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More plumbing issues

Ok, so we broke down and called a plumber: vent stack had a major block and when that didn't stop the gurgling in our toilet, plumber installed secondary vent under bathroom sink. The gurgling stopped ...
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How far is it recommended for pipework to be from electrical sockets and switches?

I need to know when radiator pipes are buried into wall,how far are legal requirements stating pipes need to be from electrical sockets and switches? also what is the minimal depth an internal ...
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pressure loss going from 1“ supply to 3/4” supply to home, 120 feet length

Just replaced last 120 feet of home water supply line. Old line was 1" galvanized, new line is 3/4" PEX. Lines are six feet underground here in our mountain location and must feed upstairs bathroom ...
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basement plumb rough in

I've been trying to figure out why my water in my shower drain doesn't flow through the elbow but when I turn the elbow sideways the water flows correctly but sewer gasses emits out the empty elbow ...
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why has the cold water stopped working in two different sinks but run on the same system?

I have an upper apartment that has no cold water in the kitchen sink. The lower apartment has no cold water in the bathroom shower. Both systems come off of the same main.
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Should the covers on sewage drainage pipes be airtight?

Should the caps on the sewage drainage pipes outside be airtight? We've had a little back-up (vent related, it looks like) and I loosened the caps in case water couldn't drain fast enough, so overflow ...
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Plumbing issues [duplicate]

My husband and I bought a house in July. During the home inspection, water was run for upwards of 20 minutes with no issues noted. When we moved in August 1st, we instantly noticed issues with the ...
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Washing Machine overflows the exit drain

I would like to know why my washing Machine will overflow the exit drain (PVC pipe) that is connected to the wall in my home. The drain is not clogged because this is happening at our second home with ...
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Copper failing under the house

I am in a 10 year old house. Custom built, very nice home. Twice in the last year, have encountered a leak under the slab. The first time about a year ago, I agreed to have the lines rerouted ...
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Installing well water for house and garden use

I have plumbed in the well water to the house, this works, I have fitted a tee on the the main return to feed the two stand pipes at the garden. When I try to demand water through the hose there us no ...
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Uncertain about sudden changes in water pressure

Dilemma I have two showers; one upstairs and one downstairs. Tonight, both showers had low water pressure - but the sink water pressure seemed normal. I have checked around the house and no water ...
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Problem with Delata Monitor Pressure Balance Valve in Shower/Tub Fixture

I replaced a leaking pressure balance valve with a matching new one: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Delta-17-Series-Monitor-Tub-and-Shower-Cartridge-RP32104/203170087 I changed all the springs and ...
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Bad taste, smell (hot water) at bathroom faucet

New hot water heater installed on Monday; the following day, the hot water line to bathroom faucet began to leak (badly corroded; badly corroded brass p trap as well). Faucet was replaced but there ...
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Pivot Rod is Stuck

I have removed the pivot nut, to work on my sink, but the the rod will not come out. All the instructions I have seen just say pull it out. I have tried twisting the stopper, unscrewing the rod, to ...
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Removing the valve from this type of faucet/tap

I have this type of washing machine faucet/tap in my apartment. Any idea how to remove the handle? There isnt any screw on top(after removal of the sticker), by the side, or back of the handle. Is ...
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Drain gurgling due to blocked sewer pipe?

Sanity check here. According to multiple plumbers over the years, I have a sag in the sewer line between my house and the main street line. Water stands there, and eventually enough stuff collects ...
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How to fix a poor plumbing installation?

After reading this related question and check that the wax seal is ok, I assume I have a problem with the trap, but where's the trap? The outline of the plumbing in my home (a bit simplified) is like ...
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Changing pressure of well only by pressure switch?

We have 2 20 gal pressure tanks and a 40 / 60 Square D pressure switch. I was talking to my well installer and he said they typically set the tanks to 20psi and regulate the pressure only by the ...
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Unclog grout PVC pipe

Grout was poured down shower drain. Screw to drain cover broken off. PVC shower pipes. Looks like grout is up to about 2.5 in from drain cover. How can I got about trying to fix this
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Bathroom hot water issue

We just did a small bathroom remodel. The sink and the bathtub are connected to the same hot water line. Now I am not getting any hot water in the bathtub but the sink has hot water. The plumber did ...
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Danger overflow

My downstairs toilet for the second time has just overflowed with backup. I have changed the toilet and poured draino down it last time. My upstairs toilets are fine, my sinks downstairs are fine. ...
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Acceptable tension on copper piping?

Earlier this week I had a plumber rough in valve/piping for a shower renovation. Since then, I have decided to go back and redo the walls (long, long story) and, as a result, the final finished wall ...
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How to fix a huge gap between tub faucet and tile

We just moved into an old house and two of the tub faucets have huge gaps from the tile as pictured below. This is something that I feel needs to be addressed right away to prevent shower water from ...
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Sharing waste of washing machine with sink

Is the plumbing below fine? The part in red comes from behind a brick wall and the height on the exit pipe is at 50 cm, therefore, to avoid having to break the wall and redoing part of the plumbing ...
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1/4“ male compression end on inline water filter to 3/8” male compression (fine threads)

I have 2 faucets at my kitchen sink: one for regular water stuff and the 2nd for drinking water. Lines running from the drinking water faucet are 3/8" female compression. My ecopure inline water ...
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How to fit waste water pipe into back inlet gully?

