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Rubber behind the toilet sprung a leak - can I fix it by myself?

Toilet has a rubber piece that sprung a leak - help [more inside]
posted by watercarrier on Mar 6, 2012 - 5 answers

Why does my toilet hate poop?

I have a rather...sticky situation happening in the bathroom regarding poop and my new toilet. Please help before I die of embarassment! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 26, 2012 - 30 answers

We need to be laying a whole lot o' pipe up in here.

What should we be thinking about and considering when re-plumbing an entire house? Plumbers and experienced homeowners we welcome your advice. [more inside]
posted by pixlboi on Feb 23, 2012 - 11 answers

Why, oh why, can't this just fit together like Legos?!

Plumbing/Science Equipmentfilter: I have a process air heater that I bought from Omega but I have no idea how to connect the 4in non-threaded duct and the 1in threaded pipe outlet from my blower. Help please! [more inside]
posted by wuzandfuzz on Feb 22, 2012 - 8 answers

After-market faucet condom?

Our new and overly-swanky kitchen tap does not have an aerator. This creates a mess of tidal-wave proportions. Is there an after-market fix? [more inside]
posted by DarlingBri on Feb 16, 2012 - 17 answers

I just want to wash my hands with warm water!

[plumbingfilter] My bathroom and kitchen faucets don't give cold water until they've been running for at least one minute. The shower runs hot much quicker (10-20 seconds). Is this something that can be fixed? My landlord says no. [more inside]
posted by benbenson on Feb 5, 2012 - 12 answers

My house is growing cold, please hope me!

Seattle: *urgent* need for a plumbing/heating maintenance today or this weekend for the in-floor heating of my townhome. Haven't had heat since apparently Wednesday night, and the company that installed it is non-responsive to my repeated calls. [more inside]
posted by hincandenza on Jan 27, 2012 - 8 answers

Fresh as a mountain stream?

How do I best deal with this wet, smelly problem? [more inside]
posted by Obscure Reference on Jan 24, 2012 - 9 answers

Did freeze damage new, uninstalled water softener?

Is it bad that my uninstalled (new) water softener was exposed to freezing temperatures? [more inside]
posted by J0 on Jan 21, 2012 - 2 answers

How to unstick brass valve?

How do I unstick this brass bypass valve? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSimple on Dec 16, 2011 - 9 answers

Help me install a shower in place of a toilet.

I have two toilets with standard 4" toilet connections, mounted on a solid concrete floor. I would like to replace one toilet with a shower. Have you done this before? How do I do it? What problems will I face? [more inside]
posted by fake on Dec 1, 2011 - 10 answers

I made a stupid mistake a flushed Clorox wipes down my apartment toilet and it clogged the plumbing. What are my responsibilities as a tenant?

I made a stupid mistake a flushed Clorox wipes down my apartment toilet and it clogged the plumbing. What are my responsibilities as a tenant? [more inside]
posted by *lostatsea* on Nov 28, 2011 - 33 answers

Bugs in the air (vent)

Sink air vent invites buggaboos? [more inside]
posted by silsurf on Nov 3, 2011 - 5 answers

Everything But the Cliche

For financial and quasi-environmental reasons, I live in a studio apartment with its own bathroom but with a shared kitchen down the hall. It's great except for one thing: I'd love to use my bathroom sink for kitchen-ish purposes, but the faucet and drain are too shallow. Is there anything I can attach to the faucet that'll give it a bit more flexibility - without breaking my lease or calling the plumber? [more inside]
posted by Apropos of Something on Nov 3, 2011 - 4 answers

Will teflon tape counteract a bad compression ring?

IsMyHouseGoingToFloodFilter: Will a bunch of teflon tape wrapped around a compression ring prevent my toilet shut off valve from leaking? [more inside]
posted by i love cheese on Oct 30, 2011 - 8 answers

PlumberFilter: I have turned a big toilet leak into a small one. How can I stop it entirely?

