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Plumbing Repair: DIY Tips and Step-By-Step Guides

This Section covers many important plumbing home repair topics and DIY plumbing tips. Get information and how-to guidance on plumbing fixture and drain repair, water supply and waste line repair.
  1. Faucet Repair Tutorials (8)
  2. Utility Shutoff Procedures (4)
  3. Water Heater Tutorials (13)

How to Remove a Bathroom Vanity
This tutorial shows you how to remove a bathroom sink/vanity complete with detailed photos.

How to Replace and Install a Bathroom Vanity
Detailed tutorial describes how to replace an install a bathroom vanity along with tips for a great installation.

Product Review - InSinkErator "Evolution Essential" Garbage Disposal
This product review evaluates the InSinkErator Evolution Essential garbage disposal.

How To Repair a Leaking Ball Faucet
Tutorial describing how to repair a single lever ball faucet such as made by Peerless or Delta and which is commonly found in the kitchen and bath.

InSinkErator "Evolution Essential" - Garbage Disposal Review
This product review evaluates the InSinkErator Evolution Essential garbage disposer.

Water Heater Tutorials
Learn how to repair and maintain a gas or electric water heater.

Introduction to Home Plumbing Material
Tutorial describes the various types of materials used in home plumbing systems and outlines the most common types of piping materials found in homes of different ages, what they are used for and how to cut and fasten them together.

Adjusting Different Types of Toilet Ballcocks
This tutorial describes how to adjust different types of toilet fill valves or ballcocks including plunger, diaphragm, floating cup and floatless.

Draining an Electric Water Heater
Describes how to drain an electric water heater tank for purposes of repair and maintenance.

How to Prevent an Outside Faucet from Freezing
Describes products and techniques to reduce freezing risk of an outside faucet or sill-cock.

How to Install a Centerset Faucet with Pop-Up Drain
Tutorial describes how to install a centerset bathroom faucet with a pop-up drain.

Removing Toilet Bowl Stains with Water Softener Resin Bed Cleaner
How to Remove Toilet Stains - Toilet Rust Stain Removal

Curved Shower Rod Installation
Describes how to install a curved bathroom shower rod.

Removing a Garbage Disposal
Tutorial describes how to easily remove a garbage disposal or waste food disposer

All About Garbage Disposals - Garbage Disposer Summary
This article is a hub of critical information regarding the garbage disposal. It covers the anatomy and composition of the disposal, troubleshooting and repair, clearing clogs, how to select the right unit for your needs, disposal use with septic systems and disposal installation.

Maintaining a Sump Pump
Tips for maintaining a residential basement sump pump.

How to Unclog a Tub Drain
This tutorial describes how to repair a clog in a bath tub using a cup plunger and duct tape.

Selecting a Garbage Disposal
Tutorial describes what to look for in a garbage disposal and provides some recommendations on garbage disposers.

Water Softener Repair Tip: How to Repair a Salt Bridge
Quick tip on a common problem called a salt bridge which may appear when a water softener runs but does not soften the water and does not appear to use salt.

Garbage Disposal Repair - Vibration and Noise
This tutorial describes what you can do to fix problems of a noisy or vibrating garbage disposal / disposer unit.

How to Replace a Toilet
Tutorial describes the steps involved in removing and replacing an existing toilet or water closet including the closet flange and wax ring replacement.

Troubleshooting Drinking Water Treatment Solutions
Describes how to troubleshoot water treatment problems in the home including hard water, iron, tannins, rotten egg smell, etc.

Water Hardness Testing
This tutorial describes a home test to determine if you have hard water.

Drain Your Home's Plumbing System
This tutorial describes an easy process for draining your home's plumbing system. Step by step description on how to drain your home's plumbing water line and then turn everything back on.

Bathroom Vanity and Sink Types - Bathroom Vanities and Cabinets
Describes bathroom vanity and sink types including wall mounted sink, pedestal sink, vessel sink vanities, framed sink, undermount sink and drop-in sinks and cabinet vanities.

Repair a Clogged Garbage Disposal - Disposer Drain
This tutorial gives you tips and describes how to avoid a clog and what to do if your garbage disposer or disposal unit has a clogged drain.

Replacing an Existing Surface Mounted Sink - Drop In - Self Rimming
You can easily replace that grungy looking old sink in your kitchen with a nice new sink and I'll show you how to do it yourself. This tutorial explains how to replace and install a self-rimming surface mounted sink.

