clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile
Play

How to Get Hot Water with a Recirculating Pump

This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey explains how a recirculation line can save energy, money, and time

Play

Hydraulic Cement for Leaky Basements

Using the right product for patching holes where water seeps in will save you a trip back with a wet vac and a sump pump.

Richard Trethewey connects steel gas pipes.
Play

How to Connect Steel Gas Pipes

Looking to connect gas pipes in your home? This Old House Plumbing & Heating Expert Richard Trethewey explains a new method for connecting gas pipes, known as "press-connect."

How to Find and Hire a Qualified Plumber

Even small leaks can lead to big repairs. Here’s what you should know before hiring a plumber.

Play

How to Upgrade to a Pressure Balanced Shower Valve

Richard Trethewey travels to Salt Lake City to replace a shower valve he has never seen before in his career with a conventional pressure balanced one.

Play

How to Install a Pressure-Balance Shower Valve

Maintaining safe shower water temperatures with This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey

Play

How to Shorten a Gas Pipe to Fit an Oven

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey shortens a gas pipe for a homeowner whose new stove does not fit against the wall because it is getting stuck on the pipe

Play

New Solutions to Unclog Sinks

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey discusses some innovations that can make clearing a clogged sink easier

Play

How to Work with Gas Pipes

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey explains how gas piping is installed in a home

Play

How to Replace a Main Shutoff Valve

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey shows how to replace a main shutoff valve that is not closing properly

Play

How to Repair a Rocking Toilet

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey shows host Kevin O’Connor several ways to troubleshoot a toilet that wobbles

Play

How to Replace a Shower Cartridge

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey travels to Seattle to help a homeowner whose shower runs cold whenever there’s a demand for hot water elsewhere in the house.

Play

Plumbing Tool Essentials for Beginners

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey shows the basic tools required for most plumbing projects

Play

How to Rebuild a Shutoff Valve

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner replace the shutoff valve underneath her kitchen sink

Play

How To Solder A Plumbing Pipe

Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey offers landscape contractor Jenn Nawada a crash course on soldering a pipe.

Play

How to Connect an Ice Maker Like a Pro

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a special homeowner hook up her refrigerator with an ice maker

Play

Are Plastic Water Heaters Worthwhile?

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey weighs the pros and cons of a plastic tank water heater

Play

How to Repair a Damaged Main Shutoff Valve

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey demonstrates solutions for replacing a water main shutoff

How to Select the Correct Water Filter

Not all water filters are alike. Richard Trethewey explains which filter does what

Play

How to Install a Water Saving Toilet

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey replaces an old toilet with a "Water Sense" solution.

Play

How to Connect Copper Pipes Without Soldering

The tried and true method for connecting copper pipes has always been soldering, but it’s a difficult skill to master. Richard Trethewey shows another effective way to connect these pipes without pulling out the blow torch.

Play

How to Diagnose a Gurgling Sink

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey shows host Kevin O’Connor the proper way to ventilate a sink

Play

How to Fix a Wobbly Toilet

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner diagnose and repair a wobbly toilet

How to fix a gurgling toilet.
Play

How to Change a Toilet

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey gives some DIY Smarts and shows the basics of changing a toilet.

Play

How to Prevent Plumbing Leaks Automatically

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey demonstrates a wireless detector that can shut off the water in case of a flood.

Play

How to Diagnose and Repair a Leaking Water Heater

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey finds a solution for a water heater that recently started leaking.

Play

How to Install a Water Conditioner

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey installs a water conditioner to combat hard water

Play

How to Diagnose Plumbing Drain Problems

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey tracks down the source of a clogged drain using some high tech equipment.

Play

How to Install a Whole House Water Filter

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey improves the taste and odor of municipal drinking water with a whole house filtration system that includes a sediment filter and a granulated activated carbon filter

Play

Revisiting Our Hybrid Water Heater Install

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey returns to a home he visited four years earlier to replace a faulty water heater.

Play

How to Install an Indirect Water Heater on a Boiler

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner install an indirect water heater onto an existing steam boiler to boost the amount of hot water in the house.

Play

How to Diagnose Problems with a Hot Water Heating System

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner figure out why one of her radiators is not working.