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Shower plumbing in exterior wall

I plan on doing a full gut/rebuild on our bathroom this spring, and one of the things I plan on is his/hers shower heads. Problem is, one of these will need to be on the exterior wall of the house to ...
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How can I install the electrical and plumbing for an aquarium filtration system through an exterior wall?

I have a large fish tank in my house, and would like to run a 1\4" reverse osmosis/deionization (RO/DI) top off water tube through an exterior wall into my house so that I can have the top off tank ...
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How to rough bath sink drain to maximize drawerspace

I am roughing in the plumbing for a bathroom sink that I am going to build a vanity for. I'd like to have the drain only impact a top drawer and take up as little space as possible. The drawer back ...
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Bathtub drain issue

I have replaced the trip lever on my bathtub drain but it will not stay completely down when draining. I am able to remove the mechanism (including the weight at the bottom) but can't seem to get the ...
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Can p-trap be installed higher than drain entry?

I have p-trap entry in drain at 16" above the floor. However, vanity that I got has lower drawer which has top at about the same height. There is also about 4" clearance behind drawer. I was told that ...
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Expansion tanks

Will an expansion tank maintain house pressure on cold water lines in homes? Water pressure in system is 60 lbs removed all galvanized piping, replaced all mains with 3/4" copper. When using hose ...
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Can I sink a hot water copper pipe into the ground and keep the heating functionality

we are remodeling a our kitchen and the hot water baseboard heating is in the way. We had two ideas. 1. we let the baseboard heating run under the cabinets 2. we cut open the floor and drop the ...
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Why would I have little to no water pressure after reopening the main water valve?

I had turned off the main in my basement today so I could replace a couple of leaky valves in my basement bathroom and under my upstairs kitchen sink. turned on all the valves and opened up the main. ...
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What is causing a whistling sound coming from my upstairs bathroom?

My upstairs shower is causing a high-pitched whistling sound when it's running and there is a showerhead attached. If I remove the showerhead, but keep the water flowing, the whistling noise stops. It ...
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Can I run PEX through PVC pipe embedded in a concrete floor with radiant heating?

I'm building a new home in New York State. It will be slab on grade with radiant heat in floor. I'm going to run the domestic water supply (PEX tube) to each bathroom, sinks, toilets etc. in the ...
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Do you size a DHW expansion tank to incoming pressure or pressure after PRV?

Thinking of adding a pressure reducing valve (PRV) to reduce my home's water pressure. I understand that I'd need to add an expansion tank to the incoming cold water line of the domestic hot water ...
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Anti-Siphon Sillcock Handle

I just moved into a new home and the anti siphon sillcock on the outside of the house is leaking from behind the knob. I tried to remove the handle via the center screw but it was rusted so badly it ...
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How to achieve PVC pipe slope [duplicate]

This seems like a really silly question, but I haven't been able to find the answer (maybe because it's so obvious). I commonly see that PVC piping should be run at a minimum slope of 1/4" per foot. ...
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Is PEX exposed to the environment OK to use?

In preparation for a big job I found some PEX on craigslist. It appears to have been exposed to the elements but all in all it looks fine. Can PEX withstand a little environmental conditions ...
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How should I drain water from a basement dehumidifier?

Our basement has had difficulty with water in the past, from intrusions through the side (fixed by gutters) and chimneys (fixed by chimney caps). Most recently, however, water has been collecting on ...
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Is there a reason NOT to use a garden hose to hook up two faucets?

I have a faucet below my deck that is connected to a faucet that is screwed into the railing. They are connected via a 1/2" copper pipe which burst this winter in multiple locations. The simplest fix ...
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How do I fix a leaking connector between my garden hose and faucet?

I am trying to connect a garden hose with the faucet. After connecting and turning on the faucet, the water still squirted out. Please see the attached picture. I am not sure whether I need a wrench ...
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How can I route the shower plumbing back into the wall?

I have purchased an exposed shower valve similar to this for a ground-floor shower room in my home. I would like this connected to a ceiling mounted rainfall shower like this. So I need to be ...
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Leakey shower head

I just installed a Kohler single handle deverter valve and when I turn on the water to the tub water comes out my shower head, even when I remove the bath tub spout. I used half inch copper tubing ...
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Does PEX leach BPA when used for hot water plumbing?

Would using PEX for potable hot water result in having Bisphenol A (BPA) leached into the water? Does PEX have BPA content?
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Drilled through one of the biggest walls in my house and hit some sort of black plastic (likely PVC). Did I just drill through a water pipe?

I was trying to secure some bookshelves to the wall, and after using a stud finder to confirm it was drywall (and not a stud), I drilled into the drywall. I met some resistance, so, like an idiot, I ...
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Replace buried polybutelyne/Qest with Pex

Would it be possible to somehow replace buried polybutelyne/Qest with Pex without having to dig? It would be amazing if I could connect the old Qest to the Pex and pull it through into the house. I ...
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Is cleaning out the main sewer line a regular scheduled maintenance item?

I just had to have my main sewer line snaked, and the technician said it should be done once every 2 years. Is this really the case, or was he just trying to insure he has job security?
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Could our new plumbing be to blame for our new downstairs toilet and upstairs spare bath being clogged?

We need help troubleshooting our plumbing problem before we spend any more money on this house. We just spent quite a bit of money finishing our basement, where we added two bedrooms and a new full ...
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What fails in a centrifugal pump when it runs dry?

