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  1. Thread: Instruction

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    This is a fun way to practice and learn on your...

    This is a fun way to practice and learn on your own. You will spend about $15-20 on materials, and have a bit of practice to show for it.

    Go buy eight 45-degree elbows (not street), a five-foot...
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    Just out of curiosity.... After dumping 555...

    Just out of curiosity....

    After dumping 555 gallons of caustic goo down your kitchen sink drain, and running the drainmaster (the brand name of the pressure-clearing bladders I own; there are...
  3. Thread: Can you sweat???

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    Why risk melting an unknown goo into your water...

    Why risk melting an unknown goo into your water supply when alternatives without that risk are readily available? The biggest issue here isn't the effectiveness of the epoxy, but the effects of...
  4. Thread: Can you sweat???

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    If the pipes were not undersized, and your water...

    If the pipes were not undersized, and your water is not aggressive, I'd tend to believe that (2) was indeed the case.

    If there's enough pipe accessible out of the wall or floor, lightly scuff the...
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    One bad apple does not ruin the whole orchard. ...

    One bad apple does not ruin the whole orchard.

    You had a bad experience. Was the guy that came to snake your sewer a plumber? Or a "drain cleaner"? There's a difference--one goes through...
  6. Thread: Can you sweat???

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    Too late--he already cut the pipe :) That...

    Too late--he already cut the pipe :)

    That said, melting away some of the epoxy with the torch could enable water to intrude between the epoxy and the copper, causing further delamination. At a...
  7. Thread: Can you sweat???

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    I would be hesitant to solder epoxy-lined copper,...

    I would be hesitant to solder epoxy-lined copper, for fear of melting the epoxy near the joint. It might not be a problem, but who knows where it would go and what it would do.

    This sounds like...
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    (1) Did it ever drain last night? (2) Can you...

    (1) Did it ever drain last night?
    (2) Can you take a picture of the drain plumbing underneath and put it up?

    It would have to be very incorrect (e.g. running uphill) not to drain at all. Not...
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    It sounds from the original post like the...

    It sounds from the original post like the original poster is trying to avoid tying to the main stack at all due to logistical concerns. (30' run across the corner of the living room)

    What nobody...
  10. It looks from the pictures like this would...

    It looks from the pictures like this would probably all tuck nicely into one joist bay and work rather elegantly.

    One quick word of warning, though--if anything does have to pass through the...
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    Is the ceiling underneath finished or accessible?...

    Is the ceiling underneath finished or accessible? (And do you own a small home drain snake?)

    Whatever you do, don't pour anything down it (e.g. chemical drain cleaners/openers).
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    If it's not draining at all, step 1 would be to...

    If it's not draining at all, step 1 would be to pop the strainer off and see if there's anything simple that's visible. For example, if someone covered the drain stub with duct tape during...
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    I second Redwood's suggestion. If wall access to...

    I second Redwood's suggestion. If wall access to run a dedicated vent is available, there is no reason a dedicated vent would not work. As long as it is properly sized and connected, it will...
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    The cleaner and the primer are not exactly the...

    The cleaner and the primer are not exactly the same, chemically or in function.

    The MSDS for Oatey's cleaner lists the ingredients as
    60-100% MEK (methyl ethyl ketone), 15-40% acetone

    MSDS...
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    I wonder if one could successfully feed a Badger...

    I wonder if one could successfully feed a Badger 1 (sliced into quadrants on the bandsaw to make it fit into the drain) through an Evolution Excel. Sort of like the Blendtec commercials.

    I vote...
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    As a garbage disposal junkie, I concur...

    As a garbage disposal junkie, I concur wholeheartedly (I know I know, you don't like the Badger 5 :)). The Evolution series includes a batch feed model, the Evolution Cover Control, which should...
  17. Thread: "S" trap

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    If the drain stub comes out of the wall...

    If the drain stub comes out of the wall horizontally, the trap for your sink is probably a p-trap (unless you have an s-trap ending in a 90 down near the floor for some odd reason). If it is, ignore...
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    IMO the best means of on-demand tankless water...

    IMO the best means of on-demand tankless water heating is via a dedicated domestic coil in a heating boiler. Absent that, get a properly sized high-efficiency tank from BW and call it a day.
  19. Thread: "S" trap

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    While any trap is apart for an extended period of...

    While any trap is apart for an extended period of time, plug the drain to prevent dangerous sewer gases from entering your home. That is the purpose the water that remains in the trap when it is...
  20. Thread: garburator

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    My in-laws have a Badger 5 (non-XP) in a second...

    My in-laws have a Badger 5 (non-XP) in a second kitchen 500 yards from the Atlantic Ocean. The environment down there rusts powder-coated metal furniture in a year, stainless gas grills in two. The...
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    Wise advice. Nonetheless, check the outlet...

    Wise advice. Nonetheless, check the outlet first. It might be as simple as resetting a GFI.
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    Given the nature of the materials that get...

    Given the nature of the materials that get deposited into this thing, it might be a good idea to verify that the outlet is good first by plugging in a lamp before venturing into the tank. It's...
  23. Thread: garburator

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    That sounds like the ISE 777SS. My parents have...

    That sounds like the ISE 777SS. My parents have the rebadged Kitchenaid version of that unit in their house. I have fed it steak bones and other similar garbage disposal no-nos before just to see...
  24. Thread: Soldering Issue

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    I didn't say it didn't work, I just said it's...

    I didn't say it didn't work, I just said it's scary to watch--sort of like those who check for gas leaks with a match. :) It makes me imagine a crouton trying to squeeze its way through a tiny...
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    If getting a die around the pipe to re-thread it...

    If getting a die around the pipe to re-thread it is not an option, I would feel vastly more comfortable applying some heat, removing the existing 90 (make sure to use another pipe wrench on the other...
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