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What is the “warm water method” of clearing a clogged toilet?

In this question the OP mentioned that, when having problems with blocked toilet, as his first attempt he tried warm water method. I would like to ask: What is warm water method? For which ...
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What problems could I check for with a low-pressure dishwasher pump?

I have a GE Potscrubber 850 dishwasher that is not washing dishes (no water comes out during cycle). Here is what I have tried: I cleaned out the float valve, and it appears to be functioning. I ...
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What is the “standard” height of a P trap?

I know that the height will vary based on how high the sink is mounted and how deep it is, but I'm trying to figure out how long of a run I can make for my sink.
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How long can a sink drain be?

I've read that the rule is 1/4" per foot of drain line. From what I know, the rule is based on the height of the P-trap to where you tie in. What part of the P-trap do you measure from? How low can ...
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How can I install a sink/dishwasher in basement?

I am looking to finish my basement and as part of the renovation, I'd like to install a bar complete with a sink and dishwasher (and beer taps of course). Attached (once I get enough rep) is a ...
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What damage may a bad condensor on a well-pump do?

Yet another follow-up to How does one determine whether a waterlogged High HP pump is electrically OK to use? The pump is out now. The screws on the housing being jammed/rusted tight, I've applied ...
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Easy way to seal an old plumbing vent

I plan on buying a house but it has this cleanout and old vent for the plumbing in the basement. Whoever renovated the basement disconnected the vent and just let air flow into the basement. Is ...
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What techniques can be used to buff a stainless steel sink?

Hypothetically, say I was too aggressive using a bucket in a new stainless steel sink. Hypothetically, say the sink now has some scratches. I used an oxalic acid based cleanser (Bar Keepers ...
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What are the different ways to dry the winding of a water-logged pump?

A follow-up to How does one determine whether a waterlogged High HP pump is electrically OK to use? Several sites on the internet indicate it may be possible to dry the windings on a waterlogged ...
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How does one determine whether a waterlogged High HP pump is electrically OK to use?

A high power pump (the mechanic said it is a 0.75HP induction motor) is mounted on the old well using those huge bolts driven through the stone. During the recent rains the grounds were water-logged, ...
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Flushable kitty litter…should I flush it or is it bad for my plumbing?

I rent an apartment in California. I flush my kitty litter because it is flushable. Is flushing kitty litter not good for your plumbing even though the litter was designed to be flushed down the ...
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How can I fill a small gap in a sink drain pipe?

I'm replacing a bathroom sink. I messed up (long story, I already forgot the ugly details) by grinding out the piece that the P trap slides into, messing up the threads on the inside of the pipe ...
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Master Shower Won't Get Hot Unless Another Faucet is Turned On

We have a brand new gas & electric water heater. Purchased in 2013. For some reason, when we turn on the hot water in the master shower, it only gets lukewarm unless one of the sink faucets is ...
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Pipe threading tool for 15mm galvanised pipe

My local hardware store stocks 15mm diameter galvanised pipe fittings and lengths of galvanised pipe with threaded ends. The annoying thing is they charge $7 for a 100mm length of pipe but $16 for a ...
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Can the discharge of the water powered backup sump pump be connected to the discharge of the primary sump pump?

When installing a water powered back-up sump pump can the discharge of the water-powered back-up sump pump be connected by a Y to the discharge of the primary sump pump? I read that it shouldn't ...
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How to install shower 'S' pipe

I want to raise my shower head a few inches. It seems a common solution is an 'S' pipe such as this one. But when tightening this pipe on the wall, how do you ensure that it stays perfectly vertical? ...
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Should plumber's putty be placed on the sink or on the flange during a flange install?

I have seen this done both ways. I put my plumber's putty on the sink in a circle that meets the bottom of the sink or top of the ring. I have seen others attach the putty to the underside of the ...
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How can I remove a temperature and pressure relief valve that seems to be stuck?

I have a hot water heater relief valve that is leaking heavily. The water heater manual states I should replace the valve (which is OK by me). Unfortunately, I am not able to remove the valve as it ...
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What is the “required” amount when using Plumber's Putty

I have a new stainless steel sink and installed a Kohler sink flange following their package instructions. The instructions for putty only stipulated "apply a ring of putty." However, subsequently, I ...
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Why does cold water comes out faster when the hot water is turned off?

I had my bathroom refurbished a while ago. Ever since, when I have my kitchen taps (downstairs) both hot and cold on fully, then turn off the hot tap, cold comes out much faster. Any clues as to ...
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Why would turning off a sink faucet stop the shower?

We observed a really weird behavior this morning. While showering, if any sink faucet is turned on anywhere in the house, the shower continues without any problem. However, when that sink is turned ...
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Is it OK for air conditioning condensation to drip right next to the house?

Our house has a 3/4" PVC pipe coming out the side which drains condensation from the central air conditioning. It drips at what seems like a normal rate. Taking a wild guess, I'd say a gallon per day. ...
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Why does it take longer for the water in my kitchen to come on after the city worked on drains near my home?

The city recently "did some work" on one of the drains around the corner in my neighborhood. Ever since then, my hot and cold water in the kitchen is taking longer and longer to come on. Started at 5 ...
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What temperature should I set my hot water heater to?

When adjusting my hot water heater, what temperature should I set it to? Is the answer different if you have: Concerns about diseases A dishwasher Young children or elderly that can be easily burned ...
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How can I trace the path of plumbing lines inside walls without cutting holes?

