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How can I support an already installed shower valve?

My shower valve was poorly installed. The pipes and valve were never secured or clamped to the surrounding framing. The valve rattles around in the wall and the cover plate has about a 1/2" gap ...
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Do I have to cover pipes under slab?

I'm adding a new toilet in basement and would like to know if the (drain) pipes that will be buried under the slab have to be covered with something else exept of the gravel (like wrapping them or ...
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How tight should threaded brass pipe fittings be?

I'm working with 3/4" brass fittings, which seem pretty robust. Some plumbing fittings should be only finger-tight. My friend said I should use 2 wrenches to make these as tight as I can, and then ...
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Drain snake cable fell out of spinner

I have a drain snake and the cable "fell out" of the container. I'm not sure if this means it is broken or if there is a way to reconnect it and push it back in. It is not an electric one , just a ...
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Ball valve left half opened

A plumber replaced my water heater last week and he left the main valve half opened. Is there any good reason for this or he just forgot about it? Is it safe to put it back fully opened as it was? ...
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Toilet Still Gurgling

Three months ago when we moved into our home, the toilet started gurgling so we had septic tank pumped, and drainline from house to septic cleaned out. Two months ago, happened again, so we tried a ...
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Plumbing rough-in pressure test PSI

My plumbing rough-in is done, and inspection was passed. Unfortunately, I had to move a couple of things the plumbers did. I probably had to redo about six crimps rings. Before I go any further, I'...
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Where can I connect RO drain saddle?

I'm trying to install an RO system and I have it 99% complete except the drain saddle. I don't see any room for me to install it. There's not enough space in the elbow and the vertical black pipe is ...
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I am trying to identify the brand of this bathtub faucet

I am wanting to replace this bathtub faucet without changing the plumbing behind the wall. I am assuming by identifying the brand/type of faucet already installed I could have success by getting ...
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What can I do about high pressure water noise?

I have for many years had loud noise that sounds like high pressure water rushing through the pipes. This happens whenever water is turned on in our villa and the duplex next door. The pressure ...
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How do I eliminate the “whooshing” sound of water running though pipes?

At every faucet and toilet in our house, when water is running, it creates a loud wooshing noise in the walls. I'm not sure how else to describe it, but it's like the normal "oh I can hear the sink or ...
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Green and white stuff on copper pipes

This is at my mom's house, an hour away. The valve in the first photo has a slow drip and I will be replacing it. The other photo (a union?) is one of a few spots that look similar but are not ...
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Is it ok to use a plunger on a basement toilet connected to a pump?

Our basement is below grade of the sewer line, so we have a pump to send waste to the sewer. The pump has a closed well in the floor of the mechanical room. The toilet in the basement is flushing ...
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Is this gas pipe installation OK?

My new home is under construction and I noticed the gas has been distributed to three places through a very tight and rough hand-dug hole. Yes, I have concern about potential gas leakage. Though we ...
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Can I move the main breaker box to inside a small bathroom?

This is very similar to the "electric box over sump" question. I'm finishing the basement, which includes upgrading the breaker box and moving it to a more suiting location. I would really like to ...
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How to seal around shower handle?

I just finished installing my shower escutcheon but am unsure of how to seal around the inner hole. Here's a picture There's a flimsy foam seal in there but I don't feel good about relying on that. ...
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Previous owner didn't get permits for remodel, am I now liable?

Location is Hillsboro, OR (suburb W of Portland). I'm considering purchasing a house that had significant remodeling done a few years ago (kitchen and bathrooms incl. plumbing). If the previous ...
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Effect of changing the size of a pipe

I've had a couple questions above the sizing of a pipe, but I'm still a little confused and can't find an easy answer. I'll use this image to get a representation of what I'm looking to have answered....
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How to flush all the water lines in your house

I live in a small (1-traffic-light) town in upstate NY. Some local village water officials accidentally cracked a water main (feeding water to the entire area) and so the Department of Health had to ...
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Is there a freezing-water-resistant metal pipe?

I want to install a water outlet on the outside of my house for gardening etc. Outside temperatures here in Latvia fall to -25°C sometimes, so I cannot use a common water pipe; it would burst when the ...
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Does using central heating increase water usage?

Its most likely a very trivial question but central heating systems aren't something i'm familiar with, I've had a good dig around on the internet and cannot find any reference that states that ...
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Did I damage this shower valve?

I'm in the process of installing fixtures for a shower and realized yesterday that I had made a mistake and needed to expand the opening around the single control valve. It's a Moen with an insertable ...
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Are toilets supposed to be caulked to the floor?

