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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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Plumbing Plans Consulting - Ask a Master Plumber Like Me Do you need some help with your isometric plumbing plans? It's best to ask a seasoned master plumber. I've been a master plumber since age 29 and can answer just about any question. If I don't know the answer, I know where to find it. […]

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QUESTION: Tim, I need you to weigh in on a remodeling conundrum. Two plumbers and one handyman say that two plumbing vent pipes can’t be relocated to an exterior wall. I took the drywall off the back of a linen closet to open up the space for my soaking tub. I want to have extra […]

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American Standard Saybrook Filtered Kitchen Faucet - Beefy! I've been a master plumber since age 29 and have installed countless faucets. I decided to switch out my basement kitchen faucet and install the American Standard Saybrook Filtered Faucet. It was a breeze, but only because I've done lots of jobs like this. This faucet is […]

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Kitchen Island Sink Plumbing - Do a Loop Vent QUESTION: I need your expert advice. My new kitchen is going to have a large island with my double-bowl sink in it. I don’t know a thing about plumbing, but my dad was a plumber and I remember him saying there’s a special way to install […]

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Bathroom Exhaust Fan Mildew - It Can Be Bad QUESTION: Mr. Tim, I’ve had three contractors over to my house and I’ve received three different answers about how my bathroom fan should exhaust. I’m beyond frustrated. How are we homeowners supposed to protect our largest investments, our homes, if maintenance advice is wrong? I’ve read […]

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