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Do I have to install a vent to add a bar sink in my basement?

I want to add a small bar sink in my basement. I have 1 1/2" line transitioning into a 2" before it goes into the floor coming from the kitchen sink above, it is 48" from the location I want put the ...
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Water line sizing to shower/tub

I'm working on improvising a shower to add to our existing clawfoot tub. It's just going to be the piping supported to the wall for now as we're going to redo this bathroom a year or so down the road. ...
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Does it matter what kind of pipe is used for a sink drain?

The drainpipe in our sink broke (corroded right through in several places). Not having the time to find my pipe wrench (much less actually replace the pipe) we called a plumber. The plumber replaced ...
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Plumbing. Compression fitting Shower valve to 3/4" threaded female. Ideas needed

Okay, dumb situtaion I got myself into. I'm living in Germany where the pipes for the shower in the wall are 3/4" female. Bought myself a nice shower from England a year ago and went to install and ...
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Risk of leakage when changing open-vented to sealed-system boiler

Apologies in advance for the long post. I currently have a gravity-fed, fully-vented central-heating (CH) and hot-water (HW) system (large cold-water tank and expansion tank in the loft, hot-water ...
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Waste pipe connector identification

I've purchased a dishwasher supposedly with exact same dimensions as the previous however swapping out hasn't been as straightforward as I imagined. The issue is a waste pipe, ever so slightly in the ...
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What is this this square hole in bathroom rough in used for?

I have a plumbing rough in that is located below grade in my basement. The system consists of a 2" sewer pipe and a toilet rough in connected to an ejecter tank. In the middle there is what appears to ...
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How do we remove a 1940 Crane tub spout base adapter that is inside the wall?

We have a 1940 Crane bathtub spout that leaks when the shower-head is on. We want to replace the spout, so we have removed it but need to remove the base adapter (correct term?) that is inside the ...
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Is it acceptable to not have access to the main water shutoff valve?

I recently learned that our 1970s townhouse doesn't have its own main water shutoff. Instead, two contractors have access to a room with a water shutoff for the building (about a dozen units). My ...
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Is it normal for my sump pump to run so often? If not, who should I call?

My sump pit has water leaking into it, coming through the plastic wall. I circled the portion that has water coming through it in the picture below. I just noticed it's pumping water every few minutes ...
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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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How do I disconnect (and reconnect) the tubing from this fitting?

The plastic tubing supplying filtered water to our refrigerator currently runs below a suspended ceiling. I want to reroute it above. How do I disconnect it without damage from either the union or ...
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Is it worth it to pay extra for a stainless steel tank water heater?

I'm getting ready to replace my ancient water heater and wondering whether it makes sense to get to a model with a (edit: 316L) stainless steel inner tank instead of one with the standard glass-lined ...
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Can a ½ inch water pipe supply enough pressure for a shower head and body sprayers?

I have a ½" water supply feeding my shower currently. We're currently doing a remodel and would like to install a shower system (shower head and three body sprayers). Can I use the current supply to ...
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Geothermal dog bowl heater/cooler

I live near Denver, where we have winters cold enough to freeze an outdoor dog bowl, and summers hot enough to make the water warm (not hot enough to be a problem, but cold water always tastes better ...
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Why does my kitchen faucet cut out intermittently?

Sometimes when I'm running water from my kitchen faucet, it will cut out for no apparent reason. It doesn't seem to matter if I'm running hot or cold water (or a mixture), but does seem to happen ...
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shut-off valve problem

I was going to shut off the angle stop valve (shown in figure a) but it did not budge. I tried every possible method but it did not work so I decided to replace the whole valve. I could successfully ...
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Should galvanized steel pipe be used as a tub spout?

I have a 90 degree fitting coming down from my shower valve. Also have a screw on tub spout trim. Right now there is a 6" galvanized pipe that connects the 90 to the tub spout trim. Is the ...
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How to plumb a point of use water heater overflow

I want to add a small tank-type point of use water heater under my kitchen sink. What is the best way to plumb the overflow? Obviously there is no floor drain under the sink or nearby. Is it ...
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Does my house just not have a plumbing cleanout?

So I've just bought my first house and before we fully move in, we've been doing some work (floors, painting, etc.). I noticed at some point that if someone is using the shower or flushing a toilet, ...
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Tub only leaks when filled and plug removed

my tenants called stating that water is pouring from their walls. They live on the second floor. A new tub was installed directly above on the third floor and has been used only for showering without ...
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Water rising in my second sump pit but not the first

We have lived in our home for over 3 years. We have 2 sump pits, each with a pump. The second pit is operated with a battery back up in case of power failures. Recently, we have found that the back up ...
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Moving kitchen sink in slab foundation

I'd like to expand my kitchen and install a pantry in the corner. In order to do that, I'd need to bump out my kitchen sink and counters by about 6-8 inches straight back into family room. The ...
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What is the Pressure Number (PN) of Shedule 40 and Schedule 80 PVC Pipe?

Does anybody know the pressure number (PN) of schedule 40 and schedule 80 PVC pipe commonly sold in the United States and Canada? The PVC in my part of the world is classified by PN number, and I'd ...
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How To Stop A Leak In A Refrigerator Water Line

Our original refrigerator had an ice maker. They installed a white plastic type of water line going from under our kitchen sink, through our kitchen cabinets and behind the refrigerator. We had to ...
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Banging water inlet pipe

I have a carbon filter installed (1" inlet) right after my pressure valve where the water comes into the house. The water then goes through a water softener. (1" inlet/outlet) When the water runs, ...
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How do I remove or cut a sewer pipe at edge of our basement slab?

