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Why does my kitchen faucet cut out intermittently?

Sometimes when I'm running water from my kitchen faucet, it will cut out for no apparent reason. It doesn't seem to matter if I'm running hot or cold water (or a mixture), but does seem to happen ...
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Will I lose water pressure going from a 2“ pipe to a 1/2” pipe then back to 2"?

I have jimmied up a pool heater from an idea on YouTube, but just expanded it. I have a water line of 2" PVC, piped down to 1/2" copper, so it can run through a coil, then increased back to 2" PVC, ...
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How to snake a bathtub with no overflow drain?

Our upstairs bath tub has been taking longer and longer to drain and my wife has finally tasked me to fix it. Yesterday I literally emptied an entire bottle of Liquid Plumber down the drain ...
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Stuck, leaking water shutoff valve to toilet

The problem... I recently replaced the fill valve and the flapper in one of the toilets in my house. When I turned the water back on using the shutoff valve below the toilet, a slow drip had ...
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Can I run a copper pipe for water in an exterior wall without it freezing in the winter?

I would like to install a new hose bib on the exterior wall of my house, to be accessed on the deck. Currently, there is a hose bib on the lower level (underneath the deck) straight down from where I ...
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What electrical requirements does a garbage disposal have?

I just moved into a new house (well, actually it's old - 1920). We don't have a garbage disposal and was interested in in having one installed so I called a plumber. He estimated $650-750 saying ...
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Is it a problem that my toilet flange is 3/8" below the surrounding tile?

My tile setter had to elevate the tiles around the toilet hole in order to make up for some unevennesses. As a result, the toilet flange is approx. 3/8" below the surrounding tile. Can that be ...
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What to do with leaky sink?

Our kitchen sink has been slowly leaking for several months, and as of yesterday, it is finally leaking so bad we can't use it until it's fixed. I'm generally handy, but when it comes to plumbing of ...
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How can I fix a toilet that is backing up with sink water?

I need help. I would like to avoid calling a plumber. The toilet in our downstairs bathroom keeps backing up. Here is what I have tried and/or observed: I tried using a good plunger. I cannot even ...
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How do I install this wall mount bathroom sink?

I'm replacing a sink that was on a vanity cabinet and hoping to do as little busting through the perfectly good tile as possible. I heard a rumor that I need to make very sure that the sink is ...
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Why are there bubbles in my bathroom toilet and sink?

I have had a lot of really odd things happen in my bathroom this weekend and I want to make sure it is nothing too serious. Ok so when I was taking a shower I heard the toilet bubble up. A few ...
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Water level gets lower and lower in toilet

The water level in the bowl of our toilet has slowly and steadily gotten lower over the last year or so. I replaced the flapper last year, could changing anything in the tank affect this? Or would ...
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How do I remove this shower fixture?

I'm a little desperate here. When we moved into this home, we inherited this shower fixture. Now it's leaking. But, I can't figure out how to remove it!? I've tried to back it all the way off ...
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How effective are outdoor foam faucet covers to prevent freezing?

Everyone seems to suggest using those styrofoam faucet covers to help prevent the pipes associated with the fixture from freezing. They're cheap so I have them anyway (plus I'm not in a hard ...
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Is it wrong to connect multiple J-bends (traps) together?

My tenants recently told me that they have constant clogging problems with their bathroom sink and had me come take a look at it. I found the following 3-trap configuration: This was done because ...
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Can I use primer for multiple purposes?

I want to join some PVC pipes. I've got primer (from a store that only sells paint) and on the back it says it's suitable for PVC. I doesn't say anything about paint or joining. Can I use this kind of ...
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How do I repair this broken pipe?

We just bought a house and while digging in the yard using a pick axe, I broke a pipe. Per my research, I need to put a joint there. The broken part is right next to the joint, so not sure how can I ...
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What's a good entry-level text/video on residential plumbing?

Anything for the near-absolute beginner? I've removed the 180-degree angle dirt trap under my sink and cleaned a pipe with a motorized snake, but that's about it. Any book recommendations would be ...
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How do I unclog my dishwasher?

Our dishwasher, which is only about 5 years old, has been finishing its cycle with quite a bit of water in the bottom that doesn't drain. The water stays that way for several days or more. Is there ...
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Why do our baseboard heating pipes make a loud banging noise after a new furnace was installed?

We had a new furnace installed about a month ago. The heating in our house is hot water baseboards. Ever since the new furnace was installed, when the heat comes on or turns off, there is a loud ...
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Does my vented septic tank even require traps and vents near the actual fixture connections?

My home has a septic system with a vented lid to let the sewer gasses escape from the tank itself. As a result, it seems like far less gas (if any) would travel up the waste plumbing and exit through ...
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Is flexible gas pipe safe to use for main or long runs?

The house we purchased is a "tear-down". A builder bought the older structure, partially tore it down and built a bigger house on the old footprint. A lot of the original gas piping is still in the ...
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Why does it take a second for water to come out of the kitchen faucet?

Starting about a week ago, our kitchen faucet has exhibited some odd behavior. When you lift the handle for it, nothing comes out for a second. You can hear air or water flowing, but nothing comes ...
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Whats the difference between black, blue and red PEX pipes sleeves

I'm using PEX pipes for water tubing, but I'm not sure which sleeve type should I use for hot and cold water pipes. Whats the difference between black, blue and red sleeves? and which should I be ...
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How to reduce heating of cold water pipes in the ceiling space?

