To save you time, headaches and money, in your plumbing works by adapting the tricks and tips described in this post. They will help you in solving all the plumbing problems that are very common. Below are the effective plumbing tricks and tips for DIY jobs.
Prevent sprayer snarls by using pipe installation
When jiggling the hose when the sink sprayer is being pulled out from the kitchen, chances of shutoff valves being caught by the hose are very high. Slip ½ inches for smooth operation. Foam pipe insulations over shutoff and pipe handles. One can get insulation at the available home centers at three dollars.
Wrapping pipes with adhesives
Copper pipes can grind and expanded against joists and pipe hangers as a result of running water. Cut the available adhesive-backed felt into small pieces. Each hanger is then removed, and wrapping of the pipe is done before the hanger is refastened. Be careful in the procedure to avoid injuries that result from the poor holding of joists and pipe hangers. These wrapping pipes are readily available and thus used in large numbers.
Deaden sounds like expanding foam
Expanding foam is filled in the space between the stainless steel sinks or basins. The foam lessens effect and deadens vibrations. With your sink in place, installation can be done easily easier and neatly. Whichever way you undertake, wait until the foam hardens and then using a knife, trim the excess and discard it. The process is simple and cheap. It only takes a little time and thus preferred by most people.
Using a shop vacuum to remove hard objects
A plunger is not a solution in cases where a hard object like comb, toy plugs or toothbrush is present. A plunger will only push deeper the obstruction, and thus that will not be the best solution. The best way is sucking out the water with a wet/dry shop vacuum. This will give you a lasting solution as the service is of high quality. Though quite expensive, the service ensures your pipe is safe and in good condition.
Find the hidden pipes using a magnet
In the process of locating the pipe under the basement or floor, an electrical fish tape is attached to neodymium (rare earth) magnet and through a cleanout plug fed into the drain lines. An ordinary compass can help you in locating the magnet easily under the floor. When it finds the magnet, it will turn wildly. The strong magnet guarantees you of help as it always finds the hidden pipes.