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how to unscrew faucet valve stem when it's stuck?

I'm trying to replace the valve stem of a 2-handle bathroom sink faucet. All the instructions I've found online say to unscrew the nut atop the valve stem. But my nut, when it turns, also turns the ...
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Can p-trap be installed higher than drain entry?

I have p-trap entry in drain at 16" above the floor. However, vanity that I got has lower drawer which has top at about the same height. There is also about 4" clearance behind drawer. I was told that ...
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Can using two hoses deliver more water?

I'm filling a pool, and looking to speed up the process. I have two hose bibs, and wonder if I'm really gaining anything (and how much) by using both? The house is supplied by a 3/4" line. This tees ...
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Why is my sewer drain line suddenly having frequent blockages?

One month ago I experienced bubbling in my downstairs toilet when someone was taking a shower upstairs. The toilet bubbling concerned me and I noticed a little water on the floor the next day, nothing ...
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How to properly repipe my entire pool plumbing system

I have a 1950s or 1960s pool in South Florida. It is a concrete block pool and uses entirely galvanized piping. I would like to repipe it using 2" PVC as I believe that's best. The pool currently has ...
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How can I get this pump casing off the motor?

I have a Monarch MJC-50 shallow well jet pump (1/2 hp) and I want to tear the pump portion down to clean, inspect, and rebuild as it isn't delivering the pressure it used to (and I have ruled out all ...
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How to control mosquito breeding in outdoor sump wells

What are proven ways to control mosquito breeding in outdoor sump wells? Any sort of screen presents a clogging problem. Each action of the pump may disturb any layer of cooking oil used, or dislodge ...
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Can I use this drain in wood subfloor?

I am installing a drain in an upper floor laundry and had limited choices for floor drains. I picked up this "general purpose" drain. The only other option was a shower drain. It will be located ...
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What are these two drains for?

I have an unfinished basement and do not have any experience with plumbing a bathroom. I assume the two pipes protruding from the floor are toilet (on the left) and either sink or shower (on the ...
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How to remove bathtub faucet cartridge?

I have a leaky bathtub faucet, how do I remove this kind of cartridge?
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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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removing old bolts from brick wall

I've got a rusty old downpipe on my external brick wall that needs replacing, however the bolts on the brackets don't seem to have useful heads. See photo: ...
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How can I create an air tight seal around pipes?

I live in an industrial loft. My downstairs neighbor is a factory. When they're running, fumes come up through my bathroom into my apartment. It's serious problem. The guy who lived here before me ...
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How can I connect this washing machine outlet to the drain?

I have been given a washing machine and I've plumbed in the inlet no problems The problem I have is that the outlet hose coming from the machine is not compatible with the drainage plumbing in the ...
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How do I cut 1968 cast iron rough sewage pipe?

I have a rough in bathroom that was done in 1968 for the homeowners to finish. Cast iron pipes for shower and toilet are about 4 in. out of floor. How do I go about cutting them to install a toilet ...
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Why is my brand new PEX clear tubing turning green near the hot water heater?

I just moved into my house with brand new PEX (uponor) plumbing. I used clear for the hot and cold instead of red and blue, because I bought everything myself and I thought it would prevent wasting ...
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How much water do water softeners waste?

I'm considering buying a water softener, but I heard that they waste a lot of water, and I don't really want my water bill to skyrocket. I haven't been able to find any clear indication of how much ...
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Is this a clog, or poor plumbing?

Our basement washroom shower started overflowing. It happens when we use the sink for longer than 30 seconds and when we use the shower. It will over flow, then slowly drain. We have tried snaking ...
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Does Pex tubing have any advantages over copper?

What are the advantages/disadvantages of Pex tubing? How does it compare to copper?
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Why would you use copper over CPVC or PEX?

Are there any advantages to using copper rather than CPVC or PEX?
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Fix a copper pipe leak

I have a copper T joint that is leaking on one side, what is the best way to repair this joint that does not involve cutting the joint out and starting over? -- Update -- The pipe in question is for ...
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PEX sizing for full laundry group and full bath group

I am adding a clothes washer and laundry tub to the supply lines to a bathroom group. Based on this terrific post, it looks like I can supply it all with four 1/2-in PEX lines (two hot, two cold). ...
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Water being dumped into street from basement?

(in western new york) We have a sump pump, something called a bubbler which is a sealed 2-3 inch pvc pipe coming out in the landscaping (sealed with a twist on cap) and a 2-3 inch pvc pipe coming out ...
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Do brass ball valves have to be oriented with the flow of water?

I bought this brass ball valve from Home Depot and installed it in the orientation of what I would consider "backwards". I'm not sure if it actually matters and before I close up the wall I would like ...
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Hydraulic Calculation

How to do the hydraulic calculation for a water supply system that will serve the toilet and sinks in first floor and ground floor using a booster pump installed at ground level 50 meters away from ...
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Can I move this drain line from the wall to the floor?

