Plumbing Repair projects
Find and Repair Hidden Plumbing Leaks
We show simple ways to find and stop common water leaks before they cause rot and other expensive damage. You'll find most of them around…
How to Repair a Leaking Copper Pipe
You can fix leaky copper pipe quickly and efficiently with special repair sleeves. We show you how to cut and solder copper supply lines.
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How to Stop Tree Roots From Plugging Sewer Lines
Keep invasive tree roots from plugging your sewer line by boring them out with an rented auger, cutting the trees or calling in pros. The pros…
How to Repair a Plumbing Vent in the Attic
There's a right way and a wrong way to install vents. This photo shows the wrong way; the article explains what probably happened and how to…
How to Stop a Plumbing Leak
Small water leaks at soldered copper joints can be easy—or not so easy—to fix. This article explains the options, including what to…
Copper Pipe Types
Type L and Type M copper pipe comparison: Use Type M for most home situations. Use heavier duty Type L for underground and other special…
Water Pipe Replacement
Use a special “slip” or “no-stop” coupling to quickly and easily splice in a new section of copper pipe or to add or…
Stop Banging Water Pipes
The best cure for banging water pipes is a water hammer arrester with a lubricated internal piston. The sealed piston works better than capped…
Join Galvanized Pipe to Copper Pipe
Install 3-in. plastic-lined nipples between copper and steel pipes to prevent galvanic corrosion from clogging the water line. It's a quick,…
How to Join Dissimilar Pipes
A master plumber shows the fittings and techniques used to make leak-free connections between copper, PEX, CPVC, galvanized steel and more.
How to Use an Internal Pipe Wrench
Avoid crushing rusted galvanized pipes and nipples by using an internal pipe wrench instead of a standard pipe wrench. Here's how to use one.