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How to Fix a Leaking Toilet Base
Project Guide

How to Fix a Leaking Toilet Base


DifficultyIntermediate
TimeUnder 2 hours

Seeing water leaking from the base of your toilet is usually a sign that some plumbing connections aren't fully tightened. There's no need to panic as this can be easily fixed with some simple DIY know-how. Remember that a toilet leaking from the bottom or a toilet leaking from the base when flushed requires slightly different handling than one that has a malfunctioning tank. With this guide and a few tools, you can make the repairs you need in no time.

Common Toilet Problems You Can Easily Fix
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Common Toilet Problems You Can Easily Fix


DifficultyBeginner
TimeUnder 2 hours

Toilets operate on a relatively simple design, but as plumbing fixtures that see frequent use, their components can malfunction or wear out over time. This guide reviews some of the most common toilet problems you can easily fix.

How to Install a Kitchen Faucet and Side Sprayer
Project Guide

How to Install a Kitchen Faucet and Side Sprayer


DifficultyIntermediate
TimeUnder 2 hours

If you are a handy homeowner, installing a new kitchen faucet and side sprayer is a relatively easy DIY project that can be completed using a few common tools. Just be sure to follow the recommendations found in the manufacturers instructions.

How to Clear Sink Drains with a Plunger
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How to Clear Sink Drains with a Plunger


DifficultyBeginner
TimeUnder 2 hours

Sinks get clogged and backed up when soap, hair and grease build up and clog the trap or the drain line. When that happens, don't reach for the drain cleaner or call plumbing repair services for help. This guide will teach you to clear the drain by cleaning gunk off the sink stopper or plunging the sink.

How to Fix Sink Strainers
Project Guide

How to Fix Sink Strainers


DifficultyIntermediate
TimeUnder 2 hours

Fixing under-the-sink leaks is a project most homeowners can take on. These leaks are typically caused by a bad seal between the sink and the sink strainer. This guide will teach you the best way to fix the problem.

How to Replace a Sump Pump
Project Guide

How to Replace a Sump Pump


DifficultyIntermediate
TimeUnder 2 hours

When your home has a sump pump, you want it working to keep rainwater out of your basement or crawl space. If your sump pump is failing and you need to replace it, it’s a DIY job you can handle yourself. 


This guide teaches you how to tell when your sump pump is broken or wearing out. In addition, it talks about sump pump horsepower and choosing the correct motor size. You'll also learn how to replace a submersible sump pump


Note: Contact your local building code authorities if you’re digging a sump pit for a new sump pump installation. You may need a permit. Codes govern what standards you need to follow in your region. 

How to Fix a Leaky Toilet Flapper
Project Guide

How to Fix a Leaky Toilet Flapper


DifficultyBeginner
TimeUnder 2 hours

A toilet flapper is the part of your toilet that seals the opening between the tank and the toilet bowl. When the toilet is flushed, a rubber tank ball or flapper lifts out of the way, and water rushes into the bowl. An old, worn tank ball or flapper is prone to leaks and the best way to fix it is to replace it. This guide will teach you how to change out your flapper.

How to Install a Whole House Water Filter
Project Guide

How to Install a Whole House Water Filter


DifficultyIntermediate
Time2-4 hours

Installing a water filter in your home can be necessary depending on where you live. The water supply to your house may come from your local municipality or from a private well on your property. Municipal water supplies undergo filtration at a water treatment plant based on certain safety standards in order to provide safe drinking water to your home. However, those standards don’t always address taste and odor issues. If your home water supply comes from a private well, it can contain contaminants or have an undesirable odor or taste. Also, well water is often hard, which can cause staining in plumbing fixtures. While water softeners can fix the latter issue, they can’t fix taste or remove all types of contaminants.  


Some impurities in your water supply can be removed when it enters your home with whole house water filters. Installing a whole house water filter means cleaner water from every plumbing fixture, not just from specific taps. Water filtration system installation can also address taste and smell issues.    