Toilet - Pressure Assisted
Introduction to the water conserving pressure assisted toilet. It is estimated that these high efficiency toilets can save over 8,000 gallons of water per year.

Top 10 Plumbing Tools
This tutorial shows you the essential top 10 tools / items you'll need for plumbing repairs around the home.

Single Lever Ball Faucet Repair Quick Fix
Tip on how to quickly stop a leaky ball type single lever faucet without having a new repair kit.

Water Softeners - How They Work
Tutorial describes in plain English how water softeners work, the types of softeners and how they eliminate hard water and the differences between using salt and potassium.

Thawing a Frozen Water Pipe
Water pipes freezing in the winter are dangerous and expensive. Read how to thaw a frozen pipe and stop them from freezing in the future.

Fixing Water Hammer
Describes the common problem of water hammer and how to solve it.

Top Plumbing Repair Tutorials
Plumbing repair is one of the most common and essential repairs you will make in your home. Here is a list of some of the most essential repair tutorials you need. I'll show you how to repair a toilet, faucets, garbage disposals and more!

Adjusting a Toilet Flapper Ball - Flush Valve
Tip on how to stop annoying toilet flushing problems related to the flush valve or toilet flapper ball

Repairing a Leaky Toilet Tank Flush Valve
This tutorial describes an easy repair for a leaky toilet tank drain flush valve using the Fluidmaster 555C "Flusher Fixer."

Troubleshooting Common Toilet Problems
Describes how to fix common causes problems with toilets including toilet running, not flushing at all, clogged, etc.

How to Quickly Determine Your Faucet or Shower Flow Rate in GPM
Quick tip on how to measure the specific flow rate from your faucet or shower head measured in gallons per minute (GPM).

Home Winterizing
Fall checklist for getting your home ready for winter.

Garbage Disposal Installation
Tutorial explaining steps to install a garbage disposal

Hand Held Shower Head - How to Install a Hand Held Shower
Step by step tutorial on how to install a hand held shower

How to Remove a Tub Spout
This step by step tutorial describes how to remove a bath tub spout.

How to Install a Wall Mounted Shower Head
Step by step tutorial on how to install or replace a wall mounted shower head

Repairing a Compression Washer Faucet
This tutorial will show you how to repair a leaking compression washer faucet.

How To Repair a Leaking Two Handle Cartridge Faucet
This tutorial will show you how to repair a leaking two handle cartridge faucet with illustrating faucet repair photos.

Anatomy of a Garbage Disposal
Exploded view diagram of a Garbage Disposal's inner construction with descriptions.

Garbage Disposal Troubleshooting
How to troubleshoot and repair common garbage disposal problems.

Types of Faucets and How to Tell Them Apart
Faucets come in several types including compression, ball, cartridge and disc. Identifying what type you have is the first step in doing any repair. The type of faucet determines how it gets repaired and what tools or special kits are required.

Unclogging a Sink
Sinks often get clogged from any number of possible daily uses (and abuses). This tutorial walks you through the way to get rid of clogs in your sink.

Unclogging a Toilet Fixture
This tutorial walks you through the common household repair of unclogging a toilet fixture.

How to Size a Tankless Water Heater - Tankless Water Heater Sizing
How to Size a Tankless Water Heater - Tankless Water Heater Sizing

User Answer - Garbage Disposal Repair
User comments on how they were able to repair their garbage disposal.

Repairing a Single Handle Disc Faucet
This tutorial describes how to repair a single handle ceramic disc faucet such as found in a kitchen or bath.

Replacing a Water Heater Thermocouple
This tutorial describes how to easily replace a gas water heater thermocouple having an older style standing pilot or a new style electronic ignition.

Electric Water Heater Heating Element Troubleshooting and Replacement
This tutorial describes how to troubleshoot and replace heating elements in an electric water heater.

How to Maintain a Water Heater in 3 Easy Steps
This tutorial describes the 3 easy steps to proper water heater maintenance which will help reduce your energy costs and extend the life of the water heater.

Guide To Water Filters and Water Treatment Systems
This helpful guide walks you through various methods of filtering your home's water supply including Charcoal Water Filters, Reverse Osmosis, Water Distillers, Ionized Water Filters, Ultraviolet Water Filters, Back Flush, PiWater Filters and other water filter systems.

Water Heater Tips for Saving Energy and Operating Costs
Tips for how to save money and conserve energy when using a water heater.

Anatomy of a Gas Hot Water Heater (Tank type)
Detailed description and graphic of the components making up a gas tank type hot water heater.

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