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How do I install this wall mount bathroom sink?

I'm replacing a sink that was on a vanity cabinet and hoping to do as little busting through the perfectly good tile as possible. I heard a rumor that I need to make very sure that the sink is ...
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Why do I have almost no water pressure after installing a new kitchen faucet?

I installed a Price Pfister 533 single control kitchen faucet today, and for whatever reason my water pressure is next to nothing. It was perfectly fine before. What is wrong and how do I fix it?
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How do I pump up water pressure in my shower?

I have a well system that generates approx 35 psi of flow to my shower. How can I pump up pressure to the shower?
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How can I replace the bleed plug for my towel rail?

I have a very similar type of radiator as this: However doing a bathroom refit, I have somehow lost the radiator bleed plug which is shown in the picture above. So if I turn the radiator on, it ...
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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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How do I seal a garden hose against a nipple?

I put a nipple on the end of a garden hose. It leaks when I close the valve at the other end of the hose. I have pushed the hose all the way up the nipple. It's sealed really tight. I could barely ...
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Question about my sewer stack situation

I just purchased my first home with limited knowledge on many things. At one point my house was outside city limits (using a well and septic) and has since been annexed into the city and brought onto ...
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How do I fix a leaky outdoor faucet?

As you can see, the outdoor faucet in my backyard leaks when the water is turned on. It does not leak when the water is turned off. (For those who are wondering: Yes, there is some water going ...
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Does a reverse osmosis system drain constantly?

I have come across a pharmacy grade reverse osmosis filter system. I would like to install it in my kitchen but before I do, I need some questions answered. Does the system drain constantly or just ...
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Toilet in spare bath runs automatically for 2 seconds about every 20 min! [duplicate]

This started a few weeks ago in the spare bath room, I replaced all internal parts in tank and problem still present. The main bath which is closer to main water source operates fine, what could be my ...
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My Refrigerator Water Tastes Like Peppers!

I have a whirlpool side by side refrigerator with an ice maker / water dispenser in the door. I got it used and have never use the water features because there is a peppery taste in the water that ...
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Irrigation sprinkler only comes on for a moment?

I recently had a tree removed, and in the process of grinding the surface roots they broke one of the irrigation lines. I dug out around it and fixed the pipe with a slip fix, but now I'm having an ...
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How to replace stripped faucet stem?

Weekend warrior here. Watched some YouTube videos, but my set up looks different and don't want to mess it up. The handles to my tub faucet use a plastic connection. This got stripped. So I believe I ...
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Why won't my toilet flush?

A sewage pump in my basement is 7 feet from the shower drain and 2 feet from the water closet. The only vent is from the sump pump which runs 20 feet horizontally to an outer wall then goes ...
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Is PVC Schedule 40 pipe safe to use in a potable water supply?

I have not had a problem for nine years and never noticed what my plumbing pipes used. My hot and cold water feed away from heater use "Bristol 1120 Schedule 40 PVC. 480 PSI 73 deg." Is there strong ...
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What can I use to lubricate a new kitchen faucet no longer turns?

I installed a new kitchen faucet about 6 months ago. However, it no longer turns/swivels at the base. My non-expert inspection of the problem seems to suggest that the point-of-swivel has a build up ...
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What could be causing the bizarre whistling sound that is coming from the pipes around the en suite and main bath?

The sound changes frequency in a regular pattern, and almost sounds electronic, like an old radio with a bad antenna. We can only hear it in these two bathrooms, and it occurs whether or not the water ...
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Why do I have clumps of grass in my bathtub after a sewage overflow?

The washer drained and two bathroom toilets violently overflowed. Nasty, stinky, sewage and water came up in both bathroom tubs, the shower drain and both sinks as well. I could hear water gurgling in ...
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Why does my toilet make a high pitched whine when it refills?

When my toilet is refilling with water,it makes a very high pitched whine. Any suggestions on how to resolve?
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Can I temporarily connect a dishwasher with hoses running along the floor?

I currently live in an in-laws suite with my wife in the in-laws house. We love it and have plenty of room. Look at the attached picture for what we have for a space. My question is if I wanted to ...
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How should I configure my plumbing with PEX?

I have a house built in 1940, which has a mix of copper, PVC and galvanized pipe for its plumbing at present. I am going to be gutting the upstairs bathroom in the near future, and have access to ...
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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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What does a vent stack look like?

Excuse my noob question, but what does a vent stack look like? It's pretty easy to tell which pipes are for waste (I can hear the water running through them), and I'm assuming that all of the pipes ...
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Why is it bad to flush baby wipes?

I've always heard that you shouldn't flush baby wipes because They don't dissolve in your septic system They can clog old pipes. I currently live in a modern, multi-story apartment building. There ...
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Basement bathroom rough-in with backwater valve question

I ended up contacted the plumbing company that did my basement rough-in. This is what they said: Drain and vent for basement sink Toilet rough-in Backwater Valve Tub Drain So I guess my new ...
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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 is causing extremely high water usage?

