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Questions tagged [plumbing]

For questions about the supply and removal of water and liquid waste.

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Updating a valve assembly: can a PVB have multiple downstream valves?

So I have this hose bib setup in my backyard that the pool company setup. It consists of a hose bib and then an ABV teeing off from that and feeding into two quarter-turn valves. One valve feeds an ...
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Shower Flange Threading

I had to replace my valve stem on my shower, it was an older style with the 3 knobs (hot, diverter, cold). I have the valve stem out and replaced but trying to re-attach the Flange is for some reason ...
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What to try next when pipe joints leak with both thread sealant and with teflon tape?

I am plumbing a couple fixtures (a water heater and a shower) with pex and a few threaded fittings (at the heater and shower fixtures only). At first I used teflon tape (3-5 turns in direction of ...
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Do I need to prepare old pipe to install a compression fitting?

I bought a new multi-turn valve to replace a really old one. The new one has a compression fitting where the old one is soldered. My plan is to use a pipe cutter just below the soldered joint. I'm ...
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seal hole in sewer

In the yard adjacent to my (new) home is a sewage pit. It appears that when the plumbing to the upper stories needed to be replaced (many years ago), rather than repairing properly, a hole was made ...
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What is this shower handle mount called? Is it replaceable?

I’ve got a jet tub with deck mount controls. One of the items is a shower handle thing on a hose. It’s supposed to set in this chrome collar but the collar is broken. Well it was broken but it glued ...
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What is the proper way to bring a water line in through skirting on concrete runners?

Hello, I have a new manufactured home in the greater Seattle area. Our frost line is at 12” and the home sits on concrete runners. My contractor ran a common trench for our utilities, power and ...
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How do I remove the pump head to expose the impeller on my water pump?

I primed the pump and the water pressure went up to 22 psi and didn't go any farther.Pump doesn't shut off.
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A plumber replaced my vacuum break after it was damaged by ice. My sprinkler system still doesn't work. What to do next?

Last week, I had a plumber come to my house because the vacuum break in my sprinkler system froze and broke. This came as a surprise to me because we have always had the system properly winterise. I ...
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Do PVC glue, cement leave traces?

Before a month, I bought a domestic air conditioner for my bedroom and the person who came to install it, used somewhere PVC glue with that strong toxic smell (you can smell glue without to have to ...
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Standing water at bottom of sink

I wish I could figure out how to load a picture that’s a small enough file to explain but hoping someone can understand what I’m saying here. I have a ring of water around the entire perimeter of the ...
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Tapping into existing 3/4“ supply and 3” drain to add washer

I understand there are a lot of variables to something like this, so I'm going to try to provide enough detail that people can at least understand the question here: I have a washer/dryer I'd like to ...
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Under slab DWV lines

Just wanted a quick opinion on lay out for my under slab plumbing before I start gluing. Top left 4" pipe is for toilet (17" from each foundation wall, top right 2" is for the vanity. The P-Trap ...
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Reverse Osmosis Tank Not Filling After Filter Change

I just replaced my RO filters and now my tank is empty and not filling. I detached the supply line to the tank and NO water came out aside from an initial spray so I'm not sure what the issue is. The ...
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What’s the marginal value increase as toilet price increases?

I’m going to replace the four toilets in my new house with elongated taller toilets. I’m looking at the $300 range because of some design features (taller seat, elongated bowl, tank attachment, ...
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shower wall jets replacement

One of our old wall mount jets in the shower broke. The pipe got rusted. The plumbing suppliers do not sell this kind of wall shower jets in California because of regulations. I am wondering if I can ...
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How much concrete floor cutting should I expect in this new layout for my basement bathroom?

I am assuming that relocating the vanity is the most difficult thing here. The plumbing is copper. Should I continue with copper of connect with plastic PEX. Below is the old layout. In the old layout,...
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Can I discharge water heater condensate outdoors?

I'll be installing a condensing tankless water heater that has a condensate drain. Can I discharge this line outside instead of into sewer?
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Both shower heads have less flow after water heater replacement

Just had professional replacement of 50gal water heater. Both Shower heads in master bath have noticeable lower pressure than before. Plumber used CPvC on new installation connected to existing copper....
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Kerdi shower pan in a shower with 2 drains

Well my simple bathroom refresh has become a full on gut and remodel. I ripped out the tub/shower and plan on turning it into a large walk in shower approx 43" × 72". Since I already have 2 complete ...
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Toilet overflow

My wc overflows into the bowl about every 20 flushes and can be stopped if I press the button again. The system is 5 years old and has a dual flush mounted on the wall. How can I stop this from ...
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Okay to bend plastic pipe/conduit with some tension to fit the trench?

If the trench for ABS drain pipe and PVC conduit isn't perfect, can I bend the pipe so its offset a couple of feet over about 25 feet?? Its held in place by the trench walls but under some tension. ...
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Patio natural gas fireplace with 1/2" pipe

I am looking into building a patio with a fireplace. I'd like the fireplace to run off of my home's natural gas. When I built the house they ran a natural gas line from the furnace to a place that we ...
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How to Plumb Sink to Drain

My vanity was roughed in with the waste outlet offset to where the sink ended up, as the vanity choice hadn't been made at the time. As a result, I need to get the trap outlet over to the waste pipe. ...
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Is a slightly-deformed clay pipe a concern?

We're doing a buying inspection on a house, and the sewer inspector provided a video of the snake camera. Here's a still from where the house line (clay) connects to the city line: The inspector didn'...
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How do I get 150F water to the dishwasher?

