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What can I do about a toilet flange that is 1/4" below the floor

My toilet leaks after i flush and doesn't seal properly at all…tried different kind of wax rings and aaah .. no solution ..cause leak and damage to downstairs ceiling ..better said it leaks and the ...
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PVC to metal joint leaking

Some days ago I assembled the following joint using pipe dope (it is solvent based that semi hardens to a rubber like stuff). I waited 2 days to pressurise the system and after a few days it ...
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Do I have to install a vent to add a bar sink in my basement?

I want to add a small bar sink in my basement. I have 1 1/2" line transitioning into a 2" before it goes into the floor coming from the kitchen sink above, it is 48" from the location I want put the ...
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Water line sizing to shower/tub

I'm working on improvising a shower to add to our existing clawfoot tub. It's just going to be the piping supported to the wall for now as we're going to redo this bathroom a year or so down the road. ...
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Risk of leakage when changing open-vented to sealed-system boiler

Apologies in advance for the long post. I currently have a gravity-fed, fully-vented central-heating (CH) and hot-water (HW) system (large cold-water tank and expansion tank in the loft, hot-water ...
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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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Drilling a hole in a toilet tank

I need to change or replace the left-hand flush to a right-hand flush, due to ADA. The toilet is about 15 years old and was manufactured in Turkey. I've pretty much have given up on locating a ...
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Plumbing. Compression fitting Shower valve to 3/4" threaded female. Ideas needed

Okay, dumb situtaion I got myself into. I'm living in Germany where the pipes for the shower in the wall are 3/4" female. Bought myself a nice shower from England a year ago and went to install and ...
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What is this this square hole in bathroom rough in used for?

I have a plumbing rough in that is located below grade in my basement. The system consists of a 2" sewer pipe and a toilet rough in connected to an ejecter tank. In the middle there is what appears to ...
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How low could kitchen sink sewage inlet go?

A plumbing book I have says a kitchen sink sewage inlet should be at 16" above floor. I would like to set it a little lower (e.g. 12") in order to make more room around water stubouts for plumbing as ...
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Extending plumbing vent horizontally

I am planning to finish the basement and have some questions regarding the plumbing. The builder already have the bathroom rough in but the location is at middle of the basement. I want to have the ...
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Is it worth it to pay extra for a stainless steel tank water heater?

I'm getting ready to replace my ancient water heater and wondering whether it makes sense to get to a model with a (edit: 316L) stainless steel inner tank instead of one with the standard glass-lined ...
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How to plumb a point of use water heater overflow

I want to add a small tank-type point of use water heater under my kitchen sink. What is the best way to plumb the overflow? Obviously there is no floor drain under the sink or nearby. Is it ...
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Does my house just not have a plumbing cleanout?

So I've just bought my first house and before we fully move in, we've been doing some work (floors, painting, etc.). I noticed at some point that if someone is using the shower or flushing a toilet, ...
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Tub only leaks when filled and plug removed

my tenants called stating that water is pouring from their walls. They live on the second floor. A new tub was installed directly above on the third floor and has been used only for showering without ...
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Water rising in my second sump pit but not the first

We have lived in our home for over 3 years. We have 2 sump pits, each with a pump. The second pit is operated with a battery back up in case of power failures. Recently, we have found that the back up ...
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Banging water inlet pipe

I have a carbon filter installed (1" inlet) right after my pressure valve where the water comes into the house. The water then goes through a water softener. (1" inlet/outlet) When the water runs, ...
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How to drain a free standing bathtub

I have a freestanding bathtub to be installed on a bathroom with concrete floor that will be tilled. There were no instructions with the bathtub and the company doesn't really care (Brazil has ...
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How many outlets can 1/2" copper pipe support?

My basement apartment's hot water pipe runs starting with 3/4" from the heater to the first outlet, the bathtub and the 2nd one, the washer. From the washer, it goes to the bathroom sink (please ...
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Water pressure regulator bad?

I checked my water pressure. It was 100! But after I adjusted it to 60 my water pressure immediately dropped to 20 after opening cold or hot faucet! Is my water pressure regulator is going bad?
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Should condensate pipes from boilers drain on a gradient?

I have just purchased a new flat, and noticed that the condensate pipe from the condensing boiler drops c. 1.5m down from the wall, and then has a 90 deg bend onto a 2m flat run before draining into a ...
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Can I replace an under mount sink with a drop in sink without replacing the countertop?

I have bathroom basins I wish to replace with ones that are above counter will this work for me with the holes that have been made from sunk in basins or are we talking new bench tops?
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Can you have a 90 degree elbow going upward on drain line?

I'm running a drain for a utility sink off of a stack in my basement. I wanted to know if it's ok to have a 90 degree elbow going up then out to the utility sink since when the water drains it's going ...
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Should threaded pipe be torqued to spec?

Most, if not all threaded automotive fasteners have specified torque, which is ensured by using torque wrenches. But how about threaded pipe, galvanized steel for water or black pipe for gas, ...
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Noise coming from slop sink

A new, strange noise is coming from a slop sink that is located next to my washing machine in the basement. The washing machine exhausts into the slop sink and the slop sink drains rather well since ...
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stem puller for shower

I've an old shower in my house that was leaking when I moved in 8 years ago. I removed the faucet and, for 7 years now, I've not been able to remove the stem. (yes, that's a long time, but kids got in ...
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How far from the wall should I put the toilet flange?

