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Why isn't my Fluidmaster installation working correctly?

I have tried two brand new fluidmaster toilet valves. It is very inconsistent. Sometimes it doesn't allow the tank to fill, sometimes the floater does not engage causing perpetual flowing of water, ...
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What could be causing the bizarre whistling sound that is coming from the pipes around the en suite and main bath?

The sound changes frequency in a regular pattern, and almost sounds electronic, like an old radio with a bad antenna. We can only hear it in these two bathrooms, and it occurs whether or not the water ...
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What is causing a cat urine smell in my bathroom?

My bathroom has started smelling like cat urine. We have NO cats. I think the smell is coming from the shower drain. What could this smell be coming from and how do I get rid of it?
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Can I move my washer and dryer 10 feet to the right?

My basement is being renovated, and I'd like to have my washer and dryer moved about 10 feet to the right of their current location. They would still be against the same wall, just further down. The ...
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Why is the water supply for my refrigerator not turning on?

I need to turn on the water supply for a new fridge that makes ice and water. I turned the valve behind the fridge to the on position but water is not coming out. I can not locate any other valve that ...
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How high must a shower pan curb be?

Releated to: Building on top of 3/4'' plywood subfloor (link for impatient: http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2012/12/21/how-to-make-a-relatively-sweet-shower-cheap/) I would like to know how ...
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Tankless water heater and inconsistent water temperature

We recently brought a house that was built in 1927, and much of it has been updated. The previous owners put in a tankless water heater two years ago. Our hot water is very inconsistent. When someone ...
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Why isn't this water softener shutoff valve configuration preventing water from running in my house

I recently was wondering how good my inherited water softener was performing so I bought some strips and tested the water in my house. The water was very hard, so I wanted to figure out what's up. The ...
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Why are all the toilets in my house running intermittently?

All of my toilets in the house have started to run intermittently. Is there something wrong with the plumbing or could it be that the flapper has gone bad on all the toilets at the same time?
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Is this an appropriate drain design for adding a shower?

I recently took on the challenge of adding a shower to my existing downstairs bathroom. The bathroom is inside what used to be the garage so it is far away from any existing vents. After some demo, ...
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Where to locate p trap and venting in complicated washing machine installation? See sketch

I would like to add a washing machine (and dryer) to my split-level home so that I can rent out the basement below (which already has its own washer/dryer). I don't have the experience to do it myself,...
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How do I connect a new trap to an old cast iron pipe?

I replaced a lavatory in the bathroom with a new faucet and new trap, but the old 1-1/4 trap is connected to a cast iron pipe with led through the wall. I cut the old trap out, and I used a 1-1/4 ...
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How can I replace this water pressure reducing valve?

Some of my taps were dripping slightly and it was recommended that I test the water pressure. After a few tests the pressure is 140 PSI in the house, which I understand is extremely high and I have ...
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Is this the vent?

Below is an image below my kitchen. The drain for the sink. I can hear the water run through it Junction Connects to the 3" main drain Is this a vent? I don't hear any water going through it and I ...
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Decipher my bathroom rough in

Can someone help me decipher this picture? When I had the house built, the builder roughed in a bathroom for later use. The pipes in this picture are A 2" pipe, possible a vent with a T connector (...
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What is the maximum number of connections to pipes?

Does anyone have a table of the maximum number of connections that drain/vent pipes can have for a given size?
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What does a vent stack look like?

Excuse my noob question, but what does a vent stack look like? It's pretty easy to tell which pipes are for waste (I can hear the water running through them), and I'm assuming that all of the pipes ...
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What is the “warm water method” of clearing a clogged toilet?

In this question the OP mentioned that, when having problems with blocked toilet, as his first attempt he tried warm water method. I would like to ask: What is warm water method? For which ...
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What problems could I check for with a low-pressure dishwasher pump?

I have a GE Potscrubber 850 dishwasher that is not washing dishes (no water comes out during cycle). Here is what I have tried: I cleaned out the float valve, and it appears to be functioning. I ...
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What is the “standard” height of a P trap?

I know that the height will vary based on how high the sink is mounted and how deep it is, but I'm trying to figure out how long of a run I can make for my sink.
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How long can a sink drain be?

I've read that the rule is 1/4" per foot of drain line. From what I know, the rule is based on the height of the P-trap to where you tie in. What part of the P-trap do you measure from? How low can ...
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How can I install a sink/dishwasher in basement?

I am looking to finish my basement and as part of the renovation, I'd like to install a bar complete with a sink and dishwasher (and beer taps of course). Attached (once I get enough rep) is a ...
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What damage may a bad condensor on a well-pump do?

Yet another follow-up to How does one determine whether a waterlogged High HP pump is electrically OK to use? The pump is out now. The screws on the housing being jammed/rusted tight, I've applied ...
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Easy way to seal an old plumbing vent

I plan on buying a house but it has this cleanout and old vent for the plumbing in the basement. Whoever renovated the basement disconnected the vent and just let air flow into the basement. Is ...
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What techniques can be used to buff a stainless steel sink?

Hypothetically, say I was too aggressive using a bucket in a new stainless steel sink. Hypothetically, say the sink now has some scratches. I used an oxalic acid based cleanser (Bar Keepers Friend)...
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What are the different ways to dry the winding of a water-logged pump?

