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How to deal with a pop up drain install when nut doesn't sit flush with bottom of the sink?

Finished up a bathroom today and installed a pop up drain assembly on new sink. The nut to tighten the drain assembly is off by about a 1/4 inch - tight in the back, gap in front. I am guessing that ...
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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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Clogged plumbing in bathroom sink

My bathroom sink is clogged, water is slow to drain. Cannot get plug out and do not want to tear it down underneath. Pipes are PVC. What is the best "liquid" drain cleaner or anything else to pour ...
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Hot water out of cold tap. Washing machine to blame?

Last night we noticed that only warm water was coming out of our kitchen sink when we had the lever to the cold side. Went into the bathroom and noticed the same thing. After some research I found a ...
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how to repair leaking water main

So here's the situation. I've got a water main that is gravity fed from a spring into a cistern in my basement (and from there pumped to a pressure tank and the house). The main, black plastic and ...
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Help with Garbage Disposal install and high drain pipe

The drain pipe for my sink sits pretty high, and then the sink-bowels holes are pretty close to each other. Below is the best my friend and I could do to make this work, and I just realized we need ...
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new plumbing, new HE washer, now wash over flows

After noticing a leak in my sewer drain pipe in my basement, I've decided to replace all plumbing, since a plumber pointed out to me last year when I bought my house (1950) that the drains were all ...
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Should I ventilate a small waste pipe?

I am about to plumb a toilet and the condense pipe of a combi boiler into an existing internal waste pipe (the waste pipe currently comes out of the ground 2ft). I was just going to renew the waste ...
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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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Threaded copper fitting stripped, whats my next move?

I have an awkward plumbing problem. I am inserting a T-fitting into the flexible riser of my kitchen sink and in the process seem to have stripped the copper shank coming from the faucet. The fitting: ...
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How can I get a brick out of my drain pipe?

There's a brick inside my outside drain, and I can't get it out. It's stuck in there, and the drain is now overflowing with all sorts of things. It's already too deep. I tried to hit it in as hard as ...
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How can I open this old push-button cistern?

I have a push-to-flush cistern that I cannot open. It seems to be quite old and I cannot find a manufacturer anywhere on it. I've removed the smaller button, and there are three small holes. However, ...
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How do I install the trap for a standard bathroom sink?

I have an open 1.5" drain pipe in the wall. I just need to redirect it through the (currently non-existing) drywall and put in a trap. What is the proper way to do this? Do I just put a 90 degree EL ...
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Can I extend my sump pump outlet?

I live in area without sewers, so we depend on swales and drainage ditches when it rains. My basement sump pump outlet is in the ditch in front of the house, but it's a couple of inches below grass ...
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Do hot water tanks have to be in the drain pan

I bought a new hot water tank and had it installed by a plumber. It didn't fit in the existing drain pan, so he put it on top of the pan. Is this safe?
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Why is the water in my toilets orange?

My wife and I just moved in to a brand new house and have started to notice that the water in the toilets is an orange color, and is starting to leave stains in the bowl. After looking online briefly, ...
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How to loosen a rusted nut/screw

I have been trying the change the screws connecting the toilet tank, i managed to remove the tank but the nut it completely rusted and became one with the screw. I tried holding the screw in place ...
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What could be causing the foul smell in my bathroom sink?

We bought a 1967 year old ranch 2 years ago and have been experiencing a foul smell coming from our bathroom sink. We have been putting bleach, vinegar and soda down the sink and overflow over and ...
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How can I add an ice maker water line?

I have the following setup with a T with a valve to an above sink water filter. The line from the T has one steel braided 3/8” line and goes up to the sink as 3/8”. The other is a thin PVC line ...
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New residential toilets all so tall?

Are all new toilets high off the ground? Our existing toilets (one 20-year-old Toto and one ancient 5 GPF monster that I am shopping to replace) are around 14.5" from the floor to the rim of the ...
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Can I use old style individual faucets on a bathroom vanity?

We have an old home and would like to keep with the period where possible. I have a marble vanity top with individual faucets for hot and cold rather than a single spigot for both. I can buy brand new ...
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Problem with parallel flow

The problem is that there is no water at the outlet when pump is working. When I disconnected 3/4" pipe that was in parallel to 1" pipe, and left 1" pipe only, the water showed up at the outlet ...
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Plumbing not draining after reassembly

My sink seal came loose and so I replaced it last night. Before taking it apart to replace, it was draining fine. After putting it back together, it doesn't drain at all, one side of the sink slightly ...
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What is the best way to retrofit an underfloor heating system in a concrete slab?

I have a UK bungalow that I am renovating. I would like to replace the current heating system (radiators, natural gas boiler) with an underfloor heating system. I think the cost of digging up the ...
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How can I repair a loose T joint connecting pipes under my kitchen sink?

I found a puddle under my kitchen sink and was disappointed to find that the T joint connecting the drain from the garbage disposal and and the second sink was completely loose. As shown in the ...
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How to fix a pinhole leak in water main inside my house?

