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Can I run a dehumidifier pump to a washer stand pipe?

I have a very humid basement, in which I run a dehumidifier often. To allow for a more constant run, I purchased a dehumidifier pump. It says to run the pump out through a window or to a sink. I ...
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What should I keep in mind when altering the drainage around my basement?

My back yard has some wet spots near the corner of my house. Because of property lines, fences, and window wells for my basement, it's hard to dramatically change the surface drainage of the area. I'm ...
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What are my options for fixing a laundry faucet?

We're replacing our washer so I had to turn off the laundry faucets, hook up the new washer, and then turn them back on. In doing so, the hot water faucet now has a slight leak where the stem of the ...
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Is it OK to drill through a jack stud/full stud pair to cut a hole for water heater drain pipe?

I just had a new water heater installed in my garage. My city building / plumbing codes require that the water heater overflow drain be drained to the outside of the house. Situation: The heater ...
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What techniques can be used to buff a stainless steel sink?

Hypothetically, say I was too aggressive using a bucket in a new stainless steel sink. Hypothetically, say the sink now has some scratches. I used an oxalic acid based cleanser (Bar Keepers ...
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What is this pipe called, and how does it work?

I recently saw a plumbing setup where a 2" pipe was run from a bend in the 4" toilet return. The 2" pipe bent upwards to meet the floor next to the toilet, where it was capped off with a removable ...
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Should second trap under kitchen sink S-trap be there?

My kitchen sink drains through an S-trap immediately below the sink to another trap (a P? a U?) in the basement below. The drain pipe then runs along the wall till it meets the main drain pipe shortly ...
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Options for replacing an at-grade hose bibb

The problem My house is built on a crawlspace and the floor of the house is just a few inches above grade. The hose bibbs come straight out of the crawlspace and are thus very close to the ground. ...
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How to connect a faucet to a buried water line?

I want to install a sink. There is a buried water line (1" poly) to the site of the sink, with a nice long tail on it if needed. The faucet from an old-fashioned separate faucet system, with one input ...
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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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How do I realign copper water pipes after cutting?

I cut a 1/2" copper pipe to insert a tee fitting a which will eventually go to a Pex line for an outdoor tap. The copper pipe was vertical, and when I completed the cut I found that the pipe was ...
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How can I install the drain for my reverse osmosis water filter?

I have purchased a Whirpool Reverse Osmosis Water Filter which installs under the sink. I am trying to install it and have run into an issue with the drain: the revers osmosis filter has a red tube ...
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What can (and cannot) be put down drains that are connected to septic systems?

This might be more appropriate as a community wiki... We have a septic system and I'm extremely paranoid about what can (and cannot) be put down our sink drains. I know the general answer is ...
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Can I convert/adapt to PEX from copper tubing?

I'm remodeling a bathroom, and some of the copper tubing needs to be replaced, due to leaks and the need to reposition fixtures. Is it feasible and recommended to convert from copper tubing to PEX? ...
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How can I brace a bathtub faucet without tearing out the tile wall?

I pulled the trim off of my bathtub faucet to grease a sticky cartridge and I saw that the plastic brackets that were used to secure the pipes to the studs were broken. My shower is tile, so I don't ...
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How do I cap off an unused refrigerator water line?

I am installing a new refrigerator. The new one doesn't have an ice maker in it and the old one did. I need to turn off the water, and when I do it will shut off all of my water. This is a rental ...
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What is the timeline for broken plumbing to cause damage to a house's foundation?

Assume a plumbing main breaks for whatever reason, and sewage begins to leak into the foundation of a house. What is the typical timeline for events to play out? For example, plumbing breaks on day ...
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Why is my kitchen faucet dripping even after water is shut-off?

Kitchen faucet (two separate handles, pull-out hose, Price-Pfister Catalina model) is dripping from the faucet itself. I shut the water from below the sink, determined it's a cold water, unscrewed the ...
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Should a circulator pump be installed on the supply or return of a forced hot water heating system?

I currently have a forced hot water heating system with 3 zones, all of which have the circulator pump on the supply side of the line. I need to install a 4th zone and am being told that putting the ...
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No water after reopening main water valve

I closed the main water valve for simple repairs. After reopening it there's barely any water doesn't even register in the meter. The valve doesn't feel broken but I can't think of what could be ...
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Do I need a separate vent stack for my kitchen sink?

The drain line from my kitchen sink drops down through the basement, into the basement floor (Concrete), and I assume under the floor to the main sewer line. The sink tends to drain slowly. Should I ...
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Should I replace my toilet's wax ring when I see moisture around the base?

I am noticing moisture around the bottom of the toilet, and can tell some moisture is staining the wood floor when viewed from the basement. The bolts holding the toilet are easily tightened. Will ...
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How do I seal a garden hose against a nipple?

I put a nipple on the end of a garden hose. It leaks when I close the valve at the other end of the hose. I have pushed the hose all the way up the nipple. It's sealed really tight. I could barely ...
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Can I temporarily connect a dishwasher with hoses running along the floor?

I currently live in an in-laws suite with my wife in the in-laws house. We love it and have plenty of room. Look at the attached picture for what we have for a space. My question is if I wanted to ...
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Should a curtain drain be covered/back filled?

I do some light maintenance and yard work in exchange for rent. The building had some problems with flooding. We have an extensive drain system, but it was a bit clogged. Even after the plumbers ...
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Why does water from outside spigots seem to “stutter” (starts and stops)?

