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Is is okay to run 4" PVC drain pipe on the outside of a house?

I have to run 4" drain pipe for the washer that is on the second floor, but, the building being old and all, I wouldn't want to rip the floors, instead, I was thinking of running the drain on the ...
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Should a Water Softener System Prevent Mineral Buildup?

Our house is less than three years old and we have had a water softener system in place from the beginning, so I was surprised to see almost 1/4 inch of mineral deposit buildup in the shower drain. I ...
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Tile overlapping existing toilet flange - flange extenders don't fit

I'm replacing the toilet in the master bedroom. I pulled the old toilet off to discover the toilet flange is about 5/8" below the tile floor. I went to the store and got toilet flange extenders (the ...
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Can I reverse my heating zone?

I have a three zone hot water boiler based heating system. The boiler is currently at one end of my ranch style house. The radiators appear to be directionless (no valves or anything). One of the ...
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Fixing pipe/tube from dishwasher to disposal

Photos attached. This seperated today and caused a mess. I have no idea how this was originally connected. There is a copper pipe inside of a black tube. I believe the black tube was clamped to the ...
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Strategy for replacing leaky tub trap

I have a leak in the trap underneath my bathtub. Specifically, the leak is happening at the union nut of the trap (see red circle in picture). I have confirmed that the nut at the union does not ...
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Problems unclogging a Kitchen sink drain when there is a dishwasher line attached to garbage disposal

Need some ideas on how to unclog a single kitchen sink. I have a dishwasher that has a water line going to the garbage disposal. I have tried snaking the line...but cables are too thick to put ...
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Inconsistent hot water

We are currently doing a full en-suite bathroom remodel. About 2 weeks ago all of the plumbing was completed and about the same time we noticed that we weren’t getting as hot of water in the other ...
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Preventing a sink strainer from leaking?

I've had issues with my kitchen sink's strainers and I've replaced them both, but I'm still having some problems with one of them. I did what I think is fairly normal procedure: undo the piping + ...
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Connecting a horizontally angled sink drain connection

We recently acquired a second hand kitchen, and we're trying to do the plumbing for the first time all by ourselves. For regular cases, I can buy kits that would pretty much have all the PVC piping ...
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Solar powered water pump

I have really low water pressure in my home at about 15 PSI and sometimes even 0. I already have a check valve on my main 3/4" line from the water meter. Since electricity is pretty expensive where I ...
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New basin waste leaks, only when plug is removed

I've just fitted a new basin waste with a plug in a chain. I've tried with the supplied washers etc, and with plumber mait, and have the same results each time. The seal holds whilst the plug is in, ...
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Washer Box Connection

Is it required that the Washer Box be behind the washing machine? I would like to relocate my washing machine to the adjoining wall on the right, resulting in the connection being on the wall to ...
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How many watts does a 3/4hp disposal need to run

How many watts does it take to run a 3/4 hp garbage disposal
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Bathtub drain leaks around edges, cannot remove drain

I have an old bathtub, and have had issues with the seal around the drain being leaky. The drain itself is utterly and completely stuck to the tub -- no idea what the previous owner may have done to ...
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Washing machine shutoff valve won't close

My washing machine hot water shutoff valve doesn't close. The laundry room has separate shutoff valves for hot and cold water. I believe that the type of valve is a quarter-turn ball valve, although ...
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How can I route a trap when the drain inlet is too close to my disposal unit?

I am installing a trap into my new sink. I've installed the garbage disposal, and also the new strainer. The problem I have come across is the fact the trap is WAY too close to the garbage disposal ...
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Copper NPT male fitting: accepted practice to sweat to the inside?

My plumber did this and I'm finding it hard to search about, asking for my next project. Here's an example: the 1/2" side of this fitting is 1/2" male NPT, but you can also sweat a 1/2" copper pipe ...
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Should I turn the water off to my home during a winter absence?

I will be leaving my home for three months, during winter, where I can expect the weather to go below freezing. My question is if I should turn off the main water valve in my house or just to the ...
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Water began flowing from some taps even with whole house shut off

I recently shut off the whole-house water supply when replacing 2nd floor bathroom sink faucet cartridges because I couldn't get the sink supply line shut off all the way for the hot side to close all ...
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When I drain my tub, the P-trap in the sink is emptied

I recently had a basement bathroom finished by a contractor. I'm noticing a problem when the tub drains. First off, the tub drains super fast, I was initially impressed, as I've never seen a tub ...
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Venting issues for sink and toilet

I’m working on remodeling my bathroom to fix some problems that my grandparents let slide by. One of the goals was to put in a zero entry shower which meant lowering the floor and since joists would ...
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I have two water heaters - how can I tell if they are set in series, parallel, or are isolated?

The question says it all - I have a 4,200 sqft house with two water heaters - one on the far side of the house in the garage and the other in a small closet by the master suite. The latter is at least ...
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Help with Connecting a Japanese Toilet (Bidet) to US toilet and plumbing line

My first post on this board and looking for help. I've really been struggling to get this thing installed. Forewarning: I know little to nothing about plumbing, so excuse my incorrect use of ...
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Finished basement. Is is possible to replace the plumbing when replacing the floor for the main level? [closed]

Here is the context: -this is a raised floor bungalow -planing to do a full reno for two bathrooms (basement and ground level) -finished basement -downstairs the kitchen is adjacent to the bathroom (...
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How to check and turn on pilot light of this water tank?

