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How to Recognize Different Types of Pipes

To tackle a do-it-yourself plumbing project, you need to know how to recognize different types of pipes. Recognizing the different types of pipes within your house is vital to knowing the right repair [more…]

How to Sweat Copper Pipe

Sweating a copper water line is relatively easy. Knowing how to sweat copper pipe allows a do-it-yourselfer to install pipe yourself. A properly sweated joint will last for years [more…]

Finding the Main Water Shutoff Valve

After the water passes through the three city-installed valves, it comes to what is known as the main shutoff valve in your home. This is the valve that you need to be able to locate in an emergency. Find [more…]

How to Maintain Pipes and Ducts to Save Energy

Putting insulation around all accessible water pipes saves energy, prevents freezing during most moderate to medium chills, and reduces condensation when pipes flow through attics and crawlspaces. It’s [more…]

How to Prevent Rust in Your Water Heater

Most water-heater tanks are made of glass-lined steel. If water gets through imperfections in the glass, then you can count on rust and eventually a leak. But because the tank has no inspection ports, [more…]

How to Unclog a Sink's P-Trap

The P-trap is that curved pipe that you see beneath any sink in your home. Unfortunately, the trap’s water-trapping ability extends to hair, grease, debris, and soap scum. This makes a P-trap the number-one [more…]

How to Quiet Noisy Water Pipes

A water hammer, loose mounting straps, or high water pressure can cause water pipes to clang and clatter. Never fear, here are tips for quieting your water pipes, no matter what is causing all that noise [more…]

How to Replace Damaged Copper Pipe

Although it isn’t difficult to remove and replace a piece of copper pipe, you do need some supplies that not everyone has lying around, such as a copper-pipe tubing cutter, flux and a flux brush, solder [more…]

How to Replace a Section of Threaded Pipe

Galvanized pipe is notorious for rust, corrosion, and leaks. When this happens, the most prudent solution for a permanent repair is to remove the damaged section and replace it with a new section of threaded [more…]

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