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How to install new faucet with old water shutoff valve

I'm installing a new faucet and noticed that the instructions call for the faucet water line to be bolted directly onto the shutoff valve. The problem is, my shutoff valves have built-in lines which ...
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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 do you connect tap lines to the water line?

I bought a new bathroom tap with braided lines and it has the same end connectors as the end connectors coming up out of the floor, meaning both are female instead of one male and one female. How ...
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dripping sound inside wall

I'll try to get everything in here, yet be concise. This is a 3-story building, plus basement/underground parking. I'm on the 2nd floor, studio. Same layout above and below. Exterior wall to ...
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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 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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Can a freestanding bathtub drain be damaged by regular use?

I recently moved out of a house with a freestanding bathtub. During our tenancy there, the floor developed cracks which I reported and 2 months before we left, we would find water on the floor every ...
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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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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 salvage this broken toilet flange that's embedded in concrete?

The flange is about 7" OD. As you can see both slots where the closet bolts would go are broken. Can I salvage this flange somehow, instead of having to rip it out of the concrete and installing a new ...
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Is this plastic container in my toilet tank necessary?

We have two toilets that don't flush well. You have to hold the handle down for the entire flush, and even so they don't flush enough water. Inside the tanks are plastic baffles that seem designed ...
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How do I remove a broken toilet auger from my toilet?

My toilet is suffering frequent clogs that could be cleared with a plunger, but recurs the next time we send anything down. So I went and got the fanciest toilet auger at Lowe's, Cobra brand heavy ...
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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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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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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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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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Should the water heater be shut down if the water main has to be turned off?

I have a brand new AO Smith 50gal gas water heater. Today there was a burst pipe from the cold spell we're having currently, so I had to turn off the water main to the house until the plumbers get ...
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How can I clear a slow running kitchen drain?

My kitchen sink is draining slowly, even thought the U-bend is cleaner than a clean thing. It seems to be the case there's a partial obstruction between the U-bend for and the inspection cover ...
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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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Fitting a thermostatic valve onto a towel rail

I've got a towel rail in my bathroom that is heated from my combi boiler. I'd like to fit a TRV to the towel rail. Is there any reason why I shouldn't do that? Should I buy a specific type of TRV, or ...
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How much water do water softeners waste?

I'm considering buying a water softener, but I heard that they waste a lot of water, and I don't really want my water bill to skyrocket. I haven't been able to find any clear indication of how much ...
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How high up should I put the ice maker connection box?

I'm going to finally connect the refrigerator's ice maker to water. Because the water line will come from the basement (and not from a kitchen cabinet), I have bought this connection box to install in ...
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Why does the water temperature fluctuate on this single handle fixture?

Symptoms: When using shower, cold water soon (2 minutes) will supply warm or hot water. i.e without turning the hot valve on, and only turning cold valve on, the water out of showerhead gets warm or ...
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How do I fix a leaky toilet that only leaks from underneath?

I am noticing some water spots on my concrete in my (unfinished) basement. When I look up for the cause of the water I can see water dripping around the hole that is used for the sewer pipe for the ...
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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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How to remove this plastic pipe elbow

I cannot seem to get this plastic pipe elbow (pictured below) off. It joins a plastic pipe to an outside tap and the elbow has a crack in. I've tried twisting, pulling and pushing it - but it won't ...
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Thermostatic Shower doesn't give cold showers? Normal?

I have recently purchased a home with a Thermostatic shower and when at the coldest setting the water was hot. I did some researched and changed the temperature cartridge and now the water is warm. if ...
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Why would my pressure reducing valve fail after repairing my water main?

I had a main water line bust on my side of the water meter. After fixing it and turning water back on to my house my water heater T&P valve kept releasing spurts of water which found out it was ...
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Is my water contaminated?

I have a "blacklight" to check for dirt and noticed the water in the toilet bowl and a sinkful of water in the same bathroom had a distinct greenish color? I poured a lot of bleach into the toilet to ...
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Why is my Sterling three handle shower tub faucet leaking?

