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    Thanks everyone. I think they may have specified...

    Thanks everyone. I think they may have specified that height because of the wall surround assembly process (i.e., the way you pivot the walls into place). I've got a door frame in the way, so I...
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    Tub Spout Height

    I am installing a Sterling/Kohler tub with integral tub surround similar to this one:

    you may want to link to the Sterling web site.

    For some reason, the instructions call for the tub spout...
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    Oh I see. Turn the tee to meet the 45. Got it. ...

    Oh I see. Turn the tee to meet the 45. Got it. Thanks.
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    I have some 45s, so I'll give it a shot. Thanks.

    I have some 45s, so I'll give it a shot. Thanks.
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    Tub Drain Layout Opinions

    I'm hooking up my tub drain and I'd like some opinions on my proposed layout. The original trap was very long; it almost looked like a "W" with an integral cleanout on the middle "point" of the W. ...
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    Based on his reaction when I asked for the donut,...

    Based on his reaction when I asked for the donut, I wonder what sort of look the guy at the plumbing supply place I found would give me if I asked for oakum! :) I actually probably would have done it...
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    OK. All the technical drawings I can find show...

    OK. All the technical drawings I can find show that these donuts will not fill the entire 3-inch-long hub. Am I worried about nothing?
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    I got the donut and bushing in, but it seems a...

    I got the donut and bushing in, but it seems a bit problematic. The goofy donut I got doesn't fill the entire depth of the hub; there's an inch gap between where the donut ends and where the hub...
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    Well, my visit to the plumbing supply store was a...

    Well, my visit to the plumbing supply store was a bit disappointing. The guy at the parts counter looked at me like I was crazy. He rummaged through some parts and came up with this:
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    So 4" riser into 4x3 pipe into 4x3 bushing into...

    So 4" riser into 4x3 pipe into 4x3 bushing into 4x4 donut (or 4x3 donut w/o the bushing)?

    Thanks for your patience and advice. I just want to be sure I understand before I seal all this up!
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    Also... Is there any advantage to going down to a...

    Also... Is there any advantage to going down to a 3" (like the bushing giving extra support or something)? I already cut a 4" hole in the plywood for my subfloor, so I thought I'd just go with the...
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    If I had the proper tools for the lead/oakum...

    If I had the proper tools for the lead/oakum joint, I might try it (the current one's lasted 60 years, so that's saying something), but since I don't I think I'll give the gasket a try. I will have...
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    As Jerome said, definitely seal the threads -...

    As Jerome said, definitely seal the threads - they're never perfect. Also, I'm not sure about the topside gasket (as opposed to the underside gasket). I' haven't installed a ton of sinks, but the...
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    Replacing a Lead Closet Bend

    My bathroom remodel was gaining momentum, and I ran into another snag. I was thinking about how to best get my new subfloor around the existing toilet flange when I noticed a couple problems with...
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    If it's like mine, it's leaded in. However my...

    If it's like mine, it's leaded in. However my flange is brass, and the closet bend is lead. If you've really got cast iron, you could probably melt the lead with a torch and pull the flange. Then...
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    To help paint a mental picture, the drain goes...

    To help paint a mental picture, the drain goes from the tub (through the joists) along the wall where the door is, makes a right at the corner, picks up the sink drain after a foot or so, and...
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    It's the cabinets. On one side of the kitchen,...

    It's the cabinets. On one side of the kitchen, they go all the way to the ceiling.

    I think I figured out another option. It looks like if I go 1/4" deeper on a couple of the joists, I'll get an...
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    I expected to see 2", but 1.5" is what was there....

    I expected to see 2", but 1.5" is what was there.

    Unfortunately, there's no real opportunity to go below... If I boxed it in, I wouldn't be able to open my kitchen cabinets.
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    Replacing Bathroom Drain Pipe

    We've always had problems with our master bath drains. They're slow and clog easily. I always figured that it was the galvanized drain pipe inner diameter slowly shrinking from 60 years of use. ...
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