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Where to drain pool water

The pipe won't wear out from 20,000 gallons of water, or 2,000,000 gallons, if that's what you're asking. It may take as much as 3 weeks to pump out, though, since you can't exceed the gravity flow ...
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Can't re-attach bathroom sink drain pipe

Time to cut your losses... As little as a new P-trap assembly costs, it might just be worth going to pick one up and replacing everything here. As noted elsewhere, the metal nuts will chew up the ...
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Can't re-attach bathroom sink drain pipe

First off, it's a bad idea to use metal slip-joint nuts on plastic drain parts which most certainly didn't come with metal nuts. Slip-joint nuts are not all the same, and are not necessarily ...
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How do I fix my bathtub drain plug that's not working?

As a renter, I'd strongly suggest that a basic generic rubber bath plug (the kind you have to put in place and remove manually) is your best bet. It will work. It will cost much less than a Grohe ...
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Hvac drain pipe fell off. Accident or not?

Those don't just fall off. It was impacted and broken off. The proof is in the repair ticket that stated : "Could not remove all the plastic in the drain hole. Will have to return with the saw-...
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What is this object inside my bathtub drain that is causing a blockage?

It looks like a coin. You can still see the engraving on the rim. GET ONE OF THOSE TOOLS AND TRY TO PICK IT UP
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Cast Iron Drain Pipes Filled Solid with Rust (I think)

You may have a home that the previous owners dumped a lot of cooking grease down the kitchen drain. Over time this can get hard as a rock and get black from mildew and other icky things you don't ...
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Why does my basement utility sink that drains my washing machine stink?

I'm guessing that the white pipe you're referring to is the original drain for a washer. The extension piece fastened with duct tape might have been added because the washer draining caused some water ...
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Why did a new drain pipe cause my septic tank to smell outside?

If your HVAC system has a fresh air intake -- for example a small duct to the outside to add 10% fresh air whenever the blower runs -- then you could have positive pressure in the house. If you feel ...
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Where to drain pool water

If you are concerned about the flow rate: Siphon it out with a thinner hose. Stick the exit of the hose loosely into the waste line. The thinner hose will prevent an flow rate too high for your waste ...
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Why was an internal plug installed in a cleanout?

That's a temporary cap, or "test plug", installed for either pressure testing or debris prevention. You can just knock it out if you actually need to use the cleanout. Obviously try to ...
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Drainback system for a cabin on piers

The basic foundation of an easily drained water supply system is to build it on the same principles that a waste-water system follows - every pipe, consistently and without fail slopes to the drain ...
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Is it a problem if my sink drain fittings aren't quite straight?

You're right, it doesn't look quite right and the flexible connector is, at least in my opinion, undesirable. If it were possible to rotate the wye on the stack at the back of the cabinet, then extend ...
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I'm replacing a bathroom faucet drain, but the p-trap has no nuts + trap arm is leaking

Grab a hacksaw and cut pipe G as neatly as possible and as close to the edge of coupling F as you can (run the blade against the side of F as your guide to cut nice and straight). Remove the whole ...
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What is the correct location of the drain adapter?

The way your drain is currently set up, the P-trap for the garbage disposal is too low. The disposal water sits there in the T where the RO drain is connected. Remove the RO "T" and attach ...
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What is this object inside my bathtub drain that is causing a blockage?

Maybe with a lot of patience and swearing you could fish it out with a retrieval tool. Similar to your camera but at the end is a springy claw. Use together with the camera and pull it back through ...
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Can the garbage disposal outlet be lower than the building drain inlet?

You are correct to think that the standing water in your garbage disposal is related to the inlet being lower then the outlet. Water flows downhill... It doesn't flow uphill (excluding siphoning, ...
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Plumber's putty or silicone for tub drain?

Plumber's putty is used (in the modern world) to keep gunk out of cracks and little else. It's not a primary drain seal strategy. The rubber gasket is the drain seal. Putty would just aid in cleaning ...
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How do I remove the fitting for this drain so that I can fit a base cabinet over top?

The house might be 100 Yr old but the pipe installation was made from copper using soldering. It does not look like cast iron pipe, more like heavily oxidized copper. Regular copper soldering tools ...
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Can't attach hose to water heater

Something like this adapter from Home Depot should do the trick:
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How do I fix my bathtub drain plug that's not working?

Some tests/experiments you can perform for free, or at worst, cheap… Bear in mind you can't get to the push mechanism without at least taking the side off the bath, so you're going to have to live ...
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Why is there a hole in my sink tailpipe and can I replace it?

I'm sure that if you searched the internet for instructions <brand> <model> for the old water filter system, you'd find that it has, for whatever reason, a drain line. This drain line was ...
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Can a P-trap turn backwards?

A trap can be oriented in any horizontal position as long as the vertical configuration remains standard. Mechanically (hydraulically) there's no difference whatsoever--it's the exact same number of ...
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Sink drain is slightly misaligned relative to trap

The evident minimal approach if you're in some backwards jurisdiction that requires metal drain pipes (as approved by the city council, that has been well-bribed by the plumber's union, say) is a ...
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Do I have to periodically pour water down my basement floor drain to maintain the p-trap water seal?

I run a portable dehumidifier in my basement that has a drain hose and I've got the drain hose running into the floor drain. The water drained from the dehumidifier is enough to keep the floor drain's ...
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Cast Iron Drain Pipes Filled Solid with Rust (I think)

That looks something other than just rust. Get a drain snake and start drilling. Use different drain snake attachment to clean more. Or if you have to use high pressure washer. It could be just ...
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Help identifying ABS vs. PVC

The top toilet drain definitely looks like ABS pipe with remnants of a PVC fitting having been glued to the outside. The shower drain looks like ABS. The white is probably soap scum or other deposits, ...
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What is this object inside my bathtub drain that is causing a blockage?

Try a wet/dry shop vacuum. Make sure you add water to fill the "P" trap afterwards.
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My sink is not clogged but water does not drain

As Ecnerwal stated, you need a vent beyond the trap. Remove the elbow and replace it with a Tee. Add appropriate sized pipe for your location and an AAV. Run vertically to as high above the bottom of ...
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New washer hookup is overflowing

There absolutely must be an access panel over the vent location large enough to replace it, so buy one, reference the picture, and cut a hole to put it in. Not impressed with your plumber (this should ...
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