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What could cause poor drainage in the kitchen and baths?

After having my septic system (tank) cleaned about a month ago, I've noticed a foul odor in the bathroom of the master bedroom. I've also noticed the smell outside near the master bedroom. It's not ...
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Does a dishwasher require a disposal?

I'm thinking of installing a dishwasher. Unfortunately, my kitchen layout would not allow me to install it beside the sink (without moving the whole sink & cabinet). So, I'd like to install it ...
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Do waste water pipes for kitchens and bathrooms require a minimum slope to avoid clogging?

When I had a dishwasher installed, the plumber refused to install the waste water pipe horizontally, saying that this would get it to clog all the time. He left a roughly 1:10 slope on it. I thought ...
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How do I connect to a dishwasher bushing?

I just bought a new dishwasher for a newly renovated house that I just bought. I am trying to install it myself. My sink drain pipe has one of these sticking out the side above the U pipe thingy like ...
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How can I remove this old tub drain stopper?

My girlfriend recently moved into a house that was built in the early 1940s. Most of the house is in great condition, but, of course, there are a few items here and there that need fixing. The tub ...
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How far can I move my bath tub trap from the vent?

I am remodeling the master bath and I need to relocate the bath tub. I will be extending the trap about 3-4' from where it is now. I'm wondering if I need to relocate the vent pipe as well. How far ...
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Proper way to attach tapered, threaded connections?

I've been ripping out the PB water line throughout my house and replacing with PEX and a bit of copper piping. However, the few threaded fittings each have very slow leaks. Above the water tank I ...
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How to fix a bathtub faucet that leaks only when the shower runs?

I just moved into an apartment and the faucet in the tub is fine when all of the water is off. It leaks when I turn on the water and switch it to the shower head. What could be the problem? It's a ...
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Should I test the water in my house for contamination?

I live in a house that was built in the 1930's. I'm paranoid that the old pipes for hot and cold water(for the kitchen, shower, etc..) are contaminating the water. Is this something I should be ...
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How can I prevent or remedy “bio slime” accumulation in a sink drain?

The drain in the sink which we use for mouthwash consistently gets clogged by a very repugnant slime. I've tried all the common drain unclogging products (Drano, Liquid Plumber) as well as some ...
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Why is my new hot water heater making a clicking noise?

I have a relatively new water heater (installed by previous owner). I've only been in the house a few months and did not notice this noise until after being there a few weeks. What happens is after ...
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Should I use 1/2“ or 3/4” fixtures for a new shower?

I am having a new shower built along with a new bathroom altogether... I selected Grohe hardware and wanted to know if I should go with the 1/2" or 3/4" since I will have a rain shower, hand held ...
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How does one know if a well pump is “Short Cycling” or pressure tank is water logged?

Is there any calculation that can be performed to estimate the amount of water a well water pressure tank should output between pump cycles? E.g.- I have a 40 gallon pressure tank (non bladder) with ...
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Toilet flange conundrum

We are remodelling our bathroom and installing a new toilet. When we took the existing toilet off, we found the cast iron flange was broken, brittle and in need of replacing. We could maybe get away ...
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Why is my two month old dishwasher exuding a terrible smell?

In July I purchased a new Whirlpool Gold Series dishwasher model WDF750SAYW1. The machine has done a great job cleaning dishes, but in recently has begun to emit a terrible smell. The stench is not ...
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What is causing a cat urine smell in my bathroom?

My bathroom has started smelling like cat urine. We have NO cats. I think the smell is coming from the shower drain. What could this smell be coming from and how do I get rid of it?
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What is this pipe called, and how does it work? (Round II)

OK, thanks for people's help on my last question, now I've confused myself again. I came across this picture, similar to the last question, but I don't think it's a cleanout. It looks like a vent to ...
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How do I connect 1/4“ plastic tube to 3/8” plastic tube?

I am installing a R/O filter under my sink. The drain for the waste water attached to my dish-washer drain hose provides a 3/8" connection (Watts Premier 164020 DLA-D Drain Line Plumbing Adapter). ...
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How do I keep water from getting in and out of a dishwasher drain air gap?

I have no idea what this is called, so I apologize for the vague title. If someone knows what it is, feel free to edit it. When I turned on my dishwasher (just moved in), water started spewing from ...
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How do I fix this leaking tub faucet?

I have an old tub/shower with 3 handles in it (hot/cold/shower on) that are all twist knobs. The hot or cold can not fully disengage because they are a bit older and have some sediment built up in ...
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How should I use a plumber's snake?

How should I use a plumber's snake if my kitchen sink drain got clogged? Are there any suggestions on when this device is applicable and how to use it?
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How can I replace my main water shutoff valve?

I just recently purchased a house that was built in 1979 with galvanized plumbing. The water main just outside the house looks like this: I'm planning to replace it, but I want to make sure it's ...
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Can I grind a shallow channel in my basement concrete to correct the height of a shower drain pipe?

Long story short - the people who finished the basement bathroom did so without a permit, and they made full use of the fact that their work wasn't about to be inspected or subject to building codes. ...
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How do I diagnose weak water flow from tub faucet and shower?

