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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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Adding a utility sink drain to the main to the main cast iron stack

I need to add a utility sink and the drain would connect directly into my main stack (see attached picture). Is it possible to add a connection to the main cast iron stack, without cutting out a ...
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Is it safe to use heat tape on a drain line (p-trap)?

Background/Problem: The p-trap for a drainage line (PVC) from one of my showers happens to be outside the house in an area that isn't protected from the cold/wind (yeah, I know) so when it freezes ...
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Toilet does full-blast, one-second refill every hour or so

I wouldn't lose sleep over this, except the unexpected and fierce sound startles my girlfriend and cat every time. So I just replaced the refill valve on our toilet (using a kit, so everything from ...
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Can I still use my bathrooms if my sump pump is broken?

My sump pump has gone out. We have a bathroom in the basement and our laundry room is downstairs. My question is will we be able to use the upstairs bathrooms until we can get the sump pump fixed? Or ...
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Old solder joints are failing

Working on a small cottage by the Delaware Bay. Last year I had to repair the plumbing in the two bathrooms because the solder joints pulled apart. This year some pipes fell out under the house ...
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Should a twisted copper pipe be replaced?

While replacing a hot water tank I foolishly twisted the out pipe by losing my grip on the wrench. The copper pipe twisted, so I twisted it back gently, but it now has a kink in it. Is this likely ...
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How to remove broken threaded water pipe

The pipe connecting my shower head to the wall has broken off. I removed the head and tried to remove the theaded pipe but the potruding metal broke off completely. Is there anyway to remove the part ...
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Why does my shower run out of hot water quickly?

My shower runs out of hot water quickly. Initially the water is perfectly hot, then it starts cooling after a minute or so and we need to adjust the lever to maintain the temperature. Somewhere around ...
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How can I fix a Moen faucet that is still leaking after replacing cartridge?

I had a leaky Moen faucet (Moen 4600) so I removed the old cartridge and replaced it with a new brass replacement cartridge (model 1200.) Since replacing the cartridge I now have a leak from the valve ...
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After installing expansion tank, massive buildup of pressure then a trickle?

I am completely stumped. You guys helped me out a lot with my previous question here: New gas water heater dripping relief valve, have expansion tank, what gives? Turns out the expansion tank ...
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water heater won't stay lit

Looking for suggestions on repairing my water heater. The pilot light won't stay lit. I've cleaned the air intake and checked the venting in the attic but it didn't correct the problem. It will ...
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Well pump runs constantly; Pressure tank doesn't fill

I have a well and pressure tank (Well-X-Trol WX-250). Upon troubleshooting low water pressure in our home, I discovered that our pressure tank is never filling and our well pump is running ...
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Inserting a connecting threaded water plastic pipe between two fixed ends

Newbie to plumbing here so please excuse the question if it does not make sense! This morning I removed a length of threaded plastic water pipe that was connected to an elbow at one end and to a "T" ...
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Hot water pipe sticking up in back yard?

Found that a copper pipe coming out of ground in back yard is the Hot Water pipe for the house. Turn on the Hot Water, the pipe gets hot. It is sticking up out of the ground and think this is NOT ...
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How do I disassemble this old sink setup?

I'd like to replace my old bathroom sink pipes with plastic, but can't even figure out how to disassemble the existing setup. I couldn't find a single image or video that was similar. Does someone ...
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How to remove this kitchen faucet cartridge?

I haven't been able to determine the make/model but doing some research it looks like possibly Pfister. Either way, the cartridge part is sticking and handle is very difficult to use. I am trying to ...
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Does a bad screw require changing the tap itself?

The guardian doesn't quite show the internals of a traditional tap, and the plumber I usually call, couldn't come today. The new plumber says that since the drive of the screw on the tap is ruined, ...
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Can air in pipes cause a faucet to catastrophically fail?

For about two weeks, I have been hearing a vibration and loud noise very time I turn on the kitchen faucet, mostly on the hot water side. If I turn to cold water it stops but periodicly when running ...
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Can someone explain to me how this hot water recirculating system works?

How is my hot water recirculating system installed? ... and why is it not working like it should? Moved into a house recently that was built in 2006. There is a hot water recirculating pump ...
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Shower floods behind the wall. on pre-formed shower/bath and ONLY when the shower is turned on

No previous leaks were found, but one morning the kitchen floor (on the other side of the bathroom wall) flooded when the shower was turned on. It's a high-usage shower, used for a minimum of 2-3 ...
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Covering hot outlet and waterline

Can I cover up a wall outlet and water line to an old icemaker with a drawer base cabinet? Or do I need to cut out the back of the cabinet to allow access?
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Cannot remove bath hardware

I have hardware in my bathroom that does not have the usual Allen Wrench screw anywhere on it to remove the trim. I have attached pictures of the hardware. I don't want to apply too much force in ...
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Does one way check valve reduce the water pressure?

I am getting very low pressure due to my tank height in home. Input of tank got high pressure but not whole time. Something like below. What my idea is directly connect input to low pressure end as ...
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Replacing a frost free faucet

The other day I went out to water my yard after seeding. When I was done, I turned the knob on faucet to shut the water off and felt a snap. Water started coming out of where knob goes on. I shut the ...
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Brass tub overflow pipe stuck in brass tee. How can I remove it?

