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Sink tailpiece doesn't line up with trap

After installing a new bathroom sink, the drain tailpiece doesn't line up with the trap coming out of the wall. I've seen flexible accordion hoses for this, but I think that violates code (P3002.3.1)....
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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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Is my p-trap installed correctly?

I just moved into a new house and am having a problem where the sink takes longer than normal to drain. Also, while using the shower, there is a gurgling from the sink. I tried some drain cleaner, but ...
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How to fix stinky bathroom sink?

It smells like really musty water, but the water itself does not smell or taste bad at all. Only happens when I run the water, so it doesn't make the room smell, just when you fill something up or ...
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How do I remove a stuck sink drain plug?

I was replacing the sink plug. It did not screw in, but rather fall into the plug. And now it's stuck, not moving. As you can see, the plug lever is fully pushed in and is not raising the plug. I don'...
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How do we convert our drop-in sink to an undermount one?

We are in the process of remodeling our kitchen and are trying to narrow in on our sink for our new granite counters. We like the Kohler Staccato with unequal bowls and would like to have it ...
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What is this component that connects to the garbage disposal?

I am trying to install a new faucet with a soap dispenser. I removed my old facuet; however, where the soap dispenser is supposed to go, this is here: It has pipes that go to the sink erator under ...
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How can I remove rust stains from enamel sink?

Is there a sure-fire way to get rust stains off of an enamel sink?
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How do I install this wall mount bathroom sink?

I'm replacing a sink that was on a vanity cabinet and hoping to do as little busting through the perfectly good tile as possible. I heard a rumor that I need to make very sure that the sink is ...
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How can I get the sink trap to clear the drawer under my bathroom sink?

Is there a better solution to a P-Trap? We have installed a new vanity only to find that the drawer contacts the p-trap. The vanity has 3 drawers. The top one is built in a "u-shape" and ...
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No water coming out of kitchen faucet!

Yesterday, our kitchen faucet suddenly stopped working. Water pressure has always been fine, but now there is only a trickle. It's a single handle faucet and both the hot and cold will not work. I ...
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Tool to remove faucet?

I am VERY green too DIY work but I am trying to learn :) I am trying to install new sink faucets and I am stuck on removing my old handles. The image below is from under the sink. I cant reach the ...
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Can I accelerate caulk drying by using a fan or heater on it?

From what I've found online, caulking takes 24-48 hours to dry. For my purposes, I need to apply caulking to my kitchen sink. However, I am in a time crunch, so I would like to know how caulking ...
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What is causing a whistling sound coming from my upstairs bathroom?

My upstairs shower is causing a high-pitched whistling sound when it's running and there is a showerhead attached. If I remove the showerhead, but keep the water flowing, the whistling noise stops. It ...
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Water from bathroom faucet smells like rotten eggs

The sink is in the powder room on the main floor of our house. When I turn the water on it is fine for a few seconds then it smells horribly for about 3-4 more seconds then it is back to normal. It is ...
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In my sink pop-up stopper, the tip of the pivot rod is broken, how do I fix it?

In my bathroom, the tip of the pivot rod which is connected to the stopper is broken. When the stopper goes down, it has no rod to hook to. Is it possible to re-use and re-adjust the existing pivot ...
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What could cause my sink to drain slowly?

Sometimes our bathroom sink will drain so slowly (with the water running) that the water will fill it faster than it can drain. However, after shutting the water off and letting it completely subside,...
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How can I make my sink smell better?

My sink has a tendency to smell awful. A few times I've poored a lemon juice & baking soda mixture down it, but it only reduces the smell for a few days. What are some longer term solutions to ...
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How do I scribe a curved sink?

How can I scribe this very curved sink? I want to fill the gap. Bought the cabinet as you see it. I can remove the small 3/4' thick rectangular piece (it is pocket screwed in). The ultimate goal it to ...
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How do I keep water from getting in and out of a dishwasher drain air gap?

I have no idea what this is called, so I apologize for the vague title. If someone knows what it is, feel free to edit it. When I turned on my dishwasher (just moved in), water started spewing from ...
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Do I need a separate vent stack for my kitchen sink?

The drain line from my kitchen sink drops down through the basement, into the basement floor (Concrete), and I assume under the floor to the main sewer line. The sink tends to drain slowly. Should I ...
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What do I do when a horizontal rod for a popup drain is too short?

My contractor just installed a Delta Arzo Two Handle Widspread Lavatory 3586LF into a Kohler Persuade Curv top and basin lavatory, K-2956-8. The problem is that the horizontal rod for the popup drain ...
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Black greasy specks in sinks, dishwasher, etc. at home

We have been noticing black specks that leave a greasy trail when smeared in our bathroom sinks and on dishes washed in the dishwasher in recent weeks. After some research, I find that the 2 main ...
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Why does it take a second for water to come out of the kitchen faucet?

Starting about a week ago, our kitchen faucet has exhibited some odd behavior. When you lift the handle for it, nothing comes out for a second. You can hear air or water flowing, but nothing comes out....
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Can a bathroom vanity be installed higher than 30 inches?