What's the best way to remove the unused sewer / storm-drain pipe in the attached picture? It's coming up through the edge of our basement slab where it meets the foundation wall? We want to remove ...
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How can I get the supply line brass valve seat on Pfister tub/shower mixer valve to stop leaking?

The hot water supply line brass seat fitting leaks where it enters into the concave section of the Pfister mixer valve for a tub/shower faucet. I have cleaned both surfaces with emery cloth and wire ...
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How many outlets can 1/2" copper pipe support?

My basement apartment's hot water pipe runs starting with 3/4" from the heater to the first outlet, the bathtub and the 2nd one, the washer. From the washer, it goes to the bathroom sink (please ...
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Water pressure regulator bad?

I checked my water pressure. It was 100! But after I adjusted it to 60 my water pressure immediately dropped to 20 after opening cold or hot faucet! Is my water pressure regulator is going bad?
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Should condensate pipes from boilers drain on a gradient?

I have just purchased a new flat, and noticed that the condensate pipe from the condensing boiler drops c. 1.5m down from the wall, and then has a 90 deg bend onto a 2m flat run before draining into a ...
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Can I replace an under mount sink with a drop in sink without replacing the countertop?

I have bathroom basins I wish to replace with ones that are above counter will this work for me with the holes that have been made from sunk in basins or are we talking new bench tops?
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How do I troubleshoot a washing machine that uses hot water on cold settings?

We recently moved a 5 year old washer to a new home, connecting hot to hot and cold to cold. After a wash cycle completes, the clothes are hot. I verified teh hose connections. By opening/closing the ...
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Can you have a 90 degree elbow going upward on drain line?

I'm running a drain for a utility sink off of a stack in my basement. I wanted to know if it's ok to have a 90 degree elbow going up then out to the utility sink since when the water drains it's going ...
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Should threaded pipe be torqued to spec?

Most, if not all threaded automotive fasteners have specified torque, which is ensured by using torque wrenches. But how about threaded pipe, galvanized steel for water or black pipe for gas, ...
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How far from the wall should I put the toilet flange?

I'm installing a new toilet and I'd like to know how far from the back wall I should install the flange. I think that 12" is recommended, but I see that lot are installed closer. Sometimes as close ...
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stem puller for shower

I've an old shower in my house that was leaking when I moved in 8 years ago. I removed the faucet and, for 7 years now, I've not been able to remove the stem. (yes, that's a long time, but kids got in ...
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combo tee vs. tee wye

I saw on wikipedia a mention of "combo tee" and "tee wye" is there a difference or are they the same? I've also heard of something called a "sweep" or "long sweep" is that related here?
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Noise coming from slop sink

A new, strange noise is coming from a slop sink that is located next to my washing machine in the basement. The washing machine exhausts into the slop sink and the slop sink drains rather well since ...
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Cast Iron to ABS - exterior of cast iron not smooth - how to stop leak at coupling?

I have 2" cast iron pipe that is for kitchen waste. I had to cut out a 32" section of the pipe under the concrete slab of the basement because a wye had failed. I have replaced the cast iron pipe ...
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How to reattach bathtub drain stopper with hinge / rocker-arm assembly?

I took out this drain stopper assembly to clear bathtub drain but cannot get it back in! I've tried angling it and folding hinge but nothing works. Please advise! Diagram would be helpful thanks! ...
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Using regular water heater for hydronic radiators

My house is old and has radiator heat, which is heated by a gas furnace from which the hot water is pumped through 7 radiators and back in. Hypothetically, and by no means would I ever want to do this ...
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I have noises coming from house

I recently have been hearing thumping noises. They are 4 or 5 in a row. I believe that they are coming from my pipes. Could it be my water pump or sump pump going
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Kitchen sink strainer stuck

I've tried every tool,wrench,chisel, hammer I've been told to use.what do I use to cut a sink strainer locknut off?
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Why do I have a vent stack if none of my fixtures are vented?

As far as I can tell, none of my plumbing fixtures are vented. I have a double-sink in the kitchen, but no vent pipe. My washroom (photo here) similarly has an s-trap. Same thing on my washing machine ...
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Fog horn noise while using hose water

I have a dog grooming trailer that I sometimes work in from my house. To do this, I run my hose to the rv water heater, which then gets warm and runs to the nozzle that I use to spray the dogs down. ...
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Should I use 2 plumbing traps at either end of a drain extension?

I have a washing machine that I am moving 2.5m from it's original spot. A standard p-trap is already in the original place before connecting to the drain, i am tapping into this stand pipe for the ...
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How do you drain a garbage disposal?

I have a garage disposal installed in my kitchen double sink. The pipe that comes out of the garbage disposal is horizontal to the main vertical pipe before it goes to the p trap. The t joint is ...
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Lath and Plaster Framing: a Floating 2x4?

I'm putting a bathroom in upstairs. I sistered the joists (red arrows), but there is a 2x4 (blue arrow) laying flat directly above a wall that is between the downstairs office and the dinning room. ...