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    I don't know, Dominic. I've seen Dana weigh in on...

    I don't know, Dominic. I've seen Dana weigh in on a number of issues on a number of occasions, always in a helpful manner. I can't say the same of you - you appear to have just joined. In my eyes, he...
  2. Where do you get the maximum for trap arm length?...

    Where do you get the maximum for trap arm length? IPC says 6' for 1 1/2" drains. (This is at the mandated 1/4" per foot minimum slope.)
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    Not sure what you mean by "getting water out of...

    Not sure what you mean by "getting water out of the attachment to the sink drain." Do you mean where the sink tailpiece goes into the trap? If so, there should be a little plastic compression ring...
  4. What I wound up doing is cut off the affected...

    What I wound up doing is cut off the affected cast iron section nice and square, and coated the inside of the coupling with plumber's grease before pushing the center stop nice and tight against the...
  5. I'd certainly like to believe so, but I was taken...

    I'd certainly like to believe so, but I was taken aback when the cast iron crumbled under my fingers. I guess I'll chalk it up to the handyman joint that was in place.

    Crevice corrosion is a real...
  6. Thanks, Jim; I'm already planning to do that. My...

    Thanks, Jim; I'm already planning to do that. My question had to do with sealing the rib of the coupling to the face of the cast iron pipe in order to prevent stagnant water pooling in the crack and...
  7. The biggest issue with those is likely to be...

    The biggest issue with those is likely to be whether there's anything running through the wall behind the toilet that would prevent its installation. The more things you move around, the more it'll...
  8. If you're in the middle of a large remodel and...

    If you're in the middle of a large remodel and modifying the plumbing is not out of scope, you might want to look at a wall-mounted toilet with a concealed tank such as a CWT418FG. They stick out...
  9. Preventing corrosion with no-hub couplings on cast iron

    Dismantled a botched PVC-to-cast iron joint that had a 3" PVC pipe inserted about 8" into a 4" cast iron pipe (not hub, but the pipe itself), and then a Fernco rubber boot over the whole...
  10. Thread: Main Vent Stack

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    Yes, tying together branch vents is A-OK. Just...

    Yes, tying together branch vents is A-OK. Just don't create any traps in your vent runs where water could collect without being able to drain into some drain somewhere.
  11. Thank you, Doug! It figures that Toto would put...

    Thank you, Doug! It figures that Toto would put this information in their owner's manual rather than in their installation manual. Thank you for pointing me in the right direction!

    And thank you,...
  12. Wall hung toilets - does anyone actually know how to plumb them?

    I get that these are sort of a specialty item, at least in the residential market. But come on. Even Toto technical support could not provide information about the plumbing requirements for the...
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    Thanks, CC! I am not a lawyer, but the language...

    Thanks, CC! I am not a lawyer, but the language still seems like it's left too open to interpretation to me. In other words, kind of sloppy. A strict reading would seem to me to suggest that a...
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    Interpreting IPC cleanout requirements

    The code states that a cleanout is required at the start of every horizontal branch and at 100' intervals thereafter. It also states that a cleanout is required at a 45 degree or greater change in...
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    I'm about to do the same, and I've got some...

    I'm about to do the same, and I've got some questions regarding the best way to configure the plumbing rough-in. The outlet bend could go vertically into the floor, where there would be a 90...
  16. Dihydrogen oxide is quite dangerous - as little...

    Dihydrogen oxide is quite dangerous - as little as a cup of it is enough to cause death in dozens of laboratory mice! :rolleyes:
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    Depending on the governing plumbing code, there...

    Depending on the governing plumbing code, there are restrictions on vents regarding maximal developed length for a given combination of fixtures and the largest drain size served. Beyond that, no...
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    No, that wouldn't have caused the expansion tank...

    No, that wouldn't have caused the expansion tank to go bad. Over-pressurizing your system while filling it could do that, as well as cause your relief valve to pop all by itself.

    Standard-port...
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    Post pictures of the piping surrounding the...

    Post pictures of the piping surrounding the boiler and the valve you replaced. Air issues would not cause the relief valve to drip. What pressure and temperature is the boiler gauge indicating while...
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    Yes, and I'll have to replace some drain plumbing...

    Yes, and I'll have to replace some drain plumbing due to inappropriate fittings having been used for plane transitions, too. My hope is that, for the most part, I will be able to actually reduce the...
  21. Your stack temperatures indicate that this boiler...

    Your stack temperatures indicate that this boiler is far from running in condensing mode. A condensing boiler will only condense with A) return water temperature of below 130F (lower is better), and...
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    The basic motivation here is that I'm remodeling...

    The basic motivation here is that I'm remodeling all three bathrooms because structurally, code-wise, functionally and aesthetically they are a disaster. The problems with the status quo are a litany...
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    Cacher_chick, I absolutely understand what...

    Cacher_chick,

    I absolutely understand what you're saying and that's why I'm not exactly asking for how to run the vents, but rather: IF there's adequate clearance to maintain code-mandated slopes,...
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    Thanks, Tom! Yes, that lav in Bath 2 is a bit...

    Thanks, Tom!

    Yes, that lav in Bath 2 is a bit of a stinker when it comes to access to the attic. Worse come to worse, I may put a SMALL soffit along the sink-shower wall to house the sink vent and...
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    Soooo... Now that I have posted the layout,...

    Soooo...

    Now that I have posted the layout, would it be OK to please get some of that advice? :-)

    As I mentioned, my intention is to vent each bathroom group separately and fix what else is...
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