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DIY Plumbing Advice strives to provide you with plumbing and water information that is reliable, responsible, and free. The purpose of this site is to show YOU how to do it, not just to show an abbreviated video of how I did it. A plumbing glossary is included on each subject page.

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DIY-Yes!Do it Yourself

Doing it yourself is great. But, starting a do-it-yourself project and discovering half way through that you shouldn't have started it on your own is not.

DIYplumbing lets you:

  • Get reliable, and accurate guidance in enough detail that you can actually perform the project to a successful completion.
  • Decide to complete the project yourself, or to find out if it is more involved than you want to be.
  • Be fully informed before you start, so that you are not discovering unexpected aspects when your water is shut off, your plumbing is disassembled, the hardware store is closed, and you are missing parts or skills needed to complete the job.
  • Find information on the responsible use of water, without involving politics, hysteria, allegations, half-truths, or the passion on either side of the "green" label.

DIY - notWhen NOT to do it yourself

I suggest NOT doing it yourself when:

  • You don't feel you completely understand the project first
  • You don't have all the tools required for the job.
  • You can't afford to be without water if the repair doesn't go as planned. You may want to avoid times when the store is closed and professional help is not available
  • The project involves fuel gas ( natural gas, propane, etc). Getting some water on the floor is one thing, blowing yourself up is another.
  • If you are renovating an older home and the possibility of asbestos exists (especially in heat walls and appliance venting). See this informative page on Asbestos.

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Easy:  Can be done successfully on the fist attempt without special skills; generally with household tools.

Medium: May require some practice or skill to do successfully. May require tools beyond common household tools, but available at most hardware or home center stores.

Hard: requires skills/knowledge or more extensive practice  to compete successfully. May require specialized plumbing tools that are not readily available at most hardware stores or home centers

Expert: Requires specialized skills or knowledge to complete successfully and safely. In some cases the difficulty of the task may not be high, but the possibility of property damage or injury for an improperly completed task will put the task in this Expert category.

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Learn how to detect leaks, unclog, improve flush performance, stop a runnig toilet and more
Toilet Projects Page.



Learn how to load your dishwasher for efficient operation, what the air gap is for and how to unclog it. Dishwashers Page

Drains & Septic Systems


Unclog sink, bath and shower, drains without chemicals. Fix smelly drains. Learn about Septic Systems.

Drain Projects Page.

Working with Pipe


Learn how to properly join PVC pipe, mend breaks in tough spots, service a valve..
Pipe Projects Page

Faucets, Showers, and spigots

faucetsLearn about faucet quality cost, and types.

Learn how to replace shut-off valves, aerators, shower heads and installing water filters.

Water Pressure

Important things to know to prevent pipe and home damage!
Testing water pressure, installing pressure regulator.
Water Pressure Page


Water Heating

Learn about tankless water heaters and high-efficiency heat pump water heaters. Two great ways to save money and energy without compromising on hot water. Coming Soon Hot Water Recirculation Systems
Water Heating page


Responsible Plumbing Issues

faucets The responsible use of water, without involving politics, hysteria, allegations, half-truths, or the passion on either side of the "green" label.
Responsible Plumbing Page


Frequently UNasked Questions

Important things you need to know, but didn't even know to ask!


Frequently Unasked Questions Page


Plumbing Tools

plumbing tools

See what's in the plumber's tool kit. Including many specialized tools for working on specific fixtures.

Plumbing Tools Database

Hiring a Plumber

hiring a plumber

Sometimes you have to (or should) hire a pro. Here are some tips on hiring a plumber.

Find a Plumber

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