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My hose bib is leaking here, how do I fix it?

Could you advise? Part in orange box leaking. I feel I should try to unscrew the orange part and try to replace the washer. But I feeling it can be stoked and can't unscrew it (orange part). I would ...
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What type of hose bib is it?

I am trying to understand what is a type of mine hose bib. Is it male or female? I can't understand where is it finishing. Thank you so much, I really appreciate it. UPD: I would like to understand ...
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hose connection to sink drain broke. What can I do to fix it?

A water softener drain hose is connected to a metal drain pipe of bathroom sink. I accidentally broke it and not sure what this part is called and how to properly attach it to the metal pipe. As you ...
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Warm water often coming from cold taps

The issue I am having is that very often, the water in the cold line from my taps is cold for a few seconds when I turn it on, and then it warms up almost immediately and stays warm. Last year, I was ...
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Connect humidifier and furnace drains directly to pipe

My furnace has a bypass humidifier and another pipe that drain to a little pump. This little pump activates periodically, pushing the water up to a drain pipe (which ends up going straight back down ...
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Can water heaters receive hot water through the inlet pipe without malfunctioning?

I'm using solar powered water heater panels now, and I want to reuse my old gas heated water tank, as just a reservoir for accumulating hot water from solar without gas powering it (disconnected from ...
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Connecting water system drain line to sewer

I’m replacing my water filtering and softener system. The only drain we have in the basement is connected to the sewer pipe. The drain line for the old system are T’ed together and connected to the ...
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How to level an already settled bath tub?

I have a bath tub installed in my basement. The tub's front and back long sides are leveled. but not left and right side. The tub is about 1/4" off towards back from both the sides. I don't see ...
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What could be the reason for 1 toilet rumbling when flushed and the other toilet,does not? [closed]

What could cause one toilet in my house to rumble when flushed and not the other toilet?
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Can I connect a 90 degree tee to my plumbing that goes straight down?

I currently have a kitchen sink on the first floor which leads to a vertical pipe (illustrated in black). I would like to connect a bathroom sink to the same vertical pipe (illustrated in orange). Can ...
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Is it weird for have a pressure regulator fail after 5 months? [closed]

We've been in our house about 5 years. 5 months ago we had knocking/whistling issues. We called someone and the plumber replaced our pressure regulator (not sure how old it was). Over the last 2 ...
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Leaking around flange on inlet of water heater

I am having a problem with a leaky water heater. It is leaking on top around the cold water inlet. I replace the nipple, but this did not fix the issue. It appears the leak is not right around the ...
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When do I use 0.3" and 0.5" w.c. drop MDPE Natural Gas pipe sizing tables?

As a disclaimer, I'm working closely with my inspector and I'm going to subcontract my gas plumbing work to a professional - I just like to do my homework first so I know what's going on, what to ...
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Air in hot water lines after new water heater installation

Replaced 20 year-old water heater (professional install) a month ago. Ever since it was replaced I get air in hot water lines first thing in the morning. I get less air throughout the day since I use ...
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Why are water softeners a domestic installation?

I live in a south England region with very hard water, and some years ago I bought a water softener, which has made a big difference by eliminating scale buildup around plugholes etc. However, these ...
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Is my shallow well pump broken?

Single-line 1 HP shallow well pump with preinstalled 5 gal pressure tank (one of these). Not attached to a well, but drawing water from a tank level with the pump. After a year of disuse, I started it ...
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Basement septic plumbing

Could someone tell me what these pipes are? I think they are the old main septic pipe and clean out. If that is correct shouldn't these be cut off,filled with dirt and cemented over? Thanks Pat
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Moving a condo kitchen: is connecting to bathroom plumbing stack an option?

Considering a pretty drastic change in our ground floor "townhome" but looking at it, it could solve many challenges we have with our place and allow us to not move. Here is the question: ...
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How to find a drain line for water softener installation?

I'm looking to replace "Nuvo Home" with a Aquasure salt-based water softener (Harmony Series 48,000 Grains). Installation process seems to be straightforward, but I'm not sure where the ...
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Do I need to replace all of the insulation if the AC condensation causes a stain? [closed]

I recently noticed a stain on the living room ceiling of my second floor condo unit. Above this ceiling is the master bedroom. I had a contractor come by who informed me it was likely condensation ...
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How can I remove a stuck kitchen faucet cartridge?

I've tried vinegar and wd40 and would really appreciate any helping hand for this noob here!
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Temporarily reroute a vent pipe

I am adding an addition to my house. The original vent pipe came out of the basement into a covered porch. That porch has been removed, and will be rebuilt as a deck. The problem I have is the new ...
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Copper pipes making knocking sound when I turn the water off

I did bathroom reno and replaced bathtub and shower faucets locations and extended copper pipes a little. That's not the first time I weld copper pipes and I didn't have any problems in past. What I ...
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What is this capped pipe?

This pipe comes out of the floor of my kitchen and I am wondering if it is gas or water. It isn't close to the other water lines by the sink and there is a gas stove on the opposite side already. I am ...
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Alternatives to mains pressure shower

Our current shower is a tankless mains pressure type and is instantaneously heated by a gas combi boiler. Eventually we intend to build our own house and I am looking for non fossil fuel heating for ...
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Water tube coming out of (going in?) to HVAC has black in it. How bad is it? Do I need to call a professional NOW?

