shaking our house to the ground). I'll need to add a washer drain to the garage for the ...
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Fix a copper pipe leak

I have a copper T joint that is leaking on one side, what is the best way to repair this joint that does not involve cutting the joint out and starting over? -- Update -- The pipe in question is for ...
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How can I reseal a shower drain on a pre-formed shower base?

The shower drain in my first-floor bathroom leaks. Based on looking from the basement below, it seems the leak is at the point where the drain assembly should clamp to the shower base (which is ...
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What are the two tubes connected to my refrigerator?

I bought a used whirlpool refrigerator, I don't know if something is missing or what. There are two plastic tubing lines coming out of the back of the refrigerator. Now I know one needs to connect to ...
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Should my toilet flange sit on top of the backer board or the tile of the floor?

The bathroom model saga continues. The old toilet flange was rusting, and the subfloor was rotting, so I pulled up the subfloor around the toilet, and replaced the drain pipe with ABS, and an elbow. ...
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water from dishwasher backing up

How do I fix this problem, I live in a 1976 doublewide which has no air gap on the sink and I have no garbage disposer, the problem is I run the dishwasher and the water backs into the sink, so I ...
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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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What is this? (Something to do with water filtering?)

I have the following thing in my basement and I'm not quite sure exactly what it is. I believe it has something to do with either hard water, or water filtration. So my two questions would be: 1. ...