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Adapter: male pvc pipe to female metal outdoor faucet

I have an outdoor faucet that recently had a metal pipe (age caused it to crack) replaced with a pvc pipe. The faucet that is attached is metal, so it didn't leak before; it leaks now because it is a ...
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Minimum vertical pipe height under kitchen sink drain

Is there a minimum height that the pipe directly under the kitchen sink drain needs to be, before it bends (in my case to the left)? Here is a picture of what I have (first image), and then a picture ...
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What are the insulation requirements for a wall-mounted faucet?

I've read that wall mounted (as opposed to counter-top mounted) faucets are fine so long as the wall is insulated, but could not find any information on the necessary R value of the insulation. This ...
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What is the correct terminology for the pipe that feeds into a P-trap

Hi I have a sink which started leaking and I managed to diagnose the cause: It seems the pipe that feeds into my p-trap is not water tight: photos below What is the correct terminology for the slanted ...
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Delta two-handle still leaking on hot side

So, I'm obviously doing something wrong, but I'm not sure what. I have a delta two-handle fixture in my bathtub and it was steadily dripping from the faucet, so I thought I could fix it myself. I ...
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Improve function of shared tankless water heaters [closed]

I’m living in a 5-plex of two story condos/apartments that share two gas powered tankless water heaters install one the third unit. The condo units are all in a row. The units on either end suffer ...
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Whole house filter/water softener affect water pressure?

Since moving in we have some issues with the water pressure in our house. I have adjusted the water pressure coming into the house and measured it at around 60psi (originally was set to around 35-...
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What is this type of sink drain/plug called?

We recently moved into a condo, and the sinks have screw-in drain cover. We are trying to find a replacement drain cover that is able to close, but I can't figure out what the type of drain is called ...
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Slow water drainage, then air bubbles from shower drain

I tried loads of things that may clear a blocked shower drain (store-bought liquids, vinegar+baking soda, running hot water through) over the past months, but the water still drains very slowly. After ...
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How To Neatly Cover an Indoor Sewer Cleanout?

I am currently renovating my room and realized that there is a wall popping out. It was bothering me because it would be an obstruction when placing new furnitures. I removed it and planned to make ...
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What size water meter do I need to connect to county water?

I have been on a deep well for over 30 years but now need to hook up to the county water line. My house is 4,400 sq. feet. Should I use a 5/8 inch or 1 inch meter?
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Toilet noise after a flush [closed]

After a flush, it whines and makes high pitched noises when filling tank up. Time for new stuff?
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Boiler turning cold in middle of use

I have a valiant boiler ecotec 824 that was service about 4 months ago but has suddenly had a problem where the hot water for either the shower or the taps will run hot but flick between being luke ...
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New Water Hammer Problem

I have recently started experiencing water hammer in my house. I have lived in the house for 30 years and it is about 80+ years old. Never had a problem with this before. The only thing that has ...
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Interior french drain with 3" footing

My basement (built 1945) has been taking on water seepage via the cold joint between the wall and floor slabs. This has been fairly steady for the last month due to a very high water table . I've ...
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Is it safe for plumbing to use rainwater to flush toilets?

A couple of articles encourage the use of rainwater to flush toilets. (article 1, article 2) However, would it be safe to do so if the rainwater in your particular area has a pH that is considered as ...
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Help Identifying Basement Rough-ins

I am working through the layout of the framing for my basement and would appreciate some help identifying the rough-ins. I do not plan on putting a shower in the basement, only a powder room as my ...
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Plumbing re-routed through attic

We recently had a leak under our slab foundation and ended up going with rerouting the plumbing through our attic. After it was done, we have noticed that there is now a distinct odor (of the PEX ...
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How do I “tie in” my washer drain to my utility sink drain?

I'm installing a vertical washer drain pipe that will come down inside the wall. I assume that new pipe will need it's own P trap. How should I "tie in" that washer drain P trap to the ...
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Can I run PEX water lines/PVC drain pipe in “warm” side of insulated exterior wall?

I want to re-plumb the PEX water lines + drain supply line in my laundry room. The back wall of the laundry is an exterior wall with standard fiberglass insulation. Currently, the water lines to the ...
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How many wraps of Teflon tape around nipples that need to point in one direction?

I cannot find one source on the Internet that addresses what to do when you’ve wrapped the threads with Teflon, threaded the fitting on and threaded until it’s pointing in the right direction, and it’...
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A 1“ T fits the pipe and a 1” valve does not, why?

Both of these are labeled 1". The T on the left fits the little bit of grey pipe. The valve on the right is too small. What am I missing?
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Washing machine E03 error

I have Hoover washing machine. During my last wash cycle it suddenly stopped washing and gave me E03 error code. The E03 error code on your Hoover washing machine means that the drum isn't draining - ...
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What do you do with the toilet brush after you clean the toilet? [closed]

I mean, it’s wet and I don’t want to put it back in it’s holder until it’s dry to prevent mold/bacterial growth. And also it’s dirty. Am I supposed to rinse it in the sink?
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Connecting a refrigerator water line - modifying the existing tubing

I have a water line in place for the fridge but I want to modify it. It is a 1/4" copper line that runs from under my sink under the floor below the cabinets then to my fridge. I cannot do ...
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Sink drain too far from the wall

My drain is too far away from the wall. I cannot fit the cabinet. While I recognize I can push it horizontal arm it is not good enough which means I have to cut pipe which is in the wall. Can I just ...
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Sink drain pipe won’t connect to trap

Installing a new faucet in the bathroom. The new drain pipe does not reach the trap. It is very close however.
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How would you repair this broken sprinkler irrigation PVC pipe?

