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Forum: Water Heaters and Softeners Yesterday, 01:03 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 80
Posted By phishfood
If you have hard water and don't want a softener,...

If you have hard water and don't want a softener, don't get a tankless. Considering that you are in Michigan, your ground water is really cold, so you would need a big unit to keep up with typical...
Forum: General Plumbing Help Yesterday, 12:51 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 62
Posted By phishfood
Can you post a picture of the trap and the pipe...

Can you post a picture of the trap and the pipe leading away from it?
Forum: General Plumbing Help Yesterday, 12:46 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 220
Posted By phishfood
Actually, now that I look, there is a tab at the...

Actually, now that I look, there is a tab at the top of the thread page where you can rate a thread.
Forum: General Plumbing Help Yesterday, 12:45 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 220
Posted By phishfood
There is a little thumbs up button at the bottom...

There is a little thumbs up button at the bottom of every post, if you want to thank an individual post. Don't think there is any way to like a whole thread.
Forum: General Plumbing Help 02-07-2016, 05:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 105
Posted By phishfood
Welcome to the forum, hope you enjoy your stay!

Welcome to the forum, hope you enjoy your stay!
Forum: Water Heaters and Softeners 02-07-2016, 05:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 148
Posted By phishfood
A recirculation pump might be a better solution...

A recirculation pump might be a better solution to your problem.
Forum: Showers and Tubs 02-07-2016, 12:47 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 79
Posted By phishfood
It sounds like you need to replace the cheap...

It sounds like you need to replace the cheap valve set with a decent valve. I don't think that the one you have even meets code requirements for pressure balancing function.
Forum: Water Heaters and Softeners 02-07-2016, 12:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 148
Posted By phishfood
IPC code does not require that the T&P valve be...

IPC code does not require that the T&P valve be piped to a drain, just that the discharge not pose a hazard. It does, however, require that a water heater in a living space have a pan under it piped...
Forum: Water Heaters and Softeners 02-07-2016, 12:35 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 74
Posted By phishfood
Water heater tanks generally have insulation on...

Water heater tanks generally have insulation on them to retard heat loss, but the insulation will also retard heat gain. Your current arrangement might help out a little bit when there are long...
Forum: Drain and Sewer Cleaning 02-07-2016, 12:26 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 91
Posted By phishfood
50's era home is going to have cast iron drainage...

50's era home is going to have cast iron drainage pipe.

DO NOT use Draino or any other type of chemical in your cast iron pipe. It will eat through the pipe, and cause you much worse problems...
Forum: General Plumbing Help 02-06-2016, 12:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 155
Posted By phishfood
Do you know what brand of shower valve you have? ...

Do you know what brand of shower valve you have?

Does the shower valve have little valves on both the hot and cold side, and are these valves all the way open? (you would have to remove the cover...
Forum: Plumbing Tools and Equipment 02-06-2016, 12:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 563
Posted By phishfood
That's it! Just ordered it. I had...

That's it!

Just ordered it.

I had ordered it from an Amazon seller a couple of weeks ago, who sent me a shipping email with delivery date. Didn't show up, and when we inquired, they said it...
Forum: Plumbing Tools and Equipment 02-05-2016, 03:29 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 563
Posted By phishfood
That is a copper ProPress jaw, not a Viega...

That is a copper ProPress jaw, not a Viega Pureflow PEXPress jaw. I can rent the tool with the copper jaws all day long, but no one has the jaw I need.
Forum: Project Display 02-04-2016, 03:13 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 105
Posted By phishfood
Another concern is how much of the floor joists...

Another concern is how much of the floor joists have been removed to install the piping through them.
Forum: Plumbing Tools and Equipment 02-04-2016, 03:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 563
Posted By phishfood
So far, I really like it. The biggest issue...

So far, I really like it.

The biggest issue I have with it is availability of fittings, everything has to be ordered in.

Right now, I have a custom home going on that needs a run of 1 1/4"....
Forum: Drain and Sewer Cleaning 01-26-2016, 01:03 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 174
Posted By phishfood
I have never used an electric jetter, but from...

I have never used an electric jetter, but from those I know who have, they have only found them useful for small interior drains. Most guys who have bought one end up not using them very often, as...
Forum: General Plumbing Help 01-26-2016, 12:55 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 190
Posted By phishfood
The next step, with the valve at the water heater...

The next step, with the valve at the water heater still shut off, is to run a single faucet on the hot side. One by one, shut the supply valves off, both hot and cold, on a single sink at a time. if...
Forum: General Plumbing Help 01-24-2016, 11:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 190
Posted By phishfood
It sounds as though you have cold water crossing...

It sounds as though you have cold water crossing into the hot water system somewhere. Start with Frodo's suggestion, and we can walk you through it from there.
Forum: Showers and Tubs 01-24-2016, 06:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 189
Posted By phishfood
If you truly are flowing all 12 1/2 GPM out of...

If you truly are flowing all 12 1/2 GPM out of your showerheads, than you are just over the allowable limit for a 2" trap, per 2010 IPC.

The important thing to remember is that the top of the...
Forum: Plumbing Building Code 01-24-2016, 06:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 208
Posted By phishfood
Yes. And it needs to be tested and certified by a...

Yes. And it needs to be tested and certified by a licensed backflow tester, and the certification sent to the water service provider.

If you can't find someone to do the testing, I might be able...
Forum: Showers and Tubs 01-24-2016, 01:14 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 189
Posted By phishfood
Don't use the santee, use a wye. I don't...

Don't use the santee, use a wye.

I don't know Cali code, but under IPC, you can use an 1 1/2" trap with a standard shower, as long as the GPM of the shower valve and head fall within the allowable...
Forum: General Plumbing Help 01-24-2016, 12:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 218
Posted By phishfood
Thanks for the clarification. Sounds like the...

Thanks for the clarification. Sounds like the house has been repiped with crosslinked polyethylene, also known as PEX. 1/2" is sufficient in size.

It does sound like the valve may be the culprit.
Forum: General Plumbing Help 01-24-2016, 12:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 254
Posted By phishfood
Take the union apart, remove both the 90 and the...

Take the union apart, remove both the 90 and the nipple in question, re dope both ends of the nipple, reinstall.
Forum: General Plumbing Help 01-24-2016, 12:19 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 351
Posted By phishfood
I don't like cellular core because of all of the...

I don't like cellular core because of all of the cracks in the pipe that I have had to repair over the years. It gets damaged WAY too easily for my liking.
Forum: General Plumbing Help 01-22-2016, 11:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 218
Posted By phishfood
You say the house was repiped with flex hose,...

You say the house was repiped with flex hose, what do you mean by flex hose?
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