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Leak between plastic elbow joint and copper pipe

I replaced a plastic elbow joint which had a crack in it. One end of the elbow has a PVC pipe fitted into it, and the other end is copper, which connects to an outside tap. I replaced the plastic ...
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How to fill hole in slab after installing new closet flange

The plumber broke up some of the slab, removed an old cast iron Y and put in a new elbow and closet flange. He left back filling and patching the slab to me (my choice). The edge of the hole is ...
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Descale municipal water supply line

I have a pretty old house (1910) and the water supply line from the street is ancient. I suspect it may be narrowed with scale, and/or manganese fouling (there is manganese in the local supply), ...
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How should I replace this ABS p-trap and drain?

I just replaced a faucet and drain on a sink which involved taking out and reinstalling the p-trap. When removing the p-trap I noticed the union nut was very tight. After my re-installation - hand ...
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How can I isolate an indoor water pipe to prevent freezing?

In my basement I have a 1/2" copper water pipe that goes to an outdoor faucet for a garden hose/sprinkler. This line has its own shutoff, so during the winter it is turned off and emptied. The ...
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Can I use ProPEX for Pressure Relief and Steam Generator Drain?

I'm installing a steam generator and a tankless water heater. I want to know if I can use ProPEX for the P&T relief and for the steam generator's auto drain valve. The googling I did on the ...
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Legal water heater replacement

I'm looking to replace my water heater. I currently have a 15 year old 40 gallon gas water heater, and it's time to go. I had several quotes from local plumbers, and choked at the prices. I'm going to ...
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How do I determine if a pipe is frozen?

I have a shower which has no hot or cold water this cold (2F outside) morning. I can get to some of the piping directly behind it, inside an attic. There is at least 8-10 inches of insulation ...
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Stop a leak in an outdoor plastic pipe

We had our bathroom refitted a couple of years ago, which required all the waste water piping around the house to be refitted. One of the joins in the pipe carrying all the waste water away from the ...
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Why dual sinks stopped running cold and hot water?

Dual sinks in upstairs master bedroom stopped running cold and hot water. The shower and toilet in the same bathroom work fine. It was still working last night and this morning nothing, not even a ...
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Cold water pipe frozen, hot water fine

Our cold water in the kitchen isn't working, the hot water is fine. It is a single faucet, so when I turn it to cold water, nothing comes out. I turned the heat up in the house, and have opened the ...
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Could treated water backflow into my RO system?

This may be a bit of an odd question, but where I live, the well water is extremely bad. The amount of sulfer in the water makes it unusable for anything other than washing dishes and laundry. I had ...
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How to install new faucet with old water shutoff valve

I'm installing a new faucet and noticed that the instructions call for the faucet water line to be bolted directly onto the shutoff valve. The problem is, my shutoff valves have built-in lines which ...
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Why does my kitchen faucet stop and start at full pressure only for a split second, both cold and hot?

My kitchen faucet stops and starts at full pressure only for a split second, both cold and hot. This has been going on for about a month. I moved some plumbing over 4 feet in the basement 3 months ...
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What could cause a tubs drain to gurgle when the toilet is flushed?

One day after I used a bacterial enzyme degreaser/ septic treatment to clear slow draining bathtub drains I can hear gurgling in my master bath tub drain when someone flushes the toilet in the other ...
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How do you connect tap lines to the water line?

I bought a new bathroom tap with braided lines and it has the same end connectors as the end connectors coming up out of the floor, meaning both are female instead of one male and one female. How ...
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How can I clear a blockage caused by the previous owner flushing grout down the toilet?

The previous owner of our house tiled the main bathroom before selling the house and flushed the grouting down the toilet. This caused the pipes to become blocked. We've had to break down some of ...
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How can I fix this toilet flange?

So I'm in the middle of a bathroom remodel and I was having problem removing some damaged flooring around the toilet flange and ended up taking a reciprocating saw to the lip of the flange to make it ...
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How to disconnect shower tray from drainage pipe?

I'm trying to disconnect the shower tray from the drainage pipe but the white plastic bit that looks like it could be screwed off seems stuck tight: I'm not sure I can apply the torque needed to ...
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Should I be concerned about the waterproofing method of this tub surround?

I had two tub with tile surrounds completed, one looks terrible so it needs to be replaced. The other looks great, but I am going with a new contractor who says we should redo both. We have metal ...
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Fitting a thermostatic valve onto a towel rail

I've got a towel rail in my bathroom that is heated from my combi boiler. I'd like to fit a TRV to the towel rail. Is there any reason why I shouldn't do that? Should I buy a specific type of TRV, or ...
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What disadvantages do thermostatic mixing valves have?

I will soon be buying a new water heater for my home. I want to set the heater to keep the stored water at least 140 degrees Fahrenheit (60 degrees Celsius), and use a thermostatic mixing valve to ...
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How do I replace shower / tub handles / spouts?

I recently bought a house with 20 year old fixtures 3 bathrooms including a shower, shower/tub, and roman tub. The shower knobs say Harden on them and the tub/shower knob has a separate tub/shower ...
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How high up should I put the ice maker connection box?

I'm going to finally connect the refrigerator's ice maker to water. Because the water line will come from the basement (and not from a kitchen cabinet), I have bought this connection box to install in ...
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My dishwasher water line is frozen. Can I manually put in hot water in the dishwasher to run it?