I am looking to install a shutoff valve for an outdoor faucet, and to do that, I need to locate the pipe leading to that faucet. I tried to trace it by listening for the hissing sound when the water ...
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Pulsing water with PEX tubing?

Our home is plumbed with PEX tubing, from what I can tell. When summer started, the shower started running hotter, so we turned down the shower lower and lower. But when we reached a certain place ...
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Sewage? Or is my dog just farting?

Periodically, I am encountering a very sulfurous smell in my house (1945 construction, interior completely remodeled/renovated in 2012). It smells strongly of sewage. The smell is strongest in the ...
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What is the maximum number of load bearing studs in a row that can be notched?

I'm trying to install a new utility sink and washer hookup in my garage and am trying to plan how I'm going to run the copper supply lines. The most direct path I can think of is to notch probably 5 ...
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What is the difference between swage fittings and compression fittings?

I'm having problems with seeing the difference between these two types of fittings that are used to connect metal/plastic tubing. How can you spot the difference?
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What type of faucet is this?

I cannot for the life of me figure out what kind of faucet this is. I need to replace the stems as they are leaking but without knowing the brand I am stumped!
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Is there a better way to join two corrugated pipes?

I've got two pipes from my dishwasher underneath my sink that are for the water that drains out of it. The pipe join has recently started leaking. The join is shown in the picture below and my ...
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How do I vent a floor drain and toilet sharing a common drain on the second floor?

Can the upper portion of a sanitary tee installed vertically in the stack be used as a vent if both a floor drain and toilet enter it at the same level through a common drain (wye) and there are no ...
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How to tell when a plumbing fitting is tightened correctly?

I replaced the supply valve on my bathroom sink with this ¼-turn angle valve. Both valves (hot and cold) are leaking about 1 drop every few seconds at the valve's input. I got them hand ...
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What's the best way to replace this sink supply line?

When removing a pedestal sink to put tile underneath, I busted one of the supply lines. I know I can get a flexible mesh supply line at the store, but I don't see any threaded connection on my wall ...
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How can I install a washing machine in the kitchen?

i am looking to install only a washing machine (no drier) in my condo under the counter in the kitchen. my brother tried to install it for me but some plumbers advised him not to just hook it up ...
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What could be causing my hot water pipe to rattle?

We have 3/4" CPVC running into our addition that when the hot water turns on it takes a long to heat up (granted it has to travel fairly far), and as it heats up the pipe rattles (sounds a little ...
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What is the purpose of this pole in my garage?

Why is there a three inch pipe filled with concrete sticking out of my garage floor? We've ruled out the obvious explanations: missle launcher, coffee table, NSA listening post, and Mario shortcut. ...
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Why isn't my sump pump kicking on?

My sump pump is not kicking on and has water standing. The water also seems to have oil in it. Don't know what that is from but I don't want it to flood my basement. What should I do?
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How do I repair my cracked shower pan?

My shower pan, made of gel-coated fiber glass, has three cracks, as shown in the photo below. The cracks radiate fairly straight from the drain in the center at twelve, four, and eight o'clock. (All ...
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How should I drain water from a basement dehumidifier?

Our basement has had difficulty with water in the past, from intrusions through the side (fixed by gutters) and chimneys (fixed by chimney caps). Most recently, however, water has been collecting on ...
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How do I troubleshoot a washing machine that uses hot water on cold settings?

We recently moved a 5 year old washer to a new home, connecting hot to hot and cold to cold. After a wash cycle completes, the clothes are hot. I verified teh hose connections. By opening/closing the ...
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How can I run plumbing from house to a nearby new office 1.5m away?

I am building a new office next to the house; it is about 1.5m away. I need to run, from the house's upstairs bathroom, 1 hot, 1 cold, and radiator with return (all of which I believe are 28mm to ...
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Do I have to bury PVC pipe if used outdoors?

I will be installing a hose spigot in a lower patio area that, till now, has had to have several lengths of hose to provide water for some potted plants. There is an existing spigot on a 3/4" copper ...
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What causes tub drain to gurgle when toilet flushed?

Recently, the drain in my second floor tub makes a gurgling sound when I flush the toilet, which is located right next to the tub. They are obviously on the same drain line. I know that there is a ...
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How do I flush and pressure-test a PEX system?

I have all the information on how to install the PEX plumbing system, but nothing on how to flush it or how to pressure test the PEX system. Can someone help?
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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 killed my kitchen faucet pressure?

I have a one-handle "Marielle" model Pfister kitchen faucet diagrammed here. It leaked, so I replaced the cartridge, which solved the problem. A few weeks later, I happened to drain my hot water ...
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How do I diagnose and fix an electric water heater leak?

I have an Electric Water Heater, seemingly leaking from the top of the tank. The "wells" on top are filling up with water. There are no noticeable leaks from the pipes above. Each water attachment ...
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Should I add a second main branch to this water supply layout?

This image roughly represents the layout of a renovation house that I am working on. Due to a few layout changes and the plumbing nightmare that I inherited (a maze of piping, inaccessible shut-off ...
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Why is my water heater leaking?

Last night after I took a shower, I heard water still running and I saw that it was leaking from the bottom of the heater. I shut off the hot water and it still wouldn't stop, so I turned the water ...