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Trouble with solvent welding waste pipes

I am trying to install bathroom waste pipes (for shower and sink). I am struggling over getting solvent weld joints in the waste pipe that I am happy with. The summary of what I have learned from ...
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Water rushing through pipes every few seconds

For the past two hours, there has been a sound of water rushing through pipes that lasts about 5 seconds before a loud thumping noise. After another 10 seconds or so the noise repeats. What could be ...
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Plumbing to hose bibs using PVC

Is it acceptable to use PVC pipe (like schedule 40) under the house to plumb from the main water supply to hose bibs that punch through to the exterior? I have an unfinished cellar space, and I'm in ...
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Plumbing Vents Under Roof Deck

Getting right down to it: I have an add-on space under a second story roof deck I want to turn it into a bathroom I cannot use AAV, has to have actual venting (I'm challenging this currently) I'm ...
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Can I attach a bidet washlet with the T-Valve connected to the wall instead of the tank?

I recently purchased a bidet seat/washlet. I live in NYC in a rented apartment, and the toilet is designed in such a way to be fairly shallow - and inflow tube to the toilet tank is very hard to ...
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Natural gas fireplace valve replacement?

I had my natural gas fireplace inspected and the technician said that the valve is faulty and needs replacement, and that they could do the job for $1700, as there are four parts that need replacing. ...
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Where should I install the drain saddle for a reverse osmosis system in this plumbing?

I am trying to install a reverse osmosis (RO) system under the kitchen sink. I need a drill a hole for the drain. I cannot decide where to drill as it might be very noisy due to constant noisy leakage ...
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How does one secure black pipe gas plumbing to an exterior wall?

I’ve added a short extension for a grill quick disconnect to my home’s natural gas plumbing, and I’m finding the straps to secure it to the outside wall are lacking. They're perfectly sized for the ...
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Can you build a rain diverter with a double T and a toilet plunger?

I'm reading the GrowNYC Rainwater Harvesting Guide and I see in the diagram a "winterizing tee" - a double tee with a reference to a plunger. Are they really just talking about a toilet ...
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Can I remove this second side-by-side house trap and replace it with a check valve?

I'm trying to make room for a check valve to my house sanitary behind my main check valve and a Y connection to my storm line. Currently I have two lines side by side that join together near the ...
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Remove bathroom faucet cartridge

I watched numerous YouTube DIY videos on this topic and other articles on the web, they all seem to address the simplest case where you expose the cartridge by remove the faucet top, and turn it with ...
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How to couple 4" round corrugated downspout to plain round

I'd like to connect a 4" plain round downspout filter to an existing 4" round corrugated downspout. Do I need a specific type of coupling to do that, or will the 4" corrugated fit ...
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Is it possible to make this vessel sink into an undermount and function properly?

I have a small bathroom I'm trying to remodel and have a subcontractor working with me. I kinda don't trust him any longer. I'd fire him but I'm in a contract and we're very close to the finish line. ...
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Do template assisted crystalization water conditioning devices work?

Does anyone have experience with a template assisted crystalization (TAC) water conditioning device, for preventing limescale deposits?
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What’s the correct consistency of PVC all purpose cement?

I have a can of Oatey all purpose cement (for PVC, CPVC, and ABS) that’s been sitting in my garage for about 10 months. I don’t remember what it’s supposed to look like. The label says not to use if ...
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ABS to PVC transition glue: OK for PVC to PVC?

Can ABS-to-PVC (white-to-black pipe) transition glue, like this: (Image from Home Depot) be used on PVC-to-PVC pipe joints (white pipe only) ?
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Main water supply's grounding wires

I am confused about the house's main water supply grounding wires and the purpose. From here I read the following: A jumper ground wire at the water meter is am important safety device that should ...
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valve leak at main water supply

I'm not sure if this is the same question as this, but I'll ask anyway. I have a leak near the knob at my main water supply. The picture shows the green oxidation. Is there any DIY solution, or do I ...
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Discovered old dry well or septic tank with muddy water - can I just fill it in?

My house has been on the sewer main for 30+ years (original house built 1959, at least three owners ago), but a hole opened up about ten feet from my foundation. Looking down, it's a round cavity, 4 ...
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overflow safety drain cover of my tub rusted away, can't remove rusted bolt that holds the cover

So the overflow/safety drain of my tub rusted away, I got a replacement, but can't put it in since the bolt that held it to the PVC fitting is all rusted. I So I'm all out of ideas, I tried WD-40, ...
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Bathroom drain is leaking even with nuts and washers properly installed

I am installing a new bathroom sink and it is leaking in two parts, at the faucet drain and at the p-trap. I will ask separate questions for each of these as I believe it is a different solution at ...
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Fixing a leaking p-trap when the outlet pipe has a lip on it

I am installing a new bathroom sink and it is leaking in two parts, at the faucet drain and at the p-trap. I will ask separate questions for each of these as I believe it is a different solution at ...
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Closet bolts for cast iron toilet flange

I have a toilet issue. I noticed my toilet was rocking from side to side. I pulled on the brass closet bolt and it was loose, so much so that it came up in my hand. I removed the toilet and the bolt ...
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How can I clean stucco residue off PVC pipe so I can work with it?

I have a low-pressure condensate drain line where I need to shorten some pvc so that I can create an air gap to the drain. I was going to cut out a PVC section and re-attach with a coupling, but I ...
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How do I fix my bathtub knobs that rotate the wrong way after cartridge replacement?

