Plumbing

DIY plumbing projects, tips and repairs for most plumbing jobs around your home.

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  • Handy Plumbing Tips and Tricks

  • To save you time, money and headaches down the road, we collected our favorite tips and tricks for solving common household plumbing problems.…

  • Four Home Plumbing Repair Tips

  • When kitchen or bathroom faucet repairs go bad, they can be a nightmare. Professional plumbers share their solutions for disassembly and repair…

  • How to Plumb an Island Sink

  • Plumbing an island sink is tricky. We show two methods of properly venting the drain—an island (loop) vent and an air admittance…

  • Plumbing with PEX Tubing

  • Long used in radiant heating systems, flexible PEX tubing is perfect for water supply lines because it’s easy to run through walls and…

  • Stop Leaks in Plumbing Joints

  • The best time to fix a plumbing leak is before it happens, by properly connecting water supply and waste line fittings. Learn the tricks that…

  • Plumbing Tips: ABS Pipe

  • Learn expert plumbing tips from our experienced pro, including his choice of ABS plastic pipe, cutting and gluing techniques, elbow selection,…

  • How to Plumb a Basement Bathroom

  • A bathroom in the basement adds a lot of value to a finished basement. Here's how to plumb the bathroom yourself and save at least $1,000 on…

  • How to Plumb a Pedestal Sink

  • Make your cramped bathroom feel more spacious and stylish by tearing out the old vanity and sink and installing a new pedestal sink. It's…

  • How to Install Refrigerator Plumbing

  • This article will show you how to run a water line to your refrigerator for an automatic ice maker and water dispenser. The story and how-to…

  • Plumb & Install a Shower Base

  • Preformed, one-piece shower bases make installing a new shower much easier. This article explains the process, from ripping out the old shower…

  • How to Solder Copper Pipe

  • Soldering copper water supply lines is not a difficult skill.  Even a rookie can learn to solder leak-proof joints in 30 minutes. The…

  • ABS vs PVC

  • Follow our expert advice for choosing between ABS and PVC drainpipe. You have to consider your local plumbing codes, material availability, ease…

  • Quiet Pipes With Pipe Straps

  • Pipe straps can loosen over time, allowing pipes to creak and groan as water temperature changes, but you can stop this annoying chatter from…

  • Install Scald Protection

  • Achieve scald protection for your tub and shower by installing anti-scald showerheads and tub spouts. You don’t have to tear open the wall and…

  • Silence Noisy Water Pipes

  • Unlike traditional water chambers, which eventually fill with water, water hammer arresters are sealed, so they’re more effective at stopping…

  • Soldering Copper Pipe

  • There's a right way to solder copper pipe—and a wrong way. Learn the difference so that your next bathroom or kitchen plumbing project is…

  • Soldering Tips

  • Don't let copper pipes keep you from doing your own plumbing. You can get leak-proof joints on the first try, every time with these tips.

  • How to Solder Copper Pipe Joints

  • With a little practice, anyone can solder copper water pipe. Learn how to cut, clean and flux pipe and fittings, how much solder to use, and…

  • Install a Vanity Sink

  • Give your bathroom a dramatic makeover in one long weekend by replacing the vanity cabinet, sink and faucets. We'll show you how to remove the…

  • How to Fix a Chipped Sink

  • You can fix chipped enamel on cast iron and steel sinks, and you can make the repair almost invisible with a special enamel repair kit. We show…

  • How to Connect a PVC Pipe to ABS Pipe

  • Connect PVC and ABS plastic pipe with special transition fittings, correctly sized to the pipe size. They make a sound joint and meet plumbing…

  • Fixing Sprinkler Systems

  • These simple lawn irrigation system fixes will solve 90 percent of the common breakdowns. You'll save on repair bills and keep your lawn…

  • How to Connect Gas Pipe Lines

  • Make gas line connections from steel or copper pipes to ranges and clothes dryers safe and secure by using the proper fittings and connections.…

  • Upgrade Your Ice Maker Supply Line

  • If that plastic water line behind your fridge that feeds the icemaker makes you nervous about water damage, replace it with a stainless steel…

  • DIY Outdoor Shower Privacy

  • For privacy in an outdoor shower, choose from a wide variety of outdoor shower enclosures. They range from cloth types to rigid plastic…

  • DIY Solar Water Heating

  • You can install a solar hot water kit yourself to supplement your existing system and save on energy costs. The system will often pay for itself…

  • What is PEX? Plus Tips for Using PEX

  • PEX tubing and fittings are starting to push copper out of home-handyman (and plumbers') toolboxes. Learn tips for working with it and what all…

  • Prevent Leaks With Pipe Dope

  • A master plumber shares his simple secret to prevent leaks: back up pipe joints wrapped with Teflon tape by dabbing them with pipe dope.

  • Tips on Choosing a Faucet

  • Choosing a faucet is tricky. The variety of styles, materials and finishes—and prices—can be overwhelming. You’ll probably live with…

  • Sump Pump Backup

  • A good sump pump installation should include a backup system for breakdowns and power outages. Learn the pros and cons of four pump backup…

  • How to Install a Whirlpool Tub

  • Whirlpools are available that fit into a standard tub space and install almost as easily as a regular tub. Learn how to tear out the old tub,…

  • How to Achieve Better Yard Drainage

  • Stop dealing with water problems in your home and yard by installing this in-ground drainage system. This is a permanent, long-term solution to…

  • Upgrade Your Laundry Sink

  • Replace a grungy laundry sink with a new one and upgrade with a soap dispenser and faucet with a pull-out spout. It's usually a simple half-day…

  • 10 Pitfalls of Sink Replacement

  • Replacing a kitchen sink and faucet is a quick way to give your kitchen a new look, but there are potential plumbing and installation problems…

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