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Why does my main water supply go down into the foundation?

The main water supply in our house comes up out of the foundation then sends cold water in four directions--the bathroom, the kitchen, the water heater, and back into the foundation. I know why we ...
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House has no plumbing vent — is this a solution?

I've been living in a fixer-upper for a while... I've been fixing a lot that was previously done wrong. I've finally gotten around to ripping out our first floor bathroom (two full bathrooms) and I'...
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One of our toilets refills VERY slowly - takes 15-20 minutes after flushing.

Note: Like another user's query, our bowl fills okay, but the tank refills very slowly - takes 15-20 minutes. We can't detect any leaks. I've adjusted the water valve. I've put a brick in the tank to ...
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1 nest to control all vales on UFH manifold?

We are having an extension done and intend on having all underfloor heating in the new area. Currently we have a valiant combi boiler supplying the main house which has been T'd off with a valve for ...
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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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what is the brand of this sink faucet?

enter image description hereOne of my sink faucets in my bathroom is leaking and I decide to fix it. I can uninstall the handle using allen wrench but then don't know how to find the O-ring or ...
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How to raise trap height for new vanity

We are installing a new taller vanity. The opening cut into the rear by the manufacturer is higher than the existing wall connection and trap. To get the vanity to fit against the wall, I need to do a ...
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Pipes rattle while water is flowing

Recently, the water pipes in our house started vibrating quite loudly when water is flowing. It doesn't matter whether it is the toilet flushing, a shower running, the washing machine or dishwasher, ...
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Why is my sewage ejector pump running so long?

I have a bathroom in the basement. The sewage collects in a pit with an ejector pump and is then pumped up to a pipe which feeds into the main sewage pipe that goes out of the house (see diagram). ...
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scalding hot water in some apts in a 90 unit building

We have a 92 unit building that recently approximately 10 units , all in the same line are experiencing scalding hot water from their cold water faucet in their sink, toilet bowl , washing machine and ...
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Water pump pliers or pipe wrench with PVC pipe?

Which one is the correct tool? The task at hand is connecting PVC adaptors (male brass threads on one end, PVC/CPVC fitting to receive glue on the other) to valves with brass (?) bodies.
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Whistling Noise after shut off

Both faucets and toilet have whistling noises just as I shut off the valves or the toilet finishes flushing. I don't hear it in any other part of the house. Any ideas? It just started a week ago. ...
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How can I get rid of the knocking sound behind my wall when I turn any tap in the house on or off?

When we turn any of our taps on or off it creates a set pattern of three knocks behind the main bedroom wall. We have a steel framed house. How can we eliminate this sound?
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Pre-made rain cap for plumbing vent? (Preventing rust-through of galvanized pipe in the walls)

Are pre-made rain caps made for plumbing waste vents? My house was built 1938 with galvanized DWV pipes which have a series of elbows before reaching the roof. All such elbows retain a certain amount ...
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Unable to unscrew sink valve that was covered in deposits

My faucet has been dripping a bit, so I decided to replace the valves. I finally got the escutcheon off, which required a rubber gripping pad, and the whole thing was covered in mineral deposits. I ...
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Blockage in bendy pipe

I have a problematic pipe that has a blockage. Problematic for three reasons: I could not snake through it (I have a 25 feet snake with a manual spin, spent a good while spinning trying to snake ...
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What is this device and what is wrong with it?

I have this device in my basement that is hooked up to the water system. I have no idea what it does or even if it works. Why is it covered in that stuff? Sorry for the quality of the last ...
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No water flow after closing and reopening shutoff valve

My faucet was in need of attention so went below the sink, shut off the valves, unscrewed the supply lines, cleaned the faucet put everything back and now the water won't turn back on at the valves. ...
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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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How to change a stem tied in series to main water line?

This building was put up in the 1940's and we have an unusual layout in the bathroom. I am seeing two sets of Gerber hardware (the kind used on tubs) in the bathroom. One set is on the tub and the ...
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How to seal bath spout nipple?

Our bath spout wasn't producing any water, so I took it off to take a look. Turns out there was a lot of grit in the little mesh filter in it - totally blocked. I cleaned it out, and now we have water....
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I cannot remove stopper & rocker-arm assembly completely from bathtub drain

Despite the position of the overflow lever, I cannot remove the articulating assembly entirely. In the past if I messed with it enough it would slide out. What am I doing wrong this time? Obviously I'...
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Outside drain - how to replace this grate?

I'm planning to redo a back entrance into the REO house I bought. There is this drain: see images which seems like it had a grate on it initially but was broken out? It's hard to read - but it ...
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How best to cut & tie into cast iron pipe

I have a 2" section of ductile cast iron pipe that's in the way of a framing repair job. This pipe needs to move. The cast iron dates to the original construction, 1938. As was customary at the time, ...
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How to limit bathroom shower water usage by time?

