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  1. You could have eliminated one of those ball...

    You could have eliminated one of those ball valves. Two ball valves (one on the supply line running to the filter, and one bypass) would have been sufficient.
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    I have to question that last statement. Real...

    I have to question that last statement. Real carpenters do not use shelving brackets to brace their cabinetry. And the wiring for the range looks like it was stapled tightly against the floor and...
  3. A couple of Tee's, a valve, and a little pipe...

    A couple of Tee's, a valve, and a little pipe work and you have a bypass.
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    You've said the water is just siphoning (when the...

    You've said the water is just siphoning (when the well pump is off). Is that correct? How much pressure is generated by the water? Can you put your hand on the end of the pipe and easily stop all the...
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    What solvent cement did you use on that joint?...

    What solvent cement did you use on that joint? I've never seen any that's baby-poop brown.
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    In the United States alone, there are...

    In the United States alone, there are 15,432,624,101 laws, regulations, and codes. Tomorrow, 1,682 more will be added. It is impossible -- almost by design -- to comply with all of them, and every...
  7. Thread: Outdoor shower

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    http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article...

    http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100702/NEWS/7020326
  8. Thread: Outdoor shower

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    Hoses burst.

    Hoses burst.
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    That's a plastic compression fitting. Isn't that...

    That's a plastic compression fitting. Isn't that what he should be avoiding?

    Furthermore, I would think that any fitting that relies on forming a seal against the outer diameter of the tubing...
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    Are you sure there are no shut-offs that you can...

    Are you sure there are no shut-offs that you can use to stop the flow of water? If not, this would be a good time to add some ball valves to your system.

    I would never trust any pressurized PVC...
  11. I agree with you. I wasn't condoning his choice...

    I agree with you. I wasn't condoning his choice of tools, not his methods. I was merely decyphering his description of the tool.

    From the photo, it certainly does not look like the remains of a...
  12. "Fitting the shower arm in" is one thing. Getting...

    "Fitting the shower arm in" is one thing. Getting a good, pressure-containing, mechanical pipe connection that is leak free is quite another. Since the joint is inside the wall, you may not realize...
  13. My guess is he used a wire brush designed for...

    My guess is he used a wire brush designed for cleaning the sockets on 1/2" copper pipe fittings.
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    If you're concern is martial discord, then forget...

    If you're concern is martial discord, then forget the contractor... listen to your wife! :p
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    I don't recall the type of grease I used. But I...

    I don't recall the type of grease I used. But I do know it was specifically plumber's grease, so I had expected it to be tasteless and odorless. But you are probably right about it having been...
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    I once repaired a unit similar to the one...

    I once repaired a unit similar to the one pictured. I put a very thin film of plumber's grease on the o-rings so it would operate smoothly. It did, but the grease made the water taste awful. :(
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    Agreed... as long as you realize that if you make...

    Agreed... as long as you realize that if you make esoteric design decisions, your choices could negatively affect the resale value of your home.
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    Is that a schedule 40 or schedule 80 bendy straw?...

    Is that a schedule 40 or schedule 80 bendy straw? :p
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    For blow drying your hair while you shower. It's...

    For blow drying your hair while you shower. It's a real timesaver! ;)
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    Before even discussing the putty, perhaps you...

    Before even discussing the putty, perhaps you should mention what the cause of the leak was.
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    With all due respect, if you're asking this...

    With all due respect, if you're asking this question, then it may be time to call a plumber. There is no sealant that can be applied to the outside of the PRESURRIZED pipe that will effectively and...
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    From your photo, it looks like you got the valve...

    From your photo, it looks like you got the valve nicely perpendicular with the floor (i.e., the outlet is straight up). It can be difficult to get a threaded connection properly aligned AND properly...
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    That may be true for steel pipe fittings, but for...

    That may be true for steel pipe fittings, but for brass fittings, it's a whole 'nuther story: a person who does not have the experience to "feel" when it is time to stop torquing, it is all too easy...
  24. Why not take your PE straight to your manifold,...

    Why not take your PE straight to your manifold, then route a PEX line back to your hose bibs. Advantages: no intermediate connections in your PE, no restrictions in your supply line, and your hose...
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    Just so you know, HDPE = High Density...

    Just so you know, HDPE = High Density Polyethylene. PEX = Cross-Linked Polyethylene. PEX is a modified version of HDPE where the polyethylene molecules are cross-linked (by one of three methods)...
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