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Why not double up on PEX cinch clamps?

I'm looking to replace some copper pipe with PEX. The online debate seems heated, although local plumbers I've talked to seem indifferent about the particulars, just praising PEX in general vs. ...
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How can I repair this detached kitchen sink pipe?

I noticed one of the two kitchen sinks is leaking--that's not really the right word. It's more like pouring. When I pour something down that drain it's like I might as well have just dumped whatever ...
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How can I open this old push-button cistern?

I have a push-to-flush cistern that I cannot open. It seems to be quite old and I cannot find a manufacturer anywhere on it. I've removed the smaller button, and there are three small holes. However, ...
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Threaded copper fitting stripped, whats my next move?

I have an awkward plumbing problem. I am inserting a T-fitting into the flexible riser of my kitchen sink and in the process seem to have stripped the copper shank coming from the faucet. The fitting: ...
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Do hot water tanks have to be in the drain pan

I bought a new hot water tank and had it installed by a plumber. It didn't fit in the existing drain pan, so he put it on top of the pan. Is this safe?
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How do I install the trap for a standard bathroom sink?

I have an open 1.5" drain pipe in the wall. I just need to redirect it through the (currently non-existing) drywall and put in a trap. What is the proper way to do this? Do I just put a 90 degree EL ...
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How can I get a brick out of my drain pipe?

There's a brick inside my outside drain, and I can't get it out. It's stuck in there, and the drain is now overflowing with all sorts of things. It's already too deep. I tried to hit it in as hard as ...
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How to loosen a rusted nut/screw

I have been trying the change the screws connecting the toilet tank, i managed to remove the tank but the nut it completely rusted and became one with the screw. I tried holding the screw in place ...
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New residential toilets all so tall?

Are all new toilets high off the ground? Our existing toilets (one 20-year-old Toto and one ancient 5 GPF monster that I am shopping to replace) are around 14.5" from the floor to the rim of the ...
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Can I use old style individual faucets on a bathroom vanity?

We have an old home and would like to keep with the period where possible. I have a marble vanity top with individual faucets for hot and cold rather than a single spigot for both. I can buy brand new ...
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Plumbing not draining after reassembly

My sink seal came loose and so I replaced it last night. Before taking it apart to replace, it was draining fine. After putting it back together, it doesn't drain at all, one side of the sink slightly ...
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Loud noise in the pipes when I turn off my hot water

We have a combi boiler, and recently when you run the shower after turning the hot tap off there is a large banging in the pipes. It only seems to happen with that specific tap (as far as I can tell). ...
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What is the best way to retrofit an underfloor heating system in a concrete slab?

I have a UK bungalow that I am renovating. I would like to replace the current heating system (radiators, natural gas boiler) with an underfloor heating system. I think the cost of digging up the ...
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How can I repair a loose T joint connecting pipes under my kitchen sink?

I found a puddle under my kitchen sink and was disappointed to find that the T joint connecting the drain from the garbage disposal and and the second sink was completely loose. As shown in the ...
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What could cause low hot water pressure in the shower only?

The hot water pressure in every other faucet in the house is fine, but in the shower it's a little more than a trickle. I removed the shower head and pulled out the cartridge (it looks kind of like ...
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Problem with parallel flow

The problem is that there is no water at the outlet when pump is working. When I disconnected 3/4" pipe that was in parallel to 1" pipe, and left 1" pipe only, the water showed up at the outlet ...
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How to fix a pinhole leak in water main inside my house?

I came home last night to find water on my basement floor. After looking around, I located a pinhole leak on the short segment of pipe coming into the house from the street. This is the one foot of ...
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Water Problems please help! [closed]

So my water is dripping from both my shower and my kitchen sink even though it's off and I'm wondering how much will the water bill be? Will they still charge me even though its off? Help!
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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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Merge 2 water line to increase pressure

We have 2 water meters on our property; one for the main house and another for the guest house. We sometimes experience a drop in pressure if we use both showers plus any other fixtures at the same ...
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How can I secure a post to a conversion ball for a shower faucet?

I have a Delta single-handle faucet. I installed a conversion kit about half a year ago to update its trim from a knob to a lever. It's been great until yesterday when my wife complained that no ...
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What should be done with dirt from digging out sewer drain pipe?

I had a backed up sewer drain, and had to have it cleared. I also had it scoped and was told it was broken. I have dug a 4'x4'x4' hole to get to it - and found out it was completely shattered. I am ...
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What kind of toilet tank is this?

This is the toilet tank in my apartment. A few days ago I started noticing brown residue in the water. Upon investigation, I encountered a toilet tank I'm not familiar with... there's an "outer" tank, ...
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How do I permantely plumb 5 tiki torches around my pool by placing a T on my buried propane tank which feed the pool/hot tub heater?

What is required to "T" off of my buried propane tank that feeds my pool/hot tub heater so I can permanently mount 5 tiki torches around my pool?
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How can I insulate behind pipes that are close to a foundation wall?

