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How do I trace a water leak inside a stud wall?

There is (maybe was) a slow water leak in the wall behind our shower. While tracking down an issue with the floor, I removed the frout panel from under the shower tray and noticed it was very wet ...
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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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Why did my tub drain start running slowly after going unused for a little while?

I recently moved into a new apartment and quickly found that the tub drain ran pretty slowly. I wasn't able to fix it myself, so eventually a plumber came in and fixed things up — the drain ran great ...
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When does an under the sink P-Trap assembly need venting?

In the realm of second homeowner woes, I had a P-Trap assembly under the bathroom sink. It was a strait connection to the pipe connected to the main sewer line. (least I think that was the case) ...
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How do I make sure that a new washing machine doesn't overflow?

My house suffers from a chronic lack of planning on the part of the designer. For example: the piping to my washing machine is both too small, and angled so that the water has to run uphill. This ...
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What could be causing water to drip from the relief valve of my new gas water heater, again?

I installed a brand new water heater about 4 months ago, noticed that that relief valve was dripping like crazy. Checked the expansion tank and it was filled with water. I replaced it with a brand ...
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How do I connect my refrigerator water line to the house line?

My GE fridge has a 1/4 in OD line, but the connection on the house is larger, and I'm not sure what exact size it is. What is the standard sized connection for the wall valve water supply line?
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How proud can a toilet flange sit above the floor?

Related to How do I replace this cast iron toilet flange? I've removed the cast iron and am dry fitting the replacement parts. I used a 4" - 3" reducing coupling, 3" pvc and a 3" 90 to line up where ...
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How do I replace this cast iron toilet flange?

I have a big old gawd awful cast iron (at least I think it's cast iron, the house was built in 1940) toilet flange that is in sorry shape. See? There will never be a better time to replace it - as ...
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Can I reduce or eliminate water hammer without plumbing?

I have a friend who lives in an apartment with terrible water hammer problems which the management is unwilling to fix. I'm curious if there is a product or device that would attach, for instance, to ...
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Why is it that every DIY plumbing job requires two extra trips to the hardware store? [closed]

You plan. You measure. You re-measure. You plan some more. You write it all down. You go to the hardware store and buy EVERYTHING you could possibly need, plus extra. You come home, you go to ...
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Why does water surge out of the shower head after being turned off?

This can happen 30 minutes later or even many hours later after a shower is taken. The new shower fixture installed didn't solve the problem. Can anything be done to correct this and prevent this ...
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Adjusting a Mixer Tap Hot/Cold Mix

I have a Twyford mixer tap on my bathroom washbasin (Exact model here). As it stands the Hot/Cold mix I can get out of it is either very hot or very cold, with a tiny area in the middle giving a ...
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What could cause my showers hot water to not work well after water main work?

We had some work done on the mains cold water feed into the house. At first everything worked just fine but after about a day when the top floor shower is now switched on there's a rapid banging noise ...
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What is a quick and temporary fix for a cracked toilet waste pipe?

Somehow the porcelain waste pipe of the toilet has cracked and has started leaking. We're about to replace the whole bathroom so I just need a quick fix. Will wrapping the crack in duck tape work?
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What could be causing our shower fixture to not work properly?

All of the sudden, we can't turn our Symmons shower fixture to 12 o'clock. It stops around 10 o'clock in it's off position now. We've noticed that when we turn the shower on lately it makes a really ...
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Why can't the plumber fix my kitchen sink?

I had a professional plumber out today. He spent about 3 hours trying to unclog my kitchen sink. Finally he said there's something wrong with the drain because he can't get it fixed. So here I am with ...
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Why does my toilet overflow during my washer's spin cycle?

Whenever I use my washer, the toilet makes a gurgling noise and then over overflows. I have to turn the washer off until the water in the toilet recedes. I have noticed this during the spin cycle. It ...
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How can I rebuild/repair/replace this garden faucet

I recently bought a house that was built in 1978, and it has a couple of garden faucets. These are not frost-free faucets, and that's not a huge concern for me because the house is located just south ...
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How can I get a coat hanger out of a drain pipe?

I have a horizontal drain pipe running from my kitchen/laundry area, which I had been unclogging with a metal coat hanger. The end was screw fittings I could remove myself, but the part that the ...
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Can I alter the 'timing' of my toilet flush?

I have a standard, normal flow toilet, with a problem. When the toilet is flushed, it seems to start refilling the bowl with water from the tank too soon, before the waste has had a chance to drain ...
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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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Should a curtain drain be covered/back filled?

I do some light maintenance and yard work in exchange for rent. The building had some problems with flooding. We have an extensive drain system, but it was a bit clogged. Even after the plumbers ...
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What is this thing next to my sink? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is this component that connects to the garbage disposal? As I mentioned in a previous post, I recently moved to a new place and I'm still trying to figure out what ...
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How can I fix a toilet that is backing up with sink water?

