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    crooked toilet rough, flange not flat

    i inherited a toilet rough-in that came out of the floor at an angle. i dry-fitted several different flanges and one of them seemed like it would slide down flat to the floor. but after i glued it...
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    vents and windows

    i'm doing a big remodel, finishing the 3rd floor attic as living space w/ a dormer bathroom. also moving fixtures in a 1/2 bath in a 1-story section (former porch) off the back of the house.

    what...
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    trace the circuit backwards to the point at which...

    trace the circuit backwards to the point at which it branches to the fan and switch.
    if the circuit doesn't continue on beyond the fan and switch, then undo the hot and neutral wires that branch to...
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    i was thinking it's best to locate the pump next...

    i was thinking it's best to locate the pump next to the farthest fixture. if i put it next to the HWH, then i'm heating (wastefully) the water in the return line, partly defeating the purpose of...
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    the ChiliPepper looks like another option, less...

    the ChiliPepper looks like another option, less expensive than the others. didn't have an option for additional hardwired switches.
    i just called them and the voicemail says that there's a new...
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    advice on hot water recirc pumps

    looking for advice on a hot water recirc system.
    i'm replumbing and can add a recirc line back to the tank rather than sending the un-hot water into the cold line.
    here's what i'm thinking:
    - run...
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    just scanned through the Brad White product...

    just scanned through the Brad White product pages. a big difference that wasn't really discussed here is that DV pulls in combustion air from outside. granted this requires a bigger or second hole....
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    venting reqts for gas HWH?

    can someone point me to a website or something that explains in relatively simple terms the reqts for venting a gas HWH? or does it vary somewhat from unit to unit?
    i'm just trying to figure out if...
  9. any chance the tube is leaking and cold water is...

    any chance the tube is leaking and cold water is being refreshed closer to the top of the tank?
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    below is part of what's required in Portland OR....

    below is part of what's required in Portland OR.


    In bathrooms with sloped ceilings, not
    more than 75 percent of the floor area is
    permitted to have a ceiling height less than 6'8", provided an...
  11. how do i glue plastic sheeting to enameled cast iron?

    for you John Bridge people, this question is also posted there.
    i've got plastic sheeting as a vapor barrier in my tub/shower, no cbu yet.
    my 1927 tub doesn't have a flange, so i was hoping to glue...
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    is my water heater dying?

    several times over the past few weeks the hot water has not been very hot (maybe 100 instead of 116). we don't use a ton of hot water.
    each time this has happened i've reset the circuit breaker and...
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    does this sizing sound right?

    i'm replacing the 1926 galvanized pipes and i'd like to feel confident about the pipe sizing i'm planning. my goal is to have adequate supply (of course) but not waste too much hot water waiting.
    -...
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    seems like the basic yes/no answer will have to...

    seems like the basic yes/no answer will have to come from my inspector.

    hj, could you please elaborate? did you mean 'vent pipe' rather than 'drain pipe'? or were you just commenting on how i...
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    shower vent can be 1.5"?

    the drain line for a shower is supposed to be 2", right? can it Tee to a 1.5" vent?

    my 1927 shower has 1.5" from the shower all the way to the 4" cast iron stack. i'm hoping that when i replace...
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    well, rugged, two jelly-filleds coming your way....

    well, rugged, two jelly-filleds coming your way. yellow or red?

    i had a plumber in today to scope out the project and he said that it was a trap primer. not sure why they didn't choose a closer...
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    location of bath ventilation fan

    i'm going to add a ventilation fan to my bathroom when i add a shower to the tub.
    the tub/shower is enclosed on 3 1/2 sides with walls that go all the way to the ceiling. the bathroom is about 6 x...
  18. replace old galvanized and cast iron that's fine now?

    i've got the ceiling open for a remodel in my downstairs bathroom. much of the supply and dvw for the upstairs bathroom is now exposed.
    should i replace whatever i can reach of the 1920's galvanized...
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    i just posted a similar question but i need to...

    i just posted a similar question but i need to make long cuts (the entire length of the wall). for my job i was thinking either circular saw (can mount an edge guide to the wall and control depth of...
  20. maybe this should be in the Remodel forum(?)

    maybe this should be in the Remodel forum(?)
  21. what's the best way to demo part of a lath-and-plaster wall?

    i'm going to be adding an in-wall shower to my tub that's in a walled enclosure. the walls are lath and plaster.

    i'd like to demo only as much of the wall as needed, leaving the top 1.5' or so...
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    hmm, not likely. there's only 1 floor drain in...

    hmm, not likely.
    there's only 1 floor drain in the basement, and it's probably 20 feet to the north. the basement floor drain is below the kitchen sink and in the laundry area so there's other water...
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    what's the extra pipe for in my toilet?

    the toilet is at least 50 years old. the tank and bowl are separate pieces, connected by a 1.5" pipe threaded at both ends.
    connected to the underside of this pipe is 1/4" tubing that runs down and...
  24. by "doesn't make sense" i didn't mean in the...

    by "doesn't make sense" i didn't mean in the technical sense. of course his proposed design is workable. i'm glad that you too can understand it. thanks for explaining for me what a check valve is.
    ...
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    is this an old faucet, like 1920's or 30's? my...

    is this an old faucet, like 1920's or 30's?
    my old set has a chrome ring that holds the escutcheon snug against the valve stem. it screws onto a threaded nipple that's screwed onto the valve stem....
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