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Why does my shower head drip when the tub faucet is on?

I just installed a new tub fixture set: There are two controls - one for temperature and one for volume. The large handle is volume. When the diverter valve is engaged the shower sprays properly ...
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Water dripping from shower head

I am having the same problem as others water coming out of shower head but only when the valve is in the neutral position to fill the tub. I have removed the spout to expose the copper nipple I have ...
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Why does my shower only get hot when the sink faucet is on?

Had this problem for a while. Delta, single handle, shower. Sometimes showers are hot. Sometimes luke warm to cool. To fix the luke warm shower we have found that turning the hot side of the sink ...
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Hot water twin impeller pump wiring to my boiler

I have installed a new Stuart Turner Monsoon twin impeller pump to increase the hot water pressure in my house. The pluming side of things seems to have gone well, however, I am not receiving any ...
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Unusual tub leak

OK, this one has been driving me nuts for a while now. I have a shower/tub on the second floor that leaks down on to the first floor. It only happens with showers, not baths. It takes about 5-10 ...
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Broken Hot Water Circulating Pump - Shouldn't I still have hot water in showers eventually?

I have a Grundfos hot water circulator. After turning off the main to the house and the hot water circulator the other day to change out a valve for our dishwasher, the hot water circulator hasn't ...
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Is a tank-style water heater always under pressure?

Is a tank-style hot water heater always under pressure? In other words, is the entire tank pressurized? Is the pressure largely created by the force of the incoming cold water supply?
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Help me understand this basic Pool & Spa Combination plumbing diagram?

The below diagram is from http://www.poolcenter.com/plumbingSchematics and is described as follows: Basic Pool & Spa Combination Plumbing Diagram 4 Jandy 3 way valves 1 Jandy 2 way ...
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How can I deal with waste water from a washing machine in a non-plumbed room?

My wife wants to build a small add-on to the house in the current carport for the washer/dryer. It's not a huge project. The washing machine will be about 30ft from it's current location. I don't want ...
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Are galvanised steel pipes suitable for supplying hot water?

I am living in an old building where the old galvanized steel pipes are still in use indoors. Rather than upgrading to copper pipes, can I reuse these galvanized steel pipes for hot water (from a ...
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How can I stop this drain pipe from backing up?

In my basement laundry room is (to my knowledge) the only drain pipe in the whole basement, which hooks into the end of the main line as it exits the house and heads to the septic tank. When we moved ...
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Getting water to external spigot

I live in an older house in a colder climate (Boston). Spring is almost here and we're planning on doing some gardening. We have an external spigot, although it's been defunct since we moved in ...
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How can I support an already installed shower valve?

My shower valve was poorly installed. The pipes and valve were never secured or clamped to the surrounding framing. The valve rattles around in the wall and the cover plate has about a 1/2" gap ...
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Do I have to cover pipes under slab?

I'm adding a new toilet in basement and would like to know if the (drain) pipes that will be buried under the slab have to be covered with something else exept of the gravel (like wrapping them or ...
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How do I wrap pipe threads with teflon tape?

When wrapping pipe threads with teflon tape (thread seal tape), what is the direction and recommended number of times to wrap the tape around the threads? Any other recommendations or tip/tricks when ...
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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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Drain snake cable fell out of spinner

I have a drain snake and the cable "fell out" of the container. I'm not sure if this means it is broken or if there is a way to reconnect it and push it back in. It is not an electric one , just a ...
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Ball valve left half opened

A plumber replaced my water heater last week and he left the main valve half opened. Is there any good reason for this or he just forgot about it? Is it safe to put it back fully opened as it was? ...
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Toilet Still Gurgling

Three months ago when we moved into our home, the toilet started gurgling so we had septic tank pumped, and drainline from house to septic cleaned out. Two months ago, happened again, so we tried a ...
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Plumbing rough-in pressure test PSI

My plumbing rough-in is done, and inspection was passed. Unfortunately, I had to move a couple of things the plumbers did. I probably had to redo about six crimps rings. Before I go any further, ...
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Where can I connect RO drain saddle?

I'm trying to install an RO system and I have it 99% complete except the drain saddle. I don't see any room for me to install it. There's not enough space in the elbow and the vertical black pipe is ...
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I am trying to identify the brand of this bathtub faucet

I am wanting to replace this bathtub faucet without changing the plumbing behind the wall. I am assuming by identifying the brand/type of faucet already installed I could have success by getting ...
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What can I do about high pressure water noise?

I have for many years had loud noise that sounds like high pressure water rushing through the pipes. This happens whenever water is turned on in our villa and the duplex next door. The pressure ...
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How do I eliminate the “whooshing” sound of water running though pipes?

At every faucet and toilet in our house, when water is running, it creates a loud wooshing noise in the walls. I'm not sure how else to describe it, but it's like the normal "oh I can hear the sink or ...
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Green and white stuff on copper pipes

This is at my mom's house, an hour away. The valve in the first photo has a slow drip and I will be replacing it. The other photo (a union?) is one of a few spots that look similar but are not ...
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Installing a drainable waterline to garage, draining into sump for winter months

So, My utility room shares a common wall with my unheated garage. I've been toying around with the idea of running some pex out there to have a spigot in my garage. I'm wondering if I need to attach a ...
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Is it ok to use a plunger on a basement toilet connected to a pump?

