Posts Tagged ‘Plumbing’

Plumbing DIY – How to Solder Copper Pipes and Copper Joints!

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Soldering copper pipes and joints may be one of the first things a plumber should know how to do.  There’s already many great resources on how to solder copper pipes and joints, we highly recommend to start out with this article from RD.com.

In this article, we’ll show you how to do a leakproof soldering job the first time—and a few cool tools to make the job quicker and easier.

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Here’s two videos on how to solder copper pipes and joints FYI:

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Plumbing DIY – How to Install a Toilet!

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

If you are thinking about installing a toilet yourself, you might be interested to read the article on DoItYourself.com.  Of course, you can always call us at 888-LOW-BIDZ and get it done by professional plumbers too.

One word of warning, do not attempt to replace your own toilet without taking all the pre-cautions:

  1. Violating or ignoring local code restrictions.
  2. Using pipes that are too small.
  3. Attaching copper to galvanized without using a brass or dielectric fitting between the two.
  4. Not using PTFE tape or pipe compound at threaded joints.
  5. Not leveling your fixtures when installing them.
  6. Not installing an air gap filling for fixtures.
  7. Cutting supply stub outs too short to install the shutoff valves onto after the finished wall is in place, or
  8. Not properly aligning tubing into fittings or stop valves. (Forcing the nut onto the compression ring at an angle when the tubing is at an angle will cause a leak.)
  9. When turning the water back on in your home, always run the outside hose valve or flush your toilets to bleed dirt and air from the lines. This debris can cause problems in your sink faucets and other plumbing trim.

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Here’s also a great video on how to install your own toilet:

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Plumbing DIY – How to Unclog a Drain!

Monday, October 27th, 2008

For most clogs, there’s easy ways to unclog your drain.  Before you call the plumber, try this DIY that shows you how easily most pipes can be “unscrewed”:

Traps: If you have lost a valuable item such as a contact lens or ring, removing the trap, known as a “P” OR “S” trap, will be a perfect way to retrieve the lost item.

Step 1. Place a basin or bucket to catch water from the trap. If chemicals are present use a chemical resistant bucket and wear chemical resistant gloves. Also shield eyes.

Step 2. Loosen the two end nuts of the couplings. Some can be loosened by hand, but a pipe wrench may be needed. The trap will come free and you can get the lost item, or remove the plug.

Step 3. Check the washers for any damage when putting the trap back on. Replacing the damaged washers now may save you a leak later on.

via doityourself


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