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These drain repair articles will help you fix leaks, remove clogs, replace and modify all the drains in your house.

  1. How to Unclog a Drain That's Hopelessly Clogged

    If the plunger and the snake fail, you probably have a big clog somewhere in the drainpipe. Here's how to locate the clog and grind your way through it.

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  1. How to Clean a Garbage Disposal

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    Does your kitchen sink smell bad? Is it coming from your garbage disposal? Here's how to clean a garbage disposal and get rid of those disgusting odors.

  2. Water is Coming Out of the Air Gap

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    A foul smell or dirty water squirting out of the air gap vent holes indicates a clog inside the air gap. The fix is a simple cleaning with household disinfectant.

  3. How to Clear Clogged Drains

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    Learn the best techniques for clearing clogged sink drains using a plunger and a snake. Avoid emergency visits from the plumber and save hundreds of dollars by doing it yourself with these inexpensive tools.

  4. Replace a Shower Drain From the Top

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    Replace a shower drain without tearing open the ceiling below. Use a special drain assembly and install it from the top.

  5. Unclog a Bathtub Drain Without Chemicals

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    Fix a clogged tub drain quickly and easily by removing the stopper and fishing out the hair and gunk that causes the problem 80 percent of the time. We show you how to open most common types of drains.

  6. Fixing a Sewage Ejection Pump

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    If your ejection pump fails, check for a bad switch before deciding to replace the pump or calling a plumber. You can replace the switch yourself for about $20.

  7. How to Eliminate Basement Odor and Sewer Smells

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    This article shows five reasons why your basement could smell like a sewer. If you have a smelly basement and can't locate the source, we'll show you the most likely culprits.

  8. Tricks for Splicing Plastic Drain Pipe

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    Whether you're working with PVC, ABS or cast iron, Mission couplings are essential for fitting a section of pipe into an existing run of waste line or vent. Installation is simple.

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