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    I've even had leaks with RectorSeal. How tight is...

    I've even had leaks with RectorSeal. How tight is tight enough? I used the big 17" Channelocks, and I'm a pretty strong guy. Much more, and I'd probably split the fitting. Reminds me of a Mitsubishi...
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    Threaded pipe leaks

    I just pressurized the supply in my new house. All the PEX is tight and dry, but the threaded connections are leaking, as usual. For each fixture, I used a drop-ear elbow with a threaded pipe nipple...
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    I have a rotary hammer and bit. Not fun, but it...

    I have a rotary hammer and bit. Not fun, but it does go through the wall pretty quickly. I'll make two holes, and run a gravity drain from the pan, and pipe a drain from the T&P. I'm thinking I'll...
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    So I would have to have TWO outside drain lines?...

    So I would have to have TWO outside drain lines? I have to go through 8" of concrete. I'm trying to figure out if there's a way to accommodate both the T&P and the drain pan with a single penetration...
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    A floor drain is not a practical option. The WH...

    A floor drain is not a practical option. The WH is about 16' from the outside wall. This is a walk-out basement, so the wall the WH is on is several feet under ground, but the back wall is at grade....
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    Proper water heater installation?

    I'm working the rest of my way through my plumbing (new house), and I'm hooking up an electric water heater. My question concerns the T&P valve outlet and drain pan. The WH is in an unfinished (for...
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    That's the kind of installation I'm trying to...

    That's the kind of installation I'm trying to avoid! This is a new house (mine) so I want it right. I guess I'll go with the drop ear elbows, which have mounting tabs to attach to the framing, and go...
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    PEX stop valves?

    I'm running my PEX, and need (or want) shut-off valves at many locations, such as sinks and toilets. I have used a drop-ear elbow, plus a piece of pipe, plus a chrome stop valve. I see that they sell...
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    Testing complete DWV system?

    The DWV system is in and complete, and I'm assuming the inspector will want to see a pressure test. When I had the underground work done, the plumber put about 20 psi(!) in the system and left it for...
  10. Around here, Lowes has a My Lowes card or...

    Around here, Lowes has a My Lowes card or something like that. It records all of your purchases so you don't have to worry about a receipt. I don't buy much at the big box stores, though. As an...
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    My first experience with PEX was not good. I...

    My first experience with PEX was not good. I plumbed a small bathroom in my barn, checked the crimps with the gauge that came with the crimper and- it leaked! Several places, in fact. I'm a very...
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    Will a seldom used trap dry up?

    In our new house, I am building a basement bathroom which will only see light use. I'm putting in a bath tub because I feel there should be one in the house. The master bath only has a shower. The...
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    That's why I wanted one; it seemed like a good...

    That's why I wanted one; it seemed like a good fit in an insulated basement. The only ones I've found so far with good reliability are like $3000. That's a little out of my budget. A/C and heat will...
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    Natural Gas is not available here. It's a little...

    Natural Gas is not available here. It's a little frustrating that I'm building an ICF home with R-25 walls, R-49 ceiling, ductless A/C, good windows, and LED lighting, but I still have to heat water...
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    Reliable heat pump water heater?

    Does anyone know of a reliable heat pump water heater?

    These things sound like a dream come true- use the ambient heat to make hot water. Payback is as little as 2-3 years. Our basement would be...
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    Our building department is grossly understaffed,...

    Our building department is grossly understaffed, so they have combined rough framing, rough electric, and rough plumbing into one inspection. I have to have ALL of that ready at the same time. It's...
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    IC rated 6" cans are currently $5.50 at the big...

    IC rated 6" cans are currently $5.50 at the big box stores- that's pretty cheap.
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    Thanks, Terry! The ground work has been tested...

    Thanks, Terry! The ground work has been tested (air) already. How do you fill the DWV with water? My roof is rather slick metal; I'd have to pay someone else to go up there if I was going to fill it...
  19. That's a nice looking toilet. I'll have to see if...

    That's a nice looking toilet. I'll have to see if I can get one here in SC. My wife LOVES the concealed trap toilets for ease of cleaning, but we are building a Craftsman house with lots of antique...
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    What is considered plumbing rough-in?

    Sorry to ask so many questions, but I really appreciate the help! My next inspection is plumbing rough-in, and I was wondering if there is a generally accepted definition. When I did my barn, they...
  21. The only back-to-back at Home Depot looked like,...

    The only back-to-back at Home Depot looked like, and was called, a double sanitary T. The shape was identical to a single; I even held one up to it to compare. I might have to go to a plumbing supply...
  22. Thanks so much for your help! I'm building my...

    Thanks so much for your help!

    I'm building my own house for 3 main reasons:
    1) It's a life-long dream
    2) I can't afford to have someone else build even a stick-built code-minimum house, never...
  23. It's not a washer; it's a laundry tub (utility...

    It's not a washer; it's a laundry tub (utility sink). The washer is on the main floor, on it's own 2" branch. I'm not trying to save any money; I want to learn the best way to do it. That's why I'm...
  24. Figures- the underslab plumbing was done by a...

    Figures- the underslab plumbing was done by a licensed plumber, and passed inspection. I doubt the tub will ever get used much, at least while we live here. I'm not cutting up the floor unless a...
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    I know that. I measure the actual distance...

    I know that. I measure the actual distance between fittings and add the socket depth(s). The dry fit is 'too long' as shown. The branches are intentionally left long for final fit. Since none of the...
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