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Why would you use copper over CPVC or PEX?

Are there any advantages to using copper rather than CPVC or PEX?
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Fix a copper pipe leak

I have a copper T joint that is leaking on one side, what is the best way to repair this joint that does not involve cutting the joint out and starting over? -- Update -- The pipe in question is for ...
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PEX sizing for full laundry group and full bath group

I am adding a clothes washer and laundry tub to the supply lines to a bathroom group. Based on this terrific post, it looks like I can supply it all with four 1/2-in PEX lines (two hot, two cold). ...
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Water being dumped into street from basement?

(in western new york) We have a sump pump, something called a bubbler which is a sealed 2-3 inch pvc pipe coming out in the landscaping (sealed with a twist on cap) and a 2-3 inch pvc pipe coming out ...
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Do brass ball valves have to be oriented with the flow of water?

I bought this brass ball valve from Home Depot and installed it in the orientation of what I would consider "backwards". I'm not sure if it actually matters and before I close up the wall I would like ...
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Hydraulic Calculation

How to do the hydraulic calculation for a water supply system that will serve the toilet and sinks in first floor and ground floor using a booster pump installed at ground level 50 meters away from ...
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Can I move this drain line from the wall to the floor?

Here is my kitchen sink drain configuration: (The horizontal run after the trap is actually pitched correctly, not as drawn.) The portions inside the wall are galvanized steel pipe. Under the sink, ...
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Do I need a separate vent stack for my kitchen sink?

The drain line from my kitchen sink drops down through the basement, into the basement floor (Concrete), and I assume under the floor to the main sewer line. The sink tends to drain slowly. Should I ...
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Can vent plumbing be behind a double wye?

I am trying to figure out how to lay out my basement plumbing, and I wanted to use a double wye to connect my shower, toilet, and sink to the existing waste system in the house. My question is, am I ...
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How can I build my own water aeration system for radon mitigation?

My house has a well. The well pumps water into a pressure tank in my basement. The pressure tank sends the water through a small whole-house filter and into the plumbing. I have high radon levels in ...
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How can I install a frost-free outdoor faucet with very little space?

On one side of my house, the previous owner frequently forgot to shut off the outdoor water during the winter. Given that my house is in Minnesota, it gets cold during the winter, and he had to ...
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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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Why does my shower switch keep burning out?

I have a Mira Shower 10.8 kW. My switch is a 45A switch. I have a 50A fuse for the shower. The shower uses 10mm2 cable. 9 months ago the switch sparked and refused to turn off and the fuse ...
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Raising porch floor to accommodate plumbing and keep first floor all one level

I have a question whether or not building a floor on top of concrete is a viable option to insert plumbing underneath for a half bath. I am looking to finish a small porch off of my kitchen and turn ...
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What are the steps to troubleshoot no hot water coming out of just one faucet?

Its been cold lately. Cold as its been at any time so far this winter. I came downstairs to turn on the kitchen sink and while cold water came out, when I turned on just hot water, no water came out. ...
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kitchen falcet over pressurized when you turn on

When turn on water it comes out at first with so much force it will knock cup out of your hand then its normal after using but let it not be used for awhile and happens all over again
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How do I “fix” a bad sweat (solder) joint?

I tried soldering some 1/2" copper (to make something like this) and some of my joints are horrible. I tested it with water and some of the joints leak. What is the best way to fix the joints? ...
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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 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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What is this mysterious odor from the kitchen sink and how do I fix it?

The kitchen sink in our home has recently been producing an odd aroma - depending on the day, it's a mix of boiled eggs, sulphur, brackish water, or old food. What we have tried garbage disposal ...
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How to remove turn-style tub overflow cover?

I've tried looking all over for a solution, but I've yet to find a solution that matches my situation. The cover I have (I think) is supposed to turn so the hole is downwards so you can remove the ...
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Is there a way to get hot water without altering plumbing or electrical wiring too much?

Is there a way (other than collecting water and heating it on the stove ) to get hot/warm water from the tap without having to alter existing plumbing or electrical wiring ?
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How to tighten this kitchen sink faucet?

I have an unknown model of kitchen faucet, with two problems. The handle is loose, i.e. it has a lot of play before it starts adjusting the flow. The pull-out sprayer hose doesn't seat properly ...
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How do I fix a leak at a decommissioned saddle-valve?

Water is dripping, about a drop every other second, out of the end of this thing. what is it? why is it dripping? can I fix it myself?
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Plumbing alteration has created vacuum in upstairs toilets

Prior to my bathroom remodel, I had a toilet flange moved in my basement to a standard 12" rough-in, since the toilet was about 5" off the wall and looked silly. The problem I have now is a vacuum in ...
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Can I drill a 3 1/2" hole through 5 joists?

I need to move a toilet to the other side of room approx. 6 ft I will have to drill a 3.5 in hole for the waste line in 5 floor joist on the second floor. Can I double them and still drill the 3.5 in ...
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What type of hose do I need to replace a pull out faucet?

The flexible line on my kitchen faucet seems to be leaking and plumbing is not my strong point! The faucet is an american standard (not sure the model). I'm wondering what type of hose to get for a ...
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What should we look for when buying a fixer-upper house?

