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Replacing water shut off valve

I'm looking to replace a stop and waste valve in my basement. I watched a video on this old house (my bible, at this point) and I found a quick shut off valve to replace it, with compression seals (to ...
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How to drill a hole safely?

A friend of mine rented a new apartment and asked me to help with some shelves. We will need to drill some holes for screwing the shelves. One of the places has a electrical socket near by and the ...
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Max pressure I can set my well to?

I am new to having a well and the pressure in our house is OK, but not incredible. The well sits about 100 ft. from the house. We have 2 20 Gallon pressure tanks next to the pump. The pressure switch ...
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Unusual tub leak

OK, this one has been driving me nuts for a while now. I have a shower/tub on the second floor that leaks down on to the first floor. It only happens with showers, not baths. It takes about 5-10 ...
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Inside water valve

I turned off the inside water valve to my outside spigot but when I open the outside spigot the water still comes out like the valve isn't shut off. Do I need a new valve inside? The house is only ...
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Bathroom faucet

The stream on the cold water faucet in my bathroom has become weaker and weaker, now just a thread of cold water runs out. The hot water is fine. They are separate faucets and handles. Could it be ...
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How to maintain a Saniflo waste water macerator pump?

A few years back, I installed a Saniflo pump to service a basement toilet + shower. Putting it in was a lot of fun, but I've always been worried about having it break. So every once in a while I try ...
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Level of demo required for extending existing gas lines?

I'm considering converting a faux fireplace to a working one with one of those self-contained gas units. For the gas lines I'm going to have professional do it, but wanted to get some advice on how ...
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how water cylinder + leaking overflow + dripping not flowing

I had a leaking overflow pipe from my hot water cylinder. I had the pressure relief valve replaced(?), the valve that takes the mains pressure and reduces the pressure before feeding it into mains ...
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Can a tiny leak get worse?

I replaced my shower arm with one that has a universal 1/2" male end so I could install a Culligan water filter showerhead. I did a fair amount of research beforehand and made sure to teflon tape the ...
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What's the right way to clear a vent pipe?

There have been a number of answers pointing out that draining problems may be a blocked vent pipe rather than a clog in the drain per se. But I don't think there's been a clear answer on whether ...
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Why does the bathtub hot water tap continually leak?

Even though the plumber has changed everything; including the seats, after a short while the hot tap starts to leak again. It has been changed three times in the past year. Still leaking again.
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What type of pipe joint is this, and how do I repair it?

The plastic pipe under my kitchen sink is leaking. This top pipe seems to simply be resting on the bottom section. Is this how it is supposed to be? I can freely pull the pipes apart with a little bit ...
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Are hydronic systems set up as loops or ladders, and how can I tell the difference?

My hydronic system has a loop (or ladder) that visits baseboard radiators on four floors. All piping is hidden in the walls. On the attached diagram, squares are windows, red is baseboard ...
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How can I find replacement dishwasher parts?

We just got a second hand dishwasher but there is a piece missing in the aqua lock water inlet (think that's what its called) that causes leaking. This missing piece looks like a filter with a black ...
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Low water pressure in both kitchen lines -

First some background; our house was built in '56 and has galvanized pipe Hot water heater is almost two years old We finished remodeling our kitchen last July and installed a new sink and faucet ...
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Protecting CSST Through Studs - Are there no off-the-shelf solutions?

I am having a hard time meeting the protection requirements outlined in the manufacturer's specifications. I'm installing HomeFlex CSST in California - California's plumbing code defers to the ...
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Can I install thermostatic radiator valves on a hydronic heating system?

My house has three hydronic heatin loops; two are shaped like a ladder. The baseboard radiators are plumbed with type M copper pipe. I'm thinking about installing thermostatic radiator valves on the ...
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Should I replace a kinked hot water supply pipe?

I recently put a kink in this hot water supply pipe. It's not leaking now, but I'm not sure if I should replace it proactively at this point. I'm looking for a practical answer, since replacing this ...
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How can I remove a shower faucet with no set screw?

I'm fixing a leaky shower head and am trying to take the faucet handle apart. The shower faucet is a single handle with separate temperature control, made by Delta. There is no set screw, and I ...
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Clogged toilet(s)

Plumbing question and issue here that has me baffled. We have two toilets in our house and it seems that the guest bathroom seems to get clogged more often than not. This issue is normally resolved ...
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how to drain a single loop in one of my heating zones?

I have baseboard hot water heat. In one of my heating zones, there are three "loops". (i.e. shortly after the supply leaves the zone valve, the pipes split in three directions. These pipes then ...
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Plumbing in new shower

I'm trying to connect my new electric shower unit up. Unfortunately both the connections have threaded connections. I bought a straighter coupler but this seems to be the opposite of what I want. ...
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Building new shower, how can I control the flow of water to two different shower heads?

Similar to how you can control the flow of water between a tub faucet and a shower head, I'd like my new shower to control water between a rain-head shower from the ceiling and a handheld shower on ...
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Fixing Old Leaky Faucet - Handles won't budge

I've been tolerating a small leak for a while in our bathroom, but it's started to get bad enough that it needs fixing. While I was hoping I could just pop out the handles and replace an old O-ring ...
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How do I attach compression fitting to copper pipe that is bent?

