Plumbing Supplies & Skills

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Troubleshooting Common Water Meter Problems

Problems with water meter readings and function can stem from a variety of sources.

Steel vs. Copper Plumbing Pipe Fittings: Pros and Cons

When it comes to evaluating the pros and cons of steel vs. copper pipes, it's important to consider the environment of the area.

How to Apply a PVC Cap to a Pipe

PVC piping is easy to work with, but follow the proper steps when putting the cap on a pipe so avoid any risk of leaks.

How to Cut Galvanized Steel Pipe

Galvanized steel pipe is still the material of choice for water lines.

4 Different Uses for Plumber's Putty

Plumber’s putty is a substance used to make watertight seals.

How to Install Black Iron Pipe

Repairing a natural gas line? Know the tricks for cutting, threading, and installing black iron piping for DIY repairs.

What Is the Maximum Safe PEX Tube Temperature?

PEX tube material is durable under extreme temperatures.

How to Attach Hose Fittings to an Air Hose

Hose fittings can be attached using a quick disconnect coupler or fitting.

How to Repair a Gate Valve that Leaks

A leaky water valve is inefficient and costly. Repair your gate valve in a few steps.

Installing Culvert Pipe in Your Driveway

Culvert pipes can divert rainwater.

4 Common Backflow Preventer Problems

A backflow preventer is a valve which will protect your drinking water from chemicals.

How to Replace an Old Water Pressure Regulator

If you're having problems with noisy or low pressure faucets, your water pressure regulator might be to blame.

How to Apply Teflon Tape Correctly

Teflon tape is used to help eliminate leaks in copper or PVC pipes.

How to Clean Corrosion Off of Copper Pipe Joints

With a few ingredients you can have those copper pipe joints looking new again.

How to Install PEX

You can simplify your plumbing installations with this flexible, plastic tubing.

Troubleshooting: Sounds Like Water but Nothing Is On

It is never a good feeling when you hear water flowing through your pipes.

Plumbing: What to DIY and What to Leave to Professionals

Know how to handle your plumbing problems the right way and you’ll save money.

3 Types of Water Meters Explained

Water meters can measure small volumes of water at low flow rates to a high degree of accuracy.

7 Ways to Insulate Pipes

Insulating exposed pipes is an important step in getting your home prepared for the winter.

3 Ways to Keep Water Pipes Clean

Keeping your water pipes clean is an essential part of overall home maintenance.

Benefits of a Water Softener

What is hard water?

6 Tips for Using Plumber's Tape for Repairs

The non-adhesive tape works wonders when threading two plumbing components.

How to Use a Plumbing Snake

A plumbing snake is typically used as a last resort to unplug household drains.

What to Know When Working With a Professional Plumber

Don’t hire a professional plumber until you know these essential tips.

How to Install Pipe Straps

Noisy pipes are a common problem found in older homes. The likely culprit is vibrating pipes that are not properly secured.

5 Signs It's Time to Replace Old Plumbing

You may need to upgrade your plumbing if you notice these red flags.

Updating Old Plumbing: What to Know Before You Start

From warning signs of damage to replacement material options, get the details on plumbing updates.

What the Heck is Pex Piping?

If you're a do-it-yourselfer, you may have heard of PEX piping and wondered if it is something you should care about.

Everything to Know About PVC Pipe

Never worked with PVC before? Here are a few things you should know.

How to Install Plumbing for an Outdoor Kitchen

Installing plumbing for your outdoor sink may be easier than you think.

PEX Tubing Installation: Do's and Don'ts

Installing PEX tubing is easy with these tips.

Installing a Perforated Drainage Pipe

Save your foundation by diverting water with a perforated drainage pipe.

Installing Water Supply Lines

Rather than call a plumber, install your own water supply lines.

Deburr Pipe for Connection

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

How to Cut and Join Copper Pipe

Copper pipe is a material you'll run into without fail in your home, so you'll need to know the basics of cutting and joining.

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.

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 Basics of Working with Copper Pipe

Copper piping is standard in all modern homes, so get to know the basics before you go any further with related DIY projects.

How to Repair or Replace a Leaky Hose Bib

Save yourself water, money, and a headache by learning what you can do to fix a leaky hose bib.