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How to identify an old compression stem in order to find a replacement

I have an old (circa 1920s) bathroom faucet with a compression stem that started to leak unless tightened extremely tightly. When I took out the compression stem to replace it, I found that the screw ...
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Why does my shower head drip when the tub faucet is on?

I just installed a new tub fixture set: There are two controls - one for temperature and one for volume. The large handle is volume. When the diverter valve is engaged the shower sprays properly ...
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How can I identify and source an old faucet cartridge

I have an old faucet that drips. I would like to fix the leak, but am having a lot of trouble finding a replacement cartridge. The faucet does not have any markings of any kind. I brought the ...
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How to remove this plastic pipe elbow

I cannot seem to get this plastic pipe elbow (pictured below) off. It joins a plastic pipe to an outside tap and the elbow has a crack in. I've tried twisting, pulling and pushing it - but it won't ...
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How to connect bathtub drain pipe to existing floor drain?

I have this floor drain and I want to connect it to a bathtub drain so basically another pipe. The diameter is about 40mm of the narrower pipe, although it has a thick border. It is most likely a ...
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Imperial to Metric Tap Thread Adapter

We had been using this basin shower head attachment happily for a while, until a plumber came to replace the taps due to a leakage. The new taps (like the old ones) happen to be a pair of hot and cold ...
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What is the “required” amount when using Plumber's Putty

I have a new stainless steel sink and installed a Kohler sink flange following their package instructions. The instructions for putty only stipulated "apply a ring of putty." However, subsequently, I ...
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Caulk or Grout the base of a toilet?

I recently re-tiled my bathroom floor and removed the toilet to do so. I noticed that the builders had used grout around the base of the toilet when I was removing it and demoing the tile. Should I ...
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Side spray and a portable dishwasher

We just bought a portable dishwasher, and the sink has a single handle faucet with a sprayer (side spray.) (This video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTlmbpje7Js shows what the connection looks like. ...
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Do they make 1.5/1.5/2 combo wye (and is that what I need)

Looking to add a bar sink. There is already an existing DWV stack that I believe is dedicated for this (based on location and model homes, etc). This is a diagram of what I'm working with and the ...
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Should I use 2 plumbing traps at either end of a drain extension?

I have a washing machine that I am moving 2.5m from it's original spot. A standard p-trap is already in the original place before connecting to the drain, i am tapping into this stand pipe for the ...
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How to repair this leaking garden faucet - update (broken stem)

I would like to repair rather than replace this garden faucet. It leaks ever so slightly: a drop or two every minute. I don't know how this valve works. I tried to open it. The picture shows how far ...
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Size of outlet on my hot water valve for dishwasher supply

I'm trying to figure out how to hook my hot water supply up to my new bosch 500 dishwasher. I have this hose, which does fit the dishwasher: And attached are images of the hot water shutoff valve ...
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Should outside hose bib be suppled from shut-off valve with a bleeder port from upstairs bathroom

A plumber placed a shut-off valve with a bleeder port under the vanity in our upstairs bathroom. He used this valve to feed an outdoor hose bib. The plumber left the bleeder port in the open position....
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Fix a faucet that has a groove

I don't know the exact term for the part I'm referring to so I'll describe it. The faucet's actual closing is done by something similar to this but without the slits for water. I assume that's called ...
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Add T fitting to pipe

I was going to remove my toilet angular shut off valve to add a 1/2 inch PVC T fitting. When removing it I noticed that it is a what I believe a compression fitting. What would you recommend I do to ...
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Why does my water pressure / flow rate drop sporadically?

This is a recent problem that I've noticed since Hurricane Harvey came through a couple months ago. No flooding in the house, but there was 1-2' of water on the street, which did cover the water meter ...