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Grout clogging up drain in bathtub [duplicate]

I believe the person (idiot) who remodeled the home I recently purchased let the grout and other construction material he used to rehab the bathroom go down the drain. I believe it has dried in the ...
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How do we extend, stabilize, and give a finished look to an outside faucet that is attached to the house?

We have three issues we want to resolve regarding an outside faucet. We want to extend the faucet about 4" from the siding, We want to stabilize the faucet because it is bouncing around in the pipe ...
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Recurring banging in water pipes, cured by draining system

When I turn off the cold taps in my house there is a loud banging noise from behind the wall in the downstairs bathroom (which is where the cold water supply enters the house). This started happening ...
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Weird dishwasher problem

After my house was remodeled (including significant plumbing changes), I reinstalled my previous dishwasher, and was surprised to see a puddle appear when it started filling. Upon investigation, I ...
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What types of tubing can I use with Push-to-Connect fittings?

I'm running a hydrogen gas system that's below 15 psi. All of my fittings are Push-to-Connect fittings of either 3/16", 1/4", or 5/16" OD from SMC. What sort of tubing can I use with this? Would ...
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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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Causes of hot water flashes?

I would like to learn more about possible causes of hot water flashes. More specifically when I shower, the water often (seemingly randomly) turns pretty hot for about 3 seconds and then goes back to ...
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How do I get the stem out of a hose bib to replace the washer?

I have no idea why this isn't simple, perhaps because every repair project has to have some hitch in it to piss me off. I have a leaky hose bib in my back yard, so I wanted to take the sucker apart ...
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How do I snake this dual-sink configuration?

The sink drains have become blocked in a duplex apartment. There is a bathroom on either side of a shared wall, with each sink belonging to a different living space in the duplex. There is a ...
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Plumbing gravity fed water to unvented hot water cylinder?

I'm thinking of installing a point of use mini hot water cylinder into my laundry room. Something ike this: ...
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How can I stop this drain pipe from backing up?

In my basement laundry room is (to my knowledge) the only drain pipe in the whole basement, which hooks into the end of the main line as it exits the house and heads to the septic tank. When we moved ...
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Concerns about broken washer found in water supply

Today I've notice black particles in the water from a faucet. Upon removing the aerator, I noticed chunks of plastic nearly clogging it. It appears to be from a washer. I don't know where it comes ...
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dyeing grey water, standerds for how much dye to use

I am looking into grey water systems for a future house. In the course of researching, I learned that in states that have adopted the International Plumbing Code, you can use the water for flushing ...
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Can I use the existing rigid copper plumbing when replacing a water heater?

We have a 40 gal RUDD water heater installed in 1997. We are thinking of replacing it before it starts leaking. The existing plumbing is with rigid copper, with an expansion tank connected on the ...
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How tight should threaded brass pipe fittings be?

I'm working with 3/4" brass fittings, which seem pretty robust. Some plumbing fittings should be only finger-tight. My friend said I should use 2 wrenches to make these as tight as I can, and then ...
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Why would our kitchen faucet hot water stops working intermittently when it gets cold outside?

The cold water works great and has never stopped. But sometimes, when it gets really cold outside, the hot stops working. And then, magically, it will start working again. There is no drop in ...
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How to remove grating from bathroom sink

How can I remove this grating from my bathroom sink so that I can unclog that drain?
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What could be causing a high pitched squeak when the water is turned on?

When the water is turned on for toilet flush or sinks-hot or cold and when the clothes washer is filling (newer type washer that adds more water), many times for the first 4 minutes (starting the ...
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Second Floor Toilet mystery

Toilet flushes after hours of standing but soon after refilling will not flush completely. It's as though the water meets resistance. We have snaked 28 feet multiple times, checked the roof vent for ...
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What would cause a toilet tank to intermittently leak into the bowl only when half-full or more, even after a flush valve replacement?

Well I'm at my wits end. The toilet's been running for weeks and I've yet to catch it. I first replaced the flapper, it still leaked. Then I replaced the flush assembly, it still leaks. Now at this ...
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What should I do if the pressure is too high in a home water pressure increasing system?

Hi I have two well x trols and a large water storage tank. This system was put in before I bought the house 2 years ago and it it supposed to increase the water pressure in the home. The problem is ...
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How can I repair this unusual joint that leaks?

Got a leaking drain at the back end of the P-trap. When I pulled the PVC trap apart, there was no washer. Also, the male 90 pipe has flanges that keep the metal nut on the pipe. Haven't seen this ...
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Kitchen sprayer only uses half the water, how to fix?

I have a Moen kitchen faucet with separate sprayer. When I use the sprayer, it only cuts the main water flow by about half and sprays with the rest. Every other sprayer I've used will transfer all of ...
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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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Is the water valve continuing to leak after I shut it off normal?

In the process of replacing the T&P valve for my hot water tank, I shut the supply valve off, to the tank but it continued to leak. Is this normal?
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Home waterline upsizing questions

So I JUST had my plumber replace the service feed to my house with a soft copper 1" dia. line, which was originally 3/4" dia. GSP from the street to the house (~35' as the line lays). I wish I had ...
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Hot water twin impeller pump wiring to my boiler

I have installed a new Stuart Turner Monsoon twin impeller pump to increase the hot water pressure in my house. The pluming side of things seems to have gone well, however, I am not receiving any ...
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Do I have to increase the water line diameter all the way to the water meter?

