Found 52 results for the keyword ‘Pipes’

  • Pipe Bending

    Bending a ridged pipe without having it kink and block the inside diameter requires the right tool for each type of pipe. The photo shows an electrical conduit bender.Ridged copper speedways for sinks should be bent using what looks like a large spring. This prevents kinking.When it comes to la...
  • Getting hot water to a remote sink -- fast

    Here is one that I answered one year , and found a better answer a year later.   GETTING THE HEATER CLOSER TO THE FAUCET In 2003 a viewer asked me about how to get hot water to that back bedroom because they have to run the water for two or three minutes before the hot water arrives from the ...
  • WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT PIPES IN UNHEATED CRAWL SPACES THAT FREEZE DESPITE INSULATION?

    Insulating pipes that run through cold areas is necessary to keep them from freezing; even then you have to run the water occasionally or add some heat. You could leave the tap running a little during the very cold spells; that's how Grandpa kept them from freezing. You can also get thermostat ...
  • All kinds of water flow problems.

    Several viewers are complaining about low water pressure in old houses. Old steel pipe tends to collect corrosion and calcium on the walls, enough to slowly choke off the flow of water. A look at the graphic shows what happens to water flow compared to a clean new 1/2 inch pipe. When it becomes r...
  • Does your soldering job leak? Why is lead-free solder hard to work with? And new products to make life easier.

    They took the lead out... Several years ago, throughout North America lead was removed from the solder used for making joints in copper pipes intended for carrying drinking water, just as before that we had removed lead from paint. Lead based solder is still available in stores for other tasks, ...
  • The evolution of "speedways".

    In the old days steel pipe ran right up and attached directly to the bottom of faucets. With the advent of copper piping, this too ran up and was hard connected to the bottom of the faucets. Both of these were serious plumbing installations that had to fit just right. Then someone invented a f...
  • Adjusting the Posi-Temp temperature control shower valves.

    Dan from Toronto, Ontario writes: "I saw your show about installing the Moen Positemp shower system. We had two installed, one upstairs and one in our basement shower. Both work fine for controlling the "shock" factor, but we can't seem to get enough hot water out of the upstairs one. Is there a ...
  • Stopping sewage back-up in the basement floor

    INSPECT, MAINTAIN OR INSTALL BACKFLOW DAMPERS UNDER THE BASEMENT FLOOR BEFORE DOING ANY RENOVATION WORK IN A BASEMENT. Installing a backflow valve between you and the city requires cutting into the concrete floor.  With our changing weather, this valve is almost always necssary and generally cod...
  • Weather Restrictions: ABS and PVC Pipe Cement

    Connect to your favourite weather forecaster and look for the following conditions:   Category: Adhesives     Product: ABS & PVC Pipe Cement Temperature Limitations: Above +4 C (+40 F) and below + 38 C (+100 F) Rain Limitations: Work on dry pipe and keep dry for 15 minutes. Wind Limitati...
  • How do I unfreeze a frozen hose bib?

    Nav in cold Edmonton, Alberta, writes: "We are trying to build an ice rink in the backyard. Our tap has frozen over and nothing comes out of it at all. Are they any solutions to this problem?"     The easiest way to unfreeze the hose bib is to wrap rags around it and keep pouring boiling wat...