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Odd Size Tub Drain- 1 3/8" Coarse Thread

I recently removed a drain from my fiberglass tub/shower enclosure. It didn't survive. The problem is that it the older 1 3/8 standard but coarse thread, not fine. All I can find is fine in that ...
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How crooked can you crimp pex rings?

I had to add a supply valve for my refrigerator in my house. It's my first time working with pex. I added some Pex B to my existing Viega cold water line and used copper crimp rings with the ...
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How to cut copper pipes quickly (and cleanly)

Are there tools for cutting copper pipes that work faster than manual tube cutters like this one? I have the latter type of cutter, and it works fine, but it takes a fair amount of time and effort to ...
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Low pressure when using outside hose

We are in the northeast on a well. We have had no issues with inside water pressure or running out of water. Recently, On two occasions, we filled a 240 gal inflatable pool from the outside hose. ...
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Is it OK to drink water from newly-cemented PVC pipes?

It has been my habit to use Christy's Red Hot Blue Glue to mend PVC pipe. I am happy with the performance and the repairs turn out very well. I also note, with great interest, that it is rated for ...
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Faucet handle removal

I’m trying to replace my bathroom faucet (I turned off the water supply lines) and cannot get the base of the handles off. Here are photos of the top and bottom: Anything I should try?
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By how much can I trim back the connectors of 1.5" PVC fittings?

We're installing the drain plumbing for a newly installed tub, and the drain shoe overshoots the tub drain hole. The tub has been mortared in place and can no longer be moved: A joist limits how far ...
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Cold water smell only in 2 of 3 bathrooms

2 of 3 bathrooms have smell in cold lines only! It dissipates in 1-2 minutes. system has been chlorinated twice. could it be in faucets?
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How damaging can a 3 meter (10 feet) long drain hose be for the washing machine pump and microorganism growth?

I have two washing machines and they are placed one next to each other (this is the only way I can position them due to the space). The first one is connected to the drain pipe under the sink ...
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Way to prevent mineral buildup in toilet?

Our apartment has extremely hard water, and the toilet has severe mineral buildup that makes it impossible to flush. Is it possible to attach a filter to capture this before it deposits on the toilet? ...
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Can (must) P-trap be directly underneath the drain in stand-up shower stall?

Can (must) P-trap be directly underneath the drain in stand-up shower stall? I'm roughing in a 48"X36" one piece shower stall with a center drain. In the photo I've just got it dry fit. This is the ...
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Tying in bathroom/laundry room addition drains… good or bad idea here?

I am trying to plan for adding a small 2nd bathroom/laundry room to my house, and wondering if tying into the drain here is a good or bad idea? Is it relatively easy? Thanks!!!
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Is PEX very susceptible to damage from rats/rodents?

A friend of mine wants to re-plumb his house. The neighborhood has recurring issues with rats. I heard rats like to (as in "seek out opportunities to") chew through and damage PEX plumbing, whether ...
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Well pump will not shut off

Recently replaced an inline ball valve and now the well pump will not shut off when up to pressure. Since the valve wad the first from the holding tank i had to drain it. What's the solution to this ...
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Pressure tank with no Schrader valve

How do I pressurize an old tank with no air valve m
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Arranging and venting a waste pipe branch

I recently got ground floor piping extended to get drain, hot and cold in a first floor room. Only the pipes are there, but I'd like to install a sink and a washing machine as from the (VERY schematic)...
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Is it possible install a drain flange without breaking up the concrete around the roughed-in pipe?

My house was built with rough-in plumbing in the basement cement floor as are many houses in the past 25 years. The rough-in plumbing includes a 4" PVC pipe in the floor for a toilet and a 2" PVC ...
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Max water pressure of clear acrylic pipe?

I'm trying to diagnose an air locking problem with a power shower. It's currently fed by 15mm white plastic (type unknown) pipes for both hot and cold. I'd like to replace these with clear rigid pipes ...
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Toilet flange is too long and can't lower pipe in floor

I have new plumbing installed for a new toilet. However, the 4" pipe is too close to the floor so the toilet flange (not yet installed) is too long and sticks above the finished floor about an inch. ...
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House water supply “mystery branch” upstream from shutoff valve

I have a 1953 ranch with daylight basement. Pictured below is the point where (I believe) the water main enters the house horizontally (water meter is out in front lawn at ground level, aligned with ...
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Toilet question

What does it mean when water shoots out of toilet all by itself. Not after flushing. I woke to what I thought was rain only to learn it was water shooting out of my toilet
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Inlet valve to share between faucet and dishwasher

I just realized that my hot water 1/2" copper inlet in the kitchen is terminated with a regular single oulet valve but I do need to share it between the faucet and the adjacent dishwasher. Is there a ...
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Grout and/or thinset flushed in septic system

All. My contractor is awful. If we weren't almost done with the project, I would kick him off my property and sue him. Anyway, it appears that he dumped excess thinset or grout into my basement ...
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How to hookup an InSinkErator hot water dispenser to a Waterstone Hot/Cold Faucet

I'm trying to figure out what to do with the 3rd connector on my InSinkErator H-CONTOUR-SS. I have a WaterStone hot/cold filtration faucet model 1400HC-SS that doesn't have a connection for that 3rd ...
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New washing machine using the same valve as the sink, water smells and tastes like plastic

So I have been using the same valve for actually two washing machines and a sink, and when I got the new washing machine the problem started appearing. I am guessing this is because of the new washer ...
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Hot Water Knob Drips When Cold Water Is Turned On

