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House has no plumbing vent — is this a solution?

I've been living in a fixer-upper for a while... I've been fixing a lot that was previously done wrong. I've finally gotten around to ripping out our first floor bathroom (two full bathrooms) and ...
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Do I need an air admittance valve for my basement shower?

I've been trying to figure out why my water in my shower drain doesn't flow through the elbow. When I turn the elbow sideways the water flows correctly but sewer gasses emits out the empty elbow ...
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Can pipe dope be used on water lines in a vanity

Does it hurt if I use pipe dope on water lines connecting a faucet in a vanity?
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What could be causing a steady tapping noise in a tankless water heater?

I have a Jacuzzi hot water heater, installed about 2 years ago. It works fine, however, when it is sitting idle (no making hot water) it has recently developed a steady tapping noise from within. When ...
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Water Heater Cold Intake Pipe always drips from drain valve

The cold intake pipe for my water heater has a drain valve with plastic tubing leading to my basement drain. This tubing always has a constant flow of dripping water; basically, my water heater's cold ...
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Outside drain - how to replace this grate?

I'm planning to redo a back entrance into the REO house I bought. There is this drain: see images which seems like it had a grate on it initially but was broken out? It's hard to read - but it ...
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Installing new soil pipe

I'm moving my bathroom to the adjacent corner in my house, and would like to know if I need to vent my soil pipe with my planed system before it reaches the existing external soil stack. Going ...
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dissolved brass fitting

this week i had to go check a problem for a long term customer that she was having with her furnace. she had had some company come in and do a furnace service, and a few days after they left, she was ...
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Upstairs shower running out of hot water almost immediately

I have old copper piping through most of my house. When I get a leak I just replace part of the old copper pipe with pvc. Most recently I had a leak in my hot water side and changed out a portion of ...
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Why isn't there hot water coming from my faucet after stem replacement?

I just completed the replacement of the hot and cold water stems form my bathtub faucets. The hot water was leaking so I went ahead and replaced both. They were probably original to the house circa ...
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How can I get a direct stream of water out of my kitchen sprayer hose?

I fill up my humidifier tanks several times a day. The tanks don't fit under my kitchen sink, so I have to fill them partially in the sink and then the last 10% with the sprayer. The sink has a flow ...
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One of our toilets refills VERY slowly - takes 15-20 minutes after flushing.

Note: Like another user's query, our bowl fills okay, but the tank refills very slowly - takes 15-20 minutes. We can't detect any leaks. I've adjusted the water valve. I've put a brick in the tank to ...
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Ground Water in Sewage Basin hole

I am installing a sewage ejector pit and pump in basement, hole is dug and I piped the inlet pvc for the toilet and sink. I did not have time to backfill or concrete. The next morning I woke up to ...
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Can we install an aeration unit in an older septic system?

Our home was built in 1957. We have had problems for years with having a wet drain field and keep having our septic pumped. Today (of course my husband is away), I have done a couple of loads of ...
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Hydronic heat radiators not used for long time - should they be drained?

What should I do with radiators that have been out of action for about 3 years since the boiler went on the blink? Is it better to drain the water out of the system while system is dormant?
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Not sure on assembly of shower faucet

I have a faucet similar to this one: Unfortunately, the pipes were not secured very well behind the enclosure, which I assume is a common problem. Specifically, the valve is not mounted to a cross ...
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Cold water faucets plugged

We live at the end of the service line and all of our cold water faucets keep plugging off down to a trickle. How do we stop this and how do we fix it?
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Can I use a single air gap for a reverse osmosis system and a dishwasher?

Is it possible to do this? Currently we have a line from the dishwasher to the air gap and from the air gap to the garbage disposal. I want to install a reverse osmosis system but we only have the one ...
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How much water do water softeners waste?

I'm considering buying a water softener, but I heard that they waste a lot of water, and I don't really want my water bill to skyrocket. I haven't been able to find any clear indication of how much ...
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why has the cold water stopped working in two different sinks but run on the same system?

I have an upper apartment that has no cold water in the kitchen sink. The lower apartment has no cold water in the bathroom shower. Both systems come off of the same main.
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Put a watering spigot on my deck

The deck off the main story of our house is two stories up (22 feet off the ground) and there is no water spigot. My wife would really like a spigot to attach a hose for watering her plants and ...
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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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Stainless Steel Washing Machine Hoses

I see that an installer used stainless steel jacketed filler hoses with my new washer. (See picture below.) I was wondering if these are any better than rubber hoses? I've heard a few stories about ...
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Water Filter system - backwash from sewer?

