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I cannot remove stopper & rocker-arm assembly completely from bathtub drain

Despite the position of the overflow lever, I cannot remove the articulating assembly entirely. In the past if I messed with it enough it would slide out. What am I doing wrong this time? Obviously ...
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When should pipe dope vs thread tape be used?

For threaded plumbing connections, you typically use pipe dope or thread tape (aka teflon tape). Are there situations when one is preferred over another? Does the size of the pipe, type of pipe, part ...
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How do I sweat pipes in an enclosed area?

I need to repair a leak in the plumbing behind my shower. There is an access panel, and enough room for myself and my torch, but not much else. How do I apply the flame to the fittings (for the ...
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How do I replace this cast iron toilet flange?

I have a big old gawd awful cast iron (at least I think it's cast iron, the house was built in 1940) toilet flange that is in sorry shape. See? There will never be a better time to replace it - as ...
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How best to cut & tie into cast iron pipe

I have a 2" section of ductile cast iron pipe that's in the way of a framing repair job. This pipe needs to move. The cast iron dates to the original construction, 1938. As was customary at the time, ...
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PVC lubricant for pipe and fittings

What kind of lubricant can I use on PVC pipe and fittings so that I can assemble and disassemble easily. This is a stage made of PVC pipe that must be assembled and disassembled repeatedly.
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How to limit bathroom shower water usage by time?

I have a teenage daughter whose showers are getting longer all the time and I am getting tired of fighting with her about taking all the hot water. Therefore, my question is about installing a device ...
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Replaced pressure balancing unit in Kohler Rite-Temp temperature control, now valve body is leaking

I have a Kohler Rite-Temp temperature control for my shower that was having trouble regulating hot and cold (it was either all hot or all cold). I took it apart and replaced the pressure balancing ...
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Trying to fix a leaky faucet, structure was not I expected after removing the knobs

My faucet has been dripping very slightly, so I decided to try fixing it. I watched a couple of videos, and it seemed like the task would be fairly easy. I removed the top of my handles, and what I ...
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tying into a existing stack for second floor bathroom

I wish to install a second story 1/2 bath which requires me to tap into the existing stack or install a new one. First part of question is how close does rthe existing stack have to be to hook up to. ...
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Toilet too close to wall

I have a toilet that is too close to the sidewall. It is a slab foundation. What are my options for fixing this without ripping up the floor? I thought orginally an offset toilet flange but I need ...
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Options for fixing leaking polybutylene water service line

The water service line going to our house is leaking. The leak is originating from our lawn down to the street. The plumbers who have looked at it are saying that our pipe is made of polybutylene, ...
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What could cause water to come out of the faucet when the shower is on?

I'm having a problem with my shower. The water is not all coming out of the shower head, but out of the faucet. The type of shower I have switches to the shower by pulling down on the faucet head. ...
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Easiest way to attach this HDX inline filter to replace my American Plumber WICA inline filter

I threw out this American Plimber inline filter: [] [] It was over a decade old, and yes I can replace it, but I'd rather use this HDX one: [ [ I have a torch and a hacksaw. I have plenty of slack ...
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What is this plumbing “temperature regulator” called, and how do I adjust it?

I was told the below restricts/governs how much hot water can make it to my tub/shower. I'd like to know what it's called, and how I can adjust it to get hotter water. I'm attempting to twist the ...
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How to fix a tap where the handle has fallen off

I have the following tap / faucet: As you can see, it's seen better days. The handle of it was composed of four plastic interlocking pieces which have, piece by piece, broken off. We're due to ...
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Laundry drain through Phoenix attic

So I just moved to a new single-story home in Phoenix, AZ from central Pennsylvania. Currently the washer and dryer are located in a closet in the kitchen, right beside the main plumbing stack ...
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Toilet paper clogging the toilet

We have quite an old toilet in our house and every time toilet paper is flushed down it completely clogs, it can be a little or a lot of toilet paper. It doesn't do this with anything else, just ...
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How to plumb a washing machine 30 ft from the waste stack?

I would like to install a washing machine in my basement, about 30 feet from the main waste stack. The stack is fully accessible and already has a capped 2" port about 8" above the concrete floor. ...
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What is the plumbing diagram symbol for a water hammer arrestor?

Despite my best Google queries, I simply cannot find an image of a typical water hammer arrestor symbol for a top-down 2D plumbing drawing of a single floor. Can any provide an image of this symbol or ...
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Use a Steam Dryer hose for washer fill hose?

I need to install a washer in a tight space that requires a 90 degree angle connection for water hoses. Unfortunately all my local H/W stores don't carry this item, they only have straight connections ...
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Why does the shower get cold when I flush, and how can I prevent it?

When the shower is running and someone flushes a toilet, why does the shower get cold (or sometimes hot) in some houses, but not others? More importantly, would fixing that require replacing the ...
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Washer stand pipe and floor drain question

I imagine this is a common setup. My questions concern how the standpipe and the floor drain are trapped and connected to the sewer line. Can I know with any certain how these are connected under the ...
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What kind of toilet tank is this?