I'm replacing some waste pipes and drainage and need to know what is the best way to fit the waste pipes (from washing machine and sink) into the hopper / gully. The hopper I am using looks like this: ...
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How does my Boiler work with my Baseboard and thermostat

In the apartment I am at I am just wondering how the boiler system works between all the units. Apparently its one water pipe going the whole perimeter of the floor but each apartment has it's own ...
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Replacing water shut off valve

I'm looking to replace a stop and waste valve in my basement. I watched a video on this old house (my bible, at this point) and I found a quick shut off valve to replace it, with compression seals (to ...
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How to drill a hole safely?

A friend of mine rented a new apartment and asked me to help with some shelves. We will need to drill some holes for screwing the shelves. One of the places has a electrical socket near by and the ...
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Max pressure I can set my well to?

I am new to having a well and the pressure in our house is OK, but not incredible. The well sits about 100 ft. from the house. We have 2 20 Gallon pressure tanks next to the pump. The pressure switch ...
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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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Inside water valve

I turned off the inside water valve to my outside spigot but when I open the outside spigot the water still comes out like the valve isn't shut off. Do I need a new valve inside? The house is only ...
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Bathroom faucet

The stream on the cold water faucet in my bathroom has become weaker and weaker, now just a thread of cold water runs out. The hot water is fine. They are separate faucets and handles. Could it be ...
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How to maintain a Saniflo waste water macerator pump?

A few years back, I installed a Saniflo pump to service a basement toilet + shower. Putting it in was a lot of fun, but I've always been worried about having it break. So every once in a while I try ...
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Level of demo required for extending existing gas lines?

I'm considering converting a faux fireplace to a working one with one of those self-contained gas units. For the gas lines I'm going to have professional do it, but wanted to get some advice on how ...
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how water cylinder + leaking overflow + dripping not flowing

I had a leaking overflow pipe from my hot water cylinder. I had the pressure relief valve replaced(?), the valve that takes the mains pressure and reduces the pressure before feeding it into mains ...
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Can a tiny leak get worse?

I replaced my shower arm with one that has a universal 1/2" male end so I could install a Culligan water filter showerhead. I did a fair amount of research beforehand and made sure to teflon tape the ...
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What's the right way to clear a vent pipe?

There have been a number of answers pointing out that draining problems may be a blocked vent pipe rather than a clog in the drain per se. But I don't think there's been a clear answer on whether ...
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Why does the bathtub hot water tap continually leak?

Even though the plumber has changed everything; including the seats, after a short while the hot tap starts to leak again. It has been changed three times in the past year. Still leaking again.
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What type of pipe joint is this, and how do I repair it?

The plastic pipe under my kitchen sink is leaking. This top pipe seems to simply be resting on the bottom section. Is this how it is supposed to be? I can freely pull the pipes apart with a little bit ...
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Are hydronic systems set up as loops or ladders, and how can I tell the difference?

My hydronic system has a loop (or ladder) that visits baseboard radiators on four floors. All piping is hidden in the walls. On the attached diagram, squares are windows, red is baseboard ...
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How can I find replacement dishwasher parts?

We just got a second hand dishwasher but there is a piece missing in the aqua lock water inlet (think that's what its called) that causes leaking. This missing piece looks like a filter with a black ...
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Low water pressure in both kitchen lines -

First some background; our house was built in '56 and has galvanized pipe Hot water heater is almost two years old We finished remodeling our kitchen last July and installed a new sink and faucet ...
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Protecting CSST Through Studs - Are there no off-the-shelf solutions?

I am having a hard time meeting the protection requirements outlined in the manufacturer's specifications. I'm installing HomeFlex CSST in California - California's plumbing code defers to the ...
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Can I install thermostatic radiator valves on a hydronic heating system?

My house has three hydronic heatin loops; two are shaped like a ladder. The baseboard radiators are plumbed with type M copper pipe. I'm thinking about installing thermostatic radiator valves on the ...
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Should I replace a kinked hot water supply pipe?

I recently put a kink in this hot water supply pipe. It's not leaking now, but I'm not sure if I should replace it proactively at this point. I'm looking for a practical answer, since replacing this ...
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How can I remove a shower faucet with no set screw?

I'm fixing a leaky shower head and am trying to take the faucet handle apart. The shower faucet is a single handle with separate temperature control, made by Delta. There is no set screw, and I ...
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Clogged toilet(s)

Plumbing question and issue here that has me baffled. We have two toilets in our house and it seems that the guest bathroom seems to get clogged more often than not. This issue is normally resolved ...
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how to drain a single loop in one of my heating zones?

I have baseboard hot water heat. In one of my heating zones, there are three "loops". (i.e. shortly after the supply leaves the zone valve, the pipes split in three directions. These pipes then ...
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Plumbing in new shower

I'm trying to connect my new electric shower unit up. Unfortunately both the connections have threaded connections. I bought a straighter coupler but this seems to be the opposite of what I want. ...