Tool Tips

TOOL TIPS

Easy toilet flapper replacement, removing foreign objects from toilets, another use for garbage bags

Tool Tips: December 2014
Easy toilet flapper replacement.
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Pressure-testing PEX plumbing, ergonomic pipe wrenches, repairing nut driver magnet

Tool Tips: November 2014
When pressure-testing a Manabloc and PEX system with air, after rough-in, I shut off all valves on the Manabloc, leaving pressure in each individual line.
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Basement cleanout, PVC spacers, pipe storage

Tool Tips—August 2014

When opening an overhead cleanout in the basement, tie a heavy-duty plastic trashbag around the cleanout, leaving room to get your hand in to remove the cleanout plug that you previously loosened. Cut a small corner of the trashbag bottom and put a 5-gal. bucket under the hole.


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Compression gasket install, cutting oil with dawn, try a compact

Tool Tips—July 2014

When installing a no-caulk shower drain, I found the best way to install the compression gasket is to use a 2-in. PVC coupling and a rubber mallet.


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Saving fasteners with Teflon tape, emery cloth for threaded tailpieces, new use for worn-out gloves

Tool Tips—September 2014


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Saving clean-outs, removing posi-temp cartridges, clearing house traps

Tool Tips—June 2014

It’s good to have a run of PVC male adapters from 1 1/4 in. to 4 in. on hand when on a drain-cleaning job to remove the clean-out plug.


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Water closet wax rings, fitting brushes, Teflon tape

Tool Tips—May 2014

To reduce the worry of leaks in the ceiling from an upstairs water closet installation, I have found that if the closet ring is set too high, the space between the toilet and the wax ring is minimized, causing the wax to thin out.


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Replacing toilet handles, water closets, tub spouts

Tool Tips—April 2014

When replacing the toilet handle on 90% of the toilets out in the field, it seems like all aftermarket handles and sometimes even OEM handles don’t fit in the square cutout of the porcelain all the time.


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Shower valves, magnets, containing pipe dope spills

Tool Tips — March 2014

Shower valves, magnets, containing pipe dope spills- Tool tips for March 2014


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Hydronics systems, seats and springs, drain cleaning

Tool Tips—February 2014

February's Tool Tips include hydronics systems, seat & springs, and drain cleaning.


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