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Questions tagged [plumbing]

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

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What should I do before leaving my house for the winter?

I have a house in the northeast and will be leaving it vacant for a while. In the past I have usually just left the heat on at a reasonable temp, maybe a little higher (62F) because I’d rather spend ...
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Washing machine pumps out water oddly on certain cycles

Here's a photo of my washing machine cycles: https://i963.photobucket.com/albums/ae113/TravisJJ/IMG_6500rev_zpsjfv7utit.jpg For all cycles circled in pink, my washing machine is now pumping out ...
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Cold water handle overpowers hot water

In trying to fix a leak in my shower head, I ended up replacing both the hot and cold stems for Price Pfister handles. First, I replaced the hot water stem, which seemed to reduce the leaking. But, ...
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Can I run PEX directly into my clothes washer?

Aside from the difficulty of finding the right fitting, is there a specific reason I need to connect my clothes washer to the taps via a hose instead of directly via PEX? I ask because hoses are ...
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Brand new insinkerator soaked in water and hums without turning

Last weekend I had to fix my leaking insinkerator under the kitchen sink. I bought a new badger 5 from home depot. Due to the leakage before, I put a plastic wash basin right beneath the old ...
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Can I connect a water heater relief valve to an unused dishwasher drain?

I am installing a 4 gallon water heater under my kitchen sink. Is there an easy way to hook the t/p relief valve to the old unused dishwasher drain?
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Minimum Concrete Thickness Over PVC After Rough-In

I just has some plumbing roughed in for my basement. The plumber did an okay job but for some reason routed the drain pipe for the sink under the area where my shower will go. This would't normally be ...
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How to add a garbage disposal and filter system to this mess?

I am planning on installing a garbage disposal and a water filter system into this mess under my sink. I also need to install an air admittance valve into this because it has no vent stack. The black ...
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Sink drain slip joints leaking

I'm trying to install drain plumbing under my sink, and I can't seem to stop the slip joints from leaking. Here's what I have right now (see picture): coming from the wall is a white plastic fitting ...
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Well pump won't shut off or get above 32 psi

Turned off power & valve to house. Tank and gauge read 32 psi. Drained the tank (very little water in it) Tank psi remained at 32psi but gauge dropped to zero very quickly. Took the tank pressure ...
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Warm water only when no shower head?

I have a dumb question and am very new so excuse my ignorance. I've been trying to look this up on but can't seem to find an answer. My shower was working fine up until a week ago. Now only cold ...
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What's up with the PEX on this shower valve?

I've been using PEX for a couple years now. I came across a few shower valves recently, but the 1/2 PEX lines for the hot/cold are not what I'm used to seeing. Please compare my photo (top) with a ...
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Drain and vent the toilet from waste line? (Wet vent)

I have a plumbing question and hope that someone with plumbing knowledge will lend a hand. Can I connect my toilet drain line where the red circle is drawn to my second toilet? The T fitting just ...
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Installing 4 piece shower enclosure that's slightly too small

I am looking to install the Delta 400 shower system from Home Depot. I chose this system because the price and setup works well for my current situation. Shower Pan 3-Piece Shower Surround The ...
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Fixing clogged washer drain pipe

My washer drain pipe backed up today and I tried fixing it with one of these with no luck so far I imagine it has to do with this tight turn in the drain pipe: I thought maybe an auger would be ...
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Avoiding mold after machine backup

My washing machine just backed up (drain pipe is clogged). Fortunately I was home and just bought a shopvac last weekend, but a lot of water got out. Also fortunately this is an unfinished basement, ...
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fridge water supply line dead

this relatively new construction home on a slab foundation...no basement. house plumbing is via a number direct zones of this plastic 1/2 supply line. I was trouble shooting a fridge water/icemaker ...
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How would I fit both a dishwasher and a washing machine with this plumbing?

What would I need to buy to be able to fit both?
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Eliminating plumbing vent pipes

Can you eliminate a vent through the roof using indoor cheater vents under the sinks including tub and shower
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Why are loop (Chicago) vents typically built with three elbows?

Loop vents, for use where direct vents aren't feasible (such as in kitchen island cabinets), are typically drawn, built, and described as comprising three elbow fittings--two 45-degree elbows and one ...
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Pop up drain not flush

I just got a new vanity and sink. The pop up drain flange doesn’t sit flush. The under side of the sink, where it connects to the drain, isn’t level. Is that normal?
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Any thoughts on how to remove this faucet / handle

Hoping to find some help here as I am at a loss. Does anyone have any thoughts on how to remove this fixture. There are no brand marks and I don't know who installed it. The handles don't have any ...
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Plumbing venting into apartment

I am a renter and my house often smells overbearing of sewers gas. I guess this is a two part question. The smell cures up from all the drains and I’ve made the landlord aware of this, she has not ...
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Vent, Drains or Main Sewer Problem?

Several weeks ago my main CI sewer pipe was replaced with 4" ABS up to property line. NOTE: Sewer crosses thru a wall under a neighbors property and discharges on another street. The neighbors yard ...
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Washer floor drain install [closed]

We have plumbing in place for a floor drain and I was curious how hard it would be for me to add a drain in myself. The washer and dryer will go directly on top of this so this would just be used for ...
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Should a brand new AAV be able to leak water?