Pardon my ignorance. There is a clear-ish tube connected to our HVAC and a water pipe. I think the water pipe is the drain pipe which means the HVAC sends water out of the tube out the drain. I assume....
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Single Basin Disposal Plumbing

I added a new deep basin sink recently and didn't think it thru enough. Due to the new depth, the disposal outlet will sit 6.5" below the bottom of the sink (to the middle of the outlet pipe). ...
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How To Cap My Fridge Water Line

I wonder if someone could help me sort this issue out? The water line to my refrigerator has no shutoff. I need to cap it, but it's setup so the threads of the waterline are connected to a nut on the ...
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How do I remove the aerator on a Kohler Artifacts faucet

I have a Kohler k-72760-4, and I can't figure out how to remove the aerator. It looks like an inside male threaded aerator and I tried buying a key to unscrew but it looks like I bought one that was ...
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Best place to put a check valve when there are 2 lines in the house

I had some bad sewage backup during the flash flood surge from Ida here in New York City. I'd like to prevent ever having sewage backup and am looking to put in a check valve. There are a couple of ...
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Part of waste pipe tilting up

I was clearing the pipes and noticed a part of the waste water pipe was tilting upwards instead of downwards causing a lot of stuff to be congregating at this part and I don't know whether the plumber ...
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Would garden lime hurt house sewage pipes?

I had sewage backup in the basement that eventually all drained down into a square cutout surrounding my house traps, soaking into the soil surrounding my house trap pipes in the basement. Now the ...
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In a storm surge sewage backup - will sewage shoot up to upper floors if basement drains are covered?

If I have a sewage backup from the city sewage line during a storm surge, and I cover up my basement floor drains and sink, will the sewage just keep going up the line into my upper floors and flood ...
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green oxidation on copper pipe: do I need to clean or replace?

I'm installing a new vanity and found green oxidation at the elbow joints of the copper pipes exiting the wall. As you can see in the pictures below, there is much more oxidation on the hot water pipe ...
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how can I remove a faucet nut in a very tight space

I need to remove several faucets. The faucet nuts are in a very tight space, in several places recessed into a hole in the basin (see the first two photos). There's no space to get a basin wrench, ...
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Plumbing - How do i connect a washing machine water hose to this

I need to install a washing machine into an outdoor shed The shed has water access which feeds an outdoor tap - drainage just outside - so seems like a perfect recipe... However - the internal water ...
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What is causing my tap (faucet) to not work properly?

Background My flat is on the 3rd floor of a converted Victorian building and the mains water pipe to my flat has a booster pump installed on the ground floor to improve water pressure. Whenever any ...
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Fiberglass insulation in a short duct soaked with sewage, disinfect with Benefect or remove insulation, or just completely replace?

I had sewage backup that filled my basement mechanical HVAC room about 6 inches. I have two HVAC systems side by side. This means that both one-foot-long sections of the 18x30 rectangular cold air ...
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Dealing with build up from galvanic corrosion in supply tees

I opened up the wall behind my kitchen sink during a major remodel to find iron nipples in threaded brass fittings. Here is an image with labels: I removed the iron nipples from both cold water ...
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How to remove a broken tub drain

By the looks of things, a "handy" homeowner glued a tub drain in place well over 20 years ago. The metal is now so corroded and brittle that it's falling apart with minimal amount of ...
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Which of these options is the safest/most efficient method to plumb a kitchen sink drain in an island?

First, I'm going to try and describe the current (original/builder) configuration. It seems more complicated than it needs to be, but perhaps there's a reason or code that is required. This is a ...
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Replace Copper Pipe & Gate Valves With PEX Pipe & SharkBite Ball Valves & Fittings

Summarize the problem My 35 year-old home's water supply gate valves and outdoor hose bibbs are very difficult to turn on and off. Provide details and any research The primary water supply comes in ...
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Plumber drilled through exterior 2x4s - that's bad, right? [duplicate]

I'm doing a bathroom remodel and adding a utility sink for my wife's art studio on the floor above. When we talked over the plan, I decided to go with the 2" drain they said I should use, but I ...
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What is this stuff in the wall behind my bathroom? (Is it asbestos?)

I'm planning to have some bathtub faucet stems replaced, and I'd like to do some due diligence before hand. The plumber will have to do some work in the area pictured. The picture shows the access ...
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Rushing water sound

A sudden continuous water rushing sound coming from what appears to be from the water heater to the outside water pipe. Sounds like a fire hydrant was opened but no water entering the house. We have ...
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Way to patch pinhole size hole in black pvc drain/vent pipe

I accidentally drilled through my drain/pvc pipe while installing baseboard. It was right behind the drywall. I used trim screws and it barely went through. There is a pinhole size hole from what I ...
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Outdoor Water Spigot Will Not Turn

I'm having an annoying issue with an outside water spigot. I was watering the yard the other day and kinked the hose so I could put on an attachment. Finished watering and when I went to turn off ...
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Attaching flexible bath drain pipe to dwv pvc pipe

The drain pipe in the image below came with a bathtub I bought. How is it supposed to attach to regular dwv pvc? The inner diameter is about 1.375 inches, although at the two grooves near the end the ...
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House piping descaling sedimentation elimination procedure?

What's the best approach to descaling or de-flaking or cleaning or reducing the amount of, what I think is, mostly iron scale on the inside of the house's piping? I know I have ferrous and ferric iron ...
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How should I fix this broken plastic toilet flange?

I went to replace an old toilet out in the garage and the flange cracked. It and the pipe are black plastic (PVC?) and the flange appears to be glued on. Whoever did this the first time did not ...

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