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  1. Yeah, I've worked as a general contractor and...

    Yeah, I've worked as a general contractor and dealt with supply houses for just that reason. I'd expect issues related to improper installation just wouldn't be covered, whether done by me or a...
  2. Thanks for the offer, Mark. I'll think about...

    Thanks for the offer, Mark. I'll think about that. I also see Ferguson may sell these, but their online shop is completely broken, so I can't price. I'll call them, too. But the Rheem unit's still...
  3. Comparing the two heaters I linked above, the...

    Comparing the two heaters I linked above, the tank and connection heights are basically exactly the same, so I'm not sure what model(s) Mark had experience with. I think both companies also offer...
  4. Thanks, Mark. This is a house that's never had a...

    Thanks, Mark. This is a house that's never had a power vent, and the room has good height (plus an easy path between floor joists out to the rim joist). I'll look at the specs and also those of the...
  5. Everything I've read about tankless makes me...

    Everything I've read about tankless makes me think I should stay away, or at least be very suspect. I see people are fairly happy with some Rinnai models, and I've looked at Noritz in the past, but...
  6. By the way, I was sort of eyeing this model, at a...

    By the way, I was sort of eyeing this model, at a good price online (not free shipping, but overall a good deal):...
  7. Power vent or power direct vent recommendations

    Hello. Just bought a new, old house (1925) that has a crappy (or so I've read), but almost new US Craftmaster atmospheric-vented 50-gal tank. We're thinking of removing the furnace chimney for a...
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    No, poorplmbr, what you describe isn't what I'm...

    No, poorplmbr, what you describe isn't what I'm talking about.

    I don't think I'm overthinking anything - just wanted to know if others had problems with these traps leaking and what remedies they...
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    Thanks for all the replies. First of all, the...

    Thanks for all the replies.

    First of all, the wall stub out is PVC and that joint, with no sealant, is leak free. I'm also not surprised to hear that ABS or PVC L.A. traps don't have leakage...
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    L.A. Style P-Trap

    Greetings. Please excuse my sloppy terminology. I have a question for anyone out there who has experience with an L.A.-style p-trap, which has the usual slip joint for the sink drain, but a...
  11. Toto bowl

    Yes, I said "bowl." I didn't see anyone question that. The "crack," if it is a crack, is inside running down the back of the bowl. If Toto has a 5-year warranty, I'll just get them to authorize a...
  12. I guess I'll follow up on this

    Thanks for the replies. Sounds like I might be better off to err on the side of caution. I only need to determine whether I've got any warranty coverage on it. I'd hope Toto would back their products...
  13. Hairline (almost invisible) crack in Toto bowl

    Hello. I installed a Toto Drake in my house in fall of 2003, and it's been working just fine. However, I recently noticed, when I was cleaning it, that an extremely fine crack has appeared running...
  14. Thread: Bell joint

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    What's it worth?

    Can't say whether I would've been better off hiring a plumber. I bought an old house with the intention of doing all kinds of work myself, as a way of learning. Really pretty stupid, but I have...
  15. Thread: Bell joint

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    Quicker and Safer

    I'm going to go with Master Plumber Mark over srdenny at this point. Of course, I already have everything back together, including the stack. I'll be checking for leaks very shortly. But after...
  16. Thread: Bell joint

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    Thanks, Master Plumber Mark

    Well, I've got the joint setting now with an iron 45, packed with layers of oakum and plastic lead. I'm not too sure about the plastic lead, but I'll let it set and see how it feels. If it still...
  17. Thread: Bell joint

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    No Luck

    Well, just a couple of minutes into trying your tip, srdenny, and I can tell it's working no better. I think my 105-yr-old wye bell must just be too much off today's 4" standards. I can't even start...
  18. Thread: Bell joint

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    Crisco Tip

    Thanks, srdenny.

    I'll look into this, since I have the straight 4" already around. The only problem with this solution, again, is that I have to meet up with my old stack near my second floor (2...
  19. Thread: Bell joint

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    Followup to Bell Joint Question For Master Plumber Mark

    Thanks, Mark.

    A couple of questions.

    1st I'm not sure what you mean about 2" galvanized pipe. I'm talking about all 4".

    More importantly, with whatever solution I use other than the donut...
  20. Thread: Bell joint

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    Iron Bell to PVC Street 45 Problems - Help Anyone?

    Hello. I've seen plenty of threads on this forum about fitting PVC into iron bell hubs using either Fernco or other "donut" gaskets. Well, I went down to the bell (nominal 4") on my 100-year-old wye...
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