This is the toilet tank in my apartment. A few days ago I started noticing brown residue in the water. Upon investigation, I encountered a toilet tank I'm not familiar with... there's an "outer" tank, ...
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What is this garage pipe contraption and can I use it to shut down outside water?

I'm actually asking because I was searching my garage for some way to turn off external water for the winter and this was the closest thing that I could find. Unfortunately I have no idea what it ...
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Should I bond a water softener's in/out pipes?

Our house was built in 1997. The pipes are copper (including the city water supply pipe). Some time after the house was built, the previous owners installed a water softener. The softener parts are ...
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Plumber connected shower and toilet drain weirdly, now toilet backs up into shower

My plumber attached my shower area drain and the WC (water closet, i.e. toilet) drain through a single pipe and installed a P-trap at shower drain. The level of the P-trap is such that when we flush ...
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Acceptable tension on copper piping?

Earlier this week I had a plumber rough in valve/piping for a shower renovation. Since then, I have decided to go back and redo the walls (long, long story) and, as a result, the final finished wall ...
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baseboard heat noise

I have oil heat with cast iron baseboard heat. One of them has noise in it & last year I had to bleed it multiple times to get the air out of the line. The only problem with doing this was that ...
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Mortar in my shower

Can I use muriatic acid to get mortar in my shower drain I got mortar in drain while doing my shower. Help me. Someone said that muriatic acid eats it up.???? Lol
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Toilet supply line leaking at toilet connection

I turned off the water supply valve to my toilet (a push-pull type with the supply line crimped on) and disconnected the water supply line from the toilet (the other side does not come off apparently ...
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DWV insert pipe into run

I would like to insert some short lengths of 3" copper into a DWV main line that is made of PVC. I will be wrapping soft copper around these short lengths and running the cold water feed for the ...
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Is it worth it to insulate hot water PEX tubing?

Is it worth the time and expense to put the foam pipe wrap on pex hot water pipes? I've seen mixed statements. What is your thought? But more importantly, can you back it up?
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Do I have to periodically pour water down my basement floor drain to maintain the p-trap water seal?

There is a sewer smell coming from my basement. There are only a couple entries to the sewer in the basement: A laundry sink that acts as the drain for a water softener (which regenerates every few ...
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Will the water be able to drain out of a blocked toilet?

Our toilet is backed up and water is filled to the brim but there is nothing else in the bowl. I turned off the water supply for the toilet with the little knob connected to the wall, but will the ...
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Does Pex tubing have any advantages over copper?

What are the advantages/disadvantages of Pex tubing? How does it compare to copper?
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Why do my toilets flush slowly and often incompletely?

I have three toilets that all flush slowly and incompletely. I've adjusted the chain to ensure the flap raises completely. I've raised the float to ensure the tank fills nice and high. Yet I have this ...
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Can my water heater's relief valve discharge line and drain pan line merge into a common pipe?

Currently, I only have a T&P relief discharge line that runs down to just above the pedestal and out through the exterior wall. I would like to install a drain pan under the water heater. I want ...
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Mini Split condensate pump to condensate drain

I'm working out the details of my Mini split. I know by code I have to have it connected to a 3/4" condensate line going outside. The Mini Split's air handler is located on an inside room where I'm ...
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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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What prevents overflow in this system? [closed]

I recently looked at this cooling system in a research lab. The heat exchanger (with chilled water hook-ups, not shown) pumps fluid over a wall to a heat load. A transparent hose is attached to ...
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Crawl space drainage

I have a 90 year old house that is located on a flat lot. To drain water from my crawl space I have trenched around the inside of the crawl space. Since my house lot is flat and sectioned off where ...
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What would cause a slight thumping noise in water pipes on toilet and washer?

Everyone once in a while, some of the pipes in our house make some noise, mainly only when you flush a the one toilet, or use the washer. When using the sinks, hoses, or shower, the noise is not ...
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How can I remove this valve?

I am trying to replace the valve connecting the water line to the sink in my bathroom. The piping and sink were installed in 1975. I'm stuck trying to remove the valve under the sink (see picture ...
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How can I fit a pipe inside another pipe?

Does anyone here with experience in plumbing or piping know if a 3/4" pipe can fit inside a 1" pipe to the point where you can slide it in and out like a telescope to make an adjustable stand post? ...
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How do I get the top off this tap?

My kitchen tap has a ball joint at the top, which has sprung a small but steady leak - water drizzles out when the tap is turned off. I presume the problem is either down to a perished rubber seal ...
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Automatic sprinkler valve will not shut off

I have a 3/4 inch inline automatic sprinkler valve that will not shut off, whether it is turned on electrically or by unscrewing the solenoid. It drives a drip line with about 15 heads, so the flow ...
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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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Why won't toilet flush after replacing wax ring?

OK, so I'm not a professional plumber but I've replaced many wax rings before. Toilet worked perfectly fine before until I noticed a little leak at bottom of toilet. I replaced the worn out wax ring. ...
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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 ...