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When replacing a supply line to a house in Houston, TX, what is the best material to use?

A house in Houston, TX (southern "sun belt" climate, no frost, but flexible clay soils) has a Polybutalyne supply line running from the meter to the house. It's already burst once and been repaired, ...
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How strong are copper refrigerator ice maker water lines?

How strong are the standard copper refrigerator water lines? I have a decent size coil of copper line behind my refrigerator and I am afraid to re-position/re-coil it because I have no idea of it's ...
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What can I do about a gas pipe that is in my way?

I have just taken part of a studded wall out for modernization reasons, but found a gas pipe right there in the middle of the aperture. The easy way round this would be to use a 'flexi hose' is this ...
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How can I lengthen my vent stack and are there any negative effects in doing so?

I have observed that when we receive a lot of snow here in Ontario, at least one of the drain vents on my roof is covered by snow. While after one winter in the house I have not yet observed any ...
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What is required to relocate a garbage disposal?

I have a garbage disposal in my two well sink, only problem is when it was installed, it was placed on the left side of the sink -- closest to the dishwasher, further from the stove. When I'm cooking, ...
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Why do the water pipes around my water meter vibrate when water is flowing?

I have a problem where there is a vibration in the cold water pipes whenever water is flowing (i.e. a tap is running, just after the toilet has been flushed etc.). The vibration appears to be focused ...
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How can I locate the pump in a wet open-vented central heating system?

Lost: One Central Heating Pump. Reward offered (in reputation points ;) I have a wet open-vented central heating system, and I've turned it on after six months to find the radiators aren't getting ...
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Is there a way to thaw a frozen pipe, if you can't access the pipe?

Big freeze, new house. Just found out the add-on bathroom was plumbed by amateurs, and the cold water supply froze. I don't have access to the frozen section of pipe (without major demo), so I can't ...
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How do I “un-winterize” my sprinkler system?

I just moved into a house in which the sprinkler system has been winterized. I want to get it going again, but I'm not sure what to do about these four valves here. The previous owner told me that ...
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How do I replace a section of a 4" cast iron pipe with PVC?

I am working on our upstairs bathroom and plan on moving some of the fixtures around to a different side of the room. This means I need to make changes to where the drain comes into the stack (I want ...
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What are the symptoms when 1 of the electric water heater elements goes kaput?

I suspect that something has gone awry with the electric water heater. We do get water that is plenty hot, but it doesn't seem to last as long as it used to. My suspicions are further aroused because ...
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What is the best way of plumbing a bathroom so as to avoid temperature fluctuations in the shower?

Everyone has been in a shower where you can tell when someone flushes a toilet, opens a kitchen tap, etc, as the temperature rapidly changes. There's also other places where the shower is virtually ...
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What can I use to lubricate a new kitchen faucet no longer turns?

I installed a new kitchen faucet about 6 months ago. However, it no longer turns/swivels at the base. My non-expert inspection of the problem seems to suggest that the point-of-swivel has a build up ...
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How do I install a washing machine when the drain is 7.5 feet high?

My washing machine drain is 7.5 feet from the floor. I plan on researching my washer and making sure it can pump that high. I want to hook it up to a 1.5 inch PVC pipe drain. The 1.5 pipe is above ...
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How can I eliminate play in a water tap?

My hot water tap in the bathroom has had half a turn of play for as long as I can remember. That is, after increasing flow it takes half a turn before the flow will start going down again, and vice ...
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Does PEX leach BPA when used for hot water plumbing?

Would using PEX for potable hot water result in having Bisphenol A (BPA) leached into the water? Does PEX have BPA content?
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I think I have a section of frozen PEX inside an exterior wall. What should I do?

The sink in our main floor bathroom, which has an exterior facing wall, seems to have a frozen hot water pipe. The cold water flows freely and toilet is fine, but hot water seems to be frozen, which I ...
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Should I install an inline water heater for my bathroom?

It takes 3-4 minutes of the shower running before the hot water reaches my upstairs bathroom. I'd like to not have to waste all that water and time. My initial though was to install an inline water ...
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Do tub drains of the same diameter ever have different thread-per-inch counts?

My tub's drain flange has had the little cross piece inside it broken out, which means I cannot screw a grid drain into it. Right now, it's totally open and an invitation for my toddler to drop stuff ...
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How to install Water Heater drain pan to sump pit?

I want to replace my electric water heater. The current water heater does not have a drain pan. I'd like to add one with my new water heater. This is all in the basement. Our basement does not ...
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Do I have to do anything different to use compression fittings on chrome pipe?

I have a radiator sitting on a concrete floor in my bathroom. I'm connecting it up to the central heating with chrome pipes and chrome compression fittings - the piping is all visible above floor due ...
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What type of hose should be used when flushing a water heater?

I know that a hot water heater should be flushed yearly to mitigate sediment buildup. What kind of hose should be used? Is a simple garden hose sufficient, or will the hot water melt or damage the ...
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How high can I stretch my washing machine drain hose?

The waste hose through which the water is removed from my washing machine is inserted into a vertical pipe extending from the floor with a U shape at its end. The problem is that there is foam coming ...
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What accessories, aside from faucets, fit into sink faucet holes?

I'm going to replace an existing 3-hole faucet with a single hole faucet in my kitchen sink. I plan on installing a soap dispenser into one of the other holes, but that will still leave me with one ...
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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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When should pipe dope vs thread tape be used?