Here is my kitchen sink drain configuration: (The horizontal run after the trap is actually pitched correctly, not as drawn.) The portions inside the wall are galvanized steel pipe. Under the sink, ...
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Do I need a separate vent stack for my kitchen sink?

The drain line from my kitchen sink drops down through the basement, into the basement floor (Concrete), and I assume under the floor to the main sewer line. The sink tends to drain slowly. Should I ...
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Can vent plumbing be behind a double wye?

I am trying to figure out how to lay out my basement plumbing, and I wanted to use a double wye to connect my shower, toilet, and sink to the existing waste system in the house. My question is, am I ...
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How can I build my own water aeration system for radon mitigation?

My house has a well. The well pumps water into a pressure tank in my basement. The pressure tank sends the water through a small whole-house filter and into the plumbing. I have high radon levels in ...
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Why does it take a second for water to come out of the kitchen faucet?

Starting about a week ago, our kitchen faucet has exhibited some odd behavior. When you lift the handle for it, nothing comes out for a second. You can hear air or water flowing, but nothing comes ...
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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 causes a water heaters relief valve to discharge water?

I have a Gas Reliance Water Heater 1212. I found recently (in winter) there is a water dip through the relief valve into a 5 gallon bucket. Sometimes, it can fill the whole bucket. Sometimes, it has ...
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Graywater overflow plumbing… which design to choose?

I'm working on replumbing my utility room and I'm adding a graywater system. Local codes are remarkably permissive but require an overflow to the sewer/septic system in case of graywater blockage or ...
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Why does my shower switch keep burning out?

I have a Mira Shower 10.8 kW. My switch is a 45A switch. I have a 50A fuse for the shower. The shower uses 10mm2 cable. 9 months ago the switch sparked and refused to turn off and the fuse ...
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What whole-house water filter can I install to remove atrazine from my water?

I recently tested the water in my new(ly purchased) house for a variety of things and was (unpleasantly) surprised to find a positive result for atrazine (or perhaps simazine, apparently a more ...
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How do I fix a leaking connector between my garden hose and faucet?

I am trying to connect a garden hose with the faucet. After connecting and turning on the faucet, the water still squirted out. Please see the attached picture. I am not sure whether I need a wrench ...
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Raising porch floor to accommodate plumbing and keep first floor all one level

I have a question whether or not building a floor on top of concrete is a viable option to insert plumbing underneath for a half bath. I am looking to finish a small porch off of my kitchen and turn ...
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What are the steps to troubleshoot no hot water coming out of just one faucet?

Its been cold lately. Cold as its been at any time so far this winter. I came downstairs to turn on the kitchen sink and while cold water came out, when I turned on just hot water, no water came out. ...
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kitchen falcet over pressurized when you turn on

When turn on water it comes out at first with so much force it will knock cup out of your hand then its normal after using but let it not be used for awhile and happens all over again
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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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Copper tubing for refrigerator

My copper tubing for the water line to my refrigerator became slightly bent while I was installing it is it a big deal should I buy new copper tubing?
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How do I keep water from getting in and out of a dishwasher drain air gap?

I have no idea what this is called, so I apologize for the vague title. If someone knows what it is, feel free to edit it. When I turned on my dishwasher (just moved in), water started spewing from ...
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What is this mysterious odor from the kitchen sink and how do I fix it?

The kitchen sink in our home has recently been producing an odd aroma - depending on the day, it's a mix of boiled eggs, sulphur, brackish water, or old food. What we have tried garbage disposal ...
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How to remove turn-style tub overflow cover?

I've tried looking all over for a solution, but I've yet to find a solution that matches my situation. The cover I have (I think) is supposed to turn so the hole is downwards so you can remove the ...
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Is there a way to get hot water without altering plumbing or electrical wiring too much?

Is there a way (other than collecting water and heating it on the stove ) to get hot/warm water from the tap without having to alter existing plumbing or electrical wiring ?
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How to tighten this kitchen sink faucet?

I have an unknown model of kitchen faucet, with two problems. The handle is loose, i.e. it has a lot of play before it starts adjusting the flow. The pull-out sprayer hose doesn't seat properly ...
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How do I fix a leak at a decommissioned saddle-valve?

Water is dripping, about a drop every other second, out of the end of this thing. what is it? why is it dripping? can I fix it myself?
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Plumbing alteration has created vacuum in upstairs toilets

Prior to my bathroom remodel, I had a toilet flange moved in my basement to a standard 12" rough-in, since the toilet was about 5" off the wall and looked silly. The problem I have now is a vacuum in ...
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Can I drill a 3 1/2" hole through 5 joists?

I need to move a toilet to the other side of room approx. 6 ft I will have to drill a 3.5 in hole for the waste line in 5 floor joist on the second floor. Can I double them and still drill the 3.5 in ...
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What type of hose do I need to replace a pull out faucet?

The flexible line on my kitchen faucet seems to be leaking and plumbing is not my strong point! The faucet is an american standard (not sure the model). I'm wondering what type of hose to get for a ...