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Handy plumbing tips and tricks

Use pipe insulation to keep the sprayer from getting tangled

If you need to yank the hose while turning the sprayer off the sink in the kitchen, there is a high possibility that the hose will get caught in the shut-off valves. Slide 1/2 inch for smooth operation. Foam tube insulation over tubes and locking handles. Tape it if it won't stay in place. Get insulation at hardware stores for about R30

Wrap pipes in felt with glue

Hot water can cause copper pipe to expand and rub against pipe hangers and joists. So buy sticky felt at the hardware store and cut it into strips. Then remove each hanger and wrap the hose before reattaching the hanger.

Muffle noise with expanding foam

Fill the space between two stainless steel sinks with expanding foam. The foam dampens vibrations and reduces the gong effect.

It is possible to do this with the sink installed, but much cleaner and easier to do prior to installation. In any case, allow the foam to set and then cut off the excess with a knife.

Use a shop vacuum to remove hard objects

If a hard object like a toothbrush If a comb or toy clogs a toilet or drain, a plunger may not be a solution, it may just push the clog deeper. Instead, suck up the water and plug it up with an industrial wet/dry vacuum.

Use a strong magnet to find
hidden pipes

If you try to find a pipe To locate under the floor, attach a rare earth (neodymium) magnet to an electrical fish tape and insert it through the cleaning plug into the drain lines.

Locate the magnet (and pipe) under the floor using an ordinary compass, which rotates violently when it hits the strong magnet.

Use a bucket of water to flush the toilet rinse

You don't have to run to the neighbor's bathroom during a plumbing project. Before turning off the water supply, fill 2-gallon buckets with water. Flush the toilet by flushing the water into the bowl. Receive one download per deposit.

Works just as well as the usual method, although the container will not be refilled.

Take a picture before closing the walls

Your walls may not be very pretty furnished, but it's a good idea to take photos of what's inside during the remodel. The same applies to floors and ceilings. When it comes to your next remodeling or repair project, you'll know where the structure, electrical, and plumbing lines are located.

Submerge the water first before removing the siphon

Before you remove the
B. a siphon, use a pestle to press down the drain a few times.

This forces most of the water out of the trap, reducing mess when pulling the trap. If you have a double sink, be sure to cap the other drain to retain air pressure. If the strainer is not screwed on, you will need to hold it while submerging the drain.

These plumbing tips can be used for everyone including beginners as you never know when you can learn something new and helpful.

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