Reading around, it seems like most people suggest to put up XPS insulation when finishing a basement. That's great and all, but how do you put 2" of rigid foam behind pipes that already exist in the ...
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Can I install a Sharkbite shut off valve with only a half of an inch of copper to connect to?

Will a Sharkbite connector still work if I have only a half of an inch of copper that it will connect to instead of the recommended 1 inch?
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I've noticed the water from the sink won't heat up, while the water in both bathrooms heats fine.

I've been renting this home for more than a year and there have been a lot of plumbing issues - mostly leaks, but the water in the kitchen has always heated fine. There is a leak under the sink as ...
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How do I frame this oddly spaced rough in

It's been a long time since I posted about this stupid rough in (dang kids), but I'm attempting to get back on it. The spacing for these pipes are driving me crazy. For a quick reference, the ...
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No hot water even if heating elements work (solar/boiler combination)

I've got following setup for heating water: boiler solar panel on the roof The overall setup is simple - the cold water enters the system and goes first through the solar panel and then through ...
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How to anchor (install) a 1/2" natural gas pipe in a sleeve through a 2X4 wall to the ouside for a gas grill

I'm trying to figure out how to correctly run a 1/2" foot long piece of pipe through a 2X4 wall to the outside for a gas grill. I would be tying into the existing fireplace supply line then exiting ...
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What might cause water to leak under or behind a bathtub?

The floor in my bathroom is constantly wet after showers. House was built in 1970 and this bathroom is all original. From the yellow tile down to the linoleum. The shower curtain is sealed, the ...
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Can we install a sink and garbage disposal using the plumbing for a washing machine?

We already have plumbing for a washing machine. We have removed the machine and would like to install a utility sink and garbage disposal. Can we use the washing machine water supply and drain for ...
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What could cause a water system to sound like it's surging?

for the last week I've noticed that the water (either toilet refills, or when the sink is on) the water flow pulses and sounds uneven while running. I thought it was maybe the sprinkler system, but ...
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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 does this 50 year old shower valve work?

I'm in a bind, with this valve taken out of the wall and the water supply turned off. It looks like these pieces are all intact, nothing broken. The valve stem screws into what I would call the valve ...
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Possible causes for sound of water running through house pipes when water is off?

We recently moved back into our beach house after hurricane Sandy. During the storm repair the lower level was rebuilt including moving a bathroom and moving the house valve (only a few feet). We ...
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Deal with stripped washing machine inlet

I have a washing machine with a stripped water inlet. Is there an easy solution to fix this?
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hoses instead of pipes

Quick question that came to my mind earlier today: When installing a water system (concealed installation), why does one use pipes. It seems to me that hoses would be easier to install, more flexible ...
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How to extend my washing machine standpipe?

I need to extend my standpipe so that it's higher than my washing machine drum height. I need it to be about 24" taller than it currently is. I'm not experienced doing any plumbing work beyond ...
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Should I unplug the timer on the water heater when shutting off water to the house?

If I shut the water off to the house, do I need to unplug the timer on the cold water heater?
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How do I plumb an outside line to a roof deck faucet?

I want to get water from the first floor up along the outside of the wall (with a parapet and projecting coping) to the second floor. I got this working as follows: 1st floor hose bibb -> 4:1 hose ...
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Can I extend my sump pump outlet?

I live in area without sewers, so we depend on swales and drainage ditches when it rains. My basement sump pump outlet is in the ditch in front of the house, but it's a couple of inches below grass ...
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What kind of water pump do I need

I have bungalow with two bathrooms and one kitchen. Outside I have a 1000 gallon plastic tank which stores rainwater. We have no main water supply. What kind of pump do I need in order to get enough ...
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Shower Pressure Decreases after thumping noise behind wall

With the shower on, I hear a thumping noise behind the wall and the water pressure immediately drops. This happens every few days, so not every time I take a shower. It happens almost immediately ...
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how to repair leaking water main

So here's the situation. I've got a water main that is gravity fed from a spring into a cistern in my basement (and from there pumped to a pressure tank and the house). The main, black plastic and ...
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Bathroom remodel - Insulation/vapor barrier behind tub surround question

I am renovating my bath and my tub surround says it should be fastened to the studs. With this in mind my 1923 building has serious insulation problems and I would like to add R value as well as some ...
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How can I find the bypass that is causing my tankless water heater not to produce hot water?

I recently installed a tankless water heater. During the installation I had shut off cold water to the heater but saw that while water did not flow through the cold water source (nor in the sinks) it ...
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What is 'Cellular Core ABS' pipe?

At a big home store today, all the black drain pipe was 'cellular core ABS' in 'schedule 40'. What does the 'cellular' mean? The pipe was very inexpensive.
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I am installing a mud sink in my basement

I have a sink which includes a sump pump to pump the waste up to a higher level where there is drain plumbing. There is a 2" plastic ptrap off a 4" branch leading a few feet to the main house drain. ...
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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 ...