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Water leaking up the stem on the main water shutoff valve

There is a leak (and getting worst) where water is coming up the stem on the main water valve (angled globe valve I think). I know I may be able to fix this by tightening the gland nut, but I cant ...
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Why is the TPR valve dripping on my new water heater?

I recently install a Kenmore #58240 40 gal. electric water heater. I had a 50 ga. approx. 12 yr. old Rheem which started to pop a little so I just decided to get a new one. After I installed it at ...
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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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How can I repair a bathroom fan under garage that is leaking in the winter?

I have a rigid metal exhaust pipe coming out of the bathroom fan over my downstairs bathroom. It goes up at approximately a 30 degree angle for about twenty feet and stops just before it gets to the ...
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How can I locate the leak in my roof?

My concrete flat roof is 2 years old. Above the roof I have fixed terracotta tiles. During heavy rains I find water leakages (dropping) inside my house in several places. Water drain is perfect. ...
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How can I tell where water is leaking from?

I live in Wyoming and for the past few days we had below zero temperatures and tons of snow. Many people reported pipes breaking but we seemed to be fine. Today it also warmed up a bunch to around the ...
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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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Why does my bath faucet drip for a few minutes after it's shut off?

I have a traditional two handled (one hot and one cold and they are separate) bath faucet. I recently had it reseated and the washers replaced, however, what I noticed was that immediately after shut ...
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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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Why would my bathtub spout stop leaking after fixing a water pressure issue?

Something strange happened in my bathroom. For a few days the tub spout was leaking non-stop. During that time the water pressure had been low and there was no hot water. I thought that the leak was ...
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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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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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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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Unusual tub leak

OK, this one has been driving me nuts for a while now. I have a shower/tub on the second floor that leaks down on to the first floor. It only happens with showers, not baths. It takes about 5-10 ...
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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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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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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 ...
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How do I seal a leaking plughole fitting?

The plughole in my bathroom basin is leaking. The leak is between the plughole and the basin (i.e. through the circular hole in the basin in which the metal plughole is fitted), and it seems to me as ...
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How can I fix a clothes washer faucet that is leaking?

I just moved the clothes washer out of the way but now I found the faucet that connects to the washer is leaking. I tried to replace the faucet but looks like it is soldered and I cannot find a way ...
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Ceiling wet at corner of chimney

Whenever it rains, the ceiling becomes wet at the corner of the chimney. I ASSUME it's just a small leak, but obviously I don't want it to become any worse. I have a flat roof, so getting up there ...
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Weird set screw on single handle bathroom faucet

I have a leak in my single handle bathroom faucet. I can't find any stamp or marking on it to indicate the manufacturer. Turning off the hot water fixes the problem short term. I have found some ...
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How can I repair this unusual joint that leaks?

Got a leaking drain at the back end of the P-trap. When I pulled the PVC trap apart, there was no washer. Also, the male 90 pipe has flanges that keep the metal nut on the pipe. Haven't seen this ...
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How to seal p-trap leaking at inlet

My sink is leaking at the p-trap's inlet. It is plastic going from my garbage disposal into a metal fitting. It looks like it was sealed with something like petroleum jelly. I've wiped it off in this ...
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Is there a way to fix a small water leak in a PVC pipe from inside the pipe?

The PVC evacuation pipe from my toilet is leaking a little bit. The part of the pipe that is leaking is buried inside concrete. I am trying to find a way to fix the leak from inside the pipe, that is ...
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How can I fix my leaking shower?

I have a bathroom with a wooden floor - not floorboards, but solid sheets of water-treated chipboard. It's an old house, ~90yrs or so, and we're renovating it. A lot of the work has been done by ...
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How to fix leaking PVC fitting?

I screwed up. I'm usually pretty good with PVC. I used the approved cleaner and primer, and Weld-On 705. I've done this dozens of times. But here's where I screwed up: one part was a threaded bushing:...
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What can cause a wet patch to appear on an outside wall around an external tap?

