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  1. Hi J-I-F Copper straps are definitely better...

    Hi J-I-F

    Copper straps are definitely better here...your friend was correct. I would need a picture of the valve in question to advise best...

    MArk
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    49212 Reduce the shower vent to 1.5" ...

    49212

    Reduce the shower vent to 1.5"

    Install Wye fitting on horizontal to pick up shower drain

    Proper lavatory sink piping vent should be as I've drawn it. I didn't include the ptraps...
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    "Get that toilet shut off and use a bucket from...

    "Get that toilet shut off and use a bucket from the tub till payday"

    Man, that is the best answer I've seen in months, if not years!!
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    Hi Al10 No quick fix for you, sorry. Use a...

    Hi Al10

    No quick fix for you, sorry. Use a pair of pliers on the stem of the shut off valve to turn the shut off valve to the off position (HOLD the valve body with a second set of pliers while...
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    Getting closer here... Codes vary by state, so...

    Getting closer here...

    Codes vary by state, so hard to say exactly, but in most cases...

    If you start 4" in the basement then you need to keep the drain 4" all the way up and through to the...
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    Hi. Absolutely nothing you have drawn is even...

    Hi.

    Absolutely nothing you have drawn is even close to correct...sorry.

    So, #1....no
    #2.....No, you cannot tie a shower from the second floor into the vent for the kitchen sink from the...
  7. Hi Jim If you have a two handle faucet remove...

    Hi Jim

    If you have a two handle faucet remove the screw from the other cartridge of the faucet, take it to Home Depot and have them match it up to the correct screw for you. Otherwise, call Home...
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    Hi BA Without knowing the exact make/model of...

    Hi BA

    Without knowing the exact make/model of the faucet I can't speak specifics here, but in most cases like this the spray DIVERTER is to blame... most likely failing to open/close as required. ...
  9. Agree with ma0641... if apartment building leave...

    Agree with ma0641... if apartment building leave it to the landlord... you break it, my guess is that you'll have to fix it, too!

    Otherwise, if the water backs up after 30 seconds then you know...
  10. Hi John If they were of the ball type, yes you...

    Hi John

    If they were of the ball type, yes you are correct he would not get flow. However, he said, "
    I noticed plastic and flaps inside the nipples", so these should be the newer flat, flap...
  11. Hi Mike If they had teflon on them from the...

    Hi Mike

    If they had teflon on them from the factory and they were not clearly marked with arrows on them then you have the simple flat flapper style heat trap nipples and they can go in either hot...
  12. Hi Panama1965 Your toilet is either partially...

    Hi Panama1965

    Your toilet is either partially clogged and needs to be snaked or there could be some obstruction hanging up in the outlet of the toilet siphoning the bowl over time.

    Tell me,...
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    Call your local plumbing supply wholesaler and...

    Call your local plumbing supply wholesaler and talk to a salesperson... they will definitely be able to find one for you.

    Otherwise, you can custom order a pan from a number of manufacturers. ...
  14. I'd start by calling a local plumber and have him...

    I'd start by calling a local plumber and have him isolate the issue to either COLD water or HOT water or HEAT lines. Once you know which pipe is leaking you can decide whether to locate the leaking...
  15. Hi Jen I don't like plumber's putty when...

    Hi Jen

    I don't like plumber's putty when installing a shower strainer...that is unless you have bedded the shower pan/base in a mortar bed or similar bedding substrate. Here, if the shower base...
  16. It certainly could be that I misread... never...

    It certainly could be that I misread... never know unless bwhit5 comes back!

    Thanks!
  17. Hi Talaniman Dual handle valves do NOT have...

    Hi Talaniman

    Dual handle valves do NOT have temperature limiting devices... why they have been illegal in most states for decades now. Only single handle shower units have limiting devices and...
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    If you have hot water then you have cold water...

    If you have hot water then you have cold water into the home up to the hot water heater (cold feeds the hot water heater to make the water hot). After the cold water feeds into the water heater will...
  19. Roger is asking about the TRAP ARM distance from...

    Roger is asking about the TRAP ARM distance from Ptrap to vent maximums.

    Roger, the answer is really dependent on which plumbing code your state follows.

    In my State, Massachusetts, the maximum...
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    Hi Johhny1 I'm not sure what a "lacy" is, but...

    Hi Johhny1

    I'm not sure what a "lacy" is, but figure that it is a tub or shower and if that is the case and flushing the toilet causes water to back up into the lacy then the branch drain that...
  21. I would think a super strong construction...

    I would think a super strong construction adhesive would hold the valve closed. Here, push the valve open and lay a thin bead of construction adhesive between the stem/handle and the body of the...
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    Hi Lesamj That's how it works, friend. You...

    Hi Lesamj

    That's how it works, friend. You must displace the air from the tank in order to fill the tank with water and the only way to do that is to open a faucet (or the T&P valve on the side...
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    I agree with Talaniman... replace the flapper......

    I agree with Talaniman... replace the flapper... should resolve the issue!

    Mark
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    Hi T The T-21C is actually the diverter...

    Hi T

    The T-21C is actually the diverter retainer nut... holds the diverter spindle into the valve body. The diagram above shows it behind the diverter... should be in front of the diverter. ...
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    You will almost always get water from the tub...

    You will almost always get water from the tub spout when water is diverted to the shower... just how it is with these valves the last decade or two.

    Some things to try:

    1) Check (or replace)...
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    Did you purchase the white diverter spindle or...

    Did you purchase the white diverter spindle or the black diverter spindle? Since you have a tub and shower valve you needed to purchase the WHITE diverter spindle. Please post back and let me know....
  27. I have a standard water heater in my own home......

