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Can the discharge of the water powered backup sump pump be connected to the discharge of the primary sump pump?

When installing a water powered back-up sump pump can the discharge of the water-powered back-up sump pump be connected by a Y to the discharge of the primary sump pump? I read that it shouldn't ...
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My toilet backed up with no water

I live in an old condo apartment. My toilet just backed up. It backed up several times before and I managed to unclog it every time, but it's nothing like I've seen before this time because I don't ...
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Preventing a frozen pipe on an extreme weather night

Last week, we had a night that got down to -18F. In the middle of the night, the cold-water pipe going to the kitchen sink froze (but luckily did not burst). After some investigation, it turns out ...
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What are my options for installing a water softener on the opposite side of the house from the main water supply?

Background Info My main water supply on my home is located on the east wall of the home, whereas my garage is located on the west side of the home. There is no water softener loop in the home, and in ...
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Why does the cold water pipe rattle when my washing machine is set to hot?

When my washing machine is set to wash a load on hot, the cold water pipe rattles. The pipe is firmly anchored to the wall. The pipe makes a noise like a hose that is half-kinked, like theres an air ...
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What caused a stuck tub drain stopper linkage and how do I fix it?

I have a tub and shower combination. It has a plunger stopper assembly which was not holding water and the lever would not function correctly. I removed the assembly, cleaned it with vinegar and ...
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Why is it taking so long for my house to heat up?

Firstly, I should probably mention that I'm in the UK... My wife and I bought a house new from a builder over 9 years ago and have had no problems whatsoever with our central heating system in that ...
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Should the cold water supply be constantly open for hot water heating system?

I just flushed out my baseboard heating system and refilled it with new water. I am wondering, should the cold water supply to the system stay open or should it be a closed loop until flushed again at ...
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Is silver bearing lead-free solder sufficient/safe enough for water heater plumbing?

I have existing solder from the BernzoMatic Kit PK1001 and want to use it for soldering pipes for my water heater. The solder says Silver Bearing Lead-Free but it does not explicitly say potable. Is ...
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How do I plumb radiators in an off grid cottage?

I have a cottage that is off grid. I want to plumb radiators on it that wont use a pump, or minimise usage of a pump if at all possible. What is the best way to do this? Hot water tank is raised to ...
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What killed my kitchen faucet pressure?

I have a one-handle "Marielle" model Pfister kitchen faucet diagrammed here. It leaked, so I replaced the cartridge, which solved the problem. A few weeks later, I happened to drain my hot water ...
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Should I replace my Pressure Reducing Valve?

A few weeks ago, my oil-fired water boiler started continuously leaking water out of the pressure release valve on the top of the unit. I know this is leaking steadily because it drains into a 5gal ...
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banging sound in pipes in attic

During the cold months, when I turn on the hot water in the kitchen, it produces a banging sound in the pipes in the attic. It sounds like metal cables slamming against the pipes. This only occurs in ...
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Why is there no water pressure after turning main off then back on?

Came home after work to a water leak, a coupling had corroded and come apart on the hot water line. Turned water main off and repaired the leak but when I turned the water back on I had no hot or ...
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Is it safe to connect a timer to an instant hot water dispenser?

I'd like to connect a timer to my new instant hot water dispenser. The installation instructions mention not to use an extension cord, but I'd like to make the timer accessible under the cabinet so I ...
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How to calculate potential energy savings from using a tempering tank?

I have a boiler (oil) with integrated water heater (3.5 gallon). I don't have problems with running out of hot water but I do wonder if having a tempering tank before the boiler would save money on ...
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Why does my kitchen faucet cut out intermittently?

Sometimes when I'm running water from my kitchen faucet, it will cut out for no apparent reason. It doesn't seem to matter if I'm running hot or cold water (or a mixture), but does seem to happen ...
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What would cause air bubbles in the toilet when I'm showering?

My basement bathroom has recently been remodeled, everything was working fine for a few weeks, but now all of a sudden I am hearing bubbles in the toilet when I shower, at which point the shower drain ...
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Question about roof vent

In my roof attic I have a 2" kitchen vent just inside the attic on one side of the house, the main 3" stack which vents out through the roof is on the opposite side of the house. They are about 24 ...
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When cutting concrete for basement plumbing, how do you handle rough framing?

I'm going to be doing some cutting of the slab in my basement in order to put a bathroom in. There is plumbing under the slab and a pit with a tank in it, but it is probably 30 feet from where I want ...
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What would happen if I connected a dishwasher to a hot water supply line?

What will happen if I connect hot water to a dish water that is not designed to take in hot water? Will it break? Or will I just not be able to use the cold programs?
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How do I connect my refrigerator water line to the house line?

My GE fridge has a 1/4 in OD line, but the connection on the house is larger, and I'm not sure what exact size it is. What is the standard sized connection for the wall valve water supply line?
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Is it possible to reuse a copper pipe's compression fitting?

I removed what I didn't realize was a compression fitting on a copper pipe for my kitchen cold water supply. Is it possible to reuse the compression fitting or do I need to buy a new one to replace ...
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What size is my cold water faucet connection?

I'm planning to connect a 3M Filtrete inline water filter to my faucet, and I was wondering what size connector my Moen faucet is expecting as shown in the below photo prior to filter installation. ...
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Is it safe to use heat tape on a drain line (p-trap)?