"Standard" bathroom vanities are 30", where as kitchen counter tops are typically 36". For me (6' tall), the 30" vanity is rather low. Is there any reason to leave vanities that height, or can they ...
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Under bathroom sink piping (exposed)

We are looking at setting up the piping for under our wall mounted sink (no vanity, ie, piping will be exposed). And after our contractor finished putting the wall we noticed that the hole from the ...
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2 sinks on one drain line

I have my bathroom sink rough plumbing coming from the 3" stack vent, running about 2 feet. My question is: can I use that same drain line for another sink? Reasoning: about 2 feet from that sink ...
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How do I fix the low water flow of my kitchen sink?

Here's what I know. Our kitchen sink used to work fine, then one day the water flow was suddenly really low, like just slightly better than a trickle. We called our landlord about it, and so he came ...
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How do I get rid of the sulphur smell from cold water only in one sink?

In my powder room only, I have a strong sulphur smell that comes out of my cold water faucet only. I have a water filtration system for my house but only have this problem in one sink. I have ...
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How to tighten this sink nut?

My bathroom sink’s faucet is loose on the countertop. Underneath there is a nut going around the drain pipe, recessed into a barely-larger hole cut in the wood supporting the counter. I cannot think ...
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Why can the gurgling sound of water only be heard when it's disappeared down a drain, and not before?

In lots of sinks that I've used, I've noticed that the water makes a gurgling sound when it has all disappeared down the drain - however, the gurgling sound can only be heard after all of the water ...
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Bathroom sink dripping into cabinet: How to fix it?

There is a slow leak in the cabinet under my bathroom sink. It seems to be coming way up at the top of the cabinet, from a black plastic connector. (See photo.) I tightened the black plastic ...
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Water backs up in adjacent sink only when garbage disposal is used

I have adjacent sink basins in the kitchen with the garbage disposal on the right hand side. Individually, both basins drain quickly when the garbage disposal is not used, even when filled with water....
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Plumbing - does it matter where I stop cold and hot water pipes?

Im putting in a new sink in my bathroom, and in doing that Im moving the sink from one side of the bathroom to the other. Ive got the pipes on the new side all ready for the new sink. Im also ...
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Bathroom faucet drip

I had a faucet drip in my bathroom sink. I determined it was the hot water (confirmed by the warm drip and it stopped when I shut off the hot under the sink). I assumed that the stem went (which ...
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How to slightly enlarge a worktop hole for replacement kitchen sink

The task I am replacing my kitchen sink. The existing sink sits in a rectangular hole (with rounded corners) in the kitchen worktop. The worktop is about 1½" (40mm) thick and is made of some kind of ...
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Antique Cast Iron Sink Wall Mounting Support and Weight Issues?

I have an existing stud assembly where a pedestal sink basin was bolted to the wall. I'm looking to replace it with the (future restored) sink in the photo, but I want to ensure its weight is ...
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How to untangle spring for kitchen faucet hose?

I'm trying to install a Grohe Concetto kitchen faucet with a spray hose. There is a long spring that is put over the hose in order to create the tension needed to help the hose return after it has ...
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How can I prevent my faucet from spinning? [closed]

this faucet needs to spin, but after using hot water, or rotating too far, the base begins to spin in place. sometimes this causes leaking issues the plumbing underneath the sink since it all spins ...
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What should I be aware of as I prepare to replace my bathroom vanity with a wall mount sink?

We have a super tiny master bath, and the sink, which is a vanity type is pretty destroyed. I think someone used some caustic cleanser on it or something. I'm thinking of replacing it with a wall ...
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Stubborn clogged sink drain

I've been struggling for a few days trying to unclog a bathroom sink that is extremely slow to drain. I tried the following: Removed and cleaned P trap Snake: Cheapo ($30) 25ft 1/4" drum auger with ...
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How to get at the washer inside this bathroom sink faucet

I want to replace the washer in the cold water faucet (see photo) because there is a slow leak under my bathroom sink (related problem ). This is as far was I was able to go in taking apart the faucet....
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What is causing a smell from under my bathroom sink?

(I'll preface this by saying I'm not an experienced DIYer, especially with plumbing, but this seemed to be the best place to post this question. Hoping someone can help!) I've had a sporadic smell, ...
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Sink Angle Valve: Fully Open or closed Tiny Bit

I have a bathroom sink with angled faucet shutoff valves (they are around quarter turns). I closed them for repairs yesterday. After repairs, (1) should I leave the valves Fully Open, (2) or "Open ...
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How to remove stubborn kitchen faucet mount nut?

I tried to remove my faucet from old kitchen sink but the nut is tighten so hard: I am using channel lock on the nut to turn counterclock wise and I use my hand to hold on the faucet on the other ...
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Can I replace an under mount sink with a drop in sink without replacing the countertop?

I have bathroom basins I wish to replace with ones that are above counter will this work for me with the holes that have been made from sunk in basins or are we talking new bench tops?
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