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Did I just ruin the flange on our toilet?

The point where the elbow joint from our flushometer meets the toilet bowl has begun leaking (dripping, really) whenever we flush (so, whenever water passes through it). I jiggled it a bit and the ...
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How do I repair this broken pipe?

We just bought a house and while digging in the yard using a pick axe, I broke a pipe. Per my research, I need to put a joint there. The broken part is right next to the joint, so not sure how can I ...
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What's a good entry-level text/video on residential plumbing?

Anything for the near-absolute beginner? I've removed the 180-degree angle dirt trap under my sink and cleaned a pipe with a motorized snake, but that's about it. Any book recommendations would be ...
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How do I unclog my dishwasher?

Our dishwasher, which is only about 5 years old, has been finishing its cycle with quite a bit of water in the bottom that doesn't drain. The water stays that way for several days or more. Is there ...
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hoses instead of pipes

Quick question that came to my mind earlier today: When installing a water system (concealed installation), why does one use pipes. It seems to me that hoses would be easier to install, more flexible ...
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Does my vented septic tank even require traps and vents near the actual fixture connections?

My home has a septic system with a vented lid to let the sewer gasses escape from the tank itself. As a result, it seems like far less gas (if any) would travel up the waste plumbing and exit through ...
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Is flexible gas pipe safe to use for main or long runs?

The house we purchased is a "tear-down". A builder bought the older structure, partially tore it down and built a bigger house on the old footprint. A lot of the original gas piping is still in the ...
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Why does it take a second for water to come out of the kitchen faucet?

Starting about a week ago, our kitchen faucet has exhibited some odd behavior. When you lift the handle for it, nothing comes out for a second. You can hear air or water flowing, but nothing comes ...
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Whats the difference between black, blue and red PEX pipes sleeves

I'm using PEX pipes for water tubing, but I'm not sure which sleeve type should I use for hot and cold water pipes. Whats the difference between black, blue and red sleeves? and which should I be ...
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Why is it taking so long for my house to heat up?

Firstly, I should probably mention that I'm in the UK... My wife and I bought a house new from a builder over 9 years ago and have had no problems whatsoever with our central heating system in that ...
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What could cause bubbling toilet when the shower or sink is running?

One of the two toilets in my rental house is bubbling when the shower or sink in that master bath area are on. In the past, about 6 months ago, I have had plumbers and rotoruter out and they could ...
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How to reduce heating of cold water pipes in the ceiling space?

On a hot day our kitchen cold tap, if it hasn't been run for a while, will produce water at a temperature up to around 50-55 degrees C shortly after it is turned on. We haven't measured the exact ...
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How do I fix a leaky spigot on a rain barrel?

I created a rain barrel using an old plastic 55 gallon barrel and a brass spigot. I drilled a half-inch hole in the side of the barrel for the spigot, wrapped some plumbers tape around the threads, ...
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What do you call this old pipe to bath tap join and how do I remove it?

I'm trying to replace the bath taps. I'm at the point where i've removed one, but can't get the 2nd one off. They are connected differently (go figure). See attached image: As i'm new to plumbing i ...
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What is this clunking noise in my water pipe?

Earlier today, I noticed a strange, repetitive clunking noise from the vicinity of my water heater. After some investigation, it seems to come from the cold water supply to the water heater. Here's ...
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Calculate savings from/cost-effectiveness of installing a tankless hot water heater?

Following up on "Which water heater types do you recommend?" and "Are tankless water heaters worth it in cold climates", is there a way to calculate the point at which installing a tankless water ...
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Faucet spout perlator: worth it?

I've seen the following perlator and similars (also plastic ones) on some shopping sites. They claim it can decrease water consumption up to 40%. Is it possible? Is it worth to try?
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Why does my shower head drip when the tub faucet is on?

I just installed a new tub fixture set: There are two controls - one for temperature and one for volume. The large handle is volume. When the diverter valve is engaged the shower sprays properly ...
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How do I replace a drain stack?

So I had just had a shower upstairs this past weekend and went downstairs to do the laundry and I discovered that the floor near the pipes was wet. See photo I immediately went and bought some GOOP ...
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Why is my hot water tank randomly emptying through the overflow pipe?

The other night I woke up thinking it was raining really heavily. I looked out the window to see clear skies, so I popped outside to investigate. Along the side of our house I found a stream of water ...
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How can I prevent mineral build-up from my water?

I'm not sure whether my house receives really hard water, or water that has a lot of junk or sediment in it, but I am constantly having to soak my faucet spreaders and shower heads. Recently, I ...
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Is the drain cover in my shower sufficient?

I bought a new house about a month ago. In the apartment that I moved from, I had a cheap rubber drain cover that seemed to work very well at preventing hair from getting into the drain, similar to ...
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Why is my toilet humming?