I have an older shower set-up the 3 knob one (from left to right - hot, Diverter, cold). I just replaced the valve-stem for all 3 due to leaking in the wall (where the valve stem connects to the "...
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How to choose a valve to use when plumbing a huge valve handle to my hose station

I am building a hose station in my backyard. For fun, I would like to use a huge vintage valve handle to operate the water coming out of a normal 3/4" hose. Obviously I can't connect anything like ...
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Venting basement bathroom rough in

I'm a DIY-er with a lot of experience in some phases of construction but not much in plumbing (so please be nice to my dumb questions!). I'm finishing a basement with a full bathroom, and thought I'd ...
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Connect Faucet to Laundry Hose

I have a pulldown faucet that I want to connect to a portable washing machine. The wand of the faucet can be removed, revealing a female 5/8-16 UN 2B connector. The laundry machine uses a hose that ...
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Is tape an effective way to hold on a foam elbow?

So, one of the things I want to do around these parts is insulate (lag) the hot water piping in this house's basement to the best of my ability (especially since part of it is in a crawlspace that's ...
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Plumbing UK sink waste

We've had a new extension added to the house which has a drain under the concrete. We're left with a 110mm (I think) vertical pipe which our waste needs to go down inside the extension. This waste is ...
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Preferred solution for leak on a 90 degree pvc corner

Some context: first time home owner with no idea what I’m doing outside of google. In January, this happened: It turned out there is a leak occurring near the elbow. 1) the elbow itself did not ...
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What material is this pipe? Options for new 2" Union

I'd like to go 2 inch pvc into my new pool pump from that valve. What are my options? This pipe is 1.5 inches, not metal, but I'm not 100% that is CPVC either, but I'm not an expert. I have a 2" union ...
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Air in Water Lines - Jet Pump System

Hoping someone may be able to give me some help in figuring out a problem. I just opened up a house last night that had been shut down for over a year with the plumbing system drained and winterized. ...
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Horizontal drain to vertical vent, what is the correct fitting

I have a horizontal drain line. I need to add a vent to it. Can I use a sanitary tee, with the two inlets in the horizontal position and one pointing up?
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Use rainwater to partly supply a sprinkler irrigation system?

I'd like to start capturing rainwater and using it to help supply the irrigation system I already have. It's a standard Rainbird sprinkler system that runs on full pressure water supplied by the city. ...
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Hooking a fridge/freezer and washing machine to one cold water supply

Is it possible to connect a fridge/freezer and a washing machine to a single cold water supply? I need to know what sort of adapter I would need for the water supply to feed both appliances.
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How to direct connect 1-1/4 tailpiece to 1-3/8 vessel sink drain threads

I got a new drain for my vessel sink. The style is what is shown here: The tailpiece that came with the drain is too short (4-inches). I need at least 6-inch. Unfortunately, the original tailpiece ...
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Teflon Tape vs Teflon Pipe Dope on poorly made pipe fittings

We have a problem with poorly made pipe fittings, incorrect taper etc. I think the items sent to Latin America are mostly seconds etc, it is always the same when purchasing them. The only way to ...
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Toilet drainage leak

We have a problem with our toilet. When we flush it, water rises in the bowl, then slowly leaks away through the drain onto the floor. I took a video of the problem to possibly send to a plumber. ...
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corian sink overflow tube and box replacement

Does anyone sell the plastic box for the overflow tube on a Corian sink. I can find the tube for sale but not the box.
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Running toilet after flushing

Quick question: I'm trying to fix my toilet that is running slowly but continuously. The weird part is if you hold the handle down for like three or four seconds when you flush, it stops running. I ...
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How should I remove these taps

I have a leaking tap, but I’m unsure how to get these taps off. I’m conscious of not using too much force in case I’m doing it wrong and just damage the tap
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Connect 2 heating controllers to one boiler

I have 2 heating systems: Drayton Wiser with 2 zones (to use for radiators and hot water) Heatmiser UH8-RF (to use for 3 zoned underfloor heating) And I have one boiler for the whole house. I want ...
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Remove stripped copper from brass threads

How do you get copper debris out of brass threads? I screwed in a Home Depot Everbilt C604 3/4 male adapter into my NPT isolation valve. I could only get four or five threads, when I determined ...
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Are Saddle Tees Acceptable According To Plumbing Code

I’ve been meaning to add a new fixture in my bathroom for a shower. The problem is the current way the drains are plumbed doesn’t allow enough slope for the horizontal parts of the new drain (...
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Will replacing my jet pump with one that has a higher shut-off pressure increase the discharge pressure?

I'm currently using a pump with a rated shut-off pressure of 69 PSI to supply a house with water. It is sucking through a 1.25" PVC pipe that extends 1100' into a lake. The lift from the water surface ...
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3/4 Inch CPVC Pipe Run Underground - Low Pressure

I tied into a water line that was capped off in my crawlspace. It is a CPVC water line that used to run to a sink in a utility room of my home. Water pressure when the line was connected was just as ...
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How reliable are the following methods to treat hard water for home use?

How reliable are the following methods to treat hard water for home use? Not looking for drinking purpose/RO, but for Bathing/Washing etc Electronic AntiScale System Magnetic Water Softener Salt ...
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What is this ridge inside my toilet flange? Do I need to replace it?

Does this toilet flange need to be replaced? There is a weird gap within the pipe and I can't tell if its because the flange needs replacement or normal.