Our basement is below grade of the sewer line, so we have a pump to send waste to the sewer. The pump has a closed well in the floor of the mechanical room. The toilet in the basement is flushing ...
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Is this gas pipe installation OK?

My new home is under construction and I noticed the gas has been distributed to three places through a very tight and rough hand-dug hole. Yes, I have concern about potential gas leakage. Though we ...
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Can I move the main breaker box to inside a small bathroom?

This is very similar to the "electric box over sump" question. I'm finishing the basement, which includes upgrading the breaker box and moving it to a more suiting location. I would really like to ...
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How to seal around shower handle?

I just finished installing my shower escutcheon but am unsure of how to seal around the inner hole. Here's a picture There's a flimsy foam seal in there but I don't feel good about relying on that. ...
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Previous owner didn't get permits for remodel, am I now liable?

Location is Hillsboro, OR (suburb W of Portland). I'm considering purchasing a house that had significant remodeling done a few years ago (kitchen and bathrooms incl. plumbing). If the previous ...
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Effect of changing the size of a pipe

I've had a couple questions above the sizing of a pipe, but I'm still a little confused and can't find an easy answer. I'll use this image to get a representation of what I'm looking to have ...
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How to flush all the water lines in your house

I live in a small (1-traffic-light) town in upstate NY. Some local village water officials accidentally cracked a water main (feeding water to the entire area) and so the Department of Health had to ...
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Is there a freezing-water-resistant metal pipe?

I want to install a water outlet on the outside of my house for gardening etc. Outside temperatures here in Latvia fall to -25°C sometimes, so I cannot use a common water pipe; it would burst when the ...
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Does using central heating increase water usage?

Its most likely a very trivial question but central heating systems aren't something i'm familiar with, I've had a good dig around on the internet and cannot find any reference that states that ...
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Did I damage this shower valve?

I'm in the process of installing fixtures for a shower and realized yesterday that I had made a mistake and needed to expand the opening around the single control valve. It's a Moen with an insertable ...
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Are toilets supposed to be caulked to the floor?

I've heard that in some cases toilets are supposed to be caulked to the floor. I replaced both toilets in the condo I moved into last week, and one was calked to the floor, and one was not. One ...
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How to turn off water to replace main shutoff on private well

My mother is on well water. Her main shutoff vale is quite old and nearly impossible to turn. I'd be comfortable replacing it (probably soldering a new one, or for sure a compression fitting) but ...
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Do pressure reducing valves also function as check/one-way valves?

If installing a pressure reducing valve, is there any sense in installing a one-way check valve in series, or would it be redundant? (i.e. does the PRV also act as a one-way valve?)
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How to unscrew a broken washing machine filter cap?

The plastic cap on my washing machine filter was stuck so I applied a little too much force when unscrewing it and its handle broke. Any idea what tools to use to remove it? The washing machine is a ...
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Pipe blocking drywall placement

I'm new here I'm redoing my 2nd floor Bathroom and this is my first major project. when the plumber redid the plumbing in the wall (coming from 3rd floor and joining waste from 2nd floor bath and ...
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How do I repair this broken pipe?

We just bought a house and while digging in the yard using a pick axe, I broke a pipe. Per my research, I need to put a joint there. The broken part is right next to the joint, so not sure how can I ...
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What can I do about a spot of rotten floor where I need to put in one of my toilet bolts when replacing a wax ring?

I am replacing the wax ring on my toilet. I put one of the bolts in it's slot on the floor flange and it sunk in through the floor. The rest of the floor seems to be ok. It is in an older mobile home. ...
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Home Repair of Refrigerator Waterline

I have an 10 year old LG refrigerator (model LRFD25850ST). The white polyethylene waterline running from the refrigerator water pump up the back of the refrigerator is leaking about half-way up. It ...
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water leak from ceiling

I'm Ahammed Sheriff from Oman. Here we have a building with 6 floors. On the basement floor of the building there is leakage on the ceiling. Is there any way to stop the leakage from the ceiling? ...
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How do I “fix” a bad sweat (solder) joint?

I tried soldering some 1/2" copper (to make something like this) and some of my joints are horrible. I tested it with water and some of the joints leak. What is the best way to fix the joints? ...
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Why is the water in my toilets orange?

My wife and I just moved in to a brand new house and have started to notice that the water in the toilets is an orange color, and is starting to leave stains in the bowl. After looking online briefly, ...
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Does this water pipe installation have problem?

I just bought a new home which is still under construction. Today I visited the home and noticed that the water pipe installation at one place seems awkward! It's on the main floor and actually the ...
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“Floor Flange” or something similar for 1/2 copper pipe

I'm running a water line for a refrigerator ice maker. Currently it seems like the cleanest way to do this will be to tap into a cold water line in the crawlspace under where the fridge goes and come ...
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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 ...