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Toilet intermittently won’t flush - strange seasonal venting issue maybe?

Backstory: last winter we had an issue where Toilet #2 of our 2 toilets (the one furthest from septic tank) would intermittently not flush. The tank would drain completely and refill properly, the ...
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Physics of reducing water pressure using reducing pressure valve

I watched this video how to adjust downstream pressure. While it is clear to me how increasing it would work, by simply letting more water in from upstream, I am confused where the existing pressure ...
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Mixing PEX A and PEX B?

I want to run 1" trunk and 1/2" branches to fixtures, and would prefer to use PEX A mainly for its flexibility. Unfortunately my local stores only carry PEX A in 1/2 and 3/4 sizes. Would it ...
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Can I replace wooden support board with aluminum board inside mobile home shower wall?

This is inside a 1997 Schult mobile home. I'm fixing a leak inside the wall. Replaced all the connectors (adding shut-off valves in the process). Still getting a small leak from the center connector. ...
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Recommended pressure in hydronic radiator closed circuit

What is the recommended pressure in a hydronic radiator closed circuit? By "closed" I mean there is a valve to fill it and then it can be closed, after which the circuit is not connected to ...
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Should seal tape ever go in a union?

I messed up the soldering of this 1" copper union (solder went into the threads) and the threaded joint (not the soldering) is having a very small leak, yet noticeable. I will replace the union ...
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Can a drain have an immediate slope after the drain trap?

I'm trying to install a sure-vent to vent a kitchen sink. The elbow I got is stretched more than I expected. Since it is so stretched it will give a short distance between the trap section and the ...
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repiping house with PEX [closed]

1950s house with original galvanized pipes. Looking to repipe with PEX. Currently low water pressure, takes minute(s) for hot water to reach back of house, very hard water with occasional orange/brown ...
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How many extra water heaters do we need for 5 full baths and 2 sets of washer and dryers?

We purchased a home to convert it as an Airbnb for 10+ guests in Atlanta. The house currently has 3 full baths and a washer and dryer set. It also has a full basement that we are going to finish with ...
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Should a washing machine shutoff valve be replaced?

I have Symmons washing machine shutoff valve like this: My problem with it is that in order to turn water on/off, I need to apply some force to the handle. It's not like I'm struggling much to do it,...
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Single-handle shower valve won't shut off

We just had a new shower valve (single handle), head, and faucet installed a couple weeks ago ("KOHLER Capilano"). It was working fine until yesterday when it would no longer shut off. What ...
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Converting 3" (No Trap) to Sink with Wall interference

Current Configuration: 3" (No Trap) pipe located in front of the future wall. (Blue Chalk line is the front edge of the wall (2x4). Plan: Repurpose this for the sink by 1. Breaking concrete, ...
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Do these pipes need to be replaced?

We're remodeling a shower and after getting the tile and backer board off, this is what the pipes look like. There isn't any noticeable leak, but it looks like maybe there was at some point? These ...
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Plugging unused yet unremovable 3/4" copper pipe

I retired some 3/4" copper pipe but am not in a position to remove it because it would require demolition I don't want to do. The cut was made flush with the floor in my utility room. The pipe ...
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Why does sulphur smell linger so long after treating it?

My chlorine injector stopped working a couple weeks ago and I had it fixed. After three days of normal use by a family of 5, I tested the water coming out of the 120Gal treatment tank and it smelled ...
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Raising waterheater on bricks to gain clearance under

I was wondering if it's recommended (against) raising a waterheater on bricks to gain clearance under, which is desirable in my case to clean the air intake? The waterheater will be sitting on a ...
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Bypass to feed cold water into hot pipe

I would like to be able to feed water from the cold water pipe into the hot pipe directly bypassing the waterheater (WH) upon demand, such as the WH being off for whatever reason. The switch would be ...
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water softener install - outdoor @ city water intake

Moved into a 1950s home with galvanized pipes and 20+gpg hard water. Doing renovations and hard water is beating up everything new, so I want to install a water softener resin+brine tank like the ...
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Can a plumbing vent go up a different drain, for some length

My contractor came up with the below idea. Is it OK? The first floor kitchen drain vent can't exit directly anymore (there's an extra room being built on top). He tells me it can tap into the drain ...
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Distance between dielectric union and nearest soldered joint

A dielectric union comes with plastic gaskets that are vulnerable to melting near high heat. What is the minimum distance between it and a nearest soldered joint to avoid the heat from soldering ...
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Order of reducing and relief valves in pressure reduced system

Does the order, relative to the direction of the water flow, of reducing and relief valves matter in a pressure reduced subsystem (hydronic boiler in this case)? In other words, does it matter if the ...
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Pressure testing gas hydronic boiler

I just bought a used gas hydronic boiler at an antique shop. I have not yet installed it and the item is still returnable if dysfunctional. I was wondering if it would be a good idea to pressure test ...
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Choice of steel pipe for extending boiler water sockets

I bought a used hydronic boiler at an antique shop and it came with 1-1/4" (can't tell if galvanized or black due to corrosion) steel fittings for water in and out sockets. In extending them for ...
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Boiler flue adapting to chimney vent pipe

I bought a used hydronic boiler at an antique shop to replace my old one. It came with a flue that reduces from 6" at the appliance box to 5" after a draft hood and a vent damper. My ...
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Water softener plumbing

I am getting ready to put in a softener - my house never had one previously. Attached is a photo of my plumbing setup. I have an irrigation system that I assume I want to bypass for softened water ...
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Replace corroded gas range line

