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What is needed to repair a garage drain cover in concrete?

The drain was originally just embedded in the concrete. The cover fastened to it. I see a few paths forward: Assume that the pipe itself is in as bad of shape as the drain. Plug it with sand, filling ...
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Do I need to repair this PVC drain pipe elbow?

It's probably fine as it is. The stuff to use to fix this is a PVC solvent cement that contains a lot of filler, eg: "Marley MCS® Solvent Cement" or you could mix in some ground PVC to ...
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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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Restoring collapsed buried pex line?

If the PEX is or can be stripped down to the point where there are no tight bends and no fittings then you can mechanically test for an obstruction. A electrician's fish tape will fit inside the tube. ...
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Restoring collapsed buried pex line?

You'd have to pressurize the line to much beyond what the water will provide in order to expand the soil around the line. You'd need to plug one end and apply an air source to the other. There's a ...
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Why do I have water temperature fluctuation?

The bad cartridge (causing backflow from cold into the hot line) might well be in a different valve. There might also be more than one. Look for a faucet/fixture where the hot line (run some hot to ...
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Why does my hot water arrive at point of use slowly after water heater replacement?

The inside diameter of the dip tube(cold water inlet) smaller like 3/8” of a inch diameter. There should have been another blue dip tube that came with the tank in which would have a larger diameter ...
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What are the hard bumps/lumps on my shower floor?

There are really only two things it can be--delamination of the surface layer or bulges from pressure on the underside. Press on them to see if they flex like bubbles. If so, that would indicate a ...
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Do I need to replace the killswitch before installing a new washer?

To the uneducated or inexperienced installers, some residual water leaking from the old supply hoses is taken as a valve that is not closing. I have had to "rescue" a few neighbors in my ...
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Do I need to replace the killswitch before installing a new washer?

It sounds like you are talking about the water supply valve to the washing machine, and it sounds like it is failing to turn the water off when in the off position. The free installation you get ...
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How to connect fridge to existing water line

Unscrew the male-male coupling from your existing water line and the line from the fridge should then screw right in:
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What is the condition of my pipe?

From the picture, nothing looks particularly troublesome. Clean things up and keep using it. There's no reason to touch the valve unless you're having a problem with it. One possible failure mode for ...
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What is the condition of my pipe?

Clean up the cement dust and debris from around the copper and those pipes are good for service for another 50 years. Copper ages very well without failing. It is usually something that gets on the ...
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Why does my hot water arrive at point of use slowly after water heater replacement?

Is the setpoint the same as it was on your old water heater? My guess is that the temperature has been set lower. It is a trend in the effort of lowering energy costs and prevent scalding injuries to ...
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What might be causing these noises in my plumbing?

This issue has resolved itself. Here are my notes, in chronological order: Leading up to the problem I removed a water softener and replaced the missing section with pex Before thinking to bleed the ...
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Why does my hot water arrive at point of use slowly after water heater replacement?

Try to measure or guess the length of pipe from the water heater to the faucet. Then, using the internal diameter, compute the volume. I'm French, so I'll use metric: Suppose your pipes have 20mm ...
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Why does my hot water arrive at point of use slowly after water heater replacement?

Looking at your setup, I strongly suspect that your current setup added something which your old setup did not have: a heat trap. On the top of your new water heater, you can see the two short pieces ...
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Can I mix galvanized and black (iron) pipe when plumbing for new gas service?

Best check local codes in your area, things change over time. When in doubt, ask the Local Authority Having Jurisdiction -- which in the US is generally the local building inspector. They're the ...
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Can I tee from a refrigerator water supply for a coffee maker spigot?

Decided I should up update the question with the solution I came up with. I put a T into the line that went into the fridge, and then brought it around under the cabinet with a push button water ...
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damp line behind toilet

Drill a 4 or 5" hole using a Hole saw ( being care full as you drill) . Either side of top water stain. put your hand in to feel for any water lines / drain lines etc. You may also be able to ...
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Why is my dishwasher leaking from the bottom despite tightening this connection?

Good picture -- and clearly, that brass input hose connector is crooked, i.e., cross-threaded. Reinstall it so it's not at an angle. If that doesn't fix it, then a rubber washer inside might now need ...
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How do I remove a cleanout plug?

Be careful working with tools in the opening of this drain. It is very easy to drop a tool down the drain. One wrong move or loss of concentration and it's gone! This could lead to an obstruction in a ...
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Is this normal pressure behavior for this Zurn NR3XL PRV?

I believe that the plumber who told you that the maximum output pressure from the Zurn NR3XL was wrong. I say that as a non-plumber who made that same mistake. The pressure reduction range of the ...
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Do sump pump basins always have a certain level of water in them?

The level of water in a sump pump basin is dependent on the water table of the surrounding terrain. That level will vary with rainfall, conditions of drought, localized flooding, melting snow, etc. ...
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How do I remove a cleanout plug?

In all probability, the threads are in the ribbed section. (Not below the ribbed section where you’re chiseling.) Get a long wrench on the square part and turn counter clockwise.
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How to stop whole house water hammer?

Had water hammer when turning off every fixture in the house. Installed arrestors on hot and cold close to noise. No go. Finally heard small noise at upstairs shower. Changed delta series 1400 shower ...
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Replace Corroded Copper Pipe With PEX?

