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How can I repair this unusual joint that leaks?

Got a leaking drain at the back end of the P-trap. When I pulled the PVC trap apart, there was no washer. Also, the male 90 pipe has flanges that keep the metal nut on the pipe. Haven't seen this ...
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Should I use Teflon tape or pipe dope when connecting PVC to metal?

I am in the process of repairing PVC pipe, which was broken due to freezing. I'll be connecting the PVC pipe to a metal check valve. Should I use Teflon tape or pipe dope when connecting PVC to ...
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Can I use CPVC to make a solar water heaer?

I have a shed in my backyard and I have installed a sink on the outside to clean up with. I have run a cold water line to the sink, but would like to attach a "heated" line to the hot water side. I ...
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Why is boiling hot water coming out of every faucet, and even the toilet?

Help! I live in a 80 unit condo (8 floors), with hot water tanks on the top floor (4). They flow down 13 different lines to different units and hot water is recirculated through recirc pipes. ...
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How can I attach an overflow cover in a bathtub with no access panel?

Years ago, the builders put the bathtub in the wrong way so that it abuts tile in the bathroom behind it. The only way to put in an access panel or to access the pvc behind the tub would be to either ...
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Repair sprinkler pipe

What is the best way to repair a pvc T joint that connects two 1 inch pipes and has a threaded half inch T extension, which has been stripped? I can't attach the sprinkler head to it without it ...
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Plumbing system and pipes concerned?

We have a concern on installing the two waters that supply with two house, where the metal pipe connecting from the municipal city water elevated and divided into t-shape directly to the line. ...
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How/where to put hydrogen peroxide in water heater

I just moved into a house that has 2 water heaters. The second one was rarely/never used by previous owner and all the hot water that comes from it is smelly. This came up during the inspections but ...
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Hot Water Circulating System Problems

My hot water circulating system was installed in 2006. It has a dedicated return line from all faucets. I've been having trouble lately with the hot water, it turns cold at the faucet when the pump ...
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annoying vibration, deep humming noise in home

What in my home could possibly vibrate and/or make a very low humming noise? I have been driven mad by a low droning vibration type noise for nearly two years. I have gone through testing various ...
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What is the advantage of PEX pinch clamp vs. crimp rings?

I just saw these for the first time today at Lowe's: The advantages I can see over the crimp style are: A single tool can work with multiple PEX sizes That single tool is cheaper than a ...
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What is “pipe dope”?

People often refer to "pipe dope" when talking about sealing threads of pipe fittings, but when I go to Home Depot or Lowes or whatever, I've never seen anything on the shelf labeled "Pipe Dope". ...
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Should Water Sediment Filters Come Before or After Water Softener?

My question is: In a water system, should water filtration come before or after the water softener? Edit: or even before the pressure tank? At my cottage, we have a shallow well with an above ground ...
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Old PEX tube is larger than new

I'm about to tear out a bathroom and want to install some shutoff valves in front of the supply for that room. I have not used PEX before so before cutting the existing line I bought a small section ...
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Hot Water Heater Pressure Relief Valve Hissing and Discharging Water after Draining Tank

I just drained the hot water heater, as I do every year (using the following video for instructions: https://youtu.be/qqaehhGYV_I). This time, the pressure relief valve had a slight hiss after I ...
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Where can I find a 90-degree elbow to connect to my ice maker water line? [closed]

I currently have an ice maker box in my kitchen that is connected to a 1/4" compression fitting to a braided stainless steel tube that goes to my refrigerator. The problem is that this ice maker box ...
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How do I connect both my dishwasher and washing machine waste pipe to the same sink?

My current sink plumbing looks like this with a single waste inlet. When I remove the current single waste inlet, the connector looks like this: I bought one of these (the connector is 40mm): ...
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Connecting 1/2 copper to 1/8 pex?

Water line to fridge had a saddle valve, saddle valve started leaking so took it out and repaired pipe. Now trying to figure out how to reconnect fridge line. I have 1/2 inch copper under the sink and ...
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When is pipe dope/tape needed?

When is it appropriate to use tape, dope, or nothing at all when connecting pipe fittings? Several advised not to use any product when I posed this question. What is the purpose of each product, and ...
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how do you replace a pool pump where PVC installation is coupling to coupling?

I want to replace my pool pump, and my pool system installers built a system where there is no room for one to make a splice. There is not one section of pipe exposed greater than 3/4" where I would ...
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Could I make a turn in the opposite direction in toilet drain line? [closed]

I'd like to connect a new toilet in the room next to the current toilet, but not the same wall. I have a problem running it to the drain line using only a 90 turn at the connection because there is a ...
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Outlet drain hose of my washing machine must go all the way to the top of the machine?

I have just purchased a Samsung front load washing machine (7kg capacity). So when I was studying its emplacement, I have decided that its drain hose would be over the floor to a avoid an obstacle ...
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How do I share the same cold water pipe for both my dishwater and washing machine?

I have one cold water source, the pipe looks like this: I would like to connect two of these pipes this the source: How do I do this? The best I could find was something like this. But the ...
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air trapped in sink drain?

A modest sized object had fallen into my bathroom sink causing (I assume) the sink to drain slowly. That is, at first (after dropping the item) the sink seemed to drain fine but eventually it slowed ...
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Removing kitchen sink drain pipe from behind a wall

I'm replacing an old galvanized pipe from my kitchen drain to the basement. The drain pipe corroded a couple feet down the line and is leaking. I'd like to replace the entire run from the sink to ...
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DIY Tetherball Pole. Screw in or sink it into the ground

I am going to make an outdoor tether ball Pole. It has to be removable as its for a small city backyard. I have two choices. Get a 10 foot 1.5 inch galvanised steel pipe that is threaded and a 2 ...
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Laundry box and water hammer arrestor

I am trying to install my new washer & dryer combo. There are a few things that I am not sure since plumbing hardware and markings are a bit different in the US compared to once I used in Russia. ...
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How to remove tap valve within shroud (Franke ascona mixer tap)

I'm trying to replace the cold tap valve on a Franke Ascona mixer tap. The valve is slightly recessed in a non removable shroud. The new replacement valve fits a standard 14mm socket set which I can ...
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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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Can I hook up under-sink water filter to sprayer outlet on faucet?

I installed a new single-handle kitchen faucet with a sprayer. Is it possible to replace the sprayer with a water filter (I have only one hole on the side in the sink)? Specifically, would it work to ...
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Why are water heaters generally installed on a pedestal? [duplicate]

Why are tank-style water heaters generally installed on a 2-3 foot (~0.6-0.7 meter) tall pedestal?
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What is the name of the pump that goes in the drain between a washing machine and the sewer?

My washing machine drains to a pump that then goes to the sewer. What is the name of that type of pump?
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water pressure in house to high [duplicate]

We have replaced all the check valves from the road to the house. the water pressure is maintained @50 psi but whenever the shower or dishwasher is used the psi shoots up to 90 and my kitchen sink ...
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Difference Between Flashing Drain and On-Grade Drain?

What is the difference between an "on-grade" drain and a "flashing" drain? What situations call for which? If installing a basement floor drain, which should I use? In case it's not clear, here are ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.