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How can I calibrate my bar type thermostatic shower mixer?

I have fitted a bar type thermostatic shower mixer, which is either red hot or stone cold. The mixer has blue/cold on the left and red/hot on the right. The plumbing is the same way round. I've been ...
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What could be causing water pressure drop with sprinklers?

My first issue is that when the sprinklers come on, there is a significant drop in water pressure in the sink, shower, etc. I checked the sprinkler lines and there are no obvious leaks (i.e. holes in ...
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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 ...
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How to install sink drain pipe correctly

I'm trying to connect this drain assembly on my bathroom sink. But when I connect to the sink it drips. I tighten the top nut(arrow) with a channel lock, but it still drips. Steps I took: I put ...
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Well pipe leaking at where pipe comes to the house. (Images, Video)

so here's my problem here: Well pipe leaking - images Well pipe leaking - video ^ This was recorded march 28-th (so during spring thaw). Since it wasn't dripping since the spring - my ...
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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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What has caused a concrete slab under a towel rail to erode?

I am in the process of replacing floor tiles with engineered wood in the kitchen of the house we're moving in to. However, lifting the tiles under where a towel rail had been installed we found a ...
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What could be causing a urine smell in our bathrooms?

I live in a home built in 2006. We are a clean family and have no pets. In ALL three of our bathrooms I am smelling an odor of "old urine". I do have a 3-year-old son so at first I thought he was ...
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How can I replace this corroded metal P-Trap with a new PVC trap?

I have a big problem at my apartment, the metal p-trap has a hole under my kitchen sink drain pipes due to corrosion, I was told I could temporarily fix it applying epoxy, but I would rather fix the ...
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Should galvanized steel pipe be used as a tub spout?

I have a 90 degree fitting coming down from my shower valve. Also have a screw on tub spout trim. Right now there is a 6" galvanized pipe that connects the 90 to the tub spout trim. Is the ...
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Tailpiece too long for new chrome J-Bend in kitchen sink drain repair

The j-Bend of my kitchen sink drain pipe rusted through and started leaking. I bought a new 1.5" j-Bend at Home Depot. Only when I got it home did I notice that the top part of the J is different than ...
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How do I quiet noisy drain pipes?

I recently replaced cast iron drain pipes from my second story bathroom with pvc, and I've noticed the new pipes are much much louder when the bathroom is used. The pipes run down through a wall right ...
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How can I clean hard water buildup from pipes?

I've basically confirmed that my overall plumbing problems are down to hard water buildup. My softener has been out of action for about a month or two (waiting on a part), so I have at least that much ...
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Is it ok to unsolder an outdoor spigot and to solder back a new one without cutting the copper pipe?

I am trying to replace an old outdoor spigot that is soldered to a copper pipe. I will put in place a fitting that will give me a thread so I can attach (screw in) a ball valve. All the instructions ...
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Is my water heater installed properly?

Why do all 3 pipes..the hot, the cold, and the over flow valve run hot water. I can tell by the touch. the overflow which I'm used to having a free flowing tube attached to a pan is connected to a ...
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Replacing leaking Scalemaster scale inhibitor

I've just discovered that my "Scalemaster Electrolytic Speedfit Scale Inhibitor" has a pin prick leak in it. This device is sat between a copper pipe going to the combi boiler (I have assumed) I've ...
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Can I build a 3 stage whole house water filter myself?

I wanted to get any thoughts and suggestions on setting up a 3 stage whole house filter for a well. The idea is to take the individual whole house filter and put 3 of them in series together. First, ...
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How do I fix a leak at a decommissioned saddle-valve?

Water is dripping, about a drop every other second, out of the end of this thing. what is it? why is it dripping? can I fix it myself?
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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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Is there an alternative to a self-piercing saddle valve for a humidifier?

I bought and installed a whole home humidifier. The humidifier is located in my attic connected to the air exchanger. The Self-Piercing Saddle Valve is located there as well to draw water to the ...
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How to properly attach copper pipe to steel framing?

What is a code-approved way to secure copper pipe to metal framing members which minimizes heat transfer and potential reactivity between the two different metals?
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What should we look for when buying a fixer-upper house?

My fiance and I are considering buying a fixer-upper house rather than an apartment when we get married. Obviously things like location, neighbors etc. are important, but; what should we be looking ...
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Why might my water (hot and cold) be discolored/brown

For a couple of months, we've been noticing that our water is brown or discolored. It comes from both faucets. This morning I had run nothing but cold water and noticed it had a brown tint to it. ...
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Redguard - Waterproofing around penetrations / stub outs?

I'm getting ready to apply Redguard waterproofing membrane to my bathroom walls and floors. The room has been designed as a "wet room", so the entire thing needs to be "tanked" to be correctly ...
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Why would my water taste like plastic fumes?

My father and I finally installed my wall mount bathroom sink and re-attached the existing faucet using the existing hardware. Now the water tastes horrible. It smells noticeably fume-y, and tastes ...
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How would I secure a pex shut off valve to the stud in the wall interior?

