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  1. Hence why I said "you could" and not "you must." ...

    Hence why I said "you could" and not "you must." The wife's initial complaint was with sink height, perhaps a vessel sink was something she hadn't thought of.

    ...did you skip your morning coffee...
  2. That wood wall transition you used to finish off...

    That wood wall transition you used to finish off your tile edge really was a poor choice.

    The "u-channel" that sits on top of your pan isn't really meant to be secured by just a couple of tiny...
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    The wax ring will be enough. If your tile is very...

    The wax ring will be enough. If your tile is very cheap, or the drill points are close to an edge/corner, you have to be careful or you risk cracking the tile. Some manufacturers make a special...
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    I assume you are having problems with leaks...

    I assume you are having problems with leaks occurring in the union nut of the p-trap fitting. Most p-traps use a slip-joint washer to make the seal at the union, but I have seen some that have the...
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    1. Whoops, by factory installed unions, I meant...

    1. Whoops, by factory installed unions, I meant factory installed nipples.
    2. You are correct, I have never seen laminated nipples suffer from that much corrosion.
    3. I use dielectric flex...
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    100 year old clay pipe? If you are going to the...

    100 year old clay pipe? If you are going to the trouble and expense to put an addition on, you should think about replacing that deteriorating dwv system and bring it up to code. No doubt the lines...
  7. You could install a vessel sink with an extended...

    You could install a vessel sink with an extended vessel sink faucet, or you could just install a wall mount faucet at any height you want...
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    plastic/acrylic surrounds are non-porous, so...

    plastic/acrylic surrounds are non-porous, so drywall is fine so long as silicone seals are maintained. drywall around a drop-in tub is fine as the walls aren't going to be subjected to constant...
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    With an exposed ceiling from below, most of the...

    With an exposed ceiling from below, most of the guesswork is done for you. There's no reason why you shouldn't tear into that bathroom wall and recess your dwv and supplies like they should be, and...
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    Only the real cheapo water heaters don't come...

    Only the real cheapo water heaters don't come with unions factory installed. Any reputable brand will supply factory installed galv nipples which are lined with plastic...that's what you want. If...
  11. Having your water heater and exposed plumbing in...

    Having your water heater and exposed plumbing in an un-insulated space is kind of silly. I vote you should tear out all of that mess and hire a carpenter to frame out that utility room. You can...
  12. 1. laminate doesn't belong in the bathroom 2....

    1. laminate doesn't belong in the bathroom
    2. you are correct about the flange not being set correctly
    3. this is a job for an experienced plumber, not a handyman or apprentice

    You have pvc...
  13. A great example of how code is just a minimum...

    A great example of how code is just a minimum standard for how things can be done; often there are much better ways to install something. I always get a kick out of it when I hear tradesmen...
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    Hmm, service port for a diverter? I've never...

    Hmm, service port for a diverter? I've never seen one like that before, I guess you really do learn something new everyday!
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    If you have an unfinished basement, you should...

    If you have an unfinished basement, you should consider upgrading your trunks (and possibly the service), if you are unhappy about pressure/volume drops from simultaneous draws on the system. My...
  16. You do know that installing wood in a bathroom is...

    You do know that installing wood in a bathroom is not a good idea right?

    Just stub up a 4" riser with cap, and scribe your flooring to it, and then install a flange once the floor and trim is...
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    On rare occasions, the moen faucet that I just...

    On rare occasions, the moen faucet that I just bought and installed right out of the box, will drip. And it turns out the cartridge has chewed up o-rings from the factory. However, I still trust...
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    The set screw probably is "fused" into place by...

    The set screw probably is "fused" into place by now and will take some persuasion to get it to move. Also, it looks like your tubspout is siliconed into place, and you will have to free it first...
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    Installing a C/O on a washing machine stack is a...

    Installing a C/O on a washing machine stack is a good idea; installing it above the wash box is not. One day someone will have to cable that line, and having a C/O high up off the floor is a safety...
  20. Oh man...poor ozone layer....

    Oh man...poor ozone layer....
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    Well he has a galv service, so a repipe is...

    Well he has a galv service, so a repipe is warranted and will be necessary in the future if not now. The valve is already shot, and an experienced plumber should be able disassemble that valve...
  22. Replace your cartridge and troubleshoot from...

    Replace your cartridge and troubleshoot from there.
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    Man I hate Grohe, heh. That escutcheon should...

    Man I hate Grohe, heh. That escutcheon should unscrew. Hj's method will certainly give you a good grip, but you have to careful with how much squeezing force you apply. Another way to go is to...
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    The plumber is too afraid to even attempt...

    The plumber is too afraid to even attempt disassembling the valve to inspect the inside? Maybe you should get a 2nd opinion.
  25. Hmm, I could have sworn that the bottles say not...

    Hmm, I could have sworn that the bottles say not to dispose of empties with household refuse. We have designated recycling centers where they accept hazardous waste such as these. You can always...
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