Kitchen Sink Plumbing Installation Made Easy

It may seem hard and scary to replace your kitchen sink plumbing with a new one. If you have the right tools to do the job, the time to finish it, and the ability to look carefully into details, then you don’t have anything to be afraid of. The task takes one hour at most, and requires no special skills at all; and the tools needed are found in almost every home. The steps are easy and fun and when you do it for the first time it will be exciting to do every time there is something wrong with your plumbing system and you want to save money and time.

What you need for the replacement is two water lines, drain pipes with trap assembly, adjustable wrench, medium pipe wrench, bucket, plumber’s tape and a towel. The process takes place in two major steps, first you need to remove the old sink plumbing, and then you need to install the new one. Each tool will be used in its right time during the course of the job, so don’t get confused about anything.

First of all, you have to shut down the water supply that is feeding the sink, and the valve responsible is often located under the sink itself or sometimes beside it. Then you open the faucets of the sink so that water can get out of pipes and pressure is removed. Use the adjustable wrench to unscrew the cold and hot water line. Detach both of the hot and cold water lines at the point that they connect to the water shut-off valve by unscrewing the bolt.

The drains can be disconnected afterward by reaching the nut placed under the sink drain and turning it with a pipe wrench. Then unscrew the entire pipe line connected to the main drain, this is located right under the center back of the cabinet floor. Prepare the bucket as the S trap will be full of waste water you don’t need to spill on the floor. Now you are done removing the old components and now the replacement begins.

The installation begins by using plumbing tape to wrap the threaded end of the hot water faucet, do the same with the hot water shut-off valve, and then screw the pipe line onto the hot water valve. Repeat all the previous wrapping on the cold water line. The next step is to fit the bottom end of the drain assembly to the main drain located as you left it in the floor cabinet. Don’t tighten the ends onto each other as you need to adjust the height of the assembly so that each side fits its related hole on the bottom of the sink.

Screw each side of the drain with it correspondent drain pipe and tighten the screw firmly this time. Use the pipe wrench to connect the drain assembly to the drain hole on the cabinet floor. Then you are done, but you have to let the water into the system by turning on the water valve and check for leaks, and if they are found, tighten the nearest connection to the leak until it stops.

Tips to Hiring a HVAC and Central Air Installer

When installing a new furnace, central air unit, or having it serviced, it is important to have your questions answered before hiring the installer. You will want to make sure that the installer you hire is a qualified contractor. This is not a job recommended for the unskilled. The HVAC plumbing installer should have knowledge involving gas and electrical installations.

In many cases when installing even new gas water heater you may discover that you need a qualifiedcontractor. You should call for estimates at a reputable business. The installer should come to your home and check your existing units to see if they are repairable, if they need cleaning, or if they require to be replaced. A qualified installer will be able to tell you if your furnace is not operating efficiently or simply needs a new part.

When choosing a HVAC and plumbing installer for service it never hurts to ask family, neighbors, or friends who they have service their homes. You can even check out a company’s reputation by using the Better Business Bureau to see if anyone has ever registered a complaint. Check your local yellow pages for contractors who offer estimates. Be aware that you will probably have to pay an estimate fee to have an installer come out and give you an estimate. Normally the estimate fee is returned or subtracted from the contract if you decide to have the contractor do the installation.

Many homeowners probably feel that they can do some installations themselves but they may not understand some of the risks involved. A gas water heater that is closet contained must be ventilated correctly or it could cause an explosion, or fire. Carbon monoxide poisoning can be a silent and deadly killer with no odor for someone who is unskilled in installing gas powered HVAC units or water heaters. HVAC plumbing and heating contractors can be found in nearly every town, or city, and normally offer estimates and servicing year round. Be aware of the importance of using a professional HVAC and plumbing contractor when working with gas lines or electricity.

DIY Bathroom Plumbing – Installing a New Showerhead

Of all the home plumbing repairs you could tackle, the replacement of an old showerhead with a new one is probably the easiest. A shower plumbing project is a good starter project for a number of reasons. No special tools are required, the necessary parts are pretty close to one size fits all, and if you do make a mistake and have a leak, the only thing that gets wet is your shower/bathtub. This is the perfect project for the novice home repair handyman to start with and can usually be completed in well under an hour.

The first step is to decide what type of shower head you want to replace. While most shower fixtures connect to a standard size pipe thread, you must make sure you have enough clearance for your new showerhead. If the stem (the portion of the pipe from the wall to the existing shower head) is short or close to the ceiling you will want to check before purchasing a large fixture.

The Tools You Need – For this project, you will need a wrench or pliers and some teflon tape. Depending upon the age of your existing fixture, you may also need to have a pipe wrench on hand as well. You may also want to have something available protect your fixture from the jaws of the wrench or pliers (a folded rag or piece of rubber from an inner tube work well)

Remove the Old Showerhead – If you have an older unit you probably have some rust, oxidation, or lime buildup that may make removal difficult. If the fixture does not readily unscrew, use two sets of pliers/wrenches (with the jaws of each protected as indicated above), one set on the stem and the other on the fixture. Apply equal pressure to both sides to until the showerhead starts to move. Be careful not to apply too much force as you do not want to break either the stem or existing showerhead. Once the shower head starts to turn you should be able to remove it by hand.

Clean and prepare the stem pipe – A little preparation here could save you quite a bit of time later if you decide to replace the showerhead again. Clean the threads of the stem of any rust or lime and apply teflon tape to the threads. This will help the new showerhead install easily, provide a good seal, and make it easier in the future if you ever have to replace the shower head again.

Install the New Shower – If you selected a simple replacement showerhead all that remains to be done is to screw the new fixture onto the prepared pipe stem. Make sure not to over-tighten when you are installing this – hand tight plus a quarter or half turn is probably all you need. If you have purchased a more sophisticated fixture like a shower massage wand you may have a few pieces to install. Make sure that you apply teflon tape to all threaded connections (unless otherwise specified by the manufacturer) to ensure a good seal.

Test It – Before putting your tools away and jumping in the shower take a few minutes to make sure the job is done. Turn on the water and check each of the connections for leaks. If you find any, usually they will be fixed by tightening the connection another quarter or half turn. If this does not address the problem you may need to check for a missing or worn washer.