Plumbing Supplies & Skills

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16 Common DIY Plumbing Mistakes

Keep water flowing when needed and stopped when not.

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Hard Water vs. Soft Water

They're both safe, but they affect plumbing differently.

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How to Get Certified as a Plumber

It's one of the rare futureproof professions.

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Getting Your Pipe Fittings Right

Learn the literal ins and outs.

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How to Connect a Shut off Valve to a PVC Pipe

A PVC pipe attaches to other plumbing materials.

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How to Attach White PVC to Black PVC

Black ABS plastic pipe is often referred to as black PVC.

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How to Tackle Dorm Room Plumbing Nightmares

In a shared dorm, plumbing can quickly become an issue.

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The Pipe Primer

If you are a do-it-yourself-er, you may be confused by the varieties of pipe available on the market.

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How to Use a Reducing Tee

They're often used with ice makers or similar machines.

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How to Prevent Plumbing Emergencies

You can’t always avert a plumbing disaster, but you can learn a whole lot of ways to avoid it.

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Quick Plumbing Fixes to Do Before the Pros Arrive

There are a few things you can do to make plumbing problems less of a nightmare.

The Top 3 Plumbing Issues Best Left to the Pros

DIY plumbing projects have great potential for disastrous consequences.

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Plumbing Tips and Tricks

Get started with some basic piping knowledge.

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How to Install a PEX Temperature Gauge

Get the system up to temp.

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What to Consider when Buying a Hand Auger

Hand augers vary in construction, size, and strength.

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How to Install a Ball Valve

If you need to replace a ball valve because it is defective, here is how to do it.

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Troubleshooting a PVC Butterfly Valve

A PVC butterfly valve is also known as quarter turn.

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How to Make a Flare Fitting

A flare fitting joins copper piping to a threaded fitting.

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How to Repair a Leaking PVC Irrigation Pipe

Leaking pipes can lead to big issues.

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6 Types of PVC Fittings and Valves

PVC valves are important in piping systems.

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How to Connect Galvanized Steel Pipe to a Copper Pipe Fitting

When the need arises, make sure to use the proper supplies.

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How to Connect Copper Pipe to PVC

A connection between some copper pipes and PVC pipes requires a special connector.

PVC pipes
How to Bend PVC Pipes

You need to know how to bend the pipe.

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Copper Pipe Fitting Methods Explained

You have a few kinds of options.

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Working with Polyethylene Piping: Tips and Basics

This plastic variant dates back to the 1930s.

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Drain Auger vs Hand Auger

Drain augers clear clogs, hand augers help with digging.

Copper pipes in a row.
How to Use Pipe Joint Compound

Pipe joint compound goes by a couple of different names.

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How to Bend PVC Pipe

A project may require you to bend PVC pipe. By doing this at home, you can save on lots of money.

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Hard Water Warning Signs: What To Look For

Hard water contains high levels of calcium and magnesium.

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How to Determine Pipe Thread Size for Plumbing Fitting

Pipe thread size isn’t necessarily about physical dimension.

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2 Reasons to Install a Plumbing Access Panel

The main aim of a plumbing access panel is to make plumbing repair jobs easier.

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5 Kitchen Sink Plumbing Repair Tips

When it comes to simple kitchen plumbing repair, you don't have to be an expert plumber.

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Measuring the Wall Thickness of a Pipe

There are ways to measure wall thickness of pipe.

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How to Replace ABS Plumbing Fittings

ABS is very different from the abs at the gym.

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What the Heck is Pex Piping?

You may have heard of PEX piping and wondered if it is something you should care about.

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Plumber's Putty

Plumber's putty is readily available at hardware stores and home improvement centers.

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How to Repair a Diaphragm Pump

The diaphragm pump is often considered to be very unreliable.

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Removing a Single-Lever Faucet

A single lever faucet is probably the most common faucet design in homes today.

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Cleaning a Drain Vent

Your drain vent is the channel through which sewage and gray waters are discharged from your house.

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How to Replace Gate Valves

Gate valves have been used for fluid control for over 150 years.

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7 Advantages of Using a Flexible Pipe Coupling

Flexible pipe coupling can be helpful for all kinds of jobs around the property, including plumbing,