I am repairing a tub overflow. The screws for the cover plate were very corroded and broke off. I am trying to remove the overflow fitting and pipe but it is stuck. The pipe is brass and slides into a ...
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how to soundproof pipes in basement apt

Have waste pipes passing through basement level to well. Want to set up a small apt at basement level so want to both hide the pipe and especially to create barrier to have it soundproof.
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How can I connect a portable dishwasher to laundry hookups?

I just moved into new duplex that has a decent sized laundry room. During my move I brought my portable compact dishwasher (very similar to this one). I don't have counter-top space to position the ...
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Making piping easily accessible inside shower

A plumber has just repaired a leak in my shower tap pipes. To do this he had to smash out tiles from the shower wall, and now I am left with a big hole to repair: I could re-tile this hole but if I ...
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Washer floods bathtub and tub won't drain

Washer floods bathtub and tub won't drain. What is plugged up. Alll other drains work. Water is coming in from kitchen sink also. The only thing that's plugged and won't drain is bath tub. Tried ...
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What diameter pipe should I run from a septic pump up hill (3 meter head ) to my septic tank?

what diameter pipe should I run from a septic pump up hill (3 meter head ) to my septic tank please
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Will it affect the water pressure if a 3/4“ meter is installed on a 1 1/2” water line?

We have a 1.5" water main line coming into our house (inside the house piping is 3/4" or less). We are on a small private water district and the administrator of the well district wants to put in a ...
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Sounds like running water in pipes, nothing's on.

We live on a well, and have baseboard heat. So I'm used to hearing water running in pipes from time to time for heat, sump pump, etc. Tonight I woke up to the sound of running through a pipe with a ...
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Hot Water Recirculating pump size for residential homes

I have a recirculating pump installed with my water heater. Recently, it went bad so I had to call the home warranty company. Plumber came in and said that my recirculating pump was undersize because ...
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What do I do about a toilet flange that is too high?

I just had the floors in my bathroom replaced and now the flange is too high. When I put the toilet on top, the front touches the floor, but the back does not. The flange and piping are PVC, and the ...
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Extra unattached copper line under bathroom sink

So the bathroom sink has three lines underneath, all with shutoffs. Hot, cold, and another cold line. The second cold line is unused and older (it's copper, appears to be 3/8). Edit for ...
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new washer installed in my condo, and water is backing up and overflowing on the floor through the hose

I have a plumber came in last wednesday to replace my faucet in the bathroom shower, because the water coming from the shower, both hot and cold was not mixing properly, he replaced the faucet with a ...
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How can I install a faucet bidet if my faucet doesn't have a removable aerator?

I really want to install Aquaus Handheld Bidet for Faucet in my bathroom, but I have one of those faucets that have inner temper-free aerators. It is not like ordinary screwing type aerators. I have ...
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How can I disconnect my water line from the toilet?

I'm trying to replace the bits inside my toilet. The water supply line is stuck where it goes into the toilet, The plastic connector seems "glued" to the fill valve assembly. How can I get it off?
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Can (and should) I replace the hose connecting a cold water expansion vessel to the cold water supply myself?

We recently had a small flood in our apartment. I found that the metal-sheathed rubber hose connecting the cold water supply to the blue cold water expansion vessel had a wide split in it. The water ...
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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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What options do I have for replacing this sillcock?

The handle on my outside faucet falls off almost every time I use the faucet, which is mildly annoying. As far as I know, there are no leaks or any problems with the sillcock itself. My basement has ...
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Pipe seized to inaccessible coupling - how to attach a new pipe? [closed]

I have updated this question with additional detail - it is not a high-pressure steam environment; it only operates at 115 PSI. Apologies if this is off-topic here. It's less "home improvement", more ...
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Why does my new showerhead leak when you turn on the faucet in the basement or outside?

I installed this new shower on the second floor that didn't exist before and it only leaks when you open the faucets in the basement or outside and it leaks the entire time one of those other faucets ...
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bathroom sink drain line

My bathroom sink drain was clogged. Since drain stop had been out, figured something fell down hole into p trap. Anyway, when I went under sink, learned P Trap piece was connected to pipe with ...
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Air testing for new plumbing in addition?

I have inspection in a few days for my new plumbing (3" SCH 40), 1 1/2" Drain lines. Inspector told me I am responsible for the test plugs, air guage and the whole set up. Im looking to set this up ...
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Is temporarily reducing the water supply line an option when installing a water softener?

I am installing a water softener in my house. Currently we're getting the water supply from 1" PEX that has a service loop in the garage. I built my own 1" PVC bypass system for a GE water softener ...
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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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How to run an interior gas (LP) line

I need to run a gas (LP) line from outside the house to a cooktop in the kitchen. Here's what I think I need to do: drill a hole in the exterior wall and the header (from the attic) of the same wall ...
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Pulling out a 1222 moen shower cartridge that won't turn

I have Moen's plastic tool for rotating a 1222 shower cartridge to help make it easier to pull out, but whenever I try to rotate the cartridge with the plastic tool, it bends and warps slightly and ...