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How do I find plumbing/electrical in a CMU wall?

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 previous owner had tried to put Closet Maid uprights ...
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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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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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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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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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Strengthening a gazebo roof support rod that was previously bent

Snow fell on my gazebo while I still had the canopy on it. It bent the rods inwards and downward. I have managed to straighten them as much as I could, but I feel like they need to be strengthened ...
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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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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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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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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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Can this 4'' PVC perforated sewer pipe be used for a french drain?

I would like to use PVC pipe instead of corrugated pipe. I went to HomeDepot (Canada) to see what is available and the below is my only choice. I don't think this will work as is since the lateral ...
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Water supply plumbing changing of pipe size

Just a quick 1...I'm installing a jojo and I have ¾ supply which I'll be feeding the jojo with...but I was thinking can't I run the ¾ pipe for about 2 meters and than upstream the pipe (increase the ...
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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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What can I use in place of missing coupling fittings on a used heat pump?

I picked up a Dream 8kW pool / spa heat pump which came without any fittings for the water in/out. The unit looks like this: The previous owner used a rubber coupling like this for his pond. I'm ...
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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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Garbage disposal drain is slightly higher than drain pipe

I bought an old house and this is the old kitchen drain setup: Frankly I never "tested" it before I remodeled the kitchen completely. The old kitchen has drop-in sink and now mine is under-mount. ...
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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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Which part do I need to connect a 1/2" OD 3/8" ID drain pipe to an 1/2" dishwasher wye?

It sounds silly but it seems I can't just connect a 1/2" OD / 3/8" ID drainline to my 1/2" dishwasher wye. I purchased this one which should be 1/2" but I measure roughly 5/8" ...
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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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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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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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How can I join two lengths of flexible 1/4" copper pipe?

I have found a leak coming from under my refrigerator, after pulling it out to get behind it I found the 1/4" copper pipe that supplies the water for the ice maker and water in the door was severed ...
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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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Corrosion on copper pipes due to insulation (with foam)

My incoming water pipe is copper and it is a brand new installation with no leaks. But due to the hot humid weather (even in the basement) it sweats due to condensation. Should I insulate it? The ...
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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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Should you chamfer CPVC pipe before gluing?

In know that PVC should be chamfered and even lightly sanded before gluing for better insertion on the fitting (and probably some other reason). What about CPVC, a manual told me to just cut, apply ...
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Can't get plumbing auger past T-junction after 90° angle

I have a clogged outbound sewage pipe below my kitchen sink. Or rather - some distance away from below my kitchen sink. I have a kind of a plumbing auger, but - its head is a bit wide (maybe 1.5-2cm ...
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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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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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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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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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Can't get NPT connection to not leak

I am trying to connect a spigot (3/4 in. FIP Inlet) to an elbow (3/4" NPT Male). If I understand correctly, FIP and NPT are directly compatible - right? Even with paste thread sealant (which I ...
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Can I mix galvanized and black (iron) pipe when plumbing for new gas service?

I'm getting new gas service (Nat. Gas, M425, 1-1/4") installed. Big Box Store doesn't sell 1-1/4" black pipe (only 1"), but they do sell 1-1/4" galvanized. Can I run galvanized for ...
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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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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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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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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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What is the minimum temperature for house heating system to keep pipes from freezing

Roughly what is the minimum temperature to set a house heating thermostat controller to in order to keep pipes from freezing? Assume no other considerations, e.g. assume no one is living inside.
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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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