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Julie might have used a valuable Beatles or Rolling Stones CD or two or three to make a backsplash in her home in Essex, UK. Here's what she want to know: "I have made a kitchen backsplash out of old CDs. How can I remove the tile grout without scratching the CDs? Are cup brushes any good?" […]

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Burt Jackson has a problem with a groaning noise in his water pipes after some work was done at his house in LeRoy, OH. Here's what he sent me: "I had a tankless water heater installed. Now I have a low pitched growl in the water pipes. The sound occurs in relationship to running water in […]

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Kevin Garretty emailed me about a vexing problem at his Beaufort, SC home. He's scratching his head about the correct way to vent a washing machine and needs a venting diagram. I asked him to send me what he was talking about and you'll see his diagram below. For the record, I'm a master plumber among […]

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Kelsey Rogers has a musty smell when anyone takes a shower in her Chattanooga, Tennessee house. Here's the situation: "For about the last two weeks in our home we have had a mysterious mildew/musty smell. Usually the time we smell it is during or right after someone has taken a shower or bath. We can smell […]

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Pam Caviness wants to reduce the amount of water she's using in Monrovia, CA. Here's her situation: "During the winter my hot water comes out freezing cold. In the summer my cold water is scalding hot. I have a gas water heater in the garage and the copper pipes run through the attic to the two bathrooms […]

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Paula Lange has a slippery shower floor in Carmel, IN. The shower base is cultured marble. Let her tell you the rest. "I have a cultured marble shower floor with slightly raised pattern ( supposed to make it not slippery).  It is very slippery. No bathmat will stick because of the pattern. I have been looking […]

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Lee Eismann lives in Upper Marlboro, MD and had to tangle with some hair, gunk and a sink stopper control rod in his wife's vanity sink. I'm thinking of starting a betting pool on how long his marriage is going to continue. Here's why: Hi Tim! OK, I searched for this question/topic per your instructions, and […]

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Steven JP has a wretched toilet smell from his new toilet in his China home. Let him describe the situation. "Hey Tim! my new toilet has three connection points in the base. See the attached picture. I can't figure out why. This is a fancy new technology toilet that I bought here in China. It's an Arrow […]

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DEAR TIM: I've always wanted a wet bar. My husband and I do lots of entertaining and I feel it would be so handy. I'm open to all sorts of ideas since I've only got one chance to get this right the first time. How do you deal with the plumbing issues if you want […]

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Roger Hull is working in a tight spot trying to dissolve some PVC glue. He's in Denham Springs, Louisiana. Here's what he asked me: I"m in a tight spot between floor joists. I'm trying to take apart some 4" PVC. Is there anything that will help dissolve the PVC cement?" Here's my answer: Roger, I've been a […]

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