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A rough-in plumbing diagram is a sketch for all the plumbing pipes, pipe fittings, drains and vent piping. This plumbing diagram might be required for a building permit. This isometric diagram will help determine if all your plumbing meets code.

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Vent pipes are needed to supply air to water pipes. Without proper air replacement, your drain lines could create a vacuum in the plumbing system. Be sure local regulations allow anyone other then licensed plumbers to do work on your plumbing vent piping.

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Pipe sizes and pipe thicknesses have a hand in the water flow rate and noisiness of your home. Your plumber or builder can do things while building to prevent plumbing problems in the future. The main water pipe into the house should be at least 3/4 to an inch big.

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Sewer gas and its smell is obnoxious. The heath risks of sewer gas are significant if you breathe it for an extended amount of time. The best plan is to locate the break in the pipe or pipes and stop the sewer gas in the house.

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I'm a master plumber as well as a builder. Crazy but true. I've been one for over 35 years. Gary, who lives in West Memphis, Arkansas, is remodeling his bathroom and has a question about walk-in shower drains. "I removed a bath tube and going to install a walk in shower. Do I need to […]

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Kathy bought a house in a suburb of St. Louis.  Here's what she sent me: "I purchased a home and the previous resident used gas line to run water thru the house from the main line.  Is this safe for water and does it leach any chemicals? Should I have my water tested? We plan […]

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Here's a fun short quiz and I guarantee you'll discover something new about plumbing around your home. Be sure to SCROLL to the top of the page after you CLICK SUBMIT. When you do that, you'll see a link to View Your Score. You want to do this because the next screen will have HANDY LINKS […]

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This is a fun quiz. I think you're going to discover lots of NEW information. After you CLICK the Submit button, be sure to click the VIEW YOUR SCORE link on the resulting screen. When you do this, you'll see your score AND you'll see helpful tips and links. You'll also get to see how […]

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Jackie wrote to me: "I have a dishwasher that is not secure in its spot.  If I pull both trays out at the same time it almost tips over.  While I had a plumber here for something else I had him look at it and he said it needed to be secured with screws into […]

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DEAR TIM: I’m about to step outside my comfort zone. This weekend I’ve decided to delve into the depths of toilets. My current toilet is horribly stained and nothing I’ve tried seems to help. Besides, I want one of the newer toilets where the seat is higher up off the floor. That will be a […]

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