The plumbing looks good. There is some corrosion on the surface that can be cleaned off with a light abrasive pad, if it really bothers you. My condo had issues with pinholes in copper pipes. In ...
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How to loosen a rusted nut/screw

Use an angle grinder with a cutting wheel on it. Tape protection to the porcelain so that if you slip with the grinder you won't scar the porcelain. Heavy cardboard, or a wad of rags. The grinder ...
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How to loosen a rusted nut/screw

while this problem was solved by OP, I'll offer another solution: Take a die that matches the threads and cleanup the lower part of the threades. This is going to leave cruddy threads -- lots of the ...
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Graphite packing rope squeezes out between valve stem and packing nut

If the valve is used in a partially open position, this doesn't work. But washing machine valves are usually opened full. If it drips from the valve stem when fully open even when fully open, you ...
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Alternative sewer line in basement

I just passed inspections on new drain and vent lines for a kitchen sink and laundry area (all in the kitchen) ... I cut a substantial part of the kitchen floor/concrete when exploring the existing ...
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How do I disconnect this water fitting?

The black ring with the tab looks like a lock. Slide a screwdriver under the tab from the side and pry gently to lift it, then pull it completely off.
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Placing two sanitees onto the same stack vent

How close can they be located on the same drain line? You can't use one of these, as they are prohibited for connection to "fixtures or appliances with pumping action discharge" (IPC706.3) ...
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Will using the "bread trick" to solder copper lines cause potential issues with bread in the water heater?

Intuitively, the hot water is drawn from the top of the water heater. Floating bread should be quickly purged. But there exists water insoluble flux, so use that stuff if there's a tiny drip-drip-drip ...
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How do I repair a sewage leak in a wall?

You will have to have axcess to the other side of the wall. What is on the other side? If it goes into the ground it looks like digging is in your future. The copper drain will need to be cut out and ...
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ikea bathroom sink leaking at connection. what is this connection called?

There is an o-ring the seats the connection between those two pieces of the low profile p-trap. The o-ring is seated on the male portion of the p-trap assembly. It is possible that o-ring is damaged ...
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How do I unclog a drain that had too much baking soda put in it?

Just boiling-hot water, repeated as needed, should finish the job. Poking with a drain augur such as these examples, or just a length of wire or plastic, might speed up the process, but is not needed. ...
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bathroom plumbing

Plumbing codes get written by large institutions, but localities frequently override parts, typically making more difficult constraints. Rummaging through Indiana's overrides a while back, I recall ...
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Can a rust hole in a bath tub be repaired?

I successfully repaired a hole in my mother-in-laws tub at the drain using an epoxy putty purchased in an autoparts store. It is made to repair metals and can be formed to fill in the rusted area and ...
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Leaky faucet, how to disassemble this valve?

I'd start with spraying some kind of penetrating oil like pb blaster. If you can figure out the thread then you should be able to get two nuts and form a lock nut on the wider thread. Once you have ...
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Kitchenette build inquiry

I guess this is for the use of a sub-tenant in Bedroom 4? I would put it in the garage, adjacent to the bathroom. Make the garage a 1 1/2-bay. There are smaller cars that would fit. Or appeal to the ...
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Can a new water heater cause a Aquatherm heating system to fail?

I know I am late, but aquatherm is simple. You have an inlet and an outlet, there's also a shut-off valve for each line for when the unit might need to be serviced. You might have additional shut-offs ...
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Leaky faucet, how to disassemble this valve?

You may have to remove the red nut that holds the valve body to the sink. Then remove the entire body from the sink and place it in a vice or use slip joint pliers to hold the body and remove the hex ...
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Espresso machine drain line keeps clogging

As with "normal" drain lines, it should either be consistently sloped at 2% or so, (1/4" per foot, 2 cm/m) or vertical. You can see the buildup of materials that were left behind as the ...
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Where should I install the drain saddle for a reverse osmosis system in this plumbing?

This post has been up for a while, but I just installed a ro unit in a very tight sink space. There was no room for the drain saddle and no easy way to reconfigure. I found on Amazon a product made ...
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How do I find leak from second floor shower. Shower is located in room by itself so it's definitely from it

If it leaks only when he leans against the wall, then it is unlikely to be a pipe. Get him to lean and sit down, while you are downstairs looking for the leak. Its possibly the main shower drain or ...
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What do you call a threaded sink strainer that doesn't seal when screwed-in?

You can get strainers that do not have the stopper gasket. Sometimes they're just a dome of hardware cloth with an edge crimped to it. Check what's on offer at your local hardware store or home center,...
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Does the water heater tank have anything to do with the house heat?

There are setups that use the main boiler/furnace to heat a pumped loop which then indirectly heats the hot water tank. I have one in my gas-fired system, a friend has one in her oil-fired setup. Done ...
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How do you remove the aerator from a Hans Grohe kitchen faucet/sprayer?

Use the hans grohe aerator wrench. https://www.grohe.ca/bathroom-faucet-fittings-and-spare-parts/disassembling-key/grohe-chrome-48021000 Amazon has generic recessed aerator wrenches available as well....
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Does the water heater tank have anything to do with the house heat?

Wild guess, but.... There are four ways to shut off a water heater: Electric (not the case here) - thermostat to OFF Electric (not the case here) - turn circuit breaker OFF Gas - thermostat to OFF ...
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