I have just noticed that I have a wet patch around my external tap on the outside wall. The wall seems to dry throughout the day. I have turned off the water to the tap, but the following morning, the ...
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Can I fix a possible gas leak on a valve for a hot water system myself with Thread Seal Tape?

Is a leaking gas fitting something a non-professional should even attempt to fix? Symptoms: There is a slight off odor around the hot water system, after some experimentation of turning the gas off ...
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Can you diagnose coolant leak in a refrigerator by blowing hot air on the back?

An "engineer" has recently investigated my 10+ (that's my estimation - we bought it together with our apartment) year old Smeg FB30 refrigerator and claimed that the coolant gas is leaking from the ...
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How to fix a garbage disposal pipe leak?

I have a slowly dripping joint where the disposal meets the drain pipe. I want to fix it myself and thought to just seal it with some sealant. What sealant should I use and/or should I not seal it, ...
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Concerns about broken washer found in water supply

Today I've notice black particles in the water from a faucet. Upon removing the aerator, I noticed chunks of plastic nearly clogging it. It appears to be from a washer. I don't know where it comes ...
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How to fix leak coming from pressure gauge on water tank?

The pressure gauge that is located outside of my water tank is dripping about twice a minute. It seems like this is something I could simply replace but I wanted to get some advice as this is ...
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How do I stop a leak in a refrigerator water line connection?

I have a copper water line going into my refrigerator. It's leaking at the connector line in the attached picture. It looks like the leak is not from the fridge, but from the connection line, right ...
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How do I keep my well pump connections from leaking?

Well, I asked the question at the end of last season on which hoses to get. The new Summer season is upon us and I've located some comparable hoses (could not find the exact ones mentioned, but found ...
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Nearly New Northern MN Slab In-Floor Heat Home Needs New Water Line

Built in 2010, I moved in to my 3-bedroom, 2 bath home in Jan. 2011. The house has radiant in-floor heat (natural gas) and sits on a slab. This past late fall the City notified me of an unusually ...
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How can I figure out where the toilet overflow pipe goes?

In the toilet tank I know that the overflow pipe is there for when the toilet tank is full. However my toilets overflow pipe in the tank doesn't go back into the toilet it goes to a pipe which runs ...
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Can earthing of a building degrade over time

The building is almost 12 years old. We didn't have this problem before. But in this last 2-3 days some residents complained they have experienced shock coming form the pipeline of bathroom even after ...
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Brass central heating elbow joint leaking at connection to plastic pipe

Since removing a radiator to decorate a room I've had a slow leak in the central heating. Luckily I've found where it is - directly below said radiator - I must have moved it about too much in the ...
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What's the best way to seal a small leak on a sprinkler pump inlet PVC pipe where a siphoning system has been tapped?

On my sprinkler system I installed, about 4 months ago, a system that siphons, from a large tank, a mixture of fertilizer and iron stain inhibitor. The system works fine but it had to be installed by ...
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dripping water from the shower area

Just moved into our new rented apartment and having trouble keeping the water from dripping out the bath tub area. the side of the shower curtain that is closer to the shower head is okay as we have ...
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How can I fix a leaking expansion tank?

My expansion tank hangs vertical from a pipe. It leaks from where the tank connects to the pipe. I can see some pipe dope where it connects. What can I do?
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Leaky outdoor faucet when using spray nozzle

I have an outdoor faucet connected to a garden hose and pistol type spray nozzle. The connection is leak free until I turn the water off and pull the trigger on the spray nozzle to get some of the ...
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Is there a way to fix a leak in the pressurized side of a pool system without digging it up?

I have a pool that has a pretty bad leak on the pressurized side, and it's not in the backwash line nor in any line that is above ground. Right now I don't know which pipe has the leak in it, but I ...
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How to fix a leaking bath tub overflow drain?

My bath tub is over the kitchen on the second floor. It appears the bath tub overflow drain leaks a sizeable amount. At times the kids aren't paying attention and the water goes in. The water leaks ...