I need help. I would like to avoid calling a plumber. The toilet in our downstairs bathroom keeps backing up. Here is what I have tried and/or observed: I tried using a good plunger. I cannot even ...
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How to run an interior gas (LP) line

I need to run a gas (LP) line from outside the house to a cooktop in the kitchen. Here's what I think I need to do: drill a hole in the exterior wall and the header (from the attic) of the same wall ...
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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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Should I install a hot water recirculating pump before or after the thermostatic mixing valve?

Per the attached picture, I'm going to install a Grundfos comfort pump next to the solar hot water system. Supposedly it's half price on amazon, and it gets pretty good reviews. My question is ...
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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 DIY tools are very critical for plumbing works and repair?

From my understanding, besides the pipes, I would need the following: Screwdrivers Pipe Cutter Pipe Wrench Piler Nut Driver So, are there other DIY Tools that are missing from my above ...
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When should I change / replace my water pipe?

I was wondering when should we change our indoor water pipe? Should we change every 5 years or every 10 years? This is because recently, I notice that the water quality is not getting that good ...
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What could cause water to come out of the faucet when the shower is on?

I'm having a problem with my shower. The water is not all coming out of the shower head, but out of the faucet. The type of shower I have switches to the shower by pulling down on the faucet head. ...
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Should I use PVC or ABS pipes for a swimming pool control system?

I live in Southeast Idaho, an area with all four seasons. I have an in-ground pool with PVC plumbing which was sort of hacked together by the former owner. The system includes a solar heater on the ...
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Should we install an overhead tank or cistern tank?

We are building our home (a 2-storey house) and a cistern tank was suggested by our architect for aesthetics. We asked around the neighborhood and one person has a cistern and an overhead tank but ...
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Which type of PVC for exposed outdoor use?

I'm looking at hooking up some rain barrels using PVC piping. Is there a certain type of PVC that would be best to use for this, considering that it will be exposed to sun/rain/heat/cold? Lots of ...
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How do I diagnose and fix a toilet blockage

I have a toilet that makes a gurgling noise IF it flushes down. However, at times it will fill up when I flush the toilet and I will see something come up from the bathroom drain. I have tried putting ...
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What could cause a tap to flow well, then spurt?

I fitted a new tap to a sink, single cold water tap. When I first turned it on the water ran fine. If I open the tap further, the water flow becomes jerky with constant gaps in the flow. Is this the ...
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Why do some free-standing ice makers need floor drains?

I am about to begin a bar installation project. I need an ice maker. There appear to be two kinds of free standing ice makers - those that do and do not require drains. Why does one type need a ...
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What diameter pipe do I need to adjust this basin waste pipe?

I fitted a new tap and waste outlet to a small basin, because the new outlet is shorter than the old, the plastic pipework no longer reaches (see photo) I can force the parts to mate but I don't like ...
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What are the relative merits of stainless steel vs. granite composite sinks?

I am about to begin a project to install a bar sink. I am debating between granite composite, such as the Blanco, and a conventional stainless steel sink. In either case, the sink will be mounted ...
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How should I configure my plumbing with PEX?

I have a house built in 1940, which has a mix of copper, PVC and galvanized pipe for its plumbing at present. I am going to be gutting the upstairs bathroom in the near future, and have access to ...
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What would cause water to flow around the toilet flange where the concrete is? [closed]

My toilet was leaking around the bottom so I assumed that it needed a wax ring. However when I removed the toilet, after emptying the water, I noticed that water keeps coming up around the flange. ...
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Why is there no heating at all until we use hot water?

My boyfriend has a combi boiler and he's very confused as to why he has no heating at all through the radiators until he uses hot water. On the meter it says radiators shouldn't be working but they ...
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How to snake a bathtub with no overflow drain?

Our upstairs bath tub has been taking longer and longer to drain and my wife has finally tasked me to fix it. Yesterday I literally emptied an entire bottle of Liquid Plumber down the drain ...
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What to do with leaky sink?

Our kitchen sink has been slowly leaking for several months, and as of yesterday, it is finally leaking so bad we can't use it until it's fixed. I'm generally handy, but when it comes to plumbing of ...
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If I fit a water softener, will I run out of on-demand water via bath/shower-use?

I'm interested in fitting a water-softener (specifically, the Twintec S3, which is a dual-cylinder unit developed in the UK, apparently) to my home. My home is over 3 stories, with a bathroom on the ...
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What are code restrictions on turning sink tailpiece?

I have drain that is a bit too low so I may have to cut lower drawer on my vanity (see my other question).I want to avoid that. There is 4" clearance behind the drawer. After some research it ...
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Do I need a vent for extending a drain to a new bathroom addition?

I am building a new full bathroom on what used to be my back porch. I am planning to extend the existing drain at a cleanout and to run it outside the house underneath the floor. I need to know if I ...
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How can I take apart this leaking outdoor faucet?

I have looked up how to take apart a leaky outdoor faucet. Unfortunately it looks like my faucet does not match the videos/pics I have seen. Most videos show removing the knob, removing the nut which ...
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Replace under warranty Bradford White or get a new Rheem water heater? [closed]

I have a Bradford White water heater that is about 4 years old, still under warranty, and has started leaking. My understanding is that it must be replaced. The plumber I contacted about this told ...