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  1. What's the best washer shut-off value to buy?

    I've got slightly leaking hot and cold washing machine shut-off values that I want to replace. It's just a tiny leak where the valve stem goes into the packing nut. I guess I could just replace the...
  2. How do you remove the cover on a PVC toilet flange?

    How do you remove the temporary cover on a PVC toilet flange? Mine has a tab on top, but when I try to twist it off, it won't budge. Thanks.
  3. I see a lot of posts on here about AAV's failing, but how many times have you actuall

    I see a lot of posts on here about AAV's failing, but how many times have you actually experienced one failing?

    What percentage of the time (installations) have you seen them fail or have direct...
  4. I put the Hardibacker on the floor as added...

    I put the Hardibacker on the floor as added support for the subfloor. I'm going to put the pre-slope, etc. on top of the Hardibacker.

    So my question is whether the drain needs to be attached to...
  5. Question about Oakey shower drain for tile shower pan

    I'm doing an all tile shower (self remodel) and using the basic Oakey shower drain that screws down to tighten agains the tile when done.

    My question is with regard to where the bottom flange of...
  6. Which is better for shower surround? Durock or Hardibacker?

    This will be a fully tiled floor to ceiling shower surround, floor, and curb. I know that the pan area has to be propertly waterproofed, etc. But for the walls above the pan, do you prefer Durock...
  7. Can you give me a BALLPARK cost estimate please?

    I know there are tons of variables with any job, but I'm just looking for a ballpark cost estimate for a licensed plumber to do this, and I know the actual cost can be outside of whatever range of...
  8. Gary, Thanks for the good advice. You are...

    Gary,

    Thanks for the good advice. You are right. In the long run, some decisions to save a little money can cost you more.

    I had planned to use metal straps to make sure the cast iron did...
  9. Thanks for your reply. The reason I need to...

    Thanks for your reply. The reason I need to replace it is that at one of the fittings, the cast iron has dropped some, so that the next section of cast iron pipe is actually going a little uphill...
  10. What is best/safest way to cut cast iron drain pipe (or "undo" the fittings)?

    I'm a total novice here so this may be a stupid question.

    I need to remove about a 20 foot section of 2" cast iron drain pipe to replace it with PVC. What is the best way to cut cast iron? My...
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    Thanks for your response. The word "bypass"...

    Thanks for your response. The word "bypass" might not be accurate, but it is what came to my mind first. Picture the original drain pipe: It is capped where it comes out of the wall under the...
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    Can I tie new drain to old vent system?

    Hopefully I can explain this sufficiently because I cannot take picture of this.

    We are remodelling a kitchen. New cabinets are now in place before I realized what a Studor vent was. The...
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