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  1. The floor is now tiled, the plumber is coming...

    The floor is now tiled, the plumber is coming back tomorrow, I'm hoping that you're correct.

    Somewhat OT: During this whole addlition I've been biting my tongue as far as complaining about...
  2. General Contractor's plumber: Is this correct?

    I have a GC doing a small addition, bedroom and bath. His work is OK (just OK), but I'm just a bit worried about his plumber. I'm going to get the terminology wrong here, but I'll try.

    To the back...
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    OK, thank's much for your prompt and professional...

    OK, thank's much for your prompt and professional replies.
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    LOL again. In case you haven't figured it out,...

    LOL again. In case you haven't figured it out, I'm old! ;)

    May I ask you just a couple more questions, and I thank you for your patience.

    1. Just out of curiosity, is the knockout center piece...
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    LOL. Thanks for the quick reply. So you're...

    LOL. Thanks for the quick reply. So you're saying that it's just as good as what I'm used to seeing, the traditional brass flange? TIA.
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    Question about closet flange:

    A contractor is building a small addition on my house. His plumber has installed an Oatey Easy Tap Flange in the bathroom sub floor. It looks VERY flimsy to me!

    Are they standard? will it hold...
  7. Apologize in advance, common question: gas water heaters

    I realize that many retail stores are selling the same water heater with a different label (very confusing for consumers!)

    Anyway, is the GE 40 gal., tall, 36,000 BTU sold at Home Depot...
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    Still struggling to find shower leak:

    I removed the shower head and capped the shower pipe stem with a threaded cap.

    Turned on the water, left it for 15 minutes, no leak in the basement.

    Question: Can I now safely assume that the...
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    Jim- Full unfinished basement below, I can stand...

    Jim- Full unfinished basement below, I can stand right under the entire bathroom and see the subfloor.

    The chrome trap and the pipe leading up from it to the drain are both relatively new, must be...
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    Jim- The pan is concrete with some very small...

    Jim- The pan is concrete with some very small "flecks" (?) of mica-like material on the surface. Very attractive, solid and thick, well-crafted, appears almost like new and I have trouble believing...
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    I used a plastic test plug in the shower drain,...

    I used a plastic test plug in the shower drain, got a very tight fit. Filled the pan with water over the wall/floor seam. Almost immediately started leaking down the floor joists.

    Obviously I was...
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    Jim- Thanks for the reply. I understand and agree...

    Jim- Thanks for the reply. I understand and agree with your point about a properly-built shower, which is why I stressed the overall excellence of the workmanship and materials in my house (IMHO the...
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    Leak in 1958 shower enclosure:

    I have a custom built 1958 ranch with an unfinished basement, it's easy to work on the main floor plumbing. Everything in the house was built very solidly by great craftsmen; I've done plenty of...
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    Drier Vent Question:

    I feel a bit silly asking about this, but don't know where else to turn!

    We have a 1958 ranch house, bought it from the original owners who also designed it. Most things are fine except the...
  15. Got it, HJ, thanks. Managed to drill the 6...

    Got it, HJ, thanks.

    Managed to drill the 6 holes. About 10 minutes each, very slow, plenty of water spray, two Hitachi diamond bits. Wouldn't want to do that very often, but it's done!
  16. Jadnashua: Can you explain....

    I'm not sure what you mean when you say that "the screw really isn't holding much in tension, only shear". TIA.
  17. OK, guys, thanks. I guess I'll try to drill at...

    OK, guys, thanks. I guess I'll try to drill at least one hole; if it doesn't seem doable I'll switch to plan B.
  18. Terry & HJ- As usual, thanks for your prompt and...

    Terry & HJ- As usual, thanks for your prompt and informative replies. After taking exhaustive pains to get the thing in right, I just wanted to make sure that I didn't have a damaged valve. My wife...
  19. Installing Kohler sliding glass shower door:

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    I need to drill 6 holes, 3 in each side jamb, into new, very hard porcelain tile.

    Diamond bits are expensive,...
  20. Brand new Moen Posi-Temp Tub & Shower Valve, Model 2300:

    Turn on, works fine.

    Turn off, constant drip from tub spout.

    Help appreciated, thanks in advance.
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    Jim- Thanks much. It's that "one more time...

    Jim- Thanks much. It's that "one more time around" middle ground that's got me worried, I'm never quite sure where to stop! :o

    I'll give it a try, worse comes to worse I'll just back 'er out and...
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    Very Minor Question, Just Wondering: Any...

    Very Minor Question, Just Wondering:

    Any tips/tricks for screwing in a new chrome shower arm?

    I'm going to wrap the threads a few times with Teflon tape AND put some pipe dope on them.

    Is...
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    Yep, full unfinished basement below, very easy...

    Yep, full unfinished basement below, very easy access. It does go into a cast iron hub. I think that I'll try and take the whole thing out tomorrow. Thanks much!
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    Toilet installation repair:

    1958 house, a lot original, some remodeled.

    Existing toilet leaking around base. Removed.

    Found that the tiile was laid higher than brass flange, which is broken probably due to too much torque...
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    Couple more questions: 1. When I cut out the...

    Couple more questions:

    1. When I cut out the old cast iron tee from the long vertical run of galvanized drain pipe and replace it with a PVC tee and two no-hub couplings, is there some additional...
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