I am a 60+ year old widow on fixed minimum income. My dishwasher freezes up during these bitter cold (-25 degree nights, -5 degree highs in the day) spells. I have a heater in the empty space beside ...
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How can I fix low water pressure in one shower?

I am experiencing low water pressure in one shower on the second story in my condo. The water heater is on the first floor. The shower downstairs has good water pressure. Every sink and toilet seem to ...
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Thermostatic Shower doesn't give cold showers? Normal?

I have recently purchased a home with a Thermostatic shower and when at the coldest setting the water was hot. I did some researched and changed the temperature cartridge and now the water is warm. if ...
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How to remove this plastic pipe elbow

I cannot seem to get this plastic pipe elbow (pictured below) off. It joins a plastic pipe to an outside tap and the elbow has a crack in. I've tried twisting, pulling and pushing it - but it won't ...
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Why does my toilet make air noises when nothing is being used?

There is no back up in sink or shower. Nothing using water is turned on. Flush handle is sometimes hard to press. Why?
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Is my water contaminated?

I have a "blacklight" to check for dirt and noticed the water in the toilet bowl and a sinkful of water in the same bathroom had a distinct greenish color? I poured a lot of bleach into the toilet to ...
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What could cause a 5 year old valves to corrode so quickly

Unlike this question, the hot water heater is not a factor as it is happening to joints all over the house. Further all joints are either copper on copper or brass on copper. I've taken over ...
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Shower not hot enough, unable to find adjustment, manufacturer out of business

Our shower doesn't get hot enough even with the knob turned all the way, I measure about 90 degrees F. A sink faucet in the same room at the same time shows 115 degrees F. The hot water pipe leading ...
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How to fix a tap where the handle has fallen off

I have the following tap / faucet: As you can see, it's seen better days. The handle of it was composed of four plastic interlocking pieces which have, piece by piece, broken off. We're due to ...
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Replace main water valve with Sharkbite shut off valve?

Currently my main water shut off valve is soldered using a 3/4 globe valve. However the stem is leaky and i am thinking of replacing it? Is it a good idea to cut it out and replace it using a ...
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Is this singe-handle shower valve servicable? If so how would I find the source of a steady drip when the valve is shut off?

My mother's house has a shower that has a perpetual drip; the valve is likely original to the house (probably ~1970) and I expected it to be a pressure-balancing valve with a cartridge and replacable ...
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How can I clear a slow running kitchen drain?

My kitchen sink is draining slowly, even thought the U-bend is cleaner than a clean thing. It seems to be the case there's a partial obstruction between the U-bend for and the inspection cover ...
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What could be causing a high pitched squeak when the water is turned on?

When the water is turned on for toilet flush or sinks-hot or cold and when the clothes washer is filling (newer type washer that adds more water), many times for the first 4 minutes (starting the ...
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Shower only having hot water for 3 mins and no longer

I just moved into an apartment and unfortunately after taking my first and only shower there now for three weeks I instantly realized there was something wrong. Within three minutes of showering my ...
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What pipe/adapter do I need to make this sink connect to this P trap?

I'm getting ready to connect a custom vanity to a P-trap and I'm not sure what kind of pipe/connection/adapter I need. The P-trap looks like this: (note that it won't be sticking out that far ...
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Can I shut off the water supply by unplugging the water softener?

I have to replace one of the O-Rings in a leaky faucet, and would have to shut off the water valve to said faucet. However, the faucets in my place don't have individual shut off valves, and there is ...
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What could be causing a dripping sound inside the wall?

We have the problem with the dripping sound. Whenever we turn on the hot or cold water on in bathroom on the first or second floor, we can hear the dripping sound behind the wall. Usually lasts 5 min ...
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What is this cylinder looking thing in the drain line?

The house is 1950. There is a round cylinder in the drain line with a cap. under the floor is where it is located. What is this called and can I get it out of the drain system?
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Waste pipe connector identification

I've purchased a dishwasher supposedly with exact same dimensions as the previous however swapping out hasn't been as straightforward as I imagined. The issue is a waste pipe, ever so slightly in the ...
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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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Is it normal for there to be a small gap between toilet tank and wall?

We recently replaced the toilet in our bathroom and I'm noticing a gap between the tank and the wall. Example: Is this normal? Our last toilet tank was flush against the wall. My concern is ...
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Can I salvage this broken toilet flange that's embedded in concrete?

The flange is about 7" OD. As you can see both slots where the closet bolts would go are broken. Can I salvage this flange somehow, instead of having to rip it out of the concrete and installing a new ...
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What shape/bends should a bathroom sink drain pipe have to generally comply with US code and avoid clogs?

Santa Cruz, CA, USA I think this question might be related to Under bathroom sink piping (exposed) but my question is more general so I decided to post it separately. I'm in the middle of a ...
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How do I remove a broken toilet auger from my toilet?

My toilet is suffering frequent clogs that could be cleared with a plunger, but recurs the next time we send anything down. So I went and got the fanciest toilet auger at Lowe's, Cobra brand heavy ...
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Why is my washing machine standpipe overflowing even after snaking/jetting every way to Sunday?

I have lived in my house for 3 years now with the same washing machine..in the past month my washing machine drain pipe has started to over flow. I do live in the country and drain my kitchen sink and ...
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Sweat 3" Copper With Mapp Gas Torch?

I need to remove a section of 3" copper, and replace it. Has anyone ever done this with a single Mapp gas torch? I'm not sure if its going to have enough heat to get it done. I probably could get it ...