Q&A / 

Okay, so let's see if you know how to calculate what the payback period is on the EcoDrain product. Don't attempt to do this if you're not versed in semi-complex math problems!!!! Here are the figures I want you to use. Modern shower heads reduce flow to 2.5 gallons per minute. Let's assume three 10-minute […]

READ THE ANSWER »

Quick Column Summary: Drain tailpiece does not line up Flexible tailpiece barely fits Find the right fitting Jesse Shumate, who decided she wanted to be a master plumber like me, wrote: "I installed new cabinet and counter top in my bathroom.  Now the drain tailpiece does not line up with the p-trap. I'm using a […]

READ THE ANSWER »

Quick Column Summary: Tiling on stained concrete Clean floor with oxygen bleach Test thinset for bonding to concrete Teresa Norrell, from Moyock, NC, has a pretty simple question. "Can I install tile directly to a previously stained concrete floor?  I fear the thinset mortar will not adhere to the stained concrete." Here's my answer: Teresa, […]

READ THE ANSWER »

Stefania, who lives in the wonderful city of Johannesburg, Africa, has a fascinating question: "Hi there! I would like to paint over my bathroom tiles, however I don't want to see the lines of the tiles at all (in between the tiles). Is there a method where I paint a thick enough layer so that […]

READ THE ANSWER »

Carlton, who live in the epicenter of delicious, juicy peaches in Peachtree City, Georgia, has a nasty problem with his toilet that won't flush properly. Let him describe his distress: "I am stumped. I previously had a five-gallon toilet in our master bathroom that would not flush and pull the solids down the drain. It […]

READ THE ANSWER »

Danielle Torkensen is a new homeowner in Bloomington, California. She inherited a mess where the previous homeowner, well let her tell you: "I am a recent new homeowner & the previous owners messed up our brick fireplace.  It seems they tried to use some sort of adhesive/cement and tried to put some tile or other […]

READ THE ANSWER »

Deb Schwartz, who runs a restaurant in Eagle Rock, CA, has a perplexing problem with a sewage odor in here Craftsman house that's now a restaurant. Let her tell you all about it: "We bought a restaurant about a year ago which had been an old Craftsman House built around 1911.  It was converted to […]

READ THE ANSWER »

Tom Chan wants to install a new pot filler faucet in an outside wall. But he's got a problem. "I want to install a pot filler faucet.  How do I prevent the water pipe from freezing on an exterior wall for this pot filler?  We live in a region that has long a cold winters." Here's my […]

READ THE ANSWER »

J. A. Coffey, Jr. has a stinky problem when he runs water in his master bath sinks. Heck, let him tell you: "Sewer gas smell when master bath sinks used.  Smell comes through air vents.  Had plumber in and he did smoke test.  Could not find leak.  What's next?  Another plumber or demolition??" Here's my […]

READ THE ANSWER »

Jennifer Brown, who lives in Panama City, FL, purchased a new home that's got some serious plumbing issues. Read this: "We purchased a new home about a year ago and have had non-stop plumbing issues. After months of the plumber coming out and telling us there was no problem, it was discovered that one of […]

READ THE ANSWER »

SPONSORS /