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Water not coming on after ball valve turned off

We turned off the water supply going outside of the house during winter and we just turn that supply back on but there's no water coming out of the outside faucet. The lever connected to ball valve ...
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Getting lint out of a 2 inch drain

I have a 2 inch drain that serves both a sink and combination washer/dryer. It has a near horizontal section and a couple of 90 degree elbows, and I fear that that section is filling with a toxic ...
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Tapping into existing water lines to route through a wall to allow for new lines in a room? [closed]

I am looking for input on potentially trying to install a sink/running water in a guest bedroom. See the diagram and pictures for a easy digestion of plan. The text version is as follows. I want to ...
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Capping radiator pipes away from trunkline because of asbestos

I'm permanently removing two radiators as part of a reno project (bathroom replacing with radiant floor heat). I know that the ideal situation is to remove and cap the pipes as close to the trunkline ...
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Connect Two Pipes

I am not sure how this was originally connected, but it is now disconnected. What must I do to get these two pipes re-attached? The top white pipe has no threading or anything on it, so I'm not sure ...
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Yard floods - will replacing a floway drain with a rainwater drain resolve this

My yard is flooding! It has floway pit that connects directly to a 90deg PVC bend, then that connects to the storm water pipe via another 90deg bend. So there are two 90 deg bends in the span of 500mm....
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Does missing expansion tank and check valve explain non-functioning circulating pumps?

TL;DR: A recirculating pump for hot water was installed and is not working. Looking at the drawings an expansion tank and check valve were not installed. Does this explain why it's not functioning or ...
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Kitchen Water Valve Not Working but Working

I am first time home owner facing a plumbing issue so any advice will help a lot. Underneath my kitchen sink basin looks the photo below. Recently I was trying to adjust water pressure and all of ...
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What are my options for fixing a broken handle on the bib?

Part of the handle broke off. There is a lot of corrosion(?) around the handle connection. I think the whole bib looks very solidly attached/soldered to the T. What are my options for fixing this? I ...
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Water Valve Orientation

I want to replace all the failing gate valves in my house with ball valves; and they are all installed on the vertical plumbing in between the joists, and these are rather inconveniently located. I ...
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Plumbing costs for installing freestanding tub on concrete floor [closed]

We are in a fix here in Austin. Our regular plumber bailed on us last minute when he confirmed that he doesn’t have a master plumbers license and now our master bathroom project is on hold. We need a ...
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Removal of gas line

I'm doing a bathroom/closet reno on the second floor of my home. In the process I discovered an old gas line (black steel pipe) that I believe is still active. I traced it back near the gas meter ...
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How do I get these apart?

This is an assembly for potable water filter. I need to unscrew this connection but the weights involved and tools I have are making it a pain. I don’t have a large enough vise to hold everything ...
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How to better secure the toilet fill hose?

I was having issues with my old fill valve (a Fluidmaster) no longer filling and just dripping in to the tank, and also not shutting off reliably. So I decided to replace it. I got the new fill valve ...
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Is this normal pressure behavior for this Zurn NR3XL PRV?

We have a Zurn NR3XL PRV that's less than 3 years old, but according to the plumber that was here recently it's gone bad. His reasoning was hooking up a water pressure valve to the spigot, and it read ...
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Toilet Extender Causing Slow Flush Because of Venting Issue

This toilet flushes very slowly, and after much investigating. It has been determined that the adapter used to move the toilet further away from the wall causes the water not to vent. The plumbing ...
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Do I need primer for Schedule 40 PVC used for irrigation?

I am building an irrigation system. The instructions that came with the Orbit manifold say use PVC cement. Watching videos like below I see this PVC glued with or without primer. With primer Without ...
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Replacing Moen 1225 cartridge - entire stem and top of cartridge came out - bottom did not

I'm the homeowner/landlord - I've changed the 1225 cartridges before with no problem....until tonight. It has the Chateau style handle. Needed a little CLR to loosen screw but it came out. Cartridge ...
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Which version of the 3/4" Zurn NR3XL PRV is this?

I have a Zurn PRV that's only 3 years old but appears to have failed (I'm getting a pressure tester to validate). Regardless I want to get the exact model and the nuances of the version I can't tell ...
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Backflow prevention fixture on my sprinkler system has started leaking -- is teflon tape the appropriate fix?

The backflow valve on my irrigation system has developed a minor leak at the threads I am pointing to. It's outside and not super fast, so not super urgent, but I would like to get it fixed eventually....
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Can I remove the Bottle Trap if I already have a P Trap?

I recently moved into a new flat and it has 2 sinks that are plumbed as such: As far as I understand, both the Bottle Trap and the P Trap serve the same purpose, so in this case the Bottle Trap is ...
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Replace bath taps that are slathered with sealant

I’m replacing the mixer taps on my bath, but they’re absolutely covered in sealant and the spanner won’t get a grip. Any advice for removing? I’m worried about damaging the plastic nut if I go for it ...
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Covering/closing a basement drain, any reversible options?

For a new basement-level room, we have the option of installing a drain or not installing a drain. We're not sure yet what we want to do with the space. It makes sense to have a drain installed while ...
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Need help planning reroute of cold water line

Recently purchased a house and am in the middle of replacing the lead water service line along with what I think are more lead pipes. From the water service line, the pipe goes underground then re-...
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Is it cheaper to run electric or mixer shower?

we will fully renovate our bathroom. We currently have an electric shower. We installed gas central heating a couple of years ago and we left a hot and cold water feed from the combi boiler in the ...
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Sump Pump Check Valve on Washing Laundry Machine

I am a resident and my apartment manager purchased a Everbuilt THD1020 (In-Line Sump Pump Check Valve) , and installed in the back hose of our washing machine. The back hose would leak detergent soap ...
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Why is there moisture under this PVC pipe attached to my hot water heater?

