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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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Could a thermostatic shower cause pipe fittings to break?

I live in an apartment that has an in-wall (concealed type) thermostatic shower. Within the last year, we had two major water leaks caused by pipe fittings that connect to the shower box bursting open ...
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What type of bathroom sink supply plumbing is this?

I'd like to replace the faucet (and add shut off valves below) but am unfamiliar with current piping beneath. I've done basic plumbing (valve to copper pipe via compression hookup) but these pipes don'...
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Stop Pipes From Pulling Through The Wall

I had shower valves replaced about a month ago, and ever since then now if you pull the shower knob it pulls out a great deal of pipe through the cut-out. I'm thinking the easiest solution to this ...
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Removing Plumbing From Bathroom Sink

I am trying to remove a bathroom sink and vanity (the entire set-up), and unfortunately for me, I just discovered that the hot/cold water lines as well as the drainage line (that connects to the home ...
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What is this mains water/mains electricity switch in my UK kitchen?

What is this fuse-protected electrical panel with on-off switch and indicator light? It bears the label MAINS WATER SUPPLY. I have tried leaving it switched on or off for long periods of time (weeks ...
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Kitchen sink drawer blocked by p trap [duplicate]

I made a bit of a beginner's mistake and forgot to account for the sink drawer so the drawer doesn't fully close as it hits the p-trap. No way to lift the drain pipe since it goes into a side cabinet ...
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How do I connect my sink to the drain in the wall?

I'm a real novice when it comes to plumbing. I've got a threaded 45 coming out of the wall (white pipe on the right) and an unthreaded black tailpiece coming down from the sink. How do I install a P-...
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Sewer gas (?) smell in one bathroom. Septic issue?

We have a half bath downstairs in a two-story home on septic. Occasionally (every 7-10 days) we get a strong odor in the half bath. It seems like sewer gas, propane, or a dead mouse. The other two ...
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How can I repair my leaking/dripping tap?

Our tap is leaking. It started with a drip but occasionally it's a continuous flow. It's the cold tap (right). I've taken off the lever to reveal the small cog that controls the flow; no obvious ...
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What is this plumbing part?

My sister-in-law sent us a picture of this. It is in a closet in her finished basement and she isn't sure what it is or what it's connected to, but it is dripping. As a layperson, my only guesses are ...
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Can I add non-return valve to an existing tap

I recently purchased and installed a tap (pics below). I found that if I keep the main tap handle open but keep the outlets closed, I hear hiss sound of the water as if the water is still running. I ...
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How to access washer in old tap/faucet

I have a leaky tap, I've tried to follow some guides for how to fix this, but they all seem to be for much newer taps than I have. I've taken out a screw and thought I would be able to lift the top ...
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What type of adaptor do I need to connect a female 3/8 OD faucet to this shutoff valve?

I recently bought a new faucet for the kitchen sink and found after removing the old faucet that the new connector won't fit on the water shutoff valve: I stumbled upon this answer and proceeded to ...
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How to replace shower cartridge but access to pin is blocked by plastic plate?

I'm trying to replace my Moen shower faucet cartridge but some sort of plastic plate is preventing me from removing the metal locking pin. I can't seem to find anything on YouTube or google that shows ...
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Water Whooshing Sound in one bathroom sink

Staring from just a couple of weeks ago I can hear water flowing for several seconds after turning off the bathroom sink taps. The water runs down the sink perfectly, no backups. Its just after ...
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How do I verify PVC pipes have been glued and separate them if they have been?

I am replacing an old double sink with a new large single sink plus a disposal. It seems that the old PVC for the old sink has been glued at each joint. How do I verify PVC has been glued and what is ...
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Help finding small faucet aerator

Can anyone suggest where I can find an aerator like the attached? The faucet is made by the Rubinet Faucet Co. but I cannot get through to them. The aerator has an M16.5 male thread. All aerators ...
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Can non-"Lead Free" fixtures be downstream of potable water?

I have an "outdoor" water line that splits from the main line. This line feeds an outdoor sink that is technically drinking water but not used very often. It also feeds an outdoor shower. ...
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Struggles replacing bathtub drain

I'm trying to replace a tub drain, and as far as I can tell the replacement piece is the right size (same diameter and thread spacing, and nearly the same height as seen in pics) However, whenver I ...
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Draining a bath into existing floor drain and possibly retaining us

I have an existing bathroom with sunken shower area 30" x 72". I will install a drop-in bath into this area (procedure: four brick walls, tile on the open wall, plaster base to support). ...
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Bathroom sink leak (not washer)

Could you help me, please, I attached images and I have questions about them. How black part of the sink calling? (orange box) Is this part of the sink or is it a replacement part? My sink is leaking ...
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Old shower handle…can not turn hot/cold lever or handle. What are my options?

We have a half bath in our detached garage. (The shower has not been used for 6 years. I had to take off plastic handle and use a wrench to turn the water on. And when I did, brown water ran for a ...
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Is this the stopcock for my entire house?

Been trying to find the stopcock in my house and came across this tap in the downstairs toilet, does it look like the stopcock? If it is it doesn't work (i.e. it turns but doesn't stop the flow of ...
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How do I fix a hose bib that's leaking under the handle?

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 this?

