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You should seal that hole to keep vermin from passing through and to insulate. Any traps (the "u" or "p"-shaped drain fixtures that maintain a water-seal to prevent sewer gases from venting into your home) should be prevented from freezing, but those are usually located under the sink fixture outside of the wall. Some bathtubs and showers may be an exception ...


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Condensate drip and accumulation are normal, especially during the summer months. It is also very normal to find the drain lines terminated close to the house as you have described. Whether it is acceptable I guess could be argued based on the volume of water in question and where it is collecting. If the accumulation of water is getting worrisome, you ...


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If the smell starts only after you turn on the water, it is probably coming from the overflow. Take the stopper out and block the drain with a plastic baggy with a wet rag in it. This has to block the overflow drain where it meets the regular drain. Now pour the foaming snake, or other drain cleaner into the overflow. Let stand then reconnect the ...


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Depending on the location you could install a 4 inch or suitable size floor grate to prevent large items from entering the pipe. You could also fabricate something out of coarse screen, which in some locales is called "hardware cloth". Removing any obstructions will depend on whether you have access to only the entrance or also the exit. If you are clearing ...


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edit: After reading your updated question, you will be fine installing the smaller drain. I have a large driveway drain that I installed a few months ago, and it works great to drain the huge puddle that used to form. I used a drain box similar to the 9x9 that you have, and 4" pipes. Occasionally, during a very heavy rain, it will get behind and not ...


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Can you provide any pictures or a more detailed description? I presume these are normal threads and you are trying to turn the wrench counter-clockwise to loosen, right? :-) It sounds like there may be corrosion involved, which will make it difficult to loosen. It could also be good old-fashioned pipe-dope that is thoroughly set and hardened. A longer ...


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Fish it out. A piece of gum (or tape) on the end of a stick might work, as might a clipped coat hanger with a 90° hook at one end.



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