On a hot day our kitchen cold tap, if it hasn't been run for a while, will produce water at a temperature up to around 50-55 degrees C shortly after it is turned on. We haven't measured the exact ...
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How do I fix a leaky spigot on a rain barrel?

I created a rain barrel using an old plastic 55 gallon barrel and a brass spigot. I drilled a half-inch hole in the side of the barrel for the spigot, wrapped some plumbers tape around the threads, ...
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What do you call this old pipe to bath tap join and how do I remove it?

I'm trying to replace the bath taps. I'm at the point where i've removed one, but can't get the 2nd one off. They are connected differently (go figure). See attached image: As i'm new to plumbing i ...
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What is this clunking noise in my water pipe?

Earlier today, I noticed a strange, repetitive clunking noise from the vicinity of my water heater. After some investigation, it seems to come from the cold water supply to the water heater. Here's ...
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Calculate savings from/cost-effectiveness of installing a tankless hot water heater?

Following up on "Which water heater types do you recommend?" and "Are tankless water heaters worth it in cold climates", is there a way to calculate the point at which installing a tankless water ...
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Faucet spout perlator: worth it?

I've seen the following perlator and similars (also plastic ones) on some shopping sites. They claim it can decrease water consumption up to 40%. Is it possible? Is it worth to try?
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Can using two hoses deliver more water?

I'm filling a pool, and looking to speed up the process. I have two hose bibs, and wonder if I'm really gaining anything (and how much) by using both? The house is supplied by a 3/4" line. This tees ...
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Why is it taking so long for my house to heat up?

Firstly, I should probably mention that I'm in the UK... My wife and I bought a house new from a builder over 9 years ago and have had no problems whatsoever with our central heating system in that ...
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How do I replace a drain stack?

So I had just had a shower upstairs this past weekend and went downstairs to do the laundry and I discovered that the floor near the pipes was wet. See photo I immediately went and bought some GOOP ...
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Did I just ruin the flange on our toilet?

The point where the elbow joint from our flushometer meets the toilet bowl has begun leaking (dripping, really) whenever we flush (so, whenever water passes through it). I jiggled it a bit and the ...
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Why is my hot water tank randomly emptying through the overflow pipe?

The other night I woke up thinking it was raining really heavily. I looked out the window to see clear skies, so I popped outside to investigate. Along the side of our house I found a stream of water ...
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How can I remove this dried drain cleaner from a kitchen sideboard?

I recently spent a week or so trying to unclog a seriously blocked kitchen sink drain. I tried various things, including One Shot Instant Drain Cleaner (a hardware-store 91% sulphuric acid drain ...
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How can I prevent mineral build-up from my water?

I'm not sure whether my house receives really hard water, or water that has a lot of junk or sediment in it, but I am constantly having to soak my faucet spreaders and shower heads. Recently, I ...
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Is the drain cover in my shower sufficient?

I bought a new house about a month ago. In the apartment that I moved from, I had a cheap rubber drain cover that seemed to work very well at preventing hair from getting into the drain, similar to ...
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Why is my toilet humming?

After one of my toilets is flushed, and it fills the bowl back up, I sometimes get a loud thrumming/humming noise. It is the flusher stacky thingy making the noise. I turned down the volume of ...
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How to stop fridge water line without stopping everything else?

So. My old fridge finally went and I will be getting a new one delivered. The company that I am buying the new fridge from is going to haul away my old one. I noticed that I don't have any type of ...
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DIYer to skilled tradesperson

What is the process a DIYer has to go through to become a skilled tradesperson? Are the only options apprenticeships, or are there other paths to follow to learn a trade/become licensed? What type ...
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What are some tips for soldering brass fittings to a copper pipe?

Over the years I've soldered several remodels worth of copper pipe (water and hydronic heat). I'm not great, but I get the job done, until I have to add a brass fitting. For some reason, I can't get ...
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Why does my toilet make a high pitched whine when it refills?

When my toilet is refilling with water,it makes a very high pitched whine. Any suggestions on how to resolve?
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How to tell when a plumbing fitting is tightened correctly?

I replaced the supply valve on my bathroom sink with this ¼-turn angle valve. Both valves (hot and cold) are leaking about 1 drop every few seconds at the valve's input. I got them hand ...
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How can I make these bath valves easier to use?

I'm looking for a way to make the valves in the pictures below easier for my mother to use. She has a bad case of arthritis in here hands, so this was suggested by a nurse. I would really prefer any ...
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Is this shower trap better than a P-Trap?

Here in Brazil almost all shower and floor drains are made using a device that translate as "siphoned box" and work as a trap collecting water from the sink, tub and shower. Is that any better ...
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What's this top part of this faucet used for?

This is a faucet coming out of a wall in my backyard. What is that top white round part used for? What tool is used to screw/unscrew it?
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How can I install a J-Trap for a bathroom sink with limited space?

Well, it was my first difficult handman project and I got this far... Below is a photo of my installation right now. Every single diagram I've seen has the J-Trap facing down. Is there any way ...
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Is plumber's putty or tape ok?

I have a brass spigot connected to a PVC pipe near the pump of my saltwater pool. There is a small leak and I was wondering if I can redo the connection using plumber's putty or tape. Would either ...
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How can I fix a sink drain stop which won't hold water?

I have a bathroom sink & fixture which are about a year old. The drain has worked fine, until about a month ago. Recently, any water I try to hold in the sink slowly leaks out. This is mildly ...