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  1. Question: Water pressure

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    A plumbing upgrade - such as changing a faucet -...

    A plumbing upgrade - such as changing a faucet - can knock loose some debris and sediment in your water supply. Then, when you turn on your bathroom sink, it's swept "upstream" into the faucet,...
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    Is laser hair removal safe?

    Is a Med-Op laser safe for hair removal (for women)? Or are there risks, e.g. cancer or whatever? Any specific information regarding specific areas of the body?
  3. Maybe we can try a different tactic: does your...

    Maybe we can try a different tactic: does your condo have its own water meter? If it does, there should be a valve immediately after it (or possibly before it, or maybe even built into it) that shuts...
  4. No offense, but the pictures aren't too clear, so...

    No offense, but the pictures aren't too clear, so I can't tell you anything for sure.

    All you should need to turn those valves off is a flat-headed screwdriver.

    As for which cartridge it is,...
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    Oh, I see what you mean. Nah, I wouldn't worry...

    Oh, I see what you mean. Nah, I wouldn't worry about it too much - one small pipe is not going to make your home lose a whole lot if heat, I think.
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    "Heat loss"? Aren't we talking about cold water...

    "Heat loss"? Aren't we talking about cold water to begin with?

    As for it not breaking, it's not so much the material you use as how you support it: instead of having a pipe just make a "jump"...
  7. You remove the knob and faceplate first, with the...

    You remove the knob and faceplate first, with the water supply still turned on. Once the faceplate is off, look into the newly exposed gaping hole in the wall. You should see the cartrdige housing in...
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    For an outdoor partially-or-completely-buried...

    For an outdoor partially-or-completely-buried sprinkler system, you should consider using PE tubing which is rated for that purpose.
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    Don't let him get away with this. Report the...

    Don't let him get away with this. Report the scumbag to whoever you can - the BBB, Buildings Department Code Violations Bureau, etc. - or at least threaten to. You can probably even sue that moron in...
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    Ummmm... if you look at the asker's original...

    Ummmm... if you look at the asker's original post, it says "I'm building a house in Austin". Kind of gives away that the situation in question is in Texas, no? ;)
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    Sure! My "plumbing mentor", Tom (a.k.a....

    Sure! My "plumbing mentor", Tom (a.k.a. speedball1), who has over 50 years of plumbing experience, has mentioned it on many occasions. Here's one example:
    ...
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    No problem, massplumber2008. It's great to have...

    No problem, massplumber2008. It's great to have you helping us answer questions here on the plumbing page. I really mean it! :)
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    Actually, massplumber2008, in many - if not all -...

    Actually, massplumber2008, in many - if not all - areas, you are required to add one non-manhole cleanout outside the house - within 18 inches or so of the foundation, I believe.

    Hope this helps,...
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    Don't be scared. It's never too late to start...

    Don't be scared. It's never too late to start flushing your water heater. You won't ruin anything; it can only help, and will prolong whatever life your heater has left. Go for it! :)
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    Hey Chava, I know this is a REALLY old thread,...

    Hey Chava,

    I know this is a REALLY old thread, but you never got back to us: what happened to your ex-landlord in the end? Did he end up going to jail, or what?

    Regards,
    Moishe
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    Yes, it sounds like the first guy screwed up...

    Yes, it sounds like the first guy screwed up badly.

    First of all, he is full of industrial-grade fertilizer (if you catch my drift) for telling you not to flush toilet paper. Toilet paper, unlike...
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    Just curious: why? What do you have against CPVC?

    Just curious: why? What do you have against CPVC?
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    Ummm... iamgrowler? I believe AWN mentioned that...

    Ummm... iamgrowler? I believe AWN mentioned that he DID NOT use orange cement, and the inspector said he SHOULD HAVE used orange cement. Pardon my directness, but that is a blatant contradiction to...
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    I don't know... I could be wrong, but something...

    I don't know... I could be wrong, but something smells a little funny here. A drain installation that requires no tightening? Sounds too good to be true. Maybe you'd best wait until speedball1 or one...
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    Sounds strange... where do you live? This could...

    Sounds strange... where do you live? This could be a "local code" thing...
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    To elaborate a bit: if water is leaking from...

    To elaborate a bit: if water is leaking from where the hose meets the spigot, then that merely means that the washer just inside the hose is either faulty or missing. If, however, water is leaking...
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    Aha. Thanks for taking the time to explain the...

    Aha. Thanks for taking the time to explain the situation to me. :)

    Moishe
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    I don't understand - your job is in the plumbing...

    I don't understand - your job is in the plumbing industry? Or you were just discussing "trivia matters" with your boss?
  24. Question: Types of toleits

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    My experience has shown that Toto is often the...

    My experience has shown that Toto is often the best choice (assuming you're willing to pay the price). Kohler is also very good.

    Hope this helps,
    Moishe
  25. Question: Plumbing diverter

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    Yes, I'm almost positive it's the diverter -...

    Yes, I'm almost positive it's the diverter - sounds like it's getting jammed. It probably needs to be cleaned out, or at worst replaced (dont worry, diverters are quite inexpensive).