My fiance and I are considering buying a fixer-upper house rather than an apartment when we get married. Obviously things like location, neighbors etc. are important, but; what should we be looking ...
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How can I mount K-728 diverter valve without any clearance behind it?

I have a 2x4 wall which doesn't allow for much room (maybe 1/4") behind the diverter valve. I do not want to extend the wall outward into the shower as that would be a headache. How can I secure the ...
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When the heating system plumbing can't be installed inside the wall?

I have recently moved to Sweden (from Brazil). My husband and I have been rebuilding some parts of the house in Sweden. We have hired a company for the work, but I'm surprised with the solution of ...
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How do I connect braided under sink hose to 3/8 inch RO plastic tubing?

I can't figure out how to hook up the incoming water to my reverse osmosis system. I want to tap off the braided hose here, and use a quick fit for the plastic tubing but have searched and ordered two ...
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Squealing noise coming from the plumbing throughout our townhouse unit

There is a loud squealing noise coming from my plumbing when i turn on the water. It seemed like it was coming from my downstairs toilet. I happened to mention it to the neighbor in the townhouse to ...
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Why isn't my Fluidmaster installation working correctly?

I have tried two brand new fluidmaster toilet valves. It is very inconsistent. Sometimes it doesn't allow the tank to fill, sometimes the floater does not engage causing perpetual flowing of water, ...
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Why is my new kitchen faucet banging?

Just had new kitchen faucet installed. When water is turned on I get an annoying banging noise and sprayer jumps around. Seems there is too much pressure in the sprayer - the pressure in the main ...
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Should a water distribution manifold consist of a circular loop?

I'm replacing the copper in my house with PEX tubing and I'd like to set up my new utility room with hot water and cold water manifolds. Each connection on the manifold would then lead to either hot ...
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Hot Water Pipes in Multistory House

The short version of this question is how can I reduce or eliminate the noise my plumbing makes when I run hot water in the two bathrooms on the 2nd floor? Background: 20 year old two story house ...
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Why does my furnace drip bucket fill up so frequently?

We have an oil furnace that heats the house using a two-zone hot-water circuit, and also acts as an on-demand hot water heater. There is a pipe coming off the collection of pipes coming out of it that ...
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How can I install a tub over this tub box?

In our unfinished basement, we have a roughed-in bath. I can see a water closet exit, a sink exit, and a tub exit. The tub exit is covered by this product: ...
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Basement Bathroom Rough-In Configuration

I'm investigating if I can use an existing basement bathroom rough-in as is. To date, everyone I've asked has said the concrete needs to be broken up and the plumbing re-arranged. I think the tub ...
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Backup sump pump discharge too big

After living in a house for a year, I noticed my backup sump pump discharge pipe is 1 1/2", but then changes to 2" before it goes outside. It changes to 2" about 2/3 up the vertical section. The ...
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What tool is used for this tight plumbing situation?

Our tub drain is severely plugged. Cannot get a snake down into it. Our crawlspace is only about 18" tall (WHY?!?), and due to both the confined space and the angle we cannot leverage the wrench in ...
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What is the purpose of this piece of a toilet fill valve?

I was replacing a toilet fill valve last night, and after it was all done, I noticed the following item sitting in the basin I had placed underneath: It looks unused, so I'm assuming it fell out of ...
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Why does my bathroom shower have too much water pressure?

I have the same shower head, nothing has changed except the pressure. It sprays so hard that it hurts, and in 10 minutes the hot water is almost gone. What can I do to fix this?
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What the heck is this pipe?

I removed the drywall in my utility room to inspect the plumbing and found a mystery pipe. I have no idea what it's for or what it is. Can anyone help me identify this thing's current or former ...
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How can I connect a CPVC pipe to a chrome fitting for a toilet?

So I ran some CPVC pipe to a new toilet. I'm curious about the last hook up to the toilet. I got a threaded female chrome to thread on a male cpvc fitting, but it seems like the threads won't fit ...
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how to flush sediment out of my water pipes

I have no water pressure in any of my water sources. when i first turned them on rust and thick nasty stuff came out. how do i flush them out without replacing the faucet themselves? I already tried ...
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What can soak up moisture from a closed space

I have a really weird problem. I have a bedroom wall where the paint kept bubbling and peeling off. I have re-textured and painted it several times. I finally ripped all the drywall off and ...
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What could be causing low pressure in my new faucet, a Moen 87690SRS?

UPDATE: This ended up being a known issue with this model's diverter. They are sending a replacement part. I've a newly installed Moen 87690SRS faucet whose pressure is really low compared to the ...
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What is the proper procedure for replacing rusted toilet anchor bolts?

I have a 1.6 gallon American Standard toilet that rocks a little from side to side. Upon closer examination, it looks like at least 1 (or both) of the anchor bolts are loose (they had corroded ...
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How can I stop my fluidmaster pump from opening when I open the water in my bathroom sink?

My fluidmaster pump in my toilet opens up sometimes when I open the water in my bathroom sink.