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Attaching new drain trap to a galvanized stub out

I am replacing a vanity in my bathroom. The brass p-trap from the old sink was connected to the galvanized stub out as seen below. While there haven't been any leaks that I'm aware of, the slip nut ...
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Toilet straight water supply line stuck

The water supply line is stuck and the nut is removed. It turns with some force but won't detach from the bottom of the tank
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How do I break a shower tray silicone seal with limited access?

I have a leaking pipe joint under my shower tray and need to remove the shower tray to gain access. The side of the tray is sealed to the wall with silicone. The top of this joint is covered by the ...
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How much pressure fluctuation is normal on 3/4" line when one tap is open?

We have a 3/4" meter / water supply line to our house. How much pressure difference should I expect between when no water is running and (say) one cold tap is open full? I assume flow rate is about ...
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Trying to replace a toilet's water supply line

I'm investigating replacing my toilet's water supply line/the possibility of installing a bidet. This is what my current supply line looks like From what I can tell, there's no easy way to replace ...
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Plumbing for dummies [closed]

Okay so in this condo there are multi units and mine is the front one also not 2 story as are the rest. Anyhow my plumbing has gone to crap And it's pretty bad. . Water has been seeping through my ...
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Outdoor copper water pipe

My backyard has existing copper pipes outside that I want to reroute. To keep like with like, I'll just continue using copper. Are there any considerations or special types that I need to be aware ...
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What is the correct direction for hot on a vertical single handle faucet?

I'm having a hard time finding an answer to this question. On a traditional single handle faucet, one with the handle on top (such as this Delta Foundations faucet) turning to the left is hot and ...
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PEX pipe burst: what else needs to be fixed to prevent it happening again?

I'm a renter in NYC and our 4-story building has recently-installed (within the last 8 years) baseboard hydronic heat. All of the tubing is PEX, except for from the boiler itself (as required by code) ...
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What adapter do I need to connect this shower hose to valve?

I bought this valve which I believe is 1/2" IPS: And I have shower hose that according to Home Depot compatibility board is "1/4 brass pipe" (or "3/8 brass pipe" with the adapter I have). What ...
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No hot water at faucet after repair

We have a single handle Grohe kitchen faucet which was leaking severely at the handle. After replacing the cylinder, the leak stopped. However, now the hot water does not come on at all. The ...
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Install washer drainpipe

I have a washer currently draining into a utility tub sink. We heard a horror story about kids putting toys in the sink and the washer drainage flooding the house. I want to remove the drywall to ...
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2 pipes going into the cold side of my water heater

Anyone know why I would have 2 pipes going into the cold side of my hot water heater?!
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How to clean my jetted tub when commercial cleaners fail?

The previous owners of our house badly negelegted the jetted tub. We recently corrected a large number of pluming issues with the tub, and are in the process of trying to get the lines to run clean. ...
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What is this pressure release drain funnel?

In a new construction home, there's some plumbing that I'm not familiar with. It looked like a funnel drain to me. The builder described it as a "pressure release and condensation drain for the ...
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Septic system in soil with clay layer

Is a layer of clay at appx 24" down going pose a significant problem installing a septic system? It seems to be appx 24" to 30" thick. Or should we look for better conditions upslope on a 10ac lot in ...
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Strapping down a copper pipe with little access

I installed a new tub faucet because the old one had a terrible diverter. Because the pipe moves in and out (about 1.5inches), it’s impossible to get the new faucet to fit tight against the tub. I ...
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Is DIY water softener feasible with my house layout?

I'm planning to finally deal with the hard water in my home. Before I get a plumber involved, I wanted to check if I could DIY the installation, so here I am. The water main pipes and valves are ...
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PVC drainage leak

Heard what sounded like water slowly dripping from stairwell outside the 2nd-floor bathroom when the bathtub is draining. Following sound location down to the 1st floor, discovered a black drainage ...
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Why does this pipe feeding a hot water heater dip down like this?

This is a cold water pipe just in front of the hot water heater it is feeding. Why is it shaped that way? What is its function?
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What is this purpose of this access pipe in my bathroom?

In my new apartment in Spain there is an opening in the middle of the tiled floor that reveals a ~15cm diameter pipe. This descends around 60cm and has water at the bottom and some smaller pipe ...
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Hot/cold water issues while showering

I have periodic hot/cold water issues while showering & my landlord is giving me a hard time about solving it. What can I do?
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How can I get water to drain out of a sink where the drain opening is higher than the bowl bottom?

First off I screwed up where I drilled the hole for the drain. The middle of the bowl is actually raised so the water pools in a circle around the drain: I'm curious what my options are now... Is ...
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Viessmann Vitodens 200w, LCD screen stuck on

We have a Viessmann Vitodens 200w boiler and the screen on the weather compensating control unit (Vitotronic 200 Weather Comp Kit HO1) is stuck with everything lit up. I can’t find anything in the ...
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Pivot rod in bathroom sink too tight

Ok, changed out the pivot rod, old one was broken. Put new one in, But. By the time I have the retaining nut tight enough to stop leaks. The pivot rod won't move? Loosen it to help movement, but ...
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What is happening to the surface of this shutoff valve?