This guide outlines how to install a whole house water filter so you can cook, bathe, clean and do laundry with filtered water. 

How to Install a Pop-Up Drain
Project Guide

How to Install a Pop-Up Drain


DifficultyIntermediate
TimeOver 1 day

Most new faucets come with a matching pop-up drain plug and trim piece. Whether you are replacing an existing drain or installing a new one, this is usually not a difficult task. The steps below describe how to properly install most common pop-up drains that accompany new bath faucets.

How to Connect Faucets with Supply Tubes
Project Guide

How to Connect Faucets with Supply Tubes


DifficultyBeginner
Time2-4 hours

Connecting your faucet to the hot and cold supply lines begins with measuring the distance between the faucet and shutoff valves, then adding 4 inches for any twists and turns.


Be sure the supply lines you purchase have the right connection types for your shutoff valves.


This guide will teach you the correct way to connect your new supply lines to your faucet’s hot and cold shutoff valves.

How to Fix a Toilet Tank
Project Guide

How to Fix a Toilet Tank


DifficultyBeginner
TimeUnder 2 hours

If you've tried adjusting the water level and replacing the flapper in your toilet and you’re still hearing the sound of water running, you may be dealing with a leaky tank that needs repair.


Leaky fill valves, tank bolts and spud washers are the three most common places in the toilet tank where leaks are likely to occur.


This guide provides easy-to-follow instructions on how to replace a fill valve, tank bolt or spud washer to stop your toilet from leaking. Ready to find the supplies you need in your local store? Use The Home Depot app to locate products and check inventory. We'll take you to the exact aisle and bay.


Note: This guide tackles how to fix an internal toilet leak. 

How to Unclog a Toilet
Project Guide

How to Unclog a Toilet


DifficultyBeginner
TimeUnder 2 hours

When your toilet is clogged, overflowing or flushing inadequately, fixing the problem becomes an immediate priority. This guide reviews how to unclog a toilet using several methods, including plungers, plumbing snakes and chemical cleaners. 

How to Install a Tankless Water Heater
Project Guide

How to Install a Tankless Water Heater


DifficultyIntermediate
Time2-4 hours

An on-demand water heater, also called a tankless water heater, can easily be mounted under a kitchen sink or off to the side, in places where looks don't matter. When you turn the hot water tap on, the flow turns on a heating element that heats the water as it runs through copper tubes. When the faucet goes off, so does the heat. Because 20 percent of a home's energy use goes into heating water, an on-demand unit can save a lot of money. This guide will walk you through the installation process for a tankless water heater. 


The Home Depot carries a vast selection of water heaters with the latest technologies and offers same-day installation.


We highly recommend having your water heater installed by a professional as it is a difficult and sometimes dangerous process. 


Note: Nationwide energy-efficiency regulations set in 2015 impact people buying new or replacing old hot water heaters. Your old water heater model number may not be the same as your new model number, so make sure to purchase based on capacity size instead of model number. Additionally, the size of all water heater tanks have increased, while the amount of water that they hold has decreased. Measure the space you have available for your water heater carefully so you can accurately judge what size water heater will fit. Learn more through Rheem’s National Appliance Energy Conservation Act guide.

Pressure Relief Valve Installation
Project Guide

Pressure Relief Valve Installation


DifficultyBeginner
TimeUnder 2 hours

When water is heated, pressure builds up in the tank. If this pressure is too great, a rupture could occur. A pressure relief valve serves as a check valve to automatically open and relieve the pressure. Most water heaters now come with one, but if yours doesn't, then you'll have to install one and occasionally replace it. Consult your local Home Depot to find the valve that will fit your water heater.

How to Cut PVC Pipe
Project Guide

How to Cut PVC Pipe


DifficultyIntermediate
TimeUnder 2 hours

ABS, CPVC and PVC are different types of rigid plastic pipe commonly used in residential plumbing systems. The tools and techniques used to cut and prepare these pipes are similar, while the types of glue used for cementing can vary. This guide outlines how to cut PVC pipe by choosing the best, safest methods based on the different pipe sizes.


