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Most likely cause of leak

Under my sink there is a leak somewhere which is causing the concrete floor under the sink to be soaked and it's seeping under the slate floor too. I can't seem to work out where it's coming from. I ...
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What’s this pipe outlet looking thing on the wall below sink?

Is this what’s known as a drum trap? What do I need to do with this?
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How do you install a frost-free garden faucet mid-wall?

I have a split level house, and have a garden on the side that's half underground. I want to install a frost-free faucet on that side of the house, but if I install it as instructed in the foundation ...
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How tall should my washing machine standpipe be?

My drain line to the vent is pretty high/long ( had to avoid some other plumbing ). How tall should the standpipe be? Is there height requirements for the box itself? Also, I have the option of ...
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How many twists and turns can a vent pipe take?

I'm replacing a bathtub in the basement and by the looks of it, its trap is not vented. I want to know if I can put a vent pipe in the location I've identified as most feasible and secondly, if it's ...
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Why is this Ptrap installed in this location?

Here is a recent installation done to my home I took this one before i drained the water: Note that this a p-trap that is installed at the external wall of my house. It would be in line with the p-...
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Adding 2 Piece Powder Room + Laundry

I'm looking to add a powder room and laundry to the ground floor of our home. Most of the plumbing runs through the central wall on our side split and the W/C & lav will be on this wall too, ...
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Remove LDR (TL116) toilet fill valve part under cap to flush

I'm trying to flush the top of the toilet fill valve. I've installed and it works great, levels correct, but after it stops flushing, the part under the cap leaks for a few minutes. I tried removing ...
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Is this a brass or copper elbow pipe under the sink?

I just noticed that an elbow pipe under the sink had corroded through with a leak at the first elbow and needs replacing. I temporarily fixed it with some flex tape and I need to find out what ...
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Extending a U-shaped sink trap

As shown in the picture below, I'd like to extend a U sink trap to receive drainage from an appliance. However if I replace the dip tube (marked as 1) with variant that has the extra input, the U trap ...
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Feedback for cheap, compact electric heating faucets

As an alternative to traditional tankless heaters, aliexpress sells a variety of cheap taps incorporating a heater, for example: 220V 3000W Instant Electric Faucet Tap Hot Water Heater This looks ...
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What could be causing a leak on the supply side of a washing machine hose

I have recently installed a new washing machine. In the new machine, as well as for the old one, there is a leak as indicated in the following picture: https://imgur.com/a/92oSaFk What could cause ...
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How to install this ball valve

The ball valve for the sprinkler system cracked over the winter. I managed to remove the old one that was broken but can't figure out how to install the brand new one. When I turn it clockwise it ...
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Replacing an older Jacuzzi jetted tub waterfall side spout

I have a jacuzzi tub, put in the home in 2002. However, my gold waterfall spout is broken and needs replacement. Do they make it in a chrome finish? If so, do they also make the controls that are ...
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How to diagnose single tub faucet with no hot water?

The hot water for my roman tub faucet (for a tub deck) doesn't work. Turning the handle releases a small amount of water, but only for a short moment. I knew this was a problem when I bought the condo,...
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Best way to install new vent pipe?

In my house, the kitchen is on one side of the house, and bathrooms on the other side. For some reason, the kitchen drains are not vented at all, but bathrooms are. I would like to vent the kitchen ...
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How do I remove these wall mount faucet handles for my bathtub that have no screws?

I want to update these faucet handles for my bathtub but I cannot seem to figure out how to remove them. There are no set screws. I think they’re made by Kingston brass. I don’t want to start pulling ...
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Drain line higher than sink outlet

^^^ UPDATED PHOTO ^^^ I recently purchased a mobile home and have changed out the vanities in the bathrooms. In the master the drain line was to low and had to extending the sink drain to hit that ...
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Insinkerator instant hot water tank connected to sink faucet

I have an Insinkerator instant hot system with its own tap in my kitchen. I was thinking about taking a tee off the outlet and plumbing it into the hot water side of my faucet. That way, I would get ...
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Electrical Bonding of Service Panel After PEX Replacement of Galvanized Pipes

My house was built in 1929 and has gone through many rounds of plumbing/electrical upgrades over the years. I am replacing the galvanized pipes with PEX and I'm confident that I have planned ...
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Help with fairly basic irrigation system

I’m having my backyard dug up and regraded next week in order to install sod and so I figured I’d try and take a stab at designing and maybe installing an irrigation system as the area is not very ...
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Removing stuck kitchen faucet

Trying to remove Grohe single hole faucet. There’s no obvious nut to remove, the C washer might be threaded on but it can’t turn with the pipes blocking the twist and it won’t twist independent of ...
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How do you finish a valve when using pex pipes

I'm doing all of my work with expansion PEX. I'm a little puzzled about how to finish the valves where the toilets and sinks connect. Are you supposed to just leave the plastic visible where the valve ...
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Removing the cartridge of a faucet

I am trying to take the cartridge out of the faucet of my kitchen sink. I removed the handle and that little cap. I cannot 'isolate' the cartridge. Here are two pictures. I tried to use a pipe wrench ...
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Water Hammer on sink hot tap

I have just installed a new washing machine which doesn't require a hot water feed as where the old one did so now that hot water feed is switched off. Since then the tap on the main sink which is on ...
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Using a single pipe off the main drain for a washer and utility sink, venting?

