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Is a slightly-deformed clay pipe a concern?

We're doing a buying inspection on a house, and the sewer inspector provided a video of the snake camera. Here's a still from where the house line (clay) connects to the city line: The inspector didn'...
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How do I get 150F water to the dishwasher?

I have read in a maintenance manual that the ideal temperature for incoming water to a dishwasher is 150F. In my house, the hot water heater is currently set to 135F and it cools on traveling around ...
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Tub Drain SLOWLY Drains - If You Hold “Knob” Down It Drains At Regular Speed

I am sure this is just due to age and wear and tear on the drain, but I do not know where to start. My drain slowly drains, but if I hold the "knob" down it will drain at regular speed. What should ...
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What can cause a never-frozen indoor copper drain pipe to crack?

The 1-1/2" copper waste pipe than runs from our kitchen just up and cracked two days ago along its length, and for no apparent reason. The crack is in a section of pipe that runs vertically through ...
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What o-ring can I use for my Omnibasic water filter?

I just bought a house that has an Omnibasic water filter. I don't know when the filter cartridge was last replaced, but it's starting to drip water so I want to replace the cartridge and the o-ring. ...
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Earth clamp material for copper pipe

I have a copper water pipe i want to connect to earth. I bought some pipe earth clamps but I’m suspicious that maybe the material they’re made from is not suitable and will result in galvanic ...
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Reattaching water meter

I'm trying to reinstall the water meter pictured below. It it has plastic male threads on each side, and they connect to the copper piping using a flare fitting (I think that's the right terminology). ...
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Identify shower brand (circle with two lines inside): photo

I'm trying to identify this shower brand to replace a cartridge. There are no other markers on the shower except a symbol at the front. The symbol is a circle with two vertical lines in the middle, ...
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How to replace a Jacuzzi bathtub faucet

I have moderate plumbing skills. What is the procedure for replacing a leaking Jacuzzi bathtub faucet? Mine is similar to the picture. I DO NOT want to break through the tile to get to the bottom ...
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Running wiring for a dishwasher

I installed a new dishwasher, and now I'm at the point where I need to wire it As a temporary measure, I just wired an appliance cord, and ran it to an outlet. To do that, I'm running it to an ...
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Can I use a Sharkbite on a running pressurized pipe?

My main water shutoff valve no longer turns, and getting the city to come and shut water off at the curb is a bureaucratic hassle. I'd therefore like to install a valve without being able to shut off ...
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Bathroom Sink Tailpipe and P Trap do not line up horizontally

I'm installing a new vanity, everything fits fine except the sink drain is about two inches farther out from the wall than the previous sink was. How can I get some horizontal extension? The outtake ...
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Corrosion due to dissimilar metals or bad ground?

I'm a 1st time home owner but experienced DIYer here. Unfortunately I have little plumbing experience. I installed a hot water recirc. pump at my hot water heater about a month ago. I did not notice ...
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How to get rid of rats in wall coming from old washer drain pipe?

We moved our washer dryer from kitchen to garage couple of years ago. Now we have been hearing lots of scampering & squeaking from wall behind our new fridge location & inside adjoining ...
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removing faucet handle bathroom sink

I am stuck. I want to remove the handle to replace the cartridge. After removing the index I see what appears to be a flat head screw, but it is not screwable. It won't budge. I can't screw off the ...
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How to get spa pump to quit leaking around new plug with o-ring

I have an XP2 Spa pump that I can’t get the plug to seat and seal. The plastic plug is difficult to start. Once I get it started and turning, right about the time it starts to tighten, the plug acts ...
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hot / cold copper water pipes located above main electrical panel

The Pipes are about 7.5 feet above the basement floor. I am in Canada. . The pipes are about total 2 feet in vertical length as measured from the 90 degrees turn from the basement, popping up the ...
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3 Handle Shower Cold Water Turns On Shower

I have a 3 Handle Shower/Tub where the left is Hot, middle is shower, and right is cold. The Hot knob works exactly as expected, the shower knob turns the shower on and off, BUT the cold knob will ...
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Is this an s-trap and can I vent it in the cabinet?

I created the attached trap for my bath vanity. the extra inverted U was necessary to avoid an obstacle. it seems it is still an S trap. Can I make a small hole on the top and add a pipe, effectively ...
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Irrigation Ball Valve Replacement

The 3/4" ball valve coming out of the house has cracked and is leaking. Is the only way to replace is to cut the pipe below the valve and then on the other down pipe going into the cement? I haven't ...
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flexible plastic hose coming out of toilet tank

What is the purpose of an additional flex tube coming into or out of the toilet tank? It is not the braided inlet hose into the tank.
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Issues installing water spigot

I been trying to install an exterior water spigot for the past few hours. I bought a new 1/2 inch frost proof lawn faucet from arrowhead brass and plumbing llc and the salesperson recommended that I ...
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Why is water being consumed when my shutoff valve is closed?

