Plumbing Central

May 5, 2010

Tips in Replacing a Corner Shower Base

Filed under: Plumbing Tips — Tags: , , — admin @ 9:27 pm

Mold and rot could rapidly spread in a home due to a leaking shower base. One should consider replacing it before the leak gives you more problems.

Replacing a corner shower base is relatively easy since there are only two walls that encase it. Although it is something that can be done by a person that lack previous DIY experience, anybody who has done a few DIY jobs can easily perform this task.

Materials

  • Pry bar
  • Hammer
  • Drain removal tool or needle nose pliers
  • Drill
  • Caulking and caulk gun

Instructions:

  • Using a thin-bladed pry bar and a small hammer, carefully remove the bottom layer of tiles, particularly so if you do not have matching tiles to use as replacement.
  • Unscrew the cover of the drain. Using a tool for drain removal or pliers, unscrew the shower drain from the drain pipe found under the shower tray.
  • Check if the flange of the base is screwed to the walls. If it is, you have to unscrew it.
  • Using a utility knife cut the caulking located over the seam, it is found in the area where the shower pan’s face meets the bathroom floor.
  • Remove the old pan and replace it with a new one.
  • Screw the flanges to the wall.
  • Roll a little bit of plumbers putty into a rope and wrap it around the outer part of the drain opening in the shower base. Insert the drain in the hole and then screw the drain in place. The putty should ooze from around the drain. When the drain is screwed, scrape the putty up, and then replace the drain cover.
  • Caulk the area where the bathroom floor meets the face of the shower pan.
  • Replace the tile you had removed and grout them as soon as the mortar dries up. Finish it up by sealing the grout after 36–48 hours.

Replace leaking shower bases as soon as possible to prevent the possibility of mold infestation in your homes, which could become a serious health threat.

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April 17, 2010

Repairing A Pin Hole Leak in A PVC Elbow Pipe

Filed under: Plumbing Materials, Plumbing Tips — Tags: , , — admin @ 1:32 pm

Needless to say that even the smallest leak in a pipe can cause damaging effects when not addressed immediately. In fact, a small hole on a PVC elbow can progress to a bigger one when you continue ignoring the problem. Unsightly water stains, flooding, and wood rot can all start from a simple pinhole leak in your pipe. Fortunately, there are easy and simple ways to protect your home from the potential dangers of pipe leaks. In particular, this article will thoroughly discuss how to repair a pin-hole leak in a PVC elbow-shaped pipe.

Before anything else, you have to gather all the materials needed, which will most likely include the following:

  • PVC primer and glue
  • Epoxy
  • Caulky gun or epoxy dispenser
  • Spare PVC pipe
  • Heat gun
  • Protective gloves

After preparing the materials, you can now start with the actual leak repair. The first thing to do is to locate the source of the pipe leak, which in this case is the PVC elbow. Turn off the main water valve to impede the flow of water. This is very important to alleviate the damaged PVC elbow pipe from water pressure. Drain the remaining water on the pipe and let it dry before you start repairing the hole.

Next, fill the pinhole with a PVC primer and then followed by the PVC glue. You may also opt to use plumbing adhesives that already combine the primer and glue in one solution, such as the Gorilla PVC glue. Remember that when working with chemical adhesives, it is vital to wear protective gloves.

Apply an epoxy glue stick unto the leaking pinhole with the use of a caulk gun or epoxy dispenser. Allow the epoxy glue to dry before turning on the main water valve. After that, open the water connection and check if there is still any sign of leaks. If the leaking problem persists, you might need to replace the damaged PVC elbow pipe with a new one.

April 7, 2010

Multimeter Usage

Filed under: Plumbing Tips — Tags: , , — admin @ 3:29 pm

Howdy readers! How has the wordpress community been doing? I’ve been busy lately with a few of my other blogs but I didn’t want to neglect my wordpress readership.  So here we are with another plumbing/home improvement tip.  Now as a home service professional there are some basic things that any and everyone should know regardless of their individual specialty areas. One of those things in how to use a multimeter. Now these devices are used in many lines of home service and repair including electrical, plumbing, hvac, and others. Needless to say its something that is important to feel comfortable using. As I was cruising around Youtube I found a nice video that I wanted to share with you all.  Check it out:

This should equip you with the basics on using a multimeter. As always if you folks have any questions just drop me a comment. Also if you have any material that you would like to see covered on this blog you can let me know as well. I try to cover things that I think can be somewhat universally useful but if you all tell me that you want to know more about trenchless sewer line repair or more hard-core plumbing topics I’ll be glad to write on those as well.  Let me know what you are interested in learning and I will be more than willing to do my best to help teach. OK, that’s it for today folks, until next time, its your neighborhood Atlanta plumber, Carson signing off.

February 25, 2010

Venting a Pipe

Filed under: Plumbing Tips — Tags: , , — admin @ 5:08 pm

Howdy readers! I’m back with another plumbing tip for you would-be plumbers out there that I know you are going to love. By now you all know my affinity for video tutorials and today’s tip is going to be no different. I found a great video on the father of video sites: Youtube.com So without giving you some big lead-in to the video let me just go straight to the goods. Here you go:

Now there are a variety of plumbing applications where you will need to vent a pipe but I’m not going to get into too much detail on those in this post. I just wanted to share this information with you and in the coming posts we’ll discuss the various plumbing repairs that would call for pipe venting.

January 5, 2010

Basic Plumbing Tips: Garbage Disposal, Water Heater, Washer and more!

Here is a nice entertaining video that will help home-owners do some proper preventative maintenance. This is key folks. A basic plumbing checkup that you can do yourself can save you a lot of money in the long run. In this video they show you the proper way to use ice and hot water to help clean out a garbage disposal along with a few other cool tips that will really help:

I hope that you found those tips very helpful and please take the opportunity to do just a little work now, to save you big money later. If you need a cheap place to pick up some stainless steel water lines check out ebay or one of your local hardware stores. Also they don’t mention this in the video but your water heater can be drained with a water hose if no drain is available near the water heater. Simply connect the water hose to the bottom spout of the water heater and the water will come flowing through the hose. Be sure to have the other end of the hose somewhere where the water can drain out without flooding your home. If you are lazy(which I know some of you are) you can also do a less effective water heater clean out by turning off the water to your home and simply running the hot water in your sink until there is no more hot water. This will drain the water out as well but won’t do quite as good a job as connecting a simple garden hose. OK, that’s all for today, I’m off to finish installing a pair of walk in shower enclosures for a friend. However, like always, if any of you all out there in cyberspace have any questions regarding this or any of the other tips posted on this blog feel free to leave a comment and I will do my best to get back to you as soon as I can. Thanks for reading and good luck!

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