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When do galvanized pipes in NYC residential water delivery pipes need to be upgraded?

It was suggested that I ask here. Some residential properties in New York City still have galvanized pipes for the inlet water line. Since heavy metals from the galvanization can leach into the ...
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The tube drain pipe is in bad shape

Okay, two months or so ago I had the drains in the house snaked because of slow draining at almost all of the fixture sites. After the plumber was done, everything was great, but two days ago I walked ...
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Hot and cold water stopped flowing in shower at same time

I heard a couple of kind of thuds sounds and then a few seconds later, all water flow stopped. This lasted for several seconds (maybe a minute) and the all flow came back. Water temp unchanged from ...
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Why does my shower head drip when the tub faucet is on?

I just installed a new tub fixture set: There are two controls - one for temperature and one for volume. The large handle is volume. When the diverter valve is engaged the shower sprays properly ...
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UK to East European shower pipe converter

I bought an UK shower while doing my refurbishment of the flat in Latvia. Unfortunately, only after the tiles and pipes were installed the plumber told us that the UK shower "doesn't fit". This is ...
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Compatibility of aluminum fittings with brass rough-in valve

I am wanting to add a permanent electronic temperature sensor to a brass rough-in shower valve. For this particular rough-in valve, I can thread a thermowell into the outlet that is normally used for ...
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Should I use Teflon tape or pipe dope when connecting PVC to metal?

I am in the process of repairing PVC pipe, which was broken due to freezing. I'll be connecting the PVC pipe to a metal check valve. Should I use Teflon tape or pipe dope when connecting PVC to ...
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Dropped Item in hot water heater

When I was redoing the plumbing to my hot water heater I accidentally dropped a pen cap down the vent stack/flu. Will this cause any problems? Like melting or catching on fire? Its going to take a ...
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Air Admittance Valve Testing Equipment For Inspection

I have an Oatey air admittance valve (AAV) installed in my home as part of an improvement project. Today the inspector came and said that the AAV would have to be tested with an air admittance valve ...
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Should a circulator pump be installed on the supply or return of a forced hot water heating system?

I currently have a forced hot water heating system with 3 zones, all of which have the circulator pump on the supply side of the line. I need to install a 4th zone and am being told that putting the ...
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Stuck tub drain

I am having trouble removing a tub. Specifically, I cannot seem to loosen the drain. I've tried a proper tub drain wrench, but it still won't budge. Any ideas how I can get this thing to loosen?
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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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How do I find out the correct pre-charge air pressure for my captive air water tank?

I have a Sears captive air water tank (model No. 390.29171) that stores water pumped from the well. When we took possession of the house, there was no water in the tank or lines, the water pressure ...
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Why won't my shower turn off all of a sudden?

Until today, our bathtub/shower faucet was working fine, no leaks whatsoever. Today after showering, I turned the single knob all the way to off, yet the water was still coming out full blast. I ...
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How can I remove Algae from my hot water system?

I live in Christchurch, NZ in a cold drafty house with crap plumbing. Some time ago there was a storm which blew the lid off our header tank (which just sits on the roof) but I didn't notice it had ...
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Replaced pressure balancing unit in Kohler Rite-Temp temperature control, now valve body is leaking

I have a Kohler Rite-Temp temperature control for my shower that was having trouble regulating hot and cold (it was either all hot or all cold). I took it apart and replaced the pressure balancing ...
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Sprinkler Box Drainage

Photos & more explanation here: Sprinkler System Album Installed Box w/ Description I recently paid a lawncare company to move my sprinkler box ... I was busy with work, patio was being ...
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Can I run water lines through the attic?

I recently had a Slab leak in my home in Indianapolis,IN. This is the 4th Slab leak since I've owned the home. I decided it was time to reroute all the Water lines. I thought this was best so I ...
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How do I “fix” a bad sweat (solder) joint?

I tried soldering some 1/2" copper (to make something like this) and some of my joints are horrible. I tested it with water and some of the joints leak. What is the best way to fix the joints? ...
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Why do I have low water pressure with more than one fixture turned on?

What would cause low water pressure or flow when more than one fixture is turned on. It does not matter if it's hot or cold water.
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Why are our toilets not flushing correctly after our septic system was cleaned?

We just our septic tanks cleaned. The lines had suction applied. Now neither of our toilets will flush correctly. The water will drain out but the paper will not go down. Any suggestions as to our ...
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Can I use a single air gap for a reverse osmosis system and a dishwasher?

Is it possible to do this? Currently we have a line from the dishwasher to the air gap and from the air gap to the garbage disposal. I want to install a reverse osmosis system but we only have the one ...
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Why would a shallow well pump go on and off too much?

Shallow well pump pressure goes up to 50, then pump shuts off, even though the tap is still on. With a small, I think 2 gallon, pressure tank, usually the pump stays on until you turn off the tap. ...
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Is a leaky pipe causing pressure problems throughout the rest of the house?

I turn on my cold faucet in kitchen sink, the pipe starts to squeak and pressure drops. In my tub the cold handle is not on tight, and when the kitchen one builds up the pressure it sends the tub ...
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How do I run PEX to exterior plumbing?

