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  1. Plumbing
    My kitchen sink has a tube from the dishwasher to an air gap, then a rigid black 7/8 ID hose to the disposal. The way they setup under the sink, the tube from the air gap to the disposal has a big kink in it and water backs up into the air gap and then all over the counter. My plan was to use...
  2. Plumbing
    Hey all, So I am a complete n00b at home reno, and I am trying to install a new vanity in my newly bought house -- circa 1986. It is a fixer upper, so the bathroom is completed gutted. Out of the floor where the vanity/sink should be, there is this aluminum pipe coming from the floor. Pictures...
  3. Appliances
    About at our wit's end on this one... As the subject says, periodically, our dishes come out of the dishwasher smelling horrible. Bit like a wet dog. What's odd is sometimes it works fine, other times they come out fine, but after putting them away and waiting a day or two, they start to smell...
  4. Plumbing
    Hello, I have water shut-off valve (all-or-nothing type) for outside hose. I see the valve is ON. but the water is not coming through outside hose. what is the reason ? Thanks in Advance. Thanks
  5. Plumbing
    We moved into this house last year, and the previous homeowners renovated it to remove the only bathtub from the house. We have a 1-year old and 3-year old who we are bathing in the sink, which is a difficult task and creates a huge mess. Would we be able to simply purchase and set a tub similar...
  6. Electrical
    I have not gotten hot water from my ~1994 electric hot water heater for two days. Over the last 20 years I have replaced the element about 3 times and always got it working again. Before today I replace the last one 14 months ago. Three days ago I had a guy replace an unrelated breaker and the...
  7. General DIY Discussions
    I recently inherited a fixer upper from my grandparents, most of the house is in decent shape but there are couple things that I just have no idea what's going on. Can anyone point me in the right direction from these pictures?
  8. Remodeling
    I had a plumbing issue years ago that resorted me to remove an old corner shower and am now just getting back to putting the bathroom back together. Bought a new showerpan over the weekend and tonight came across a problem. The pan fits, but the drain is off by about .5-.75 inches. I can cut...
  9. General DIY Discussions
    Hi everyone, The paint on the exterior stack pipe on our new house is chipping, and I'm wondering what the best way to repaint it is. I have a scraper and sander and can get most of the chipping paint off of it, but I'm not sure what kind of paint to use to repaint it or what kind of paint is...
  10. Plumbing
    Hi, we need an acrylic shower stall for our plumbing work starting in May. We are now being told there is a 12-16 week lead time to order one!! We have identified one unit that is available before May and might work, but the plumbing would have to be on the same side as the seat. Is this an...
  11. Plumbing
    I am preparing to install a water softener in a recently built home and trying to figure out the best option for discharging the water softener. Long term I would like to run a separate drain line through the basement wall to discharge below the house. For now I am thinking of discharging it...
  12. 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...
  13. Kitchen & Bath Remodeling
    Hello there. I recently (well, November) had my kitchen completely redone, but there has been no final inspection to date. I am wondering where it would leave me if the work is not inspected, now, and for any future resale or other permitted work on the condo. The contractor says that the...
  14. Plumbing
    Back in late November our first floor toilet started to gurgle when the washing machine in the basement would spin and empty. We followed all the standard procedures. Plunged the toilet, checked the vent, snaked the toilet, snaked the main line once with a small snake, and then we rented a...
  15. Plumbing
    thinking of grabbing this Watts unit but my plumber told me he doesn't think it's a great idea to be mixing hot and cold water. i didn't quite understand why. your thoughts? https://www.amazon.com/Watts-500800-Instant-Recirculating-Install/dp/B000E78XHG
  16. Plumbing
    Hi, first off let me be honest and say I am pretty damn ignorant when it comes to home repair, construction, plumbing etc so please bear with me. I have a flooding/leak problem in my basement and I'm trying to figure out what's going on and who I should call first to come check it out. I can't...
  17. Plumbing
    Hello Everyone, I am currently remodeling my basement and have ran into a bit of an issue with my toilet drain elbow. It is currently in front of the basement window. I want to change the elbow from cast iron to pvc and push the elbow up into the joist to get it out of the way of the basement...
  18. Plumbing
    I need four 60x32 left shower pans for new home build - anyone know if Foremost brand ($239) holds up to the higher priced Signature brand ($349). Only diff I see in specs are a smidge variance in the ht (2 5/8' v 3 3/4") and L and W per their specs, and some in height of basin. Wondering if...
  19. Plumbing
    Hi, we bought an old cabin in the woods this past spring. We gutted the place, but installed a new toilet bowl only - the tank and water line are not attached. The toilet bowl is connected to septic tank without water. We use buckets from the lake to flush it. We have no other plumbing installed...
  20. Plumbing
    Hi all Looking for help identifying (or affirming) some roughed-in plumbing in my basement. I can confidently say (#2) is for the toilet, (#1) for shower, (#3) drain for sink, (#4) venting... Any feedback is greatly appreciated.
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