Found 52 results for the keyword ‘Pipes’

  • How do you solder copper pipes?

    There are three key steps to making leak proof copper pipe joints.Clean off both the inside of the elbow and the outside of the pipe with steel wool or a special cleaner tool.Apply a soldering flux to both cleaned surfaces. The cleaning gets rid of contaminates and oxidation on the metal that co...
  • How to replace pipes without tearing out the wall.

    Chuck writes: "I replaced some old iron pipes a while ago, but I didn't replace the pipes going from the basement up to the second floor bathroom because the pipes are embedded in the wall."If those vertical pipes are strapped into place, you will have to open the wall, at least part of it to rel...
  • Getting hot water a long ways from the hot water tank.

    A viewer from Nanaimo, BC has a bedroom ensuite far away from the hot water tank and wants to know how to cut down the long delay between turning on the hot water and getting hot water at the tap.Even if you could open the walls and add insulation to the pipe, it would not help the problem. Insu...
  • What temperature should a house be when you are gone for the winter?

    Jim from London, Ontario is wondering what temperature he should leave his thermostat while he migrates south for the winter. The short answer is 55 degrees F, or about 12 degrees C.That should keep the pipes from freezing, keep the humidity under control, keep the furniture from going through t...
  • Pipe Bending

    Bending a ridged pipe without having it kink and block the inside diameter requires the right tool for each type of pipe. The photo shows an electrical conduit bender.Ridged copper speedways for sinks should be bent using what looks like a large spring. This prevents kinking.When it comes to la...
  • Frozen Plumbing in a Cottage Crawl Space

    When pipes go from a cottage down through the crawl space and into the ground, they risk freezing. Simply wrapping them in insulation will not protect them, especially if the wind manages to blow though the fiberglass.Dig down about a foot where the pipes go into the ground. Remove the insulati...
  • Dielectrical Couplings for plumbing -- Galvanized to Copper connections

    If you connect copper plumbing pipes directly to galvanized plumbing pipes, or even let a copper pipe touch a galvanized heating duct, you will get an electrolytic reaction between these two metals. The reaction is accelerated if the pipe is hot, so this is worse with hot water lines than cold o...
  • WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT PIPES IN UNHEATED CRAWL SPACES THAT FREEZE DESPITE INSULATION?

    Insulating pipes that run through cold areas is necessary to keep them from freezing; even then you have to run the water occasionally or add some heat. You could leave the tap running a little during the very cold spells; that's how Grandpa kept them from freezing. You can also get thermostat ...
  • 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...
  • How to bend electrical conduit without it collapsing.

    Bending electrical conduit can be a difficult job if you don't have a professional conduit bender. The problem is that it tends to just collapse. Heating it will certainly help, but it still flattens out or kinks.Alfonz from Vernon B.C. has a real nifty technique. He fills the conduit with san...