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Removing rigid copper pipe to install dishwasher

I'm trying to install a new dishwasher, replacing the 20 year old one I currently have. I have a compression shutoff valve underneath the sink for the hot water water. It has two outputs, one going up ...
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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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Toilet overflowing without flushing

My toilet starting overflowing, but no one had used it for at least 30 minutes. The water overflowing was clear, so I don't think it's a sewer back up issue (this is not on a septic tank). What ...
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How to Install a Techno Flange

I recently had some plumbing work done on my house but still need to install a toilet after I finish tiling the floor. We were left with the following flange and a toilet drain pipe sticking about 3 ...
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Replace toilet flange in a sanitary tee

I had a toilet that stank, pulled it to figure out what was going on. Looks like the flange had been broken in the past and repaired, subfloor all around the flange was rotten. Tried getting the old ...
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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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Water pressure drops when shower knob is pulled out all the way

So the water pressure drops when the shower knob is pulled out all the way. If you finesse the faucet somewhere in the middle range you can get full pressure. It's just difficult and a bit of a pain. ...
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Unblock a drain after using too much baking soda

I had a smelly drain in my bathroom after moving into a new house. I tried baking soda and vinegar but the smell remained. I decided to poor the rest of the box of baking soda down the drain and let ...
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Small leak in 1 inch buried PVC water line

I have a 1 inch line buried from my house pressure system to the barn, and it has a very small leak somewhere. Is there some additive that could be circulated through this line to stop the leak? ...
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How do I fix a leak in a fiberglass water tank?

There is a small crack in the overhead water tank, about 6 inches by 1 inch. The tank is made up of fiber glass. Is there any chemical that can be used for filling the crack?
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How high must a shower pan curb be?

Releated to: Building on top of 3/4'' plywood subfloor (link for impatient: http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2012/12/21/how-to-make-a-relatively-sweet-shower-cheap/) I would like to know how ...
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What methods are allowed by code to convert a kitchen sink drain pipe from copper to PVC?

The copper pipes under my sink have corroded and I've cut off everything except about 8-10" of the horizontal pipe coming out of the wall. The guy at Ace hardware said the old pipe would have a ...
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Bench soldering copper pipe into a subassembly

Is it possible to pre-assemble and pre-solder copper pipes into a subassembly that then can be installed using a threaded fitting? I'd much rather solder the joints either in an oven environment or ...
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How can I cut and cap a hot water supply line that has no shut-off after the HWT?

I have an old hot water supply line that is no longer being used and I want to cut and cap it for later use. The problem I have is that it has no shut down after the hot water tank. My other hot water ...
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Plumbing connections for basement bathroom

My house is a bit of a strange design. Although the living room appears to be an addition to the home, it was actually built at the same time as the rest of the house. Looking at the front of the ...
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No pressure in my hot water

I lost pressure in my hot water only about 3 weeks ago. I have lived here for 4 years without a problem. Not only did it affect my shower and dishwasher but also the utility sink in the basement. ...
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toilet slow to flush with bubbles from the jet

There are 3 toilets in the house and the one in the master bath when flushed bubbles come out the jet and the bowel is slow to empty. The tank empties well from the tank. No other issues with the ...
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Strange sink behavior — sink fills partially then drains at a normal pace

Our bathroom has two sinks of the type where the entire basin sits above the countertop level. For several months (at least) now, the sink I normally use has filled up to about 2/3rds or so of its ...
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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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What do I do about a toilet flange that is too high?

I just had the floors in my bathroom replaced and now the flange is too high. When I put the toilet on top, the front touches the floor, but the back does not. The flange and piping are PVC, and the ...
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What is causing a cat urine smell in my bathroom?

My bathroom has started smelling like cat urine. We have NO cats. I think the smell is coming from the shower drain. What could this smell be coming from and how do I get rid of it?
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Kitchen faucet leak worsened after O-Ring replacement

My kitchen sink has a Moen model 1225 faucet, like the one pictured: . I replace the O-rings because of a leak around the handle (not the nozzle). I'm wondering if I installed the O-rings incorrectly ...
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How to remove rusted remains of kitchen sink tailpiece?

While taking out an rusted tailpeice it broke and you can see what was left in the pvc pipe. How can I remove the rest of the tailpiece? Update: Also how would I know which tailpiece size to replace ...
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What can I do about a toilet flange that is 1/4" below the finished floor?

I used two wax seals to set my toilet since the flange is 1/4" below the new tile. At first it seemed to be water tight but after a few flushes I noticed water seeping and pulled it out. As can be ...
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Shower periodically loses hot water, and then the bath faucet will be scalding

I am in a 3 story apartment building with roughly 20 units. Periodically while taking a shower the water will suddenly lose heat and become ice cold. I chalked this up to lack of hot water coming ...
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What are my options for installing a water softener on the opposite side of the house from the main water supply?

Background Info My main water supply on my home is located on the east wall of the home, whereas my garage is located on the west side of the home. There is no water softener loop in the home, and in ...
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Why is the first shower of the day is colder than the second?

