How to Fix Common Leaks | Basic Plumbing

This article is about how to fix common plumbing problems.

There are three different ways to fix a leak and that is to join two iron pipes together, connecting two pipes that can be either like or unlike types of pipes: joining pipes together by the IPS method. IPS is short for Iron Pipe Size, the compression method or by soldering which is discussed in another article.

When fixing a leak, you may need to join two brass joints or nipples together using the IPS method. Take some Teflon tape and wrap it around the pipe 3 times in a clockwise direction around the thread. Once this is done, use pipe dope to cover the threads. You don’t need much, just a little bit. Once you have got this pipe dope around the Teflon tape, it is sealed, so now take your pipe and put it slowly into the wall fitting and screw the pipe into the wall fitting. You may need a wrench if it is difficult to turn. Turn it clockwise – you will not need to turn it too far, as the threads are tapered and you will only need to turn on the first three or four threads.

The second way to join two pipes together if you are trying to fix a leak, is using a compression method which works on a different mechanism. Using a 3/8 compressor pump compression coupling join two of joints together. The compression joint method joins these two pipes together using a nut and feral system. The feral is a brass ring, and the threads are only in the nuts. Hold one pipe down onto the other pipe. In this way, the nut and feral are threaded onto the pipe coupling. As you turn the nut down, the brass ring or feral inside the pipe actually crushes down onto the pipe so tightly, that it becomes a piece of the pipe. Use adjustable wrenches to tighten as needed. The third way is to hire plumbers Hawke’s Bay and pay them to do it instead.

In this article we have learnt how to stop plumbing leaks by joining two pipes together using two different methods: IPS method and compression.

How To Unclog A Clogged Toilet

Damn. Really? Damn. Someone needs more fiber in their diet, mix in some bran with your muesli every once in a while, for crying out loud!

So your toilet is clogged again. Perhaps someone went overboard on the Taco Bell last night, or perhaps there was a party and some drunk people dropped their empties in the toilet. Either way, this is not a job that most people like to fix themselves.

But I’m sorry, it’s either fix it yourself or pay a plumber ridiculous amounts of money to do it for you. If you don’t want to pay someone to do it, you have to do it yourself or it will always be broken. If you have to do it yourself, it will be a much easier task with much less suffering if you know what you’re doing! Imagine cramming your hand down there and trying to grab whatever is blocking it, if you don’t actually know what you’re doing. You could be there for hours. No, its much better to have directions so that you can be in and out. You’ll be finished it in ten minutes, then you can have a half hour shower to soap

If you have to do it yourself, it will be a much easier task with much less suffering if you know what you’re doing! Imagine cramming your hand down there and trying to grab whatever is blocking it, if you don’t actually know what you’re doing. You could be there for hours. No, its much better to have directions so that you can be in and out. You’ll be finished it in ten minutes, then you can have a half hour shower to wash away the memories of it and move on with your life. No problem!

So watch this quick video on how to fix a clogged toilet and you’ll be sorted in no time. You can thank me later 🙂

 

Now, get to work! Stop procrastinating and go get the job done!