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For questions specifically relating to plumbing fixtures that provide an endpoint for a home's water supply system. Topics include fixture design and specialization, installation, maintenance, repair and replacement, among others.

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Alternative to a basin wrench?

I'm in need of a tool to tighten a nut such as shown below: Because of the tight space (area below the basin faucet), I'm never had success with the many wrenches that I used. At last, I came to know ...
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Can one get instant hot water from home faucets without a heater?

My house has a solar and electric heating mechanism which provides hot water year-round. However, when opening the hot water in the kitchen and toilet faucets, I get cold water which gradually get ...
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How to fix a huge gap between tub faucet and tile

We just moved into an old house and two of the tub faucets have huge gaps from the tile as pictured below. This is something that I feel needs to be addressed right away to prevent shower water from ...
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Why is my shower head pipe very loose when the company installed a new tub and surround?

I don't know what the pipe is technically called, but it's the one that you attach your shower head to. Well, after the guys finished the job and left yesterday, I noticed that this pipe is very ...
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What can I do about my leaking washing machine faucet?

I recently hooked up a new washing machine to the faucets in my sink. They mostly work well, but both of the faucets drip slowly when there's water flowing through them. What can I do? I've tried ...
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How do i turn off the hot water so i can fix a leaking hot tap

My laundry hot water tap is dripping. I want to change the washer inside the tap but im unsure how to turn off the hot water.
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Identifying old single handle shower valve/cartride?

Need help identifying the tub/shower faucet valve/cartridge in the pictures below. I shutoff the main and removed EVERYTHING in preparation for replacement at a later date, and realized I never took ...
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Leaking Ball Valve

I have a Ball Valve that's leaking on some piping that I'm working on for an irrigation project. In the image, it's the one with the pink square around it. I bought 3 of them from Home Depot, all ...
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Rotating fitting for copper/steampunk faucet?

I'm trying to build an exposed copper (think steampunk) kitchen faucet. Everything is easy except the ability to rotate the faucet side to side, like to reach the left sink or right sink. See the ...
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How to fix leaky outdoor faucet

Water leaks from the valve when the water to the faucet is on. What is the name of this type of faucet & how do I fix this leak? I put in a new washer in the garden hose which stopped the hose ...
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Does a bad screw require changing the tap itself?

The guardian doesn't quite show the internals of a traditional tap, and the plumber I usually call, couldn't come today. The new plumber says that since the drive of the screw on the tap is ruined, I'...
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Can I shut off the water supply by unplugging the water softener?

I have to replace one of the O-Rings in a leaky faucet, and would have to shut off the water valve to said faucet. However, the faucets in my place don't have individual shut off valves, and there is ...
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How do I remove my old faucet?

I purchased this faucet and it seems like an easy enough installation. The bottom of this new faucet looks like this: Seems like all I have to do is screw something in and it will attach the faucet ...
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Correct type of shower handle to use for valve that sticks out too far?

I'm attempting to install a shower handle on an unfinished build. The problem I'm facing is the handle plate does not fit over the white pipe that is sticking out of the wall. Should that white ...
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What is on my sink faucet? Trying to install RO system

I just moved into an apartment and I want to install a counter top RO system. These usually screw onto the faucet but the faucet in my apartment seems to have this plastic thing attached to it instead ...
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Sticky faucet handle of unrecognized faucet

Does anyone recognize the brand of the faucet in the image below, so that I can attempt to disassemble and inspect parts? Secondly, the right-hand handle sticks; is hard to turn off completely, and ...
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How to get a stuck Moen faucet cartridge out?

I have a single-lever Moen kitchen faucet that's 12 yrs old and I'm trying to replace the original cartridge. Moen sent a replacement cartridge (1225 B), that includes a removal tool. I've removed ...
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Outdoor faucet leaks when hose is attached

I'm trying to fix this leaky outdoor faucet that came with a house I just moved into. It's a Woodford Freezeless Wall Faucet, Model 14: http://www.woodfordmfg.com/woodford/Wall_Faucet_Pages/Model-14....
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Tightening a bathroom faucet

The faucet assembly in my bathroom is loose and shakes when I turn on and turn off the faucet. Any idea on how this faucet works and can be tightened? See pictures of the top and underside.
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How do I get into this kind of faucet to fix a drip?

How can I get this thing apart? Using this question I was able to take out a bolt of some sort inside the top from behind the blue/red thing, but the top still doesn't come off. It's dripping, and I ...
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Is this my stopcock / stop valve?

I need to locate my stopcock / stop valve, but am not sure how to find it. I live in a flat the UK, within a house which has been converted into three flats. However, after looking at pictures of ...
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Why does water randomly come out of the kitchen tap every now and then

Sometimes the taps have a little bit of water come out for a few seconds while I'm just sat around not doing anything with the sink
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How to remove tap valve within shroud (Franke ascona mixer tap)

I'm trying to replace the cold tap valve on a Franke Ascona mixer tap. The valve is slightly recessed in a non removable shroud. The new replacement valve fits a standard 14mm socket set which I can ...
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Any pitfalls to shutting off house water supply while working?

