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Where should I install the drain saddle for a reverse osmosis system in this plumbing?

In your case the best spot would be in the straight pipe where the dishwasher comes in just below it. You can hand unscrew that pipe and disconnect the dishwasher hose and take it out for easier ...
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How does one secure black pipe gas plumbing to an exterior wall?

Get a larger strap that will fit the coupling instead of the pipe. Oatey makes Galvanized 2-Hole Pipe Hanger Straps available in 1.5", 2", 3", and 4" so pick the one which works ...
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How does one secure black pipe gas plumbing to an exterior wall?

Cut a piece of wood, same width as the space between the two pipe ends, and wide (high) enough to allow the two screws to go through into the plugs in the wall. The wood needs to be as thick (from ...
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How does one secure black pipe gas plumbing to an exterior wall?

Buy a box of galvanized washers. Put enough washers between the building and the strap to make the fit right. Go back over it with the same paint color used on the pipe.
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How does one secure black pipe gas plumbing to an exterior wall?

Yes a two-hole strap like the one you've shown is a normal way of securing a pipe. When you tighten the mounting screw the strap will easily bend so that its ears are held down firmly against the ...
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Water Filters Before a Shallow Well Jet Pump?

I wouldn't use a FILTER on the suction, but no reason not to use a screen - say 60 mesh to keep the large stuff out of the pump. We have one and it never plugs up, but does collect debris.
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Can you build a rain diverter with a double T and a toilet plunger?

I've seen regular plungers used in systems like this to divert water into swimming pools, spa, etc. a regular toilet plunger. The stick is too long to fit into the piping system but the ones I've ...
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Can you build a rain diverter with a double T and a toilet plunger?

Your provided diagrams show what certainly looks like the head of a toilet plunger with the handle removed. That would be needed for it to fit in the "T". There is nothing that is used for ...
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ABS to PVC transition glue: OK for PVC to PVC?

With credit to @UnhandledExcepSean for leading me to it, and to @Harper for explaining why in his answer, the following bits of code for NJ appear to give an authoritative answer, and I would expect ...
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Is tape an effective way to hold on a foam elbow?

I'm just a novice and older home owner, but I'm hiring someone to insulate the pipes in the crawlspace of a 1947 small house (water heater is in the crawlspace, too). I bought the self-sealing pipe ...
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Remove bathroom faucet cartridge

As @Ruskes suggests, if you can reach and hold that threaded metal part below (use leather work gloves) with one hand, you can use your wrench on the top without having the whole thing turn. That's ...
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How to couple 4" round corrugated downspout to plain round

To my knowledge there is no specific fitting to connect the metal drain pipe to the round drain. (the black drain looks like ABS plastic and not iron.) You could use the rubber Fernco fittings. A ...
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How to couple 4" round corrugated downspout to plain round

I use a 5-Blade hand Sheet Metal Crimper to reduce the end of the pipe so it will fit into the drain. This is a common tool and not too expensive.
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Is it possible to make this vessel sink into an undermount and function properly?

There is no reason why any basin could not be mounted in any manner. I've seen all kinds of artistic dishes and bowls adapted to be sinks by drilling a two inch hole in the bottom, and I've seen them ...
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ABS to PVC transition glue: OK for PVC to PVC?

Normal PVC cement is not cement at all, it is solvent. PVC on PVC you are doing solvent welding, the solvent melts the PVC then totally evaporates, leaving 1 continuous piece of PVC plastic and no ...
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What’s the correct consistency of PVC all purpose cement?

Looks fairly normal from here. It's very different from PVC cement, which would be unwise to use at that consistency.
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Main water supply's grounding wires

Even if the main electrical ground connection is on the street side of the meter, it's not unusual for appliances (such as a dishwasher or washing machine) to have ground wires running to the nearest ...
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ABS to PVC transition glue: OK for PVC to PVC?

That glue is rated only for non-pressure pipes (drain and vent, not water), so if that is your situation, continue to the next step. Some locales require the exact type of glue be used and don't play ...
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Main water supply's grounding wires

From the photo, it looks like the ground wire goes to the left side of the meter, then loops across to the right side. This provides the jumper as required. The jumper is to prevent nasty surprises ...
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Main water supply's grounding wires

The jumper is there because the meter assembly is removable. It can't be relied on for continuity and if it is ever removed for repair or replacement, you don't break the ground connection. Even with ...
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Discovered old dry well or septic tank with muddy water - can I just fill it in?

If this is a dry well, it is taking in heavy rain water and preventing flooding in your yard and possibly neighbor's yards as well, and filling it with dirt would not be a good idea. You may want to ...
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valve leak at main water supply

Possible to just replace parts/washers in the valve itself, instead of the whole valve. First try tightening the nut below the handle a bit, might be all you need. Have the water turned off, open a ...
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overflow safety drain cover of my tub rusted away, can't remove rusted bolt that holds the cover

You got some good ideas. However if the wall on the backside of the tub is in a closet or other inconspicuous area, I would cut out a good working opening and change the whole piece. In the long run ...
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Discovered old dry well or septic tank with muddy water - can I just fill it in?