I am trying to understand what type of hose bibb is this. Is it male or female? I don't understand where is it finishing. I would like to understand where the pipe ends and the hose bibb starts.
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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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Is it a problem to always have water around the tub flange?

Is it a problem to have water around a new bath tub drain flange? Only, does it dry up after an hour later from consent sponging.
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Replacing shower diverter pin

I have a 1985 house with a no-visible-brand faucet in a very inaccessible space (I’d love to bust it out and replace everything, but that’s beyond my time and money budget right now, and possibly ...
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How to unclog or flush a toilet that when plunged it pushes up the overflow tube?

I have a clogged toilet in an apartment and every time I try to plunge it with my plunger it pushes up the overflow tube(?). I've tried plunging it less and more forcefully but both just push up the ...
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How to fix or replace this part of my sink faucets?

I have a faucet that is made of some nice metal that I'd rather repair than replace: The cartridge in both handles that seems to me to be broken: When the water supply is turned on, water slowly ...
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Stuck water cold/hot water switch for washing machine

There is a "kill switch" between the cold/hot water pipe and my washing machine. For the 2-3 months the switch has gotten more and more difficult to turn (both ways). What might be the ...
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Gap between toilet and a "glue" on the wall

I don't know anything about plumbing, but recently I moved to a new apartment and noticed that there is a slight gap between the hanging toilet and some kind on a white glue on the wall. Check the ...
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Replace drainage assembly in concrete sink

I have a really old (over 50 years) concrete sink, but the metal part of the drain underneath is completely rotten through and need to replace it The drainage pipe is all 1.5 inches. The white ...
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What is the name of this bracket for the soil vent?

I need to buy a new bracket as the one holding the external vent is broken and pipe is wobbling. What is it called so I can search for a new one? It's about 12cm external diameter.
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Removing Moen Kitchen Faucet

I'm trying to remove a Moen kitchen faucet. It is a single-lever faucet with a separate spray hose. I disconnected all the supply lines and spray hose. But now I'm having trouble removing the faucet ...
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Leaking Shower Handle

Our outdoor shower is leaking. All the water is coming from right behind the handle. Do I need to replace the whole unit or can I just replace the cartridge? Video here: https://youtu.be/ETXY8khsHw0
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How can I remove this piece from my bathroom sink handle?

I have been trying to remove an old bathroom faucet for two days and I'm stuck. I can't remove the old faucet handles because I can't seem to remove the part shown in the picture (the big nut and the ...
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How do I stop a leak / change the cartridge on this faucet handle?

I recently moved into a new apartment and have a slow leak from the left faucet handle in the bathroom (given the build up you can see in the photo, it’s probably been leaking for a while). I assume I ...
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Ground floor toilet started bubbling randomly and the water level has risen in the toilet bowl

We live in a house, we have 2 toilets 1 upstairs and 1 downstairs. The downstairs one started bubbling vigorously and the water level in the bowl started rising. Now flushing just increases the water ...
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Repair or replace sillcock

I have a frost proof sillcock that is only a few years old. It is leaking - and the issue is that I can't find a way to take it apart and check for a bad washer where the leak is coming from. The leak ...
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Will the InSinkErator Evolution Compact garbage disposal fit under this sink without modifying the plumbing?

I'm trying to help out an elderly friend with a plumbing issue. He doesn't know anything about plumbing, and I don't consider myself very knowledgeable in the field. His sink currently has an ...
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When selecting a garbage disposal, generally best to select galvanized steel or stainless steel for the grind components (cutting blades)?

When selecting a garbage disposal, is it generally best to select galvanized steel or stainless steel for the grind components (cutting blades)? Obviously, it depends on the specific grades of steel ...
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How to connect PVC to galvanized pipe

What are the proper ways to connect PVC to galvanized metal? The context of this question is for a house that has a kitchen drain stack made of 2" PVC, except for the topmost (vent) section, ...
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Sink Level, Top of Drain Level, Bottom of Drain Not Level, Causing Leak

The bottom of the drain hole on the new sink I just installed is cut/shaped at an angle so that it isn't level with the rest of the sink. So when I tighten the collar below the cone gasket tight with ...
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How to remove copper pipe that is inside an exterior wall?

This pipe twisted and severed when I was trying to unsrew an old outdoor faucet. It's about 1.5" (4 cm) deep in the exterior hole. I can grip the pipe with needle-nose pliers, but I can't move it....
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Sink faucet cartridge pops out with geyser-like leak

I've never heard of this but today my wife screamed that her bathroom faucet (cold side) EXPLODED. Sure enough, the cartridge together with the knob and all just popped up and out resulting in a ...
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How can I replace a supply valve without an upstream shutoff? [closed]

I work in a facility. The washer machine supply hose valve needs replaced. There is no accessible shut off for the hot water supply. Without cutting the water to the entire building what can I do
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Could old gate valves be causing low pressure at the faucet?

We installed a new sink/faucet last year and the first faucet we had installed had super lower water pressure which we assumed was the faucet. We replaced the faucet and the pressure improved slightly ...
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How can I remove this thermostatic mixing shower faceplate?

This shower has a temperature selection knob, which operates separately from the water pressure/on-off knob. The selection is unresponsive, water temperature does not rise or fall when the knob is ...
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