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    Q: I saw a "rubber diaphram" device marketed as a cap for vent pipes that terminated in the attic. Its advantage was that it did not pierce the roof (highly desirable for expensive roofs like slate and tile), yet it would work to equalize pressures in the vent system. No mention of noxious gases or...

  • Plumbing Venting Explained

    Ever wonder why the plumber insists on notching and boring the framing to run all those vent lines up through the house? A master plumber explains the whys and wherefores of venting rules, and tells how he goes beyond code minimums to avoid callbacks.

  • The Four-Day Bath Remodel

    A California remodeler specializing in bathroom renovations shares his secrets for producing a complete bath-room makeover in less than a week.

  • Plumbing Pitfalls For Bathroom Remodels

    From corroded pipes and antique fixtures to limited access and impossible working conditions, bath remodels in older homes present a variety of budget-busting obstacles. Here’s a checklist of the most common problem areas.

  • The Safe Bathroom

    More accidents happen in the bathroom than in any other room in the house. An experienced design/build contractor explains how to make the bathrooms you build safer by matching fixture layout and clearances to the physical needs of your clients.

  • The Dirty Dozen -- Common Plumbing Service Calls

    Take a tour with a master plumber as he makes the rounds of the twelve most common plumbing repairs.

  • Q&A: Orienting a Foundation Drain

    Q: Should the holes in a foundation perimeter drain face up or face down? And does the drain need to be pitched as it runs around the house?

  • Roughing-In for Kitchens and Baths

    Here’s a prescription for installing k&b fixtures and appliances with minimal trouble, by a remodeling foreman.

  • The Lowdown on Low-Flow Toilets

    Ready or not, a federal law that kicks in next January will make low-consumption toilets mandatory in all new residential construction.

  • Bringing the Bathroom Up to Code

    The bathroom is the most regulated room in the house. A contractor discusses the accessibility, safety, energy, and structural requirements you must comply with.