    I have a standard water heater in my own home... *wink*

    I'd go with a RUUD or a Bradford white water heater... both very good heaters with good warranties.
  28. Hi Wally It's been awhile... hope all is good!...

    Hi Wally

    It's been awhile... hope all is good!

    Interesting is that Rheem is made by RUUD and RUUD is a brand I highly recommend, but as you referred to in one of my previous posts I STRONGLY...
  29. Hi 1Rose My guess is that you have the wrong...

    Hi 1Rose

    My guess is that you have the wrong replacement flapper. I would purchase a FLUIDMASTER ADJUSTABLE FLAPPER. Here, this flapper allows you to literally DIAL in the proper setting on the...
  30. Hi The sewage ejector is usually a lot deeper...

    Hi

    The sewage ejector is usually a lot deeper than 30" to begin with. If you must , for some reason, have a pump at only 30" deep then yeah, heat tracer wire and insulation should help chances of...
  31. Hi Milo Richard is talking about drilling hole...

    Hi Milo

    Richard is talking about drilling hole through sink and connecting the overflow hole into a dishwasher BRANCH WYE fitting. I'd be surprised if he returns... why I came in to clear it up! ...
  32. Hi Richard Talaniman showed you a way to do...

    Hi Richard

    Talaniman showed you a way to do what you requested... pretty cool, even I've not seen one of those!

    With that being said, I think it's a lot of work when I'm pretty sure your only...
  33. Most shower heads will drip for a little while...

    Most shower heads will drip for a little while after shutting the water off... just air displacing the water from the shower head by gravity is all. In this case, however, it does sound like you may...
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    The diverter spindle is broken and needs to be...

    The diverter spindle is broken and needs to be replaced.


    Remove all of the chrome trim parts and then you will need a 5/16" allen wrench to remove the DIVERTER RETAINER (T-21C) and a 5/16" x 3"...
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    You can remove the liner as Saurabh described or...

    You can remove the liner as Saurabh described or just remove the water from in between the liner and the existing tub. If you decide you just want to remove the water from in between the liner and...
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    Hi Vbender My guess is that you have a potable...

    Hi Vbender

    My guess is that you have a potable water EXPANSION TANK that has blown its diaphragm. Here, in some "closed loop" water piping systems we will install an expansion tank into the cold...
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    Hi Curious49 The answer to your question...

    Hi Curious49

    The answer to your question depends on the number of plumbing fixtures connected to that 3" soil stack, on how many different floors of plumbing are involved with the 3" stack, and on...
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    Hi CRMACKIE Does this sink have anoverflow...

    Hi CRMACKIE

    Does this sink have anoverflow hole? If the sink does have an overflow hole then you may want to try adjusting the pop-up to pop up a little higher when the lift rod is pressed...
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    Hi Norplan Check the siphon jet hole if...

    Hi Norplan

    Check the siphon jet hole if present (see image)

    49072

    Glove up and insert part of a metal coat hanger into the siphon jet hole to see if you can clear any calcium/lime deposits...
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    Hi Magick Look around the basement for any...

    Hi Magick

    Look around the basement for any unused drains... like a toilet, sink or shower that has not been used in a long time. Here, you could have a trap that has dried up and is allowing...
  41. Hi all Could be, 1) Shower head is...

    Hi all

    Could be,


    1) Shower head is installed too low
    2) Water pressure through out the house is too high,

    as Milo said, for sure!
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    Hi Lsendra1 If there is a U-shaped cutout on...

    Hi Lsendra1

    If there is a U-shaped cutout on the underside of the spout then there is usually a set screw, so, if a U-shaped cut out is present use a mirror and a flashlight to look up inside the...
  43. Inserts should be available at Lowe's. If not,...

    Inserts should be available at Lowe's. If not, read on...

    TECTITE

    I believe Gator bite fittings are the same as Tec Tite fittings... both made by the above company. Tec tite fittings and...
  44. Hi Morkstall In most cases where there is a...

    Hi Morkstall

    In most cases where there is a simple two wire thermostat for heat only you install one wire to R and one wire to W... color of the wires does not matter. Try installing the yellow...
  45. Hi Bigrob159 Here's what American Standard...

    Hi Bigrob159

    Here's what American Standard website had to say:


    Crane plumbing has merged with American Standard. In light of this, Crane Plumbing products are no longer being offered in the...
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    Hi Sally In most cases, a mechanical vent...

    Hi Sally

    In most cases, a mechanical vent (AAV) cannot be used on "drain pumps". Instead, a dedicated pump vent needs to be run and in some cases can connect into an existing plumbing vent but...
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    Hi Sally A ball valve won't do anything here. ...

    Hi Sally

    A ball valve won't do anything here. The system is starving for air and is stealing it wherever it can (sink and the toilet).

    What exact laundry pump did you install (model number and...
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    Obstruction is exactly that... an obstruction...

    Obstruction is exactly that... an obstruction (blockage). Water flow may be cut off but not completely disconnected, right?

    If this is as difficult as it sounds you may want to run a new PEX...
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    Hi again. When you removed the guts from the...

    Hi again.

    When you removed the guts from the shut off valve did you turn the water on to clear the pipe as I suggested? Even if the shutoff valve looks cleared when guts are removed, you need to...
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    Shut water off to the pipe... remove guts from...

    Shut water off to the pipe... remove guts from the shut off valve and then put a towel over the end of the shutoff and have a friend "pulse" the water supply on to FLUSH the water line. If water...
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