I have a whole house Aquat water softner and filter system (new system that was put in last week). I believe the incoming line is connected to the filter, then the filter output line is connected to ...
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Toilet bubbles and gurgles

We are having problems with our toilets. There are no air bubbles in the tank, but they bubble and gurgle after they are flushed. We have already tried to snake it and treat it with RID-X, but it has ...
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Toilets bubble and gurgle after flushing [duplicate]

There are two toilets in our home. It's a single story on a septic tank by itself. When you flush a toilet there are no air bubbles in tank but after the water goes down both toilets bubble and ...
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Problem with new Rain Shower

Just replaced mixing valve and installed new rain head with hand held shower. Now I have a constant cold water leak.
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Does Ductile Iron Rust?

I am in the middle of replacing a drain in the concrete floor of my basement. I'm replacing it because the current drain is terribly rusted, and was quite crooked in terms of not being flush with the ...
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Loud vibration using hot water

Cast iron sink with wall mounted faucet. The house is 75 years old, the plumbing may be that old too. The pipes are galvanized. The faucet has no identifying marks. There has been no trouble or ...
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Need guidance for venting a new rough-in for basement bathroom

I'm currently finishing my basement, and I wanted to rough-in plumbing fixtures for a future basement. I've already got the layout, but I just need to figure out the venting for the drawing for my ...
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What is this piece inside the spigot supply hole, and what is it used for?

I'm watching videos online describing how to fix a leaky Delta kitchen faucet. As I'm following the instructions I encounter an odd hitch. Where, according to the video, there should be an empty and ...
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frost proof spigot

My outdoor frost proof spigot worked fine before winter. I detached the water hose before winter. After the winter, the spigot does not work, nor does it leak, inside or outside. Do I need to replace ...
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Faucet supposed to stick out this far?

A local plumbing company installed my tub/shower. In my uneducated opinion, this faucet doesn't look right and seems to be sticking too far out. Should it look like this? I don't want to be overly ...
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Options to fix an old leaky shower valve

The shower valve in my guest bathroom is leaking and I would like to replace it but it's fairly old and not compatible with the new mixer cartridges. I bought a brand new valve & cartridge but I'm ...
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Mystery valve on hot water line from water heater

I have a 1/2" od PVC outside my home with a steady drip of water. It is a few inches above the line that runs to the TPR valve on the water heater (confirmed by opening the valve). It's not the AC ...
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How do I calculate the takeoff for a 45 degree elbow joint?

I'm trying to install a 45° elbow joint in PVC. I've found several suggestions online, but frankly, they are incomprehensible to me and seem contradictory of one another: ...
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Any advice on unthreading old Brass pipe?

Any advice on unthreading old Brass pipe? The brass pipe is in the back with the spigot attached.
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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 replaced the O-rings because of a leak around the handle (not the nozzle). I'm wondering if I installed the O-rings ...
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Minimum Height for Vent Pipe

Is there a minimum height for the the vent pipe circled in the image?
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Utility Sink and Washing Machine Drain Pipe

I am installing a utility sink in my basement and need to rework the drain pipe and standpipe for my washing machine in the process. Above is the original drain pipe and stand pipe that the washing ...
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Water leak detection - long drive way

My dad needs to repair a water leak on a property. This house has a long driveway (roughly 20 metres). But when he went there to have a look, there was no noticeable leak (water puddle etc). Bathroom ...
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Can I reroute these drain lines to make this stack more compact?

I currently have a drain stack that is piped like this: The blue pipe services a sink, and I do believe continues on to become a vent above the sink. The red pipe services a toilet, and the green ...
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Rebuilding a septic drain field

When rebuilding a drain field, is it imperative to dig individual trenches for each "tine" of the drain pipe "fork", or would it be possible to just dig one big hole to lay all the piping down. If I ...
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Any pitfalls to shutting off house water supply while working?

I want to replace the faucet for my kitchen sink. The shutoff valves for both hot and cold are stuck open. I assume I should either try to unfreeze the valves or eventually replace them. If I'm in ...
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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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Is it a bad idea to temporarily caulk a toilet base leak?

We've discovered that our toilet is leaking at the base (related question: How can I repair a toilet that is leaking at the base?) and needs repair. However, whoever installed the toilet originally ...
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need help in identifying bathroom sink faucet set

This set is most likely 30 years old. (We also have the matching tub set.) I'd like to replace all of the faucet innards or replace the entire set. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks. ...
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What section of California plumbing code pertains to water main lines?

Can someone please point me to California (US) plumbing code references regarding how water main lines should be buried between the house and street source? A plumber left an exposed pipe near the ...
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Strange sump pump install by plumber

I'm thinking about finishing my basement but at the bottom of my stairs the plumber installed a very strange setup for my sump pump. See attached picture. Ive never seen this before so I wanted ...