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Sep
14
comment How should I configure my plumbing with PEX?
I would bet that the galvanized lines are the major culprit of the water supply issues. Do you notice any difference in flow from the sink when switching from full open cold to full open hot?
Sep
13
comment How should I configure my plumbing with PEX?
Do you have the same issues in the ground floor bathroom? Depending on the mineral content of your water supply, the issue may be that the current pipes that feed the upstairs washroom have buildup within them restricting the flow. I have 1" pipes restricted to 1/4" due to this. The issue with the slow toilet fill may be the caused by the same issue. The pressure drop and temp change in the shower caused by flushing the toilet would be fixed by installing a pressure independent shower valve. Do you know what the static pressure of your water supply?
Sep
13
comment How should I configure my plumbing with PEX?
I don't think that the issues you describe would be fixed by installing a homerun manifold, even if you increase the size of the supply pipe to the manifold. You mentioned that the house has a mix of different pipe material throughout, do you know what the pipe material supply the second floor bathroom is and how old it is? Has the issue increased overtime?
Sep
13
answered How should I configure my plumbing with PEX?
Sep
9
answered How do I deal with a wasp nest?
Sep
9
comment What would cause water to flow around the toilet flange where the concrete is?
So the water is coming up between the flange and the floor? Is the toilet located in a basement, on ground level, or on an upper floor?
Aug
31
comment What to do with leaky sink?
@zharvey, It looks like you need to loosen the brass bar. You can see that it is hexagon shaped, like a nut. Once it is loosened, you should be able to remove the 'U' clip which is what is holding the faucet down. Do you have a side spray?
Aug
30
answered What to do with leaky sink?
Aug
30
answered What benefit do plasterboard/drywall screws have?
Aug
22
revised Safe way to close gaps around copper pipes?
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Aug
19
comment Do I need a vent for extending a drain to a new bathroom addition?
You're welcome @mogrify. If it was me I would pipe it as shown in the right drawing as a fixture downstream of a water closet just doesn't feel right.
Aug
19
comment Do I need a vent for extending a drain to a new bathroom addition?
@BMitch you're correct on the dry vent definition, however the portion of pipe between the trap and the vent connection is not considered a wet vent, it is called the fixture drain. The length of a fixture drain is limited (as are the number of changes of direction). This limitation is based on the diameter of the pipe, as the fall on the fixture drain cannot exceed that of the diameter of the pipe. This distance is measured from the trap to the vent connection. The vent connection can be either a dry vent or a wet vent. Look at the drawings in my answer for what a wet vent is.
Aug
18
revised Do I need a vent for extending a drain to a new bathroom addition?
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Aug
18
comment Do I need a vent for extending a drain to a new bathroom addition?
The distances you reference are for the maximum lengths of fixture drains/trap arms, which are measured from the trap to the vent connection, either dry or wet. There is no constraint on the distance of a wet vent itself. However, the existing vent could not act as a wet vent for the new bathroom as it is located downstream of the new bathroom and serves a bathroom on a different level.
Aug
18
comment Do I need a vent for extending a drain to a new bathroom addition?
Just to clarify, each fixture does not need their own individual vent. The Virginia code allows wet venting which would eliminate the need for the individual vents as you have shown. Wet venting is quicker to install and requires less materials. You can refer to my answer for more detail.
Aug
18
answered Do I need a vent for extending a drain to a new bathroom addition?
Aug
15
comment Can p-trap be installed higher than drain entry?
S Traps are prohibited in BC (Canadian National Code as well), so make sure they are approved where you live. I believe that the issue/concern with them is that they promote self-siphonic action causing the seal to break.
Aug
14
comment How can I attach a pipe to a flat surface?
These fittings are commonly called Bulkhead Flanges and can be found in all sizes and materials.
Aug
13
comment How can I replace a water pipe on the second floor without the need to damage the bathtub?
Things to look for in the drain is: (1) The connection of the drain to the tub. This connection is often made with plumber's putty which can dry out and create leaks. (2) The connection of the tub overflow. I have seen it where it was not connected correctly and when the overflow devise in the tub was rotated 180 allowing water to leak when using the shower.
Aug
7
answered How do I install this wall mount bathroom sink?