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  1. OK, sorry it wasn't clear. The black pipe in the...

    OK, sorry it wasn't clear. The black pipe in the left foreground is above ground and it is a drain from laundry that then dips below ground. This is a brick foundation, so no real footing, just...
  2. Underground pipe too close to foundation footing?

    Just saw that UPC wants no pipe within 45-deg of the foundation footing. In the attached photo you can perhaps see that I didn't know that when I laid these pipe. So, they are within that downward...
  3. What is consequence of bottoming out a fitting during dry fit for ABS?

    ABS pipe is not supposed to bottom out during dry fit in fittings. However, if you dry fit a few times (for example to work out a complex geometry) or wiggle the pipe in the fitting a bit it seems...
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    Nice drawings, in any case. What did you use to...

    Nice drawings, in any case. What did you use to make them?
  5. It's a 100 yr old house so "combination " sewer...

    It's a 100 yr old house so "combination " sewer is grandfathered in. Only had to pay a permit fee to alter it.

    Yes, astm 3034 is the green Sdr sched 35 sewer and drain pipe. Since my shallow run...
  6. When indoor plumbing goes outdoors.... to sewer. What pipe type??

    Seattle says to use either astm 1575 or astm 3034 pipe for side sewer lines. The heavy duty 1575 is for less than 18" from surface. (Confusing to me, I'd have thought heavy duty for more earth atop!)...
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    Call Fernco with exact dims, they have many sizes...

    Call Fernco with exact dims, they have many sizes they can make a one-off for you.
  8. Thanks HJ, I will check with the AHJ. Let me...

    Thanks HJ, I will check with the AHJ.

    Let me ask this instead: if the stack is going to be cast iron, would you recommend cast iron all the way out to the sewer (i.e. new slab penetration and...
  9. Building drain to sewer: ABS vs cast iron?

    What needs to be done to run ABS under newly poured concrete slab perimeter in terms of protection for the pipe? What about ABS penetrations through the slab? Do these need to be wrapped with a...
  10. Terry, I don't follow... how does 4" provide...

    Terry, I don't follow... how does 4" provide leeway? It would seem if the pipe is not positioned correctly the 3" inside flange is also not going to sit correctly??
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    Seattle area: cast iron tub repair

    We have a claw foot cast iron tub that has feet attached by bolt to the bottom. Each bolt has a wedge-shaped head that each sit in a pyramid-shaped channel. One of the pyramid channels is broken on...
  12. Was afraid someone would say that. Anyone have...

    Was afraid someone would say that. Anyone have experience with this particular valve or similar that says differently?
  13. Shower valve may be 1/8" too far back -- will we be OK?

    Not sure where our calcs went wrong but we've got an American Standard R540 valve installed--very difficult to move at this point!--and the tile guy says that the tile will end up about 1/8" proud of...
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    Need help quick on bathtub install

    Finally broke down and had a plumber come by to see if they could quickly install a cast iron tub and a steel tub for me. They wanted $3500 so I am back to DIY mode.

    One tub is cast iron and will...
  15. Well these are the sort of replies I was hoping...

    Well these are the sort of replies I was hoping for! Thanks everyone.... was afraid I was fooling myself into thinking there wasn't a problem when maybe there was.
  16. Cast iron no hub couplings show leakage... why?

    We just did our pressure test for the DWV system. It is a two-story house w/ basement and there is a lot of 4" cast iron. We filled up through the roof w/ water and it was holding for over 2 hours...
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    I understand the wet vent is to code; but also...

    I understand the wet vent is to code; but also that code specifies the minimum functional requirement, not necessarily the BEST. It seems wet venting would be inferior to normal venting... is it?...
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    Its (mostly) just you. :) Mine occasionally...

    Its (mostly) just you. :)

    Mine occasionally loosened but not often enough or regularly enough to be memorable as a problem. Are you using the graphite lubricant on the head? My 1/2" nose does...
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    OK. I don't have a die to cut threads into rigid...

    OK. I don't have a die to cut threads into rigid steel pipe so I will have to transition from the nipple to plastic somehow... what is the connection for doing that? Can I just get a female ABS...
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    Tailpiece extension downstream of wall tube?

    I have an old-old cast iron double-bowl laundry sink in the basement against an exterior wall. The bowls are about 25" apart. I am thinking I can get a Continuous Waste Kit (or make one) to connect...
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    Double basin laundry sink -- how many traps?

    We have a double-basin laundry sink and the drain is to the right of the whole thing. Do I need two traps or will one suffice--taking one sink basin to the next and then into the trap?
  22. Take careful measurements... CALL FERNCO they...

    Take careful measurements... CALL FERNCO they will be able to fabricate an exact match most likely... they have many moulds that they do not necessarily keep stock for and you may probably will not...
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    It's been over 4 days and I still do not see any...

    It's been over 4 days and I still do not see any sign of further leakage. I contacted Amer Std and they checked a unit at their location and said that this plug would not unscrew... it is factory...
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    Leaky factory plug in shower valve?

    We have an American Standard R540 valve, which comes with a brass plug installed for the tub outlet. Originally I tried to unscrew the plug with an adjustable wrench but when it would not budge and...
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    How to tell is water heater elements are ok

    Is there a way to visually inspect water heater elements to see if they need replacement? Our tank happens to be empty and hasn't been in use recently so before we refill it and hook it up thought...
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