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Is there an adapter to raise the tank on a toilet

Around here (France) the old style is still being sold. It is quite uncommon, so you'd have to dig a little, but it's available. One of the advantages is the pipe can be hidden inside the drywall, ...
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Is there an adapter to raise the tank on a toilet

I will take a SWAG and say This sounds like an older installation. I believe you are measuring the hydronic head from the floor. It should be measured to the top of the water in the bowel to the top ...
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How do I reattach the coupling nut to the strainer tailpiece?

It looks like everything is metal compression. If you go to your local hardware store, you should be able to buy a rubber washer for the inside of that ring (common for chrome pipe fittings). Here's ...
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How do I reattach the coupling nut to the strainer tailpiece?

Based on the gap in the second picture, it appears to me to be one of two possibilities: The nut you've got is somehow misshapen creating that gap in the picture. Simply replace the nut and you ...
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2 Sinks, one Drain Arm. Slow drain and gurgling

So, looking at IPC (which may or may not be your code, but likely isn't all that different than your code) You have a lavatory for 1 fixture unit, and a "service sink" (their term) for 2 ...
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Is it possible to correct [flip] this P-Trap?

I would put a 90 elbow on the waste sticking out from the wall and the long horizontal black pipe into that. If necessary extend that out from the wall as needed. Then adjust the horizontal length so ...
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Is this sink faucet removable?

Yes, the faucet can be removed. You have to turn those black "nuts" counterclockwise to remove. You'll need a faucet wrench or a pair of chanellocks to remove them. They will be stuck on ...
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Is this sink faucet removable?

If you look closely at your first photo, you will see a black plastic nut on the two water line connections. This is called a "faucet nut". You will need a "faucet nut wrench" ...
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How do I add a level gauge for 100 lb propane tank?

I would do this the same way that HVAC technicians check the refrigerant level in receiver tanks (rooftop condensing units). Easiest way is if you have any sort of IR measuring device. Run hot water ...
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How do I add a level gauge for 100 lb propane tank?

Get an infrared temperature "gun". The liquid in the tank is colder than the pressurised gas above it. It doesn't need to be a particularly accurate one; you're just finding the liquid level
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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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What are my options for connecting my water filter to my faucet?

You've run into "progress" :) For some decades US bathroom and kitchen faucets usually had brass metal male threaded inputs for their cold and hot water supply. These were usually 1/2", ...
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What type of fittings go in and out of a shower water filter? (and/or, what type of fitting does a shower head use?)

The specifications you pointed to state: Plumbing Connections standard 1/2" shower head and pipe connections. That is a standard trade size 1/2" pipe in the USA. Standard parts would fit ...
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Water not coming on after ball valve turned off

You should feel some mild resistance turning the ball valve 90 degrees because the ball will rub snugly on the internal housing. internally, it's a ball with a hole right through the center, you align ...
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Can I remove the Bottle Trap if I already have a P Trap?

It looks like you have two drains, correct? The picture may be deceiving, but it looks like one trap is lower than the other. You could get away with one trap, but it would have to piped in such a way ...
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Yard floods - will replacing a floway drain with a rainwater drain resolve this

This much standing water tells me that you need perforated drainage tile* or pipe* in addition to your drain(s). This will pull water from the ground after it's soaked in as well as removing surface ...
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Capping radiator pipes away from trunkline because of asbestos

A dead plumbing leg is only an issue if it's in the potable water system, since legionella can grow in the stagnant water then work its way back through the water and be piped into the drinking water. ...
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Capping radiator pipes away from trunkline because of asbestos

Clearly remediating the asbestos and capping close to the trunk/manifold is the best option. However, leaving dead legs in a sealed, non-potable hydronic system may be OK as long as: You're willing ...
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Connect Two Pipes

What you're looking at there is a "slip joint". If you loosen and remove the large white plastic nut (the "twisty screw thingy"), you should find a rubber or plastic gasket/ring ...
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Does missing expansion tank and check valve explain non-functioning circulating pumps?

If you don't have a check valve near the pump, then there should be a thermostatic valve somewhere else far away. They are usually installed under a bathroom sink. That valve might be disabled or ...
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Yard floods - will replacing a floway drain with a rainwater drain resolve this

You can always dig up and replace plumbing, install catch basins, etc. if you want to spend money, but if this was your bathroom sink drain that was clogging up instead of the yard drain, the first ...
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Kitchen Water Valve Not Working but Working

I can't be sure from the photo, but it looks like your hot and cold pipes coming out of the wall might be plastic PEX or copper with soldered fittings. The shut off valves on each look like older ...
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Plumbing toilet fill tube runs into copper pipe picture attached

For your question - The inlet for the flush, which is supposed to be from the bottom, is damaged or not functioning. So the person has replaced the inlet to be served from an external factor using the ...
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What are my options for fixing a broken handle on the bib?

Call a plumber if you want. If you'd like to do more, carefully cut a slot in the head of the screw using a fine-tooth hacksaw. Over several days, regularly spray a penetrant such as PartsBlaster (no ...
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Removal of gas line

Gases want to equalise (in this case with the global atmosphere), so all you have to do is (while keeping the mains closed!) open up that section to the atmosphere. The volume is relatively limited, ...
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Removal of gas line

You could evacuate the line by blowing compressed nitrogen through it -- but it would be obnoxious to rent or buy a cylinder of nitrogen just for this. I'd expect most people would use compressed air ...
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How do I get these apart?