I’m attempting to replace a gas range line that has a pinhole leak. I disconnected it from the wall without issue but separating it from the stove itself is near impossible. I’ve tried a baking soda ...
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Seal a Universal Tub Spout

Trying to replace the bath tub spout for a front-end threaded connection, I found a "Universal" tub spout (and in fact could not find a front-end-threaded-only tub spout at the local ...
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Drain lines to septic are going chug-a-lug

Starting recently when water from showers, washer, dishwasher, etc go down the drain pipes I hear what sounds like the wastewater stopping and starting. My best analogy would be like an unvented 5-...
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Bathroom sink leak (not washer)

Could you help me, please, I attached images and I have questions about them. How black part of the sink calling? (orange box) Is this part of the sink or is it a replacement part? My sink is leaking ...
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Fireplace gas line burner replacement

So in an effort to update my fireplace I was looking to remove the old burner meant for a gas log set and install an H-burner for a fire glass setup. The original nipple was too long traveling into ...
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Bathtub Leak when Drain Clogs

I get a leak from my bathtub but only when the drain’s clogged. Before I pay a bunch to get it inspected, can I get any ideas? Thank you.
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How to connect piping underneath a kitchen’s double sink?

When I purchased my house, the piping underneath my kitchen sinks looks like this. I've been told that they should not be double trapped. Instead, they should look something like this So I went to a ...
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cached aerator with no teeth to grip

Does anyone know the best way to remove a cache aerator from the bathroom faucet that does not have the teeth to grip a key with? I am unable to insert a flathead screwdriver to wedge in as well.
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Can you run too big of a water pipe from the main?

I am putting in new irrigation and supply lines for my remodeled backyard and I've done my homework on water pipe sizing, but I'm left wondering if I'm installing too big of a pipe onto the main. The ...
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How can I remove shower head

I would like to change the shower head from my bathroom as this old one shoots the water in an annoying single stream due to missing parts. The previous owner have done a terrible job putting this ...
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Been told washing machine drain too clogged to clean out

Plumber wants to install new drain pipe up through attic and connect with bathroom drain pipe that empties into sewer. It will be hooked to a sump pump to push water up. My main concern is it ok to ...
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smell from vanity drain hole when AC fan is on

I am in Dallas area. When the fan of one of my AC units is on, there is stinky smell(like bad vinegar) out from the one drain hole of the vanity in one bathroom. I can here air flow if I put my ears ...
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How can I seal the gap around a valve handle in drywall?

I have a valve under my kitchen sink that controls the water at my outdoor spigot, and I was unable during a kitchen remodel to fully seal this area leaving an opening in the drywall around the valve. ...
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Gurgling and sudden water through pipes noise?

Just about 2-3 days ago I've noticed a couple of strange things: When I flush my toilet our shower drain (I believe) which is right next to the toilet makes a weird gurgling noise after the toilet is ...
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Can I connect these 2 under-slab plumbing vents?

I am trying to move my bathroom wall back a bit (making room for larger vanity), and everything was going well until I took off the drywall and saw that there were vents back there. Why are the vents ...
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Replace a shower handle and faucet, new configuration

I currently have a handle for hot/cold, and part of that fixture there's a toggle switch to flip from shower to faucet. The the spout is just a spout. I'd like to replace it with a new configuration ...
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How to cut off water to remove a basin

I want to remove a basin (that is in my bedroom), but I'm not sure what to do with the water coming into the taps. The cold water has a stop valve (which does work). So, I imagine I just turn the stop ...
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New toilet fill valve's plastic back nut not compressing rubber sealing washer enough to seal cistern inlet hole

My cistern inlet hole was seeping. I bought a new fill valve, removed the old fill valve, removed the sealant applied to cistern inlet hole, and installed the new fill valve. What doesn't work ...
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Short, angled connection from sink siphon to wall piping

I have ~20cm from my sink's siphon to the wall outlet. The outlets do not align; so there is currently a flexible tube connecting them; but as the distance is short; the flexible tube has to bend back ...
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How can I remove this rusted single hole faucet?

How can I remove this rusted single hole faucet? I've tried pentrating oil, despite the smell, I've removed the two lock screws. The thing won't budge. I feel like I've put a lot of pressure on the ...
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Old shower handle…can not turn hot/cold lever or handle. What are my options?

We have a half bath in our detached garage. (The shower has not been used for 6 years. I had to take off plastic handle and use a wrench to turn the water on. And when I did, brown water ran for a ...
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Newly started surges and thumping when I flush?

We had a new home built, and for the past three years there has been no noises coming from the pipes when I flush the toilet in the upstairs bathroom. Now I flush and there comes three gushing sounds ...
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Connecting beverage dispenser to reverse osmosis system

I'm trying to connect a 1/4" or 3/8" reverse osmosis tubing to a 3/8" compression fitting. I've bought multiple connectors but no luck - any recommendations on what I should look for? ...
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Corroded Water Shut Off Bolt/Lever - Is this okay for now?

A couple months ago I noticed our water pressure get weaker when we used more than one appliance in the home. Today I picked up a replacement PRV but when I went to change them out I noticed that the ...
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Septic alarm went off. Pump running. Unknown valve in closed position. Is there DIY fix or tank needs to be drained?

Recently bought a home with septic system and alarm went off. I silenced it: It seems it has been in continuous mode for at least last few months. First question - Is this the expected mode or should ...

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