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Repair/replace waste pipe

Have this damaged waste pipe. Pipe was so old that when I attempted to remove the P-trap, the pipe simply started disintegrating. I removed two clamps and the sleeve (Fernco pipe coupler). I tried to ...
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How do I find plumbing/electrical in drywall? [duplicate]

I moved into a 2016 cinder block house. It has an attached garage from which the electrical and hot water travel to the rest of the house. The interior walls of the garage are largely finished with ...
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Is Pex an acceptable pipe material for extending copper lines? [duplicate]

We see that our plumber installed new plastic water lines to our existing copper water lines (please see picture; connection is near floor). 1. Is it ok to connect water lines that are of different ...
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Sewer Copper Vent - big leak when AC turns on

Here in Central NJ, 5 day average has been 75. Bi-level with full attic. First time in 5 years this is happening. Every time the AC kicks on, OR the kitchen sink runs, a leak runs down the copper(?) ...
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How do I fill this hole around radiator pipes between my attic flooring and 2nd floor ceiling?

How do I fill in this hole so that the filling doesn't fall in? The pipes are for a radiator and they lead from the attic floor down through the 2nd floor. I do not want to use expanding foam because ...
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What can I do about an A/C drain pipe that runs onto sidewalk?

My A/C pan drains onto the sidewalk from the PVC pipe in the photo. During Southern summers it becomes very slippery. The issue is that my entire house is surrounded by the same type of sidewalk, as ...
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Hose valve in the middle of lawn

My wife would like a hose connector (or a couple) in the middle of the yard, as she often needs a lot of water in certain spots far away from the house and does not want to pull a 100ft hose and later ...
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how do I disconnect this vanity inlet water pipe

These are the water inlet pipes going to powder room vanity sink faucet. Is it something I can push down/up with screwdriver or something similar.
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long outdoor propane distribution for 300kbtu/hr load

When outdoors and distributing propane (with pipe underground) to 300kbtu outdoor appliance (a water heater) is a pressure regulator typically installed at the tank and also at the appliance? Or can ...
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Water filtration loop and pipe diameter

I’m adding a water filtration loop to a residential home. The copper pipe coming from the street into the house is 1” in diameter. I’m going to split this main line so I can run it to the sediment ...
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How do I connect 1-1/4” copper drain pipe to 1-1/2” PVC?

I need to connect 1-1/4” copper drain pipe to 1-1/2” PVC. It also needs a 90° horizontal turn so I’ll be using a long sweep 90° PVC elbow. Do they make reducing elbows? This copper pipe is threaded ...
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Using a section of copper pipe as a stop gap for ground

Can I use a 20' section of an exposed 3/4" cold water copper pipe in my garage by attaching a proper ground wire from the breaker panel on one end and using the other end as a substitute ...
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How can I repair an underground PVC gutter pipe?

I was doing some planting using an auger to dig holes. Since there was already a large shrub here I didn't think anything would be there. It was too late when I saw something green. I assume it is a ...
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Mystery pipe by roadside electrical boxes

There is a wet area in the yard around the electric boxes by the road. I figured I would try to just raise the ground a bit and mulch around them instead of just having soggy grass and found this 4 ...
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Black sludge in bathroom sink pipe

I noticed the bathroom sink was draining slowly. Our 12-year-old likes to get muddy and then we soak her clothes in that sink, so I thought maybe it was just a bit of mud or debris. But no... I took ...
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Roof pipe vent leak into wall

I was on my roof a couple of days ago seeing if there was tile damage after a hail storm and I noticed on one of the pipes that the pipe flashing was old and cracking and able to let in rain (Pic 1). ...
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Repetitive hammering/banging sound in water pipes when water is on, increasing in frequency as water flow is increased

I've lived in my house for about 3 years. It was originally built in 1970. When we had it inspected before buying 3 years ago, the inspector said the water pressure was 60 PSI. The few water pipes ...
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Water Copper type M tubing in Illinois

I have house from 2007. While updating the bathroom I noticed they used type M copper tubing on 1/2 and 3/4 water supply lines. It seems code doesn't allow that in Illinois. Shall I be worried about ...
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Attach black iron natural gas pipe to stucco

I am planning to run 1-1/4" black iron natural gas pipe around the outside of my house to supply an exterior tankless heater. The pipe needs to be attached to the wall and I'm planning to use two-...
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What type of pipe should I use in my drain/leach septic field?

I have an older house and its septic somewhat failed. Leach field pipes were not glued and they all disconnected immediately after d-box so that none was going into the field. These are also very ...
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How to secure a post for a garden standpipe -- concrete around pipes?

We're replacing our 70 year old garden standpipe/water column with a new one, which needs to be bolted into concrete. Any suggestions on how to do this without surrounding the new PVC connectors with ...
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How can I temporarily remedy root clogs in an inaccessible pipe?

Two different plumbers have stated that we have, about 3 feet under the house, a sewer pipe that has tree roots invading, and that this is the reason for our frequent clogs. The fix for this is not ...
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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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How to replace head of spigot without replacing stem?

I have a leaking outside spigot that has the pipe stem embedded ln a stone wall, with no access to the back. However, there is enough pipe protruding from the wall to cut the copper pipe just behind ...
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What are the purposes of pvc pipe with open end in my crawl space?

I have two PVC pipes in my crawl space with open end, one pipe with open end goes into ground of the crawl space, one goes out to outside of the house but no exit can be seen outside. Are they ...
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What should I do with corroded heating pipes that were previously under concrete and which I'm about to re-concrete and board over?

