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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 ...
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Product or technique to plug a pipe from the inside?

I'm in the process of moving our laundry area from inside the house to the garage. I'm not going to dismantle the old washer drain stack or plumbing, as future owners may want to relocate the laundry ...
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No water coming out of kitchen faucet!

Yesterday, our kitchen faucet suddenly stopped working. Water pressure has always been fine, but now there is only a trickle. It's a single handle faucet and both the hot and cold will not work. I ...
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how do i plumb this rough-in?

The future bathroom in my basement has been roughed-in by the builder. Spot where the tub / shower goes was covered over by a square plastic tub (a "dap-out", if the spelling I see online is correct). ...
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humming sound after flushing the toilet and closing the sink

every time I flush the toilet I heard a humming noise, i replace 2 toilets in the house already I'm missing one is this the problem or is something else and how i can isolate the issue? and every time ...
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Replacing kitchen faucet, unsure how to remove old plate holding hoses

I'm replacing my kitchen faucet and ran into an issue taking out the old Kohler faucet. Pictures of the problem at the bottom. Underneath the sink there's two overlapping plates holding in the hot ...
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how do you manually turn on the gas to your house?

During an account switch our gas got turned off. The account is straight now but national grid goes on coffee break from 12am sat till 7am monday and for us, enough is enough. 3 family 3 story ...
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ABS Glue = yellow or black?

I'm doing a bunch of ABS plumbing for the first time. I have everything cut and ready to assemble so do one last YouTube search for a few tutorials on glueing. Seems really simple. HOWEVER, all the ...
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What could cause a loud clunking sound when I turn on the hot water in my shower?

When I turn on the hot water in my shower there is a loud clunking sound. I'm afraid the vibration may cause a joint to loosen and leak. Any idea as to why this is happening and what I can do to ...
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“Island” kitchen sink vent

I was told that I needed a 3" drain pipe to self vent the sink. I have searched all over to see how to plumb 1 1/2" drain pipe into a 3" pipe with no luck. a picture is worth a thousand words. ...
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Does a drain pipe have to be in the floor/wall or can it run on top of floor underneath cabinets?

I'm renovating my kitchen on the second floor of my duplex, so there is a finished ceiling directly below it. The kitchen sink will be moved about 7 feet horizontally from where it is now. In the ...
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Is there a way to buy a sink stopper clevis separately?

My bathroom sink stopper is broken because of a missing clevis. The rods are there, but nothing connects them. I can obviously replace the whole thing, but I would like to buy only a clevis if ...
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air in water lines after a check valve was installed by the water pump

We have air in our water lines. This all started after a check valve was put on right before the water pump (in the cellar...(shallow well, one line in). We have no leaks in the house, plumber ...
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Can I install a main water shutoff up higher?

Why is it that the main water shut off to a home, is always installed down low? Can I install it higher, like hip high? example: Water line coming in apx. 3'' through wall. Install elbow going ...
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water backing up into both sinks, whether running the disposal or dishwasher

Water is sitting in both kitchen sink drains with equal pressure. When running dishwasher it bubbles up some on both sides. When running disposal, water sucks down on disposal side, but then creeps ...
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Should the water heater be shut down if the water main has to be turned off?

I have a brand new AO Smith 50gal gas water heater. Today there was a burst pipe from the cold spell we're having currently, so I had to turn off the water main to the house until the plumbers get ...
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How do I wrap pipe threads with teflon tape?

When wrapping pipe threads with teflon tape (thread seal tape), what is the direction and recommended number of times to wrap the tape around the threads? Any other recommendations or tip/tricks when ...
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Water is leaking from basement toilet. help

I bought this house that was without electricity for 8 months (water pipes froze too). I have a septic system. I've removed toilet in the basement and plugged septic pipe (it was filled with water)... ...
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Why does my furnace drip bucket fill up so frequently?

We have an oil furnace that heats the house using a two-zone hot-water circuit, and also acts as an on-demand hot water heater. There is a pipe coming off the collection of pipes coming out of it that ...
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Is there a way to fix a small water leak in a PVC pipe from inside the pipe?