I came home last night to find water on my basement floor. After looking around, I located a pinhole leak on the short segment of pipe coming into the house from the street. This is the one foot of ...
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What causes a water heaters relief valve to discharge water?

I have a Gas Reliance Water Heater 1212. I found recently (in winter) there is a water dip through the relief valve into a 5 gallon bucket. Sometimes, it can fill the whole bucket. Sometimes, it has ...
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Water Problems please help! [closed]

So my water is dripping from both my shower and my kitchen sink even though it's off and I'm wondering how much will the water bill be? Will they still charge me even though its off? Help!
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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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How can I secure a post to a conversion ball for a shower faucet?

I have a Delta single-handle faucet. I installed a conversion kit about half a year ago to update its trim from a knob to a lever. It's been great until yesterday when my wife complained that no ...
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Can I install a Sharkbite shut off valve with only a half of an inch of copper to connect to?

Will a Sharkbite connector still work if I have only a half of an inch of copper that it will connect to instead of the recommended 1 inch?
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I've noticed the water from the sink won't heat up, while the water in both bathrooms heats fine.

I've been renting this home for more than a year and there have been a lot of plumbing issues - mostly leaks, but the water in the kitchen has always heated fine. There is a leak under the sink as ...
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What should be done with dirt from digging out sewer drain pipe?

I had a backed up sewer drain, and had to have it cleared. I also had it scoped and was told it was broken. I have dug a 4'x4'x4' hole to get to it - and found out it was completely shattered. I am ...
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Can I hook up an ice maker with a 1/4" plastic pipe to my garden hose faucet easily?

Just got my hubby a new ice maker and it has a 1/4" water line. Thing is it is going in the garage and needs to run off of the garden hose faucet. Is there an adapter that I can use to run the hose ...
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How can I insulate behind pipes that are close to a foundation wall?

Reading around, it seems like most people suggest to put up XPS insulation when finishing a basement. That's great and all, but how do you put 2" of rigid foam behind pipes that already exist in the ...
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What could cause my tankless water heater to make a knocking sound?

I recently replaced my water heater with a tankless unit (Rheem). After installation I noticed that whenever I turned on the hot water; or when my central heating unit would turn on, the tankless unit ...
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What is the advantage of PEX pinch clamp vs. crimp rings?

I just saw these for the first time today at Lowe's: The advantages I can see over the crimp style are: A single tool can work with multiple PEX sizes That single tool is cheaper than a ...
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Why does this toilet clog so often?

My inlaws have one toilet in their house that regularly clogs. They have two more toilets that don't seem to clog at all. They live in a suburb with full plumbing (not a septic tank). The toilet isn't ...
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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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How do I frame this oddly spaced rough in

It's been a long time since I posted about this stupid rough in (dang kids), but I'm attempting to get back on it. The spacing for these pipes are driving me crazy. For a quick reference, the ...
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Air admittance valves on waste pipe with extraction

Just move into a new apartment which is on the upper floor of three. The bathrooms of each apartment are directly above one another. I believe that the exhaust vents of the bathrooms in the apartments ...
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No hot water even if heating elements work (solar/boiler combination)

I've got following setup for heating water: boiler solar panel on the roof The overall setup is simple - the cold water enters the system and goes first through the solar panel and then through ...
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Why do I have low water pressure with more than one fixture turned on?

What would cause low water pressure or flow when more than one fixture is turned on. It does not matter if it's hot or cold water.
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Installing water softener outside or inside? Already have“Easy Water” device. Does that change water hardness grains entered into new water softener?

We live in Florida and have had white crusty buildup for years in our dishwasher and on our shower heads and faucets and in washing machine. 3 years ago we bought an "Easy Water" thing for $300 and it ...
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How do I connect a new trap to an old cast iron pipe?

I replaced a lavatory in the bathroom with a new faucet and new trap, but the old 1-1/4 trap is connected to a cast iron pipe with led through the wall. I cut the old trap out, and I used a 1-1/4 ...
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How to anchor (install) a 1/2" natural gas pipe in a sleeve through a 2X4 wall to the ouside for a gas grill

I'm trying to figure out how to correctly run a 1/2" foot long piece of pipe through a 2X4 wall to the outside for a gas grill. I would be tying into the existing fireplace supply line then exiting ...
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How can I run plumbing from house to a nearby new office 1.5m away?

I am building a new office next to the house; it is about 1.5m away. I need to run, from the house's upstairs bathroom, 1 hot, 1 cold, and radiator with return (all of which I believe are 28mm to ...
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What might cause water to leak under or behind a bathtub?

The floor in my bathroom is constantly wet after showers. House was built in 1970 and this bathroom is all original. From the yellow tile down to the linoleum. The shower curtain is sealed, the ...
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Can we install a sink and garbage disposal using the plumbing for a washing machine?

We already have plumbing for a washing machine. We have removed the machine and would like to install a utility sink and garbage disposal. Can we use the washing machine water supply and drain for ...
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What could cause a water system to sound like it's surging?

for the last week I've noticed that the water (either toilet refills, or when the sink is on) the water flow pulses and sounds uneven while running. I thought it was maybe the sprinkler system, but ...