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  1. I'm fairly certain a washing machine drain...

    I'm fairly certain a washing machine drain connection only requires an air break. A bathtub filler / spout, and most sink / basin faucet spouts use an air gap.....
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    I suggest plugging the drain with a test plug,...

    I suggest plugging the drain with a test plug, pour a gallon of water into the shower base and let it sit overnight - if the odor returns you'll know it's not coming from the drain...
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    Yes, Milo may be correct; Kohler makes a " clear...

    Yes, Milo may be correct; Kohler makes a " clear through " tub drain that has a plunger that looks like a hollow honey dipper. This large spring like device can become clogged with hair...
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    I've been involved with several mudset shower...

    I've been involved with several mudset shower bases that have an incorrectly installed shower pan liner.
    Liners must be installed with pitch towards a drain assembly with weep holes that allow...
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    Is your shower base a plastic / fiberglass /...

    Is your shower base a plastic / fiberglass / composite, or a custom tiled mudset?
  6. Rozemary, Be sure to protect yourself &...

    Rozemary,
    Be sure to protect yourself & others- make sure a wet / soapy laundry room floor will not be slippery...
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    Norplan, I agree with Mark, these drums...

    Norplan,
    I agree with Mark, these drums are probably temporary risers to prevent backfill from covering the tank lids. Plastic riser kits with matching covers may be backordered; some riser...
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    48851 This photo is a perfect example of the...

    48851

    This photo is a perfect example of the problem with dry horizontal venting below the flood level of a fixture.......
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    coblas, I would start this diagnostic...

    coblas,
    I would start this diagnostic sequence by pouring a bucket of water directly into the toilet bowl - use about 1.5 gallons. You can add paper & bits of a banana to the bowl; If the...
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    Jilsenbe, I don't recommend routing...

    Jilsenbe,
    I don't recommend routing safety relief valve discharge piping to the outdoors, especially where seasonal outdoor temperatures hover below freezing for extended periods...
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    lenoirleon, Perhaps. Tank type water...

    lenoirleon,
    Perhaps. Tank type water heaters should have a minimum thermostat setting of 135 degrees Fahrenheit; this temp setting will prevent the growth of Legionella bacteria. An approved...
  12. Water based caulk may not be ideal for sealing...

    Water based caulk may not be ideal for sealing the raw edge of cast iron or steel sinks - latex caulk can cause rust stains from its contact with the un coated sink edge...
  13. Hdcnyc, I've had very good luck with...

    Hdcnyc,
    I've had very good luck with several models of American Standard toilets including the Vormax & Champion 4. These models feature a fully glazed 2 3/8 inch trapway and the exit hole or...
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    Guest, In my opinion, Water- Right makes the...

    Guest,
    In my opinion, Water- Right makes the best water conditioning equipment. Family owned & operated; top quality equipment & tech support- they even grow their own proprietary media...
  15. Question: Shower flange

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    Womandiyer, Your local hardware or...

    Womandiyer,
    Your local hardware or homecenter store will have several large flanges ( actually called escutcheons ); you can stack the flanges and create a custom trim ring as needed to...
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    Canton, I prefer to use hydrogen peroxide...

    Canton,
    I prefer to use hydrogen peroxide to neutralize water heater odors, it is much safer than bleach - 1 pint for each 20 gallons of tank capacity... I also suggest shutting the power to...
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    06honda, Extreme caution is required...

    06honda,
    Extreme caution is required when combining domestic hot water & space heating in an open system. Legionella bacteria can grow & multiply in open systems that operate under 135 F.....
  18. A handle insert button can be ordered from the...

    A handle insert button can be ordered from the manufacturer on line or by phone via tech support...
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    The flame rod may be dirty or defective; I would...

    The flame rod may be dirty or defective; I would definitely have a professional service the unit. There should be a ladder diagram or function sequence in the install / maintenance manual that will...
  20. NW, We prefer to use braided stainless...

    NW,
    We prefer to use braided stainless steel tubing for icemaker connections. These flexible connectors come in lengths from 60 to 120 inches and are equipped with solid brass or stainless...
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    Yes, Jeff that is an s - trap and it has the...

    Yes, Jeff that is an s - trap and it has the potential to syphon. A toilet is designed to syphon and will do so even though its vent is usually only 6 or 8 inches away. A dry trap will let foul...
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    I use a product called rydlyme by Apex...

    I use a product called rydlyme by Apex Engineering; it is an effective, safe to handle, biodegradable rescaled...
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    Cindy, Try removing the AAV and see...

    Cindy,
    Try removing the AAV and see if the sink drains with an open vent...
  24. An incorrectly connected refill tube can cause...

    An incorrectly connected refill tube can cause siphoning and short cycling...
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    Dcomm, I suggest defining your design...

    Dcomm,
    I suggest defining your design criteria before putting this out to bid. Your municipalities engineering dept will help you determine pipe size, and, the water authority may require...
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    Karla, Try pouring a bucket of water...

    Karla,
    Try pouring a bucket of water ( 2- 3 gallons ) directly into the toilet bowl, if a back - up occurs stop pouring to prevent an overflow. It is not unusual for the narrow channels...
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    An open vent will work better than one with an...

