The ULTIMATE Plumbing Tricks Guide (15+ Tricks)

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Introduction: The ULTIMATE Plumbing Tricks Guide (15+ Tricks)

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Here's a compilation of cool plumbing tricks every homeowner should know.

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Step 1: Stubborn Water Marks in Toilet Bowl Trick

If the water coming into your house is harsh, you might have had this problem happen to you already. If you are trying to get your toilet bowl clean with a brush or cloth and it’s not working, get yourself some 2000 grit sandpaper and lightly scrub the watermark until it comes off. The sandpaper is soft enough to not damage the porcelain yet rough enough to remove harsh watermarks like this with no strain, pretty neat huh?

Step 2: Sharkbite Removal Trick

If you’re trying to remove a Sharkbite fitting that’s too close to a wall and can’t fit your dedicated removal tool, get a good length of cord and wrap it behind the fitting and use a flossing motion to remove it, it’ll pop right off.

Step 3:

Drilling out large size holes with a battery operated drill could be quite demanding. To ease the process, remove your hole saw and drill 4 relief holes on the perimeter of the hole using the center bit, it’ll allow for the saw dust to exit from the back of the holes and make the process a whole lot easier.

Step 4: Chrome Flange Trick

If ever you’re going install a chrome flange like this one and it doesn’t wanna seem to go on, turn it around and enlarge the hole first, it’ll make it a lot easier to put it on the right way afterward.

Step 5: Suction Trick

If you need to solder a vertical joint on a pipe filled with water, get yourself a 12” section of PEX and use your thumb at the end of the pipe to suck any water out to be able to solder, and then proceed to soldering.

Step 6: Blocked Drain Trick (hair)

If you have hair stuck in your lavatory or shower drain, here’s a pretty cool trick to unblock it. Grab a tie wrap and notch it every inch or so with a sharp utility knife, the hair will catch on the sharp notches and allow you to pull them out without a fuss!

Step 7: Leaky Flapper Trick

If you suspect having a leaky toilet flapper, grab some food coloring a use a few drops in the reservoir, If you see the colored water in the bowl after a few hours without flushing, you need to replace your flapper.

Step 8: Easy Strainer Removal Trick

Sometimes, your faucet’s aerator could get blocked with debris. Now you could try to remove it by hand but using a pair of adjustable pliers is a lot easier. Instead of using the jaws, turn the pliers around and use the rubber coated handles to grasp it, you’ll have a much better grip and you won’t have to force as much.

Step 9: Piggy Back Valve

If you have a leaky shutoff valve and you don’t know how to solder? Get yourself A 3/8” piggy back valve and install it over the old one, you could close the new valve and it’ll stop the leak until you reconnect it.

Step 10: Find Out Easily

If you have a water meter in your home, here’s neat trick to check if you have a leak somewhere. Take down the number written on the meter and come back after a few hours, if the numbers changed, you should consider investigating!

Step 11: Shower Head Flow Trick

Your shower head lost some pressure over time, here’s a cool trick to restore it. Remove the head and store it in a plastic bag filled with white vinegar for a full day and reinstall it afterward, it’ll break down any deposits and restore full pressure.

Step 12: Stop the Flow

If ever you are trying to solder and can’t seem to stop the water, here’s a last case scenario option. Get yourself a compression valve and install it a bit further down the line you are trying to solder, you’ll be able to close it and stop the water from leaking.

Step 13: Thread, Then Cut.

If you cut some all thread and try to screw a nut on but you’re having trouble, here’s the fix. Thread your nut on first then, cut it and remove the nut. It’ll rethread the cut portion and it’ll allow you to install a nut a lot easier on this way.

Step 14: Stubborn Sticker Trick

And lastly, if you’re on a solder project and encounter a stubborn manufacture sticker as seen here, get your torch to burn off the paper and use some soldering flux to take care of the glue, easy as 1 2 3.

