100 Plumbing Goofs and Other Scary Stuff
A plumbing problem is no laughing matter, but it is fun to see the problems before they're solved. Check out our collection of plumbing fails and other scary home stuff. Some are illustrated, some are real-life photos, but all are true stories.
That's Not PEX
A Flush to Remember
What the wall usually sees
The Physics of Plumbing
Use Your Head not Your Hammer
Who needs a “Pee”-trap?
"See, this way the city can't monitor the water going down my drain and I don't get charged for it. And if I'm not feeling like using the toilet, I can just let loose anywhere in the basement!" Yes, it’s true. In order to work properly, a drain actually has to be connected to something.
Don't fall for this trap
Roughing in for a centrally located sink
Can't even come up with a theory on what's going on here. Perhaps some instructions on how to connect a sink drain would be helpful.
Plumber? What plumber?
That's the definition of "hard water." On the plus side, the water spraying out should soon melt the icicle. Might be time for a new faucet and maybe to install a freeze detector in the house.
Exploding toilet trick
The Ever-Flowing Water Heater
Fourth Time's the Charm
Two Times the Water Damage
A New Toilet to Go with that Seat
Porcelain throne for the uninhibited
So much for the one place a guy can be left alone! Delores wanted to make sure that she could give Ron additions to his to-do list at all times. Time to plan out some bathroom walls!
Lesson Learned the Slimy Way
F is for Flub—and Flood
Overhead tub spout
You're not fully clean unless you're Zestfully clean!
Leaking fill valve repair
'I Did What You Said, Dad'
My bathroom sink stopped up and I had to take off the trap to pull out a clog of gunk. I removed the trap and caught the water in a bucket—scummy, soapy, toothpaste goobery, hairy water. I then positioned myself under the pipe to look up and make sure that all the gunk was out of the drain. I handed the bucket of water up to my 4-year-old son and asked him to get rid of it. He did what seemed perfectly natural to him—he poured it down the sink! All of the slimy water came right back in my face with a vengeance.
Stick shift toilet
So, I sit backwards, project my video game on the tank, and use the flusher as a joystick. Might be time to replace this old beauty.