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Best configuration for an outdoor hose extension

I created a hose extension simply using ordinary garden hose attached from the house spigot to a spigot mounted to a vinyl fence post. After 2 years, the garden hose has burst and I'm looking to find ...
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Why is water coming out of my toilet bowls? [closed]

I live in a trailer in Alaska. There is water coming out of the toilet bowls. At first it was clear, and I don't know if it because we are washing laundry at the same time as trying to unplug the ...
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Gurgling pipes after shower

After taking a shower and then flushing the toilet, we get gurgling sound in the kitchen sink. We have had the plumbing snaked which didn't help, kept happening. Then the plumber jetted the entire ...
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Why did plumber pour oil in sump water?

I live in a condo building, and the sump pump in the basement was running water constantly for several days. When the plumber was contacted, he said to call the Village and have the water tested for ...
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Identifying a metal item buried in my backyard

I was digging up a bush stump so we can pour a concrete pad for a condensing unit. As I dug I uncovered the top of a metal object approximately 3-4ft long and 1.5 feet wide. It's made of some kind ...
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PVC Pipes And Pool Solar Heating Advice

We have a set of EnerSol solar panels (black water pipes) which are installed on the roof. Our pool pump sends water up to the panels via black PVC pipes. The water goes through the panels, warms ...
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What type of Anode rod should I get for my water heater?

It's time to replace my anode rod and I'm not sure what type I should get (Magnesium, Aluminum, Combination, or Powered). I have a well and use a water softener. I have a high iron content (orange ...
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Can a toilet be properly installed without a flange?

Someone put a toilet in for me, he used different bolts than came with the toilet because he said the bolts that came with the toilet wouldn't work. He said the floor was rotting but he needed to get ...
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Tee size in efficienct flow splitting of main water supply

I am re-piping the water supply lines in my house. I have a 1 inch supply line coming from the main. This will travel about 30 feet before being split into 2 lines, one supplying the hot and the ...
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toilet flushing makes my washer overflow pipe overflow [duplicate]

Flushing the toilet sends a large spurt and steady stream of water out of the overflow pipe for the washer. I understand I have a clog. Do I need to call a plumber? Can I snake it myself ? If not ...
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What is involved in replacing this galvanized pipe with copper?

The brass mixer is fine and I want to keep it. However, I do want to replace the galvanized pipe that feeds it with a copper line. Is this just as simple as removing the male threaded connection and ...
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Is it possible to seal a leak that's coming through a fitting?

I've got a brass valve in my plumbing system that has a leak coming through the valve body wall. I can watch tiny droplets of water diffusing through the metal itself. I'm positive the connections ...
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Waste pipe plugged? Where?

The open overflow washer pipe spurts a hefty amount of water out after my toilet flushes. I havent tried anything but snaking my washer pipe. Completely out of my realm but wish to avoid high cost of ...
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T&P drain line needs to be outside of the house?

I called the gas company to turn on gas. But the engineer left a note saying that "T&P drain line needs to be run outside of house". I called my plumber but he didn't know such a thing. Can ...
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How can I connect copper pipe to an unthreaded, galvanized pipe?

I have a di-electric union which I want to install, but the union's galvinized side is threaded. The unthreaded, galvanized pipe is attached to the house so I can't easily thread it. Perhaps there's ...
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How to tighten threaded pipe in an existing assembly of pipes

I have a brass pipe with threaded joints coming into the house from the street that has a leaking joint. I can't see how it can be tightened without loosening the joint at the other end of the pipe. ...
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How simple is it to fix this drip?

Now that I have finally opened the water outside after the winter freeze, I'm encountering a drip. I can foresee three levels, in increasing difficulty, of fixing this problem: Squeeze some ...
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Can I connect an indoor water meter to water heater with PEX?

So I have a water meter in our basement, connected to the city line via copper (it's also our electrical ground). From the meter is decades-old galvanized leading to a leaky shutoff (which I plan to ...
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soldering pipe with mapp gas

I am trying to open up some solder joints on a 1/2" residential cold water line, and I am having trouble doing so. I am using a propane torch, and I confirmed that the pipe was evacuated. My brother ...
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Water dripping from Concrete slab

I am facing problem of water dripping in my bedroom from upstairs apartment from upstairs bathroom. However, upstairs neighbour never used his bathroom since last almost 1 year. How to find and What ...
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Anchoring toilet flange into hollow space in floor?

