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  1. F

    Question re wet venting on 100+ year old home

    Hi all. Does this setup look feasible? I have an old home so am stuck with the layout. Main question is whether the 3" wet vent pipe connection between shower and toilet branches should connect to horizontal branch at 90 degrees. I am leaning that way since it's a wet vent. I am trying to go to...
  2. H

    Newly Commissioned Radiant System Not Keeping Up

    Hello there. Have been lurking around these forums for a couple of years now and probably should have asked questions sooner when designing and planning my radiant system for my old house (1920s). After some years of renovation, I finally have almost all my loops up and ready to go. I hastily...
  3. B

    Basement grease trap to main drain blockage corrosion

    My home is from the early 1900's and I have a large main drain that is cast iron. The drains that run to that main one are the kitchen sink, the basement shower, upstairs shower, laundry and upstairs bathroom. The picture is of the grease trap drain that the kitchen sink runs to. Now I moved...
  4. Tomject

    Heat pump water heater not quite warm enough in winter

    We've got a 100+ year old house in Portland Oregon, it has a 50G hybrid heat pump water heater in the unfinished but warm basement. We have 2-4 people living here. During winter months we've found it often doesn't get warm enough water to the 2nd floor shower. In the summer, there are times...
  5. Zacharyd

    How Do I Pipe Drain Line For New Washing Machine Location?

    Hi TerryLove Forums Community, I'm tasked with piping a drain line for a relocated washing machine within our 3rd floor bathroom renovation. The house is from the 1880's so the floor joists are 2x6's (nominal). The desired location for the new washing machine is located within the 2nd third of...
  6. Rebecca Huss

    Reduced hot water flow in Moen single push/pull knob tub & shower

    Hello, Hoping someone can lend some advice. We just bought an older house - built in 1975. There is a single handle push/pull Moen tub/shower combo in the master bath. The sink (which is close to the plumbing for the shower, runs beautifully). When the knob is turned to the hot water side...
  7. HomeBuyer

    Plumbing 1950s house on slab

    I have entered a contract to purchase a house and I’m in the inspections stage. I want to be sure I’m not taking on a big project so I’m getting all kinds of inspections and reading a lot and have lots of questions. 1) I am assuming that it was plumbed with galvanized pipes for water and cast...
  8. LarryLeveen

    No Heat(er vents) in 2nd Floor of Older Home

    I just moved into an older (1918) 1,250 sq.ft., 1.5 story home in Tacoma, WA. Forced air gas furnace seems to work really well on the main floor (see pix of unit's "badge" at end of message), but there are no heater vents upstairs and we are curious about our options and what might be...
  9. rkporsley

    Repair/Replace old overflow plate in tub?

    This house was built in the 1950s, but the plate has been as pictured since I moved in, so I'm not sure when it was added. As far as I can tell, it's hard to find square overflow plates, so I assume it's old. I'm not sure how to remove this or find a cover. It's caulked and there just a bolt...
  10. GinaT

    Old house new septic - where do they connect? Can't find the blockage.

    Long time lurker first time poster! You all have helped me so much via solving other people's problems I'm hoping you can help with mine. I bought an 1887 farmhouse a couple of years ago in foreclosure. After the farm closed and the last family member went into the nursing home it had three...
  11. newrenovator

    Sink and unknown cleanout in 100 year old house

    Hi there, I recently bought an older home, and I am planning on having the basement floor repoured. Before I do, I want to make sure the plumbing buried in the old concrete is good to go. There is a slop sink in the basement that I would like to keep there. It drains into an old cast iron...
  12. Nancy Johnson

    Un-trapped Basement Drains!

    I'd love to add traps to existing basement floor drains. We have lived with a stinky basement for 35 years and I'm really tired of it. I'm thinking that the floor needs to be broken out around the drains and new trapped connections installed.Will this be a huge expensive deal in a 1915 house?
  13. DIY Sparky

    Sewer Gas smell in baesement

    I have had sewer gas leaking into my basement for a while now. I have narrowed it down to the laundry room where there is a 4" clay p trap in the concrete, drain on one side and a cleanout cover on the other. I think this is the culprit but not entirely sure. Also on the drain side is my...
  14. MollyJo

    Old Utility Sink Help!

    So I'm going to be honest. I'm a 21-year-old female with very little experience with plumbing. I did replace our house's faucet on a whim last year and found the process very easy. I have completely refinished our 100-year-old wood floors by myself and have also re-tiled a few floors without any...
  15. AliciaE

    Help! My bathtub faucet won't stay on!

    I live in a very old house and I have a landlord who likes to rig things up so when I moved into this house the bathtub faucet was already jerry-rigged he doesn't like to fix anything so I just prefer to try to fix things myself that I know they'll get done the right way however this is an issue...
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