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Installing a drainable waterline to garage, draining into sump for winter months

So, My utility room shares a common wall with my unheated garage. I've been toying around with the idea of running some pex out there to have a spigot in my garage. I'm wondering if I need to attach a ...
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How to fix a faucet that drips unless we turn it extremely tightly?

We started to notice that the hot water bathroom sink faucet still drips after we turn it with the normal amount of force, but if we twist it harder it would stop. This problem exacerbated and it ...
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Is it possible to have cold water in the hot water line without a water heater?

While building my home, my original plumber has cold water running through both hot and cold lines in absence of a water heater. Now that I'm ready to install a water heater, Im getting an inflow of ...
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How often should the red fibre body washer be replaced in a tap?

Should the red fibre body washer be replaced as well when you disassemble a tap to replace the tape valve and "O" ring as a convenient mean to update all the wearable parts or do they last much longer ...
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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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Extend Clean Out Pipe and Fill Hole with Cement

I have a cleanup pipe in my basement that has access through a hole in the floor. The top of the clean pipe is about 6" below floor level. It seems that the bottom of the hole is just dirt. The ...
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Unclogging bathtub with an external tower drain

I have a clog in my bathtub. There is no visible overflow and it has an external tower drain. When I try to snake through the tub drain the snake comes up the external tower. Do I need to remove the ...
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Hot and Cold water seem to be mixing

Having a problem with hot and cold water seemingly mixing in my house where some locations can't get cold water and others get a mix of warm/cold from hot settings. The scenario: Moved into a new ...
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Should I remove this saddle valve, if so what is the best way to do so?

Currently this saddle valve is exposed but I would like to close this wall up. Before I do I'd like to know if I should leave the valve as-is or if I should remove it. If I remove it what is the ...
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How can I rearrange this plumbing to drain correctly?

So here's some plumbing in my house (not done by me): This was before I sealed everything up behind drywall. The drain is actually used for a Cat Genie, our laundry is in another room. Now we're ...
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Is it okay to replace the Relief valve on a water heater, or do I need to get a new water heater?

What happened was my wife smelled a different kind of odor. I had a very good idea it was the water heater. I opened up the compartment, and water was trying to come out of the pressure relief ...
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Install air admittance valve to solve musty smell (sewer gas)?

I bought a new house about a month ago, and have since noticed some plumbing issues in the laundry room: laundry tub drains slowly occasional "musty" smell, which seems to come from the drains I ...
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Using stop valves to adjust water flow in a sink

I've got a bathroom sink that has flow that is faster than I would like when the faucet valves are full open. I know I could go get an low-flow aerator to slow the flow but right now I have just ...
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How to best reconfigure this plumbing for cabinet replacement

My wife and I are fixing up our current house so we can put it on the market. We are replacing all the kitchen cabinets and the plumbing under the sink is right out of a Dr. Seuss book: So, there ...
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My washing machine drain is over flowing.

So my laundry room looks like a river. When the washer drains water is coming up from the hole in the floor where the drain pipe leads into. If the drain was backed up it should come out where the ...
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How do I remove a push-pull tub drain stopper?

We have a bathtub that has a push pull drain stopper, and I need to clean out some gunk. The problem is that I can't get the stopper out of the drain. I (finally) got the top knob removed, and I read ...
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Adding a connection to a sewage ejector tank

In my basement I have a sewage ejector tank that looks like this: One connection is the vent and the other is the discharge (mine does not have the third hole you see in the foreground). What I ...
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Plumbing - Particles / Debris In Faucets and Toilets - Water Softener Going Bad?

I had a hot water heater replaced in my house. Shortly thereafter, I noticed that the water flow in one of my faucets near the heater was very low. I wasn't sure, what to make of it, so I had the ...
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Replacing Ceramic Toilet Cistern

I have a damaged toilet cistern which is beyond repair. I was wondering if I was to install a new cistern how I would know my new one would be 'compatible' with my current set up? Is there a degree of ...
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Can anyone ID this pipe?

We're digging footers for a guest house and came across this pipe. It's buried about 12" down, it's orange and about 1" diameter and has raised ridges running lengthwise (you can see them as black ...
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Cannot undo tap/Faucet to replace washer

my mixer tap started to drip and has got worse to the point I have to turn off the water at the mains. I got the knobs off but despite using lots of penetrating oil (WD40) and leaving it for 24 then ...
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Connecting a water heater, what kind of fittings, valves, and adapters?

I'm buying a new water heater, and quite frankly the series of connections and valves are mind boggling. What I'd like to do rather than soldier the pipes together is to go from compression to thread. ...
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washing machine trap

How far can the trap be from the washing machine? The trap now is about five feet from the waste line and the machine is next to it. I want to move the machine 10 feet from the trap, but don't want to ...
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Hot Water stopped working in Kitchen Faucet

In the process of a failed attempt at fixing our dishwasher, I turned off the hot water valve beneath the sink. After turning it back on, the hot water side of the faucet no longer works! Our faucet ...
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How to make this drain better

The original problem was that running the garbage disposal would force water into the other sink. I assumed that happened because there wasn't anything blocking water from flowing between the two ...
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Is a disposer required for dishwasher permanent installation?