A follow-up to How does one determine whether a waterlogged High HP pump is electrically OK to use? Several sites on the internet indicate it may be possible to dry the windings on a waterlogged ...
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How does one determine whether a waterlogged High HP pump is electrically OK to use?

A high power pump (the mechanic said it is a 0.75HP induction motor) is mounted on the old well using those huge bolts driven through the stone. During the recent rains the grounds were water-logged, ...
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Flushable kitty litter…should I flush it or is it bad for my plumbing?

I rent an apartment in California. I flush my kitty litter because it is flushable. Is flushing kitty litter not good for your plumbing even though the litter was designed to be flushed down the ...
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How can I fill a small gap in a sink drain pipe?

I'm replacing a bathroom sink. I messed up (long story, I already forgot the ugly details) by grinding out the piece that the P trap slides into, messing up the threads on the inside of the pipe ...
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Master Shower Won't Get Hot Unless Another Faucet is Turned On

We have a brand new gas & electric water heater. Purchased in 2013. For some reason, when we turn on the hot water in the master shower, it only gets lukewarm unless one of the sink faucets is ...
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Pipe threading tool for 15mm galvanised pipe

My local hardware store stocks 15mm diameter galvanised pipe fittings and lengths of galvanised pipe with threaded ends. The annoying thing is they charge $7 for a 100mm length of pipe but $16 for a ...
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Can the discharge of the water powered backup sump pump be connected to the discharge of the primary sump pump?

When installing a water powered back-up sump pump can the discharge of the water-powered back-up sump pump be connected by a Y to the discharge of the primary sump pump? I read that it shouldn't ...
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How to install shower 'S' pipe

I want to raise my shower head a few inches. It seems a common solution is an 'S' pipe such as this one. But when tightening this pipe on the wall, how do you ensure that it stays perfectly vertical? ...
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Should plumber's putty be placed on the sink or on the flange during a flange install?

I have seen this done both ways. I put my plumber's putty on the sink in a circle that meets the bottom of the sink or top of the ring. I have seen others attach the putty to the underside of the ...
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How can I remove a temperature and pressure relief valve that seems to be stuck?

I have a hot water heater relief valve that is leaking heavily. The water heater manual states I should replace the valve (which is OK by me). Unfortunately, I am not able to remove the valve as it ...
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What is the “required” amount when using Plumber's Putty

I have a new stainless steel sink and installed a Kohler sink flange following their package instructions. The instructions for putty only stipulated "apply a ring of putty." However, subsequently, I ...
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Why does cold water comes out faster when the hot water is turned off?

I had my bathroom refurbished a while ago. Ever since, when I have my kitchen taps (downstairs) both hot and cold on fully, then turn off the hot tap, cold comes out much faster. Any clues as to why?...
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Why would turning off a sink faucet stop the shower?

We observed a really weird behavior this morning. While showering, if any sink faucet is turned on anywhere in the house, the shower continues without any problem. However, when that sink is turned ...
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Is it OK for air conditioning condensation to drip right next to the house?

Our house has a 3/4" PVC pipe coming out the side which drains condensation from the central air conditioning. It drips at what seems like a normal rate. Taking a wild guess, I'd say a gallon per day. ...
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Why does it take longer for the water in my kitchen to come on after the city worked on drains near my home?

The city recently "did some work" on one of the drains around the corner in my neighborhood. Ever since then, my hot and cold water in the kitchen is taking longer and longer to come on. Started at 5 ...
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What temperature should I set my water heater to?

When adjusting my water heater, what temperature should I set it to? Is the answer different if you have: Concerns about diseases A dishwasher Young children or elderly that can be easily burned ...
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How can I trace the path of plumbing lines inside walls without cutting holes?

I am looking to install a shutoff valve for an outdoor faucet, and to do that, I need to locate the pipe leading to that faucet. I tried to trace it by listening for the hissing sound when the water ...
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Pulsing water with PEX tubing?

Our home is plumbed with PEX tubing, from what I can tell. When summer started, the shower started running hotter, so we turned down the shower lower and lower. But when we reached a certain place ...
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Sewage? Or is my dog just farting?

Periodically, I am encountering a very sulfurous smell in my house (1945 construction, interior completely remodeled/renovated in 2012). It smells strongly of sewage. The smell is strongest in the ...
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What is the maximum number of load bearing studs in a row that can be notched?

I'm trying to install a new utility sink and washer hookup in my garage and am trying to plan how I'm going to run the copper supply lines. The most direct path I can think of is to notch probably 5 ...
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What is the difference between swage fittings and compression fittings?

I'm having problems with seeing the difference between these two types of fittings that are used to connect metal/plastic tubing. How can you spot the difference?
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What type of faucet is this?

I cannot for the life of me figure out what kind of faucet this is. I need to replace the stems as they are leaking but without knowing the brand I am stumped!
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Is there a better way to join two corrugated pipes?

I've got two pipes from my dishwasher underneath my sink that are for the water that drains out of it. The pipe join has recently started leaking. The join is shown in the picture below and my ...
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How do I vent a floor drain and toilet sharing a common drain on the second floor?

Can the upper portion of a sanitary tee installed vertically in the stack be used as a vent if both a floor drain and toilet enter it at the same level through a common drain (wye) and there are no ...
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How to tell when a plumbing fitting is tightened correctly?

I replaced the supply valve on my bathroom sink with this ¼-turn angle valve. Both valves (hot and cold) are leaking about 1 drop every few seconds at the valve's input. I got them hand ...