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  1. 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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    Hi Jkoontz1 Not sure I see a mystery here... ...

    Hi Jkoontz1

    Not sure I see a mystery here...

    When you shut off the water and remove the toilet shut off valve guts (?) there is no water coming out of the pipe, but when you reassemble the...
  8. Nicely done! Thank you for taking the time to...

    Nicely done! Thank you for taking the time to come back and post pictures... will surely help someone in the future!

    Mark
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    Hi FR Pull the stopper and clean the entire...

    Hi FR

    Pull the stopper and clean the entire stopper including down into the drain with a toothbrush and bleach... should help.

    Mark
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    I appreciate that, Milo. I just hope Bsivell...

    I appreciate that, Milo. I just hope Bsivell returns to the thread!

    Good day!

    Mark
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    Hi Bsivell Your breakers are SERIOUSLY...

    Hi Bsivell

    Your breakers are SERIOUSLY undersized here. You should have a 30 AMP double pole breaker for a water heater... that is a 1 piece 30 Amp double pole breaker that supplies 30 amp to...
  12. Hi Karen. What is leaking... water pipes or...

    Hi Karen.

    What is leaking... water pipes or drain pipes?

    When does the shower leak... during use only or all the time?

    Thought it was isolated, how. Did you shut off valves?

    Get back...
  13. Hi murphdjm3 Run the dishwasher and see if the...

    Hi murphdjm3

    Run the dishwasher and see if the studor vent leaks... right? The studor vent itself can open and discharge water if defective so definitely check that during a drain cycle and be...
  14. Hi Mdr11726 The problem could be at the...

    Hi Mdr11726

    The problem could be at the shutoff valve, the inlet to the toilet tank fill valve or at the fill valve washer itself.

    I would start here by shutting off the water supply to the...
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    Hi Hugoagogo I'm wondering if there is an Air...

    Hi Hugoagogo

    I'm wondering if there is an Air admittance valve (AAV) under the sink (see image)

    https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71zjzscvXuL._SX466_.jpg

    If you find anything...
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    Hi Dgreen I'd recommend getting a local...

    Hi Dgreen

    I'd recommend getting a local plumber in to install a shutoff valve where you can comfortably reach it IF the new location for the new shut off still allows you to drain the line for the...
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    Great info. John! Thanks for posting!

    Great info. John! Thanks for posting!
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    Hi Harkplumb Be careful if thinking of...

    Hi Harkplumb

    Be careful if thinking of purchasing a water heater from Home Depot or Lowe's. If I am not mistaken, these big box stores only give a LIMITED warranty on their water heaters. This...
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    I agree with you John, but some people actually...

    I agree with you John, but some people actually insist on using hot water for ice maker. Cold water is cleanest but gives foggy/cloudy ice cubes. Hot water, on the other hand, has less oxygen as a...
  20. Since you are flushing the tank, should just need...

    Since you are flushing the tank, should just need to open the valve and flush sediment out for about 5 minutes... all that is usually necessary. Let water run out full flow/full pressure into a...
  21. Question: Plumbing

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    Hi Nancy. I see no reason why you can't...

    Hi Nancy.

    I see no reason why you can't connect to the washing machine water source. As a plumber I would want the washing machine setup left alone (unless not needed) and I would like to see a...
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    Hi Nflyte I would suggest installing two of...

    Hi Nflyte

    I would suggest installing two of these oatey sure vents. If there is only one vent pipe coming up then that pipe must be for the lavatory and it must act as a WET VENT for the toilet,...
  23. Sticky: What we need to know from you to help you efficiently

    1) This is a question and answer site and the plumbing page is watched over by a number of experienced plumbers, but we are not here most of the time. We ask that you leave your question, subscribe...
  24. Hi Plumbette Sure you can. The u-joint is...

    Hi Plumbette

    Sure you can. The u-joint is called a P TRAP. Go to YouTube and search for videos using the search term, "replacing a P TRAP". Many videos will show up... watch a few and see what...
  25. Is your shower valve a single handle? If so,...

    Is your shower valve a single handle? If so, then that is the most likely culprit... just change out the cartridge and should be all set. If you have a two or three handle shower valve then issue...
  26. 1) In areas subject to flooding or backflow...

    1) In areas subject to flooding or backflow conditions backwater valves (check valves) are important additions to the plumbing system

    2) Normally, inside. Inside usually allows easier access to...
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    Hi Nbaker Yes, alternative to a ptrap is shown...

    Hi Nbaker

    Yes, alternative to a ptrap is shown here... called a PRO SET TRAP GUARD:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IS5pzsxz0oU

    This would probably not pass a plumbing inspection in your...
  28. Yup... most likely the check valve as ma0641...

    Yup... most likely the check valve as ma0641 said.

    They make a QUIET or Silent CHECK VALVE... available at home depot or amazon.com... simply swap the existing one out with the newer, quieter...
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    Start by removing the aerators as jlisenbe...

