Plumbing Repair

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  • 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.

  • Do it right. Do it yourself.

    The Family Handyman is proud to announce the DIY University. Courses that give you the confidence and know-how to get the job done right.

  • 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.


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