I have never done this before but the gas line was turned off briefly and now we have no hot water. Look like the pilot light went out on this but I have no idea how to see the light and how to turn ...
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Is there any reason that plumbing can't be adjacent to a heating/cooling duct?

I'm installing a utility sink and the only place to put the plumbing (if it's going to be right under the sink) is either directly behind or infront of this vent... Is there any reason not to put it ...
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No hot water at kitchen

Today I noticed no hot water going to either kitchen faucet or dishwasher. Water pressure is fine but water is cold. All other faucets are fine with hot water. The hot water valve is fully open and ...
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Can I install a new dishwasher or are there code changes

I’m getting a new dishwasher with the intention of directly replacing my existing one from 15+ years ago. However I’m seeing conflicting descriptions of what is up to code, so I’m hoping someone can ...
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toilet making noise

my toilet has been making a noise the past couple of days. I noticed a black tube at the bottom of the well. So I googled it and tried putting where it seems to go, but that doesn't work. Any help ...
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Drain pipe P trap leaking under sink

I removed the P trap and pipe from the old kitchen and tried to reuse it for the new kitchen remodeling: However, it's leaking water at the connection from the white pipe to the metal P trap: I even ...
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Relocating sink drain that goes behind the cabinets?

We just moved to a new house and I just finished taking the kitchen cabinets off and realized that my sink drain is going behind the cabinets (why?). My goal is to make it go through the floor (see ...
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Rheem Hybrid Water Heater Dead

My one-year old Rheem Hybrid Hot Water Heater (xe50t10hd50u0) is completely dead. Power to the unit is good (full 240v). Screen on the unit is blank. I've pressed the reset button; no help. ...
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Removing unusual bathtub pop up drain assembly

I’m trying to replace the old pop up style drain plug assembly in my bathtub. It is original Kohler from the 1940s. The trouble is that it’s not the standard setup with a vertical piece that has a ...
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Water comes out of the shower head when faucet is in tub fill mode (I know why, but not how to fix)

Here is the deal - I got bathroom remodeled. Moen 82603 single handle valve. When the water is coming out the fastest (mixing hot/cold) water comes out of the shower head. The person (not me) I had ...
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Why did my Faucet's Metal Braided Hose Fail / Explode?

Two years ago we installed an expensive high end branded (Lifetime warranty) single holed faucet in our laundry room. Last week the metal braided hose on the cold side burst. The way our faucet is ...
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Hot water is not getting hot in kitchen sink only

The hot water valve is open and the water comes out but it stays cold. We shut off the cold water valve and it made no difference (besides obviously when you turn to cold side no water pours). We ...
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Water Hammer from Upstairs Toilet

After my upstairs toilet is flushed and the bowl fully refills, it sounds like a water hammer. Here's a video of the noise. At 4 seconds, when the bowl has refilled, you hear the noise: [url="https:...
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Garden hose washer installation - which way?

If a garden hose washer has little 'ears' or 'tabs', is the washer inserted with them on the bottom or top?
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How can I accommodate high washing machine drain flow rates with older plumbing?

Newer machines have a drain flow rate which overwhelms older drains, and there's no adjustment. The only answer I ever hear is tear up your floor and put in new bigger drain pipe. That is not an ...
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Basement Bathroom Rough-In

Say you hire a plumber to do an entire basement bathroom rough-in. If they break up the basement slab to put in an ejection pump and pipes, is it considered normal for them to patch the slab up when ...
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Remote main water shut off & drain valves in crawl space winterizing

Want to be able to shut off main water line in crawl space off via a switch inside and also want to install another valve right above to drain the lines for winter protection while gone and possibly ...
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New water pressure regulator doesn't change water pressure

I checked the water pressure to my home a few weeks ago, it read 120, and was unable to change the pressure when I adjusted the bolt. I figured the regulator went bad, so I bought a new one. I ...
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Modern half-bath copper DWV configuration

First off: I KNOW PVC is fine. I KNOW PVC is cheap. I KNOW PVC is fast. I KNOW PVC is more flexible. I KNOW PVC would still be working [sarcasm] 300 years after I'm dead. Now that I've sufficiently ...
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Concealing PEX indoors with a metal hat channel

I'm replacing the galvanized incoming cold line with PEX. The incoming line runs into the exterior wall of the home about a foot from the ground, then goes down the wall, through the sill plate into ...
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Basement Rough In Decipher

Can someone help me decipher the rough in currently in our basement and identify what is what? What else needs to be done to complete the rough in before finishing the bathroom and starting to frame?
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My stopcock won't budge

I'm buying a house which has a stopcock which will not turn off. I physically can't turn the handle. I want to install a dishwasher there so it would be good to be able to turn the waters off. Will ...
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Garage sewer outlet?

Trying to install a whole house water softener in my garage. Think there is a sewer link, plugged using some wood which is confusing me as to how I can unplug it and make sure that it's actually a ...
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Troubleshooting a running toilet

My toilet has a slow but continual trickle of water running from the rim into the bowl. I presumed this was a misaligned float but when I pulled it up to its maximum height, the flow didn't even stop. ...
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Newport Brass vs Kohler for thermostatic shower valves and trim

I am deciding between these two. Is one significantly better than the other in terms of quality and performance? Newport Brass: Valve https://www.newportbrass.com/products/collections/64/Luxtherm-12-...