I have two copper pipes that were lagged in fiberglass wool and concreted over and which I'm about to re-lag with a plastic pipe then re-concrete and lay laminate flooring on top. The pipes themselves ...
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Do I need to repair this PVC drain pipe elbow?

I was trying to mount a shelf and while drilling holes for the screws, felt some resistance against the drill. Tried to push the drill a bit further, but stopped as I was not sure what the resistance ...
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Restoring collapsed buried pex line?

I installed a pex water line to an outbuilding several years ago, about 150' long, buried in 18" trench. The line was disconnected for over 3 years and I recently reconnected it and no water is ...
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Can I reseal a pipe thread that's leaking?

Situation: rough in valve with 1/2 in NPT. I sealed the threads with Teflon tape and some pipe dope (probably not enough). However after turning on the water, there are some threads with leaks. Can I ...
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What is the condition of my pipe? [closed]

I am doing bathroom remodeling. Can you tell me how my pipe looks? This house was built in 1980. So about 44 years old. My house has been using water softener for a long time. Does it look still ok? ...
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How can I fix the noise caused by this hot water heating pipe and my wall?

My house has hot water baseboard heat. It's generally pretty quiet, except for a loud, repetitive ticking/popping sound when it first turns on. From what I've read, that usually means there's air in ...
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DWV vs Schedule 40

My downspouts flow into drain that moves rainwater away from the house. I'd like to extend that drain further out. Existing pipe is Schedule40. There shouldn't be any loads going over the new section. ...
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Pipe Under Dryer

While remodeling my place I ran into a random pipe under my dryer. What is the for? I had to cut out a square in the metal floor and when I pulled it out, it turned out to be a pipe. I don't think ...
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Hvac drain pipe fell off. Accident or not?

I had my HVAC unit fully inspected in May of 2023 and the repairman said that the unit is in excellent condition. However, in December of 2023, I was away on a vacation and while away I got an email ...
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Replacing ABS Drain Pipe Cleanout

A PVC drain pipe in my basement boiler room is leaking at the cleanout fitting. I have been unable to locate the leak visually. I tried unscrewing the plug, cleaning it, putting on fresh silicone, and ...
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Is the a specific way to restore flowing water after having shut off water at the water meter outside my home?

Is there a specific way to turn the water back on other than flipping the switch @ the water meter? All of my indoor faucets are closed. I live in the Richmond,TX a suburb of Houston. We are ...
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Route washer drain into toilet drain or vent stack?

We have a house that has its washer drain into the bathtub drain through a pipe that was routed into the bathtub overflow pipe. It has been working fine but when the washer spews out its used water, ...
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cold water coming out of hot water inlet (water heater)

The hot water heater suddenly stopped heating the water that runs to the house. I'm visiting Puerto Rico tending to my elderly parents and their hot water heater suddenly stopped working. I removed ...
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Would water ever flow backward in house plumbing?

I am repiping with PEX through out a small house (1 bath, 1 kitchen, fridge, washer/dryer). I have an idea to running a short copper section immediately from the outside (house main shutoff) to the ...
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How can I seal my dryer vent elbows?

We have a dryer vent in our apartment that has a couple of twists and turns (due to the design of the floor plan) on its way out to the roof to vent. The twists have been done by elbow joints covered ...
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What is this metal plug thing on my outside wall?

I've ignored this small metal plug/pipe for the two years since we bought the house, but now I’m experiencing an issue with my combi boiler (which sits on the other side of the wall, in the kitchen) I ...
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What is this pipe I found buried under my yard? [closed]

I have been living in this house for 3 years. The house was build in 1957. While digging in the yard to prepare to install pavers, I came across a black pipe that I don't know what it is. I'm ...
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Can a 2" pipe connect vertically to a 3" pipe before it hits the vent?

I have about 2' of 2" pipe coming from my shower. It's well within the required 5' before the 3" vent stack. Can I tie it into the 3" pipe coming from my toilet with a sanitary tee? In ...
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Unscrew sealed pipe join

This pool pump is leaking at the intake. I am not strong enough to unscrew it by hand. It looks like it was sealed with silicon or something. What tool or trick can I use to unscrew it (if possible)?
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I can't figure out what this pipe attached to the cold water intake of my water heater is

I have this small pipe attached to the cold water intake of my water heater which I cannot figure out the purpose of. It goes down from the intersection pictured and right into the wall of the outside ...
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How do I make this bathroom concrete slab as thin as possible?

Renovating my bathroom in an old 1890s apartment in Denmark and changing all the pipework I am unable to go to my downstairs neighbor to do the drain pipes, so I'm stuck with this long 10 cm / 4 inch ...
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Is it easy to shorten (cut) this ABS pipe and if yes, how?

I have an ABS standpipe coming out of the wall for the washer drain. I’d like to insert a wye (for condensate pump) and ideally I’d like to shorten the pipe such that the total length remains the same....
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Does this Desk draft seem sufficently sturdy

I am trying to design a 96" x 25" desk using 1.5" thick butcher block and 3/4" galvanized steel pipe. I would be using this as a craft desk, to hold a 50lbs pc, and a small ...
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What is this humming machine in my basement hooked up to a pipe?

There is a machine in my basement/crawl space that is making a loud hum. The sound is really loud and needs attention. It normally does not do this. The text on the pipe says "waste and vent only....
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Calculating gas capacity with mixed sizes of black iron pipe

If I have a gas meter connected to 50' of 1" pipe and then 30' of 3/4" pipe, it doesn't seem correct to determine the amount of gas available at the end of the run based upon a chart that ...
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