A 3/4 HP 10 GPM shallow well pump for irrigation ran dry for a couple hours due to a technical failure where a feeding valve mounted at the pump inlet blew out of its hole. All the water being pumped ...
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Do I need to replace this toilet ring?

You can see the ring is broken on the right side.
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How to remove this plastic pipe connector?

How do I remove this kind of white plastic connector attached to the metal pipe?
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Can I avoid the slab and run the new PEX through walls and interstitial space?

… and many other questions. The following is the incoming water for my small 2-story townhouse. This picture was taken in my downstairs hall closet. This is what I have figured out so far: (1) is ...
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how do i mount this old Toyo Toki (Toto) sink?

I'd like to use this small sink in a powder room, but can't figure out how it mounts to the wall. There are large holes for lugs at the bottom, but if that's it the sink will tip and crack. Does ...
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What kind of pipe should I install between my water meter and my house plumbing?

What kind of pipe is used to hook house water pipes up to the city water meter? I have a blue flexible hose between the meter and my 3/4 inch galvanized piping to the house. The blue flex hose is ...
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Why not double up on PEX cinch clamps?

I'm looking to replace some copper pipe with PEX. The online debate seems heated, although local plumbers I've talked to seem indifferent about the particulars, just praising PEX in general vs. ...
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Adding a utility sink drain to the main to the main cast iron stack

I need to add a utility sink and the drain would connect directly into my main stack (see attached picture). Is it possible to add a connection to the main cast iron stack, without cutting out a ...
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Is it safe to use heat tape on a drain line (p-trap)?

Background/Problem: The p-trap for a drainage line (PVC) from one of my showers happens to be outside the house in an area that isn't protected from the cold/wind (yeah, I know) so when it freezes ...
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Toilet does full-blast, one-second refill every hour or so

I wouldn't lose sleep over this, except the unexpected and fierce sound startles my girlfriend and cat every time. So I just replaced the refill valve on our toilet (using a kit, so everything from ...
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Can I still use my bathrooms if my sump pump is broken?

My sump pump has gone out. We have a bathroom in the basement and our laundry room is downstairs. My question is will we be able to use the upstairs bathrooms until we can get the sump pump fixed? Or ...
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Old solder joints are failing

Working on a small cottage by the Delaware Bay. Last year I had to repair the plumbing in the two bathrooms because the solder joints pulled apart. This year some pipes fell out under the house ...
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Should a twisted copper pipe be replaced?

While replacing a hot water tank I foolishly twisted the out pipe by losing my grip on the wrench. The copper pipe twisted, so I twisted it back gently, but it now has a kink in it. Is this likely ...
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How to remove broken threaded water pipe

The pipe connecting my shower head to the wall has broken off. I removed the head and tried to remove the theaded pipe but the potruding metal broke off completely. Is there anyway to remove the part ...
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Why does my shower run out of hot water quickly?

My shower runs out of hot water quickly. Initially the water is perfectly hot, then it starts cooling after a minute or so and we need to adjust the lever to maintain the temperature. Somewhere around ...
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How can I fix a Moen faucet that is still leaking after replacing cartridge?

I had a leaky Moen faucet (Moen 4600) so I removed the old cartridge and replaced it with a new brass replacement cartridge (model 1200.) Since replacing the cartridge I now have a leak from the valve ...
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After installing expansion tank, massive buildup of pressure then a trickle?

I am completely stumped. You guys helped me out a lot with my previous question here: New gas water heater dripping relief valve, have expansion tank, what gives? Turns out the expansion tank ...
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water heater won't stay lit

Looking for suggestions on repairing my water heater. The pilot light won't stay lit. I've cleaned the air intake and checked the venting in the attic but it didn't correct the problem. It will ...
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Well pump runs constantly; Pressure tank doesn't fill

I have a well and pressure tank (Well-X-Trol WX-250). Upon troubleshooting low water pressure in our home, I discovered that our pressure tank is never filling and our well pump is running ...
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Inserting a connecting threaded water plastic pipe between two fixed ends

Newbie to plumbing here so please excuse the question if it does not make sense! This morning I removed a length of threaded plastic water pipe that was connected to an elbow at one end and to a "T" ...
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Hot water pipe sticking up in back yard?

Found that a copper pipe coming out of ground in back yard is the Hot Water pipe for the house. Turn on the Hot Water, the pipe gets hot. It is sticking up out of the ground and think this is NOT ...
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How do I disassemble this old sink setup?

I'd like to replace my old bathroom sink pipes with plastic, but can't even figure out how to disassemble the existing setup. I couldn't find a single image or video that was similar. Does someone ...
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How to remove this kitchen faucet cartridge?

I haven't been able to determine the make/model but doing some research it looks like possibly Pfister. Either way, the cartridge part is sticking and handle is very difficult to use. I am trying to ...
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Does a bad screw require changing the tap itself?

The guardian doesn't quite show the internals of a traditional tap, and the plumber I usually call, couldn't come today. The new plumber says that since the drive of the screw on the tap is ruined, ...
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Can air in pipes cause a faucet to catastrophically fail?

For about two weeks, I have been hearing a vibration and loud noise very time I turn on the kitchen faucet, mostly on the hot water side. If I turn to cold water it stops but periodicly when running ...
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Can someone explain to me how this hot water recirculating system works?

How is my hot water recirculating system installed? ... and why is it not working like it should? Moved into a house recently that was built in 2006. There is a hot water recirculating pump ...