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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

Please help me fix this faucet fast!

I took apart the tub faucet. Now I don't know what to do, and Mr. Cyndigo will be home in two hours. HELP! [more inside]
posted by cyndigo on Oct 13, 2010 - 10 answers

Why is there "sand" in the pipes?

Plumbing puzzle: my neighbor has what looks like find sand which collects in her *hot water* eventually clogging metal screens on faucets, etc. The obvious answer is that this is some sort of mineral precipitate as the system has been flushed several times and a filter installed on the water coming into the house. What is causing this precipitate in the hot water and why doesn't this happen with my hot water which is the same town water on the same street (same pipes) that is going into her house? [more inside]
posted by ennui.bz on Oct 11, 2010 - 10 answers

Clogged Toilet Question

I'm troubleshooting, DIY, a clogged toilet. Here's what is happening. What does it mean? (BTW, I have barely any experience with toilets, and while I have plumbed for a summer, I do not have any real knowledge of household plumbing). [more inside]
posted by scunning on Sep 17, 2010 - 13 answers

What brand is this faucet?

Help me identify my faucet! [more inside]
posted by COBRA! on Sep 1, 2010 - 4 answers

No, I will not tell the story.

I clogged the toilet with a 6" piece of carrot. (Yes, that was dumb.) Anything I should try before calling the plumber? [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang on Aug 27, 2010 - 20 answers

What happened to my water supply line?

Bizarro-world clog? The water tank on a guest room toilet no longer fills at all; all other water in the house is fully operational. Supply valve appears to be fully functional (and wide open). Thoughts? [more inside]
posted by aramaic on Aug 20, 2010 - 10 answers

Repurposing a kitchen cart as a vanity

Can this kitchen cart be repurposed as a bathroom vanity by people who aren't very handy? We want to use it for a vessel sink and can't find any vanities in our price range in this finish/color of wood. [more inside]
posted by FormerMermaid on Aug 20, 2010 - 11 answers

Plumbing Problems: storm drain and basement bathroom drains stopped

Plumbing: The exterior storm drain, the basement toilet, and the basement shower are all clogged. What's gone wrong, and what should I do? [more inside]
posted by anotherpanacea on Aug 1, 2010 - 11 answers

Kitchen Faucet Troubleshooting

The flow from our (two-handled American Standard) kitchen sink faucet has recently changed slightly but annoyingly - when I turn on the water, it kind of tapers on, and similarly when I turn the water off, it tapers off, taking several seconds to completely stop flowing. This happens exactly the same for the hot and cold water taps, so I don't think there's a problem in the valves under the handles. The sprayer still works, though the switching of water to the sprayer and back when you press its handle is lagged as when you turn the water on and off. Any ideas what could be causing this problem?
posted by aught on Jul 28, 2010 - 5 answers

Gradual leak between second and first floors - any ideas?

Verrrrryyyy slooooowwwwly accruing water damage on our first floor ceiling. What gives? [more inside]
posted by n'muakolo on Jul 27, 2010 - 16 answers

Faucet, tap, spigot. Whatever. It's busted.

Bathroom sink faucet is leaking all over. Sink shutoff valves won't budge. Now what? [more inside]
posted by dayintoday on Jul 26, 2010 - 14 answers

I have a question about dishwashing machines and garbage disposals.

My #@%(! dishwashing machine is about to die, and I'm trying to pick a new one. I have a question about dishwashers and garbage disposals. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Jul 21, 2010 - 9 answers

YouAreNotMyPlumber: How to connect a washing machine

daisyk and I have just moved into a spiffy new flat. Unfortunately, we can't figure out how to connect the washing machine drain. Our drain hose looks this. There is a passage from the washing machine cubby leading to the cupboard under the sink, clearly meant for the drain hose. However, in the cupboard, we only have this weird conical attachement. How do we mate the two without creating a mess?
posted by Zarkonnen on Jul 14, 2010 - 13 answers

I need ice! Help me make it happen.

I bought a kit to hook up my ice maker to a cold water line. I am having a hard time figuring out how to get the poly tube connected to the saddle valve. Pics inside... Also, I am aware that the back side of the saddle valve is not pictured. I have that, but its not in the pictures. [more inside]
posted by Brettus on Jul 1, 2010 - 8 answers

How to get my tub to stop draining?

Hey! I filled that bathtub for a reason - so why is it draining without my permission? [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Jun 25, 2010 - 13 answers

Verdigris in bathtub drain?

How to treat the bright green deposit in my bathtub drain? [more inside]
posted by Iridic on May 27, 2010 - 10 answers

So, my kitchen is collapsing...

UK (Scotland) tenancy issues. How long should I expect major kitchen repairs to take, and what are my rights as a tenant while the work's being done? [more inside]
posted by Catseye on May 24, 2010 - 4 answers

San Francisco Plumbing Nightmare

San Francisco Plumbing Nightmare [more inside]
posted by twiggy32 on May 19, 2010 - 14 answers

God, please let my PVC-to-ABS issue be minor.

ABS, PVC, a six-inch drain and me -- am I as frakked as it appears I am? [more inside]
posted by liquado on Apr 26, 2010 - 12 answers

Help id the manufacturer of this c.1963 shower cold water valve stem!

We have a drip drip drip in the shower and had the plumber look at it when he came to service the furnace. Unfortunately it's not just the gasket; the actual valve stem is broken. House was built in 1963 and length of stem is ~3.25" (pictures at http://www.flickr.com/photos/vector_irony/) [more inside]
posted by saritonin on Apr 25, 2010 - 5 answers

The Kitchen Sink Got Everything!

My sink overflowed in the middle of the night and now I'm trying to figure out how to clean it up (and prevent it from happening again). [more inside]
posted by Strang on Apr 20, 2010 - 9 answers

Am I to Fix The Broken Pipe Beneath the House?

Am I to Fix The Broken Pipe Beneath the House? [more inside]
posted by scunning on Apr 14, 2010 - 19 answers

My electric bill is going to go crazy bc my sump pump won't stop running!

Our sump pump runs constantly, but only at night. Why? [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx on Apr 6, 2010 - 5 answers

Squeaky drain gets the grease

Is there anything I can do to remedy a whole lot of cooking oil (...a whole lot) being poured down the drain? [more inside]
posted by beepbeepboopboop on Apr 4, 2010 - 13 answers

Where is this water coming from and how do I make it stop?

PlumbingFilter: Where is this water coming from and how do I make it stop? [more inside]
posted by thejanna on Mar 23, 2010 - 9 answers

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