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Minimum Height for Vent Pipe

Is there a minimum height for the the vent pipe circled in the image?
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Utility Sink and Washing Machine Drain Pipe

I am installing a utility sink in my basement and need to rework the drain pipe and standpipe for my washing machine in the process. Above is the original drain pipe and stand pipe that the washing ...
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Water leak detection - long drive way

My dad needs to repair a water leak on a property. This house has a long driveway (roughly 20 metres). But when he went there to have a look, there was no noticeable leak (water puddle etc). Bathroom ...
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Can I reroute these drain lines to make this stack more compact?

I currently have a drain stack that is piped like this: The blue pipe services a sink, and I do believe continues on to become a vent above the sink. The red pipe services a toilet, and the green ...
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Rebuilding a septic drain field

When rebuilding a drain field, is it imperative to dig individual trenches for each "tine" of the drain pipe "fork", or would it be possible to just dig one big hole to lay all the piping down. If I ...
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Any pitfalls to shutting off house water supply while working?

I want to replace the faucet for my kitchen sink. The shutoff valves for both hot and cold are stuck open. I assume I should either try to unfreeze the valves or eventually replace them. If I'm in ...
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Is it a bad idea to temporarily caulk a toilet base leak?

We've discovered that our toilet is leaking at the base (related question: How can I repair a toilet that is leaking at the base?) and needs repair. However, whoever installed the toilet originally ...
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need help in identifying bathroom sink faucet set

This set is most likely 30 years old. (We also have the matching tub set.) I'd like to replace all of the faucet innards or replace the entire set. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks. ...
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What section of California plumbing code pertains to water main lines?

Can someone please point me to California (US) plumbing code references regarding how water main lines should be buried between the house and street source? A plumber left an exposed pipe near the ...
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Strange sump pump install by plumber

I'm thinking about finishing my basement but at the bottom of my stairs the plumber installed a very strange setup for my sump pump. See attached picture. Ive never seen this before so I wanted ...
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Move a secondary drain vent stack?

I'm in the midst of a kitchen reno and removal of a wall between the living room and kitchen. I came across what looks to be a secondary vent pipe that does not penetrate my roof, but does go to the ...
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Faucet runs slowly on hot, fine on cold

I have a single handle Pfister faucet. It flows fine on cold but only about half on hot. What is wrong? Video of issue
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When do galvanized pipes in NYC residential water delivery pipes need to be upgraded?

It was suggested that I ask here. Some residential properties in New York City still have galvanized pipes for the inlet water line. Since heavy metals from the galvanization can leach into the ...
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What would cause the water pressure to be too high for just a second?

Lately when I turn on any faucet in my house the water comes rushing out at about twice the normal pressure for about half a second and then drops to normal pressure. I am worried the pressure is ...
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How can I identify and source an old faucet cartridge

I have an old faucet that drips. I would like to fix the leak, but am having a lot of trouble finding a replacement cartridge. The faucet does not have any markings of any kind. I brought the ...
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How to extend PVC vent pipe?

I have an RV which has a 1-1/2" PVC piping to ventilate the waste tank. I need to extend the roof end of the pipe by about 3 inches or so to install a different vent cap. I have no idea what I'm ...
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What could be causing water pressure drop with sprinklers?

My first issue is that when the sprinklers come on, there is a significant drop in water pressure in the sink, shower, etc. I checked the sprinkler lines and there are no obvious leaks (i.e. holes in ...
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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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Can a toilet get “too old” to the point where it can never be unclogged and must be replaced?

We had an issue where a toilet that worked fine since we moved in 6 years ago recently would not flush. I took a plunger to it and snaked from the roof and it helped in that the toilet would slowly ...
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Eliminating ticking noise of pipe in wall

I know that the ABS main stack in my home is not rubbing against the floor or attic plywood openings; it is rubbing against the drywall in a interior wall when the pipe expands with the use of hot ...
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Why does my shower head drip when the tub faucet is on?

I just installed a new tub fixture set: There are two controls - one for temperature and one for volume. The large handle is volume. When the diverter valve is engaged the shower sprays properly ...
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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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Why does my shower only get hot when the sink faucet is on?

Had this problem for a while. Delta, single handle, shower. Sometimes showers are hot. Sometimes luke warm to cool. To fix the luke warm shower we have found that turning the hot side of the sink ...
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Hot water twin impeller pump wiring to my boiler

I have installed a new Stuart Turner Monsoon twin impeller pump to increase the hot water pressure in my house. The pluming side of things seems to have gone well, however, I am not receiving any ...
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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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Broken Hot Water Circulating Pump - Shouldn't I still have hot water in showers eventually?

I have a Grundfos hot water circulator. After turning off the main to the house and the hot water circulator the other day to change out a valve for our dishwasher, the hot water circulator hasn't ...
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Is a tank-style water heater always under pressure?

