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How do I look up a contractor's license status in Pennsylvania?

I've seen this question but it's a few years old and isn't specific to a state. I am past the inspection stage on a potential new house and the seller wants to use a certain plumber to do some ...
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Laundry room water heater is in my way! [closed]

Our laundry room shares space with the water heater and the current set up is driving me nuts. Our washer is next to the water heater and the outlet/vent for the dryer is against the opposite wall. So ...
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Remove old toe touch bathtub drain stopper with no screw

I have an old toe touch bathtub drain stopper that is stuck in the closed position and doesn't stop the water escaping either. I want to remove the stopper. I removed the cap the cap by pulling on ...
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Should you let PVC primer (purple) dry before applying cement?

Should you let PVC primer (purple) dry before applying cement or is it okay to apply cement over wet primer?
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Rust on copper pipe at strap

I have a few places on 1/2 copper water pipes in my basement that look rusted, right where a strap is. Should I be concerned enough about a leak to replace the line?
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Can I install a sink that drains into this floor drain?

I would like to install a sink in my basement but the only drain that is close to it is being used for the HVAC. Can I use this existing drain for the sink as well? This is roughly how the drain is ...
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How do I get the water pressure back?

I have what seems to be a strange, but hopefully easily solved problem. I have a Rheem Warrior series electric hot water heater in my mobile home. My husband is installing a new shower and we could ...
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Toilet tank slow to refill (bowl refills normally)…bad overflow tube?

This is definitely a conundrum: not even our local hardware store could figure this one out! So, here goes: We have a fairly new one-piece toilet in our guest bathroom that now takes forever to ...
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Very low water pressure in house

I have a single stored house with an overhead tank and a one inch pipe running down. In bath rooms this one inch pipe is reduced to half inch as all our bath room fittings come with .5 inch gauge. I ...
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What's the bracket used to fix a kitchen faucet called?

I've got a broken kitchen tap/faucet, and it's because there is a plastic bracket that fits under the sink that has broken. I need to know the name of it because I can't search for a replacement ...
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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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Shower head pipe recessed: what do I need?

I'm nearing completion of a bathroom remodel and just need to install the fixtures. I have not had to install a brand new shower head before and am unsure of what I need to complete this project. ...
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Water in kitchen sink smells

Started happening about 3 weeks ago. I have run the HOT water, put it in a glass and waited a couple of minutes: NO SMELL. I ran the cold water and put it in a glass and waited...NO SMELL I have a ...
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Water not reaching the overhead tank from mains pipe- flow ground to top to the overhead tank

The water flows from underground pipe when the water in main pipe is released to 1st floor of the building but not to the overhead tank which is on 5th floor. The pressure seems to be not building up ...
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Is any of this plumbing work a code violation?

I've repaired plenty of pre-existing plumbing, but don't know enough to put all new plumbing in a house, so I hired it out. Some of it it is fine, but I'm unhappy with the rest of it, and since I'm ...
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How do I fix a leak in a fiberglass water tank?

There is a small crack in the overhead water tank, about 6 inches by 1 inch. The tank is made up of fiber glass. Is there any chemical that can be used for filling the crack?
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What would cause air bubbles in the toilet when I'm showering?

My basement bathroom has recently been remodeled, everything was working fine for a few weeks, but now all of a sudden I am hearing bubbles in the toilet when I shower, at which point the shower drain ...
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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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Basement bathroom

Here is a mystery Ife asked a few people, and so far no real answer. I have three drain pipes sticking out of the slab in the basement. Each one is a different distance from the wall. Each one is ...
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How do I unscrew a broken aerator?

My bathroom faucet was spewing water at odd angles. The aerator was obviously old and plagued with mineral deposits. So I attempted to remove the aerator to clean/replace it. With WD-40 and vice ...
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What goes on threads first: tape or dope?

Should the dope be applied directly to the male threads or should the tape go on first?
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Is a P-Trap needed for dishwasher return line?

Currently my kitchen Plumbing is torn apart. I had new countertops installed and the plumber came today and said the top gas cap ((?) protecter from fumes I'm assuming) no longer fit and CUT it off. ...
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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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Is there a way to thaw a frozen pipe, if you can't access the pipe?

Big freeze, new house. Just found out the add-on bathroom was plumbed by amateurs, and the cold water supply froze. I don't have access to the frozen section of pipe (without major demo), so I can't ...
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How to fix a toilet that no longer swooshes when it is finished flushing?

We recently had our bathtub removed and a full shower installed. A city plumbing inspector did some work downstairs and since then whenever we flush our toilet it sounds as though it is flushing ...
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Toilet gurgling when another one is flushing: 6-way joint

I have 2 adjacent bathrooms, with toilets opposite of each other. I recently upgraded one older toiled that took a minute to flush with 3.5 gallons of water to 1.2 GPF model with "aquapiston" ...
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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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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 tee,...
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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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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 sink/...
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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, ...