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Homeowner’s can tackle basic plumbing tasks, and the articles like How to Install a Toilet and How to Solder Copper Pipe show you step-by-step how it’s done.

How to Install a Toilet (Like a Pro)
Ethan | September 17, 2012
How to Install a Toilet (Like a Pro)

Unless you’ve installed a few toilets, you may not know all the tips and tricks to ensure your commode will work well for years to come. The last thing you want is to make a mistake resulting in a leaky toilet. Even though installing a toilet is a common do-it-yourselfer task, it’s always helpful to see how a professional plumber tackles the job. Today I’m back at the bathroom remodel with general contractor Joe Bianco, president of SDG Home Solutions. He’s brought in Charlie, a master plumber from Drain Relief,... 

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Video: How to Solder Copper Pipe
Ethan | May 24, 2012
Video: How to Solder Copper Pipe

Today’s article comes to you from the OPC workshop where I’ve setup a demonstration for soldering copper pipe. Soldering (a.k.a. sweating) pipe is the typical method for joining two or more pieces of regular copper pipe, and a properly soldered joint can last many, many years. After you master this skill, you’ll be able to tackle simple plumbing jobs around your house like replacing a defective valve or a leaky hose bib (and many more). For the demonstration, I purchased a short length of M thickness, 1/2″ copper... 

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How to Repair an Underground Water Pipe
Ethan | March 5, 2012
How to Repair an Underground Water Pipe

We’re back with our next Pro-Follow, and this one hits close to home. If you entered Fred’s Husky Tool Tote Giveaway, you probably read the brief update at the end where he shares that today’s Pro-Follow comes to you from my house. Earlier this month, Jocie and I noticed that our water bill was significantly higher than usual. Seeing nothing amiss in our home, we called the utility company expecting there had been a clerical error or perhaps a malfunctioning water meter. Instead, they suggested we might have an underground... 

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How to Sweat (Solder) Copper Water Pipes for a Watertight Seal
Fred | January 3, 2012
How to Sweat (Solder) Copper Water Pipes for a Watertight Seal

Soldering pipes (called sweating) is the standard way to join two or more pieces of regular copper pipe together.  A solder joint forms a strong, watertight seal that will last for decades or longer when done properly.  In fact, a proper solder joint is less likely to leak than the rest of the copper pipe, which can develop pinhole leaks do to chemical erosion. For many homeowners the thought of plumbing anything is quite daunting.  We all envision our basements or living areas filling up with water due to some error or oversight... 

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How to Repair Leaky Kitchen Faucet
Ethan | August 1, 2011
How to Repair Leaky Kitchen Faucet

Drip… Drip… Drip… It really can drive you crazy! Fixing a leaky kitchen faucet can seem like a big job, but even if you are not much of a plumber, there are some simple things you can try before calling the cavalry. Replacing a faucet can cost upwards of $250, and a simple repair might be all that’s needed to return you faucet to like-new condition. The most common cause for small leaks is mineral deposits building up over time inside the faucet housing. A simple cleaning is the right fix. This post shares the steps... 

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How to Remove a Dishwasher and Install a New One
Ethan | August 3, 2010
How to Remove a Dishwasher and Install a New One

This past weekend, we took a few hours to install a new Kenmore Elite dishwasher. We’re really pleased with it thus far, but we thought we’d give it some more time before writing a full review of the dishwasher itself. The installation of a dishwasher is actually a very straightforward matter. It’s a great project for DIYers of all skill levels. Read on for our instructions for removing and installing a dishwasher in your own home.Tools and Materials We grabbed a handful of tools from our workshop. Here’s the... 

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