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How to Repair a Plumbing Compression Joint

If a compression joint is leaking and tightening of the cap-nut doesn’t produce a watertight seal you’ll have to disconnect the fitting and look inside – after turning off the water supply. If a cap-nut is impossible to move, run a few drops of penetrating oil onto the thread. If that doesn’t do the trick,

How to Repair a Plumbing Capillary Joint

Poor initial soldering is usually the reason why a capillary fitting leaks. You can try and rectify this by ‘sweating’ in some more solder but if this doesn’t work you’ll have to remake the joint. Play the flame of the blow-torch over the fitting and pipe until the solder begins to run from the joint.

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

As we all know, water freezes when the temperature goes down to 32ˇŻ F. There are those that say, “So what! It will eventually melt.” Au contraire. Frozen pipes often lead to burst pipes that can lead to floods, which lead to thousands (of dollars in damage to other parts of your home, to prevent

How to Make a Plumbing Capillary Joint

A capillary joint is simply a copper sleeve with socket outlets into which the pipe ends are soldered. It is neater and smaller than a compression joint and forms a robust connection that will not readily pull apart. Because it is considerably cheaper than a compression joint it is frequently used when a number of

How to Improve Domestic Plumbing System by Joining New Pipework into Old

Improvements or additions to a domestic plumbing system inevitably involve joining new pipework into old. How you do this depends largely upon whether the existing pipework is made of lead, iron or more modern materials -copper, polythene or even unplasticised PVC. Before you decide to contact a water line installation service, make sure you do hire drain

How to Identify Old Plumbing Pipes

Here are some examples of pipework that you may find in your home. According to many residential plumbing services, most plumbing these days is done with plastic pipes and fittings, but it is still important to be able to recognise the type of plumbing you have in your home before work can begin so you

How Does Plumbing Work?

Over recent years, house owners and tenants have demonstrated a willingness, indeed a preference, to tackle their own plumbing repairs and water heater installation. As manufacturers responded to these demands by supplying hardware specially designed for them, householders in turn became even more ambitious, stimulating a growing industry aimed directly at the DIY market. Almost

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