I know that ideally, an AAV (Air admittance valve) would not leak air or water out. But, should it be able to leak water under certain circumstances (such as running the garbage disposal) while still ...
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Leaky drain, round 2: Trap joint won't stop leaking

I've just replaced the trap on a sink drain, and I can't get the replacement to stop leaking. The leak is coming from the where the trap connects to the wall stub (circled in the picture). There is ...
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How can I remove my sink drain?

I'm trying to replace the second of two sink drains. The first went smoothly, but I'm stymied by the second, which is of course a completely different product. I have the trap off and everything ...
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Why is it unwise to use a Drain King to unclog a toilet?

On its website, Consumer Reports has posted a review and comparison of drain-cleaning products (PDF). The article is about ten years old, but it's free even for non-subscribers. Out of all the ...
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I'm replacing the under-sink pipes, and I'm confused what connector this is

I'm replacing the pipe under the sink after it cracked. I thought I had figured everything out, but the connector I got doesn't fit due to this non-threaded copper bit above the threads, is it ...
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Why can't I get water out of my washing machine taps?

I just moved in and ordered a new washer/dryer that were installed on Monday. There doesn't seem to be any water running to the washing machine. I unattached the hoses from the taps, tried turning the ...
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How can I cut copper water pipe to add a fitting?

I am used to working with PVC and CPVC, but these are copper pipes that I am thinking about adding in a water cooler that needs a water line. My question is, obviously I can't use the CPVC scissor ...
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RO Drain Line Saddle installed after P-Trap

I have an RO drain line that I installed after the P-trap on my single sink install that has a Garbage disposal and dishwasher drain attached as you can see in the pictures. I first installed it on ...
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What are those metal discs at the base of some walls?

Here's an example from a shower stall at work. I've seen them in other types of walls, including exterior ones.
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Adding a utility sink and washer to existing drain stack

First post here, thanks for any help.... Can I add a laundry/utility sink to this existing drain? If so does it need a vent?
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How much should I tighten the gauge on my heating oil tank?

Bought a new gauge for my heating oil tank because the previous owner installed one that was too short for the tank. The gauge came with a tiered fitting that is listed as a 1-1/2" & 2" Male NPT. ...
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Is this drain setup legal?

I did my own drain plumbing. It works great and doesn't leak. However, is this what a real plumber would do? Is the 17" run (in yellow) between the elbow and the wall too long? Is the jog (in blue) ...
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My Basement watchdog sump pump says to add distilled water to a seal battery

My problem is that this is the second time I have replaced the battery to my basement watch dog. The current replacement says to add distilled water. The battery is sealed and does not require adding ...
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O-ring, flat washer and beveled washer - are they interchangeable? What's the difference? [duplicate]

I could not find a replacement water hose in the local hardware store. So I ended up fixing the old hose by replacing what appeared to be chewed flat o-washer with a brand new O-ring. I picked O-ring ...
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Pressure tank and hot water

We have a new well pressure tank. Has been installed and working fine for about 6 months. This weekend our water has been shutting off and then turning back on a few seconds later pressure is fine. ...
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How long do I have to replace my drain baskets (plastic with plumber's putty)

Over the holiday weekend i had to fix a leaky sink. I replaced the drain basket with a plastic one and used plumber's putty. How long do I have, as I believe this is a time bomb? I plan to replace ...
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Water flow to added bath reduced to a trickel when water is used in old side. How to correct this?

I bought an older house with an newer added bath. When I use the water in the old side of the house it greatly reduces the flow in the new bath to a trickle. How to correct this?
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Can I repair this cold water hose?

I am trying to fix tap that has a leaky hose that leaks where 3/8 nut is. It leaks only when I move the nut. Presumably because I over-tightened it last time. I went to Lowe's and Home Depot and they ...
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Why do my heat radiators cool down when I run water?

For some reason, when I have turn on my heating, it works fine, but when I turn on the water, the radiators go cold. I've seen a post about checking a 3-way valve or something but I don't have one. It'...
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Stuck valve on heating system

I've just moved into a new house and the heating doesn't work, hot water isn't circulating. I've narrowed it down to a stuck valve on the inflow to the water pump, it seems that the valve is closed. ...
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Can I fit a service valve the wrong way round?

I have just fitted two angled service valves in preparation for fitting a shower panel. Because one end of the valve has a tap connector type fitting and the other a male thread I have had to fit it ...
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How should I run a sink drain around a corner in my basement walls?

I have a bathroom vanity on the wall about 3 feet from where I want to put a bar sink. Is there a way to run the plumbing around this corner? I still need to put a couple studs on the corner for ...
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Repair shower drain leak

My shower drain started leaking the other day and did some water damage to a freshly painted ceiling 😣. Given it’s the holiday season and I can’t find a plumber I thought I’d take a shot at the ...
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How should I investigate an exterior leak from bathroom shower use?

I noticed after a shower if I go outside that there is water leakage coming out of the stucco wall. Should I start to investigate going under the house for the leak or cut a square out where the ...
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Can I flush 1 toilet while the other one is being fixed?

I had to remove the full toilet in our downstairs bathroom to replace the wax ring and flange. Unfortunately I had something come up and was unable to finish the job tonight. I did put some shop ...