Next Time, Hire a Pro Volume 11

Some are ugly, some dangerous, and some are just funny. But they are all DIY disasters!

Two dryers, vented out of one vent | Construction Pro Tips
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Dryer vent follies

It’s unwise to have two dryers share one exhaust vent. The problem is that if only one dryer is running, the exhaust can easily travel back down the other vent pipe, into the other dryer and into your living space. Piping this humid air into your home is an invitation for mold. Even worse, if you have gas dryers, you’re adding carbon monoxide to your living space.

The right way:

Doing it right is simple. Each dryer should have its own vent leading to its own vent hood outside the house.

Learn more about roof venting basics here.

Tub faucet with calcification dripping from it | Construction Pro Tips
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Bath on the rocks

This might look like an icicle, but actually it’s mineral deposits that have created the stalactite you see. The faucet has been dripping for a very long time, leaving behind the mineral buildup. Just imagine what’s going on inside the pipes!

This is why water softeners were invented. The resin bed in the softener attracts and holds the minerals. When the softener recycles, a salt bath removes the minerals and sends them down the drain.

A five fallon bucket as a sink drain | Construction Pro Tips
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5-gallon solution

Yes, even bar sinks are covered by the plumbing code. Hopefully, this homeowner sees this as a short-term fix. It’s really not permissible to substitute a bucket for a code-compliant drain.

A proper sink drain | Construction Pro Tips
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The right way

Every sink should have a complete P-trap plumbed in between the sink and the waste line to prevent sewer gas from finding its way into your living space.

Here are seven plumbing tricks you have to know.

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Escutcheon double play

Whoever did this was very resourceful. The hole in the tile is too big to cover with a standard escutcheon and impossible to fix without major tile work. So why not slip a “hinged flange” escutcheon behind the shower faucet? Looks better than that hole, right?

Tub with a flexible drain | Construction Pro Tips
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Tub drain 101

A. Flexible drains are horrible. They collect debris and will fail long before solid plastic parts.

B. Without a trap, sewer gas will find its way into the house.

C.  The tub overflow isn’t connected to the drain line. Guess where all that water goes when the tub overflows?

Properly drained tub diagram | Construction Pro Tips
The Family Handyman

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The right way:

A properly drained tub has the overflow pipe connected to the drain line and then to the trap.

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