I have a shutoff valve in the crawlspace that operates just the four outside hose faucets. Heard the water rushing last year and sure enough the water meter at the road was reflecting water usage ...
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Something plastic stuck in the trap of the toilet

My toilet started misbehaving this morning. It does not flush, it does not empty at all, or it does it really slowly that I cannot see it. I tried using a plunger, that didn't work. The bad part: ...
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1/4 inch plastic water line to 1/2 inch refrigerator connection

I am on the last step of installing a reverse osmosis water filtration system underneath the kitchen sink. After the water is filtered, I have two options; connect the final blue 1/4 inch outer ...
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Black Greasy Substance inside my Copper Tubing, is it safe

I recently opened some 3/4" copper tubing before my water softener to add in a sediment filter, and was surprised to see a black greasy substance inside all of the tubing, I notice the toilet bowls ...
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Trouble fitting plumbing under new vanity

I am trying to install a new vanity and have run into some trouble trying to fit the plumbing needed under the sink because: The vanity is small The plumbing goes directly into the floor All the ...
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Reverse osmosis water filter installation

I am currently attempting to install a reverse osmosis water filtration system in the cabinet underneath my kitchen sink next to a refrigerator. The system comes with a faucet which appears to get it'...
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I understand that PEX plumbing builds up a biofilm in the line. Is there a way to clean the lines to remove the biofilm?

I know that biofilm collects where water travels and sits. Is there a way to safely remove it from my plumbing?
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installing a trap for a basement shower

I am preparing to install a shower in my basement. I have an access hole with cast iron pipe running horizontal about 12" deep from the main stack to the access hole (about 18" in length), then ...
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What is the best way to insulate cold water copper pipes exposed on a flat roof in California

We live in Los Angeles and have a flat roof that our hot and cold water copper pipes run across and are all exposed. The cold tap water, in the spring, summer, and fall is so hot during the day. ...
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Fixing sump pump discharge

Could someone explain exactly why this discharge system works or what I need to do to fix it? I installed a backup sump pump last month. I noticed that the discharge pipe going through the wall was ...
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Water pressure drops while any faucet turned on

My incoming pressure gauge read 85psi from meter. My outgoing pressure after pressure reducer is 55psi. When using shower it decreases to about 45 psi. But incoming from still reads steady 85psi. Is ...
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Should I attempt to fix a sink leak myself?

I have a slow leak under my kitchen sink, in what I think is the top-most screw thread in the photo below. It leaks when the sink is full. EDIT: specifically, I think the leak is between the gray ...
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Test gauge plug on domestic gas system

I am in the U.S. I know that it is a good idea to have a capped or plugged nipple outlet somewhere on your interior gas pipe system where you can mount a test gauge that can be pumpted to a certain ...
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Sediment buildup in water heater from downstairs flat

I recently moved into an apartment that was built in the 60's, and can hear a "popping" noise from the bathroom wall, almost constantly. After doing some investigating, it looks to be sediment build ...
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How to shut off water to pool

I would like to shut off water to the pool so that I can drain it--I don't want to shut off water at the main line near the curb of the house. I don't see any indication of how I might do this based ...
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Using a flexible fittings for direct to sink drain commercially legal?

Came across this on a commercial sink. Is using a flexible fitting on a sink drain for commercial or residential legal? I personally like the idea of it. Since the grip is greater to hang onto the ...
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correct tightening torque for a noname single lever mixer tap

Some days ago, i have checked the ceramic cartridge of my sink mixer tap. I opened and cleaned it and I now have a leak from under the lever. I think I'm not tightening enough the nut, so the water ...
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Lower kitchen sink drain pipe

So I went to install a new kitchen sink that is 9 inches deep to replace the 6 inch double drain we had. The new sink hits the top of the drain vent. What is the best way to reroute the pipes? ...
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Are backflow preventers for irrigation required to be lead-free if the upstream source is a potable water system?

In accordance with the Safe Drinking Water Act is a backflow preventer, such as this pressure vacuum breaker (that contains lead), required to be lead-free? I am confused by section 300g-6 which ...
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Ceramic disk faucet valve is stiff/sticky

I've pulled the faucet apart and in the valve housing, there are two ceramic disks that rotate to mix the hot and cold water. I thought the piece was a single piece until I realized it budged a bit. I ...
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Copper to CPVC transition fittings : allowed by code to be used inside a wall?

Does the Uniform Plumbing Code (US) allow copper-to-CPVC transition fittings to be used inside a wall? Just to be clear, I'm referring to the hybrid fittings that are part brass, part CPVC.
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How to remove this toilet supply line that seems to have no nut?

The toilet water supply doesn't seem to have a nut at all and rotating it or turning it does nothing. Unsure how to remove this:
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long drain pipe leaking

My main drain line has rust spots that looks like they are ready start leaking. i want to replace this line with PVC. The drain line is galvanized pipe that measures 2 3/4 inches in diameter. my home ...
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Moving wet appliances away from sink around kitchen L bend and past oven

I am renovating my kitchen so that I can introduce a dishwasher and extend my counter top. My kitchen is a small L shaped one, and in order to get everything I want in the design I need to move my wet ...
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What's this copper bit on my thermostatic shower cartridge for, and can I cut part of it off?

I ordered almost the right replacement cartridge. Right diameter, right number of teeth in the spline. Seals line up perfectly. The only issue is this copper bit sticking out the back: That keeps the ...
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OK to drain 2nd vanity sink like drawing? Will this meet code?

Hope you can take a look at the drawing and let me know if its ok to hook up the waste like this. The plan is to remove a section of gal at both locations in red and install a pvc sanitary tee and ...
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Removing old style Wavin push-fit fittings

Need a tool and to identify some older Wavin fittings that I am removing (10 to 15 year old ) Wavin push fittings (15 mm water ). They have a blue threaded insert around the pipe that screws into a ...
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Toilet drain roughed in to wrong location

New construction home plumbing issue. Architects placed toilet in front of bathroom door. What the heck- that is where the sink should be! We did not notice until slab was poured and we saw the drain ...