I'm installing a new toilet and I'd like to know how far from the back wall I should install the flange. I think that 12" is recommended, but I see that lot are installed closer. Sometimes as close ...
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How to reattach bathtub drain stopper with hinge / rocker-arm assembly?

I took out this drain stopper assembly to clear bathtub drain but cannot get it back in! I've tried angling it and folding hinge but nothing works. Please advise! Diagram would be helpful thanks! ...
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Ground Water in Sewage Basin hole

I am installing a sewage ejector pit and pump in basement, hole is dug and I piped the inlet pvc for the toilet and sink. I did not have time to backfill or concrete. The next morning I woke up to ...
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Kitchen sink strainer stuck

I've tried every tool,wrench,chisel, hammer I've been told to use.what do I use to cut a sink strainer locknut off?
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Fog horn noise while using hose water

I have a dog grooming trailer that I sometimes work in from my house. To do this, I run my hose to the rv water heater, which then gets warm and runs to the nozzle that I use to spray the dogs down. ...
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Using regular water heater for hydronic radiators

My house is old and has radiator heat, which is heated by a gas furnace from which the hot water is pumped through 7 radiators and back in. Hypothetically, and by no means would I ever want to do this ...
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Spigot/spicket replacement in tight quarters

I noticed that my spigot was leaking. It was only leaking out of the hole where the water normally comes out. I made the mistake of slightly tightening the packing nut without having another wrench to ...
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Should I use 2 plumbing traps at either end of a drain extension?

I have a washing machine that I am moving 2.5m from it's original spot. A standard p-trap is already in the original place before connecting to the drain, i am tapping into this stand pipe for the ...
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How do you change a lower heating element in an electric water heater?

Is it easy enough to do or do I need a professional?
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combo tee vs. tee wye

I saw on wikipedia a mention of "combo tee" and "tee wye" is there a difference or are they the same? I've also heard of something called a "sweep" or "long sweep" is that related here?
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Lath and Plaster Framing: a Floating 2x4?

I'm putting a bathroom in upstairs. I sistered the joists (red arrows), but there is a 2x4 (blue arrow) laying flat directly above a wall that is between the downstairs office and the dinning room. ...
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Can I build a separate trap to drain my reverse osmosis system

I have a single sink with disposal on an island counter. The plumbing has two vent plugs and two drain connections. Can I use the second drain connection and build a second trap to install the reverse ...
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What is the best way to cut this PVC line in a hot tub?

I am helping a buddy replace a filter housing, on which the lid threads have split off, in a hot tub. All of the piping is PVC. The inlet and outlet have fitting right up to the junction of the ...
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Are the resin beads inside old water softeners flammable?

Our old water softener just broke and released all the resin beads into our hot water heater. I've been draining it but a significant amount of beads went into the drain pan under the hot water ...
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Water leak from shower

I have a 2 handle shower. There is no water leak if I run the hot water alone. No leak when I run cold water alone. When I open both hot and cold water together, there is a water leak. Any thoughts? ...
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What steps are needed before brazing attic a/c copper tubing with a leak?

Yesterday I discovered water stains on one of the air ducts in my house. I went up the attic and saw that a copper pipe cool to the touch which seems to be linked to the condenser? had a pin point ...
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Water seeping through where pipe exits slab foundation

OK, the backstory can be found in this previous questions: Repairing leaking DWV vertical 3" thin wall PVC. Basically, found mold growth behind baseboards of a powder bathroom adjoining the kitchen. ...
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Why is the rough plumbing for a urinal so expensive? [closed]

When I built my house 7 years ago, I had them rough in a drain in the basement bathroom for a future urinal (which is in now). After the fact, I found out this was like a $1500 addition. My brother ...
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Why do I have a vent stack if none of my fixtures are vented?

As far as I can tell, none of my plumbing fixtures are vented. I have a double-sink in the kitchen, but no vent pipe. My washroom (photo here) similarly has an s-trap. Same thing on my washing machine ...
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Why does my newly installed fill valve hiss after flushing?

My old fill valve shot a geyser all over the floor when I lifted the tank lid, so I bought a replacement (PlumbPak Keeney 1B1X) at Lowes. I don't see any leaks, but when the float rises to the top, ...
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New water heater sometimes cold, sometimes hot

I have a new electric water heater (a week old). It does not operate correctly. It took nearly 24 hours initially before there was any hot water. Then we had hot water for maybe half a day. Then cold ...
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Tankless water heater beeps and causes power surge

We have a new tankless water heater. Every time we turn on water lights through out house flicker and water heater starts beeping. Any ideas on what causes this to happen??
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Vertical direction of thermal expansion tank

Does it matter whether a thermal expansion tank (for water heaters) is installed above the pipe it tees from (tank's threaded port pointing downwards) or if it's installed below so that it hangs from ...
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Tub spout leaking when water is off

What could be some reasons why a tub faucet's spout leaks when water is turned off? E.g. some gasket within the mixing valve perhaps? The shower doesn't leak, just the tub spout.