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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. ...
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What is the best way to cut this PVC line in a hot tub?

I am helping a buddy replace a filter housing, on which the lid threads have split off, in a hot tub. All of the piping is PVC. The inlet and outlet have fitting right up to the junction of the ...
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How can I lengthen my vent stack and are there any negative effects in doing so?

I have observed that when we receive a lot of snow here in Ontario, at least one of the drain vents on my roof is covered by snow. While after one winter in the house I have not yet observed any ...
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Does a plumbing vent need to penetrate the roof? (Can it penetrate a wall?)

We're going to move our washer/dryer to the garage (the front loader needs to sit on concrete to keep it from shaking our house to the ground). I'll need to add a washer drain to the garage for the ...
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Can I build a separate trap to drain my reverse osmosis system

I have a single sink with disposal on an island counter. The plumbing has two vent plugs and two drain connections. Can I use the second drain connection and build a second trap to install the reverse ...
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Are the resin beads inside old water softeners flammable?

Our old water softener just broke and released all the resin beads into our hot water heater. I've been draining it but a significant amount of beads went into the drain pan under the hot water ...
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What steps are needed before brazing attic a/c copper tubing with a leak?

Yesterday I discovered water stains on one of the air ducts in my house. I went up the attic and saw that a copper pipe cool to the touch which seems to be linked to the condenser? had a pin point ...
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Water leak from shower

I have a 2 handle shower. There is no water leak if I run the hot water alone. No leak when I run cold water alone. When I open both hot and cold water together, there is a water leak. Any thoughts? ...
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How can I fix a Moen faucet that is still leaking after replacing cartridge?

I had a leaky Moen faucet (Moen 4600) so I removed the old cartridge and replaced it with a new brass replacement cartridge (model 1200.) Since replacing the cartridge I now have a leak from the valve ...
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Can somebody identify this Moentrol valve?

I want to replace the cartridge for this valve because pulling the handle to turn on the water has become more and more difficult. I would like to figure out what cartridge I need to buy for this. ...
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Electric water heater overheating very quickly

We have an electric water heat that recently started heating the water to about boiling. We heard a loud pop one night, not sure if that has anything to do with it. So far we just replaced the ...
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Water seeping through where pipe exits slab foundation

OK, the backstory can be found in this previous questions: Repairing leaking DWV vertical 3" thin wall PVC. Basically, found mold growth behind baseboards of a powder bathroom adjoining the kitchen. ...
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Repairing leaking DWV vertical 3" thin wall PVC

While painting, my wife discovered some mold on top of the baseboards, and being curious I investigated. What I found pulling the baseboards is they were covered in black mold on the backside, as well ...
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Why is the rough plumbing for a urinal so expensive? [closed]

When I built my house 7 years ago, I had them rough in a drain in the basement bathroom for a future urinal (which is in now). After the fact, I found out this was like a $1500 addition. My brother ...
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New water heater sometimes cold, sometimes hot

I have a new electric water heater (a week old). It does not operate correctly. It took nearly 24 hours initially before there was any hot water. Then we had hot water for maybe half a day. Then cold ...
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Why does my newly installed fill valve hiss after flushing?

My old fill valve shot a geyser all over the floor when I lifted the tank lid, so I bought a replacement (PlumbPak Keeney 1B1X) at Lowes. I don't see any leaks, but when the float rises to the top, ...
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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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Tankless water heater beeps and causes power surge

We have a new tankless water heater. Every time we turn on water lights through out house flicker and water heater starts beeping. Any ideas on what causes this to happen??
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Vertical direction of thermal expansion tank

Does it matter whether a thermal expansion tank (for water heaters) is installed above the pipe it tees from (tank's threaded port pointing downwards) or if it's installed below so that it hangs from ...
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Do drain pipes (house to sewer) freeze?

My basement drain is backing up a bit recently. Before I call a plumber, or rent an electric sewer snake from Home Depot, can sewer pipes freeze? It is January after all (and my house is in Canada).
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How to fit a length of drainage PVC pipe between two existent fittings

I need to connect two lines of 100mm PVC that are about 1,5 meter apart, they are about 50 cm sloped from each other, so I tought about using two 45° elbows. See image below (black: existing fittings, ...
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Is “hissing” sound from a water main a good indication that water is in use?

I recently received a notification from my water department that they suspect I have a leak somewhere in my house. Apparently, the meter outside has a mechanism that goes off if water has been ...
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How to remove shower drain piece (grip from inside)?

I'm trying to unblock a shower drain. However the drain snake won't go far in, it hits solid bottom. I suspect the design is as in the diagram below, and will need to remove the second metal piece ...
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Can i use tubing for drain-water under my sink?

I have to change the dranage under my sink the pipe is in the way for some kitchen appliances. I can't find any pipes that would work for me, so i consider doing a fix using tubes. My plan is to the ...
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Is my outside sewer cleanout a straight line from my basement drain?

I'm trying to locate my sewer cleanout outside the house. Is it usually just a straight line from my basement drain hole?
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Are these small bubbles on the base of the toilet tank normal?

I just replaced the fill valve and flapper in my toilet. Everything looks fine but after a while I see that there are bubbles that accumulate around the flapper and the rubber washers in the toilet ...
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How to connect a dranage pipe to a pvc-pipe?