I have replaced the flapper, flush valve, overflow tube, spud washer, bolts, and gaskets. A big leak (spontaneous refilling every 1-2 hours) has become a small leak (2" drop in water level in 12 hours). Now what should I do to make it stop entirely? [more inside]
posted by mausburger on Oct 17, 2011 - 18 answers

Surprise! You own a sewer!

Apparently, we have a private sewer line that no one knew existed. And that line is disintegrating. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Oct 5, 2011 - 18 answers

Please identify this clump of plant matter that came out of my sewer line.

Help me identify this clump of tree roots that a plumber cut from my sewer line today. It's either from a California Redwood, an ash, or this little tree that I haven't identified (maybe it's an ash too? It has berries while the big one does not, but I guess they flower and fruit on a multiyear cycle.) The house is in southern California, and roots are apparently invading the line through a bad splice between two sections of ABS pipe.
posted by contraption on Sep 22, 2011 - 4 answers

Today on This Jankety Trailer: Replacing Your Dishwasher

Can you help this complete newbie replace the dishwasher in my broken down old mobile home? The plumbing is, to put it kindly, non-standard, and I'm not sure how to proceed without flooding my dwelling. [more inside]
posted by El Sabor Asiatico on Sep 6, 2011 - 12 answers

Plumbing vented inside apartment? Is that OK?

We moved into a new rental last month and after we moved in I notice some unusual plumbing. [more inside]
posted by quarterframer on Aug 28, 2011 - 10 answers

Anything else to be done with this clogged toilet/shower?

What to do with my clogged toilet/shower? [more inside]
posted by Bulgaroktonos on Aug 24, 2011 - 6 answers

Wastewater Woes

Why does the toilet in my basement overflow when I use the dishwasher or take a shower? [more inside]
posted by xbonesgt on Aug 14, 2011 - 10 answers

That San Francisco-style... drain.

Where can I get a replacement San Francisco-style 5" square drain cover? You know, the kind that looks like this that you see every 20 feet embedded directly in the sidewalk. [more inside]
posted by eschatfische on Aug 12, 2011 - 4 answers

Verstopft

Is there a German equivalent for American Drain-O? I'm having problems with a sink that won't drain. [more inside]
posted by ms.codex on Aug 4, 2011 - 16 answers

Flush, burp, flush, burp, flush... WTF?

Moaning Myrtle is living in my toilet. Please help me debug. [more inside]
posted by range on Jun 12, 2011 - 2 answers

Where are cutoff valves for shower?

How can I find the cutoff valves for my shower? [more inside]
posted by LonnieK on Jun 11, 2011 - 17 answers

Throwdown: Copper v. PEX

In housing construction, is it a universal consensus that PEX is superior to copper piping in nearly all applications? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott on Jun 1, 2011 - 13 answers

Re-Solder Copper Pipe After Water Leaked

Help Soldering Water Pipe - AGAIN (please don't recommend shark bites or any shortcuts - I did it last year, and it leaked again, thats why I'm trying to do this the right way). [more inside]
posted by absolutshrk on May 14, 2011 - 17 answers

Plumbing filter: are all "one hole" kitchen faucets the same size (diameter)?

Plumbing filter: are all "one hole" kitchen faucets the same size (diameter)? [more inside]
posted by Mid on May 8, 2011 - 4 answers

Retrieving a toothbrush from the sink drain?

How can I get a toothbrush out of my sink drain without taking apart the pipes? The bottom end of the toothbrush is about 5 - 6 inches below the sink. I tried using 2 butter knives: Fail. Any common household items that could be used? Something available at Home Depot?
posted by Bushmiller on Apr 12, 2011 - 27 answers

Can you help me fix this problem with an old sink?

Just moved into a new place, and the oldschool sink (1910s?) has a weird area that collects dirty water. It is, in a word, gross. Anyone have experience with this kind of sink, or suggestions on what to do with it? Pictures of the offending sink inside. [more inside]
posted by hwickline on Mar 6, 2011 - 6 answers

Don't touch the plumbing?