I need to replace a compression union on some copper pipe that runs to my water heater. I cut the pipe as close to the old union as I could, then tried to slide the compression fittings onto the pipe ...
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Installing an air gap in a concrete countertop

I am remodeling my kitchen; pretty much all of the work except for installing a granite countertop. I am putting in a dishwasher (kitchen previously did not have one) and I would prefer to install an ...
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Kitchen sink leaks bad

I had to turn off the main water in the rental because the hot water in the tub would not turn off the plumber came out and fixed it but after he left i found that when i turned the water main back on ...
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What is the purpose of the valve between these two pipes?

I saw an interesting arrangement of pipes and valves in a house I visited. These are hot water pipes, the two vertical pipes connect to a radiator. What is the purpose of the valve between the two ...
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Rough-in pex line

I have plans of building a bathroom on the second floor next year. I am currently re-modelling the first floor and I would like to get the plumbing for the new bathroom in place so that I do not have ...
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How to pump water from two cisterns with one pump

I live in Mexico where we get city water two or three times a week which is stored in our small cistern. I want to add a second cistern and use the same pump for both to send water to the house. The ...
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What's so bad about single stack DWV systems?

We're in a region which allows single stack DWV installations in multi-storey buildings. In other words, a single large-diameter vertical pipe that serves as both discharge stack and vent for several ...
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What is the Pressure Number (PN) of Shedule 40 and Schedule 80 PVC Pipe?

Does anybody know the pressure number (PN) of schedule 40 and schedule 80 PVC pipe commonly sold in the United States and Canada? The PVC in my part of the world is classified by PN number, and I'd ...
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Help name or identify tap valve without rubber.

I have a leaking shower at home and decided to try and fix it today. When I opened the tap I found a small metal valve with no rubber on it at all. Instead it had a metal ridge around the edge. The ...
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Why won't toilet flush after replacing wax ring?

OK, so I'm not a professional plumber but I've replaced many wax rings before. Toilet worked perfectly fine before until I noticed a little leak at bottom of toilet. I replaced the worn out wax ring. ...
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Hot tub heater turns off went both vents are open

My hot tub will turn on if one of the vents to the heater is shut. As soon as I open both the hot tub turns off. Any suggestions? Thanks
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drainage problem from kitchen sink

My kitchen sink(double sink) backs up, there is no clog I have removed the trap, I have also removed the basement trap and snaked both ways. Now the bathroom sink will also backup at same time, so I ...
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Add drain line to existing Island fixture vent?

In CA, would code allow for a drain line to be tied into the vent line shown at the location of the red arrow below? Single family home. Happy to draw a picture of where that vent lines goes, if ...
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What is the plumbing diagram symbol for a water hammer arrestor?

Despite my best Google queries, I simply cannot find an image of a typical water hammer arrestor symbol for a top-down 2D plumbing drawing of a single floor. Can any provide an image of this symbol or ...
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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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Can't get whole-house water filter housing loose

I've got a well system, with a standard 10-inch filter housing between the pressure tank and the water softener. The filter housing is plastic, and there are shut-off valves on either side. I ...
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Why is my toilet tank filling too slowly?

The inside of my toilet tank was just replaced. For some reason after I flush, the tank refills much slower than before. It looks like the person who installed it put the overfill pipe in a different ...
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What does the dishwasher float hookup too \ how to get rid of ants coming in through float?

Does the float in a dishwasher just hook up to the drain? I have ant coming in from there. I'm wondering if they are in the drainage pipes. I put a bunch of borax around the float and that stopped ...
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Why would hot water pipes be smaller than cold water pipes?

Just bought a house and am finding the hot water pipes are smaller than the cold water pipes. Why?
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Tub drains very slow

I've been trying to fix a extremely slow draining bath tub for awhile, but still can't get it right. Here is the work that's been done: Ran 25 feet of cable from a power snake (drill powered) 3x's. ...
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I would like to know what to set my water temperature to? [duplicate]

Hello I would like to know what to set my water temperature too. I have tried "normal" but it was way to hot, and then I set it to "vacation", it was okay but it took a while for the water to warm up ...
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Where are these flies coming from?

We recently had a sewer fly infestation caused by having a cracked mortar collar on the rest bend of the soil stack which runs through the upstairs and downstairs bathrooms. I removed a good portion ...
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How do I replace the cartridge on a Delta faucet?

I am trying to replace the cartridge, but there appears to be a cover that I need to remove first, but I can't open it. The red arrow in the picture (sorry about the bad quality) is the piece I'm ...
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How to fix outdoor faucet drip when indoor shut off is off

I just noticed that my outdoor faucet has a slow drip. I checked the indoor shut off and it is closed tight. What could be causing the problem and how would I fix it? I don't know how long the drip ...
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How to determine if a Water Pressure Reducing Valve (PRV) is working properly

I've been trying to track down water pressure/flow issues throughout the plumbing in my entire house, but haven't found anything which made any significant difference. For example, I discovered that ...