Is a tank-style hot water heater always under pressure? In other words, is the entire tank pressurized? Is the pressure largely created by the force of the incoming cold water supply?
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Help me understand this basic Pool & Spa Combination plumbing diagram?

The below diagram is from http://www.poolcenter.com/plumbingSchematics and is described as follows: Basic Pool & Spa Combination Plumbing Diagram 4 Jandy 3 way valves 1 Jandy 2 way ...
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How can I deal with waste water from a washing machine in a non-plumbed room?

My wife wants to build a small add-on to the house in the current carport for the washer/dryer. It's not a huge project. The washing machine will be about 30ft from it's current location. I don't want ...
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Are galvanised steel pipes suitable for supplying hot water?

I am living in an old building where the old galvanized steel pipes are still in use indoors. Rather than upgrading to copper pipes, can I reuse these galvanized steel pipes for hot water (from a ...
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How can I stop this drain pipe from backing up?

In my basement laundry room is (to my knowledge) the only drain pipe in the whole basement, which hooks into the end of the main line as it exits the house and heads to the septic tank. When we moved ...
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Getting water to external spigot

I live in an older house in a colder climate (Boston). Spring is almost here and we're planning on doing some gardening. We have an external spigot, although it's been defunct since we moved in ...
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How can I support an already installed shower valve?

My shower valve was poorly installed. The pipes and valve were never secured or clamped to the surrounding framing. The valve rattles around in the wall and the cover plate has about a 1/2" gap ...
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Do I have to cover pipes under slab?

I'm adding a new toilet in basement and would like to know if the (drain) pipes that will be buried under the slab have to be covered with something else exept of the gravel (like wrapping them or ...
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How tight should threaded brass pipe fittings be?

I'm working with 3/4" brass fittings, which seem pretty robust. Some plumbing fittings should be only finger-tight. My friend said I should use 2 wrenches to make these as tight as I can, and then ...
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Drain snake cable fell out of spinner

I have a drain snake and the cable "fell out" of the container. I'm not sure if this means it is broken or if there is a way to reconnect it and push it back in. It is not an electric one , just a ...
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Ball valve left half opened

A plumber replaced my water heater last week and he left the main valve half opened. Is there any good reason for this or he just forgot about it? Is it safe to put it back fully opened as it was? ...
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Toilet Still Gurgling

Three months ago when we moved into our home, the toilet started gurgling so we had septic tank pumped, and drainline from house to septic cleaned out. Two months ago, happened again, so we tried a ...
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Plumbing rough-in pressure test PSI

My plumbing rough-in is done, and inspection was passed. Unfortunately, I had to move a couple of things the plumbers did. I probably had to redo about six crimps rings. Before I go any further, ...
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Where can I connect RO drain saddle?

I'm trying to install an RO system and I have it 99% complete except the drain saddle. I don't see any room for me to install it. There's not enough space in the elbow and the vertical black pipe is ...
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I am trying to identify the brand of this bathtub faucet

I am wanting to replace this bathtub faucet without changing the plumbing behind the wall. I am assuming by identifying the brand/type of faucet already installed I could have success by getting ...
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What can I do about high pressure water noise?

I have for many years had loud noise that sounds like high pressure water rushing through the pipes. This happens whenever water is turned on in our villa and the duplex next door. The pressure ...
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How do I eliminate the “whooshing” sound of water running though pipes?

At every faucet and toilet in our house, when water is running, it creates a loud wooshing noise in the walls. I'm not sure how else to describe it, but it's like the normal "oh I can hear the sink or ...
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Green and white stuff on copper pipes

This is at my mom's house, an hour away. The valve in the first photo has a slow drip and I will be replacing it. The other photo (a union?) is one of a few spots that look similar but are not ...
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Installing a drainable waterline to garage, draining into sump for winter months

So, My utility room shares a common wall with my unheated garage. I've been toying around with the idea of running some pex out there to have a spigot in my garage. I'm wondering if I need to attach a ...
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Is it ok to use a plunger on a basement toilet connected to a pump?

Our basement is below grade of the sewer line, so we have a pump to send waste to the sewer. The pump has a closed well in the floor of the mechanical room. The toilet in the basement is flushing ...
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Is this gas pipe installation OK?

My new home is under construction and I noticed the gas has been distributed to three places through a very tight and rough hand-dug hole. Yes, I have concern about potential gas leakage. Though we ...
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Can I move the main breaker box to inside a small bathroom?

This is very similar to the "electric box over sump" question. I'm finishing the basement, which includes upgrading the breaker box and moving it to a more suiting location. I would really like to ...
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How to seal around shower handle?

I just finished installing my shower escutcheon but am unsure of how to seal around the inner hole. Here's a picture There's a flimsy foam seal in there but I don't feel good about relying on that. ...
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Previous owner didn't get permits for remodel, am I now liable?

Location is Hillsboro, OR (suburb W of Portland). I'm considering purchasing a house that had significant remodeling done a few years ago (kitchen and bathrooms incl. plumbing). If the previous ...