Found 52 results for the keyword ‘Pipes’

  • A bathroom sink on an exterior wall

    Chris in Mississauga wants to put a pedestal sink on an outside wall but is worried about the pipes freezing.You are right to worry, Chris. When we put sinks on the outside walls, we need to run the plumbing pipes on the warm side of all that insulation, which means inside the sink cabinet. A p...
  • Forming an epoxy pipe, inside an existing sewer pipe.

    Some plumbers just keep on plumbing, and some, like Phil Groves Sewer Services from Burlington, Ontario keep looking for new ways to do old things. So Phil has a sewer camera that lets you see what is blocking your sewer line. He has a scanning device that allows him to walk across the front la...
  • Replace the sewer line with a new pipe or an Epoxy liner?

    Broken sewage lines can cause a back-up into the house, but also cause underground pollution outside the house. They do need to be fixed as soon as it is identified that there is a problem. When the line is destroyed by crushing, or shifting ground, or a tree root that has crushed it through ex...
  • MYTH: INSULATING HOT WATER LINES IN HEATED BASEMENTS WILL SAVE MONEY.

    Insulating hot water lines that run through a heated basement or crawl space sounds logical, but in fact it will same you little or no money. The infrequency of their use lets them cool off whether they are insulated or not, and the heat is converted to useful room heat anyway. The exception is ...
  • Weather Restrictions: ABS and PVC Pipe Cement

    Connect to your favourite weather forecaster and look for the following conditions:   Category: Adhesives     Product: ABS & PVC Pipe Cement Temperature Limitations: Above +4 C (+40 F) and below + 38 C (+100 F) Rain Limitations: Work on dry pipe and keep dry for 15 minutes. Wind Limitati...
  • The low flush toilet controversy & MaP toilet testing

    (This is a real good example of a living history. I wrote the first part of this entry in 2001. With a book you would have to wait for the next edition for developments. With a bulletin board you would have to read a lot of old entries. What I love about my web site is that I can change, adapt an...
  • Protecting shower tiles from hand held shower scratches

    When mysterious problems arise in a house the task is to track down the cause – and sometimes encapsulate it.   I built a beautiful new tiled shower, only to discover a hole starting to develop in one tile a few months later!  When I inspected carefully, there was nothing that touched the ...
  • Frost Protected Shallow Foundations -- and water pipes

    Frost Protected Shallow Foundations The foundation for a house is generally poured below the soil grade level so that the footing itself is well below the frost depth for any given region and soil type.  This protects the house from frost heaving caused by expanding soils beneath the foundation....
  • Copper versus PEX plumbing pipes.

    Copper is a trusted and proven piping for residential water systems.  For years people have been interested in one form or another of more flexible plastic or mixed metal/plastic pipes that could be snaked through a house with fewer joints and easier installation.  Unfortunately there have been m...
  • Softening water -- do electronic water softeners work?

    John from Halifax wrote in asking about replacing his salt based water softener with an electronic water softener to make it easier to water his lawn. Ion-exchange with salt will soften water Most of our water softeners add salt to the water in a process called ion exchange. This actually chang...