I've heard that in some cases toilets are supposed to be caulked to the floor. I replaced both toilets in the condo I moved into last week, and one was calked to the floor, and one was not. One ...
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How to turn off water to replace main shutoff on private well

My mother is on well water. Her main shutoff vale is quite old and nearly impossible to turn. I'd be comfortable replacing it (probably soldering a new one, or for sure a compression fitting) but don'...
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Do pressure reducing valves also function as check/one-way valves?

If installing a pressure reducing valve, is there any sense in installing a one-way check valve in series, or would it be redundant? (i.e. does the PRV also act as a one-way valve?)
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How to unscrew a broken washing machine filter cap?

The plastic cap on my washing machine filter was stuck so I applied a little too much force when unscrewing it and its handle broke. Any idea what tools to use to remove it? The washing machine is a ...
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Pipe blocking drywall placement

I'm new here I'm redoing my 2nd floor Bathroom and this is my first major project. when the plumber redid the plumbing in the wall (coming from 3rd floor and joining waste from 2nd floor bath and ...
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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 can I do about a spot of rotten floor where I need to put in one of my toilet bolts when replacing a wax ring?

I am replacing the wax ring on my toilet. I put one of the bolts in it's slot on the floor flange and it sunk in through the floor. The rest of the floor seems to be ok. It is in an older mobile home. ...
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water leak from ceiling

I'm Ahammed Sheriff from Oman. Here we have a building with 6 floors. On the basement floor of the building there is leakage on the ceiling. Is there any way to stop the leakage from the ceiling? ...
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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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Why is the water in my toilets orange?

My wife and I just moved in to a brand new house and have started to notice that the water in the toilets is an orange color, and is starting to leave stains in the bowl. After looking online briefly, ...
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Does this water pipe installation have problem?

I just bought a new home which is still under construction. Today I visited the home and noticed that the water pipe installation at one place seems awkward! It's on the main floor and actually the ...
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“Floor Flange” or something similar for 1/2 copper pipe

I'm running a water line for a refrigerator ice maker. Currently it seems like the cleanest way to do this will be to tap into a cold water line in the crawlspace under where the fridge goes and come ...
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How can I repair this detached kitchen sink pipe?

I noticed one of the two kitchen sinks is leaking--that's not really the right word. It's more like pouring. When I pour something down that drain it's like I might as well have just dumped whatever ...
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Drilling a hole in a toilet tank

I need to change or replace the left-hand flush to a right-hand flush, due to ADA. The toilet is about 15 years old and was manufactured in Turkey. I've pretty much have given up on locating a ...
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Removing the handle from this type of faucet/tap

I have this type of washing machine faucet/tap in my apartment. Any idea how to remove the handle? There isnt any screw on top(after removal of the sticker), by the side, or back of the handle. Is ...
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PVC to metal joint leaking

Some days ago I assembled the following joint using pipe dope (it is solvent based that semi hardens to a rubber like stuff). I waited 2 days to pressurise the system and after a few days it ...
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What can I do about a toilet flange that is 1/4" below the floor

My toilet leaks after i flush and doesn't seal properly at all…tried different kind of wax rings and aaah .. no solution ..cause leak and damage to downstairs ceiling ..better said it leaks and the ...
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What might cause water to leak under or behind a bathtub?

The floor in my bathroom is constantly wet after showers. House was built in 1970 and this bathroom is all original. From the yellow tile down to the linoleum. The shower curtain is sealed, the ...
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How can I split a shower head with this fitting?

I want to add a second shower head that splits off at the fitting for the current shower head (because my ceiling is low so I have to sit, and I want a shower head that sprays my lower body at the ...
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Fridge line to standard pipe

New fridge with 1/4 inch poly line. Unfortunately the connection at the water line is standard copper pipe (1/2 inch). Tried a few different compression adapters from the local hardware store, the ...
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Spigot/spicket replacement in tight quarters

I noticed that my spigot was leaking. It was only leaking out of the hole where the water normally comes out. I made the mistake of slightly tightening the packing nut without having another wrench to ...
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Should P trap be connected using Fernco coupling?

In the past, I have connected P traps just by cementing it to the wall stubout but recently have been thinking about portability in case the sink and its drain position changes. I find that, in that ...
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What is the minimum temperature to keep the hot water heater at? [duplicate]

Our hot water heater produces hot water, but not super hot, is there a minimum temperature I need to keep it at? I don’t like it when the hot water is scalding, but I want to be safe.
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How close can soldered and threaded joints be?

I would like to extend this pipe (outdoor sillcock) with copper by soldering a female adapter on the extending pipe and then putting this threaded male into it. Then, I would like to continue on from ...
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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?