An Introduction to Plumbing

If you're working on a plumbing project, you've come to the right place. This guide offers information and expert advice on all types of projects.

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It's all here: clearing clogs, fixing leaks, installing new fixtures, even expanding your home's service. Step by step, we show you how. Our plumbing projects are designed for newbies and experts. Plus, we cover topics in every room of your home. 

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How to Fix Leaky Faucets or Install a New Faucet

Faucets are one of the most important plumbing fixtures, so understanding how to install or repair faucets is a critical skill for homeowners and renters alike. Learn how to install or repair many different types of faucets, including stem-compression faucets, reverse-compression faucets, two-handle faucets, single-handle faucets, ball faucets, cartridge faucets, kitchen sprayers, kitchen faucets, and bathroom faucets. We'll also cover tub and shower faucet repairs and installation for compression faucets, cartridge faucets, ball faucets, and disk faucets. Finally, we'll walk you through repair and installation for diverters, tub spouts, and flex-line shower units. 

How to Plan Your Plumbing Project

Before you commit to any plumbing project, make sure you know your limits and understand plumbing basics. This section will show you how to shut off the water in your home, make drawings, and stay-up-to-date on plumbing codes. We'll also help you understand your drain-waste-vent system, learn the principles of venting, and make appropriate considerations for accessibility.

How to Fix Clogged Drain Pipes

Few things are more frustrating than clogged drain pipes. Learn fixes for different types of pipes, such as aerators and showerheads, bathroom sink drains, kitchen basket strainers, sinks with disposers, tubs or toilets, and drain lines. We'll also show you how to unclog pipes by plunging and how to dismantle a trap. 

Everything You Need to Know About Toilet Repair

It's easy to panic and call a plumber when you're having toilet troubles, but many fixes are easy to do yourself. This section will teach you all about toilet plumbing, including things like troubleshooting and clearing a clogged toilet. We'll also cover how to eliminate run-on, how to install and repair a fill valve, how to solve phantom flushes, how to fix a sweating toilet, and how to maintain a pressure-assisted toilet. We also cover replacing a toilet and replacing a toilet seat.

How to Repair Pipes, Thaw Frozen Water Pipes, and More

Learn the skills needed to do simple pipe repairs in your home that are important to know. Learn how to repair copper pipe, how to repair plastic pipe, and how to fix leaky pipes. We'll also cover how to silence pipe noises, repair cast-iron pipe, and thaw frozen pipes. If you're eager to learn about valves, we'll show you to repair leaks, install stop valves on both copper and steel pipe, and replace a valve.

How to Work with Different Types of Pipes

Knowing what type of pipe to use for what project is an important skill all beginner plumbers must master. We'll walk you through the basics of working with copper pipe, CPVC and plastic supplies, PEX tubing, and cast-iron pipes. We'll also show you how to install plastic drainpipes, composite pipes, and steel pipe. Finally, you'll learn how to run pipe through walls and floors and how to connect new pipes to old lines.

Plumbing System Repairs and Upgrades

In an older home, it's sometimes necessary to repair and upgrade plumbing fixtures. This section shows you how to repair both a gas water heater and an electric water heater. Plus, you'll learn how to install an electric water heater, a water filter, and an on-demand water heater. Other basic skills—such as increasing water pressure and maintaining both a water pump and a water softener—are also covered.

How to Remove, Repair, or Replace a Bathtub

Bathtubs are bulky, but with a little help, you can remove, replace, or install a prefab bathtub surround without calling a professional. Keep in mind that all three projects are easiest when you have someone to help you.

Tips for Installing a New Bathroom

Building a new bathroom from scratch or remodeling an existing one? You'll want to read through our advice on bathroom specifications, preparing the site, and much more. We'll show you how to run drain and vent lines, run copper supply lines, hook up a shower or tub faucet, build a shower enclosure, and build a wet wall. You'll also learn how to install a bathroom vanity sink, a pedestal sink, a whirlpool tub, and a luxury shower. 

How to Plan and Install Kitchen Plumbing and Appliances

Kitchen plumbing is just as important as bathroom plumbing. These kitchen-specific tutorials will show you how to run drain lines and extend supply lines. You'll also learn how to install a number of fixtures and appliances, including an air admittance valve, a kitchen sink, a garbage disposer, a hot water dispenser, an undersink filter, an icemaker, and a dishwasher.  

How to Install or Repair Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning Systems

A comfortable home depends in part on its temperature and humidity levels. This section shows you how to keep up with your home's heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning. You'll learn how to install a whole-house humidifier, convectors, and underfloor hydronic heating. We'll also cover maintaining a whole-house humidifier, repairing old radiators, and reducing heating costs.

How to Upgrade Your Utility Room or Basement

Improve your home's water supply and system pressure with some simple upgrades. In this section, you'll learn how to add a water softener to your home and set up a laundry room. We'll also walk you through the basics of installing an upflush toilet and a sump pump.

Outdoor Plumbing Projects: Sprinklers, Ponds, Fountains, and More

Looking to amp up curb appeal or increase the functionality of your outdoor space? Look no further than these plumbing projects. We'll show you how to maintain a swimming pool, plus how to install several features, including an outdoor kitchen, microsprinklers, a hosebib, an irrigation system, and a pond with fountain. 

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