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How Do Plumbing Vents Work? - They Let Air In QUESTION: Hey Tim, I had the opportunity to tour a house under construction. All of the plumbing drain lines were in, but I also saw all sorts of other extra pipes that connected to the drain pipes and eventually combined and went up through the […]

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Repair Cracked Backsplash Grout - Do It In the Winter QUESTION: Hello, Tim. I could use your help. The grout line between my kitchen granite countertop and the tile backsplash has cracked for the umpteenth time. Each winter the crack appears and each year I re-grout it hoping it will be the final time. Am […]

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"It's important to realize not all tile tents. Your tile tented because the wrong clay was used to make your tented tile." Tenting Tile Cause and Repair - Simple Physics Tenting tile is a very common problem. It happened to Kevin, one of the subscribers of my FREE newsletter. Here's what he sent to me, […]

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Prevent Burst Water Pipes - It's Really Easy Were you one of the millions of homeowners, renters, or business people who suffered from the recent spate of miserable polar weather in the core of the USA? The storm and low temperatures left millions without power, drinking water, food, etc. Frozen and burst water pipes in […]

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Plumbing Code Consult - You Better Talk With a Pro A plumbing code consult can be one of two things: a phone call with a master plumber to answer questions a request to draw a plumbing isometric drawing or riser diagram so it meets code You may also have plumbing questions about: what type of […]

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Septic Tank Pumping - It's Really Important to Protect the Leach Field QUESTION: Howdy, Tim. I discovered on your www.AsktheBuilder.com website that you’ve been a master plumber for forty years. I recently moved from a city house on a city sewer to a rural retirement home that has a septic tank. What can you tell […]

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Hide Plumbing Pipes in a Chase or Closet - HVAC Ducts Too! QUESTION: Oh, Tim do I have a conundrum for you! A major remodel is about to happen here at my home and already we’ve got a problem. A new master bathroom is being created in a second-floor room but I can’t figure out […]

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Water Hammer Fix - Easy to Repair in an Existing Home QUESTION: Tim, each time I shut off a faucet in my home my water pipes rattle and make a dreadful sound. It seems to me that they might burst from terrifying noise. The problem is common in many houses on my street as I’ve […]

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QUESTION: Tim, can you solve a conundrum for me? My bathroom was remodeled about two months ago, and the vanity has a granite top with a china undermount sink. Yesterday, I noticed a long crack in the sink that extends up from the drain hole. The contractor claims I did it by dropping something. I […]

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Plumbing Permit Help - It's Not Easy Getting a Plumbing Permit You may need plumbing permit help. I get it. While the permit application form may not be too hard, undoubtedly you'll pass out once you try to come up with a riser diagram or isometric drawing. Related Link: How To Vent Plumbing Pipes - […]

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