I'm trying to use soft pipe for the drain on my kitchen zink. The reason is that the current hard pipe is about .2 inches to long and blocks a washing machine I want to put in. I got hold of a ...
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Check Valve Or A Flapper Valve For My Sewer Drain

I live in a trailer, so my sewer line is above ground, with the clean-out plug between 12" & 18" above ground. During the cold winter in arkansas the toilet paper tends not to flow. Each trailer , ...
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Identifying valve in a flat

I would like to know what is this valve for? I'm guessing it may be water, is that right? The valve is located in a flat in the wall. side question Shall I move it from time to time so it doesn't ...
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Check Valve or Flapper For My Drain Line [duplicate]

I live in a trailer, so my sewer line is extends from the under the trailer to the drain below ground, with the clean-out plug between 12" & 18" above ground. During the cold winter in arkansas ...
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Connecting an Ice Maker hose directly to a tap

I'm struggling to find answers on here and from my searching, and my local DIY store didn't help much. My home is a new build, and the kitchen has a tap directly where the fridge goes... This is ...
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How do I repair or replace this fridge water line connector?

I had to take the doors off my refrigerator to move it through a doorway. I put everything back together, but the part (picture below) that connects the freezer door's water dispenser to the fridge's ...
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Gas Pilots going out

I have a unique problem with the gas pilots in my house. They all seem to be going out. One day I found both pilots in my fireplaces out. Didn't think much of it. I then found the pilot on my hot ...
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Can you branch off another water line source rather than a main line

finishing my laundry room in my basement and originally I just had a 1/2 hot and cold water line running to my laundry and I'm not adding a utility sink to my laundry room which will be in front of my ...
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How can I reposition a soldered copper 90-degree fitting

I have a 90 coming out of my wall in my utility room to turn the copper down the wall. I would like to swing it up as I have a taller softener. Do I need to disassemble and start over or might I ...
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What can I do about a toilet flange that is 1/4" below the finished floor?

I used two wax seals to set my toilet since the flange is 1/4" below the new tile. At first it seemed to be water tight but after a few flushes I noticed water seeping and pulled it out. As can be ...
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Installing washer/dryer combo in kitchen

Due to space constraints, I am planning to install 1 1/2 inch pvc piping through cabinetry to the sink tailpiece (with some type of tee) which will go straight down to the p-trap to the main kitchen ...
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How do I provide heating to a room without existing plumbing?

I have a house in the Republic of Ireland which has 2 rooms without heating. One is a Kitchen and the other is planned to be a 'breakfast' room. (all rooms are approx 5m x 3m) As can be ...
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Question about running new drain pipes in Laundry room

Hi I just framed out my laundry room in my basement and I'm looking to run add a utility sink and I need to add a drain line for both the washer and the utility sink though the utility sink is going ...
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Connecting condensate pump to sewer

My AC condensate pump currently pumps through a vinyl tube directly outside my house. However, I just replaced my broken home humidifier and realized that the previous one never had its drain properly ...
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How to connect kitchen sink PVC J pipe to flanged drain pipe?

How do I connect the PVC J pipe to the drain pipe in the kitchen sink? The drain pipe has a large flange on it. Because of the size of the flange, when using a flanged "top hat" washer, the nut ...
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Do I need to get professional water damage repair, or can I handle this?

We recently had a toilet overflow a bit. There was a small amount of waste in the water. The bathroom itself has tile floors, but the toilet is right next to a very thin wall. The room on the other ...
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Why does my gas water heater have two pairs of water connections?

Why does my gas water heater have hot and cold water connections on the top of the tank and another set on the side of the tank?
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Extend Clean Out Pipe and Fill Hole with Cement

I have a cleanup pipe in my basement that has access through a hole in the floor. The top of the clean pipe is about 6" below floor level. It seems that the bottom of the hole is just dirt. The ...
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How do I fix a leaky toilet that only leaks from underneath?

I am noticing some water spots on my concrete in my (unfinished) basement. When I look up for the cause of the water I can see water dripping around the hole that is used for the sewer pipe for the ...
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How to choose a kitchen faucet compatible with old sink and new counter top?

I need to replace my kitchen faucet which just broke. However, we're already planning to have a new counter top installed in about 3 months (I was hoping the old faucet would last). I want to buy a ...
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Setting freezeless valve in masonry

I need to set this freezeless valve through a layer of bricks/mortar. Should I set mortar directly around the pipe or should I leave some spacing and fill it with insulation foam (or something ...
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How to remove bottom portion of kitchen faucet

Trying to replace kitchen faucet due to leaks. Was able to remove the top faucet portion, but the connecting piece to the bottom of the faucet does not appear to want to come off. I took off the ...
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When to replace a toilet's wax ring?

I just bought a new house that was built three months ago. I unfortunately flushed something big down the toilet and had to take the toilet apart, turn it upside down, and fish it out. When I was ...
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Why isn't the toilet water refilling from under the rim?

So last night, my toilet clogged for the first time in the two years we've had it, and it clogged badly though I don't know why (without being too TMI, it was a normal #2). Hours of plunging didn't ...