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How can I reseal a shower drain on a pre-formed shower base?

The shower drain in my first-floor bathroom leaks. Based on looking from the basement below, it seems the leak is at the point where the drain assembly should clamp to the shower base (which is ...
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What are the two tubes connected to my refrigerator?

I bought a used whirlpool refrigerator, I don't know if something is missing or what. There are two plastic tubing lines coming out of the back of the refrigerator. Now I know one needs to connect to ...
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Should my toilet flange sit on top of the backer board or the tile of the floor?

The bathroom model saga continues. The old toilet flange was rusting, and the subfloor was rotting, so I pulled up the subfloor around the toilet, and replaced the drain pipe with ABS, and an elbow. ...
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water from dishwasher backing up

How do I fix this problem, I live in a 1976 doublewide which has no air gap on the sink and I have no garbage disposer, the problem is I run the dishwasher and the water backs into the sink, so I ...
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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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What is this? (Something to do with water filtering?)

I have the following thing in my basement and I'm not quite sure exactly what it is. I believe it has something to do with either hard water, or water filtration. So my two questions would be: 1. ...
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How do I clean a cheap blow torch?

I have one of those cheap Mapp gas + nozzle torches I'm using for sweat sodering and the tip clogged up today. How do I go about cleaning it?
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How can I locate and solve this water hammer problem, and what are its effects on the human body?

I live in an 180 sq.ft. single room apartment with kitchen area, and is pretty much a simple box like shape. For a year, I have heard noises that sounds like a rod banging in the wall and its ...
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Shower plumbing in exterior wall

I plan on doing a full gut/rebuild on our bathroom this spring, and one of the things I plan on is his/hers shower heads. Problem is, one of these will need to be on the exterior wall of the house to ...
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How do I tap into the PEX water supply line?

The water supply line for my ice maker was never connected. So I want to know how to tap into the PEX water supply line to allow connection to the ice maker.
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2nd floor p trap for clawfoot tub

I have a 1908 home with a clawfoot tub on the 2nd floor. It had some sort of lead box between the 1st floor rafters and under the permanent flooring that leaked. (A rat had chewed into it before I ...
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shower head replacement

I have a Kohler model 10828-4-BN shower kit. It has a handshower so it has a diverter piece coming out of the wall instead of a pipe. I wanted to change out the shower head but the new one does not ...
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Is there a minimum distance required from the bottom of the sink to the outlet?

Is there a minimum required by code from the bottom of the sink to the horizontal PVC outlet that goes into the wall? I am putting in a utility sink and have the top of the horizontal wall outlet ...
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Do I need to shut off the gas to my water heater, when I shut off the cold water intake to fix a leaking hot water faucet in my basement sink?

I need to replace a leaking hot water faucet in my basement laundry sink. To do this I need to shut of the hot water going into that faucet. The only option I see is to turn off the cold water intake ...
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What could cause low hot water pressure only in the line to one shower?

In my house I have a water pressure issue: Pressure is fine everywhere except for the hot water supply to the second floor shower There is another shower in the basement that has good water pressure ...
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Shower hot water problem

Why does my shower hot water flow slow down during showers? I find that I need to keep adding more hot water to keep a consistent temperature.
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2nd floor laundry room drain spraying water up into room

2nd floor laundry room drain trap is fed from pipe going up to a shower....i have water spraying out of the laundry room drain everytime i turn on the shower...it's been working fine for 10 years and ...
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How can I reset my Baxi Combi Duo-Tec HE boiler after a gas supply fault error?

My boiler is giving me some real problems, for whatever reason, it's not resetting as it should. I ran out of gas last night and since ice put some on and tried to reset, it still thinks there is a ...
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What could go wrong with washing machine water hammer devices?

I ordered up a pair of water hammer arresters for my washing machine and installed them. The house still shakes, rattles, and rolls when the washer pulses the water. I saved a bit of money by ordering ...
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Pressure Testing plumbing - pressure drop over night

I'm pressure testing some PEX before I close in the walls. I pumped in 80psi of air around noon yesterday and it was about 60 degrees F. Was a solid 80psi from when i filled to to 11pm (11 hours). ...
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How do I replace shower / tub handles / spouts?

I recently bought a house with 20 year old fixtures 3 bathrooms including a shower, shower/tub, and roman tub. The shower knobs say Harden on them and the tub/shower knob has a separate tub/shower ...
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Why is cold water coming out of my HW OUT-TAKE pipe?

I'm replacing our water heater. I disconnected the cold intake and hot out-take. I'm replacing the valve on the cold intake. I got to the point where I had both the cold in and hot out ...
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Will I notice a pressure drop going from 1/2“ pex to 3/4” CPVC then to 1/2" CPVC?

I'm replacing my older CPVC piping in my house and I have access to almost the entire house except the master bath area. At first, I thought it was being fed by a 1/2 inch line that I could just ...
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What is causing my drain to clog every 7 days?

I have a septic tank that clogs every 7 days. I snake it, but the next week I have to snake it again. Is there any way to know if it's the drain or the pump? Is there a way to check? I checked the ...
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Descale municipal water supply line

I have a pretty old house (1910) and the water supply line from the street is ancient. I suspect it may be narrowed with scale, and/or manganese fouling (there is manganese in the local supply), ...
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Can I use ProPEX for Pressure Relief and Steam Generator Drain?

