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    Hi Katrina I'm going to bet that you have more...

    Hi Katrina

    I'm going to bet that you have more than just the dishwasher backing up and out the toilet downstairs. In most cases, where the lowest fixture in a home backs up, it is a result of the...
  2. Questions... How many handles does the...

    Questions...

    How many handles does the offending shower valve have?

    What is the name brand of the shower valve?

    Back to you...

    Mark
  3. Yup... Type K copper is the only copper tubing...

    Yup... Type K copper is the only copper tubing allowed underground anywhere that I know of.
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    Yup! Start by taking a voltage reading at the...

    Yup! Start by taking a voltage reading at the junction box on top of the water heater and follow it to the issue is always the first place to start once you confirm water is flowing through the...
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    Hi Packgreen49 The first thing to do here is...

    Hi Packgreen49

    The first thing to do here is to remove the trim plate from around the shower head and then turn the shower on and see if you see water dripping from behind the wall and onto the...
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    A hacksaw with good teeth will cut through a...

    A hacksaw with good teeth will cut through a tailpiece pretty quick. I would try again knowing that you have the proper tool for the job and once you get a good start through the metal the rest will...
  7. Hi Logan Ask the plumbing inspector if you can...

    Hi Logan

    Ask the plumbing inspector if you can do away with the vent from the house trap. Since you have a separate vent going out the roof he may allow the trap vent to be removed and capped off...
  8. Hi Logan A lot of towns/cities require these...

    Hi Logan

    A lot of towns/cities require these whole house traps so my guess is that your town/city does require it, but it can't hurt to call the local plumbing inspector and see if the whole house...
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    Hi all. Here's my take: I'm a plumber...

    Hi all.



    Here's my take:

    I'm a plumber and I have a busted cold water pipe due to freezing conditions and I need to fix it.

    I arrive, I'm as courteous as I can be because I have fixed...
  10. Hi guys Msf328...we answered your first post. ...

    Hi guys

    Msf328...we answered your first post. Maybe you aren't sure how the site works? Check out Talaniman's videos at the first post, OR (as I stated in the first post)...

    Call the...
  11. Hi guys Call the manufacturer of the water...

    Hi guys

    Call the manufacturer of the water heater and connect with the technical support guys. Give tech. support the model number and the serial number of the water heater and describe your...
  12. Yeah, at 90 PSI as a baseline pressure reading...

    Yeah, at 90 PSI as a baseline pressure reading you should definitely consider installing a pressure reducing valve (PRV). Here, excessively high pressure can lead to excess wear and tear on orings,...
  13. Hi KengFrang If you have an EXPANSION TANK...

    Hi KengFrang

    If you have an EXPANSION TANK (surge tank) and it has a little cap on the bottom of the unit unscrew the cap and there you'll find a shrader type of valve similar to a tire valve. ...
  14. Hi Guys Home Depot isn't going to carry this...

    Hi Guys

    Home Depot isn't going to carry this Twin valve and without seeing the exact valve I can't tell you how to reassemble the parts. Your best bet is going to be to bring a picture of the...
  15. Hi Jack There is simply no way that 3 symmons...

    Hi Jack

    There is simply no way that 3 symmons TA-10 stem assemblies are failing.

    If the stem was inserted fully into the T-11 nut fully as Milo indicated and you are spinning the stem a little...
  16. Hi Jack Do you have a recirculating hot water...

    Hi Jack

    Do you have a recirculating hot water line associated with your hot water system?

    Do you have a gas or electric hot water heater or a hot water storage system? If a hot water storage...
  17. Hi Jack If you have a single handle lavatory...

    Hi Jack

    If you have a single handle lavatory (sink) faucet in the bathroom (or at a Jacuzzi tub) then shut off the hot water supply shut off valve under the sink and then try running the shower...
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    Thanks for posting Owskidu

    Thanks for posting Owskidu
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    Hi Coubie Shut off the water at the main shut...

    Hi Coubie

    Shut off the water at the main shut off as planned and then shut the power off to the tankless heater at the breaker at the electrical panel or at the service switch located close to the...
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    Hi Milo I don't like putty for shower strainer...

    Hi Milo

    I don't like putty for shower strainer applications UNLESS the shower pan is properly bedded, so I just wanted to pop in and ask Wjdski if he bedded his shower pan in mortar, structolite,...
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    It sounds like you did everything right... may...

    It sounds like you did everything right... may have just overtightened the assembly nut.

    So, back to your original question, "
    How tight do you tighten up on the nut on the drain"?

    My answer...
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    Hi Wjdski The neoprene washer and the rubber...

    Hi Wjdski

    The neoprene washer and the rubber gasket should not come in contact in any way. If I understand your issue and the strainer you are using the neoprene washer would go on top (under...
  23. New York has some of the strictest water use laws...

    New York has some of the strictest water use laws in the country so I am sure you mean 0.9 gallon per flush or something similar to that. Also, high rise building may have a high pressure water...
  24. Hi Marge. Most likely you are talking about a...

    Hi Marge.

    Most likely you are talking about a Johnson tee (see image) setup that acts as an air gap for your dishwasher and connects into your kitchen sink drain line (which disposal is connected...
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    Your landlord is correct in telling you not to...

    Your landlord is correct in telling you not to use 2000 FLUSHES or any other cleaning tablet or disc inside a toilet tank. Any product that contains bleach (or detergents) that come into contact...
  26. Thanks for posting njjohn22! Mark

    Thanks for posting njjohn22!