Background/Problem: The p-trap for a drainage line (PVC) from one of my showers happens to be outside the house in an area that isn't protected from the cold/wind (yeah, I know) so when it freezes ...
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Water pressure low after hose was left on overnight

The water pressure inside my house went way down and stayed down after the hose was left on overnight. It's been a while now and the water pressure is still low (useable but low). The air pressure ...
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Frozen Pipe(s) — How to Respond?

I woke up this morning to find a trickle of water pressure to my cold bathroom taps, and no water pressure to my hot water bathroom taps. The water was fine in the rest of the house. Since we're in ...
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Can I put concrete over PVC pipe?

I have my laundry room in the backyard and there is an area that had a thin piece of concrete and below it there is soil. Beneath the soil there lies the drainage PVC 1 ½” pipe, gas line (not ...
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How/where should I put a water dispenser on this counter?

My friend's coffee shop has a hot water dispenser they use for drip coffee and tea. It's already filtered, and accessible to customers. It would be terribly convenient if we customers could get cold ...
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Why is there a copper wire attached to this water pipe?

The outdoor faucet was turned on today(45 degrees), shortly after we discovered a leak in the house. We're not sure if the faucet broke or the pipe fractured/burst. After pulling back the drywall we ...
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How to shut off water valve to outside faucet?

I mentioned in a previous question that either our pipe burst or our outdoor faucet broke. It leaked into the house. Our main water line is shut off currently. We can't locate a shut off valve to the ...
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How do I install a water line for a refrigerator in a galley kitchen?

My sink is on one side of my galley kitchen and the fridge is on the other. The living room doorway is between the water line to the sink and the fridge. The house sits on a slab so there is no ...
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Are black deposits on the interior of copper water pipes a health concern?

I tried to install a new water heater at home. When I removed the old pipes, I found there's a black deposit in the interior of my copper pipes (both cold water pipe to water heater and hot water pipe ...
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Can a water heater be installed overhead?

Sorry for the long preamble: I'm doing a remodel which involves building a new attached garage. At the same time, I'm replacing the water heater because it is ancient. I have considered a ...
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Why did our kitchen faucet stop working?

No water comes out of my kitchen faucet when I turn it on. Every other water outlet in the house is working fine, and the kitchen faucet was working fine until the last time we used it (two days ago). ...
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How do I remove my tub diverter?

I replaced my cold and hot water valves a while back and now it seems like it's time to replace the diverter. When running the water to the tub, some water comes out of the shower head. I've tried to ...
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How to get down slope on drain lines?

A question on how to get the proper slope in a drain. Let's say you have two section of drain line that must be plumb to each other. To connect these lines by code a 1/4" down slope is needed per ...
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Why does the water temperature fluctuate on this single handle fixture?

Symptoms: When using shower, cold water soon (2 minutes) will supply warm or hot water. i.e without turning the hot valve on, and only turning cold valve on, the water out of showerhead gets warm or ...
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How to get rid of this sulfur problem

I just moved to China about a month ago to live with my relatives in an apartment complex on the 16th floor. Now, there has been a sulfur problem near their washing machine, and sometimes their ...
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What are some causes/solutions for poor drainage?

What are some causes/solutions for poor drainage? It seems that our house tends to drain water very slowly. The bathroom sink could probably overflow if the water was left on, the bathtub also seems ...
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Why do garbage disposal companies suggest using cold water with their products?

Why do garbage disposal companies suggest using cold water with their products?
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Is a water plumbing shut-off valve needed for every room?

Can I have a just a single set of shut-off valves (one for hot and one for cold) for two bathrooms upstairs and another for the kitchen/laundry area? Should each bathroom have its own set? This is a ...
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How do we prevent air in the water lines from our well?

We receive our water from a spring fed well. There is approximately 125 feet of pipe from house to spring house. We have obvious air in our line. We have replaced 2 check valves and foot valve as well ...
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How can I trace the path of plumbing lines inside walls without cutting holes?

I am looking to install a shutoff valve for an outdoor faucet, and to do that, I need to locate the pipe leading to that faucet. I tried to trace it by listening for the hissing sound when the water ...
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How do I secure a copper pipe going through a wall?

What kind of clamp would be appropriate for securing a 1/2" copper pipe that's run through a wall to the outside to a hose bib? I'll accept a general answer. In my particular case it's a stucco wall ...
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Why do I get water hammer after turning water supply back on?

I shut off the main water supply in the evening to replace the shower cartridge. I came back the next afternoon to finish the job. When I turned on the water main I started getting continuous water ...
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Is it possible to buy just the fins or the copper pipe with fins for baseboard radiator?

I have a project to build and I want to use finned tubing (like in baseboard radiators) but I am unable to find the tubing without buying the enclosure as well. (This is for a hobby project - I want ...
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Can I run water lines through the attic?

I recently had a Slab leak in my home in Indianapolis,IN. This is the 4th Slab leak since I've owned the home. I decided it was time to reroute all the Water lines. I thought this was best so I ...
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Why would I lose water pressure in my house for several months after running the outside faucets?

After using the water outside, the water pressure in my house goes way down. When we flush the toilet you can hear whistling in the pipes and sometimes bubbling like you would after the water has been ...
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What are the differences between an expansion tank and a pressure sensor?

We have a red expansion tank in our building. We have so many problems with this tank. Every 3 months we have to change the tanks tube because the tube is perforated every 3 months. Now an expert ...