Plumbing Supplies & Skills

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Hard Water Warning Signs: What To Look For

Hard water contains high levels of calcium and magnesium.

Cast Iron Vs Copper Pipes For Plumbing

Iron is more durable, but copper resists corrosion longer.

7 Causes Of Water Pressure Loss

Low water pressure is inconvenient, but many of the causes can be corrected with a simple fix.

Time-Saving Tools for Plumbing

Plumbing issues are hard enough to tackle on your own, but they are even tougher when you do not have the right tools for the job.

5 Tips for Replacing Plumbing Fixtures

From energy efficiency to size and compatibility, make sure you consider every angle before heading to the store.

Removing Plastic Plumbing Fittings

They're easy to replace.

Attaching a Coupler to Galvanized Steel Pipes

Galvanized steel pipes are not very efficient.

Bending PEX Tubing

PEX tubing is a flexible piping product.

What to Consider when Buying a Hand Auger

Hand augers vary in construction, size, and strength.

Household Items Useful In a Plumbing Pinch

These makeshift tools can tackle common issues.

How to Tackle Dorm Room Plumbing Nightmares

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

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.

How to Adjust a Water Pressure Regulator

It needs to be set correctly to deliver the proper flow.

How to Apply Copper Pipe Repair Epoxy

Copper pipe repair is fairly easy if you use the right epoxy.

How to Solder a Ball Valve

A ball valve is used in plumbing.

How to Separate Bonded PVC Pipes

PVC pipes are nearly impossible to break apart.

How to Make a Flare Fitting

A flare fitting joins copper piping to a threaded fitting.

How to Bend PVC Pipes

You need to know how to bend the pipe.

Can PVC Cleaner Replace Primer?

PVC cleaner is used to remove grease.

Taking Apart Soldered Copper Joints

How to take apart soldered copper joints.

Working with Chrome Brass Pipe

Use the proper tools and processes for best results.

How to Connect Galvanized Steel Pipe to a Copper Pipe Fitting

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

How to Replace a Stop Valve

They're used to control the flow of liquid in a system.

Vent Pipe

If you don’t have a vent pipe already installed in your house you may want to add one to reduce

Type "L" Copper Tubing

Read up on type L copper tubing. Of the four types, it's the most versatile.

5 Benefits of Brass Plumbing Fittings

They're popular for their strength and flexibility.

Steam Piping

Many older home have left over steam piping that is no longer used. Sometimes the steam piping is still

Soil Stack

The soil stack is the part of the toilet plumbing that runs vertically, usually behind a wall. Whenever

Schedule 40 Pipe

Schedule ratings are used to rate how thick and strong a pipe is. Schedule 40 pipe is considered the

Plumber's Putty

Plumber’s putty is readily available at hardware stores and home improvement centers, or wherever

Deburr Pipe for Connection

1. For a clean connection between metal pipes, you'll need to smooth the ends and remove burrs.

Compression Fitting

A compression fitting is a part of piping that helps connect two pieces together without allowing any

Basic Types of Piping and Tubing

Learn all about different types of pipes and tubing.

Are You Using the Right Wrench for Your Plumbing Project?

Learn about different types of wrenches.

A Primer on Plastic Pipe

In the old days plumbers had to work with messy (and heavy) cast iron pipes to run water and and drain

ABS Pipe

ABS stands for Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene. Plumbing is one essential work which has to be done in

How to Remove Copper Pipe Compression Fittings

Pipe compression fittings are used in a variety of plumbing situations. They are necessary for jobs where

Installing Culvert Pipe in Your Driveway

Culvert pipes can divert rainwater.

How to Identify Copper Gas Pipe Leaks

There are three spots where gas leaks are usually found in copper gas pipe: gas valves, unions and flare

Common Causes of a Pinhole Leak in Copper Pipe

There are two conditions that can cause a pinhole leak in copper pipe: mixed metals in the plumbing and

How to Cut Foam Pipe Insulation for a Tee Joint

Covering pipes with foam pipe insulation can help prevent hot-water pipes from losing heat and may help

Working with Polyethylene Piping: Tips and Basics

Polyethylene piping is made out of a special type of plastic that was first developed in the United States

How to Repair a Small Leak with Epoxy Putty

Epoxy putty can be used to fix leaks anywhere in a plumbing line.

How to Cut Underground PVC Pipe to Check for Sewage Problems

PVC is a very common material for sewage pipes.

How To Bend Stainless Tubing

A few techniques can help manipulate this tough material.