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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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Tim Carter shows a failed plumbing vent flashing, a high-quality replacement flashing, and he provides step-by-step install instructions. Just below the video is a LINK to PURCHASE this high-quality flashing. Here is a picture of the Lifetime Tool & Building Products' plumbing vent flashing. This is the one installed in the above video. CLICK HERE […]

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Ross Moran and his wife Kate live in Leeds, England (UK). They purchased two copper pans they want to convert to sinks. Ross wants to know about copper sink care and preparation. Hi Tim, You have a fantastic website - some really helpful information on here and people are reading all the way over here in […]

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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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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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Stephanie has a banging noise in her shower in Stockton, CA. Allow her to give you a full report: "When I turn on the hot water valve in my shower it makes a banging noise until I increase the water flow. If the flow of the hot water decreases, it will start the banging noise again […]

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Joseph Gulaskey has to wait and wait for hot water to show up in his faucets in the winter. He lives in North Huntingdon, PA where it can get quite cold. Here's what Joe sent me: "During the winter months and having an unheated cellar, I have my hot water lines covered with polyfoam insulation. With […]

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Joanna Davis seems to have hired a contractor that has a suspect plumber who goofed up her pot filler faucet. This happened in Greenville, South Carolina. Let her tell you the facts: "Each time I turn on my pot filler, I have to empty the first two pots of water as they smell like oil and […]

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Alice Happel might live in a high-rise condo on East Wacker Drive in Chicago, IL. I only say this because I've stayed in a wonderful one owned by a friend of mine, Dave Wiener, on that street next to the Chicago River. Wowza did it have a great view! Alice, though, has an undermount sink that […]

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DEAR TIM: My husband and I are doing a bathroom remodel. The biggest change is the bathtub. The builder put in a smallish tub and I’m now going with a luxurious soaking tub. Our house is on a slab. Are the tub drain holes, the one at the bottom and the one higher up the […]

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