    You don't...
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    Why not tell him? I doubt he would fire you for...

    Why not tell him? I doubt he would fire you for that... but what do I know... ;)
  27. First off, I should point out that the ideal...

    First off, I should point out that the ideal procedure is that when soldering a given fitting, you should solder all of the joints made with it at the same time, so as to avoid such problems.
    ...
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    Here in the USA, the correct fall ratio is...

    Here in the USA, the correct fall ratio is 1/4-ich per foot, or 2.08333334 centimeters per meter.

    Hope this helps!
    Moishe
  29. Actually, it was ME who suggested it originally....

    Actually, it was ME who suggested it originally. But you're welcome anyway. ;)

    Glad it worked out!
    Moishe
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    Well, my initial thought right off the bat is...

    Well, my initial thought right off the bat is that you could test your theory by filling the suspected tub with water, add a couple of drops of food coloring, and then drain the tub. If the water...
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    It could have been residual water left in the...

    It could have been residual water left in the pipes, perhaps the water in the pipe that goes from the tub spout up to the showerhead.
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    Giamonique replied to me by email: It's...

    Giamonique replied to me by email:



    It's not really so much a matter of being fluent in plumbing (at least until you get the floor open). It's more of a matter of serious elbow grease - there's...
  33. Have you considered using no-hub couplings? Like...

    Have you considered using no-hub couplings? Like this:
    http://www.plumbingsupply.com/images/nohub_coupling-large.jpg
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    Wow. That's a nice amount of sediment. :eek: ...

    Wow. That's a nice amount of sediment. :eek:

    When you remove the cartridge(s), be sure to flush out the supply lines: with the cartridge out, hold a bucket over the hole where the cartridge...
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    Just to elaborate a bit on what Chris was saying:...

    Just to elaborate a bit on what Chris was saying: the pipe between the water main and the sink are always full of water. If that pipe passes through a very hot area (such as right near a furnace),...
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    I don't mean to burst your bubble, but to quote...

    I don't mean to burst your bubble, but to quote the "Tom's Tips" thread:

    6. It's difficult to estimate material and labor on your job without a wholesalers price list and the labor conditions,...
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    I think so - read what it says on the package...

    I think so - read what it says on the package (directions, warnings, etc).
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    Let me get this straight: are you saying that the...

    Let me get this straight: are you saying that the pipe seems to be going STRAIGHT DOWN endlessly, like if it were to keep going it would end up in China? Or does it curve sideways, just you can't...
  39. Question: Rough in basement

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    If you are referring to installing a sink on a...

    If you are referring to installing a sink on a different floor and then using the vent to drain it, then the answer is no, you may not. But if you're putting a sink into the basement itself, it...
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    Well, for starters, you could go to Lowe's or...

    Well, for starters, you could go to Lowe's or Home Depot and get some "heat tape" - that's a tape-like wire that you wrap around the pipe and plug into an outlet. The tape then keeps the pipe warm so...
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    Perhaps some leaves or other crud got into the...

    Perhaps some leaves or other crud got into the vent pipe through the open end in the roof, causing a blockage somewhere down the line; then, over time, rainwater filled in the space between the...
  42. Question: Water pressure

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    ... and it's not the water heater being too small...

    ... and it's not the water heater being too small - if that were the case, you'd simply run out of hot water quicker; the pressure would still be the same.
  43. Question: Water pressure

    by PalmMP3
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    I guess the supply pipes are too small to handle...

    I guess the supply pipes are too small to handle the additional load - that is, when more that one fixture is being used at once. Ideally, you could do a repipe job, but that would be an expensive...
  44. Question: Hot return line

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    If you're referring to the installation of a...

    If you're referring to the installation of a recirculating pump, then there may be an easier way than retrofitting a return line: there are companies that make a recirc pump that goes under the...
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    There's a good chance your problem is actually...

    There's a good chance your problem is actually located at the washer's end of the deal. Try shutting off the valves that the washer supply hoses are connected to, then disconnect the hose ends from...
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    You could try to build up the floor around the...

    You could try to build up the floor around the flange if you'd like.
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    What's my carrier got to do with this? (If this...

    What's my carrier got to do with this? (If this were purely cellphone-related, I wouldn't be posting in the computer forum.) What I'm looking for, in a nutshell, is a way to set up an email address...
  48. Question: Installing PTrap

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    You want to know what I would do - or rather,...

    You want to know what I would do - or rather, what I actually did when I had a similar case? I used one of these: http://www.hardwareworld.com/Drain-Trap-Connector-p7OAK2B.aspx
    Like this, nothing is...
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    How can I set up a "mobile" mailing list?

    Hi all,

    I'm posting here (which is perhaps the wrong place) simply because I can't think of where the heck else to post this. ;) (I rarely wander out of my Plumbing forum.)

    I have a "mailing...
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    Indeed, try getting one of those oversized wax...

    Indeed, try getting one of those oversized wax rings from Home Depot, or get two regular rings and stack 'em. Make sure to bevel the wax outward though, or it may expand inward and block the pipe.
    ...
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