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Would there be a problem running a whole house water filter in line like this?

I am in the process of changing the 50 year old copper plumbing in my house to PEX. I wanted to install a filter and scale inhibition system in line right after the valve and meter coming in from ...
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Can Electrical Leak into Copper Pipes Cause Corroison?

My Lg Washing machine is leaking electrical current into my copper water lines when idle. 16v from the cold water line and 3v from the hot line. After purchasing this washing machine, I began to ...
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reuse copper water line for fridge

My current fridge uses copper water line. I ordered a new fridge from Costco and it will be delivered in the next couple of days. Costco offers free haul away and simple installation. I highly doubt ...
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Do PressFit copper fitting tools exist that require less muscle leverage?

I am not asking for shopping advice or recommendations, just want to know whether the tool I have in mind actually exists in the real world, and if so what it is called. It's not something ...
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internal corrosion of copper pipe from various causes and tools, prep, and procedures required to prevent it

This is an interesting video on copper pipe corrosion from various causes. I am looking for an internal wall deburring tool to prevent the turbulence corrosion. The hand-tools (barrel-shaped) have ...
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1/4 copper to 1/2 PEX to 1/4 copper?

I have an old home that has a 1/4 copper line running from a copper valve tee in the basement, directly up through the floor boards, into the fridge. I'm trying to add an ice maker valve box behind my ...
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Should seal tape ever go in a union?

I messed up the soldering of this 1" copper union (solder went into the threads) and the threaded joint (not the soldering) is having a very small leak, yet noticeable. I will replace the union ...
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Do these pipes need to be replaced?

We're remodeling a shower and after getting the tile and backer board off, this is what the pipes look like. There isn't any noticeable leak, but it looks like maybe there was at some point? These ...
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Refrigerator - power cord exposed copper wire

There are multiple parts of exposed copper wiring on the power cord of my refrigerator. There are about 3 parts where the copper is exposed. I'm not really sure how it happened. Can I wrap it in ...
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Water leak at outside copper-PVC pipe connection

The water supply to the irrigation system includes a connection between copper and PVC pipes, located a few inches above the ground. The PVC pipe connected to the copper pipe (blue in the picture) ...
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Copper pipes making knocking sound when I turn the water off

I did bathroom reno and replaced bathtub and shower faucets locations and extended copper pipes a little. That's not the first time I weld copper pipes and I didn't have any problems in past. What I ...
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green oxidation on copper pipe: do I need to clean or replace?

I'm installing a new vanity and found green oxidation at the elbow joints of the copper pipes exiting the wall. As you can see in the pictures below, there is much more oxidation on the hot water pipe ...
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Basement refrigerator copper line leak

I have an issue with a flexible copper pipe in the basement ceiling occasionally dripping cold water There is no spraying - just slow drips. I noticed condensation issues in the basement on hot humid ...
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Replace Copper Pipe & Gate Valves With PEX Pipe & SharkBite Ball Valves & Fittings

Summarize the problem My 35 year-old home's water supply gate valves and outdoor hose bibbs are very difficult to turn on and off. Provide details and any research The primary water supply comes in ...
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What is this black thing on the main copper water line before entering house?

On a new construction build down the street, I am interested to know what this is and what it does? We are in California on public water if it makes a difference.
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Kitchen sink tap

I try to replace the tap myself but not successful. I just only remove the flexible pipe. Please see attached photo showing the tap details. Could anybody see this type of tap? And how to remove it? ...
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How to replace the copper connector under the bathroom faucet

Trying to use the most accurate description: it's a copper connector or supply line that connects directly to the faucet that breaks with a huge hole. It leaks if I turn on the water. photo 1 shows ...
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Installing Moen Flo with SharkBite. Is this bent copper, soft copper?

I was planning on installing a Moen Flo on an exposed copper supply line using sharkbites, but the pipe was slightly bent to connect it to the branch line. Can anyone tell if this is soft copper just ...
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What is this plastic insert inside of copper pipe?

I found this plastic piece inside of a 3/4" copper pipe. Is it a random discovery, or a leftover from the manufacturer, or some type of water reducer?
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Where to install water shutoff valve

I'm remodeling a bathroom in a house built in 1993 (Midwest USA). Apparently the plumbers didn't add shutoff valves under the main or master bathroom sinks... I've found plenty of instructions online ...
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Can I safely cut a copper compressor pipe with r600a gas?

Can I safely cut a fridge compressors copper pipes if it uses r600a gas. I've read of people taking out fridge compressors but I want to check whether it's safe to cut the pipes like this?
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My copper water lines burst, was that actually a good thing for the steel pipes around them?

I have an external water heater in a contained closet with two copper pipes, 1", running up from under the house to the fittings, through the water heater, then back down again. Coming back home ...
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Can a solder joint handle torsion force?

I'm replacing the shower mixing valve in my guest bathroom during renovation as the old one had a good deal of surface rust. This is my first time soldering pipes together. I mounted the new valve to ...
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Install new Shingles with Copper flashing

I had a roofing company install new roof with new shingles and copper flashing (pictures attached). Can the experts please provide suggestions if the copper flashing looks fine or does something needs ...
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Soldering or brazing copper pipes

At a local workshop we have a portable and old heating device where the heat generator's housing reaches around 180°C during operation. The original external aluminum radiator with a fan attached to ...
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Copper or Aluminum flashing

Which is a better option between Aluminum flashing v/s Copper flashing ? Just spoke to a roofing company, they said copper flashing may spoil/change color of shingles (due to rain) and aluminum ...
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How do I get rid of the sulphur smell from cold water only in one sink?