Why do vacant homes that are for sale often have tape over the plumbing fixtures? I assume it's to prevent use when the water is turned off? [more inside]
posted by de void on Feb 25, 2011 - 4 answers

plumbing misadventurs

I caught my hot water heater dripping almost as soon as it started... so why is the ceiling below dripping water now? [more inside]
posted by deadweightloss on Feb 21, 2011 - 11 answers

Flushed

I'm looking for a good plumbing supply store, preferably in lower Manhattan. [more inside]
posted by cazoo on Feb 18, 2011 - 3 answers

It's my sink and I'll move it if I want to.

I have a sink in my basement I would like to relocate. I would like to do this with a minimum amount of plumbing. I shall explain my intentions with a few pictures and way too many words inside. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Feb 17, 2011 - 8 answers

Designer to Plumber - Crazy?

I am 35, live in Vancouver, Canada and currently work an office job doing design work. Recent events have prompted me to review my career direction and becoming a plumber has kept coming up in my head. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 16, 2011 - 21 answers

How to plug a water leak, food-safe?

My stovetop espresso maker has a small leak. I don't think returning it will help me. Are there any recipes for food-safe 'stop leak' compounds? [more inside]
posted by anthill on Feb 8, 2011 - 10 answers

Frozen pipe: is the damage done?

Frozen water pipe: call a plumber or wait it out? I've tried all the ehow-type articles I can find online, but the spot where my pipe is frozen is not very easy to get at. [more inside]
posted by partylarry on Feb 2, 2011 - 11 answers

Drano in the dishwasher. Head in my hands.

My husband poured Drano into our dishwasher drain. Are we gonna die? [more inside]
posted by thinkingwoman on Jan 30, 2011 - 14 answers

DIY Plumbing Advice??

Plumbing question! I'm considering moving into a new workshop/studio space, price and location is perfect, the big downside being there is no toilet. It will basically just be me (and occasionally a few visiting friends who come to have a few beers) using the space. There is water and a sink in the space and I'm certainlay not considering using the sink! But, would it be possible to set up a urinal to go down the same set of pipes as the sink? I'm thinking - 'It ends up in the same place right!' But maybe someone in the know could tell me on a scale of 1 - 5 whether this is: Fine, A little gross, Gross, Really gross, or Disgusting... If this is off the table, are there any other solutions?
posted by halcorp on Jan 28, 2011 - 22 answers

In-line water heater suggestions?

What kind of water heater can I put under our bathroom sink to heat the water until the house water heater takes over? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Jan 23, 2011 - 12 answers

How do toilet seat hinges work?

If I unscrew my toilet seat hinges, will I be able to screw them back on? [more inside]
posted by roofus on Jan 12, 2011 - 9 answers

I knew it was too good to be true

Flushable cat litter has clogged the toilet. I'm housesitting and broke, and plunging is not helping. Help? [more inside]
posted by verbyournouns on Jan 10, 2011 - 23 answers

Help me fix my faucet.

How can I fix my tub/shower faucet permanently? Details and pics inside... [more inside]
posted by mkdg on Jan 6, 2011 - 7 answers

Help me have a shower

How do I kludge up a shower attachment in my bathroom? [more inside]
posted by storybored on Dec 23, 2010 - 6 answers

Please don't make me reenact the escape scene from Shawshank.

[Firsttimehomeownerfilter] Please help me figure out the best way to repair/maintain my plumbing system in a newish home. Lots of complicating factors inside. [more inside]
posted by beepbeepboopboop on Dec 19, 2010 - 4 answers

Past the p-trap and still clogged up

IANYPlumber: I need some help for the world's most clogged bathroom sink. [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Dec 12, 2010 - 12 answers

What's up with my pipes?

My pipes have become loud and groany. Should I be worried about this? [more inside]
posted by something something on Dec 8, 2010 - 6 answers

Avoiding the crack(ed) pipe.

HeatFilter: I'm out of heating oil, and won't get delivery for 24-48 hours. Should I worry about my pipes? [more inside]
posted by weaponsgradecarp on Nov 29, 2010 - 25 answers

How to unclog a bathtub?

PlumbingFilter: how do I unclog my bathtub? [more inside]
posted by rainy on Oct 16, 2010 - 21 answers

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