Yes, I know it's rust, but should I be concerned? In the third picture you can see the complete layout, to the right is where the water enters the house with the first valve (green) before the meter, ...
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What Size Toilet Flange for 3 1/2" ABS Pipe?

I'm trying to purchase the correct toilet flange but having difficulty. The bathroom was roughed in years ago in ABS and we are trying to finish it out. As a I measure the toilet waste pipe, it ...
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Stop pipe from banging without removing floorboards

We have a pipe that bangs for a while right when we turn the heating on. I managed to isolate where the pipe is (under the floorboards on one room), the problem is that I can't lift the floorboards ...
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Reduce suds created from washing machine rinsing? [closed]

I live in a 6th floor of an old building with piping that clogs easily and frequently. We have to fix that, but it's expensive so we have to find temporary alternatives in the meantime. Our washing ...
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Kitchen faucet gives hot water when I close the cold tap

I have a faucet in the kitchen sink that is provided cold water. There is a pipe from the faucet to the electric water heater, and then a third pipe to feed the hot water back to the faucet. When the ...
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Why does my kitchen faucet have 3 pipes?

My kitchen sink has a peculiar setup I haven't seem before. The faucet has 3 pipes and there is an electric water heater under the sink. The first pipe brings cold water into the faucet. The second ...
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Shower/tub issue

We have heating and hot water from kitchen and bathroom sinks. When I turn on the shower or tub it runs hot for 30 seconds then cuts out completely. No water comes through. It only happens on the ...
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Double sink clogged in mobile home

Was working through a clogged sink yesterday, had a partial flow, went to my parents for a bit, came back to find husband and roommate had decided to take it into their own hands, got some bleach ...
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Where to install an atmosphereic vacuum breaker for my fire pit spigot

I installed an underground water supply to a hose spigot near my fire pit on my property, and I'm trying to determine where to install the vacuum breaker. I understand it needs to be installed at the ...
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RINNAI Water Heater Flush Procedure

I want to flush my tankless water heater (DIY). I've never read plumbing schematics before. Which one of these is the "V1" value they are referring to in the doc? (And have I correctly identified ...
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Can sewage smell penetrate indoors because of inadequate venting?

I have a basement toilet that is connected to a 4" buried sewer pipe but its vent that goes three stories up to the roof is only 2". The toilet seems to have a permanent smell of urine which starts ...
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Plumbing utility sink into washing machine with no vent

So I currently have a washing machine that has its hose running into a 2" standpipe that is coming out of my basement floor. A humidifier hose and AC hose also squeezes into that standpipe and it's ...
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Replacing Bath Spout

Our bath spout has been dripping for quite some time so I’m wanting to replace it. It unscrews and the picture is what I’m left with. I think I know which type to buy but it’s still dripping even ...
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Hook up portable washing machine to the regular water pipes already on the wall

What do I need to hook up a portable washer to the regular hook up for a normal size washing machine. I cannot get a new washing machine in the laundry room area so I have to go with a portable. The ...
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Both hot and cold tub knobs leaking behind the wall

Okay, so I may have solved this problem but I want to know if my solution even made sense. We recently bought a house and soon realized (due to the ceiling being soaked downstairs) that our upstairs ...
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What is expectation for plumber doing finishing work in bathroom?

Last year I worked out a fair price with my plumber to do all the rough-in plumbing for our basement build out that included rough in plumbing work to pass rough-in inspection and it included a return ...
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Toilet cistern besides the toilet

I am wondering if it is possible to install a built in cistern next to the toilet. Please see the image attached - the idea is to have a cistern in the short dividing wall next to the toilet bowl. ...
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Combi boiler chemical replacement

I have a combi boiler (less than 2 years old, with plumbing that may be 25 years old) and I'm doing some work which will require a full drain of the heating system. I think I'm going to need some ...
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Water flooding out of "Sink Erator/Dishwasher Air Gap

I have a problem with waste water flooding up through the sink erator and all over the kitchen counter, each time the dishwasher is used. I have taken to placing a rag about the erator and capping ...
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What type of plumbing fitting is this? (Fridge)

This picture is the fitting that comes off the back of my fridge for water into the fridge. Fridge manual says it is 1/4" but doesn't mention fitting type. Is it compression? And if it is compression,...
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How to Remove Cpvc from copper shower valve?

I discovered a slow leak in the house I purchased which was causing all sorts of moisture related issues. (pretty sure the previous owners knew about it cause they had just installed new carpet and ...
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How can I disconnect this sprayer hose?

I've already removed the faucet and am trying to disconnect this line so I can remove the weight and pull all the lines through. Does anyone know how I can disassemble this? https://imgur.com/a/...
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Can I use existing horizontal tub drain pipe as vent and add new vertical pipe to drain?

I have a bathtub that has horrible drainage and its because of an old galvanized horizontal pipe that connects to the stack. I cannot replace this pipe with PVC with a better slope without ...
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Hammering pipes

I have pipes hammering in the walls. I happens when other water flows are shut off such as a toilet finished filling up or water shutting off when washer fills up. This is only on cold water. I ...
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Replacing Shut Off Valve

I changed out our kitchen faucet over the weekend and after getting everything hooked up, I'm only getting hot water. Our cold water valve's handle broke off a while back so I just use the screw to ...

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