I am renovating my bathroom. I am using this as an opportunity to additionally: Move my washer and dryer from the mudroom, into the garage. Add a utility sink to the garage. The current plumbing ...
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Sudden shower pressure drop

A couple weeks ago, the shower pressure we have dropped. I didn't notice it at first — it wasn't a major change — but after my spouse pointed it out, it's definitely lower than it was. I've tried ...
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Question about drain trap - limited space in cabinet

I am finishing my basement bathroom and have run in to a drain spacing issue in my vanity. The PVC coming out of the wall is 20" off the floor. The bottom of the vanity cabinet is 18" off the floor, ...
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How do I remove the handle of this utility sink faucet?

I removed the screw but the handle will not come off. I squirted some liquid wrench in it and let it soak. I've tapped gently with a screwdriver and hammer around the perimeter but it will not ...
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How can I get a broken bolt out of the bathtub overflow drain?

I am in quite a pickle with my bathtub overflow drain. What I thought would be an easy leak fix quickly turned into a nightmare when one of the bolts for the drain cover snapped off. So far I've ...
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My cold water valve Seems to have a cap. Is this normal and how can I remove it?

I’m in the process of connecting my washing machine but noticed that my cold water supply valve seems to have a cap on it. My hot water one doesn’t. Is this normal? How can I remove this, it doesn’t ...
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Why is my lawn sprinkler system timer on but not operating the valves?

My lawn sprinkler system was working perfectly last summer. When I went to turn it on this summer, I've noticed that the timer isn't working. Well, it is but it isn't. The timer's display is ...
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Anyone know what this 4 inch pipe on the outside of my house could be?

Does anyone know what this 4 inch pipe on the outside of my house could be for? It has a concrete base around it. We are installing an egress window that is next to this and wondering if this pipe is ...
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Groundwater cooled heat exchanger - forced air

I have kind of a crazy idea I have been scheming - I live in Alaska, and have a private well - the groundwater here is very cold(40-45F) or so. The last couple of summers have been miserable hot up ...
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Water hammer arrestor location (vertical vs horizontal)

I installed water hammer arrestors at the exact location where I had "old school" air chambers, right behind my bath tub faucet. After doing the job, I realized that the water coming from below is ...
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garden spigot adaptor

My house is ~20yrs old. We're on well-water, so the outdoor water is pretty skanky (sulphur, iron, iron-eating bacteria). Last October, in trying to disconnect the hose from the spigot, I ended up ...
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Should bypass valve on water softener be turn off every time you shut the water to the house?

I am a plumber and need to change the water heater. I always turn off the bypass valve of the water softener before I shut off the water to the house. I just need to know if this step is necessary or ...
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Exterior Faucet Replacement Anti Siphon Valve

In my ignorance of how this valve is supposed to work, I over-tightened and sheared the valve. I am looking to replace the valve, but cannot seem to find any that are a similar style. The house was ...
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Plumber wants to replace PRV valve into house at same time he is replacing hot water heater

We are replacing our 16 year old hot water heater that has not be running the last day or so. The plumber tested the water pressure of the tank at 90 PSI. He said that is too high. We had a PRV ...
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What is wrong with the toilet?

The toilet fills with water when flushed, but it doesn’t go down. Here’s some info: -it’s been over a week. I can’t afford a plumber. -the house is on a concrete slab. The pipes are in or under ...
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Bathroom Remodel Drain/Vent Configuration

All, thank you in advance for the help. I am remodeling a bathroom and fall under IPC 2018 and was hoping that folks could look over the design below and let me know if this was code compliant and if ...
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What is this silver plate beside by tub and what is it for? Why is it leaking? What to do?

So I was draining the tub in my 1920's era condominium a moment ago when I noticed a substantial amount of water pooling on the floor next to my tub. I soaked it up in a hurry but then I noticed a ...
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Spray hose connector for delta kitchen faucet?

The connection from the spray hose to my kitchen faucet was made out of the cheapest of plastic and started leaking. I purchased a "universal" spray hose replacement at the local hardware store. In ...
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Safe materials to come in contact with copper plumbing

We live in a duplex and in our basement the copper pipes run parralel along our joists just beneath the first floor above. There is a large header running perpendcular just beneath the joists ...
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What is this dense, foam-like stuff under my bathtub?

I moved into a new house a few months ago, and had a leak from my (freestanding) tub. After taking out the drywall in the ceiling in the room below, I realized I had to lift the tub up to get to the ...
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Reducing cold water flow from shower

I started getting only warn, not hot water in my shower (all other taps are fine) I tried playing with and removing the anti-scalding device with no luck. My guess's maybe the shower valve is bad. I ...
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Epoxy for faucet handle

Is there anything I can use to glue my faucet handle in the kitchen on? The set screw place is stripped out and I don't want to buy a new faucet. I've tried Water Weld and the clear jb weld epoxy and ...
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45 degree offset at base of vertical dwv stack

I'm rerouting a vertical dwv stack that transitions to the horizontal within the slab in my basement. I would like to move the stack over one stud bay (about 16") for better placement where it enters ...
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Replacing polybutylene pipe to add a new outdoor spigot (freeze proof sillcock)

I need to replace the entire outdoor spigot (sillcock), the shutoff valve that goes with it (because it is old and leaking), and some polybutylene pipe in the process. I have included several photos ...
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Why are my water heater's hot and cold connections oriented opposite convention?

I installed a 30 gallon Rheem water heater at one of my apartments. When I started to install the water lines, I noticed the right side indicated it was the hot side. The HOT word was stamped in the ...

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