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    80 Discussions

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    Lockguy
    Lockguy

    9 days ago on Step 3

    I've been a locksmith for almost 25 years and what I find to be my go to process is to either make a mark with a center punch, you could also make a pilot hole if you like but always start my drill in reverse so that the drill bit doesn't dance around while making a perfect mark, then drill in the forward direction and stop just before the teeth of your holesaw makes contact, go back in the reverse direction and apply just enough pressure to leave a trace on the surface that you are making the hole on and then continue the job in the forward direction without any chance of the teeth suddenly grabbing and causing damage to your wrist and or the surface and if you are working on something that both sides will be visible on such as a wood door then once you see the Arbour drill bit make it through to the other side I strongly suggest that you put the drill back in reverse as you pull out the hole saw, remove whatever wood that is stuck in the hole saw and then continue your hole from the other side the same way and you will safely achieve professional results.

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    Trev_A
    Trev_A

    7 months ago on Step 12

    My uncle, a plumber of the old school when "wiping" a joint on lead pipes (yes, that long ago) would block the pipe with a piece of bread to stop the water. When pressure restored the bread would eventually dissolve enough to flush out.

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    dkuckuk
    dkuckuk

    7 months ago on Introduction

    Appreciate the quick pace of the video- lots of information without lots of extra noise and wasted time. Examples are nicely set up and very explanatory. Well done. Thank you!

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    JulioC150
    JulioC150

    Reply 7 months ago

    You are very welcome, glad I could help!

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    rober!
    rober!

    Tip 7 months ago

    We had to have our house shutoff (aka water meter isolation valves) replaced but the plumber could not find the curb box to turn off the supply to the house. His solution was to use dry ice to freeze the water in the house's supply line. He left the ice on the line for about 45 minutes, and the was able to replace both valves and also install a whole-house pressure regulator. When the water then thawed everything was back to normal. I was worried about the pipe bursting, but since the ice was able to "push" the water back towards the water main in the street, no excess pressure was created.

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    JulioC150
    JulioC150

    Reply 7 months ago

    Coool! I might just make a video on that :)

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    SteveB407
    SteveB407

    Tip 1 year ago on Step 12

    I needed to re-solder a leaking cap on a water line that would not quit running unless a feed line to a lab was shut off...chemists hate that. I cut the leaking cap off, prepared the joint, blasted out the water with compressed air and packed the then-empty line with sodium polyacrylate (that's the stuff in diapers). I got the joint up to temp and applied the solder before the building water pressure saturated the crystals and blew out the solder. That sort of fix doesn't always happen the first try. It did this time.

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    VincentT57
    VincentT57

    1 year ago

    To remove sticker (which is not always can be burned), use heat gun: warm up sticker and it will go off easier. If you want to remove traces of glue, use casual acetone (not on plastic!).

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    SIM1T2
    SIM1T2

    1 year ago on Step 6

    #6 tie wrap drain unblock - it's easier and a lot much safer to notch it by cutting a little with a pair of scissors, which makes the notch remain open. And repeat for the other side, in between the first side notches.

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    JulioC150
    JulioC150

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks buddy, i'll give that a try ;)

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    Lone Ninja
    Lone Ninja

    Tip 1 year ago

    Thanks for sharing. Another tip I learned to solder a leaky pipe is to shove some bread up into the pipe, no crust. Tamp it in deep and then solder away. When finished, crank on the water. When combined with the pressure the bread breaks down and will flush out as a soggy mess.

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    TIMOTHYW1
    TIMOTHYW1

    Reply 1 year ago

    yes, bread works great! but compression coupling can leak

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    JulioC150
    JulioC150

    Reply 1 year ago

    Yup, that works grest!

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    HariKarier11
    HariKarier11

    1 year ago on Step 1

    A little swimming pool acid works great on hard water line in the toilet.

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    JulioC150
    JulioC150

    Reply 1 year ago

    Never tried because I don't have a pool, but I am sure it does the job ;) thanks!

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    caruncles
    caruncles

    1 year ago on Step 1

    My wife taught me something similar. She used an old exfoliating pumice stone. I had been trying vinegar, plastic putty knives and don't remember what all else. we had some bad rings due to hard water, but the pumice took it out in about 5 minutes. Now, doing it every couple weeks will prevent it from getting so bad.

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    JulioC150
    JulioC150

    Reply 1 year ago

    Yeah a few people mentioned that here, going to have to try it out ;)

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    ampk01
    ampk01

    1 year ago

    Simple but GREAT tips! Thanks.

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    JulioC150
    JulioC150

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks a lot!!!

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    handyhelp
    handyhelp

    1 year ago

    Thanks for some really useful tips - I will certainly use the stain removal and water leak test to check my system for leaks.