In my powder room only, I have a strong sulphur smell that comes out of my cold water faucet only. I have a water filtration system for my house but only have this problem in one sink. I have ...
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Is a mix of copper and galvanized pipe a problem if dielectric unions are used where they meet?

Over decades, my house has accrued a mix of galvanized, copper, and pex pipe. I've been told that one "should stick to one type of metal in your pipes or use pex." (here) As long as ...
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Why won't solder melt on copper pipe?

I have 3/4" copper pipe outdoors (backyard, above ground), and I am adding a couple tee fittings to branch to a different area. I am having a hell of a time getting the solder to melt. My next ...
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Proper clearance for a thermowell in pipe T

I have temperature gauge that uses a thermowell to insert into a pipe. It is 1/2" in diameter and I was hoping to use copper tee to install it. However, looking at the well after it's inserted ...
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How far should the well for a temperature gauge extend into a 3/4" pipe?

I have a 1/2" well insert for a temperature gauge. I'm connecting it to a 3/4" pipe thought a tee fitting. I've noticed that when it's inserted the well obstructs quite a bit of the inside ...
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Soldering copper pigtails to aluminum wire

As I prepare to remedy my parent's 1965 home's aluminum wiring I have investigated Copalum and Alumicon. Copalum appears to be unavailable. I've tried a few Alumicon connectors but they take a lot of ...
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Should I have all the aluminum wiring removed from my home or just the damaged portion?

My home has aluminum wiring, which was wired approximately 20 years ago. A single line of wiring connecting bathroom geyser caught fire and got burnt. I am planning to rewire my house again. Should I ...
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Why does light switch not use ground wires inside of box?

I was replacing some toggle type light switches to rocker type and ran into something I thought was unusual. There were 3 switches boxes (2 boxes had 1 switch, and the other had 2 switches) I was ...
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Is this plumbing repair sound?

I opened up a wall as part of a project and discovered some obviously newer pieces of copper pipe on one of the water supply lines. The drywall shows evidence of water stains as does the drywall and ...
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Replacing polybutylene pipe to add a new outdoor spigot (freeze proof sillcock)

I need to replace the entire outdoor spigot (sillcock), the shutoff valve that goes with it (because it is old and leaking), and some polybutylene pipe in the process. I have included several photos ...
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New ceiling fan socket with copper wiring

I am trying to replace the lightbulb socket in a ceiling fan fixture. The wires coming from the fan are aluminum (I assume bec the wires are silver colored) the wires that came with the new socket ...
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Replace corroded copper water pipe

The shutoff valve for my water main has cracked. As part of replacing it, I'd like to also replace the corroded copper pipe connected to it. What would be the best way to replace the valve and ...
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Locating burst point in copper pipe

There's a leak, most likely a freeze burst, in a vertical section of 1/2" copper pipe that runs behind some drywall. In order to minimize the amount of drywall that I have to tear out, I'd like to ...
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How would you repair this copper drain pipe, and how much pipe would you replace?

There is a small crack in this drain pipe, and it's so thin there that I can bend it with my finger. The section that's palpably weak is no more than an inch long. The crack is exactly where the ...
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Any issue going from 3/8 to 1/2 copper

Old house has lots of 3/8 water line feeding faucets. I want to replace the shutoffs under the sink but really hard to find 3/8 sweat valves. I don't want to use compression on the copper line. ...
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Outdoor copper water pipe

My backyard has existing copper pipes outside that I want to reroute. To keep like with like, I'll just continue using copper. Are there any considerations or special types that I need to be aware ...
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Increase 1/2'' copper water pipe to 3/4''

I have a 3/4'' main that comes into the house and then reduces to 1/2''. Then all my fixtures run off that in series. My thought is to i make it 3/4'' copper all the way and then run 1/2'' tees to ...
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Which copper adapter should I use for tub spout and what is the difference?

I'm going to sweat a 1/2" piece of copper with a Male Adapter Fitting to thread into the drop-ear for my tub spout. I purchased this: 1/2 in. Copper Pressure Cup x MIP Male Adapter Fitting Later ...
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How can I change planes with a row of copper water pipes?

I have five 3/4 copper water lines coming into my mechanicals room along the ceiling - so they are nicely lined up in a horizontal plane, parallel to the plane of the ceiling. However, our manifolds ...
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Installing Smart Water Monitor/Valve

We recently moved into a new home and have been blessed with sloppy plumbing and high water pressure. The whole home is copper and since moving we have had 3 leaks in various joints. I'm no expert but ...
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Connect two pipes that do not line up

Not a plumbing whiz, so I thought I'd pose my issue here. I have a 12in Shark bite sillcock that runs through my brick foundation for an outdoor hose. Once inside, it connects to the existing copper ...
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What can cause a never-frozen indoor copper drain pipe to crack?

The 1-1/2" copper waste pipe than runs from our kitchen just up and cracked two days ago along its length, and for no apparent reason. The crack is in a section of pipe that runs vertically through ...
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resoldering copper waste pipe

I've soldered new copper pipe but have never resoldered it. A shiny band of silver solder remains on the end of the copper pipe after an elbow has been removed from it. Does that shiny band have to ...
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Copper to CPVC transition fittings : allowed by code to be used inside a wall?

Does the Uniform Plumbing Code (US) allow copper-to-CPVC transition fittings to be used inside a wall? Just to be clear, I'm referring to the hybrid fittings that are part brass, part CPVC.