Our condo's (12 units, 2 buildings) water usage went from $300 to $3000 in a few months. We don't have separate water shutoffs to test each unit. Nobody's reporting any visible leaks. Any idea how to ...
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How do I fix this leaking dishwasher drain pipe?

There is a leaking hose connection to the pump in my dishwasher. I have tried silicone and a hose clamp but no no avail. What can I do to fix this? Picture before the silicone, the corrosion is from ...
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Flushable kitty litter…should I flush it or is it bad for my plumbing?

I rent an apartment in California. I flush my kitty litter because it is flushable. Is flushing kitty litter not good for your plumbing even though the litter was designed to be flushed down the ...
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How do I diagnose and fix an electric water heater leak?

I have an Electric Water Heater, seemingly leaking from the top of the tank. The "wells" on top are filling up with water. There are no noticeable leaks from the pipes above. Each water attachment ...
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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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How do I seal my shower escutcheon plate to prevent it from leaking?

I have a leak that's going from my upstairs bathroom tub/shower to my downstairs bathroom ceiling. The leak occurs only when someone is using the shower or tub. I had someone open up the ceiling and ...
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Need to push fridge back but don't want to squish water line

So I bought a new fridge that happens to be a little deeper than counter depth. After getting the fridge to our house, we realized that our cabinetry is designed for counter depth. We actually like ...
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How can I find a leak in underground plumbing?

We moved into a home a couple years ago that was 1600 sq ft from a 3700 sq ft home. We were shocked that the power bill here was about 30% more than the big house but I suspected a water leak ...
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Why does it take longer for the water in my kitchen to come on after the city worked on drains near my home?

The city recently "did some work" on one of the drains around the corner in my neighborhood. Ever since then, my hot and cold water in the kitchen is taking longer and longer to come on. Started at 5 ...
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Is a water pressure booster pump with an induction motor suitable for kitchen tap use?

The water pressure in my kitchen is too low to achieve a reasonable flow rate through the kitchen tap. For many years I have fitted a series of booster pumps which are activated when water is flowing ...
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How do I reroute my existing bathroom piping for a pedestal sink?

(Similar to this question here) I am renovating a bathroom, and I'd like to put a pedestal sink in, instead of a full sized vanity. The primary issue is I would have to move the drain pipe, it is a ...
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How can I improve the water pressure in my shower?

I recently purchased my first home. It has two bathrooms and the water pressure in both is less than ideal. What are some steps I can take to increase the pressure?
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Why is the water supply for my refrigerator not turning on?

I need to turn on the water supply for a new fridge that makes ice and water. I turned the valve behind the fridge to the on position but water is not coming out. I can not locate any other valve that ...
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How can I properly vent a basement toilet & shower using an AAV?

When we bought our house the plumbing drains for a basement bathroom were roughed in but they did not install any vent lines for them. We have the first floor plumbing draining into the main stack ...
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How high must a shower pan curb be?

Releated to: Building on top of 3/4'' plywood subfloor (link for impatient: http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2012/12/21/how-to-make-a-relatively-sweet-shower-cheap/) I would like to know how ...
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How do I diagnose and fix a toilet blockage

I have a toilet that makes a gurgling noise IF it flushes down. However, at times it will fill up when I flush the toilet and I will see something come up from the bathroom drain. I have tried putting ...
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Can I move my washer and dryer 10 feet to the right?

My basement is being renovated, and I'd like to have my washer and dryer moved about 10 feet to the right of their current location. They would still be against the same wall, just further down. The ...
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Another go-round on plumbing: hemp & paste

Chiming in from Athens, Greece, where hemp is still commonly in use in plumbing. Existing fitting is a flare nut captive on copper pipe. Prior installer had used several layers of hemp to pack ...
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What is the difference between swage fittings and compression fittings?

I'm having problems with seeing the difference between these two types of fittings that are used to connect metal/plastic tubing. How can you spot the difference?
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Why isn't this water softener shutoff valve configuration preventing water from running in my house

I recently was wondering how good my inherited water softener was performing so I bought some strips and tested the water in my house. The water was very hard, so I wanted to figure out what's up. The ...
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Why am I getting water scaling even with a softener installed?

I have a problem with higher levels of scaling around sinks and toilets and I'm wondering if someone can help. We recently purchased an older home (35 years old), which did not have a water softener ...
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Should I remove a broken piece of the pivot rod from the trap in my bathroom pedestal sink?

I have a pedestal sink in my bathroom and my horizontal pivot rod for the pop-up stopper broke. I was going to simply swap out the pivot rod, however, the short end that broke off fell down the drain ...
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Is this an appropriate drain design for adding a shower?

I recently took on the challenge of adding a shower to my existing downstairs bathroom. The bathroom is inside what used to be the garage so it is far away from any existing vents. After some demo, ...
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Where to locate p trap and venting in complicated washing machine installation? See sketch

I would like to add a washing machine (and dryer) to my split-level home so that I can rent out the basement below (which already has its own washer/dryer). I don't have the experience to do it ...