Tip: Check the local plumbing codes to find the required pipe type and size in your area. 

Types of Water Softeners
Buying Guide

Types of Water Softeners


The term “hard water” refers to ground water that contains high levels of such minerals as magnesium or calcium. Water softeners are devices designed to reduce the amount or effects of minerals in your home’s water system. This guide reviews the different types of water softeners and how they can protect your plumbing and improve your water supply. 


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Types of Well Pumps
Buying Guide

Types of Well Pumps


A well pump provides water from nearby underground sources to your home. Because wells range in size depending on the amount of available water, different types of well pumps are designed for different situations. The best well pumps for your home depend on factors like the depth of the water of your well and the diameter of the well casing. 


This guide explains how well pumps work, the types of well pumps available and how to find the best well pump for your well. 


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Types of Water Shut-Off Valves​
Buying Guide

Types of Water Shut-Off Valves​


There are many different types of water valves design to stop the flow of water for repairs and emergencies. A main water valve stops the flow of water from the water meter to the entire house. Other water valve types shut off the water at individual appliances, fixtures and faucets. This guide reviews the types of water shut-off valves, how they are used and where to find them inside and outside your home.


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Types of Soldering and Flux
Buying Guide

Types of Soldering and Flux


A copper pipe is one of the most common materials used to distribute water throughout the home, and copper pipes are typically joined to one another using flux and solder. In the soldering process, heat is applied to the copper joint where the pipe and fitting meet and the gap between the joint is filled with molten metal. This guide will help you identify the types of solder available, as well as the right flux for soldering your project.


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Types of Fittings for Gas and Water Pipes
Buying Guide

Types of Fittings for Gas and Water Pipes


Fittings are essential components in any pipe installation as they play a critical role of joining pipes together and allowing a series of pipes to change directions as needed. This guide will help you in determining the types of fittings you need before beginning any plumbing project.


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Types of Gas and Water Supply Lines
Buying Guide

Types of Gas and Water Supply Lines


Flexible supply lines bring water and gas from the permanently installed pipes behind your walls to your fixtures and appliances. Finding the perfect water supply line types, gas supply lines and connectors isn’t always easy if you’re new to this stuff though.

Our guide is here to help you learn the basics so you can get to work today. 


Tip: Always turn off the gas or water before working on supply lines. Turn water back on slowly to check connection for leaks. 


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Best Vinyl Tubing for Your Project
Buying Guide

Best Vinyl Tubing for Your Project


Choosing vinyl tubing for your project might seem like a daunting task. There are many different types of vinyl tubes available. This is a good thing. It means you can find the right option for you whether you’re looking for vinyl tubes for air, vinyl tubes for air conditioning or specialty products like vinyl tubes for sewage.


Not sure what type of vinyl tubing you need? Factors to consider when selecting vinyl tubing include length, diameter and the substance the tube will be transporting. Use this guide to learn more about vinyl tubing so you can choose the best type for your home project.


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Types of Pumps
Buying Guide

Types of Pumps


Water pumps and transfer pumps move water from one place to another. Water-removing pumps are made to eliminate water on roofs, in basements and more. There are also different types of water pumps and different types of transfer pumps. With so many options, it can be confusing to choose the best pumps for your home. Read on to learn more about the different types of pumps and how to choose the best pump for the job.


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Best Sump Pumps for Your Basement or Crawlspace
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Best Sump Pumps for Your Basement or Crawlspace


Sump pumps can save you thousands of dollars in flood damage. They are ideal for parts of the country that experience heavy rain and for houses built on flat or low-lying areas. Keep your home protected by learning about the various types of pumps and how to choose the best sump pumps for your home or office. This guide will break down what a sump pump is, explain how do sump pumps work and help you answer the questions, such as, what size sump pump do I need?


Tip: Choose corrosion-free housing materials, consider water capacity and know the height water has to be lifted for removal.


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