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    I recently closed my computer business because it...

    I recently closed my computer business because it was interfering with my plumbing business. (For introductory purposes.)

    The first thing I would like to say about Norton Antivirus is that I think...
  2. Thread: Alpha antivirus

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    This is a common type of infection, though the...

    This is a common type of infection, though the faux "anti-spyware" name changes. It may or may not be something you can get rid of yourself. The aforementioned bleepingcomputer.com is one of the best...
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    I don't like center outlet wastes because they...

    I don't like center outlet wastes because they are too wobbly. I prefer the end outlet. That said, I don't see anything technically wrong with the setup. And if it doesn't wobble and come loose,...
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    If the water is overheating, the water heater is...

    If the water is overheating, the water heater is a bomb. If it is over 15 years old, the relief valve is also probably 15 years old and there is no reason to expect it to work.

    I don't care if you...
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    Some old pedestals, such as Crane, have internal...

    Some old pedestals, such as Crane, have internal parts that you are not likely to find and in that case the entire sink needs to go. Modern pedestals are usually all the same.
  6. Stop trying to waste precious water.

    Stop trying to waste precious water.
  7. Thread: pb piping info

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    I plumbed my own house in PB ~1992. I have never...

    I plumbed my own house in PB ~1992. I have never had a single problem with either pipe or fittings. We do not have chlorinated water here. I expect a great many years of service. I also have never...
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    You either have a worn valve or a worn toilet...

    You either have a worn valve or a worn toilet fill valve, in all likelihood.

    Check the toilets by turning off each one at the valve under the toilet, then see if the noise has stopped. Otherwise,...
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    It would help if you actually posted pictures...

    It would help if you actually posted pictures instead of .zip files.
  10. Thread: copper caper

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    The saddle bracket is probably copper coated...

    The saddle bracket is probably copper coated steel. Remove it, clean up the pipe, and replace it with a non-metallic strap.
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    Yes, I can. I used to install sprinkler...

    Yes, I can.

    I used to install sprinkler systems and for any practical purposes 14 gallons per minute is maximum because if you try to get more your pressure drops. Hook a hose and a sprinkler to...
  12. Thread: Plumbing Leak?

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    The soldering looks a bit amateurish. And that...

    The soldering looks a bit amateurish. And that twisted copper tube is a likely place for a leak. You can see that the water's been running down the pipe. I would never cover that back in without...
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    Eeww . . . good luck with a PVC extension. If...

    Eeww . . . good luck with a PVC extension.

    If you can get to the pipe below the floor, it should be cut and a new flange installed with a ring beneath it to bring it up to the proper height.
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    The most you can get out of a 3/4" meter is 14...

    The most you can get out of a 3/4" meter is 14 gpm. Of course, that's fine if your house is within fifty feet, but when you're talking ~400' you've got a whole new problem.

    1-1/2" PVC should be...
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    My code won't allow two traps on a trap arm. One...

    My code won't allow two traps on a trap arm. One fixture - one trap.

    High loop is allowed here.
  16. Thread: Free Estimates

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    I'm sorry the plumber was so rude to you, Cookie....

    I'm sorry the plumber was so rude to you, Cookie.

    When I used to plumb houses, commercial buildings, remodels, there was no fee to give a bid. But the prize was always in the thousands of dollars....
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    Pooh! What's cheaper, a few copper fittings, or a...

    Pooh! What's cheaper, a few copper fittings, or a flood? Toss 'em in the recycling bin and start over. There was a reason they leaked.
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    The dishwasher drain doesn't require an air gap...

    The dishwasher drain doesn't require an air gap here. It does, however, require a high loop and I fastened it to the bottom of the counter.

    The reason I got the service call is because hubby is...
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    Here's a beauty I found last week: ...

    Here's a beauty I found last week:

    http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z166/Herkv/HPIM0068.jpg
  20. Thread: Old water cistern

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    Maybe it's a fallout shelter.

    Maybe it's a fallout shelter.
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    Replacing the pipe coming out of the wall is a...

    Replacing the pipe coming out of the wall is a useless idea.

    When the pipes clog, they clog in the smallest point. That would be the ejector inside the tub valve. The valves have a special part in...
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    Kuhl! A new theme park! Wet Carpet World! ...

    Kuhl! A new theme park! Wet Carpet World!

    Beat the summer heat, bring your friends.
  23. Thread: Concrete Subfloor

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    Again and again I have tried to explain the...

    Again and again I have tried to explain the proper way to pan a tile shower. I have never found an owner or other tradesman who really cares. And of course they fail. This is for pros. Why spend a...
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    The vacuum breaker has no effect on whether water...

    The vacuum breaker has no effect on whether water comes out. It only lets air in.

    Since it's both faucets, it's surely a valve somewhere.
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    I should think gypcrete would look and act like...

    I should think gypcrete would look and act like concrete, though perhaps not quite as hard. Once dried out and cleaned out you should be able to use a floor leveler like Henry's, assuming there isn't...
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