Just wondering, since I haven't seen a house in decades that had a dishwasher but didn't have a sink-drain grinder. I have heard that connecting it this way is partly done so there's an air gap ...
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Help identifying a compression valve in a bar-style sink

I can't locate any markings on this valve, but I believe it's recent as the building was renovated in 2007. I saw this great answer which recomended using http://faucetpartsplus.com but I wasn't able ...
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Tube Fitting vs. Flare Fitting vs. Compression Fitting

I am trying to connect a water filter with regular 3/4" FIP inlet and outlet to regular faucet tubes with 3/8" Compression Type female connectors. So, what I need, I guess, is a pair of 3/4" MIP to ...
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Toilet bowl fills very slowly unless the shut off valve is turned off and then on again

The toilet bowl is filling up very slowly. When I take the back of the toilet off, I see that there is only a little bit of water going into the fill up tube. I then found that if I turn off the ...
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Is our vent sewer pipe clogged

We have a new problem in out 110 yr old house. Whenever a toilet is flushed sinks gurgle. We recently had a slow running sink and tub on the second floor. That was well plunged by a plumber. This ...
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Greenish Deposit on Outside of Copper Pipe in Bathroom

I'm renovating my bathroom. I ripped out the floor and I noticed that there is a green deposit on the outside of the copper tubing. Is this a problem? Do I need to have a plumber check it out? The ...
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Why does my main water supply go down into the foundation?

The main water supply in our house comes up out of the foundation then sends cold water in four directions--the bathroom, the kitchen, the water heater, and back into the foundation. I know why we ...
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House has no plumbing vent — is this a solution?

I've been living in a fixer-upper for a while... I've been fixing a lot that was previously done wrong. I've finally gotten around to ripping out our first floor bathroom (two full bathrooms) and ...
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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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1 nest to control all vales on UFH manifold?

We are having an extension done and intend on having all underfloor heating in the new area. Currently we have a valiant combi boiler supplying the main house which has been T'd off with a valve for ...
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Is this normal? If not, who should I call?

My sump pit is leaking water and it is coming through the plastic of the wall. I circled the portion that has water coming through it in the picture below. It is pumping water every few minutes.
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what is the brand of this sink faucet?

enter image description hereOne of my sink faucets in my bathroom is leaking and I decide to fix it. I can uninstall the handle using allen wrench but then don't know how to find the O-ring or ...
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How to raise trap height for new vanity

We are installing a new taller vanity. The opening cut into the rear by the manufacturer is higher than the existing wall connection and trap. To get the vanity to fit against the wall, I need to do a ...
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Pipes rattle while water is flowing

Recently, the water pipes in our house started vibrating quite loudly when water is flowing. It doesn't matter whether it is the toilet flushing, a shower running, the washing machine or dishwasher, ...
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Why is my sewage ejector pump running so long?

I have a bathroom in the basement. The sewage collects in a pit with an ejector pump and is then pumped up to a pipe which feeds into the main sewage pipe that goes out of the house (see diagram). ...
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scalding hot water in some apts in a 90 unit building

We have a 92 unit building that recently approximately 10 units , all in the same line are experiencing scalding hot water from their cold water faucet in their sink, toilet bowl , washing machine and ...
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Water pump pliers or pipe wrench with PVC pipe?

Which one is the correct tool? The task at hand is connecting PVC adaptors (male brass threads on one end, PVC/CPVC fitting to receive glue on the other) to valves with brass (?) bodies.
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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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How can I get rid of the knocking sound behind my wall when I turn any tap in the house on or off?

When we turn any of our taps on or off it creates a set pattern of three knocks behind the main bedroom wall. We have a steel framed house. How can we eliminate this sound?
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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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Unable to unscrew sink valve that was covered in deposits

My faucet has been dripping a bit, so I decided to replace the valves. I finally got the escutcheon off, which required a rubber gripping pad, and the whole thing was covered in mineral deposits. I ...
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Blockage in bendy pipe

I have a problematic pipe that has a blockage. Problematic for three reasons: I could not snake through it (I have a 25 feet snake with a manual spin, spent a good while spinning trying to snake ...
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What is this device and what is wrong with it?

I have this device in my basement that is hooked up to the water system. I have no idea what it does or even if it works. Why is it covered in that stuff? Sorry for the quality of the last ...
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No water flow after closing and reopening shutoff valve

My faucet was in need of attention so went below the sink, shut off the valves, unscrewed the supply lines, cleaned the faucet put everything back and now the water won't turn back on at the valves. ...
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Repairing leaking DWV vertical 3" thin wall PVC

While painting, my wife discovered some mold on top of the baseboards, and being curious I investigated. What I found pulling the baseboards is they were covered in black mold on the backside, as well ...