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How can I split a shower head with this fitting?

I want to add a second shower head that splits off at the fitting for the current shower head (because my ceiling is low so I have to sit, and I want a shower head that sprays my lower body at the ...
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Why isn't the toilet water refilling from under the rim?

So last night, my toilet clogged for the first time in the two years we've had it, and it clogged badly though I don't know why (without being too TMI, it was a normal #2). Hours of plunging didn't ...
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Waste pipe connector identification

I've purchased a dishwasher supposedly with exact same dimensions as the previous however swapping out hasn't been as straightforward as I imagined. The issue is a waste pipe, ever so slightly in the ...
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Caulk or Grout the base of a toilet?

I recently re-tiled my bathroom floor and removed the toilet to do so. I noticed that the builders had used grout around the base of the toilet when I was removing it and demoing the tile. Should I ...
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Should I remove this saddle valve, if so what is the best way to do so?

Currently this saddle valve is exposed but I would like to close this wall up. Before I do I'd like to know if I should leave the valve as-is or if I should remove it. If I remove it what is the ...
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Hot water doesn't come out of faucet right away and makes banging noise when it does

This happens on every faucet in the house. Sometimes, when you first turn on the hot water, it comes out (just the pressure in the line) and then it runs slow and stops. Then, a banging noise happens ...
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Can I use backer rod and adhesive to fill in the gap between the toilet and the ceramic tile floor?

Can I use backer rod and adhesive to fill in the gap between the toilet and the ceramic tile floor?
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Basement Bathroom Plumbing - Rough in Backwater Valve

I am trying to figure out how in the world to frame this basement bathroom. As you can see from the image, there is a backwater valve that would end up right in the middle of the room. I know that ...
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Why is my sink's drain pipe connection angled?

My sink piping quite often drips despite several attempts to adjust/tighten the U-bend. The drain pipe is not totally straight and the pipe attaching to it is intentionally a long way from straight. I ...
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Water pressure drops in well water home, stops completely for 5-10 minutes, then comes back full pressure

I have read through other similar posts and it doesn't quite match my problem, so bear with me lol. We had a massive leak under the house and our landlord called a plumber out to fix it. He turned ...
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Why might our washing machine cause our clothes to smell damp when dry?

Recently we've noticed that our clothes smell damp once dried. It doesn't matter if we tumble-dry them, hang them outside or hang them indoors. This leads me to believe it's our washing machine. We ...
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Is this normal? If not, who should I call?

My sump pit is leaking water and it is coming through the plastic of the wall. I circled the portion that has water coming through it in the picture below. It is pumping water every few minutes.
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How to raise trap height for new vanity

We are installing a new taller vanity. The opening cut into the rear by the manufacturer is higher than the existing wall connection and trap. To get the vanity to fit against the wall, I need to do a ...
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How can I install an overhead water tank and refill it for individual usage?

I live in a group apartment where there is severe water supply problem. We have a common sump in basement which can be filled with water from external supply sources like water tanker trucks on ...
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Bathroom sink occassionally backs up into tub

My bathroom sink and tub are directly adjacent. The tub drain appears to connect to the sink drain line. Photos follow. Under normal use, there is no problem and both the sink and tub seem to work ...
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How can I identify and source an old faucet cartridge

I have an old faucet that drips. I would like to fix the leak, but am having a lot of trouble finding a replacement cartridge. The faucet does not have any markings of any kind. I brought the ...
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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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Why is the vent pipe in the basement and not the roof?

Apologies if this is the wrong forum to post this question. Our house has a vent pipe in the basement coming off the main stack (water line going to sewer). I understand there is a pressure ...
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Why does the bathtub hot water tap continually leak?

Even though the plumber has changed everything; including the seats, after a short while the hot tap starts to leak again. It has been changed three times in the past year. Still leaking again.
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Geothermal dog bowl heater/cooler

I live near Denver, where we have winters cold enough to freeze an outdoor dog bowl, and summers hot enough to make the water warm (not hot enough to be a problem, but cold water always tastes better ...
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Hydronic Heating: Noisy pipes in the basement/walls

My issue is i have a natural gas boiler + hydronic heating system (two zones). It seems that after I remove air from each zones, the heating system is quiet until 12 hours later. In the early morning ...
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shut-off valve problem

I was going to shut off the angle stop valve (shown in figure a) but it did not budge. I tried every possible method but it did not work so I decided to replace the whole valve. I could successfully ...
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Can I move well pipe from under front steps and still satisfy Connecticut code?

I have a problem with my well pipe - it leaks in the spring (when snow melts). As you can see from image below - multiple hack repairs were attempted by previous owners. I was going to excavate the ...
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fixing lead boot on waste vent

The lead boot around the waste vent has worn away. I have no idea how it happened, but I need to fix it. I was thinking of just buying another boot, cutting the bottom off, cutting the top of the ...
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Water level in kitchen sink drains is too high

The water level in both kitchen sink drains is close to the top. I can use the garbage disposal and other drain and the water drains out quickly but backs up slightly when the opposite drain is used ...
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Should a home be plumbed in a loop?