I have a teenage daughter whose showers are getting longer all the time and I am getting tired of fighting with her about taking all the hot water. Therefore, my question is about installing a device ...
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Trying to fix a leaky faucet, structure was not I expected after removing the knobs

My faucet has been dripping very slightly, so I decided to try fixing it. I watched a couple of videos, and it seemed like the task would be fairly easy. I removed the top of my handles, and what I ...
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tying into a existing stack for second floor bathroom

I wish to install a second story 1/2 bath which requires me to tap into the existing stack or install a new one. First part of question is how close does rthe existing stack have to be to hook up to. ...
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Toilet too close to wall

I have a toilet that is too close to the sidewall. It is a slab foundation. What are my options for fixing this without ripping up the floor? I thought orginally an offset toilet flange but I need ...
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What is this plumbing “temperature regulator” called, and how do I adjust it?

I was told the below restricts/governs how much hot water can make it to my tub/shower. I'd like to know what it's called, and how I can adjust it to get hotter water. I'm attempting to twist the "...
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Easiest way to attach this HDX inline filter to replace my American Plumber WICA inline filter

I threw out this American Plimber inline filter: [] [] It was over a decade old, and yes I can replace it, but I'd rather use this HDX one: [ [ I have a torch and a hacksaw. I have plenty of slack ...
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Laundry drain through Phoenix attic

So I just moved to a new single-story home in Phoenix, AZ from central Pennsylvania. Currently the washer and dryer are located in a closet in the kitchen, right beside the main plumbing stack (...
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Toilet paper clogging the toilet

We have quite an old toilet in our house and every time toilet paper is flushed down it completely clogs, it can be a little or a lot of toilet paper. It doesn't do this with anything else, just ...
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Use a Steam Dryer hose for washer fill hose?

I need to install a washer in a tight space that requires a 90 degree angle connection for water hoses. Unfortunately all my local H/W stores don't carry this item, they only have straight connections ...
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Options for fixing leaking polybutylene water service line

The water service line going to our house is leaking. The leak is originating from our lawn down to the street. The plumbers who have looked at it are saying that our pipe is made of polybutylene, ...
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Problem with new Rain Shower

Just replaced mixing valve and installed new rain head with hand held shower. Now I have a constant cold water leak.
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How to plumb a washing machine 30 ft from the waste stack?

I would like to install a washing machine in my basement, about 30 feet from the main waste stack. The stack is fully accessible and already has a capped 2" port about 8" above the concrete floor. ...
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What is this garage pipe contraption and can I use it to shut down outside water?

I'm actually asking because I was searching my garage for some way to turn off external water for the winter and this was the closest thing that I could find. Unfortunately I have no idea what it does ...
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Washer stand pipe and floor drain question

I imagine this is a common setup. My questions concern how the standpipe and the floor drain are trapped and connected to the sewer line. Can I know with any certain how these are connected under the ...
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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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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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Running PEX lines

My floor joists do have pre-cut knockouts - however the joists are not all lined up so the holes vary. I need to run a few lines perpendicular to my joists. I am thinking about drilling holes near ...
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Mortar in my shower

Can I use muriatic acid to get mortar in my shower drain I got mortar in drain while doing my shower. Help me. Someone said that muriatic acid eats it up.???? Lol
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How do I remove or cut a sewer pipe at edge of our basement slab?

What's the best way to remove the unused sewer / storm-drain pipe in the attached picture? It's coming up through the edge of our basement slab where it meets the foundation wall? We want to remove ...
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DWV insert pipe into run

I would like to insert some short lengths of 3" copper into a DWV main line that is made of PVC. I will be wrapping soft copper around these short lengths and running the cold water feed for the ...
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Mini Split condensate pump to condensate drain

I'm working out the details of my Mini split. I know by code I have to have it connected to a 3/4" condensate line going outside. The Mini Split's air handler is located on an inside room where I'm ...
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Can my water heater's relief valve discharge line and drain pan line merge into a common pipe?

Currently, I only have a T&P relief discharge line that runs down to just above the pedestal and out through the exterior wall. I would like to install a drain pan under the water heater. I want ...
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Do I have to periodically pour water down my basement floor drain to maintain the p-trap water seal?

There is a sewer smell coming from my basement. There are only a couple entries to the sewer in the basement: A laundry sink that acts as the drain for a water softener (which regenerates every few ...
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What prevents overflow in this system? [closed]

I recently looked at this cooling system in a research lab. The heat exchanger (with chilled water hook-ups, not shown) pumps fluid over a wall to a heat load. A transparent hose is attached to ...
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How do I get the top off this tap?

My kitchen tap has a ball joint at the top, which has sprung a small but steady leak - water drizzles out when the tap is turned off. I presume the problem is either down to a perished rubber seal ...
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Toilet supply line leaking at toilet connection

I turned off the water supply valve to my toilet (a push-pull type with the supply line crimped on) and disconnected the water supply line from the toilet (the other side does not come off apparently ...