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How to fix stinky bathroom sink?

It smells like really musty water, but the water itself does not smell or taste bad at all. Only happens when I run the water, so it doesn't make the room smell, just when you fill something up or ...
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How can I install a water inlet for a dishwasher?

I am trying to figure out how to add a cold water inlet under the kitchen sink. The easiest thing seems to add a tee joint. Here is the picture of the cold water pipe going into the sink I seem to ...
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p and s trap plumbing help

We installed new counters and along with it a new sink. The location of the drain on new sink is lower and much to the left of the old one. After rotating the trap, its still off from the drain by ...
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installing a copper pipe on exterior wall (but inside the house)

I want to add a pot filler. The Stove on the exterior wall of the kitchen.The wall is (from the outside in): Brick, Styrofoam insulation, 1/2" drywall, 1/2" plaster (yes plaster/drywall mud or ...
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can I change the galvanized nipple going into drain to PVC or other type of plastic?

Can you switch put a galvanized drain nipple with plastic? And of so would you use tape instead of pipe dope? The guy at Lowes said pipe dope but many have said tape. Confused
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Why does my toilet fill valve never completely stop filling?

When ever I flush my toilet the tank fills to the correct height and the water looks like it stops, but then I hear a hissing noise and the tank continues to slowly keep filling until it is constantly ...
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Why won't my hose bib handle turn either way?

The handle on my outdoor hose bib won't turn at all. The faucet is currently partially on and the handle will not turn either way. How can I fix it so it will work properly?
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What could be causing water to leak out of the overflow hole from the bottom of a sink?

I have installed a new sink (A St. Thomas Creations Antiqua Petite Oval Self-Rimming Lavatory Sink with Overflow). After the water has been running for a while, water starts to leak out of the ...
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Need to unstick stuck shower divider valve

The shower divider value (which chooses between letting water flow into the tub or up into the shower) is stuck. I can't spin it with the installed plastic handle. Here's some pictures: With the ...
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Funny “thump” sounds sometimes at night, what could be the cause?

I live in a 4-story townhouse that has a wood frame (no concrete except in basement) and was built in late 1980's. Once in a blue moon, whilst laying on the bed at night, I have heard a rather loud ...
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Should I attempt to save 4" cast iron DWV fittings and pipe?

I'm in the process of ripping out an old cast iron drainage stack that runs clear from the roof to the basement with a few elbows and wyes in the mix. I'm in Portland, Oregon (west coast USA), and my ...
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What's the correct term for a steam radiator valve pipe with tapered threads?

In changing the air valves on antique steam radiator, I bought two different brands which both have machine-like straight threads, whereas the old ones reveal themselves to be tapered. The new will ...
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What can I do about toilet water disappearing?

Since last month, for whatever reason, the water in the toilet keeps disappearing every other day (like the water that sits at the bottom after you flush). This is enough to fill the apartment with ...
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How do I repair my cracked shower pan?

My shower pan, made of gel-coated fiber glass, has three cracks, as shown in the photo below. The cracks radiate fairly straight from the drain in the center at twelve, four, and eight o'clock. (All ...
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How far from the sink can we install the dishwasher without major remodel?

We are buying an old house built in 1935. We do not want to do a major kitchen remodel but we would like to replace the old portable dishwasher (that you roll over to the sink and hookup) with a ...
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How do I remove a stuck faucet/tap cover?

I've been fixing leaking faucets in a bathroom. There are total six faucets in a bathroom, two made into a bathroom basin, two made into the wall in the shower tube and the last two are on the wall ...
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Hot water stops flowing out of ALL taps in the house.

When we flush the toilet in our renovated bathroom, the hot water stops flowing out of ALL taps in the house. This is solved by flushing the toilet in the (un-renovated) ensuite at the other end of ...
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How to remove pipe sealed with silicone

My kitchen sink is emptying very slowly. The pipes under the sink are clear. So the blockage must be somewhere in the pipe from the wall on. Unfortunately the curved pieces of pipe are in the way and ...
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Replace with Copper and “mixing” with Old Galvanized Pipe health concerns

I have a 1940s house located in Indiana (no hard water). I'm doing a tub/tile replacement with 100% Dreamline Shower Kit, and Delta Single Trim T17255 hookup with shower head ONLY. This house is like ...
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How can I repair a kitchen sink that is leaking from both the handle and the underneath cabinet?

My kitchen sink is a single-handle, ball-type faucet. Lately it has been leaking from the base of the handle when the water is running, and when that happens water also drips beneath the sink. Is it ...
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Can I move my kitchen to the front of the house or any other ideas?

I recently purchased this 3/4 bedroom house. I liked having the additional room space downstairs (converted garage) but do not like how it is separated from the rest of the house. Also, the kitchen ...
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Washing machine drain into 4" cast waste stack

Can I drain my washing machine into a 4" diameter cast iron stack? I want to take my washing machine out of the basement and reinstall it in kitchen above. I would like to drill into the stack to take ...
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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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why does kitchen tap go cold when pressure is reduced

I have a mixer tap in the kitchen, when the pressure is medium or low the water is cold - i need to turn the pressure up way too high for the water to be hot. This is really annoying as the water ...
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How do I prevent mobile home flexible water lines from freezing?

