DIY Plumbing Projects

diy plumbing projects

It is a good idea to hire a plumber to handle your home projects because they can get the job done very quickly – especially when the repair is time-sensitive. But not every project requires a plumber. There are certainly some plumbing projects that are DIY, which most homeowners can handle themselves.

Toilet Replacement

If you have the ability to move a toilet around, then you will be able to replace it. As soon as the old toilet is removed, all it takes is to clean up the flange, add a new wax ring, and position the new toilet. Unless the existing flange cannot be reused because of rust, then it would require a replacement. Be it wood or concrete subfloor, you can also install a new flange yourself.

Dishwasher Installation

Similar to the toilet replacement, dishwasher installation less about complex plumbing connections and more about positioning the bulky unit. The old dishwasher will have to be removed first. Then position the new unit nearby in order to make the water supply and electrical and drainage connections.

Garbage Disposal Installation

Replacing or installing a garbage disposer really does require heavy-lifting. The weight of these units can be anywhere between 10 and 15 pounds, and sometimes even 20 pounds. It helps a lot if you have someone hold the unit while you attach it beneath the sink.

Copper Pipe Replacement

A broken plumbing pipe can easily cause one to panic. But you should first remember that there is always a main shutoff valve situated somewhere around your home. Leaks from a mid-run copper pipe can be fixed by cutting out both sides of the pipe’s break point. PEX plastic pipe can be joined to the copper pipe using crimp style or push-fit fittings. Otherwise, a lever shutoff valve can also be installed in place of a pipe piece.

DIY Plumbing Projects: Showerhead Replacement

Showerhead replacement can be done completely by hand. Stand on a level dry area and turn the showerhead counterclockwise by hand. If any assistance is needed, channel lock pliers can help you get started. Wrap the discharge pipe of the shower with some Teflon tape in a clockwise direction and then reattach the showerhead.

Caulk a Tub

Completely remove the existing caulk. Apply painter’s tape on both sides of the line to be caulked in order to prevent the caulk from spreading onto the tub or tile surroundings. Spray the caulk using a caulking gun, and then smooth it to the seam using your finger.

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