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  • Copper & Steel : Incompatible building materials

    One of the little known problems of working with copper plumbing is that the copper pipe should never touch a piece of galvanized metal, be it a pipe strap or a passing heating duct. There is an electrolytic reaction between the two metals, especially in the presence of heat, that will eat holes...
  • 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...
  • Replacement wheel for a Pipe Cutter

    Here is one of those little tools that is so useful; a replacement wheel for a small pipe cutter. Many people don't realize that you don't have to replace the whole pipe cutter when the wheel is damaged, you can buy the wheels on their own.Tip: take the whole tool to the store to be sure to get ...
  • Blocking odours and gasses from basement floor drains.

    Typical of many older homes, two of our listners have large metal grates in the floor of the basement, covering a drain collection box. This box tends to stay wet, grow strange things and smell bad. That was acceptable when the basement was no more than a storage space, but when it is conve...
  • 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...
  • Noise in the Plumbing Stack

    Barbara in Saskatoon is complaining about the noise in the plumbing stack every time someone flushes the toilet in the bathroom upstairs.In the old days that noise of falling water was muffled by the fact that the drain stack was made out of very heavy cast iron pipe. In the best of all worlds, ...
  • Plumbing noise when you turn the water ON.

    Peter in Gander NF has the opposite problem of water hammer. When he turns the hot water ON in the shower, he gets a loud bang in the plumbing. Water Hammer is where you get a bang when you turn the water off.Peter's problem is usually caused by a washer type faucet that has a loose washer,...
  • Electrical Tingling in the Plumbing!

    Here is a question and answer that you might find interesting."When we take a shower in the second bathroom of our house we bet a mild tingling when we touch the fixtures that the water comes out of. Our guest and family are really funny. They think that the tingling is because they feel inv...
  • Preventing Shower Shock -- the constant temperature shower.

    Shower faucets exist that will keep the temperature the same despite pressure differences in the plumbing system -- like when someone flushes a toilet. To see details about this "pressure balancing valve", go to "Nuts & Bolts", enter the keyword "shower" and look for "How to stop shower ...
  • 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...