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How can I disassemble this old bathroom faucet to fix a leak, without damaging the decorative chrome piece?

Update 4: Once I followed Michael's suggestion I was able to remove the cartridge. Closest match was a Moen 1224, 131222. Inlet and outlet were very different, and rotation of valve was much greater ...
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How much water is too much water underneath the basement concrete?

We are getting ready to install a new shower in our basement. When we had our house built about 8 yrs ago we asked to have a shower & toilet drains roughed in. I cut off the plastic cover for ...
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How should I seal a shower base that is leaking?

I have a shower stall with a cement-like slab base. The shower base is ancient and has developed some cracks. The top surface has some sort of sealant which has worn away, with the result that water ...
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Leaking outdoor faucet - stop gap solution?

My outdoor faucet is leaking in a constant dribble, regardless of how tight I turn the handle. The faucet looks very similar to this one. I'm going to replace the whole faucet in the next month or ...
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What is the best way to repair a cracked bathtub?

Close examination of the floor of my bathtub has revealed a long, thin crack in the bathtub itself. The bathtub is one of the common plastic-feeling variety (though I am not sure if it is actually a ...
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Should the plastic walls of a shower kit have air bubbles?

We had a corner shower installed awhile ago in our basement. The kit came with thin acrylic walls that were glued to the waterproof gyprock behind. However, there are air spaces between the lines of ...
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What's a good way to seal a flat concrete roof?

My guess is that a long time ago there was a fire in part of our house and what was the top storey was capped and the floor replaced with thick slabs of concrete. This was then sealed over with ...
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Bathroom air vent drip

I have a constant drip coming from the air vent in my downstairs bathroom. After one week it has filled a bucket full of water. There has been no snow or rain in my area. The air conditioning hasn't ...
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How should a section of cast iron piping be replaced?

I just discovered a leaking section of cast iron pipe in my basement. There is moisture around the joints, but I guess there could be pinhole-sized spots or a crack on the bit I can't easily see. I'm ...
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How can I stop water from coming in through a crack near the top of my bulkhead wall?

I have a bulkhead entrance to my basement. The bulkhead walls are mostly fine, with the exception being near the top. The top 6 or 8 inches or so of the walls are constructed of what appear to be ...
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What is the method to seal a concrete roof?

We are staying in a home which has a concrete roof. Now we are facing leakage in the roof during rainy seasons. What do we have to do? How do we protect the roof from leaks?
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How can I fix a leak in the pipe coming out of my water heater?

There's a water leak in the tube coming out of my heater. Yet the bolts look tightly put. I'm not sure how to fix it. Any idea ?
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How can I temporarily fix a leaky faucet?

I have a house from the late '20's and my hot water leaks in my tub. I've had it fixed a few times by plumbers and the last one said that to permanently fix it, I'm going to need to replace the whole ...
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How can I identify the source of a leak at the hot water heater?

My water heater has a slow leak. From what I can tell so far it is coming from either the cold water inlet or the hot water connection. The cold water inlet seems to be the culprit to me because that ...
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How do I fix a leaking skylight?

I have a skylight on a shingles roof. I don't know much about the skylight as it was installed by a previous owner, but every year, at the beginning of the rainy season, the skylight leaks. And every ...
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Faucet drip after water shut off

We had a plumber out to replace our outside hose bibs. After turning the water back on, one of our faucets in the house now has a drip. Its nowhere close to the area that the plumber worked on. Any ...
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Leaky windows: How to know where the leak is?

Our rented apartment has double pane windows in PVC frames. They are of good quality, I think. However, during the current weather (lots of rain and heavy winds), two windows let in some water. It ...
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Leaking flat roof

We have a "flat roof" (actually a very slight pitch) which is made from lead with folded seams. It is rectangular, with a slight slope toward one long side where there is a gutter with a downspout at ...
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How do I determine if my basement leak is a foundation problem

I have a basement leak that happens every other year on average, after either a very heavy rainfall, or melting of a lot of snow. It occurs on only one wall of the basement, and I've detected water ...
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How do I seal the sink basin opening?

I purchased a new bathroom sink and faucet and set everything up according to instructions. The faucet instructions told me to use silicone for the drain lip (the border thing around the stopper in ...
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How can I repair a drain that won't stop leaking?

I have a kitchen drain that won't stop leaking. I've checked, and it's definitely leaking from around the joins in the PVC pipe. I've replaced several of the washers, as well as the P trap (bend). ...
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Locating a leak, water on top of kitchen cabinents, under two bathrooms and drain stack

I am trying to locate a leak that has reappeared. The leak appears on my kitchen countertops, it actually is leaking on top of one of my corner cabinets. Theres a bit of a gap between the cabinet and ...
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Shower head washer woes

I was installing a new shower head (Brand: Niagara Earth), and apparently overtightened it, cracking the washer in the process. Unfortunately, it seems to be a specialty type of washer that has an ...
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How can I find a leak in underground plumbing?

We moved into a home a couple years ago that was 1600 sq ft from a 3700 sq ft home. We were shocked that the power bill here was about 30% more than the big house but I suspected a water leak ...
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What is this fixture on my external water faucet and how can I remove it?

I have this device on my outdoor water faucet. It is leaking water in all directions and by leaking, I mean pouring water everywhere. What is the purpose of this device and how can I remove it so I ...
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Why is water collecting in the base of my furnace?