I live in a 1950s-built home in a warm climate. When I run water from an outside spigot, such as to water plants, it's not uncommon for the output to "stutter" near the start and then again ...
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Is IPS threading compatible with NPT threading?

I've attached two links to the fittings I'm looking to purchase online. But I don't know if they will work together. Chrome Plated Brass Pipe Fitting, Coupling , 1/2" NPT Female and Moen ...
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How to replace bathtub pull-up drain stopper with screen/mesh for hair?

I have a bathtub which also is a shower, and it has a twist-and-pull type drain. Currently I never actually use the bathtub for taking a bath, only showers. Unfortunately it keeps getting clogged with ...
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What should I consider when using a sewage ejector pump?

What are some of the things that you need to consider if you have a sewage ejector pump regarding maintenance and prevention of abominable, excrable catastrophes? From what I gather this thing is ...
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How should I pump water throughout a house from holding tanks in the basement?

I have an infrequently used, small cabin that needs a pumping system installed. Currently, there is no pressure tank or pump installed. There was one many years ago but that's long gone. The water ...
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How can I prevent or remedy “bio slime” accumulation in a sink drain?

The drain in the sink which we use for mouthwash consistently gets clogged by a very repugnant slime. I've tried all the common drain unclogging products (Drano, Liquid Plumber) as well as some ...
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What is this crud in my shower valve, and how can I prevent it?

I just replaced the pressure balancing valve and valve mixer cap in a shower that had lost its hot water. Replacing the parts fixed the problem, but when I pulled the old valve out, it was covered ...
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What is the “required” amount when using Plumber's Putty

I have a new stainless steel sink and installed a Kohler sink flange following their package instructions. The instructions for putty only stipulated "apply a ring of putty." However, subsequently, I ...
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Why would turning off a sink faucet stop the shower?

We observed a really weird behavior this morning. While showering, if any sink faucet is turned on anywhere in the house, the shower continues without any problem. However, when that sink is turned ...
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How do I get these toilet shut off valve out?

As title says I am trying to figure out how to remove the old shut off valve from the pipe. I've been watching lot of videos, reading up on articles and all seem to deal with compression fit type but ...
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How do I make my bathroom pipes more practical?

I need to install a new vanity in my bathroom but I'm not sure what to do about the plumbing for under the sink. I believe the present location of the sink was originally where the bathtub was. The ...
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What could be the cause of a washing machine hose coming loose?

Ok, I'm not a rocket scientist but this has me stumped. I have a new hot water hose for my washing machine. I replaced the O-ring on the faucet side of the the connection, tightened and went to use. ...
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Why are my water supply lines deteriorating?

Hello I have an American Standard (home depot brand) kitchen faucet from 2011. The hot and cold water supply line hoses are falling apart. The outside silver/grey layer has turned brown and flakes ...
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Is this an appropriate drain design for adding a shower?

I recently took on the challenge of adding a shower to my existing downstairs bathroom. The bathroom is inside what used to be the garage so it is far away from any existing vents. After some demo, ...
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What could cause this rhythmic clicking/drumming sound in my bathroom sink pipe?

Why is my bathroom sink making a rhythmic drumming/clicking sound after I used a small plunger to help make water flow more quickly down the drain?
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Is there such a thing as a vacuum sump pump? No standing water above check valve?

Is there such a thing as a vacuum operated sump pump? Most sumps or ejector pumps leave a column of water above the check valve, and leave a few centimeters of water in the sump beside. I have a need ...
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Are either of these tools suitable for tightening the pipe union nut underneath a bath?

I'm having trouble tightening the pipe union nuts on some new bath taps I've fitted at my mum's house. I got everything out OK, and (because the previous plumber had put the hot tap on the right ...
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How can I properly vent a basement toilet & shower using an AAV?

When we bought our house the plumbing drains for a basement bathroom were roughed in but they did not install any vent lines for them. We have the first floor plumbing draining into the main stack ...
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Why is my shower faucet turning itself off?

My shower has a wall mount single lever faucet similar to this: http://www.cn-faucet.com/Wall-Mount-Single-Lever-Faucets-141.html Over time, it has become more sensitive and now, in most angles, ...
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Why does hot water come from the faucet when only the cold water tap is on?

On occasion, when I open the cold water tap on the kitchen sink, the flow from the faucet briefly becomes warm: it starts cool, becomes warm for about 30 seconds, and then returns to the desired cold ...
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Why would I lose water pressure in my house for several months after running the outside faucets?

After using the water outside, the water pressure in my house goes way down. When we flush the toilet you can hear whistling in the pipes and sometimes bubbling like you would after the water has been ...
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Why am I getting water scaling even with a softener installed?

I have a problem with higher levels of scaling around sinks and toilets and I'm wondering if someone can help. We recently purchased an older home (35 years old), which did not have a water softener ...
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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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Can a ½ inch water pipe supply enough pressure for a shower head and body sprayers?

I have a ½" water supply feeding my shower currently. We're currently doing a remodel and would like to install a shower system (shower head and three body sprayers). Can I use the current supply to ...
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What alternative methods exist to correct a belly in a clay sewer line?

In the first 18 months of living in my house, I've already had 4 sewage backups in my basement. Luckily the basement is not finished and I've caught the backup each time before it became a large ...