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  1. Plumbing
    We recently moved to a new house and this one has us stumped, any idea what might be happening? Cold water taps on both kitchen sinks run warm water for several minutes before turning cold. It’s noticeably warm, but not completely hot as if the lines were switched. It was a hot summer, so at...
  2. Plumbing
    Have bath tub installed in my basement. The tub's front and back long sides are leveled. but not left and right side. The tub are -1/4 off towards back from both the sides. I don't see any drain problem. initially , The plumber used mortar to install & level the bath tub. actually the floor was...
  3. Plumbing
    I'm replacing a 20 (?) year old frost free faucet. It's connected to some 1/2" translucent tubing labeled as PEX-A. The old faucet is soldered to a fitting and crimped. Can I just cut the tubing and use a Sharkbite push-fit to female adapter, or is that not appropriate for this type of...
  4. Plumbing
    So we have this old galvanized piping that will be replaced but we need to put the on off valve back on in the mean time to allow the rest of the house to have water. It just won’t turn and catch the threads 😡! We even cut the uneven end and it still won’t go. Pictures of the one we can’t get...
  5. Plumbing
    I just rebuilt a campbell frost proof yard hydrant and also added a vacuum breaker at the business end (in case I forget to detach the hose once I turn it off). I’ve come to realize that the hydrant is connected directly to my water supply line before it ever comes into my house and subsequently...
  6. Plumbing
    I made an awful assumption that I would easily be able to connect our new undermount sink with no real issues. We got new tops and I refinished the cabinets, so the cabinets were never removed. I DIY just about everything but with plumbing I've only ever done some very basic tasks. The drain...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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?
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. 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...
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. 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...
  20. 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...
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