Please see the photo. We had a (plastic!) stake hit this (red circle). There doesn't appear to be any leaking from the red circle. Unfortunately, there is quite a bit of spray from the bottom of the ...
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Issue with cold water valve - kitchen sink

I have an odd plumbing issue. When I open the cold water valve under the kitchen sink, it causes the cold water to automatically come out of the faucet, without having to move the kitchen sink handle (...
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Placement of sewage exhaust pipe

I am wondering about code and if my indoor sewage setup is fine. I live in Flint, Michigan. I have a pvc pipe that angles straight upwards after 2-45 degree angles that exits the house through the ...
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Getting pressurized water from old irrigation well system

We bought an old vineyard that has an existing well & irrigation system. There is a 3" pipe that comes up from the well at an angle. This leads into a vertical pipe which has a screen which ...
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Extending copper water pipe to fridge/icemaker and leaving options open

I've got a 1/2 inch copper water pipe into the back of my attached garage [Img1], conveniently next to where I have a fridge/freezer unit. I'd like to attach water from that pipe to the built-in water/...
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Replacing an electric range with a gas range

I want to replace an electric range with a new gas range and i am wondering about combustion air and venting requirements. The location of the range is next to a utility room where furnace and hot ...
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How should this sink be vented?

We are remodeling our kitchen and moving the sink from against a wall to a peninsula. You can see below what the plumber put in. The new sink drain is lower left (in blue). The drain eventually ...
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Outside garden hose bib plumbing - 1/2“ or 3/4”'pex

I recently renovated and I now want to setup an outside garden hose. I can either hook it up to the 1/2" PEX or the 3/4" PEX. I have 3/4" PEX coming from main water entry to my water ...
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Lower Sanitary T in Wall for new lower sink

I have a question, I need to lower the Sanitary T due to new sink being lower and garbage disposal out being lower then the wall out. Luckily the pipe is vertical in wall. The old T that you see in ...
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How to design supply plumbing for 3-way valve

I'm putting in a three-way diverter valve that will supply a rain shower handheld shower or both, similar to this post: Building new shower, how can I control the flow of water to two different shower ...
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Do water lines to a house get clogged?

I just bought a house that was abandoned for about a year and I can't get water into the house. The house is on city water. When we bought it, the water was turned off at the street and the shutoff ...
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How to open this conical tap trimming?

I need to fix the leaking tap but problem is I am not able to open this cover. I have tried dousing it in WD-40 but even that didn't work. I have tried strap wrench but it does not give much grip. It ...
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Are ppr pipes not worth the money?

I installed PPR pipes in my house for water supply and now after investing so much of money and time a person today told me that plastic pipes are not good enough as they burst in freezing ...
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What happened with my spigot and how to fix it?

I went to shut off my hose and this happened. (Fortunately, the water got shut off.) To what degree is this spigot busted and what is the general course of action now? Edit following comments. After ...
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Possibly sand in the pipes

My Mom, 96 years old, lives in a 1978 Mobile home. Her water just trickles into the house. I have seen over the last two years sand and at one point, orange hardpan in the water, (it looked like ...
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In-place sewer cleanout tee replacement?

I had a contractor roll over a sewer cleanout with some heavy machinery. It looks like the contractor may have amnesia about the damage and reporting to his insurance, so I may be out of luck and need ...
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Water leaking from sink trap

This weekend I replaced a drain stopper and all the hardware down to the p-trap, keeping those parts original. After connecting everything I ran the water for about 10-15 minutes while I cleaned up. ...
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External sewage pipe damaged

I recently had some tree service done to my yard by a contractor, which required them to drive heavy machinery through the lawn. It was pointed out to me that they drove over and damaged an external &...
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Which side of double sink do I connect garbage disposal? NEWBIE

I have a double sink in kitchen same size. Looking to install garbage disposal for my first time. Do I install it on the right (white pipe) or left side (black pipe)? I assume the right side (white ...
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Can someone help me identify this fixture?

I am trying to find out what fixtures to purchase for this valve ? I found some numbers on these, but even googling them the entire day did not result in anything fruitful. Hoping if someone knows ...
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Any special precautions when turning off water to a property?

When turning off incoming pressurized fresh water to a property for a few hours during non-freezing conditions, are there any special precautions that need to be taken? Specifically, is there anything ...
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Is a double elbow code-compliant for merging two residential drains?

I'm working on a project where I have two fixtures coming in from the left and right, and then the waste water exits downwards vertically. My question: Is a 1-1/2" PVC double elbow for this up to ...
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Is a soap and water gas leak detecting solution more likely to cause rust than the store's version?

Will a water and soap solution (one tsp of soap in a cup of water) cause a pipe to rust more than BrassCraft Gas Plastic Water Heater Gas Leak Detector?

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