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    Replacing parts in old gate valves

    Hi speedball. I have a question. How easy is it to find replacement parts to rebuild old gate valves. I have several gate valves that are all leaking around the valve stem. I can stop the leaking...
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    OK, Does you main shut off valve work?? ...

    OK, Does you main shut off valve work?? Sometimes those old valves get stuck. I'm guessing it's a gate valve... What kind of valve is it? If you can't turn it by hand try to turn it gently with a...
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    Yes, pests will move the bait. Use bait...

    Yes, pests will move the bait. Use bait stations. The rats can move the poison to areas where non target animals may be poisoned... cats etc. You can look up bait stations at Pest Control Products...
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    3/8 inch isn't too bad. You can buy an extra...

    3/8 inch isn't too bad. You can buy an extra thick wax ring with the funnel Tom was talking about. Did you anchor your flange to the subfloor?
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    Bathroom in basement venting question

    Hi,
    I know this has been asked before but I am still a little confused. We are going to instal a bathroom group in a basement. We are too far away from the main line and will need to vent the...
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    I'm no expert but if it was there they would not...

    I'm no expert but if it was there they would not have put cement over it. Tell him to come and drill the holes... I think he is full up with it.
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    People have been using copper for plumbing and...

    People have been using copper for plumbing and gas for a while. I think you are in good shape.
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    No problems. If you end up joining PVC pipe make...

    No problems. If you end up joining PVC pipe make sure you follow the directions that come with the PVC primer and cement. Once you have the cement on the parts push them together while twisting at...
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    I think fernco sells a 3 inch to 4 inch part...

    I think fernco sells a 3 inch to 4 inch part (check their web site/give them a call). If not or if you can't wait place a 3 inch PVC to 4 inch PVC adapter or hub on your 3 inch PVC . Then use a...
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    They sell plastic/rubber shims that don't rot for...

    They sell plastic/rubber shims that don't rot for your toilet shims. Sorry I didn't see this sooner

    Tom
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    Dude, save yourself the hassle... bust that...

    Dude,

    save yourself the hassle... bust that cast iron bell out and use fernco couplers to join up your PVC to cast iron. Check fernco.com for the items you need. Home Depot or Lowe's carry these...
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    Roto Router around here is about 80.00 bucks...

    Roto Router around here is about 80.00 bucks (regular hours during the week) if they don't have to get up on the roof to snake a drain line. The local guy around here is pretty good. The only guys...
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    Check it out. These guys sell anode rods that...

    Check it out. These guys sell anode rods that combat the smelly water (Al, Zn and Tin)... they even have a flexible anode rod... cool


    http://www.plumbingstore.com/anoderods.html
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    Serg, Roto Router can clean that line for you...

    Serg,
    Roto Router can clean that line for you with a sewer machine and they guarantee their work. I had the same problem as you and initially tore up the wall and replaced all of the clothes...
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    Just to make sure... you said under?? Are you...

    Just to make sure... you said under?? Are you putting the backer board on the floor of the shower?
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    A condensate pump will do the job for you. ...

    A condensate pump will do the job for you. That's what I had to do since there was no other way to get the water outside. Hartell sells a good condensate pump... www.hartell.com (at least that's...
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    Yes a moisture barrier is recommended and if you...

    Yes a moisture barrier is recommended and if you are putting in a shower pan I believe you should run the barrier inside the shower pan liner.

    Check johnbridge.com and the forums there. They...
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    Sounds like you've got a restriction in the drain...

    Sounds like you've got a restriction in the drain line... if the washer drain and floor drain run to the same place then if there is a small backup the water will come out at the floor drain before...
  19. Question: Shower Tiles

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    Do you have a second bathroom you can use. ...

    Do you have a second bathroom you can use. Check johnbridge.com forums. They have a libbery over there that details how a tile shower with shower pan should be built... preslope, shower pan and...
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    From my understanding of things cement grouts are...

    From my understanding of things cement grouts are not waterproof. Therefore, people install vapor barriers behind the cement board or whatever the tile is stuck to in order to direct the water into...
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    Is that "waxy material" shiny i.e.. Lead?

    Is that "waxy material" shiny i.e.. Lead?
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    This is just something I might try... Seems you...

    This is just something I might try... Seems you have a clog below that bathroom group somewhere. If the roof is way too high then perhaps you could remove the toilet and snake from there. To do a...
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    Thanks for the great information Tom. I...

    Thanks for the great information Tom.


    I enjoy contributing to this site whenever I can... and always get expert advice when I ask questions.


    Tom
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    Are the freeze proof bibs? A company called...

    Are the freeze proof bibs? A company called Prier sells a hot/cold hase bib. They have a web site http://www.prier.com.
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    Toilet tank installation

    I'm putting in a Kohler toilet (2 piece) and don't know how tight to put the tank on. Should I still be able to wobble it around or would that be to loose?

    The problem I am having is that if I...
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    Sorry they changed the web page. That link...

