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Weekend Plumber? 13 Plumbing Tricks of the Profession

A couple of DIY plumbing pro-tips to help you achieve success and make your life a little simpler

Beyond any other kind of home improvement project, plumbing can drive a DIYer crazy. Challenges develop, tasks increase, and aggravations multiply. Even pros are not immune. But one means to manage the aggravations and achieve a successful plumbing project is to give plenty of time at the very least two times as much time as you assume the project should take.


One more clever tip is to know some methods of the trade. Below are a couple of favorites from a nearby plumbing technician in [county], [region].

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Reheat Solder When You Can’t Cut a Pipeline

The very best method to remove a soldered pipeline is to cut it. Yet sometimes you can not– either because you can not get a cutting device near the space or because cutting might leave the pipeline way too short to make a new connection.


The remedy is to heat the joint and remove from the fitting as the solder melts.


Have a damp cloth available and quickly clean away the molten solder before it hardens. (Use gloves to avoid burning your fingers!) Sometimes a fast wipe will leave the pipeline prepared for a new fitting.


Very likely, you’ll need to scour off some excess solder with sandpaper or emery cloth before you can slip on a new fitting.

Replace Metal Drain Lines with Plastic

Replace Metal Drainpipe Lines with Plastic

Metal drainpipe lines under sinks look a lot more reliable than plastic. Yet plastic is better in nearly every way. It’s cheaper, simpler to install, and easier to adjust or tighten if a leak forms. And unlike metal, plastic will not corrode.


So when a metal drainpipe leaks, frequently the smartest step is to replace the entire installation with plastic.

Loosen Up Stuck Pipelines with Heat

When a threaded connection will not budge, using heat sometimes works, especially on ancient connections that were sealed with pipeline dope that hardened with time. Be patient. Getting the metal hot enough can take a couple of minutes.


Shield close-by surface areas with a flame-resistant towel. This approach is for water and waste pipes only, never ever for gas or fuel lines.

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Piggyback Stubborn Shutoffs

Shutoff valves under sinks and toilets have a rotten reliability record. Occasionally they will not shut totally; at times they will not shut whatsoever. In either case, there’s an alternate to replacing the shutoff.


The majority of home centers carry “piggyback” shutoff valves that attach to existing shutoffs. Simply disconnect the supply line and set up the new valve (a new supply line is an excellent idea, too). If the old shutoff closes much of the way, you will not even need to turn off the main water valve; simply set a container under the valve to catch the trickle while you do the job.

Fix a Clog in Seconds

Fix a Block in Seconds

Before you run a drainpipe snake inside a blocked pipeline or take apart the trap, there are a couple of other methods worth attempting: Frequently, you can yank out a block with a flexible-shaft pick-up device, or perhaps a Zip-It jig can likewise do the trick.


Furthermore, a wet/dry vacuum cleaner just might suck out the blockage.

A blocked drain or toilet can be triggered by the accumulation of hair, soap residue and even foreign items such as hairpin or cotton swabs. If you have a blocked sink or toilet, you can utilize a plunger to try unblocking it.


Having said that, if the block is too far down the pipes or you are unable to resolve it on your own, call a plumber near me. Our service providers will clear your clogged up drains and, if necessary, repair them.

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Don't Overtighten Supply Lines

Do Not Overtighten Supply Water Lines

It’s tempting to crank supply lines on tight, solely to be safe. Yet overtightening supply lines is actually riskier than under-tightening. A loose connection that drips is very easy to tighten, yet overtightening can wreck rubber seals and damage the threaded nuts.


So get into this practice: Make the connections at both ends of the supply line finger-tight, then provide one more one-eighth to one-quarter turn with pliers. If they drip, snug them up a little bit more.

Do Not Reuse Supply Water Lines

When you’re replacing a toilet or a faucet, you can conserve a couple of dollars by reusing the old flexible supply lines. Yet do not. Plastic weakens over time, and even a small drip can bring about huge water damage. It’s a small risk, yet not one worth taking.


A better practice is to buy new lines that are wrapped in knotted stainless-steel; they’re much less likely to burst. Yet even if you currently have braided lines that are a number of years, replace them.

Tips for Making Use Of Thread Tape

Tape and dope are just as dependable for sealing pipeline threads. The major advantage of tape is that it will not smear onto your hands or tools and end up on the carpet. Listed here are some ideas for tape:


  •  Low-cost tape works great, but the thicker stuff (often pink for water, yellow for gas) is easier to deal with and rips more neatly.
  • Unlike dope, the tape is for pipeline threads only. Don’t utilize it on compression or other connections
  • How many times should you wrap around the pipeline? There are no standards, but one of the most common reply from professional plumbing technicians was three.
  • Always wrap the tape clockwise around the threads. Otherwise, the tape will unwrap as you screw the joint together.

Cut Stubborn Components

Rust and mineral deposits have an incredible power to secure components together, making them nearly difficult to disconnect. Frequently, the most effective remedy is to cut the stubborn component.


Either slice it off or cut kerfs in the component so you can break it off. A hacksaw blade works well. Oscillating or rotary tools function even better.

Choose Caulk, Not Putty

Select Caulk, Not Putty

In spite of the name, our plumbing technicians never utilize plumber’s putty. It damages some types of plastic and stains surface areas such as all-natural rock. And also, it often tends to dry out, crack and allow leaks.


Silicone caulk is a much safer, longer-lasting sealant in most places where you might utilize plumber’s putty.

Dope Everything

Use Dope On Everything

Thread sealant (also known as ‘pipeline dope’) is designed to seal threads. Yet it’s fantastic for nearly any connection, even if the threads do not form the seal. Use it on compression fittings, ground fittings, and rubber seals.


Because it’s slippery, it gives connections to slide together correctly for an excellent seal. And, if you utilize a type that does not harden, disassembly and repair will be easier years later. Some styles of dope harm plastic components, so check the label.

Don’t Fight It, Replace It

Don’t Battle It, Replace It

If you really feel a groove where the O-rings mate to the spout, the faucet is toast. Don’t lose any more time and energy on O-ring repairs– you’ll never ever get an enduring seal. We highly recommend replacing the faucet.


Get a Better Grip

Have a Better Grip

Use a hex socket and valve grinding mixture to avoid stripping the set screw.


Squeeze the hex socket deep right into the setscrew with one hand and draw the cog handle with the other. Then loosen up the setscrew with a fast pulling action.

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