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  1. Do you happen to know why they (the clamp-on...

    Do you happen to know why they (the clamp-on Sharkbite-rebranded-Oetiker rings) wouldn't be suitable for the polybutylene side of the connection?

    Here's the thing... I have two realistic options...
  2. ^^^ Right, but I'm not talking about CRIMPING....

    ^^^ Right, but I'm not talking about CRIMPING. I'm talking about using the OTHER tool/method sold by Home Depot, which consists of little ratcheting rings with a slightly different tool that appears...
  3. The fitting is definitely for joining PB to PEX.....

    The fitting is definitely for joining PB to PEX.. the package is hard to read, but you can sort of make out the "1/2" x 1/2" PB Polybutylene Adapter" printed on it in the last pic I posted (next to...
  4. Is there any specific advantage to traditional...

    Is there any specific advantage to traditional compression fittings vs push-on (when using copper), besides the fact that they're a buck or two cheaper than Sharkbite push-on friction fittings?

    I...
  5. Repiping PB to PEX from slab to fixture... details?

    Tomorrow, I'm planning to replace the polybutylene pipes for 3 fixtures. At the moment, the PB emerges from the slab parallel to a steel marker conduit (about 1/2" away), connects to another run of...
  6. Oh... one more quick question while I'm working...

    Oh... one more quick question while I'm working on the tank. I've seen wildly conflicting descriptions of just how tight the bolts holding the toilet down should be. Can I safely assume that the...
  7. OK, I'll try recentering and tightening it a bit....

    OK, I'll try recentering and tightening it a bit. I was just kind of freaked out by the visible gap, and assumed that the tank would fit hand-in-glove into the bowl instead of just perching on top of...
  8. Champion 4... wtf, mismatched bowl + tank?

    Back in 2009, I bought what I believed to be a Champion 4 elongated bowl and tank from Home Depot. The tank was in a sealed box. The bowl had a Champion 4 picture (with barcode) taped to it by an...
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    They're brass. One thing I noticed -- they...

    They're brass.

    One thing I noticed -- they have no washers. Is there some particular reason why? It seems like they'd be a LOT less likely to lean if there were a washer to help seal the...
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    Valve orientation + leakage problem

    I'm installing the new plumbing for the sink and toilet in my bathroom (the old pipes were PB and had to be replaced). Among other things, I bought dark brass-colored valves that connect to 1/2"...
  11. Hmmm. OK, the faucet extenders are definitely a...

    Hmmm. OK, the faucet extenders are definitely a step in the right direction... now I just need to find one that's not ugly, and I can claim was an intentional artistic design statement rather than a...
  12. Argh. Out of all the acrylic 42x72 tubs sold by...

    Argh. Out of all the acrylic 42x72 tubs sold by Lowe's, I had to find the one messed-up model that needs an exotic spout because the tub's front was set back too far from the wall by the...
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    Followup: At this point, both the water and...

    Followup: At this point, both the water and heater have been left 'on' continuously for ~36 hours. The noise hasn't stopped completely, but it's subsided a LOT. :-)
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    Well, phase one of the foam-filling is complete....

    Well, phase one of the foam-filling is complete. I began by injecting "large gap" Great Stuff foam into the ~1cm void that Laurel Mountain inexplicably left between most of the front support and the...
  15. > The only way to make that spout "longer" would...

    > The only way to make that spout "longer" would be to make the wall thicker.

    Or, presumably, replace it with a longer spout from Delta that's stainless-steel (a.k.a. fake brushed nickel)?
  16. Update II -- the shower/tub mixer, head, and...

    Update II -- the shower/tub mixer, head, and filler are all in place, and seem to be drip-free and watertight.

    The anticlimax: seeing 4 streams of water coming from the filler that didn't really...
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    If cost is literally no object, your best bet is...

    If cost is literally no object, your best bet is probably Corian. If you stick to a standard size and one of the cheaper color mixes (ie, off-white, almond vs "Black Galaxy" or one of the stonelike...
  18. The Hardiebacker and tile haven't gone up yet......

    The Hardiebacker and tile haven't gone up yet... For the next week or so, the tub enclosure will be in plastic-wrapped limbo so it'll be usable until I have time to start on the walls & tile.

    The...
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    I'm interested in this thread, too. I set my new...

    I'm interested in this thread, too. I set my new tub (acrylic, with built-in OSB bottom resting on two fiberglass shells) in mortar when I installed it last Sunday. It's "99%" solid, but there are a...
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    So... getting back to the original problem... the...

    So... getting back to the original problem... the sounds are likely to be normal? The thing is, the only time it ever happened BEFORE was a year and a half ago, when I first bought my house & moved...
  21. A picture is worth a thousand words, so here are...

    A picture is worth a thousand words, so here are two thousand of 'em...
  22. Arrrrrrrrrrgh... the tub spout is too short

    Well, chalk up one more unforseen "gotcha" I just discovered. I bought a shower+tub valve/spout/showerhead combo from Lowe's (Delta Lewiston 174902-SS) a few months ago. Tonight, while relocating it...
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    > Why are you shutting the water off so much? ...

    > Why are you shutting the water off so much?

    Right now, I have the hot and cold water lines in the bathroom capped with Sharkbite caps. At this point it's more out of habit, but it was...
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    Water heater now making strange noises

    For the past few weeks, I've been generally shutting off the house's water valve anytime I'm not actively using something that requires water (ok, that's excess paranoia), and absolutely shutting it...
  25. Update: it looks like the problem was that I...

    Update: it looks like the problem was that I didn't tighten the bands on the coupling enough. Today after work, I bought a 60lb-in torque driver from Lowe's (~$10) and reassembled everything the way...
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