The PVC evacuation pipe from my toilet is leaking a little bit. The part of the pipe that is leaking is buried inside concrete. I am trying to find a way to fix the leak from inside the pipe, that is ...
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What should I do with this broken toilet flange? Is it glued in?

I bought a house (foreclosed one) - and found a basement toilet was completely disconnected from the ground. So I picked it up and moved it away - and I'm gonna get a replacement toilet. But should I ...
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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 should be the maximum PSI on the cold water line while the water heater is heating?

I have installed a pressure tank and the PSI is still about 90 PSI . Is this normal?
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Shower not hot enough, unable to find adjustment, manufacturer out of business

Our shower doesn't get hot enough even with the knob turned all the way, I measure about 90 degrees F. A sink faucet in the same room at the same time shows 115 degrees F. The hot water pipe leading ...
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would installing a brass ball valve against direction of water flow affect it's volume?

I have very little water pressure coming through both my bathroom faucets. I just noticed the valve off the water heater is installed backwards And there are no other valves that I can see in between ...
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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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Recirculation pump seems to be working, yet no detectable heat on return pipe

Our two-story-on-a-slab house has uninsulated copper pipes, including a recirculation return pipe to a tee on the water heater drain. In past years, the recirculation seemed to give us hot water ...
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New Vanity: Sink Won't Drain Completely

My wife and I just replaced the vanity in our bathroom. To fit the new sink, we had to cut some new PVC. Here's a picture. All the plumbing works, without leaks, except that it will not drain ...
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Vaillant ecotec 28 boiler pressure problem

I have a Vaillant ecotec pro 28 boiler and the pressure is too high when the heating or hot water is on. It flashes at between 3.2 and 4 bar. After searching online the suggestions were to vent any ...
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Plumbing - two cold water pressure tanks, both with bladders - low flow second floor

The house we bought has two blue cold water pressure tanks, both with bladders, and the system is set for cut-in at 50 and cut-out at 70. We noticed a tiny pinhole leak in a tee connection close to ...
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What is this gray thing thing on a main water line right after it comes into house?

What is this gray thing thing on a main water line - right after it comes into house? Edit: this is private well, I should have clarified.
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Plumbing - what is this bag for? Moisture collection?

I bought a rehab house and looking at the plumbing. Some weird bag was hanging off one of the pipes. When I touched it - these pink beads spilled. Does it have any purpose?
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Why do my toilets flush slowly and often incompletely?

I have three toilets that all flush slowly and incompletely. I've adjusted the chain to ensure the flap raises completely. I've raised the float to ensure the tank fills nice and high. Yet I have this ...
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Adding a bathroom in a 2 car garage

I would like to add a rest room and a shower in the garage the area where I want to install this two items are very right next to my existing bathroom wall and wash room. How far would I have to ...
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Where can I find a 90-degree elbow to connect to my ice maker water line?

I currently have an ice maker box in my kitchen that is connected to a 1/4" compression fitting to a braided stainless steel tube that goes to my refrigerator. The problem is that this ice maker box ...
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Can a full expansion tank prevent the furnace from going on?

Woke up this morning and the furnace wasn't working. The furnace is relatively new, and there appears to be a small amount of water dripping from the top of the expansion tank. I know that the ...
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No water pressure after I flush any of my toilets

All of a sudden when I flush any of my three toilets they refill slow and I have no water pressure any where in the house . Any thoughts
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Can an electrical subpanel go underneath plumbing?

I was about to wire up my new basement subpanel when I realized I had put it directly under a toilet. I don't think this is a code violation. I can relocate it with some difficulty. I'm also ...
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What are the code requirements for installing a ceiling fan alongside a fire sprinkler?

I have a fire sprinkler in my bedroom ceiling which is right in the middle. I want to install a ceiling fan. What are code requirements to follow?
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How effective are outdoor foam faucet covers to prevent freezing?

Everyone seems to suggest using those styrofoam faucet covers to help prevent the pipes associated with the fixture from freezing. They're cheap so I have them anyway (plus I'm not in a hard ...