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  1. Neil.Steiner

    Questions about Hansgrohe iBox rough-in

    I've been looking at a Hansgrohe rough-in plus trim for a shower/tub remodel, but I'm very unclear on the iBox connections. Firstly, the iBox specifications describe the connections as "thread Rp ¾" with "dimension DN20." That sounds pretty foreign to me, although based on Terry's and...
  2. Neil.Steiner

    Is HansGrohe a good brand?

    My wife and I are having a contractor remodel a hall bathroom, and while shopping around I was introduced to Hansgrohe. As plumbers do you have thoughts and experience with the brand? Do you like working with it? Does it last well? Does the fact that the company is German make parts harder...
  3. Neil.Steiner

    Tub spout still drips after valve + seat replacement

    Thank you, one and all, and thanks especially to Jeff H Young for suggesting that I try buying the seats from another source. I purchased OEM seats, instead of the seats that came with the repair kit. I also saw something that reminded me of what members of this forum have suggested in the...
  4. Neil.Steiner

    Tub spout still drips after valve + seat replacement

    An older 3-handle shower of mine developed a problem where even when the faucets are turned off, the spout would still drip a little, and I had to turn the faucets really tight to get the dripping to stop. My wife tells me the problem is mostly with the hot water faucet. I hired a plumber for...
  5. Neil.Steiner

    Unidentified discoloration on flooring near tub and sink

    My upstairs bathroom has short wall between a tub and a sink, with a door just beyond the edge of the tub. Over the last few months, the floor just outside the door has become increasingly discolored, but I haven't been able to determine the source of the presumed water leak. I have looked...
  6. Neil.Steiner

    Trying to eliminate bead of water inside wall from new shower arm

    @jadnashua I went with the "belt-and-suspenders" approach, and it worked great. Thank you for the suggestion. @jadnashua @Reach4 Thanks for our comments on the pipe dope.
  7. Neil.Steiner

    Trying to eliminate bead of water inside wall from new shower arm

    Concerning pipe dope, I see that I had a can of never used RectorSeal 5 from many years ago, but was a little astonished to see the dope completely yellow. I thought it was supposed to be white, and the pictures or videos I've seen online show it white. Is there any case for concern? On the...
  8. Neil.Steiner

    Trying to eliminate bead of water inside wall from new shower arm

    [Am I confused? When you asked about IPS (straight) versus straight threaded, didn't you mean NPT (tapered) versus IPS (straight)?] I used an NPT tap because that's what the shower arm threads are. Doesn't NPT require tape or pipe dope to allow the two parts to screw tightly enough together...
  9. Neil.Steiner

    Trying to eliminate bead of water inside wall from new shower arm

    I set out to replace a shower head and realized I would have to also replace the shower arm, since the ball at the end of the existing arm doesn't unscrew. So I used a 1/2" tap to clean up the threads inside the wall, before putting 5-6 turns of teflon tape on the arm and screwing it in. I...
  10. Neil.Steiner

    Does shimming a toilet risk cracking the base?

    Thanks, @DIYorBust. Thanks, @Terry. For the video, and for the fantastic website.
  11. Neil.Steiner

    Does shimming a toilet risk cracking the base?

    @jadnashua, Thanks for the Polyseamseal suggestion. I didn't intend to use any sealant, but it would seem like everyone else on this forum agrees with you. I can't imagine that the sealant would prevent any leaking out from the toilet base, given the gap at the back, so I guess it's primarily...
  12. Neil.Steiner

    Does shimming a toilet risk cracking the base?

    @Obama the Plumber, Thanks for the suggestion to use a regular wax ring without the horn. I didn't realize that the horn is typically only used when stacking two rings. I'm also puzzled about the caulking/sealing, and was under the impression that the code here in Virginia did not require it...
  13. Neil.Steiner

    Does shimming a toilet risk cracking the base?

    Question: With my toilet sitting on the flange, without a wax ring in place, I've found that I can place two 1/16" metal washers at 1 o'clock, and one 1/16" metal washer at 3 o'clock to eliminate all wobbliness. I think the washers are zinc or something, but I realize I should replace them...
  14. Neil.Steiner

    Paini lavatory faucet, How would I find this faucet replacement part?

    I ended up finding a contact number for the manufacturer (Paini), and they sent the seats, springs, and an inner piece of the cartridge, next day shipping, at no cost to me. Pretty nice customer service.
  15. Neil.Steiner

    Paini lavatory faucet, How would I find this faucet replacement part?

    Thank, fullysprinklered. I checked the Delta parts and they don't quite fit. There's a slightly shorter version that's missing a ridge or two, and a slightly longer version that is likewise just a little too narrow. Could be that the parts are metric, since the faucet is apparently from...
  16. Neil.Steiner

    Paini lavatory faucet, How would I find this faucet replacement part?

    Happily begging once again for advice from the experts: I'm looking for a replacement part for a single handle lavatory faucet. Mine looks somewhat like the LaToscana 82PW211L Brunello by Paini, Paini apparently being an Italian import. This is the part in question: It's something like...
  17. Neil.Steiner

    Loud popping sounds from water heater after pipes have been drained

    @WorthFlorida, this is actually an electric heater, and I didn't empty it before my repair (just drained the other pipes in the house), so when I turned the main back on, the water coming out of the tank was still very warm. You could still be right about sediment on the heating elements—I've...
  18. Neil.Steiner

    Loud popping sounds from water heater after pipes have been drained

    @plumber69, thanks. I take it this may be something internal to the tank? I ask that because the only things on the top are the inlet, outlet, TPR, and anode bolt, and the only thing on the bottom is the flush valve. In any case, I finished the repair, and everything seems to be working fine...
  19. Neil.Steiner

    Loud popping sounds from water heater after pipes have been drained

    I drained my water pipes because I need to replace a failing saddle valve on the hot side with a proper Tee and quarter-turn valve. I began by turning off power to the water heater, turning off the water main, opening all faucets starting from the top of the house and working my way down. The...
  20. Neil.Steiner

    What is failing? TRP valve or expansion tank or both?

    Reach4 and jadnashua, thank you for your explanations. Let me carefully explain what happened after I checked the ET air pressure, because it probably tells me what is failing in my system. At that time, all of the hot water faucets in the house were open, except for two of three on the first...
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