My 3 story home is plumbed in an incomplete loop. Hot and cold lines run from one end of the basement to the other, and then back. The entire system terminates with runs to the master bath, only a ...
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How to add a new radiator/plinth heater into heating circuit? Series or Parallel?

I've just bought an hydronic [sic] plinth heater to go in my kitchen and I'm not sure how to plumb it in. I currently have a combi-boiler central heating circuit with all HEP (plastic) pipe and ...
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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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Hot water temp in shower/tub flucuates

I live in a condo that has 13 units in two buildings and am the president of the board. A few months ago we had a new water pump installed in our boiler room. Shortly after that all three units in my ...
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Is stainless steel water piping more durable than copper?

After thirty years of usage, the plumbing in my house is starting to fail progressively. The water pipes in my house is made of copper, one of which is suffering from pitting, which results in a ...
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How can I figure out where the toilet overflow pipe goes?

In the toilet tank I know that the overflow pipe is there for when the toilet tank is full. However my toilets overflow pipe in the tank doesn't go back into the toilet it goes to a pipe which runs ...
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water supply line shut-off valve stuck

I was going to replace my bathroom sink but realized that the water supply line shut-off valve was stuck and could not be closed. I am concerned that turning it off forcefully might break the pipes. ...
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How to repair water main after break

My water main broke from the 45 degree angle elbow it has on it going down in my yard. The fitting just blows off when I reattached it. It's 40 degrees outside and the glue has had 6 hours of cure ...
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Will my tub drain properly if I create a P-trap by running it under a 4 inch floor joist?

Remodeling bathroom in old house. Water always backed up in the tub. I've replaced the waste lines and pitched them properly. The original line from the tub went under a double floor joist and across ...
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What would cause the water pressure to be too high for just a second?

Lately when I turn on any faucet in my house the water comes rushing out at about twice the normal pressure for about half a second and then drops to normal pressure. I am worried the pressure is ...
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Can p-trap be installed inside wall?

I have a new vanity I am installing in my guest bathroom. The current drain height is the same height as a storage shelf below my sink and does not allow the vanity to sit flush against the wall. ...
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Drain hose of washing machine too low?

I just bought a front load washing machine and installed it. The plumbers in our bldg. installed the incoming water hose and the drain hose to the wall. Problem is that when the washing machine ...
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How can I get rid of the knocking sound behind my wall when I turn any tap in the house on or off?

When we turn any of our taps on or off it creates a set pattern of three knocks behind the main bedroom wall. We have a steel framed house. How can we eliminate this sound?
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Under sink drain vent odors

I work in maintenance at a home for abused, neglected, etc children. We have 20 bathroom sinks (4 sinks per house with 5 houses) this facility was built 6 years ago. All the sinks use an under sink ...
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Loud “water running” noise when Shower Faucet is used

I've got a very loud water running noise. Sounds like a "woosh" for lack of better words. It only happens if I turn on the shower's faucet. If it pull the lever to use the shower head, the noise ...
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Moen shower head leaking

We installed a new shower set up,four years ago and suddenly there is leakage, only when using the shower, around and behind the shower head. Water is coming out of crevices it should not come out.
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Installing a permeate pump on a manifold-style RO system

I've got a Whirlpool WHER25 RO system. Recently I added a hot water dispenser to our kitchen sink as well and would like to route the RO product to it instead of running it off of unfiltered water. ...
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Is my leaky faucet missing a valve seat?

I have a standard two-handle faucet in my shower. I noticed a drip from the faucet, and decided to repair this. The rubber seal on the hot water side was completely ruined, so I figured this was the ...
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Is this enough room for undercabinet sink plus disposal?

We are remodeling our kitchen and considering an undercabinet sink, and also want a disposal. The drain line is 18" from the underside of the 1.5" thick countertop. The sink is a stainless steel 70/30 ...
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How to extend Sump Pump discharge pipe from house

My house's sump pump discharge pipe exit's the house a couple of feet high from the ground and runs straight down. I don't want it dumping right next to the house (kid's sandbox is there now) so I ...
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How do I remove a stuck kitchen aerator tip?

I recently moved into a new apartment and need to remove the aerator tip on the Moen kitchen faucet to set up the countertop dishwasher I brought with me from my previous apartment. It was missing the ...
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No water flow after closing and reopening shutoff valve

My faucet was in need of attention so went below the sink, shut off the valves, unscrewed the supply lines, cleaned the faucet put everything back and now the water won't turn back on at the valves. ...
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Is it possible to have cold water in the hot water line without a water heater?

While building my home, my original plumber has cold water running through both hot and cold lines in absence of a water heater. Now that I'm ready to install a water heater, Im getting an inflow of ...
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What could cause the water flow in house pipes to suddenly be altered?

After 23 years of steady water flow when using toilets and all taps in our house, we noticed that in the last few weeks, whether it is in using the shower, or the toilet refilling, the water ebbs, ...
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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 ...