    An open vent will work better than one with an aav, especially the v200 shown in your diagram. V 200s are not reliable or approved; I prefer the Oatey or Studor brand of aav. Tubular traps ( and...
  28. Bfusel2, What is the source of...

    Bfusel2,
    What is the source of your hot water? Most large tub valves have flow rates of 5 - 10 gpm, and some can even flow up to 15 gpm and higher; If your domestic hot water is being...
  29. The Hudee sink frame was popular for cast iron...

    The Hudee sink frame was popular for cast iron sink installs in the 1950's, 60's, and 70's; there really was no other way to install a cast sink in a Formica counter top at that time. The rim, or...
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    Creative, Yes, it will work...

    Creative,
    Yes, it will work however, a 3" drain would be just fine and code compliant. The IRC and IPC do not require an individual vent for the toilet as long as there is a 3" vent...
  31. Ron, Plastic female adaptors can be...

    Ron,
    Plastic female adaptors can be problematic when trying to couple with metal fittings, and, certain types of plastics do not react well with liquid pipe joint compounds; check with the cpvc ...
  32. JM, On new & remodel installs, once we have...

    JM,
    On new & remodel installs, once we have the ejector tank level and set at the correct elevation we'll fill the tank with water and then cement it in place... no other means of fastening is...
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    Roach, Any experienced heating...

    Roach,
    Any experienced heating professional or mechanical engineer should have recommended a diagnostic sequence that would include a pressure test of the boiler and piping once there...
  34. JM, The size & length of the sump vent is...

    JM,
    The size & length of the sump vent is determined by the discharge capacity of the pump; in most cases an 1 1/2'' vent is more than adequate. Both the IRC and IPC allow up to 270 feet of 1...
  35. Lpay, It may be beneficial to open the...

    Lpay,
    It may be beneficial to open the ceiling below and add some solid cross blocking, or joist sisters between the floor framing members. Sheetrock is easily removed, patched & painted,...
  36. Pam, I suggest you locate your water...

    Pam,
    I suggest you locate your water main shut -off valve, or second floor isolation valve, and make sure they work and you know how to use them. Often, a pipe will freeze and not burst,...
  37. I like to take this male tail piece removal...

    I like to take this male tail piece removal several steps further - I prefer to carefully cut the companion nut only. With the nut removed I hammer a snugly fit wooden dowel ( easy to whittle from a...
  38. Cti, I would suggest flushing the toilet...

    Cti,
    I would suggest flushing the toilet by pouring 2 -3 gallons of cold water directly into the bowl after each use; you can control a possible overflow, and, if the bowl flushes successfully...
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    =nampcy;3761051]I am using a electrical hot water...

    =nampcy;3761051]I am using a electrical hot water tank for hot water only... so not sure if this will work. It looks like these are meant for a radiant heating system.. But worth asking the plumber....
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    Nampcy, You may have the new...

    Nampcy,
    You may have the new generation of water pump that operates by providing constant velocity based on flow rates. These pumps use electronic commutated motors to vary the water...
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    Fish, You can gain some mechanical...

    Fish,
    You can gain some mechanical advantage and prevent marring / scratching the arms finish by inserting a tool into the end where the shower head is attached - remove the head, gently...
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    48132 Mike, I have never worried about it in...

    48132

    Mike, I have never worried about it in any way and I've never had an inspector even discuss it with me (and I have roughed in thousands of units... no exaggeration), so I'm not going to give...
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    Mark, Dry horizontal vents installed below the...

    Mark,

    Dry horizontal vents installed below the flood level of fixtures have the potential to become clogged; when this happens the vent will not prevent negative pressure. Although rare, I have...
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    I think its odd that AAVs are not allowed in WI,...

    I think its odd that AAVs are not allowed in WI, but the installation demonstrated in the photos clearly shows a horizontal vent below the flood level of the bathtub - no code that I am aware of...
  45. John, Please proceed carefully while...

    John,
    Please proceed carefully while attempting to couple any type of wood / coal fired stove to conventional water heating or space heating equipment. I suggest contacting your water...
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    Ash, Excellent advice is being offered as...

    Ash,
    Excellent advice is being offered as usual, and I have a tip to share as well - a standard 3" pvc hub closet flange fits snugly into 4" pvc pipe.
    The state of Connecticut...
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    Savvy, Organic matter ( soap scum,...

    Savvy,
    Organic matter ( soap scum, hair, skin, etc. ) has been leaking into the area below the shower base either via the crack or the unsealed drain connection, this can cause offensive...
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    Preach, Column style radiators...

    Preach,
    Column style radiators will not work if connected in a series loop; a venturi or scoop tee system will work - if the radiators are connected from above two scoop tees are...
  49. Can man, In a tightly...

    Can man,
    In a tightly constructed home it is possible for the dryer exhaust fan to create negative indoor pressure and draw in outdoor air through vents, fireplaces, exausted...
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    Actually, s traps are not illegal in some...

    Actually, s traps are not illegal in some applications; most toilets require an s trap in order to promote siphoning of solid waste...

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