Description Since I've moved into this house, I've noticed that the first shower of the day is colder than the any subsequent shower. More specifically, if no hot water has been used for a while, ...
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What could be causing water to back up into my bathroom basin?

out of the blue, water just started pumping out of my bathroom basin drain flowing over the counter top onto the floor - nothing had been turned - this is a highrise condo I'm on the 3rd floor - ...
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How can I fix a shower faucet valve where hot and cold suddenly reversed?

We have one of those faucets with one handle which first goes to cold and then progresses to hot as you go further from off. Or, at least, it used to be that way. We went on vacation, had someone ...
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How can I hook up my dishwasher drain properly?

The problem I am installing a new Bosch dishwasher and have run into a conundrum hooking up the drain. The parameters are the following: The dishwasher drain hose has a rubber bit on the end marked ...
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Tankless water heater and inconsistent water temperature

We recently brought a house that was built in 1927, and much of it has been updated. The previous owners put in a tankless water heater two years ago. Our hot water is very inconsistent. When someone ...
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How do I widen a hole in my porcelain kitchen sink?

My faucet recently broke, so I replaced it with a new faucet and sprayer. To put in the sprayer, we removed the dishwasher air gap - with predictable results. I've replaced the air gap in its hole. ...
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Low hot water pressure in one fixture after water heater replacement

I just had my water heater replaced (by a professional) and everything is great except the bathtub fixtures (shower head and tub faucet) in just one bathroom. The water pressure is really low, ...
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why does my house have a 4 inch vent stack going out the front?

I have a vent pipe that goes out the front of the house(just above the foundation)it goes down into the drain under the flooring in the basement.I have my plumbing vented already. I do have one toilet ...
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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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Plumbing: Dual volume control valve WITHOUT mixing

This is probably a total newbie question, I apologize in advance. I have two pipes, hot and cold; I'd like to set up a single control point that turns the flow on both of them on or off, at the same ...
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What can I do about my kitchen sink that has clogged suddenly and completely?

I had no problem with my double kitchen sink ever since getting Nu-Flo in our 1970s pipes, and their installers told me the kitchen drain had been installed going up instead of down so it caused the ...
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Low water pressure on single handle tub & shower?

The Cartridge Assembly was replaced and there was good pressure to the valve body but it still has low water flow to the tub and was very little flow to the shower head when turned on. Also when water ...
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How do I winterize this sprinkler system

I am trying winterize my landscaping sprinklers. I just moved into my new house and find out this plumbing layout is quite different, I hooked up my 100psi air compressor and tried to blow them out ...
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Should I cap one vent in a two vent stack?

I have relocated some fixtures in our house, and now have two 3" vent stacks in the same drainage route that leads to our septic system. I'm thinking that this may be a bad idea, . . . that it may ...
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Why does my toilet feed service valve still leak?

The metal pipe that comes out of the wall and feeds water into the cistern on my toilet is connected to the plastic cistern pipe (inlet valve pipe?) by a service valve. It is pretty much identical to ...
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How can I figure out where air is getting into my water supply?

I am on well with a system with hot water tank and an iron water conditioner. Air surges from cold and hot water taps, shower heads. How is the air getting into the system?
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How can I determine what size pressure pump and tank do I need?

we have a cistern tank that is 3 meters deep , the desired pump would have to pull the water from the cistern (vertical distance is 3 meters) then the water would be pushed horizontally for about 22 ...
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Plumbing: Two control points for shower

I'm doing a remodel and I wanted to ask for your advice. I have a fairly large shower spanning the entire width of the bathroom (see the plan below). I'd like to set up the showerhead at one end of ...
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Can a wall hung toilet in a basement be tied into existing drain from upper level or does it require dedicated drain?

Can a wall hung toilet in a basement be tied into existing drain from upper level or does it require dedicated drain
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How to pull toothbrush out of the sink?

My toddler dropped a toothbrush down a bathroom sink. Unfortunately, the stopper wasn't in the sink at the time. When looking down from above the sink, I believe the toothbrush is in the PVC section ...
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Low Pressure From Shower Head Troubleshooting

The water pressure from the shower head in one of my bathrooms is extremely low. The pressure coming out of the faucet of the bath is low as well. It has not always had this low pressure, it has ...
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What could be causing my sink and dishwasher to back up?

My sink backs up when running water for 3 min. Also into dishwasher. It's also a double sink. On the other hand, my dishwasher also backs up into sink. This causes a disgusting smell through my home. ...
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Why can't I turn my shower water off?

I cannot turn off the water in my shower. I had my water in the house turned off and I took apart the faucet area to change out the springs and little rings to fix a dripping showerhead. When I ...
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Why would the water pressure seem to change after installing a new water heater?

We replaced our water heater recently and in less than 12 hours the TPV started dribbling water out of it. Shortly after the installation we noticed an increase in the water pressure when the toilet ...