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AsktheBuilder.com founder, Tim Carter, is also a master plumber. He shows RARE video of plumbing vent pipes in an attic and walls before they disappear forever behind drywall. Carter installed the vent pipes for this plumbing himself in a new home in central New Hampshire in the winter of 2016. He talks about the importance […]

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DEAR TIM: I have a 1938 Cape Cod stone house with a behemoth laundry sink in the basement. It appears to be made of concrete, soap stone or something similar and has two giant tubs. It's supported by a steel stand that's in pretty good shape with some minor rust. Can you identify it? How […]

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Shane Nelson is doing some plumbing work in Centre, Alabama. He's a pretty good artist and drew a diagram of his proposed bathroom plumbing vents and drain pipes. Look at it after his question. Here's what he wrote to me: "I am enclosing my garage and installing a bathroom in the process. Is the vent […]

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DEAR TIM: I'm replacing my bath exhaust fan. The old fan was vented through the soffit. I don't believe I have an attic as there seems to be no access to the space. My roof is sloped but my bath ceiling is flat. What's the best way to exhaust the fan out through the soffit? […]

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Harold Meehan lives pretty close to me over in North Bennington, Vermont. He's got a good question about the location of his tub valve. I am going to do a bathroom remodel the tub is going to be a whirlpool type tub. The drain end will be against an outside wall, the other end will be […]

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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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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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