I have a shower that has very low flow from the hot and cold water and also from the shower when you turn the valve to switch it to the shower. All of the other fixtures in the house have strong flow ...
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Why is water only coming through the handheld hose?

I have a hose at my kitchen sink, installed alongside the cold water faucet. Every once in awhile when I press the hose trigger, it becomes stuck and will not return to the off position ...
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How can I prevent a faucet retaining nut from freezing to a steel washer?

My real question, after several hours spent removing the old faucet (progressing from tapping the basin wrench with a mallet, to an overnight soak in penetrating oil, to cutting it off with an air ...
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Do I need to install the grounding clamp on a water softener if both input and output are PEX?

We are installing a Whirlpool water softener in a new home with PEX water lines. The installation manual says to place the supplied ground clamp over both inlet and outlet water lines. As I mentioned ...
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Why does my kitchen faucet suddenly have too much water pressure?

I have a single lever Kohler kitchen faucet. The water comes out with so much pressure that if I am trying to rinse anything it makes water spray everywhere. The faucet has not always done this. Is ...
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Copper tubing for refrigerator

My copper tubing for the water line to my refrigerator became slightly bent while I was installing it is it a big deal should I buy new copper tubing?
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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 do I calculate the takeoff for a 45 degree elbow joint?

I'm trying to install a 45° elbow joint in PVC. I've found several suggestions online, but frankly, they are incomprehensible to me and seem contradictory of one another: ...
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What are my options for installing a water softener on the opposite side of the house from the main water supply?

Background Info My main water supply on my home is located on the east wall of the home, whereas my garage is located on the west side of the home. There is no water softener loop in the home, and in ...
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How to drill and waterproof a hole in cinder block for PVC drain?

I have a new electric hybrid water heater that emits condensation from a drain tube (normal) which is a bit different than a traditional electric water heater. Right now I have a bucket under the ...
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How do I turn off this sprinkler valve?

We just purchased our home this summer, so I've never gone through the process of turning off the sprinklers for the winter (we're in Utah, so hard freezes are possible). The stop-and-waste valve is ...
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Is it legal to connect a combi expansion pipe to a drainpipe?

Is it legal to install a combi boiler in a cupboard in a bedroom and connect the expansion pipe to a cast iron drainpipe? The person who has done it ownes one of the four flats in our house. Recently ...
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Can (and should) I replace the hose connecting a cold water expansion vessel to the cold water supply myself?

We recently had a small flood in our apartment. I found that the metal-sheathed rubber hose connecting the cold water supply to the blue cold water expansion vessel had a wide split in it. The water ...
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Is it possible to buy just the fins or the copper pipe with fins for baseboard radiator?

I have a project to build and I want to use finned tubing (like in baseboard radiators) but I am unable to find the tubing without buying the enclosure as well. (This is for a hobby project - I want ...
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Graywater overflow plumbing… which design to choose?

I'm working on replumbing my utility room and I'm adding a graywater system. Local codes are remarkably permissive but require an overflow to the sewer/septic system in case of graywater blockage or ...
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What are the differences between an expansion tank and a pressure sensor?

We have a red expansion tank in our building. We have so many problems with this tank. Every 3 months we have to change the tanks tube because the tube is perforated every 3 months. Now an expert ...
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Why are all the toilets in my house running intermittently?

All of my toilets in the house have started to run intermittently. Is there something wrong with the plumbing or could it be that the flapper has gone bad on all the toilets at the same time?
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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 killed my kitchen faucet pressure?

I have a one-handle "Marielle" model Pfister kitchen faucet diagrammed here. It leaked, so I replaced the cartridge, which solved the problem. A few weeks later, I happened to drain my hot water ...
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Is venting a vertical waste line required?

I am putting a bathroom in a section of the house that has a crawlspace under it. The main drain is in the basement area of the house. The soil pipes will run horizontally in the crawlspace, then a ...
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How do I replace this bathtub handle that has a plastic piece?

I have followed a number of videos, but they all seem to have a copper (?) stem. At this point I'm up to some plastic piece that has no notches (namely around the metal piece) to use a wrench on. ...
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Do I need a vent on this emergency drain?

Code allows the use of a wet vent for the bathroom group which in my case is a sink, toilet, and shower drain. About 10-15 feet down stream of this group I have a washing machine drain with its own ...
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Should we install an overhead tank or cistern tank?

We are building our home (a 2-storey house) and a cistern tank was suggested by our architect for aesthetics. We asked around the neighborhood and one person has a cistern and an overhead tank but ...
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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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Is there a shower drain pipe in this picture?

I'm certain the 3" pipe on the left is the toilet drain (it is about 12" form the wall and has a rounded cap on it). I'm guessing the shorter 2" capped pipe on the right, up against the wall, is the ...
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Should central heating pipes through internal brickwork have insulation?

My house has old (large diameter) steel central heating pipes. These travel through the basement before passing up through the house. My concern is that when they pass through internal walls they are ...
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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 ...