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  1. SteveW

    A tiny bit of water on the back of shut off valve after replacing

    Terry used to talk about putting a drop of oil on threads of copper compression fittings to help get it tightened adequately. I've tried this and it can help.
  2. SteveW

    Current Toto Drake round front models

    Speaking of Toto's reputation for excellent engineering, one thing I learned on this site from Terry himself was that Toto uses a different method for casting their toilets. They use a drier form of clay so it doesn't "slump" as much as it sets. This translates to less chance of a restriction in...
  3. SteveW

    Kitchen sink slow drain

    Yes, it can definitely clear a drain, as long as there is at least some flow. It won't open a completely blocked drain, but if there is even a little bit of flow, it can open it further over a couple days of applying it. Were I the OP, I would give Bio-Clean a try.
  4. SteveW

    Kitchen sink slow drain

    I learned about Bio-Clean from Terry a number of years ago and have had good luck with it. Takes a few days but often does a nice job with slow drains.
  5. SteveW

    Water meter restrictors for drought

    Just saw this article about local water utility installing flow restrictors on the meters of consumers who don't follow the rules during the drought:
  6. SteveW

    Replacing shutoff valve on CPVC

    Good point -- I missed that originally.
  7. SteveW

    Replacing shutoff valve on CPVC

    Only one problem -- not much length to work with once he cuts off the old stop.
  8. SteveW

    Replacing shutoff valve on CPVC

    Yep -- I can't get over the sight of that fitting not being compression!
  9. SteveW

    Replacing shutoff valve on CPVC

    I had never heard of a glue-on compression fitting-- you learn something every day on this site!
  10. SteveW

    Replacing shutoff valve on CPVC

    I understand that it would be most likely that, if the rest of the house is plumbed w CPVC, that this bathroom would be, too. But when I look at this pic, the very small surface area of the supply pipe between the escutcheon and the valve does not look like plastic to me. Looks like chrome. Am I...
  11. SteveW

    Replacing shutoff valve on CPVC

    Maybe it's the angle, but to me this doesn't look like CPVC. It appears you have a compression fitting on a copper pipe?
  12. SteveW

    Toto Aimes vs Aquia IV vs Legato

    I have 3 older Totos in my house, one of which uses the Unifit system. I like the Unifit system because it makes it really easy to pull and replace the toilet (say, if you want to paint behind it). You don't have to mess with wax rings to do so. You do need to be able to drill some holes in...
  13. SteveW

    Buying from Box store vs.

    Hope you like 'em-- I'm a big Toto fan. Nice to have a product that just works -- virtually never clogs, good bowl wash.
  14. SteveW

    Uncloggable Toilet

    Adding probiotics may not be as helpful as going for less meat and more plants:
  15. SteveW

    Uncloggable Toilet

    Closing the loop on this thread -- appears the conversation has moved here:
  16. SteveW

    Toilet flange problems

    Also, don't caulk all the way around the base of the toilet. Leave the back of the toilet uncaulked. That way if there is a leak in the future you have a chance of noticing it and fixing it before rotting the subfloor.
  17. SteveW

    Compression fittings need to stop leaking

    Some of the compression stops have instructions to use a drop or two of oil on the threads, which makes it easier to tighten them adequately. I think a lot of us DIY homeowners err on the side of not tightening enough. It's a knack that a real plumber probably picks up pretty quickly. Like James...
  18. SteveW

    A brief history of toilets, Ted talks - Francis de los Reyes

    Informative video, Terry! Reminds me of a book I read, called "Flushed: How the plumber saved civilization." Great and entertaining account of how plumbing really is the technology that allows civilization -- much more so than electricity, transportation, etc. Really made me appreciate plumbers...
  19. SteveW

    Refrigerator water dispenser

    This is a good forum for that. What's your issue?
  20. SteveW

    Stubborn pipe blockage problem snaking hasn't fixed

    Interesting -- i had forgotten that the manufacturer does in fact claim it goes after paper and hair -- I guess the operative word here is "attack" vs "dissolve." On the down side, Bio-Clean can't really help much if there is no water flowing in a pipe. It needs at least a narrow tunnel to get...
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