This 3/4 in. Brass PEX Barb x Barb Ball Valve will be my main shut off valve in my house. It will be in an interior wall behind a wall panel. How can I secure this valve within the wall so it doesn't ...
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dripping sound inside wall

I'll try to get everything in here, yet be concise. This is a 3-story building, plus basement/underground parking. I'm on the 2nd floor, studio. Same layout above and below. Exterior wall to ...
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How long can a sink drain be?

I've read that the rule is 1/4" per foot of drain line. From what I know, the rule is based on the height of the P-trap to where you tie in. What part of the P-trap do you measure from? How low can ...
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How can I determine why all the faucets are giving only warm water when turned to cold?

When ever we turn on the cold faucet in any room in out house we only get luke warm water. I have heard that a faulty washing machine inlet valve can cause this. are there any ways to test that ...
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How can I fasten nuts in narrow places when installing a faucet?

Recently I replaced a faucet in the kitchen, but there is not enough room to fasten two nuts. The latter is too close to the pipes and the sinks. I tried with a wrench and a rib joint pliers, ...
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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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Trying to repair a leaking faucet handle, but can't determine the brand

The hot/left handle leaks when you turn on hot OR cold. I have pictures/video attached to show where the leak is coming from. Hoping someone can identify the brand, so I can tell what part to ...
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Supply Elbow doesn't tighten against wall

The instructions for my Kohler Wall-Mount Supply Elbow say to leave the NPT nipple sticking out of the wall 9/16". I did that but now I can't tighten the elbow all the way to the wall as I'm supposed ...
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Should I replace my main water valve with a SharkBite shut off valve?

Currently my main water shut off valve is soldered using a 3/4 globe valve. However the stem is leaky and I am thinking of replacing it. Is it a good idea to cut it out and replace it using a ...
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How to loosen tub facet shower pull plug?

How do I loosen the facet shower pull plug. It seems to be stuck all the way pushed down so it cannot be raised so shower can be turned on. Tried hitting it from inside faucet with hammer and nut but ...
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Toilet gurgling when another one is flushing: 6-way joint

I have 2 adjacent bathrooms, with toilets opposite of each other. I recently upgraded one older toiled that took a minute to flush with 3.5 gallons of water to 1.2 GPF model with "aquapiston" ...
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quarter turn shutoff valve won't completely close

I have a quarter turn shutoff valve on our toilet that won't turn all the way off. It turns about 75 degrees and still lets a bit of water pass through. From 0-45 degrees, it feels fine, just like ...
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How do you drain a garbage disposal?

I have a garage disposal installed in my kitchen double sink. The pipe that comes out of the garbage disposal is horizontal to the main vertical pipe before it goes to the p trap. The t joint is ...
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Can I thread the inside of a steel water pipe (encased in concrete) to safely make a connection to the remainder of the water system?

The main water line is buried in a perimeter foundation on my hundred year old house. The threaded part that connected to all the plumbing inside and outside of the house broke off leaving the top of ...
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What's the advantage of PEX crimp/clamp over the expansion connection?

It seems the ease and reliability and no water pressure loss of the expansion connections makes them far superior to the alternative. So besides slightly cheaper materials cost and less expensive ...
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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 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 can I install the electrical and plumbing for an aquarium filtration system through an exterior wall?

I have a large fish tank in my house, and would like to run a 1\4" reverse osmosis/deionization (RO/DI) top off water tube through an exterior wall into my house so that I can have the top off tank ...
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How to rough bath sink drain to maximize drawerspace

I am roughing in the plumbing for a bathroom sink that I am going to build a vanity for. I'd like to have the drain only impact a top drawer and take up as little space as possible. The drawer back ...
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Bathtub drain issue

I have replaced the trip lever on my bathtub drain but it will not stay completely down when draining. I am able to remove the mechanism (including the weight at the bottom) but can't seem to get the ...
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Can p-trap be installed higher than drain entry?

I have p-trap entry in drain at 16" above the floor. However, vanity that I got has lower drawer which has top at about the same height. There is also about 4" clearance behind drawer. I was told that ...
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Expansion tanks

Will an expansion tank maintain house pressure on cold water lines in homes? Water pressure in system is 60 lbs removed all galvanized piping, replaced all mains with 3/4" copper. When using hose ...
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Can I sink a hot water copper pipe into the ground and keep the heating functionality

we are remodeling a our kitchen and the hot water baseboard heating is in the way. We had two ideas. 1. we let the baseboard heating run under the cabinets 2. we cut open the floor and drop the ...
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Why would I have little to no water pressure after reopening the main water valve?

I had turned off the main in my basement today so I could replace a couple of leaky valves in my basement bathroom and under my upstairs kitchen sink. turned on all the valves and opened up the main. ...
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What is causing a whistling sound coming from my upstairs bathroom?

My upstairs shower is causing a high-pitched whistling sound when it's running and there is a showerhead attached. If I remove the showerhead, but keep the water flowing, the whistling noise stops. It ...