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  • Tips on installing a new faucet

    Check exactly what connectors and valves you need before settling in under the sink and starting to cut pipes.Purchase a "speedway wrench? -- they don't cost much and make working under sinks much less of a headache. These are special long right angle wrenches that get to that collar nut way u...
  • The evolution of "speedways".

    In the old days steel pipe ran right up and attached directly to the bottom of faucets. With the advent of copper piping, this too ran up and was hard connected to the bottom of the faucets. Both of these were serious plumbing installations that had to fit just right. Then someone invented a f...
  • A new faucet still drips.

    When you replace a dripping faucet and the newly installed one still drips, the cause is usually a piece of something that got into the pipe during the installation. You need to flush out the pipe.Turn off the water and remove the valve stem that is leaking. Take a bucket and hold it upside d...
  • Tips on replacing faucet washers

    Changing a faucet is a simple task that you actually should do once a year, to avoid having it ever drip. The general concept is easy enough, but here are some useful working tips:Put a plug or strainer in the drain first, to catch screws and other little parts. This avoids having to extend ...
  • How to get the stuck handles off of the faucets

    Brian in Calgary just can't get the handles off of his faucets in the shower. He has tried to pull them off until his hands are raw. When he tried to pry them, he discovered that the plumbing in the wall is not stable and the pipes move forward. He tried WD-40 and CLR to get the handles to...
  • How to get the faucet handle off the stem

    George sent in his tip of using a pulley or bearing puller to get faucet handles off of the stem without having to bang them all up. He takes out the retaining screw and puts in a headless screw to give him something for the puller to push against. Then the puller just grabs the handle and you ...
  • How do you stop shower scalding?

    It may surprise you, but more accidents happen in the shower when the shower suddenly goes cold, than when it suddenly goes hot. It seems that we just jump higher. But neither shock is agreeable, or safe. That's why all new plumbing installations require something called a "Pressure Balancing va...
  • Adjusting the Posi-Temp temperature control shower valves.

    Dan from Toronto, Ontario writes: "I saw your show about installing the Moen Positemp shower system. We had two installed, one upstairs and one in our basement shower. Both work fine for controlling the "shock" factor, but we can't seem to get enough hot water out of the upstairs one. Is there a ...
  • Getting hot water to a remote sink -- fast

    Here is one that I answered one year , and found a better answer a year later.   GETTING THE HEATER CLOSER TO THE FAUCET In 2003 a viewer asked me about how to get hot water to that back bedroom because they have to run the water for two or three minutes before the hot water arrives from the ...
  • Cleaning Shower Heads and Faucet Screens

          The easiest way to clear mineral deposits out of faucet screens or shower heads is to soak them in either vinegar or CLR, they both work, the CLR is just faster.             Either soak them in a bowl, or if you don't want to take them off, then hang a bag of vinegar over the ...