After one of my toilets is flushed, and it fills the bowl back up, I sometimes get a loud thrumming/humming noise. It is the flusher stacky thingy making the noise. I turned down the volume of ...
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How to stop fridge water line without stopping everything else?

So. My old fridge finally went and I will be getting a new one delivered. The company that I am buying the new fridge from is going to haul away my old one. I noticed that I don't have any type of ...
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DIYer to skilled tradesperson

What is the process a DIYer has to go through to become a skilled tradesperson? Are the only options apprenticeships, or are there other paths to follow to learn a trade/become licensed? What type ...
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What are some tips for soldering brass fittings to a copper pipe?

Over the years I've soldered several remodels worth of copper pipe (water and hydronic heat). I'm not great, but I get the job done, until I have to add a brass fitting. For some reason, I can't get ...
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What would happen if I connected a dishwasher to a hot water supply line?

What will happen if I connect hot water to a dish water that is not designed to take in hot water? Will it break? Or will I just not be able to use the cold programs?
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How to tell when a plumbing fitting is tightened correctly?

I replaced the supply valve on my bathroom sink with this ¼-turn angle valve. Both valves (hot and cold) are leaking about 1 drop every few seconds at the valve's input. I got them hand ...
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How can I make these bath valves easier to use?

I'm looking for a way to make the valves in the pictures below easier for my mother to use. She has a bad case of arthritis in here hands, so this was suggested by a nurse. I would really prefer any ...
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Is this shower trap better than a P-Trap?

Here in Brazil almost all shower and floor drains are made using a device that translate as "siphoned box" and work as a trap collecting water from the sink, tub and shower. Is that any better ...
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What's this top part of this faucet used for?

This is a faucet coming out of a wall in my backyard. What is that top white round part used for? What tool is used to screw/unscrew it?
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How can I install a J-Trap for a bathroom sink with limited space?

Well, it was my first difficult handman project and I got this far... Below is a photo of my installation right now. Every single diagram I've seen has the J-Trap facing down. Is there any way ...
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Is plumber's putty or tape ok?

I have a brass spigot connected to a PVC pipe near the pump of my saltwater pool. There is a small leak and I was wondering if I can redo the connection using plumber's putty or tape. Would either ...
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How can I fix a sink drain stop which won't hold water?

I have a bathroom sink & fixture which are about a year old. The drain has worked fine, until about a month ago. Recently, any water I try to hold in the sink slowly leaks out. This is mildly ...
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Do I need to replace my hot water tank's pressure release valve?

Recently we had an extended water outage. When water came back, pressure in the lines was much higher. The hot water heater started leaking from the pressure release valve and after flipping it a ...
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Can a plumbing vent go “up” and then back “down” to the connection with the vent stack?

I am changing the location of all the fixtures in my bathroom. This move will put the toilet and sink on the opposite wall from the stack. I was originally planning on running a vent up the wall ...
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Questions concerning dual flush converters

I'm considering purchasing dual-flush converters for our toilets and was curious if anyone had thoughts on them. Specifically, I'd like to know: Are there any major disadvantages to using them? ...
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Where do I begin finding estimates for problems with my potential first home?

I'm looking at purchasing an older home as a primary dwelling. On going through the house with an experienced Realtor and several experienced DIY people for reference (but not a home inspector or ...
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Any difference for a pressure-assisted toilet?

Can a gravity flush toilet be swapped out for a pressure-assisted toilet? Are there any differences in plumbing, mounting, etc.?
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How do I install a water line to my refrigerator?

Recently bought a new refrigerator that has an ice maker and now I want to run a water line to the refrigerator (there is not one there right now). The cold water line is pretty much right below the ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantage of using “pushfit” pipe fittings?

There are many makes of pushfit pipe fittings that make it a lot easer to join pipes, incluing copper pipes, e,g: John Guest Speedfit Cuprofit®- copper push fit Hepworth-HEP20 (please expand the ...
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Is “hissing” sound from a water main a good indication that water is in use?

I recently received a notification from my water department that they suspect I have a leak somewhere in my house. Apparently, the meter outside has a mechanism that goes off if water has been ...
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How can I reposition a soldered copper 90-degree fitting

I have a 90 coming out of my wall in my utility room to turn the copper down the wall. I would like to swing it up as I have a taller softener. Do I need to disassemble and start over or might I ...
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Can p-trap be installed inside wall?

I have a new vanity I am installing in my guest bathroom. The current drain height is the same height as a storage shelf below my sink and does not allow the vanity to sit flush against the wall. ...
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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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What are the relative merits of stainless steel vs. granite composite sinks?

I am about to begin a project to install a bar sink. I am debating between granite composite, such as the Blanco, and a conventional stainless steel sink. In either case, the sink will be mounted ...
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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 ...