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Plumbing Installation

Read through step-by-step tutorials to help you prepare for any installation pertaining to your plumbing.

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How to Install a French Drain

French drains serve to collect and remove groundwater that would otherwise cause a problem. They’re often used along driveways, in damp areas of a lawn, and around house foundations to help keep the basement or crawlspace dry. Read this guide to learn more about how to install a french drain in your yard.

Tankless Water Heaters: What You Need to Know Before You Buy

Tired of running out of hot water? That’s not a problem with one of these compact, ultra-efficient units that heat water as you need it. Here’s what you need to know about choosing, installing, and living with a tankless water heater.

How to Install a Freezeproof Faucet

Follow this step-by-step guide to learn how to protect your exterior faucets from freezing and bursting in the winter.

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How to Hook Up Washing Machine Plumbing

This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey re-plumbs a washing machine.

Well Pump Cost and Installation Guide (2021)

The well pump is an integral part of your well system, feeding water into your home for use on a daily basis. In this article, we explain the steps you need to take to repair or replace your broken well pump.

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How to Replace a Kitchen Sink

Ask This Old House Plumbing and Heating Expert Richard Trethewey explains how to replace a kitchen sink and faucet from start to finish.

How to Stop Your Toilet from Sweating

Dry out your bathroom or install a sweat valve—a little warm water will keep the exterior of your toilets dry all summer long.

How to Install a Kitchen Sink

From costs to tools and plumbing, here’s what to do for a new kitchen sink installation.

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How to Install a GPS-Enabled Smart Thermostat

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating contractor Richard Trethewey installs a thermostat that can be programmed automatically from a smart phone

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Replacing a Kitchen Sink

Give your kitchen a quick update by replacing an old kitchen sink with a new one. Watch as Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner update a kitchen sink.

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How to Install a Reverse Osmosis Water Filter

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey installs an under-sink water filter that can remove most contaminants

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How to Install an Electric Heat Pump Water Heater

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey travels to Celebration, Florida to help a homeowner select and install the right electric water heater

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How to Connect an Ice Maker

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey walks host Kevin O'Connor through the "dos and don'ts" of hooking up an ice maker to a refrigerator

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How to Install an Industrial Kitchen Faucet

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner add an industrial looking faucet to his kitchen sink

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How to Bring Hot Water Outside

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner add an outdoor faucet with both hot and cold water

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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.

Fixing Running Toilets and Dripping Faucets

Simple repairs for two of the most annoying kitchen and bath plumbing problems

Automatic Valve Shut-off for Washing Machines

The Intelliflow turns washing machine water-supply valves on and off, so you don't have to

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How to Create Zones in a Hot-Water Heating System

In this how-to video, This Old House plumbing and heating contractor Richard Trethewey shows how to share the warmth by installing zone valves

Aligning PVC Pipe Parts

Pro tips for achieving the perfect joint

Adding Sink Shutoff Valves

How to keep them level. Making this simple change will yield a lifetime of convenience and ensure a quick response.