I am replacing some failed galvanized water pipe indoors. Two of the existing galvanized pipes poke straight through the exterior wall of the house, right above the foundation, and have hose bibs ...
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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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Does PEX require home runs?

I've been told that PEX requires home runs to a manifold (or star topology, to borrow from networking) to maintain the same flow rate/pressure as copper. Anyone else heard this?
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Rocket thrust washing machine drain hose

Washing machine drain hose discharge pressure has increased, causing the hose to blast out of the drain and flooding the basement. What would cause the pressure to increase?
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What could cause bubbling toilet when the shower or sink is running?

One of the two toilets in my rental house is bubbling when the shower or sink in that master bath area are on. In the past, about 6 months ago, I have had plumbers and rotoruter out and they could ...
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Stool sounds like foghorn!

Our toilet suddenly started sounding like a foghorn, periodically. Does this mean air in the waterline? If not, what is going on? What can we do about it (it is really loud!)?
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Water pump keeps running, there is low pressure

I had a water pump installed three years ago. The pump keeps running constantly and there is low pressure. It has about a 35 PSI when running. The gallon is about a ten gallon tank approximately. I ...
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How to identify an old compression stem in order to find a replacement

I have an old (circa 1920s) bathroom faucet with a compression stem that started to leak unless tightened extremely tightly. When I took out the compression stem to replace it, I found that the screw ...
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How to Get PEX to Seal

I'm in the process of moving my laundry area. For the plumbing we decided to use PEX. Unfortunately I have been unable to properly seal the PEX tubing to the fittings on the final fixtures- they ...
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Is there any way I can guard this pipe from screws and nails?

I tried to take down a shelf yesterday and water started coming from the wall. Called a plumber and discovered this in my building's water main: The pipe is big enough and close enough to the ...
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How can I fix a broken shower elbow?

The shower elbow in the shower broke off at the copper pipe in the wall, leaving some of the plastic inside the copper pipe's threading. There seems to be some sort of sealant. How might you go about ...
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Are toilets supposed to be caulked to the floor?

I've heard that in some cases toilets are supposed to be caulked to the floor. I replaced both toilets in the condo I moved into last week, and one was calked to the floor, and one was not. One ...
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How to handle vanity replacement when finish materials do not continue behind existing unit?

I had a plumbing leak under my bathroom sink that soaked the vanity before it was discovered and the water shut off. The vanity is cheap crap made out of particleboard that has swelled up like a ...
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How to cap or close thermostatic radiator valve

I need to remove a radiator from the wall. When I set the thermostatic radiator valve to it's zero position and disconnect the outlet of the valve I get a strong flow of water. The water is ...
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Why would my Geyser/water flow change from hot to ice cold?

I have a problem with my geyser (I think) When I run the hot water it goes cold within a few minutes then after about 30seconds it goes hot again. This is an ongoing cycle while the hot water is ...
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Can I install a backflow preventer for a frostless hydrant on well?

I notice when I turn my frostless hydrant off with the hose connected, it siphons most if not all water from the hose. I am worried of potential plastic chemicals in the hose after it sits out in the ...
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How can I calibrate my bar type thermostatic shower mixer?

I have fitted a bar type thermostatic shower mixer, which is either red hot or stone cold. The mixer has blue/cold on the left and red/hot on the right. The plumbing is the same way round. I've been ...
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What could be causing water pressure drop with sprinklers?

My first issue is that when the sprinklers come on, there is a significant drop in water pressure in the sink, shower, etc. I checked the sprinkler lines and there are no obvious leaks (i.e. holes in ...
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Purpose of Fill Valve Tube Going into Overflow Drain

I can easily understand the purpose of the overflow tube itself, but why is the little black hose that comes from the fill valve placed down into the overflow tube? On my toilet, there is a strong ...
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How to install sink drain pipe correctly

I'm trying to connect this drain assembly on my bathroom sink. But when I connect to the sink it drips. I tighten the top nut(arrow) with a channel lock, but it still drips. Steps I took: I put ...
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Well pipe leaking at where pipe comes to the house. (Images, Video)

so here's my problem here: Well pipe leaking - images Well pipe leaking - video ^ This was recorded march 28-th (so during spring thaw). Since it wasn't dripping since the spring - my ...
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What is the difference between Moen Moentrol 3510/3520 and 3550/3570?

I'm trying to pick out a new valve for my shower, and I'm pretty set on a Moentrol. Moen produces four differnet models: Two 1/2" IPS Models: 3510 and 3550 Two 1/2" CC Models: 3520 and 3570 Their ...
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What has caused a concrete slab under a towel rail to erode?

I am in the process of replacing floor tiles with engineered wood in the kitchen of the house we're moving in to. However, lifting the tiles under where a towel rail had been installed we found a ...
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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 can I replace this corroded metal P-Trap with a new PVC trap?

I have a big problem at my apartment, the metal p-trap has a hole under my kitchen sink drain pipes due to corrosion, I was told I could temporarily fix it applying epoxy, but I would rather fix the ...
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Should galvanized steel pipe be used as a tub spout?

I have a 90 degree fitting coming down from my shower valve. Also have a screw on tub spout trim. Right now there is a 6" galvanized pipe that connects the 90 to the tub spout trim. Is the ...