I have a three handle shower tub faucet that has leaked for years. I replaced the stems last year, but recently learned that the stems the hardware store gave me to use were the wrong ones. I brought ...
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What could cause a 5 year old valves to corrode so quickly

Unlike this question, the hot water heater is not a factor as it is happening to joints all over the house. Further all joints are either copper on copper or brass on copper. I've taken over ...
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Shower not hot enough, unable to find adjustment, manufacturer out of business

Our shower doesn't get hot enough even with the knob turned all the way, I measure about 90 degrees F. A sink faucet in the same room at the same time shows 115 degrees F. The hot water pipe leading ...
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Replace main water valve with Sharkbite shut off valve?

Currently my main water shut off valve is soldered using a 3/4 globe valve. However the stem is leaky and i am thinking of replacing it? Is it a good idea to cut it out and replace it using a ...
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Is this singe-handle shower valve servicable? If so how would I find the source of a steady drip when the valve is shut off?

My mother's house has a shower that has a perpetual drip; the valve is likely original to the house (probably ~1970) and I expected it to be a pressure-balancing valve with a cartridge and replacable ...
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How do I seal my shower escutcheon plate to prevent it from leaking?

I have a leak that's going from my upstairs bathroom tub/shower to my downstairs bathroom ceiling. The leak occurs only when someone is using the shower or tub. I had someone open up the ceiling and ...
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What could cause low hot water pressure in the shower only?

The hot water pressure in every other faucet in the house is fine, but in the shower it's a little more than a trickle. I removed the shower head and pulled out the cartridge (it looks kind of like ...
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Is it normal for there to be a small gap between toilet tank and wall?

We recently replaced the toilet in our bathroom and I'm noticing a gap between the tank and the wall. Example: Is this normal? Our last toilet tank was flush against the wall. My concern is ...
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Shower only having hot water for 3 mins and no longer

I just moved into an apartment and unfortunately after taking my first and only shower there now for three weeks I instantly realized there was something wrong. Within three minutes of showering my ...
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What pipe/adapter do I need to make this sink connect to this P trap?

I'm getting ready to connect a custom vanity to a P-trap and I'm not sure what kind of pipe/connection/adapter I need. The P-trap looks like this: (note that it won't be sticking out that far ...
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What shape/bends should a bathroom sink drain pipe have to generally comply with US code and avoid clogs?

Santa Cruz, CA, USA I think this question might be related to Under bathroom sink piping (exposed) but my question is more general so I decided to post it separately. I'm in the middle of a ...
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Why does my toilet make a high pitched whine when it refills?

When my toilet is refilling with water,it makes a very high pitched whine. Any suggestions on how to resolve?
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Sweat 3" Copper With Mapp Gas Torch?

I need to remove a section of 3" copper, and replace it. Has anyone ever done this with a single Mapp gas torch? I'm not sure if its going to have enough heat to get it done. I probably could get it ...
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How can I avoid excessive junk on inside junction, when cementing PVC sprinkler pipe?

I'm cementing some schedule 40 PVC pipe using the best instructions I could find ( http://www.tchristy.net/pdf/ChristysTechManual_v5_English.pdf ). The outside of each joint looks fine, but inside ...
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how to fit restrictor in toilet pan inlet

How do I fit restrictor in toilet pan inlet when plumbing? Water is overflowing the pan and soaking the floor each time flush is pulled. Armitage advised to fit this restrictor.
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Why won't the heat shut off in one zone?

we have a three zone baseboard hotwater furnace. a few months ago one zone would randomly stay on, we did change the thermostat we have not noticed the problem again, but in another zone we have the ...
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Draining washing machine into yard

Short and sweet. First, we are on a septic tank. We are in Mississippi. We called a plumber to snake our drain on our washing machine because one load pours gallons of water onto the laundry room, ...
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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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Very low water pressure in house

I have a single stored house with an overhead tank and a one inch pipe running down. In bath rooms this one inch pipe is reduced to half inch as all our bath room fittings come with .5 inch gauge. I ...