I changed my filter the other day and noticed a pool of water in the bottom of the furnace, below the filter. The humidifier has been off so that's not the issue. I removed the furnace panels and see ...
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Could sound insulation around copper pipes cause condensation?

A leak in the bathroom, above the kitchen, started as a small water stain on the ceiling. I opened the ceiling and determined insulation (2 insulation pieces), that was placed to absorb the sewer ...
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What should I do about water dripping into my smoke detector from the attic after a heavy rain?

I live in the Midwest of the United States, and we not-too-rarely get a large amount of rain coming down at one time both in the spring and sometimes in the fall. Last night was no different (aside ...
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Is it safe to shut off cold water entering water heater?

I have a pretty bad situation at my place. I have a leaky shower faucet which has gone from drips to a steady stream. I calculated the flow at .3 gallons per minute. My very old home has no private ...
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What should I do to make good on some lightly water damaged plaster?

When we moved in to our house (an early 1970s build in the UK) we noticed some damage to the plaster above a window; the surface was uneven and some was loose. It appeared dry so the surveyors and ...
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What could be leaking after installing a pet sprayer on a tub?

Installed a simple pet sprayer in the upstairs master bathtub. It has a long hose with a release valve/button on the very end of it. About 6 hours after installation (and without officially using it ...
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Plywood floor gets inexplicably wet, what could possibly be the cause? [closed]

House is on piers with insulation underneath. We had a plumber come look at it and he says he sees no pipes there, has no idea, cannot help. Every day there is about a 4 ftx4ft area of light water, ...
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How can I turn off this water valve?

(tl;dr - check the bolded questions and look at the pictures) Earlier this week I had a frozen (and burst) pipe. It's on the way to the outside spigots and not particularly important in the winter, ...
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How do I fix a leak in this toilet cistern inlet pipe?

I successfully replaced the syphon of my toilet, but on reattaching the cistern to the base, the cistern inlet pipe started leaking where it connects to the main water source. It looks like the rubber ...
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Why does my gas water heater's pilot light go out when I replace the outer door?

I have a 9 year old Bradford White gas water heater, model MI403S6FBN4. The pilot light went out today, and when I went to re-light it, it stays lit while the pilot button is held down, and it stays ...
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Why does this toilet fill valve leak around the top?

I have a pretty new dual-flush toilet whose fill valve suddenly started leaking for no reason. A picture of the toilet is below: Basically, the toilet flushes normally once the button is pressed. ...
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Is my well pump serviceable after overheating and starting to leak?

A 'handy man' did work on my plumbing and shut off the main water to the house. He did not unplug the well pump, and it got really hot to the touch. When we hooked everything back up again, the pump ...
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How do I stop water from seeping between my porch roof and house siding?

I have a small roof over my side door on my porch. Whenever it rains or snows, some water always seeps in between the small roof and the vinyl siding. It drips down the siding and makes a puddle on ...
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How can I locate and deal with mold between floors?

About 9 months ago, my wife and I replaced a toilet that had a broken wax ring. We got some water leaking down to the ceiling on the first floor. Now I'm having what seem to be mold symptoms -- I ...
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How do I plug a leak in my refrigerator's water fountain casing?

We seem to have developed a slow water leak at the bottom right edge of the casing for the water dispenser in the left door of our GE refrigerator. This is causing water to drip slowly along the front ...
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How to remove turn-style tub overflow cover?

I've tried looking all over for a solution, but I've yet to find a solution that matches my situation. The cover I have (I think) is supposed to turn so the hole is downwards so you can remove the ...
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Why would a sprinkler Air Valve leak after winterization?

I had someone come over my house and winterize the sprinklers. He explained to me what he did: He said he closed the main valve to the sprinkler system, hooked up a compressor and blew out all the ...
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Will Liquid Plumber Foaming Pipe Snake corrode the drain seal on my bathtub?

I just bought and used a bottle of Liquid Plumber but I was just worried about whether the stuff might be able to corrode the rubbery seal under and around the top of the bathtub drain. I live on a ...
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How do I approach new water stains on my ceiling?

I am a brand new home owner with almost no experience with DIY stuff. There was a few days of significant rain and now my wife noticed some stains on our 2nd floor ceiling that we are pretty sure ...
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How to fix dry wall side of newly fitted tiles shower wall?

I have had a brand new shower put in, the tiling is shown, however after about 1 month we noticed a small amount of water passing though to the dry wall. The below is now 9 months later. The ...
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What might cause water to leak under or behind a bathtub?

The floor in my bathroom is constantly wet after showers. House was built in 1970 and this bathroom is all original. From the yellow tile down to the linoleum. The shower curtain is sealed, the ...
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How to stop a leak of water through a concrete floor

I live in an apartment building. Each house has a bathroom with a concrete floor covered in tiles. In the corner of the floor is a drain with its pipe going all the way through. However, I have ...
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Can you replace valve stem packing without shutting off the faucet?

The main shutoff to my house is a 3/4" FIP, that's leaking out the valve stem... the last several times turned on and off, it has 're-sealed' itself with lime and calcium deposits, but not this time, ...
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How to permanently remedy a patch of mold on a ceiling from a water leak above?

I recently discovered that water was dripping from the ceiling light fixture in a first floor bathroom. It turned it was due to a toilet leak (faulty wax ring) in a bathroom directly above. The ...
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Can wind force rain into the soffits?

There is 1 and only 1 leak (thank God) that is driving me crazy. When the wind blows from the south and hits the house from that side, there is a drip that develops and comes from above the top of the ...