I have a 2009 mobile home. It has a flexible water feed line going to the toilet that freezes in very cold temps. I have been told these lines won't break if they freeze. They will just expand and ...
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Does a plumbing vent need to penetrate the roof? (Can it penetrate a wall?)

We're going to move our washer/dryer to the garage (the front loader needs to sit on concrete to keep it from shaking our house to the ground). I'll need to add a washer drain to the garage for the ...
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Fix a copper pipe leak

I have a copper T joint that is leaking on one side, what is the best way to repair this joint that does not involve cutting the joint out and starting over? -- Update -- The pipe in question is for ...
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How can I reseal a shower drain on a pre-formed shower base?

The shower drain in my first-floor bathroom leaks. Based on looking from the basement below, it seems the leak is at the point where the drain assembly should clamp to the shower base (which is ...
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What are the two tubes connected to my refrigerator?

I bought a used whirlpool refrigerator, I don't know if something is missing or what. There are two plastic tubing lines coming out of the back of the refrigerator. Now I know one needs to connect to ...
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Should my toilet flange sit on top of the backer board or the tile of the floor?

The bathroom model saga continues. The old toilet flange was rusting, and the subfloor was rotting, so I pulled up the subfloor around the toilet, and replaced the drain pipe with ABS, and an elbow. ...
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water from dishwasher backing up

How do I fix this problem, I live in a 1976 doublewide which has no air gap on the sink and I have no garbage disposer, the problem is I run the dishwasher and the water backs into the sink, so I ...
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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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What is this? (Something to do with water filtering?)

I have the following thing in my basement and I'm not quite sure exactly what it is. I believe it has something to do with either hard water, or water filtration. So my two questions would be: 1. ...
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How do I clean a cheap blow torch?

I have one of those cheap Mapp gas + nozzle torches I'm using for sweat sodering and the tip clogged up today. How do I go about cleaning it?
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How can I locate and solve this water hammer problem, and what are its effects on the human body?

I live in an 180 sq.ft. single room apartment with kitchen area, and is pretty much a simple box like shape. For a year, I have heard noises that sounds like a rod banging in the wall and its ...
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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 do I tap into the PEX water supply line?

The water supply line for my ice maker was never connected. So I want to know how to tap into the PEX water supply line to allow connection to the ice maker.
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2nd floor p trap for clawfoot tub

I have a 1908 home with a clawfoot tub on the 2nd floor. It had some sort of lead box between the 1st floor rafters and under the permanent flooring that leaked. (A rat had chewed into it before I ...
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shower head replacement

I have a Kohler model 10828-4-BN shower kit. It has a handshower so it has a diverter piece coming out of the wall instead of a pipe. I wanted to change out the shower head but the new one does not ...
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Is there a minimum distance required from the bottom of the sink to the outlet?

Is there a minimum required by code from the bottom of the sink to the horizontal PVC outlet that goes into the wall? I am putting in a utility sink and have the top of the horizontal wall outlet ...
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Do I need to shut off the gas to my water heater, when I shut off the cold water intake to fix a leaking hot water faucet in my basement sink?

I need to replace a leaking hot water faucet in my basement laundry sink. To do this I need to shut of the hot water going into that faucet. The only option I see is to turn off the cold water intake ...
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What could cause low hot water pressure only in the line to one shower?

In my house I have a water pressure issue: Pressure is fine everywhere except for the hot water supply to the second floor shower There is another shower in the basement that has good water pressure ...
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Shower hot water problem

Why does my shower hot water flow slow down during showers? I find that I need to keep adding more hot water to keep a consistent temperature.
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2nd floor laundry room drain spraying water up into room

2nd floor laundry room drain trap is fed from pipe going up to a shower....i have water spraying out of the laundry room drain everytime i turn on the shower...it's been working fine for 10 years and ...
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How can I reset my Baxi Combi Duo-Tec HE boiler after a gas supply fault error?

My boiler is giving me some real problems, for whatever reason, it's not resetting as it should. I ran out of gas last night and since ice put some on and tried to reset, it still thinks there is a ...
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What could go wrong with washing machine water hammer devices?

I ordered up a pair of water hammer arresters for my washing machine and installed them. The house still shakes, rattles, and rolls when the washer pulses the water. I saved a bit of money by ordering ...
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Pressure Testing plumbing - pressure drop over night

I'm pressure testing some PEX before I close in the walls. I pumped in 80psi of air around noon yesterday and it was about 60 degrees F. Was a solid 80psi from when i filled to to 11pm (11 hours). ...
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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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Why is cold water coming out of my HW OUT-TAKE pipe?

I'm replacing our water heater. I disconnected the cold intake and hot out-take. I'm replacing the valve on the cold intake. I got to the point where I had both the cold in and hot out ...
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Will I notice a pressure drop going from 1/2“ pex to 3/4” CPVC then to 1/2" CPVC?

I'm replacing my older CPVC piping in my house and I have access to almost the entire house except the master bath area. At first, I thought it was being fed by a 1/2 inch line that I could just ...