Tool Tips

Highlighting ideas that save time and money on a plumbing jobsite. Sponsor: RIDGID Tools.


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

Tool Tips—June 2014
June 26, 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
May 21, 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
April 22, 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
March 17, 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 20, 2014

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

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Smoke-testing waste, smartphone tricks, faucet replacement

Tool Tips—January 2014
January 23, 2014

Smoke-testing waste, smartphone tricks and faucet replacements are part of the January 2014 Tool Tips.

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Thermal traps, shower installation, basket strainer

Tool Tips — December 2013
December 19, 2013

This month's Tool Tips features thermal straps, shower installation and basket strainers!

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Sillcock replacement, easy faucet installation, sink clips

Tool Tips—November 2013
November 18, 2013

Sillcock replacement, easy faucet installation, sink clips for November 2013's Tool Tips.

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Easy pipe storage, cartridge removal, iPhone functions

Tool Tips — October 2013
October 17, 2013

Tool tips for October 2013 include pipe storafe, cartridge ring removal and functions of your iPhone.

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Tool Tips — September 2013

DIY cable counter, chain safety, ignitor change-out
September 20, 2013

DIY cable counter, chain safety, ignitor change-out

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June 2014

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In the June issue of Plumbing & Mechanical, read about the Burke Agency and find out why they are the 2014 Plumbing & Mechanical Rep of the Year. Read about the latest method for renewable fuel, what to take into account when installing indoor climate systems and learn to be a trusted advisor with the 2015 water heater regulations. Find out who is this month's Truck of the Month, read this month's Tool Tips and check out the latest products and news from the plumbing and mechanical industry.
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