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What is this plumbing part?

It appears to be a Plastic Water Softener Air Gap...what ever that is! https://www.homedepot.com/p/KEENEY-2-in-Plastic-Water-Softener-Air-Gap-PP855-69/204374532
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What type of bathroom sink supply plumbing is this?

Chrome-plated copper. They will last virtually forever, unlike "modern" flex lines. The fittings either are, or are compatible with, compression fittings. The 5/8" pipe from the wall is ...
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How do I connect my sink to the drain in the wall?

Go to your local big-box store (or even better, a locally owned plumbing supply place) and get a standard P-trap kit. It will include all the pieces you need as well as instructions on how to install ...
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Is tightening this nut impossible?

The installation instructions show a rubber washer in that T connection to the toilet inlet, so once you have it finger tight, it should only need another 1/4 turn or so with the wrench to make a seal....
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Stop Pipes From Pulling Through The Wall

To expand on Jack's good answer: There is approximately 3" from the inside of the drywall closest to the camera to the side of the plumbing closest to the camera. It appears that the plumber used ...
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Stop Pipes From Pulling Through The Wall

That anchoring job looks pretty weak. You need to determine exactly where the movement's coming from. I think you need to install a 2x4 horizontally between the studs to the right and left of your ...
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Kitchen sink drawer blocked by p trap

I had a similar issue with the drawer under my gas cooktop. Actually, for a gas cooktop many people use a false-front, as you likely have here, for the top drawer, but most gas cooktops now are ...
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Plumbing - How do i connect a washing machine water hose to this

In the UK, that fitting is sold as a "draincock" and is used for draining the pipes after shutting off the supply upstream. This one is likely intended to protect the pipe leading to the ...
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How do I fix a hose bib that's leaking under the handle?

I'm not familiar with the name of that top part, but this image from The Fixit Zone calls it a "bonnet nut". That could be a regional name. In a very traditional hose bib like yours, there ...
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How do I verify PVC pipes have been glued and separate them if they have been?

If you see nuts like these: Images from Lowes.com, used as example only Then that indicates your plumbing is simply screwed together. (Note that you won't see the red (or sometimes translucent white) ...
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Struggles replacing bathtub drain

Access panel is good. As usual, your call on "I need a plumber now" or "I can tackle this myself." I [expletive redacted] hate glued in tub drains, as they have to be exactly ...
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How do I connect my sink to the drain in the wall?

Below is a picture of what you're looking for. It should be simple enough but pay attention to slope from the trap to the waste pipe connection at the wall. It should be 1/4" drop per foot. You ...
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Stop Pipes From Pulling Through The Wall

This isn't rocket science, and you have many options. You just need to spread the load so that it isn't just a small area of drywall carrying the force of a pull. Don't go cutting drywall out. It's ...
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Is this the stopcock for my entire house?

Yes, that is almost certainly your stopcock, they very commonly seize up, especially if they are opened 'hard'. You could try tapping firmly on the end of the stem, whilst trying to turn it, to get it ...
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Plumbing - How do i connect a washing machine water hose to this

This connector is called a "barb" connector. This is an elementary as it gets. The barb is made to connect a flexible hose to it. Any hose will do. A garden hose without a connector, ...
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Stop Pipes From Pulling Through The Wall

I had shower valves replaced about a month ago, and ever since then now if you pull the shower knob it pulls out a great deal of pipe through the cut-out. I'm thinking the easiest solution to this ...
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What is this copper ring insert in my sharkbite supply valve?

I think there may be some misunderstandings here "Sharkbite" is both a brand name AND a trademark for a type of solderless fitting-to-pipe connection. The connection type came first and ...
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What type of hose bib is this?

The hose bib that you have is connected to the wall with a compression fitting. The parts of the fitting are shown in the image below. Imagine the tee is your hose bib. I assume you are trying to ...
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What type of hose bib is this?

My guess is that it would be a "male" hose bibb, though I've never heard that term. It "ends" at the nut on the pipe leading into the wall. If you were to put a wrench on that nut, ...
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Plumbing - How do i connect a washing machine water hose to this

If I assume that barb screws into a tee underneath the insulation... Then I would replace that barb with the correct valve to match the washing machine supply hose - usually 1/2" or 3/4". ...
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Old shower handle…can not turn hot/cold lever or handle. What are my options?

Turn off your water to the shower and disassemble the valve parts. Soak everything in a decalcifying cleaner. Vinegar may do it as well. You'll need to pull the cartridge. Given the state of ...
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Is this the stopcock for my entire house?

I agree with SiHa. Also, notice how the body of the valve has a hex nut formed into it. This means you can rebuild it. If you find a valve upstream to stop flow, simply remove that entire assembly and ...
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Kitchen sink drawer blocked by p trap

Those look like Ikea cabinets, if so, buy a different drawer. Ikea sells a 14 3/4" deep drawer. The actual dimension is 13" deep into the cabinet. Those holes in the side of your cabinet ...
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What is this mains water/mains electricity switch in my UK kitchen?

https://www.google.com/search?q=uk+"mains+water+supply"+switch produces results like: https://surestop.co.uk/ https://stevensonheating.co.uk/turning-off-your-water-as-easily-as-turning-off-...
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Removing Plumbing From Bathroom Sink

Usually the same way. Cut or unscrew enough pipe and place a cap on the end to prevent sewer gas from escaping. Depending on type of pipe, should find the right connections to add a cap at most big ...
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Is there an adapter to raise the tank on a toilet

I will take a WAG and say this sounds like an older installation. I believe you are measuring the hydraulic head from the floor. It should be measured to the top of the water in the bowl to the top of ...
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Replacing hot water shower faucet cartridge

To update: I just bought a "10I-7H/C Hot and Cold Stem for Price Pfister Faucets" from Home Depot and used a large cresecent wrench to muscle the entire thing out of its socket by gripping ...
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Sewer gas (?) smell in one bathroom. Septic issue?

Try checking the vent for the pipe. A lot of times if the vent is too small or partially clogged it will cause this problem. I had the same problem & found a partial bird nest in it. Cleaned it ...
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Can I add non-return valve to an existing tap

The cold supply has a higher pressure than the hot which is fed from the tank in the attic. So you need to fit a not return valve in the hot supply to the tap shown and make sure it is fitted so flow ...
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What type of adaptor do I need to connect a female 3/8 OD faucet to this shutoff valve?

As per @gbronner's comment, I removed the shutoff valve and headed back to Home Depot to see if I could find some solution. I ended up buying this retro fit valve in 3/8" and just replacing the ...
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