I'm installing a steam generator and a tankless water heater. I want to know if I can use ProPEX for the P&T relief and for the steam generator's auto drain valve. The googling I did on the ...
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How can I fix low water pressure in one shower?

I am experiencing low water pressure in one shower on the second story in my condo. The water heater is on the first floor. The shower downstairs has good water pressure. Every sink and toilet seem to ...
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Will this connector seal without a washer?

I want to buy this Connector This is a BSP G 3/4" to 1/2" parallel connector(no tapering). See also ISO 228. These type of connectors are supposed to seal through the use of a rubber washer. Do I ...
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What is the difference between Moen Moentrol 3510/3520 and 3550/3570?

I'm trying to pick out a new valve for my shower, and I'm pretty set on a Moentrol. Moen produces four differnet models: Two 1/2" IPS Models: 3510 and 3550 Two 1/2" CC Models: 3520 and 3570 Their ...
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Why is my washing machine standpipe overflowing even after snaking/jetting every way to Sunday?

I have lived in my house for 3 years now with the same washing machine..in the past month my washing machine drain pipe has started to over flow. I do live in the country and drain my kitchen sink and ...
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Bathroom faucet drip

I had a faucet drip in my bathroom sink. I determined it was the hot water (confirmed by the warm drip and it stopped when I shut off the hot under the sink). I assumed that the stem went (which ...
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What can I do about a saddle valve that won't turn on?

First winter my mother is widowed, we can't get the humidifier on. Thought maybe the water to it is turned off. I'm on the phone with her and telling her to turn this saddle valve counter clockwise to ...
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Pipe thread in Switzerland?

Hello can someone tell me what is the usual Pipe thread in Switzerland? Is it the British Standard Pipe (BSP)? I'm considering buying this Bidet Shower on dx.com and I wonder: is this compatible ...
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replace stud that has vent pipe through it

I had some water damage in my bathroom and a few of the studs are rotted. I am assuming they need to be replaced. The problem is these studs have a plumbing vent pipe drilled through the middle of ...
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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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Can I connect my water heater pan drain to the building waste drain? (CPC)

This question is relative to the California Plumbing Code (CPC), specifically the Sacramento area. I'm doing some remodeling of a bathroom where the water heater pan drain line comes across the ...
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Imperial to Metric Tap Thread Adapter

We had been using this basin shower head attachment happily for a while, until a plumber came to replace the taps due to a leakage. The new taps (like the old ones) happen to be a pair of hot and cold ...
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How to fill hole in slab after installing new closet flange

The plumber broke up some of the slab, removed an old cast iron Y and put in a new elbow and closet flange. He left back filling and patching the slab to me (my choice). The edge of the hole is ...
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Leak between plastic elbow joint and copper pipe

I replaced a plastic elbow joint which had a crack in it. One end of the elbow has a PVC pipe fitted into it, and the other end is copper, which connects to an outside tap. I replaced the plastic ...
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How can I isolate an indoor water pipe to prevent freezing?

In my basement I have a 1/2" copper water pipe that goes to an outdoor faucet for a garden hose/sprinkler. This line has its own shutoff, so during the winter it is turned off and emptied. The ...
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Bathroom exhaust Fan

I need to install an exhaust fan in my bath on the main floor but I have no place to vent it but down through the basement and out a window. Is this Okay?
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How to connect primer tubing to non-laundry faucet?

The previous owner of my house didn't know what the trap primer tubing was when he installed an expensive kitchen faucet and stainless sink in the laundry room, so left the tubing dangling. Is there a ...
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How should I replace this ABS p-trap and drain?

I just replaced a faucet and drain on a sink which involved taking out and reinstalling the p-trap. When removing the p-trap I noticed the union nut was very tight. After my re-installation - hand ...
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Can I run water lines through the attic?

I recently had a Slab leak in my home in Indianapolis,IN. This is the 4th Slab leak since I've owned the home. I decided it was time to reroute all the Water lines. I thought this was best so I ...
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Legal water heater replacement

I'm looking to replace my water heater. I currently have a 15 year old 40 gallon gas water heater, and it's time to go. I had several quotes from local plumbers, and choked at the prices. I'm going to ...
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How can I clear a blockage caused by the previous owner flushing grout down the toilet?

The previous owner of our house tiled the main bathroom before selling the house and flushed the grouting down the toilet. This caused the pipes to become blocked. We've had to break down some of ...
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All toilets in my house flush slowly, afraid that there is a clog in the main line

I have 4 toilets, and all of them appear to flush slowly. They are older toilets (huge tanks), so there is definitely plenty of water going in (the bowl itself almost fills with water). It swirls ...
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How do I determine if a pipe is frozen?

I have a shower which has no hot or cold water this cold (2F outside) morning. I can get to some of the piping directly behind it, inside an attic. There is at least 8-10 inches of insulation ...
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Stop a leak in an outdoor plastic pipe

We had our bathroom refitted a couple of years ago, which required all the waste water piping around the house to be refitted. One of the joins in the pipe carrying all the waste water away from the ...
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Why dual sinks stopped running cold and hot water?

Dual sinks in upstairs master bedroom stopped running cold and hot water. The shower and toilet in the same bathroom work fine. It was still working last night and this morning nothing, not even a ...