    Mark
  27. Hi Ronar I think I have a different take on...

    Hi Ronar

    I think I have a different take on this than Ma0641. Here, I'm thinking you might have a faulty FLAPPER. When you said the "sound started a couple months ago, a couple times a day but...
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    Hi Jenfurr21 If you have a typical tub drain...

    Hi Jenfurr21

    If you have a typical tub drain with lever type mechanism then you would simply unscrew the two flat head (slotted) screws and remove the trip lever assembly... see image

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    Hi. I'm sorry... not clear here. You said, "I...

    Hi. I'm sorry... not clear here.

    You said, "I have about 2 minute but up to 5 minutes delay for the cold water to come out of the shower and about 2 minutes for the hot." This statement suggests...
  30. Hi CS If you cleared the shower head as the...

    Hi CS

    If you cleared the shower head as the issue then assuming the diverter is NOT on the tub spout I'd suggest replacing the diverter spindle. When you remove the existing diverter spindle you...
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    Hi JP Most gas cooktops require a minimum 1/2"...

    Hi JP

    Most gas cooktops require a minimum 1/2" gas line.

    Code absolutely requires an individual shut off valve for each separate appliance.

    To tell you exactly where to connect into the...
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    Hi bbclarke97 Hard to say... could be an issue...

    Hi bbclarke97

    Hard to say... could be an issue with the supply tubes and therefore changing the shut-off valve would fix nothing, right? If you want to continue to try to fix this on your own,...
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    No way they'll be left "open"... far to risky as...

    No way they'll be left "open"... far to risky as someone could fall in the holes and get hurt, especially children, so I would not worry about that.
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    Hi Norplan I'm going to guess that if the...

    Hi Norplan

    I'm going to guess that if the "drums" are exposed and 3 FT tall at this point I'm guessing that they will be bringing the grade of the ground up to level with these drums. They may...
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    Hi guys.. Hmmm... not sure about this stuff!...

    Hi guys..

    Hmmm... not sure about this stuff!

    I don't like the idea of installing the T&P discharge tube into the bathtub (what if the T&P valve discharged or leaked when someone (kids,...
  36. 48838 Here is a diagram of a WET VENTED 1/2...

    48838

    Here is a diagram of a WET VENTED 1/2 bath. If wet venting is allowed in your state, this is the way to go...

    Mark
  37. Hi Coachjimb The hot water recirculator shut...

    Hi Coachjimb

    The hot water recirculator shut off valve is normally in the open position, but it being open or closed will not PREVENT water from getting hot. What a closed circulating loop will...
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    Hi John If Tom was here he would tell you...

    Hi John

    If Tom was here he would tell you stories about his younger days sitting in back alleys using a pumice stone and muriatic acid to clean stained toilet bowls... he'd also tell you about the...
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    As Milo said, yes (but don't turn on), but I'm...

    As Milo said, yes (but don't turn on), but I'm curious why you would want to do it? Please reply...
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    Hi Russell 1) No, these units MUST be vented...

    Hi Russell

    1) No, these units MUST be vented properly. Call 800-571-8191 to talk with technical support about your installation setup.

    2) Yes, you can easily replace this unit, however, a...
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    Hi Forever The pipe sounds like it may be an...

    Hi Forever

    The pipe sounds like it may be an old galvanized PTRAP (water is always present in the PTRAP to keep sewer gasses from coming into the home). If it isn't galvanized then it is an older...
  42. The PTRAP under the sink should have a removable...

    The PTRAP under the sink should have a removable cleanout... unscrew the cap on the bottom of the trap (catch water in bowl) and snake the drain from the opening in the PTRAP. If you don't see a...
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    Use your pliers and grab the tailpiece and spin...

    Use your pliers and grab the tailpiece and spin it around a few times... should loosen it. If that fails to fix the issue, remove the strainer and pull up on the tailpiece while spinning the...
  44. By your description, it sounds like the toilet...

    By your description, it sounds like the toilet has a partial blockage in it. Try plunging aggressively when the water is high in the bowl. If that doesn't fix the issue, go out and purchase a...
  45. Hi DIYGirl13 So, sounds like you have a rough...

    Hi DIYGirl13

    So, sounds like you have a rough in of approximately 17-18" from finish floor (13" from cabinet plus typical 4-3/4" height of kickspace under cabinet) which is almost definitely too...
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    Hi John The copper line is where the discharge...

    Hi John

    The copper line is where the discharge drain from the dishwasher will connect to after the wall has been plastered and the cabinets installed. The Johnson tee is an air gap device similar...
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    I am assuming that the Johnson tee is required in...

    I am assuming that the Johnson tee is required in your area over a simple countertop airgap (or the even easier high loop), correct?

    Subject: Dishwasher Drainage Discharge Piping and Airgap...
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    Install a male adapter and then install a female...

    Install a male adapter and then install a female adapter (also called an end clean out) into the male adapter...add screw in plug to female adapter. You can purchase a STREET female adapter as...
  49. Hi Danny. Not only does the drain have to...

    Hi Danny.

    Not only does the drain have to connect into the cast iron, bu8t that sink needs to be vented as well. Depending on your state, that can be cheap (install a mechanical vent that simply...
  50. Hi Charlie No option that I can see but to...

    Hi Charlie

    No option that I can see but to open the floor up and cut the pipe to a 12-14" rough in. It may sound like a bit of work, but you can rent a chipping hammer for say $40.00 for a half...
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