Your description sounds like an old abandoned septic tank. If you are hooked up to the sewer this should have no use. I'm in fla. and occasionally an old septic will collapse and leave a hole. I would ...
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overflow safety drain cover of my tub rusted away, can't remove rusted bolt that holds the cover

A hgh-speed rotary tools (e.g., Dremel, or Wen) with a fiber-reinforced cutting wheel or a carbide bit will slowly cut through the bolt, and might even heat it, from friction, enough to push out of ...
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Closet bolts for cast iron toilet flange

The limited number of closet bolts I've seen are replaceable by sliding the bolt sideways so its head moves into an opening in the flange big enough for the bolt head, then just lift it out. Install a ...
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Bathroom drain is leaking even with nuts and washers properly installed

Although @RMDman gave a really amazing answer, I went back and watched the video very closely. The printed instructions are wrong (!!!). You are supposed to thread the flat washer on first, cinch it ...
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Bathroom drain is leaking even with nuts and washers properly installed

Your process is correct, however many of the new plumbing fixtures do not recommend using plumbers putty on the top flange of the drain. These are known as leaking drains. The gaskets that are ...
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Fixing a leaking p-trap when the outlet pipe has a lip on it

You should have a washer for the contact between the J bend and the wall tube. The threads compress the washer against that metal lip and the wall of of the J bend. When you join the parts, there is ...
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How can I clean stucco residue off PVC pipe so I can work with it?

Don't adjust the PVC. Just remove the fernco coupling. Boom. Air gap.
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How do I fix my bathtub knobs that rotate the wrong way after cartridge replacement?

I replaced o-rings in my tub faucets & diverters a few weeks ago. I put them all in backwards so they turned the wrong way. I opened everything back up, flipped them over (two alignment tabs, 180° ...
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How can I clean stucco residue off PVC pipe so I can work with it?

It was never designed with an air gap, so why is one needed now? Drain lines usually are never 100% full so no air gap is needed. If there is an issue, such as they are running slow or not at all, ...
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P-trap fits sink drain and tailpiece but do not fasten to them securely

Regarding the tailpiece, it is a "compression" connection. Remove nut E, slide it up the tailpiece, then slide a flexible rubber compression washer (F?) over the tailpiece end. Fit the ...
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Pipe fitting identification for bathroom sink drain

It is a nut. It's the remnants of a compression fitting, as you suspected. That said, I don't hold out much hope that the threads are serviceable. That much corrosion may have destroyed them. You ...
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Bronze Hose Bibb with Galvanized Pipe

Bronze is not going to create galvanic corrosion when attached to galvanized pipe.
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can I install an inline check valve on a condensate drain line down pipe?

You should cut the PVC condensate pipes shorter, and install a longer drain (more distance backflow has to come up before overflowing) leading into the P-trap, with an airgap for the condensate ...
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For inspection on the hot water

Plumbing codes do not specify the maximum hot water temperature. 125 F is generally thought to be the safest max, but if you are an adventurer, then your max is the dial on your hot water heater. If ...
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For inspection on the hot water

Do you know if you have a temperature adjusting(anti-scalding) valve at the sink? Then you might adjust the water heater tank to 140. If no adjusting valve then the water heater tank needs to be ...
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Tub stem adapter for handle

I've not seen an adapter that will allow different handles to be used than the original design. If the holes in the handles are too large, you could fill them with epoxy,let it start to harden and ...
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can I install an inline check valve on a condensate drain line down pipe?

Yes you can install this as you want but, I am not sure it will work as you expect. Your condensate lines are not under pressure and rely on gravity fall for any water to exit them. Check valves ...
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Standing Water In Shower Drain

You are looking into the P-trap, which is normal to have standing water in it. It is designed to do so. The P-trap function is to prevent smells from swage line going back. Is it clogged ? Take a ...
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Is it reasonable to expect a home sewer system to handle 2-ply toilet paper?

Sounds like the system suffers from damage, poor workmanship, or (possibly) a persistent blockage that isn't getting fully cleared when you've dealt with the 2-ply blockage in the past. You're ...
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Washing machine tap is seized, what can I try?

That big nut around the black stem holds the stem in place. Try loosening that nut slightly. Maybe just 1/2 turn, and see if it allows the stem to turn. If it does, Great! now be sure water is not ...
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How can I adapt my faucet to a dishwasher connection?

Easy! Remove the aerator and replace with a "faucet aerator to garden hose adaptor". You don't have to get the swiveling one like in this picture but I think it will put less stress on ...
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How can I adapt my faucet to a dishwasher connection?

If you absolutely must get one of those things, and from what I've heard, they are more trouble than they are worth, go under the sink and put in a 'T' fitting with a ball valve. Then drill a hole ...
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How can I adapt my faucet to a dishwasher connection?

See those little flats on the tap nozzle? Those are for a wrench. Underneath is a threaded connection. Perchance it's the one you seek. Dishwashers often come with various adapters. If not, your local ...
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Filtering the byproducts of iron removal after chlorine injection

I have a drinking water well that is loaded with iron. The pump feeds into a chlorine injection valve as you've described. The chlorine reacts with the iron in the water. The next step in the water ...
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Can PVC be encased horizontally in concrete

It's common practice to place PVC sleeves through concrete footings, foundations, and slabs for immediate and future use. I've used them in many ICF foundations, and they're regularly used to protect ...
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Could spray foam insulation around a drain pipe have caused a toilet to loosen?

The plumber probably did a poor job the first time. Hopefully he corrected it the second time. There is not much holding down a typical toilet. The wax seal, and a couple of tiny bolts that are ...
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How can I connect 1/2" compression tubing to 3/8" compression valve?

If the pre-installed lines in your vanity are of low quality and can be removed, remove them, and hopefully you can replace them with quality braided steel lines that suit the faucet at one end and ...
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