I have a 1/2" water line into my house from the meter. I would like to change that over to use a 3/4" or a 1" line into my house. Do I need to replace all the 1/2" pipe back to the meter with my ...
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Adding sink fixture to waste stack with existing sink fixture

I'm renovating our basement and I have a waste stack with a roughed in sink fixture trap arm. We are putting a wetbar on the other side of this wall probably around 2' to the left of this waste stack ...
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What kind of pump would I need to supply my trailer with water from a nearby creek?

The water has to come out of the creek, up 30 feet to the pump, then about 100 yards to the holding tank. I am not sure how much higher the holding tank will be above the pump, but I do know that it ...
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Hose left on outside faucet over winter with no nozzle, should I replace the faucet before turning it on?

We recently bought a house in which I think the hose was hooked up over the winter. It didn't have a nozzle on the end of it, so there wasn't any pressure in the hose. The faucet is a Woodford model ...
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How can I fasten nuts in narrow places when installing a faucet?

Recently I replaced a faucet in the kitchen, but there is not enough room to fasten two nuts. The latter is too close to the pipes and the sinks. I tried with a wrench and a rib joint pliers, ...
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Can turning up the temperature of a water heater damage it?

I've got a 40 gallon water heater, and what I've been finding is that it provides just enough hot water to fill my sizable bathtub, but no more. Which means if I want to rinse off with the shower ...
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How do I pressure test a natural gas line and what do the valve pressure ratings mean?

I'm planning to add an appliance to my house, and will want to do a pressure test of the newly installed gas lines. My main shutoff says 175 PSI, but most of the appliance valves say either 1/2 or 5 ...
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Is it safe to use a water pump without a ground wire?

I am using a submersible water pump whose plug has only 2 prongs. I'm assuming the third 'ground' prong is missing. I also doubt if there is any fuse or circuit breaker inside it as it is an ...
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Washing machine

Stand pipe for washing machine is 7 feet above bottom of washer. Wondering about solutions for problem, can't raise washer or lower stand pipe. Is there a better discharge pump? Or possibly put a loop ...
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Electric water heater on water off 6 months will water heater be ok?

Electric water heater is on but water main is off will this damage water heater if water is off 6months ?
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Should I be calling a plumber or someone from my water supply company to test for contaminents in my water?

I have one bathroom where the hot shower water has a sulfur-like odor to it on most days and I'd like to have someone come and check it out but I'm not positive on who to call.
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Help identifying thermostatic mixer (shower temperature control)

I have the following valve in my shower. I thought it was a Grohe, but after contacting their support - it seems it is not. There is something wrong with the valve, not letting us decrease the ...
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Leak at Main Shut Off Valve

I've dealt with a little bit of plumbing fixing toilet valves, but now my main water shut-off valve seems to be leaking in a very particular spot. Not sure what steps I should take to resolve this one ...
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How should I connect nipples to a hot water heater?

I recently installed my new hot water heater. I know nothing about plumbing and my installation procedure was informed only by sketchy home depot employees and youtube. One of the issues I'm having ...
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Why is there no hot water from sink tap unless shower or bath has been run?

We have just had a new boiler and new bathroom fitted. Shower and bath work fine - takes a minute or so for water to heat up, its a combi boiler and the boiler is on another floor to bathroom. ...
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Why am I failing to connect this simple kitchen sink pipe?

Hi all I'm having trouble reconnecting this L shaped pipe to the main pipes under the sink. No matter how I arrange or push or connect the slip nuts, they seemed to get jammed by the washer/band ...
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If my new faucet hoses don't fit on the shutoff valve should I replace the valve or use an adapter?

I'm replacing my kitchen faucet and the new faucet has 3/8" fittings on the hot/cold hoses, but the shutoff valves have 1/2" openings. Would it be better to replace the shutoff valves, or find an ...
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No hot water in all washrooms

The faucets in the laundry (basement) and kitchen (main floor above the laundry) has hot water, however, all other faucets including shower on the main floor and 2nd floor have no hot water. When you ...
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How do I repair a water heater plastic drip pan and what supplies do I need?

How do I repair a hot water heater plastic drip pan, and what supplies do I need? Suggestions on who to call for repair if I can't do it myself?
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Where is the water shutoff in Australian units

I need to be able to turn off the water supply to a unit am working on. However, I have no idea where to look for the water shutoff. (For ex., in most houses in the US (AL), there'd be a little gutter ...
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Is this a reverse osmosis system?

I just purchased a home that appears to have a reverse osmosis system, but nothing comes out of the spigot, so I'm not sure if it is in fact R/O, if it's broken, etc. Here's an album of the system in ...
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Can I glue poly supply line to a connector?

I just bought a new house. The PVC connection to the foundation watering drip line snapped off because of ground movement. I bought several 1/2" parts (black) and connected the PVC back up to the ...
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How can I replace this unusual kitchen sink drain pipe?

I'm trying to replace a broken 1-1/2 inch L-shaped brass pipe under my kitchen sink, as in this picture: At one end, it's connected to the sink drain, which if I'm understanding the terminology ...