Answering my own question— when you need to supply a large amount of torque and the shape and weight of the items makes it nearly impossible to apply accurate rotational force without twisting/...
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How do I get these apart?

You'll need two pipe wrenches, and the floor. Place one wrench on the floor with its jaws opening upward. Place one side of the joint to be opened (that is, either the flatted section of the copper or ...
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How to better secure the toilet fill hose?

Could consider just using the old hose in its entirety. This should solve the issue with it not securely fitting where you currently have the red tape. Where the other end of the pipe fits, it pushes ...
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How to better secure the toilet fill hose?

Cut a small piece off of the old white hose and slip it over the end of the black hose and insert the end into the port.
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Is this normal pressure behavior for this Zurn NR3XL PRV?

I'm inclined to await results, a bit, but I'm also very unimpressed with the plumbers you have been sent from this company, and hope you can find some more competent ones, from a different company. If ...
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How can I take apart this leaking outdoor faucet?

I can confirm that the nut does in-fact come off. I have that same exact faucet on my house and searching for the same info and found this thread. FYI that I used some penetrating oil; that helped a ...
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Do I need primer for Schedule 40 PVC used for irrigation?

We always use primer on the “high pressure side” of the valves, but not the sprinkler side. We never sand anything, but always use joints that have a good overlap. The plumber I work with has over 30 ...
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Do I need primer for Schedule 40 PVC used for irrigation?

You can do what you want but I'd never glue a joint without primer. Pick a glue and follow the directions. One flaw in the tests were that the pipes were not installed to the depth of the fittings, a ...
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Replacing Moen 1225 cartridge - entire stem and top of cartridge came out - bottom did not

The new cartridges come with a plastic "key" that you are supposed to use after pulling the retaining clip but before attempting to remove the cartridge. This loosens the barrel/sleeve to ...
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Which version of the 3/4" Zurn NR3XL PRV is this?

The part numbering scheme allows a customer to order the same base part with a variety of optional components included in the package. At time of this writing, Zurn has a PDF spec sheet for the NR3XL ...
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Which version of the 3/4" Zurn NR3XL PRV is this?

You clearly have Union + FNTP so probably the first one based on fitting type. The second says union (and does not mention FNTP as well, which yours is using on the top) and the last has no union. The ...
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Should galvanized steel pipe be used as a tub spout?

Summary As others have stated, I recommend replacing galvanized nipples with a brass nipple when you have a threaded drop-ear elbow to reduce the chances of corrosion. I prefer the threaded drop-ear ...
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Replace bath taps that are slathered with sealant

It's a plastic bath tub, so you can't use heat. Oscillating multitool: Cut plastic nut on red line, insert screwdriver on green arrow and pry it off:
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Replace bath taps that are slathered with sealant

Use a craft knife to clear the flats on the nut. Use a brass nut to thread on and cut the thread back to the downpipe. Use a hacksaw to put several cuts across the inside thread of the brass (or ...
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Need help planning reroute of cold water line

Your new plan will work. You have a flow problem when the dishwasher and or clothes washer run because your 3/4" feed reduced to 1/2" and then taps off to those feeds and the feed back to ...
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Is it cheaper to run electric or mixer shower?

Here in the UK, gas is still a lot cheaper than electricity. That's still the case if you factor in the lost efficiency of using gas to heat a tank of water. The flow rate of the shower may make a ...
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Is it cheaper to run electric or mixer shower?

First step is always to put numbers on stuff so we know what we're talking about. Get a container of known volume, for example a bucket. Put it under the shower and use a stopwatch to time how long it ...
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Why is there moisture under this PVC pipe attached to my hot water heater?

If that pipe just runs down to the floor, that water heater was not installed correctly. That appears to be a heat pump based water heater, and they basically have a small air conditioning unit on ...
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Do I need to replace this valve that a plumber claimed needed to be replaced?

Yes, it needs to be replaced. It is severely corroded and will probably fail when the pipe is replaced. It looks to be a 3/4 inch gate valve, and a new one will be cheaper than having to take the ...
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How to clean hair and junk off an auger?

Use a straight razor, a new one, nice and sharp, and slice one sige of the hair clog if it goes past the bit and onto the shaft. Otherwise, unscrew from the bit.
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Is an air admittance valve suitable on a sewage ejector pump basin?

I see two code violations there. If your using the International Residential Code (IRC) sect. p3114.8 prohibits the use of AA valves unless designed by an engineer (might be acceptable to your ...
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What is this barrel-shaped component in my bathtub drain plumbing?

That's a drum trap. To the best of my knowledge they are no longer allowed. [Which in typical fashion means you can clear the clog if you choose to and keep using it, but replacement if needed must be ...
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Is Schedule 80 PVC pipe suitable for water main connections?

Answering my own question here about "suitability" of PVC Schedule 80: This is spelled out in section 604.10 of the California Unified Plumbing code: This table lists the ATSM standards ...
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Water pressure drops in house when 2 faucets are one at the same time

Here is what I had the installing plumber do when I built my house 23 years ago. The main supply line to my house from the street was 3/4" copper as per the area code. The plumber ran all 3/4&...
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