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    Shouldn't damage pipe if handled correctly

    According to the ACCOR FlowTite R-Series specification sheet, the grip on the pipe stub is achieved solely with an o-ring, so if the valve is carefully twisted off the pipe, it should not score or...
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    "Poly" isn't any type of plastic. It's a Greek...

    "Poly" isn't any type of plastic. It's a Greek prefix that means "many". It can be the start of polystyrene, polyethylene, polypropylene, polybutylene, polymorphism, polygamy, etc. ad infinitum.
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    PVC works fine

    The bottom line is that you should check to see if local plumbing codes have restrictions on use of PVC for domestic potable water; as far as I know, most don't, but there may be restrictions on use...
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    What you need is often called "multi-purpose...

    What you need is often called "multi-purpose cement", for joining PVC, CPVC and ABS in any combination. If memory serves, I've seen the stuff at my local ACE Hardware store, and other hardware...
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    PEX isn't "self-insulating", although its thermal...

    PEX isn't "self-insulating", although its thermal conductivity is much lower than that of copper or iron. Standing water will eventually freeze in PEX tubing in a sub-freezing environment, it just...
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    I lived in a mobile home from about 1979-1994...

    I lived in a mobile home from about 1979-1994 that was plumbed with polybutylene. The unit was built in late 1977 or early 1978, shortly before Shell Chemical cheapened the resin formulation and...
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    That's assuming that one has access to an...

    That's assuming that one has access to an oxyacetylene torch or gas/oxygen torch and a special heater tip. It's not a cost-effective solution if one doesn't already have the equipment.:(
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    I think Chris B is correct about AquaPEX. I,...

    I think Chris B is correct about AquaPEX. I, too, have been researching PEX systems and calling plumbers about doing a repiping job entirely in PEX. So far, without exception, they try to steer me...
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    The suggestion to use Carbonite.com or some other...

    The suggestion to use Carbonite.com or some other automatic off-site service is a good one. It protects you not only from hardware failures, but also from fire, flood, burglary and other calamities....
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    Obama isn't paying for anything. It's We The...

    Obama isn't paying for anything. It's We The People who pay for everything through taxes and funds silently stolen from our savings through currency inflation. Unlike corporations, We The People...
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    Paper or plastic?

    I like the plastic ones, 'cuz the paper ones break off and get stuck in my ears!:D I can't use an auger in my ear canals. I don't throw the used swabs into the toilet, though.
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    You won't hear a buzzing sound from the solenoid...

    You won't hear a buzzing sound from the solenoid when you power it from three 9-volt batteries in series. The buzzing only occurs when the solenoid is powered from AC, provided by the transformer in...
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    Loose Toilet Seat Cure

    I've lost track of how many toilets I've encountered in public restrooms, institutions and private houses that have wobbly, loose toilet seats. It seems to be particularly problematic with the seats...
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    Try Aerokroil or Marvel Mystery Oil

    A good product for this purpose is "Kroil" from Kano Laboratories. They offer an aerosol version, called "Aerokroil", that can be sprayed in almost any direction, and with the help of the extension...
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    Vegetable oil = bad

    The problem with vegetable oils is that they oxidize and become rancid. Rancid oils adhere to surfaces like glue and are very hard to remove, both from the toilet trap and the drain pipes.:mad: ...
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    Thanks for the input, sammyhydro11. The 3-foot...

    Thanks for the input, sammyhydro11. The 3-foot section of exposed pipe at the well is just part of the problem. There's a assortment of 1/2-inch copper pipe and some of the galvanized main supply...
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    Maybe rusty pipes?

    It sounds as if the main supply pipe from the pump to your tank/filter/softener may be rusty inside. The effect you describe is essentially what happened to the old galvanized iron pipes in my...
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    Best location for pressure switch?

    I'm doing some handyman work for an acquaintance outside city limits. She has a private well, located about 120 feet from the captive air pressure tank next to her house, and the property is on...
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