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  1. Plumbing
    I’m going to be replacing my bathtub drain and overflow and i discovered that the p-trap connection is very loose. Don’t know how it didn’t leak this whole time. Now the copper plumbing is heavily coated in some type of black tar or coating. What is this? How can I prep the pipe/ remove for a...
  2. Plumbing
    I want to replace the water shutoff valve inside my house in place many years. Not leaking yet but the pipe is a type I understand is not good, could be Qwest brand that had many lawsuits. Plumbing was done in 1970's or earlier. The two pipes running on either end of the valve look similar to...
  3. Plumbing
    So, thought I was unscrewing a stubborn broken spigot, but turns out I was wrapping the copper until is snapped... (pics below). It has a separate shutoff so no leaks, but the pipe then turns down into the cinder block before heading outside so it cannot be accessed the piping inside. Question...
  4. Plumbing
    I ripped out my fiberglass tub/shower combo and am installing a tiled walk-in shower. I no longer need a pipe for a tub spout. Is it okay to just cut and cap the pipe right under the existing diverter? And if so, is a cap or a plug better?
  5. Plumbing
    I've already read a few older threads here, but none seemed to address my issues exactly. I am gut-renovating my house, including the replacement/rerouting of every wire, pipe, tube, vent, and drain. I am trying to decide on the gas piping material I will use. My personal preference is to...
  6. Electrical
    Hi everyone I just had an outlet installed in the joists of a unfinished basement to allow me to plug in a new washing machine. I just noticed that due to space constraints the electrician placed the metal box of the outlet right against the main water line which is made of copper. I will...
  7. Plumbing
    Hello all. I am thinking about cutting a narrow channel into my concrete slab to run a refrigerator supply line from the sink to the spot where my icebox will be. The distance is about 6-7 feet. I am remodeling the basement and laying slate tile over the concrete so I imagine all that I would...
  8. Plumbing
    I normally buy copper from Home Depot, but today I ran into ACE (which is closer) to pick up 20ft of type L pipe for a bathroom remodel I'm working on. When I got home and made my first cut I noticed that it went a lot quicker than normal. Sure enough, upon inspection the ACE hardware copper...
  9. Plumbing
    Hey DIY gang. So I recently had a copper water pipe leak in between my first and second floor. The leak was right at a 90 elbow. It destroyed quite a bit of drywall in the ceiling and walls. My house was built in 2003 and is still under warranty. I called the builder and he came to take a...
  10. Plumbing
    I have an ancient sink drain that finally disintegrated. The P-trap and drain extension literally fell apart to the touch. The problem is 1) it's all copper pipe 2) the drain extension appears to have been welded onto the iron stub-out. The question is 1) how do I remove all this and 2) how...
  11. Plumbing
    Hey all, I am building a wort chiller for my home brewing setup and have a question about soldering. I bought 1/2 inch OD copper tubing and coiled it into the appropriate size for the brew pot I am using. I ended up kinking the tubing at the bottom when I tried to create a 90 degree bend to...
  12. Plumbing
    Hi, just wondering if someone could help me with a plumbing situation. I just bought a house and the laundry room was upstairs. We moved the washer and dryer downstairs yesterday and hooked everything back up as it was all ready to go. Everything there works great. I've no idea how to undo...
  13. Plumbing
    Is it possible to cut threading on a copper pipe w/o damaging the actual threads? I have a 1 inch copper pipe and the threaded area is about an inch long but I need to cut 1/2" off. Is there a trick to this?
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