For threaded plumbing connections, you typically use pipe dope or thread tape (aka teflon tape). Are there situations when one is preferred over another? Does the size of the pipe, type of pipe, part ...
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What can soak up moisture from a closed space

I have a really weird problem. I have a bedroom wall where the paint kept bubbling and peeling off. I have re-textured and painted it several times. I finally ripped all the drywall off and ...
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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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How to fix a leaky flapper valve?

I bought a house that had been sitting for some time. One of the the issues that I've discovered is that the flapper valve leaks. I've come to this conclusion by turning off the water to the tank ...
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Can I use a PVC cleanout plug in a Cast Iron Cleanout?

There's a cleanout plug on this pipe that I simply can't get loose. I've tried liquid wrench, PB blaster, heating up the area with a torch, everything I can think of. All that's really left is to go ...
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Why does cold water always mix in bathtub mixing valve, even on hottest setting?

I have a single-handle (rotates 270 degrees) faucet in my tub/shower. I've noticed that it is always mixing in cold water, even when turned all the way to hot. I can prove this by holding the cold ...
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How can I join two lengths of flexible 1/4" copper pipe?

I have found a leak coming from under my refrigerator, after pulling it out to get behind it I found the 1/4" copper pipe that supplies the water for the ice maker and water in the door was severed ...
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What could cause my toilets to bubble and clear water to come out of the clean out pipe?

Manufactured home installed 1996 but septic tank is from 1973. I live on a hill and have had no septic back ups. Two weeks ago my toilets started bubbling and it appeared they were sucking air. I ...
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Should I bond a water softener's in/out pipes?

Our house was built in 1997. The pipes are copper (including the city water supply pipe). Some time after the house was built, the previous owners installed a water softener. The softener parts are ...
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What do I do about a toilet flange that is too high?

I just had the floors in my bathroom replaced and now the flange is too high. When I put the toilet on top, the front touches the floor, but the back does not. The flange and piping are PVC, and the ...
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How can I install a frost-free outdoor faucet with very little space?

On one side of my house, the previous owner frequently forgot to shut off the outdoor water during the winter. Given that my house is in Minnesota, it gets cold during the winter, and he had to ...
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What are the standard sizes/clearances for bathroom elements?

I expect to be asking several more questions about this project; but I'm starting with a general one, and will get more refined as things develop. We are working on finishing our basement, which ...
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What is this component that connects to the garbage disposal?

I am trying to install a new faucet with a soap dispenser. I removed my old facuet; however, where the soap dispenser is supposed to go, this is here: It has pipes that go to the sink erator under ...
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Why is the water in my toilets orange?

My wife and I just moved in to a brand new house and have started to notice that the water in the toilets is an orange color, and is starting to leave stains in the bowl. After looking online briefly, ...
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How do I remove a brass pipe that has been jammed into a larger iron pipe?

I was replacing the sink this afternoon when I noticed that the p-trap would not reach the drain pipe. No biggie, right? I'll just buy some extensions from the local big box and be on my way. I ...
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Why does pressure relief valve state 'Not for Use with Water Heaters'?

So I replaced my 6.5 year old electric hot water (installed with house built in 06') heater and used an identical plumbing setup as my previous install. My previous (and now current) install has a ...
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Does water run through a kitchen faucet sprayer when the faucet is off?

I was attempting to replace my faucet sprayer and hose today and discovered that the hose I bought was not compatible with the faucet. I bought a hose that screws on, the one on the faucet has some ...
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Maximum run on drain?

I'm planning a reconfiguration of my basement and want to move both the powder room and w/d to new locations. The powder room would be close enough to the stack not to worry me, but I'm looking at ...
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Connecting a P-trap to a female drain connector in the wall

I am replacing a bathroom vanity and while I'm doing that, I'm also replacing the p-trap for the sink (mostly because I want one with a drain, but also because I have to raise the height a couple ...
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Restarting toilet line after 50 years

I have a sewer opening in my basement for a toilet. The flange looks just fine, but that sewer line has probably not been used in 50 years. Is there anything I should do before starting to use it? Or ...
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What could cause taps for both hot and cold water to suddenly stop working?

There are two taps in one of the bathrooms of our house. A few days ago, one of them "went out": after giving a noise as if very suddenly closed, the water stopped flowing, only a little trickling ...
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The main water valve won't open fully after I closed it. How do I shut off the water to replace it?

Basically the title says it all. I turned the water for the house off to replace some leaking washing machine shutoff valves, and install stop-cock valves for a laundry sink. When I tried to turn ...
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How can I remove this dried drain cleaner from a kitchen sideboard?

I recently spent a week or so trying to unclog a seriously blocked kitchen sink drain. I tried various things, including One Shot Instant Drain Cleaner (a hardware-store 91% sulphuric acid drain ...
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How do I clean a kitchen sink spray hose?

My kitchen sink has one of those sprayer-on-a-hose things off to the side of the main faucet. It has a clear plastic hose that pulls out to spray stuff around the sink. That hose has green stuff ...
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How do I stop a leaking tub faucet?

This tub faucet (that is probably 20+ years old) has a pretty steady drip going and I'm not sure where to start to figuring out how to stop it. (apologies for the grainy photo...just had my the ...