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Posted By Mike Swearingen

I've been an NC real estate broker for more than...

I've been an NC real estate broker for more than 20 years, and you must be very careful about rejecting full price offers from anyone, especially if they're from someone protected by Federal and...
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Posted By Mike Swearingen

The toilet must be firmly attached to the floor...

The toilet must be firmly attached to the floor by both bolts, or the toilet will rock, causing the wax ring to lose its seal and leak. A leak will rot any wood flooring underneath a toilet.
You...
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Posted By Mike Swearingen

You don't need to cut anything. You just need a...

You don't need to cut anything.
You just need a set of valve sockets to find the one that fits your shower valves.
http://doityourself.com/ori/60x60/5672449.jpg
VALVE SOCKET SET
These are...
03-10-05, 11:02 PM
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Posted By Mike Swearingen

It shouldn't be plugged that badly if it's still...

It shouldn't be plugged that badly if it's still draining.
And snaking from a clean-out to a septic tank is far easier than all the way out to a public street.
You don't have to open the septic...
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Posted By Mike Swearingen

I'll let one of the pro plumber's answer you, but...

I'll let one of the pro plumber's answer you, but here is the Moen illustrated how-to service site to get you started:
http://www.moen.com/Consumer/products/installation/index.cfm
Good Luck!
Mike
03-10-05, 05:38 PM
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Posted By Mike Swearingen

After seeing the photos, I still think that the...

After seeing the photos, I still think that the pump is a recirculating pump tied back to the farthest point of the hot water lines away from the water heater. (Laing makes recirculating pumps.)
If...
03-10-05, 05:30 PM
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Posted By Mike Swearingen

Why don't you just cut the waste arm off cleanly...

Why don't you just cut the waste arm off cleanly just outside the wall and put a sink drain line compression nut and washer on it to connect to the new drain assembly?
Mike
03-10-05, 05:24 PM
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Posted By Mike Swearingen

One way to try to guesstimate where the main...

One way to try to guesstimate where the main drain line is, is to find where it starts toward the street outside the base of the house (dig it up) and try to get a line of sight from there to the...
03-10-05, 05:19 PM
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Posted By Mike Swearingen

Sounds like you may have a partial clog building...

Sounds like you may have a partial clog building up in the main drain line.
You can rent a heavy-duty plumber's snake, open a main line clean-out and snake it from there to the street or septic to...
03-10-05, 05:16 PM
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Posted By Mike Swearingen

What type of supply pipes? Is the shut-off...

What type of supply pipes?
Is the shut-off valve screwed on, glued on, or soldered on?
Mike
03-10-05, 05:13 PM
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Posted By Mike Swearingen

Sounds like plumbed air chambers to help prevent...

Sounds like plumbed air chambers to help prevent pipe hammer and knocking.
Without being able to see it, it's hard to say. Don't know what else it would be.
Mike
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Posted By Mike Swearingen

Use CPVC glue on a new CPVC shut-off valve. ...

Use CPVC glue on a new CPVC shut-off valve.
Good Luck!
Mike
03-09-05, 04:13 PM
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Posted By Mike Swearingen

Just let them explain the PEX plumbing to you,...

Just let them explain the PEX plumbing to you, and get the best bid.
Good Luck!
Mike
03-08-05, 04:19 PM
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Posted By Mike Swearingen

Yes, have the landlord clean it up, or report him...

Yes, have the landlord clean it up, or report him to the Health Department or to anyone else there that regulates rental property, if he doesn't.
Good Luck!
Mike
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Posted By Mike Swearingen

Yep. You're exactly right. Gravity flushing...

Yep. You're exactly right.
Gravity flushing needs water weight pressure and the less there is, then obviously the less flush pressure you will have.
Mike
03-06-05, 05:16 PM
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Posted By Mike Swearingen

Use the largest pipe wrenches that can fit in the...

Use the largest pipe wrenches that can fit in the area.
Hold one for backup on the pipe, and use the other for turning the valve fitting.
Spray a little WD-40 solvent or something similar and let...
03-06-05, 04:03 PM
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Posted By Mike Swearingen

You need an air gap on the sink between the dw...

You need an air gap on the sink between the dw drain hose and connection to a drain. You also need a trap between the dw drain hose and the drain line, or you could get backup contamination and...
03-06-05, 04:00 PM
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Posted By Mike Swearingen

What type of pipe is it? Soldered or threaded...

What type of pipe is it?
Soldered or threaded copper? Threaded galvanized? Plastic?
03-06-05, 06:52 AM
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Posted By Mike Swearingen

Without photos and more information, it is only...

Without photos and more information, it is only guessing, but the connection to the bottom drain of the heater may be some type of home-made re-circulation system with a small recirculating pump...
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Posted By Mike Swearingen

If you're talking about a leak in a compression...

If you're talking about a leak in a compression fitting, it is sealed by the brass ferrule ring not the threads, so to seal it, you can wrap a wrap of teflon tape or smear a little silicone caulk on...
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Posted By Mike Swearingen

I would go with a Fluidmaster 400A float cup type...

I would go with a Fluidmaster 400A float cup type toilet tank supply valve (about $6 bucks at a big box). Comes with easy, illustrated installation directions.
Good Luck!
Mike
03-03-05, 11:16 AM
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Posted By Mike Swearingen

You may be able to remove the box without cutting...

You may be able to remove the box without cutting any drywall. Depends on how it was installed.
To cut drywall, use a sharp utility knife or drywall saw.
Good luck!
Mike
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Posted By Mike Swearingen

The primary reason that fireplaces in modern...

The primary reason that fireplaces in modern homes won't draw properly is that the homes are too air tight.
Until you get the chimney heated up to where it draws properly, crack a window (or outside...
03-02-05, 03:52 PM
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Posted By Mike Swearingen

Yep, I agree with majak again. Wrap 6"...

Yep, I agree with majak again.
Wrap 6" insulation batts around the pipe and hold them in place with duct tape (but not too tight). That should stop the condensation problem.
Good luck!
Mike
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Posted By Mike Swearingen

You also can hand-drive a shallow well (25' or...

You also can hand-drive a shallow well (25' or less), if you have a high water table.
That's the way that we do it here in northeastern NC (no rocks).
This method is simple.
We start with a small...
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