I just noticed this wetness, but it may have been going on a long time. Is it normal? There’s no drain in my basement, just a rough dirt and stone floor.
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Removing the casing from a mixer tap

I'm trying to replace the cartridge in this mixer tap: I've watched a few videos online, and they all seem to indicate that the tap will have a screw holding it in place - the only one I can find is ...
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Do I need to replace this valve that a plumber claimed needed to be replaced? [closed]

We have this pipe that cracked, and we wanted to fix it. One plumber claimed not only does the pipe need to be fixed but this shut off valve also needed to be replaced. Mind you, he made this claim, ...
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What is this barrel-shaped component in my bathtub drain plumbing?

I have a part on a tub drain where the water from the tub enters low but then exits higher to go to the stack. It says St Louis Eclipse on the part. Currently the tub will not drain.
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How to best replace this cast iron toilet closet flange?

I have an old cast iron toilet pipe that seems to be a bit under 3" ID. I got an Oatey 3" pvc twist n seal closet flange to try to fit into it, but it seems really difficult to fit it into ...
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Can I increase the efficiency of an exterior sump system by installing a check valve?

My house only has an exterior sump system for a walkout basement in the central midwest. The sump seems to run through a cycle, pumping the water through the drain pipe (about 6" below the ...
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Why would a P-Trap be required before an air gap for a refrigerator drain?

Background: A walk-in refrigerator with a remote refrigeration system includes an evaporator coil that requires a drain. The typical installation is an indirect drain (terminating above a funnel drain ...
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Water pressure drops in house when 2 faucets are one at the same time

I bought a house 2 years ago that was built in 1958. Had galvanized plumbing when I moved in and it was almost completely sealed off with rust. I had all the plumbing from the main line replaced a ...
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Where should I install a Kolerflo 120W water pressure booster pump?

I have a tankless water heater and the water pressure is not enough to turn the tank on demand causing the water in the shower to be just barely warm. I purchase a Kolerflo 120W to boost the pressure, ...
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Is Schedule 80 PVC pipe suitable for water main connections?

I'm helping a neighbor who is out of town. As luck would have it, the water main pipe they just had installed less than 4 days ago cracked and started leaking. When I checked it out I discovered that ...
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Can this pipe be repaired?

There is a pipe in my house that has endured extensive corrosion. I have talked with inspectors and plumbers and everyone agrees that something should be done about it. I have had trouble getting a ...
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Why there’s a black rubber cap that perfectly lodges in the Kenmore refrigerator’s drain tube?

My Kenmore refrigerator is forming a thin sheet of ice every 2 or 3 days at the bottom of the freezer. I watched this video on youtube which is exactly the problem I’m encountering. She made fixing ...
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Do you recognize this plumbing logo?

I am trying to replace a seal on a bathtub drain. The central screen on the drain has a hole pattern, but no central screw. Looking through the holes I can only see the cross on the bottom and the ...
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Best way to flush water supply lines

I live in a community with an unfiltered surface water source for my municipal water supply. While the community is trying to bring online a brand new water treatment plant, it’s not operational yet. ...
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How to properly disconnect water feeder tube behind a Kenmore refrigerator?

I have a Kenmore refrigerator, and a thin sheet of ice forms at the bottom of the freezer very frequently. I heard this is a common problem and wanted to remove the tube at the bottom back of the ...
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Should the Toilet hose valve be loose like this?

Today I turned off the toilet water since I have not moved in yet to my new home. I noticed the spindle is loose. Is this normal? If it is not, is there a significant risk of it coming off and ...
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Recently exposed pipe seems to go nowhere in lawn

Just noticed this pipe in my front lawn. Must have been recently exposed, possibly by the landscapers. Pipe is open and not clogged. Seems to have been buried and not go anywhere? Any idea what it is?
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Is there a way to make an under-sink water filter safe from massive leaks?

I'm looking at under-sink water filters on Amazon, and in the reviews, every single one of them has horror stories about the filter exploding and leaking 100's of gallons of water while the owners are ...
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Is boiler water inhibitor treatment standard in the US?

I have hot water heat with a Slant-Fin S-120 boiler. I emptied and refilled the system with water. There are lots of web pages (including Slant Fin) recommending treating the heating system water with ...
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Why are my fittings leaking?

I am installing a new Hansgrohe shower. It came with this part https://www.hansgrohe-usa.com/articledetail-showerpipe-basic-set-16181181 that I decided to connect to this https://www.amazon.com/dp/...
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Which replacement water supply line shut off valve will work under my laundry room sink?

I noticed a leak under my laundry room sink today and was trying to fix the plumbing connection myself. I already turned off the house water main valve. I managed to pull the metal mesh tube (braided ...
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Device to run cold water out of pipes?

Is there a device that will run cold water out of pipes? Rather than have my dishwasher fill with cold water and then heat it up by the coil, I want to run hot water into the dishwasher, but the ...
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compression or push-to-connect more reliable for copper water line?

If you had to make a connection to an existing 1/2" copper water line, which would be buried in a wall (behind a new kitchen sink-base), and soldering was impractical due to proximity of ...
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What is this stubbed out copper line?

I removed an old shower tub combo and discovered a stubbed out pipe coming through the floor. What is it? Is it an old drain pipe or old incoming pipe
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