    Sorry they changed the web page. That link doesn't work. Go to plumbest.com and look for a 2 finger flange that fits my description. If it helps Lowe's carries what I was talking about.

    Tom
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    Gary, Check these out. Seems a bit high 3/4...

    Gary,
    Check these out. Seems a bit high 3/4 inch. What kind of toilet was there before? Is it a plastic flange? If yes you could probably bust it out and then use the flange in the link below. ...
  28. Question: Slab Rough-In

    by tommytman
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    Hope this helps... If I post this site much more...

    Hope this helps... If I post this site much more people will think I work there.

    Plumbest.com has a catalog with a ton of flanges. Below is a link to one that fits inside a 3 inch and does not...
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    Sweating isn't hard at all. Read about it in a...

    Sweating isn't hard at all. Read about it in a plumbing book like the ones they sell at Lowe's. Then get a MAAP torch, flux, and lead free solder (MAAP is hotter than propane). Buy some copper...
  30. Question: Tub Replacement

    by tommytman
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    I'm having trouble making out that picture. Wait...

    I'm having trouble making out that picture. Wait for Speedball. He will have an answer for you.

    Tom
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    I would think it should be fine... but I don't...

    I would think it should be fine... but I don't understand your original problem.

    Tom
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    Do not use either of those on a shower floor. ...

    Do not use either of those on a shower floor.

    Go to johnbridge.com forums and look in the libbery there and you will find advice on what to do. Short story: build a shower pan... look into...
  33. Question: Taps won't run

    by tommytman
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    What kind of valves did you turn? Take the...

    What kind of valves did you turn? Take the supply lines off right after the valve and then turn the water on. If it runs then there is some sediment blocking up your faucet.

    Tom
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    I'm not following you. Why doesn't the 4 inch...

    I'm not following you. Why doesn't the 4 inch pipe fit into the 4 inch fernco?? Or do I have that wrong? Sometimes (if it really all is 4 inch) you've got to file/sand the edge of the pvc pipe a...
  35. Need more info. Does the pipe come up between...

    Need more info. Does the pipe come up between the walls or in the middle of the room?
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    I posted on solutions in a recent post similar to...

    I posted on solutions in a recent post similar to yours. Briefly, a company called plumbest has an online catalog and they have flanges that basically fit inside your current pipe and seal with...
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    I put 1/2 inch male pipe thread copper...

    I put 1/2 inch male pipe thread copper addapters on the supply lines and then used 1/2 inch female pipe thread angle stops with 1/4 turn valves made by brasscrafters... they sell them at homedepot.
  38. They sell flange adapters that fit inside the...

    They sell flange adapters that fit inside the pipe that don't require cement. They are made by plumbest company plumbest.com. See below:
    ...
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    If it is the anode rod (Mg rod, Mg=magnesium) in...

    If it is the anode rod (Mg rod, Mg=magnesium) in the hot water heater they sell different ones (alloys) that may help... see...

    http://www.plumbingstore.com/anoderods.html
  40. The people at johnbridge.com forum may be able to...

    The people at johnbridge.com forum may be able to help you more. It can be so many things.
    1) weep holes cloged up
    2) no preslope under the shower pan
    3) too much thin set between the tiles...
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    Does the "old concrete" come into contact with...

    Does the "old concrete" come into contact with the PVC? Where is it located? WIll it get really wet after the tile is installed??
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    Take a cold chisel and hammer and smack-it. Or...

    Take a cold chisel and hammer and smack-it. Or take a saw and cut off the parts of the pipe you don't want anymore then try to cut sections of the nut and knock them off with a hammer.

    Or just...
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    Guys, If you are dealing with cast iron that...

    Guys,

    If you are dealing with cast iron that is too high you can cut it off with a saw, grind it with an angle grinder, or chip it off like Speedball said (sawing is not recommended ). If you...
  44. Question: Cross-connect?

    by tommytman
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    Idiot?? Whoever hides water heaters like that is...

    Idiot?? Whoever hides water heaters like that is the idiot.
  45. Question: Natural spring?

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    We lived near a river when I was a kid in an old...

    We lived near a river when I was a kid in an old house. In spring when the river flooded all the basements in the area flooded as well. My old man had a sump pump to pump the water out and since...
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    For sure a drum trap. Good call Speedball. Tom

    For sure a drum trap. Good call Speedball.

    Tom
  47. Question: Natural spring?

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    Do you live by a river/lake? A sump pump is a...

    Do you live by a river/lake? A sump pump is a good idea. But how did your garage flood? Is it below grade?

    Tom
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    PVC for sure... As mentioned insulation can...

    PVC for sure... As mentioned insulation can dampen any water noise.
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    Have you snaked that drain. If it's 1944 old...

    Have you snaked that drain. If it's 1944 old that could be why it'd draining slow.

    Speedball... could this tub already be wet vented?
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    I don't think I would let a contractor do that no...

    I don't think I would let a contractor do that no matter what they said. First he said move it because it's in the way... now it's a code thing??
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