I have read in a maintenance manual that the ideal temperature for incoming water to a dishwasher is 150F. In my house, the hot water heater is currently set to 135F and it cools on traveling around ...
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Tub Drain SLOWLY Drains - If You Hold “Knob” Down It Drains At Regular Speed

I am sure this is just due to age and wear and tear on the drain, but I do not know where to start. My drain slowly drains, but if I hold the "knob" down it will drain at regular speed. What should ...
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What can cause a never-frozen indoor copper drain pipe to crack?

The 1-1/2" copper waste pipe than runs from our kitchen just up and cracked two days ago along its length, and for no apparent reason. The crack is in a section of pipe that runs vertically through ...
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What o-ring can I use for my Omnibasic water filter?

I just bought a house that has an Omnibasic water filter. I don't know when the filter cartridge was last replaced, but it's starting to drip water so I want to replace the cartridge and the o-ring. ...
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Earth clamp material for copper pipe

I have a copper water pipe i want to connect to earth. I bought some pipe earth clamps but I’m suspicious that maybe the material they’re made from is not suitable and will result in galvanic ...
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Reattaching water meter

I'm trying to reinstall the water meter pictured below. It it has plastic male threads on each side, and they connect to the copper piping using a flare fitting (I think that's the right terminology). ...
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Identify shower brand (circle with two lines inside): photo

I'm trying to identify this shower brand to replace a cartridge. There are no other markers on the shower except a symbol at the front. The symbol is a circle with two vertical lines in the middle, ...
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How to replace a Jacuzzi bathtub faucet

I have moderate plumbing skills. What is the procedure for replacing a leaking Jacuzzi bathtub faucet? Mine is similar to the picture. I DO NOT want to break through the tile to get to the bottom ...
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Running wiring for a dishwasher

I installed a new dishwasher, and now I'm at the point where I need to wire it As a temporary measure, I just wired an appliance cord, and ran it to an outlet. To do that, I'm running it to an ...
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Can I use a Sharkbite on a running pressurized pipe?

My main water shutoff valve no longer turns, and getting the city to come and shut water off at the curb is a bureaucratic hassle. I'd therefore like to install a valve without being able to shut off ...
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Bathroom Sink Tailpipe and P Trap do not line up horizontally

I'm installing a new vanity, everything fits fine except the sink drain is about two inches farther out from the wall than the previous sink was. How can I get some horizontal extension? The outtake ...
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Corrosion due to dissimilar metals or bad ground?

I'm a 1st time home owner but experienced DIYer here. Unfortunately I have little plumbing experience. I installed a hot water recirc. pump at my hot water heater about a month ago. I did not notice ...
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How to get rid of rats in wall coming from old washer drain pipe?

We moved our washer dryer from kitchen to garage couple of years ago. Now we have been hearing lots of scampering & squeaking from wall behind our new fridge location & inside adjoining ...
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removing faucet handle bathroom sink

I am stuck. I want to remove the handle to replace the cartridge. After removing the index I see what appears to be a flat head screw, but it is not screwable. It won't budge. I can't screw off the ...
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How to get spa pump to quit leaking around new plug with o-ring

I have an XP2 Spa pump that I can’t get the plug to seat and seal. The plastic plug is difficult to start. Once I get it started and turning, right about the time it starts to tighten, the plug acts ...
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hot / cold copper water pipes located above main electrical panel

The Pipes are about 7.5 feet above the basement floor. I am in Canada. . The pipes are about total 2 feet in vertical length as measured from the 90 degrees turn from the basement, popping up the ...
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3 Handle Shower Cold Water Turns On Shower

I have a 3 Handle Shower/Tub where the left is Hot, middle is shower, and right is cold. The Hot knob works exactly as expected, the shower knob turns the shower on and off, BUT the cold knob will ...
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Is this an s-trap and can I vent it in the cabinet?

I created the attached trap for my bath vanity. the extra inverted U was necessary to avoid an obstacle. it seems it is still an S trap. Can I make a small hole on the top and add a pipe, effectively ...
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Irrigation Ball Valve Replacement

The 3/4" ball valve coming out of the house has cracked and is leaking. Is the only way to replace is to cut the pipe below the valve and then on the other down pipe going into the cement? I haven't ...
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flexible plastic hose coming out of toilet tank

What is the purpose of an additional flex tube coming into or out of the toilet tank? It is not the braided inlet hose into the tank.
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Issues installing water spigot

I been trying to install an exterior water spigot for the past few hours. I bought a new 1/2 inch frost proof lawn faucet from arrowhead brass and plumbing llc and the salesperson recommended that I ...
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Why is water being consumed when my shutoff valve is closed?

I have a shutoff valve in the crawlspace that operates just the four outside hose faucets. Heard the water rushing last year and sure enough the water meter at the road was reflecting water usage ...
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Something plastic stuck in the trap of the toilet

My toilet started misbehaving this morning. It does not flush, it does not empty at all, or it does it really slowly that I cannot see it. I tried using a plunger, that didn't work. The bad part: ...
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1/4 inch plastic water line to 1/2 inch refrigerator connection

I am on the last step of installing a reverse osmosis water filtration system underneath the kitchen sink. After the water is filtered, I have two options; connect the final blue 1/4 inch outer ...
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Black Greasy Substance inside my Copper Tubing, is it safe

I recently opened some 3/4" copper tubing before my water softener to add in a sediment filter, and was surprised to see a black greasy substance inside all of the tubing, I notice the toilet bowls ...