I want to replace the faucet for my kitchen sink. The shutoff valves for both hot and cold are stuck open. I assume I should either try to unfreeze the valves or eventually replace them. If I'm in ...
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Anti-Siphon Sillcock Handle

I just moved into a new home and the anti siphon sillcock on the outside of the house is leaking from behind the knob. I tried to remove the handle via the center screw but it was rusted so badly it ...
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Water flow reduced after a few seconds in 2nd floor bathroom sink, cold side

If you turn the cold water on full blast, it flows for 2-3 seconds at full, then drops off to a trickle thereafter. The hot side does not have the same issue. This began happening a few months ago, ...
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can I put a single mixer tap in a basin that has 3 holes?

Can I put a single mixer tap in a basin that has 3 holes? I've just bought a basin that has 3 holes. Can I put a single mixer in the centre one and plug the other 2 holes? I notice that the centre ...
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How can I fix this broken connector piece on my Symmons shower Knob?

I was trying to get the knob off so I could potentially increase the amount of hot water getting mixed and it seemed to be coming off nicely but then snapped. By nicely, I mean it was a steady process;...
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How to choose a kitchen faucet compatible with old sink and new counter top?

I need to replace my kitchen faucet which just broke. However, we're already planning to have a new counter top installed in about 3 months (I was hoping the old faucet would last). I want to buy a ...
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Shower faucet ring won't budge

I'm in the middle of repairing a leaky shower faucet but I can't remove a certain ring from the faucet mechanism. I have sprayed the area with WD-40 and will try again in the morning. Below are some ...
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Do braided stainless steel hoses with surface corrosion require replacement?

I'd be grateful if someone would resolve some conflicting advice I've been given on this topic. Some argue that the braiding does not contribute to the pressure rating of these hoses, and that ...
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old american standard bathtub faucet still leaks after replacing 2k-2c cartridge

Just replaced a leaky cold-water faucet cartridge and it still leaks. It's "better" but far from solved. The rubber on the old 2k-2c cartridge seemed to be pretty deteriorated (practically no longer ...
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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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Replace faucet handles in existing bathtub

I'd like to update the handles for the faucet in an existing soaking tub to something more modern than these knobs. Is it possible without taking out the tub?
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Connecting female thread to female threaded faucet

I am connecting a water filter to one of my taps. It’s driving me mad. The tap itself has an aerator that is readily unscrewed. The socket on the tap itself is female threaded. Here I am holding the ...
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How to remove corroded faucet?

I am trying to replace my kitchen faucet but the nut holding it onto the sink is corroded and the nut won't budge! I have tried a basin wrench (as someone suggested here), wd40, hammering at those ...
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How to loosen traditional faucet stem?

I have a faucet from an old house (Over 20 Years Old) and am having issues with the sink leaking. This isn't a problem because I'm familiar with how to fix it (Replace Rubber Washer) and have ...
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Ok to hook up water filters to a regular kitchen faucet?

So we have this beautiful Grohe Minta (sort of upside down 7-shaped) kitchen faucet. We want to add a drinking water faucet next to it, but cannot find any filtered water faucet that goes with the ...
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ensure that new faucet fits the pipe

I need to purchase a new faucet for kitchen. The house is pretty old, built in 1994, so I'd like to make sure that the new faucet will fit in pipes exactly. What do I have to pay attention at when ...
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Should I thread tape counter-clockwise on kitchen sink shut off valve?

Just bought Decor Star TPC11-TB kitchen faucet. In the instructions, it directs you to use Teflon tape on the shut off valve before installing the water supply lines. However, it says to thread in the ...
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Connecting push fit to a 3/8in supply faucet line: NPTF to compression threads?

I have a dedicated water filter faucet with a 3/8 female 'compression' supply line (parallel threads). I am interested in connecting a push-fit based filter system to this faucet, but I'm not sure how ...
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How can I tell if a faucet valve seat is removable or not?

I have two faucet valve seats that I've been roadblocked with. It looks perfectly round in appearance: Left Side: Right Side: Hot/Cold Stem: Things I've tried: Penetration Oil Hammer + ...
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Securing hose bib to uneven cinder block wall

Here is my exterior hose bibb: Also from the inside: The valve stem is so old it crumbled when I tried to replace the washer, so I need to replace the whole thing. Notice the pipe was originally ...
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Outdoor tap won't close completely

My outdoor tap seized up and wouldn't close. It was gushing water. I bought a new one and replaced it. It's a cheap one from Bunnings (link, but male instead of female), screwed on to the pipe with ...
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Loosen the base swivel of a Delta faucet

This Delta faucet is supposed to swivel on the joint (I believe) at the base of the faucet. However the joint seems to be too stiff and it's caused the base of the unit to detach from the counter and ...
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Choosing a Bathroom Faucets Replacement

First off, I just want to start off by saying i'm a total novice when it comes to faucets. We've had the same bathroom faucets in our house for the last 30 years. And most of them are in terrible ...
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Tub spout leaking when water is off

What could be some reasons why a tub faucet's spout leaks when water is turned off? E.g. some gasket within the mixing valve perhaps? The shower doesn't leak, just the tub spout.
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How do I get my faucet handle off?

I've been trying to get to the cartridge in my bathroom sink faucet handle. I took off the top part, but in order to get the cartridge out it looks like I have to take off the bottom part as well. I'...
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How to fix a faucet that drips unless we turn it extremely tightly?

We started to notice that the hot water bathroom sink faucet still drips after we turn it with the normal amount of force, but if we twist it harder it would stop. This problem exacerbated and it ...