I replaced both hot and cold delta cartridges on my bathtub and now I have no leaks but they turn on and off backwards. What to do? Thanks.
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P-trap fits sink drain and tailpiece but do not fasten to them securely

Installing a bathroom sink. I have a tailpiece/downspout that I'm attempting to connect to a p-trap, and then subsequently connect the p-trap to the drain sticking out of the wall: The p-trap I have ...
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Pipe fitting identification for bathroom sink drain

I am installing a bathroom sink and this is what I'm dealing for a drain pipe opening/receptacle. I'm hoping that's a drain pipe with a nut rusted onto the end of it, and hopefully with a little bit ...
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Bronze Hose Bibb with Galvanized Pipe

Outside my home I have a capped-off galvanized pipe stub-out. It connects 18 inches underground to PVC water pipe. I would like to attach a common garden hose bibb (sillcock, spigot). These are ...
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Is this air admittance valve too small, broken, or in the wrong place?

This question is a follow-up to my earlier one about a sewer gas issue in my house. Since posting, and with the help of some of the comments, I've isolated what I believe is the problem: When the ...
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For inspection on the hot water

I have a two handle sink and I know the hot water cannot be no hotter than 110 I’m being told when it’s a two handle sink the hot water can be at 140 it doesn’t matter because the cold water is there ...
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Tub stem adapter for handle

Does there exist any way of adapting one type of valve stem to another handle that won't fit it? I have a gerber two handle (separate hot/cold) system, and my wife bought some handles that ...
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No hot water in house unless you run the shower upstairs then you get hot water in the kitchen sink

About a month ago we noticed the our shower (which is upstairs) started giving only Luke warm water. It is now ice cold. We are also not getting hot water elsewhere in the house. We discovered when ...
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can I install an inline check valve on a condensate drain line down pipe?

I actually need to add a check valve to my condensate drip line/sewer drain connection since it had sewer backup recently (the 3/4" PVC condensate pipe was piped down directly into a 2" ...
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Standing Water In Shower Drain [duplicate]

I have an upstairs shower that when I remove the "drain cover" (10 hours after the shower was used) there is standing water 3 - 4 inches in the drain. I assume this means there is a clog or ...
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Washing machine tap is seized, what can I try?

As I was trying to install a first washing machine at my folks new home, I ran into the issue of not being able to open the water line into the machine. Context: the bathroom went through a ...
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Is it reasonable to expect a home sewer system to handle 2-ply toilet paper?

I own a fixer-upper that has... more problems than I originally anticipated. The current problem that I'm working on tackling is that the sewer line under the basement blocks if 2-ply toilet paper is ...
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How can I adapt my faucet to a dishwasher connection?

I'm looking for one of those table top dishwashers. I can use the sink's tap if it has a screw end. The problem is that mine doesn’t. Can anyone think of a way to adapt this tap to get a screw end on?
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Filtering the byproducts of iron removal after chlorine injection [closed]

I am using a chlorine injector to remove iron. I don't yet know how much iron I have, but assuming it is all dealt with via injection, there will be byproducts (rust?) from that reaction. Someone ...
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Could spray foam insulation around a drain pipe have caused a toilet to loosen?

About 3 weeks ago, we had a problem with our toilet. The toilet is on the first floor. It was leaking. We called in a plumber who said that the wax seal was bad and he fixed it. After doing this, we ...
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Getting Two 3/8” Inlets after Angle Valve

One of the PEX water outlets in my garage is currently connected to a 1/2 in. Nominal Compression Inlet x 3/8 in. O.D. Compression Outlet Multi-Turn Angle Valve (similar to one shown here). I’d like ...
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Could a damaged zone valve cause hot water to be always on?

I have a gas boiler (Ferroli OPTIMAX HE PLUS 25S) which has separate hot water and central heating control, connected to a timer (programmer - Sauter R27-HW). The problem is, the water is always ...
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Washing machine shut off valve leaks

Washing machine shut off leaks. I want to change the shut off. I traced the hot water line back to the hot water heater. Do I turn water off at hot water heater?
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How can I connect 1/2" compression tubing to 3/8" compression valve?

I put in new bathroom vanities that came with the sinks. When I attempted to connect supply lines under the sink I discovered the lines from the faucets are 1/2” female and the supply valve is 3/8” ...
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Will repeated use of drain cleaning chemicals damage plumbing?

I have a bathroom sink that gets clogged (or the water goes down very slowly) about every 2 to 3 months. When it gets that way, I put some Drano down and it solves the problem. My concern is that the ...
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Which of the two provided tailpiece types should I use?

I have this new bath drain. It comes with two optional tail pieces. One uses outer threads and a nylon washer. The other uses fine inner threads. The drain basket is threaded for either one. Are ...
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Installed new deeper sink and now disposal line is the same height as drain line. Is what our contractor did okay?

So we're remodeling our kitchen and my wife insisted we get a new farmhouse sink. We had a contractor install the new sink and after getting it put in he mentioned that the disposal line is about the ...
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Why does our hot water tank start working when we shut off the cold water valve to the tank?

We live in an apartment and do rent but we are only getting lukewarm water it will not get above about 90 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Our maintenance man has been over here trying to figure it out but ...
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How Can I improve the Pressure in my Shower When it's Fine in my Bath

I have a shower that connects from my bath - there's the tap for my bath and then there's a little metal rod that I lift up to redirect water pressure to my shower head. The water pressure is fine in ...
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puddle around my new bathtub drain. I think the threads go down too far

I recently replaced the old drain in my bathtub with a shiny new one. I noticed when I did it the old drain had shorter threads that did not screw down as far as my new one but I thought nothing of it....
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Can a new expansion tank cause extreme water consumption?

We recently sold our home and per inspector had a licensed plumber install a new expansion tank. We moved out, but continued to visit the home to clean, so we know there is no water on and no leaking ...
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