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04-26-18, 07:05 PM
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Posted By joshhemming

Excellent, thanks for the advice.

Excellent, thanks for the advice.
04-25-18, 10:45 PM
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Posted By joshhemming

"Your question is pretty obscure, maybe if you...

"Your question is pretty obscure, maybe if you told us what your purpose for asking is."


I was thinking about putting long strips of 1/4" plywood or OSB as shims in certain stretches of my old...
04-24-18, 08:24 PM
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Posted By joshhemming

Does OSB Grip as well as Lumber?

Would a wood screw driven into either OSB or plywood grip as well as an identical wood screw driven an equal depth into a common 2 x 4? Would there be any great difference in the amount of weight or...
02-18-18, 08:24 PM
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Posted By joshhemming

OK, no tape or thread sealer. Thanks.

OK, no tape or thread sealer. Thanks.
02-18-18, 03:59 PM
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Posted By joshhemming

OK, let me try this again. And thanks for the...

OK, let me try this again. And thanks for the "read the instructions" advice. Only problem....the new valve stems arrived today with absolutely no instructions. I just wanted to get one or two...
02-11-18, 10:03 PM
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Posted By joshhemming

Teflon Tape on Shower Faucet Stems?

I need to replace the valve stems on a 2-handle Price-Pfister shower faucet. Should I use teflon tape on the male threads of the stem, and if so, how many wraps is advisable? Or should I use...
12-12-16, 09:19 AM
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Posted By joshhemming

Separating rusted Galvanized Steel Union?

I have a long length of 3/4" galvanized pipe which has been buried for a few decades. As you might expect, it has a light layer of rust on the outside.

I want to separate and remove a union...
11-30-16, 02:47 PM
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Posted By joshhemming

"3/4" PVC is the norm between the house and the...

"3/4" PVC is the norm between the house and the meter. PVC isn't rated for interior use and can not be used for hot water. In my house I replaced all the galvanized with CPVC about 25 yrs ago."
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11-29-16, 07:10 AM
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Posted By joshhemming

OK to Use 3/4" Brass Valve with PVC Pipe?

First, thanks to everyone who has given me much-needed advice about my PVC sprinkler system project. This forum is a Godsend for us non-professional plumbers. I have what I hope is a final...
11-28-16, 09:29 PM
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Posted By joshhemming

"the PVC valves have a tendency to get stuck and...

"the PVC valves have a tendency to get stuck and then never move."

I'd planned to use the heavy 3/4" PVC ball valve made by American Valve. Are you saying those tend to stick????

It's main...
11-28-16, 09:22 PM
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Posted By joshhemming

"And make sure you have a backflow preventer...

"And make sure you have a backflow preventer between water main and irrigation system."


I'm using 3/4" brass anti-siphon valves for the sprinkler controls. Hopefully they work as advertised.
11-27-16, 09:09 AM
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Posted By joshhemming

How do I insulate buried 3/4" PVC?

I've tapped into my copper main water supply line with a brass Tee and run 10 feet of Schedule 40 PVC to my sprinkler controls, with a PVC shutoff valve before the control. The PVC is about 8" deep....
11-15-16, 05:50 PM
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Posted By joshhemming

Excellent explanation, thanks. Now I've got it...

Excellent explanation, thanks. Now I've got it straight.

I've used the Oatey product called REGULAR PVC cement before but couldn't find it at Lowes recently. I bought the MEDIUM instead and it...
11-15-16, 07:29 AM
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Posted By joshhemming

PVC Cement Setup Time vs. Working Time?

I'm trying to decide whether to use Oatey Medium or Regular cement for some PVC joints. Which one would give me the longest time to assemble the joint after I apply the cement? I'm thinking this...
10-05-16, 08:12 AM
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Views: 768
Posted By joshhemming

PVC to metal connection "seeping": advice?

I sweat soldered a brass tee into my underground copper water supply line, then threaded a 3/4" male PVC adapter into the tee. Having read lots of opinions on how to seal the threads, I elected to...
10-01-16, 06:25 PM
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Views: 727
Posted By joshhemming

Thanks, PJ. I did, as you foretold, run into a...

Thanks, PJ. I did, as you foretold, run into a problem pushing the coupler more than 6 inches. And I discovered yet another ding in the line! That was the straw that broke the camel's back....I'm...
10-01-16, 03:01 PM
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Views: 727
Posted By joshhemming

Using a no-stop coupling to repair a dinged pipe?

In the process of installing a tee in my underground 3/4" copper supply line, I discovered a couple of small, shallow nicks or dings a few feet from where I plan to cut into the line. The rest of...
10-01-16, 02:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 727
Posted By joshhemming

Using a no-stop coupling to repair a dinged pipe?

I may need to solder a tee into my 3/4" copper main water supply line, and use PVC to go from the tee's threaded output to my sprinkler controls. Lowes sells two different 3/4" tees which have sweat...
09-28-16, 02:58 PM
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Posted By joshhemming

Sealing male PVC threads into brass fitting?

I will be threading a 3/4" male PVC adapter into a female brass tee, to feed my sprinkler control valves. I've heard of different "best" methods for sealing plastic threads into metal. It appears...
09-26-16, 11:25 PM
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Posted By joshhemming

"PVC does not fit CPVC fittings". OK,...

"PVC does not fit CPVC fittings".

OK, thanks. So my plan for transitioning from the brass compression tee to CPVC and then to PVC won't work. Instead, I'll just thread a PVC male adapter into...
09-26-16, 05:22 PM
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Posted By joshhemming

"For cold water no issues IMO. I belive the same...

"For cold water no issues IMO. I belive the same glue and primer is used for cpvc as well as PVC"

Agreed. But I'm concerned about the physical dimensions....since PVC is supposedly a little...
09-26-16, 11:57 AM
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Views: 2,629
Posted By joshhemming

After doing further research, it appears I will...

After doing further research, it appears I will not be able to use the CPVC Copper Transition Male Adapter after all. I wanted to glue PVC pipe to the CPVC part of the Adapter but I hear Schedule 40...
09-25-16, 06:13 PM
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Posted By joshhemming

"Brass to brass is prefered.." Thanks, it...

"Brass to brass is prefered.."

Thanks, it will actually be copper to brass but the principle is the same, right?

As for the Teflon dope you recommended, I just bought a fresh tube of RectorSeal...
09-25-16, 02:39 PM
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Views: 2,629
Posted By joshhemming

Connecting PVC to brass compression tee?

I need to tap into a 3/4" copper water line, using a brass compression tee. The tee has a female side outlet for 3/4 inch threads. I want to run Schedule 40 PVC from the tee to my sprinkler...
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