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Split outlet pipe

In a prefabricated shower stall, the outlet pipe is split. You can see the slit-like opening in this picture: As you can guess, this makes the shower unusable, as the water will leak in a strong ...
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Mysterious pipe

While opening up opposing bathroom wall, I found a pipe that was made of sheet metal and had ventilation holes. I looked in the crawlspace to see if that pipe connected to something under the house, ...
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How can I drywall basement ceiling with gas and water pipelines below the joists?

I need to drywall my basement ceiling. There are gas and water pipelines below the joists as shown in the picture. How to install drywall just below the pipes? Please help with a solution for drywall. ...
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Can I re-pitch a cast iron waste pipe without cracking it?

Bought my first house last year. 1957 single story ranch. Inspector missed this, but i noticed early on that this pipe hanger had come loose (and been poorly resecured) causing a ~6 foot run of the ...
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Mold concerns after weeks of water leaking in Southern California?

I had a pipe break in my wall. Since I rent an apartment in Southern California I had to beg my landlord to take this seriously and get it fixed. She took several weeks to address the problem and stop ...
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What are these pipes for and how can I seal them off to cover them?

pipes coming up through floor in dormer (added in the 90's maybe) ]1enter image description here Renovating a house from circa 1900. There are these random copper pipes sticking out in two of the ...
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Can I run pex in my attic and cap the cpvc lines in the foundation?

I live in South Florida near Jupiter. I bought a house that was built in 1997. All original plumbing is cpvc. I have heard horror stories of both slow and catastrophic leaks in the neighborhood. I ...
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Disconnected my hot water supply line for the kitchen sink by accident, easy fix or call a plumber?

Sorry for the poor image quality. I was installing a water shut off valve for my kitchen sink, and I jostled my hot water line too much while doing the two wrench thing. Apparently pulled the pipe ...
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Painting over rust on heating pipes

I live in an older apartment building (circa 1968-69). I just stripped layers of old paint and putty off of the heating pipes in my bathroom. I'd like to repaint them with silicone-based acrylic ...
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How do I close this old German central heating pipe valve?

I am renovating an old apartment here in Berlin/Germany (built in 1957 I believe) that is connected to the central heating of the entire building. It has an old valve at the pipe that is connected to ...
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How to attach shower taps to vertically arranged water pipes?

I have an old Jacuzzi brand shower shower cabin that needs to go, and be replaced with a shower basin + sliding doors. The problem is that the two wall water outlet pipes (hot/cold) are vertically ...
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What's wrong with water pipes going up then back down?

I've seen a lot of questions and articles about vent stacks changing direction, but not the water pipes themselves. I've inherited some rather wonky plumbing, and one of the biggest concerns is that I ...
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How to connect shower drain to older 1.5 inch copper pipe

I am redoing the bathroom in my basement. The house is old, and the drain pipe is a 1.5 inch copper pipe. I'm trying to figure out how to connect a shower drain to it. All (?) shower drains seem to ...
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How to install a shower pan drain with this non-standard drainage pipe?

I'm installing a shower pan (this one, to be exact) into my condo unit, but I don't think the drain pipe is a standard size. It's a metal pipe, here are some photos of it: I measured the pipe to be 1-...
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I really am thinking of covering my pipes underneath my kitchen sink and then removing all the cabinets there. They are rotten / causing gnats BAD [closed]

I rent but landlord will not spend money to really fix ANY issues. He likes “bandaid” repairs. I’m at a loss! I really cannot cook in a kitchen full of gnats/ fruit flies
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Well water main frozen

Location northern British Columbia near Smithers BC. We recently bought this old log cabin and are fixing up. A few days ago we had an unprecedented cold front that brang temperatures ranging from -30 ...
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Adding an additional stop valve to existing supply stop valve

I need to replace some parts on my dishwasher that will require me to turn off its hot water supply for at least a few hours, maybe a day or two. There's an existing supply stop valve (see picture ...
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Can the kitchen drain/trap/pipe be rotated 45 degrees?

In my area, kitchen drain pipes go toward the back wall of the house. When and if there are problems, either the interior wall, sink, and counter top OR the rear exterior wall of the house needs to be ...
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How can I reduce noise in my water pipes?

I have a 1941 ranch house with two floors (SFH turned into a non-conforming duplex) and the pipes are making a loud banging sound every day and night. (Day is less followed, less heard because I'm not ...
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Water Filter System

We have a home built in 1920 with galvanized pipes. Is it okay to install a water filtration system using the galvanized pipes?
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Recently exposed pipe seems to go nowhere in lawn

Just noticed this pipe in my front lawn. Must have been recently exposed, possibly by the landscapers. Pipe is open and not clogged. Seems to have been buried and not go anywhere? Any idea what it is?
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Old home clay foundation pipe?

My home was built in 1948. It's having a lot of bowing and shearing issues and I need to put steel beams up in the basement. An interior drain system has also been recommended but I'm reluctant - and ...
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What is this elbow joint pipe?

This elbow joint is leaking. I think it’s the condensation pipe off the boiler because it seems to leak when the boiler comes on. I’ve tightened it fully but still leaking. The pipe on the left (...
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What is this pipe in the attic for?

I see this silver pipe in the attic that doesn't seem to lead anywhere. There is a hole in the wood, maybe it used to go outside? Right now the hole is covered, probably with the roofing. Just ...
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What are these pipes sticking out of the ground and foundation wall?

The following pictures are from a 1930s home, which was initially heated with charcoal, then converted to oil, and then converted to natural gas. The previous owner who did the conversion from oil to ...
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How do I Loosen a Stuck Threaded Brass Fitting?

I’m about to replace some of the brass water pipes to PEX in my basement. I bought an adapter fitting at a plumbing supply store(picture 1) and cut the cold water pipe(picture 2). I tried to remove ...
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