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Plumbing Repair

Fix any plumbing problem with these repair how-to guides.

  1. 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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  1. 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.

  2. Water is Coming Out of the Air Gap


    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 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.

  4. 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 pipes, which eventually fill with water.

  5. 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 bathtubs and showers, drains, sinks and toilets.

  6. How to Remove a Stuck Cleanout Plug


    A seasoned pro shows you how to remove a stuck cleanout plug to gain access to a stubborn clog in a drain line using pipe wrenches, heat and/or a hacksaw.

  7. Water Pipe Replacement: Cures for Low Water Pressure


    Replace clogged, corroded water supply pipes to improve water pressure. Begin with the worst spots first, the main valve and meter and the fixture shutoffs. Then replace the horizontal pipes and finally the vertical lines

  8. 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 replace a valve. We show you how.

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