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  • Bad noise in the pipes when the toilet flushes upstairs.

    Garth is complaining that his upstairs toilet has started making a lot of water noise as the flush flows down through the walls. What do to?If the noise was there from day one, about the only thing you can do is to open the wall and wrap the pipe in sound blanket insulation to muffle the sound. ...
  • How do you get the smell out of the garborator?

    Putting harsh drain chemicals or bleaches into a garborator is not a good idea because of all the metal, rubber and plastic parts. You might damage something. If it is really smelly it probably has some food stuff stuck in corners that just don't flush out.Here is where enzyme cleaners come to ...
  • When I flush the toilet, water squirts up and onto the floor.

    Janice from Clarenville, Newfoundland has a toilet that has a mind of its own. Setting aside the possibility that it is not a toilet at all but rather one of those strange European bidets, my best guess on this one is a partial blockage that is interfering with one of the jets of water that serv...
  • 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...
  • Tip - Fill the bathtub before caulking.

    Kim from London, Ontario suggests filling the bathtub with water before caulking between the tub and the tiles.This is a great idea because by the time you add both water and people, your bathtub can weigh over 400 pounds. This can easily cause it to sink just a little bit, the floor bends, the ...
  • How do I increase the water pressure in my second floor shower?

    Ben in Montreal is having trouble getting wet in the shower.Often water pressure will decrease in a system when you have old pipes that are slowly collecting calcium and other minerals on the inside, closing down the diameter of the water flow. In a serious case, simply putting in standard new p...
  • Roughing in the drain for a basement toilet.

    My renovating buddy Mike Holmes of Restovate in Toronto (before he went on TV) was into the creation of a new basement suite so I asked him to show us as he cut in for the rough plumbing for the toilet. So he jack hammered up the floor, then dug a bit more (as is common), then he discovered that...
  • 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...
  • An alternative septic installation at a cottage.

    One viewer bought a cottage to discover that the septic system consisted of a tank in the basement that had to be pumped out all the time. They were on rocky terrain so a traditional septic tank and large leaching field would not work. Pumping out that tank, like with a house trailer, was a real ...
  • 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...