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05-26-19, 10:34 PM
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I'm not sure that replacing the bearings on a...

I'm not sure that replacing the bearings on a crankshaft is a 'quick & easy fix'. And if they're gone, there's likely to be a lot of wear & tear elsewhere, like any other bearings that rely on oil...
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For one thing, Fluidmaster makes an excellent...

For one thing, Fluidmaster makes an excellent fill valve -- probably the best available. And he should've checked the flapper while he was there.

I'm sure that there are a lot of really good...
05-10-19, 12:18 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 410
Posted By steve_gro

Good call. ...

Good call.


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05-08-19, 12:21 AM
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Posted By steve_gro

There's such a thing as a left-right nipple. ...

There's such a thing as a left-right nipple. Regular threads on one side and left-hand threads on the other. Used with a left-right coupling (I'm not making this up). It performs the same function...
05-06-19, 11:14 PM
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Posted By steve_gro

Gas piping should not be buried under a slab.

Gas piping should not be buried under a slab.
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Posted By steve_gro

There's nothing wrong with a little pipe dope or...

There's nothing wrong with a little pipe dope or a wind of teflon tape on a ferrule, or the ball end of a copper supply tube.

Years ago I worked for a Chicago union plumber. He used to say,...
Forum: Water Heaters
02-06-19, 11:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 6,793
Posted By steve_gro

This guy had an interesting solution to the goofy...

This guy had an interesting solution to the goofy Honeywell gas valve problem:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjDjl-PpJv8

It's a little wordy, but what he did was pull the pcb from the gas...
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Posted By steve_gro

That's what I would do. You could also call...

That's what I would do. You could also call Kohler to see if they'll send you another tank. 800-456-4537
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Posted By steve_gro

The original post stated "Need 2-1/2 Hole thru 5"...

The original post stated "Need 2-1/2 Hole thru 5" Wood Beam". A little better if it's 2" x 8"s.

Maybe glue & nail some 3/4" ply on each side first? I've been surprising by how much support...
01-29-19, 09:40 PM
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Posted By steve_gro

In a few years, that guy will be saying that your...

In a few years, that guy will be saying that your house may be plumbed with PEX and you should sue. There are too many lawyers with not enough to do, so they go looking for this crap.

And, fwiw,...
01-29-19, 01:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 309
Posted By steve_gro

If it sounds like hammering, it very well could...

If it sounds like hammering, it very well could be a loose washer in a fixture. If it's happening at random times, I would look for a toilet with a bad flapper -- that would actuate the fill valve. ...
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Posted By steve_gro

First, I'd look for another way. You're removing...

First, I'd look for another way. You're removing more than half of the 'support' beam'. Try a google for "notching wood beams". Maybe you can sister something on to it before drilling.

I would...
01-27-19, 08:35 PM
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Views: 251
Posted By steve_gro

How far is the RO from the fridge? A water line...

How far is the RO from the fridge? A water line to a fridge is typically 3/8".
01-27-19, 01:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 251
Posted By steve_gro

How about an angle stop? There are 1/2" PEX x...

How about an angle stop? There are 1/2" PEX x 3/8" tube angle stops available. A sharkbite angle stop would be very easy.

https://www.sharkbite.com/products/brass-push-supply-stops
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Views: 288
Posted By steve_gro

If it's a 2-handle faucet, you're probably on the...

If it's a 2-handle faucet, you're probably on the right track replacing the stem & washer. Take a look at the faucet seat while you're at it.

Isn't there an angle stop on the hot side you could...
01-24-19, 12:00 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 224
Posted By steve_gro

Can you post an image with the escutcheon pulled...

Can you post an image with the escutcheon pulled down so we can see now it's connected? If it's soldered, then there's a solder ring that has to be removed and replaced with a trap adapter.
01-23-19, 11:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 309
Posted By steve_gro

Perhaps you could record the noise and upload to...

Perhaps you could record the noise and upload to youtube? Sorry to say that I don't get a clue from your description.

If the noise occurs when no plumbing is in use, it might be a toilet --...
Forum: Water Heaters
01-19-19, 08:36 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 463
Posted By steve_gro

I don't see any images. Post images to...

I don't see any images.

Post images to Postimage and put the link to them here.

https://postimages.org
Forum: Water Heaters
01-18-19, 02:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 415
Posted By steve_gro

When the OP said 'older water heater' I assumed...

When the OP said 'older water heater' I assumed it was pre-FVIR. A quick google reveals the water heaters have been FVIR since 2003. It doesn't seem like that long, but there it is.

At this...
Forum: Water Heaters
01-17-19, 10:03 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 495
Posted By steve_gro

Maybe it was Friday at 4:00 PM and the installer...

Maybe it was Friday at 4:00 PM and the installer didn't have a long enough flex either.
Forum: Water Heaters
01-17-19, 05:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 415
Posted By steve_gro

The only other thing that occurs to me is a very...

The only other thing that occurs to me is a very under-sized or partially obstructed gas line. Has anything changed, like you bought a new giant Wolf gas range?

Your gas supplier will probably be...
Forum: Water Heaters
01-17-19, 11:53 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 495
Posted By steve_gro

Was the check valve still working? After a few...

Was the check valve still working? After a few years of mineral build-up, the gate tend to get frozen in place. I would've eliminated it (got a longer flex).
Forum: Water Heaters
01-17-19, 11:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 415
Posted By steve_gro

How is it vented? A blocked vent might cause the...

How is it vented? A blocked vent might cause the pilot to go out.

Check the draw at the draft diverter. Before I quit smoking, I would hold a lit cigarette near it and watch the smoke to see if...
01-14-19, 05:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 284
Posted By steve_gro

Brass is fine on copper or galvanized pipes...

Brass is fine on copper or galvanized pipes (brass is an alloy of copper and zinc). If you wanted to connect copper to galvanized, you would separate the two with 6" of brass (or stainless).
01-14-19, 12:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 284
Posted By steve_gro

Threaded angle stops, even the double stops like...

Threaded angle stops, even the double stops like you have, are not uncommon and available. You could turn off the water, unscrew the old valve (hold back on the copper) then screw a new one on (with...
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