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I have a specialised tap that the plumber can't fix the dripping. He wants to replace it but can't remove the tap as it is glued into the glass top of the vanity and the glass shelf is siliconed in. He says he has to remove the glass shelf in order to get a go at removing the tap. He thinks he will break the glass. Do you have any suggestions?

Asked by Vivienne - Maroubra

Hi Vivienne

Unfortunately after viewing the photo and the way the basin tap is installed, it seems that the only way of disconnecting the tap would be to remove the glass shelf.

It is difficult to say without being on site, but it does seem as though there is no other way.

We are an Adelaide based business, so unfortunately won’t be able to help any further.

 

Kind regards

Paul McEntee

Answered by Paul McEntee

Topics: • Domestic  

Hi, we've got an outlet at the side of the house that has been overflowing. The foul smell and contents suggest its sewerage. We've since realised when we use the kitchen tap it causes it to overflow, nothing happens from bathroom toilets basins and when we use a mop handle to try to clear any blockages in the outlet it bubbles and spurts out the foul water out of the kitchen sink with force. We've poured in a bottle of drano over 2 days, into the outside pipe, and pouring large quantities of an enzyme down both over another 3 days and it's not much better. Should I be looking at a plumber to clear it, and should it be connected to the outside outlet? Thanks

Asked by Elaine - Gunn NT

Hi Elaine,
It sounds like you have an overflow relief gully that is overflowing due to a blockage with in the sewer waste pipe, this will happen in order to protect overflowing inside.
We are a Adelaide based company and you will need contact a plumber to clear the blockage.

Answered by Mike McEntee

Topics: • Domestic  

dear macplumb, i have a question for external tap gullies !! if you have no drainage ( sewer ) on the property ( rural ) and need to install external taps, can you put the gullies and connect them with the stormwater drainage system that you have laid out !! and at a later date when sewers are introduced, change them over and charge them with the sewer !! let me know if you need any more information for the answer ?? thanks george ( CEO )

Asked by George - Sydney

Hi George

We are an Adelaide based business, so regulations are different in each state.

However taps on the outside of a building don’t necessarily need to run to a gully and can run to stormwater if you are trying to get excess water away from house.

If you have any further queries you will need to speak to your local plumber.

Answered by Paul McEntee

Topics: • Domestic  

I'm currently fitting out a food truck that will specialize in BBQ recipes and I am wondering if you could assist me in whether there would be any issue if I installed the gas cylinder outside, installing a BBQ, along with adequate venting inside a food truck?

Asked by Gavin - Glenelg

Hi Gavin

There is certain regulations with venting and gas appliances, I would suggest that you engage a licenced gas fitter to install the barbeque to ensure that the necessary requirements are met.

The gas cylinder will be ok to install outside, providing it is properly secured and positioned appropriately.

Kind regards

Answered by Paul McEntee

Topics: • Commercial  

I have a shower base overflowing with water (ie. drain not draining) when shower head is on, however, when you stop the shower head running it drains straight away. I have used Mr Muscle drain block twice now but still have this problem. Any ideas greatly appreciated.

Asked by Kirstin - Aspendale Gardens

Hi Kirstin

If your shower drain runs away ok when the shower if turned off, it may seem that the problem could be the type of shower head.

If the shower head is directed under pressure at the shower grate then water may be forced to disperse away from the grate and hence seem like it is not draining away. Otherwise the drain may be partially blocked.

An inspection of operation may be best.

Answered by Mike McEntee

Topics: • Domestic  

I'm installing a new bathroom in my rental property with the help of my father in-law who is a retired plumber. (Last worked in 1984). It's an old house and he tells me, that by law, I have to have a tap installed (like a garden hose tap) and that I will have to let the new tenant know that once a week they will have to turn the tap on and run some water into the floor waste to flush it and stop the smell. Now many many years ago he put the bathroom in (the one I just ripped out) and he said the way he plumbed the floor waste up was I think he said it was a dry waste? And that's why the bathroom has to have a tap. We got into an argument because I don't want a tap there and I think its ridiculous that the tenant has to flush the drain. Question.... If it is plumbed the way he said, can I re-route the floor waste pipe into the shower waste pipe underneath the house? Or how is it meant to be plumbed?

Asked by Michael - Blue Haven

Hi Michael

All floor traps need to be feed by a fixture, either a basin, bath or shower. It is very unusual that you would have a tap in a bathroom to feed the gully.

If there is no fixture feeding the floor waste, the water within the trap will eventually evaporate and therefore allow the smell of the drains come inside into the bathroom.

I would suggest that the drains be altered underneath to have the shower feeding the floor waste if this is possible.

We are an Adelaide based business, so I would suggest you organise a local plumber who is familiar with current plumbing regulations in NSW to carry out works required.

Answered by Paul McEntee

Topics: • Domestic  

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