    Start by removing the aerators as jlisenbe said... report back.

    Mark
  30. I see no reason that a cleanout can not be...

    I see no reason that a cleanout can not be relocated as needed to allow widening of a driveway. Of course, every town/city is different so you never know. I'd check with your local plumbing...
  31. Hi Lost The blockage certainly could be...

    Hi Lost

    The blockage certainly could be connected to the work done... could have knocked some old scale off the inner sides of the pipe and that scale could have fallen to the base of the stack...
  32. Most likely, No. Unfortunately, each state has...

    Most likely, No.

    Unfortunately, each state has its own codes so the only way you can be 100% sure is to ask a local plumbing inspector. Otherwise, I'd say no... they stopped allowing ESTABROOK...
  33. Hi Doug The integral shutoffs are shut offs on...

    Hi Doug

    The integral shutoffs are shut offs on the hot and cold side of the shower valve (look like slotted screw heads left and right side of the valve). Most shower valves do not have them, but...
  34. Hi Doug If you have integral shutoffs... open...

    Hi Doug

    If you have integral shutoffs... open them all the way.

    Next, be sure both hot and cold water are on to the shower...if both hot and cold water pressure is not received by the valve it...
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    Hi Mary If the main toilet is flushing fine...

    Hi Mary

    If the main toilet is flushing fine then I strongly doubt that the issue is with the main line so do NOT let that plumber talk you into anything like that! In fact, I worry about a...
  36. Hi Jim Try calling STATE INDUSTRIES directly @...

    Hi Jim

    Try calling STATE INDUSTRIES directly @ 1-800-365-0024

    They will need the model number and serial number of the unit to help you.

    Good luck!

    Mark
  37. Absolutely shut the water main off. Don't drain...

    Absolutely shut the water main off. Don't drain the pipes... just shut the main shut off, off and that's it. Doing this just guarantees that if your water heater (if you have one) or a flexible...
  38. "and make it a closed system to pressurized it...

    "and make it a closed system to pressurized it with a pump"...

    It may not become a high pressure system by adding the pump, but the way I see it, it is so easy to just rent a thread cutter from...
  39. Rough inspections are done on site after the...

    Rough inspections are done on site after the rough plumbing phase of the job is finished... just prior to closing the walls in. Finish plumbing inspection is done when everything is complete and...
  40. All sounds good so far! You said, "Gave up...

    All sounds good so far!

    You said, "Gave up waiting after 20 minutes of not having hot water"...who gave up, you or the plumber?

    You said, "VERY HOT". Hot water to shower is not allowed to...
  41. Valve would be accessible and near the water...

    Valve would be accessible and near the water heater.

    1) Do NOT pay this person until this is resolved 100% to your satisfaction.

    2) Again, you have full warranty... easily enforced especially...
  42. All work is under warranty... call the builder...

    All work is under warranty... call the builder back and have him send the plumber out to fix the problem. Most likely, from what I read, you have a CHECK VALVE missing in the system and are getting...
  43. OK... It sounds like there is a condensate...

    OK...

    It sounds like there is a condensate drain from a forced air furnace/cooling unit entering the sump pit and I'm pretty sure plumbing code would frown on connecting the ejector vent to the...
  44. Hi NENJ Sump pumps do not usually have vents...

    Hi NENJ

    Sump pumps do not usually have vents unless the sump pump services a laundry sink and the pump is enclosed in a closed off tank or something like that. Is that the case here? Further, a...
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    Looking at this a little closer, I would move the...

    Looking at this a little closer, I would move the clamp higher... move it up to about an 1/8th inch from the end of the hose. Install new hose washer and then see if all is resolved. If not, you...
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    Hi P1189, Definitely need a hose washer (or...

    Hi P1189,

    Definitely need a hose washer (or the female hose connector cracked and needs to be replaced)...belongs in between the female hose connector and the outside faucet threads... should...
  47. Hi Thalia I usually use a FAST SET mortar for...

    Hi Thalia

    I usually use a FAST SET mortar for my preslope, but if you didn't then it needs to be dry enough to walk on, if you will, because it takes a lot of working the vinyl membrane to make...
  48. Hi Rick It sounds like you may have installed...

    Hi Rick

    It sounds like you may have installed the wrong diverter spindle. Symmons color codes their spindles...

    If this is a tub and shower valve you needed to install the WHITE diverter...
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    Hi Kevvkevv It depends on the fixture, it also...

    Hi Kevvkevv

    It depends on the fixture, it also depends on if it is a single fixture vent, a whole bathroom group vent, or a wet vent venting multiple fixtures. If this is actually a VENT STACK...
  50. Hi guys! Srt4, you have a PARTIALLY blocked...

    Hi guys!

    Srt4, you have a PARTIALLY blocked drain pipe. Here, when you use a relatively large amount of water from the sink the drain line gets overwhelmed and backs up into the lowest fixture of...
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