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  1. Plumbing
    Simple "how come" question for someone more knowledgeable than I am below, after background info. I'm on septic. My basement has a sump basin where our kitchen sink and dishwasher drain to, and a pump empties it via 2" PVC into the main drain line for the house when the level triggers the...
  2. Building & Construction
    Anyone have experience with these types of PVC vinyl fencing? What is unacceptable to me are the scratches and the incorrect bracing. Also it just looks somewhat sloppy. The cuts aren’t straight and the gaps are large. Am I within reason to rake them over the coals?
  3. General DIY Discussions
    We have an enclosed patio painted PVC trim running under the screen. The sides of the door frame are wood. A month ago (after winter) I noticed the PVC on either side of the door buckled about an inch or more. The builder who lived here for several years said maybe the stone steps heaved in the...
  4. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    Hello Everyone, I'm renting a trencher to run electric to a shed. Although I haven't architected it, I also need water out there.. I would like to run whatever piping is necessary to a support a sprinkler manifold or maybe a simple hose spigot. Would I use PEX or PVC for this ? Is there...
  5. Plumbing
    We're replacing a 10' x 2" galvanized steel drain pipe for a 2nd floor washer. Multiple plumbers have said the ABS vs. PVC "heat tolerance" debate is overblown and you can use PVC for the drain pipe from the washer. Others swear by ABS for all sanitary. Looking at the numbers, though it's about...
  6. Roofing/Siding
    I have a new roof and have duro-last membrane just installed. I noticed many places have pops under membrane, such as the one below. Anyone knows what it is? if it is nail, do I need to worry about penetration and cause leak? I don't think these are dirt left over from installation. Thanks in...
  7. Plumbing
    I am going to replace this shut-off valve for the house water supply. As you can see, it goes from PVC, to a (what I think is galvanized) shut-off valve, back to PVC, and then to copper, and that goes into the wall. See picture here: This seems like a bit of a puzzle, because I can't just...
  8. Electrical
    How should conduit (PVC in this particular case) terminate at or above a drywalled ceiling? Specific case is a surface-mounted subpanel in an attached garage. Would it just be a hole in the ceiling drywall, through which the conduit passes and then simply ends with the wire coming out?
  9. Building & Construction
    We are considering this porch decking since its essentially being installed onto a sub-floor (with small sleepers) over a conditioned space, so we are shying away from wood because I'm concerned about cupping. Boards will never be longer than 8ft. I unable to find much info about this brand...
  10. Electrical
    Does the NEC prohibit the use of metal locknuts in PVC electrical boxes? The Carlon [or Cantex] PVC locknuts are nowhere to be found in my local hardware/big-box stores. I'm using ENT conduit, boxes, and adapters.
  11. Electrical
    When installing wire in a short section of pvc conduit above ground (like to an outside sub-panel with UF wire) is it permissible to strip the wire's sheathing back the same length as the conduit and then install it? Or is this not advisable since the ground wire would be exposed/unprotected...
  12. Plumbing
    While landscaping the backyard I accidentally damaged a buried irrigation pipe. I'm pretty good with plumbing around the house, but after doing a little research I can see this is a different animal and need some advice. I need to replace about 18 inches of 3/4" SDR 21 PVC. This is a main...
  13. Plumbing
    Hello, I'll try to keep this as short and straight forward as possible. This past winter, after many years of working perfectly, my Bradford White 40gal Gas Water Heater began to short cycle and would rarely satisfy the thermostat when called upon. I researched the issue exhaustively, did...
  14. Plumbing
    I need to remove an 8" SDR35 PVC Gasketed Cap. It's on a sewer access above ground. The brand is Marathon, if that matters. I'm a rookie, although I did search for an answer here and elsewhere. Any kind soul want to point me in the right direction?
  15. General DIY Discussions
    I recently made some garden box supports out of concrete. As you can see in the pictures, the installed product has a 1/2" dowel rod that extends through the structure and then anchors it in place on the ground. In order to get this hole I put a length of pvc through the middle while pouring the...
  16. Plumbing
    Dear friends, I need to connect my 6" sewer service into a new construction house, but heres the problem...typically the mason leaves a pvc sleave inside the concrete and extends the pvc about 6-12" outside, so I can just connect a coupler and move on...but, this mason cut the sleeve flush with...
  17. Plumbing
    We will need a drain extension tube when the new pedestal sink is installed. We are using a Metal drain and all metal 1 1/4 Chrome Plated Brass 17 gauge P-trap. We want metal P-trap because part of the P-trap will be exposed. So here is my question: Since the drain and extension parts will not...
  18. Electrical
    I am running a 125Amp sub-panel off of my 200amp main panel with 1/0-1/0-1/0 Aluminum SER Cable w/ 2AWG Ground. 1st question is will that wire meet code for the correct size and second is this sub-panel is in a slab poured addition and I would like to to run it in the attic to get to the main...
  19. Plumbing
    We're renovating a 100-year-old house and have replaced nearly all the old drains with PVC. The city requires an air test of the drain system -- it has to hold 5 psi for 15 minutes. We keep having a slow leak. We've soaped everything several times over. Found leaks some times, didn't others...
  20. Plumbing
    I am in the process of replacing a section of bad cast iron with PVC pipe. The 4" pipe will be hanged vertically and there's about 8 feet of it, with a turn in the middle. I've read PVC is louder than cast iron and sometimes it can happen that the weight of the water as it flows through the...
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