I'm replacing a toilet and am using a Hydroseat rather than replacing the damaged flange. The problem that I've run into is one of the spots to anchor the Hydroseat down seems to be hollow below the ...
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Spigot leaks when sprinklers come on

Today I was adjusting my sprinkler system heads and I had my spigot turned on with my hose and nozzle attached. Strangely, when two zones would turn. On the spigot would shoot water out until the ...
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Water pressure guage plumbing adapter

I have the following water pressure guage. I need to connect it to the garden valve, but not sure which adapters I would need. Something like this:
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Are Electronic Water Conditioners Effective

I'm looking into water softeners, and am intrigued by the "electronic descaler" option. They seem like snake oil - do they actually work? Here is an example.
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Kitchen Sink P Trap Installation Advice

My question is where to install a P trap on this configuration (Disposal is directly over the drain pipe). We are on conventional foundation, so is installing P trap under the house an option? We went ...
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Vacuum Breaker Valve on Hose Bib Humming / Noise

I have one of these vacuum breakers on my outdoor hose faucet. Every time I turn it on, it creates a loud noise in the form of a hum or drone I can hear throughout the house. While I have been able ...
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Removing bath faucet fixture

I have an older bathroom sink fixture that needs some repair. I was able to remove the allen screw and pull the handles. But I can't remove anything after that. I'm assuming the outer threads on ...
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Is this a workable water softener plan?

I'd like to install a water softener in my house. I have a good idea of what's required, but I'd like to know if I'm overlooking anything. I have city water coming into my basement through the floor ...
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What happens if you sweat pipe copper pipe without flux?

I may have forgotten to use soldering flux paste when I replaced a water valve on 1/2" copper tubing. It was in a tight place and sweating pipe is not something I do often. Some of the joints I ...
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Cooling radiators in summer?

How efficient would it be to use radiators circulating with cold water, to cool house in summer? Wondering if anyone has tried this, and how well it works? I was thinking about H/AC in general, and ...
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Loosening Brass Pipe From Elbow Fitting On Pressurized Water Tank

Two things have led me here, yet again: arrogance in thinking anything is an easy fix, and inexperience. I've disconnected my pressurized water tank from the electric running to the switch and the PVC/...
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Intermittent Water Flow And Potentially Busted Pipe

We have a well that has been causing us some trouble. The pressure gauge/pressure switch assembly on our water tank is older and rusted due to the high calcium/mineral content in our water here. (1.)...
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Rotten eggs smell in house

We bought a 3rd floor apartment in Italy (highest floor) a few years ago and use it as a holiday home. We've had no issues for about 3 years and suddenly we started getting the smell of rotten eggs at ...
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Clearing out blocked weeping tile

My basement floods when it rains, because the weeping tile can't drain. I'm trying to figure out how to fix it without tearing up my finished basement. The 1968 home has recently installed (2000?) ...
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How to fix this leaky sink drain?

New to the forum. This I am thinking is a fairly straight forward job, but I don't have any plumbing experience so a little ify on how to go about it. Essentially I have a leaky sink drain. Little ...
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High water pressure after water heater is turned on or water isn't used for a while

I recently noticed my bathroom sink leaking occasionally and when I turn on the water, the pressure was much stronger than normal at first and went back to normal after a short time of letting the ...
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Knocking well pipes

As my well pump shuts off after getting up to pressure I can here the underground pipe that goes to the well point "knocking". There is a check valve on the inlet of the pump and possibly another at ...
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Do I have to worry about Bimetallic corrosion corrosion in this compression fitting?

I had an old fridge in my basement with an ice maker and water dispenser. I want to hook it up to my bathroom sink. I have a bunch of spare 1/4" fittings in my toolbox. The only problem is my ...
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Well head sounds like running water at all times

We can hear a running water noise at the well head at all times even when there is no demand. The pump, air tank and switch all seem to be working properly. There are no wet spots between the well ...
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Hot water problem in 2nd bathroom

We have a 2 story house, in the 2nd upstairs bathroom the bath hot water is cold but the basin runs hot then scalding (both are mixer taps). The shower fluctuates between OK and cold. All other hot ...
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Toilet will not flush and has Air Bubbles

Toilet will not drain when flushed. If I use a plunger for 5 min I can get the water to drain to normal level in the bowl. If I turn on the water to the bathtub and sink both sandwiching the toilet ...
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Seized “ballofix” ball valve can't shut off water properly

I have a dripping shower/bath mixer tap (read "running hot water and rapidly getting worse") which I need to fix. I have found the water switch off valves for the apartment, but I cannot close them ...
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Rubber ring underneath bathtub drain stopper

I'll start off this post with saying that I know almost nothing about plumbing or even simple handy-man stuff. Now, I have a bathtub that is clogged. I unscrewed the stopper and there was a rubber ...
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What is the simplest ,most cost effective way to hook up 2 different wells to my house water system?

I would like to hook up 2 wells and 2 pumps to my house water system. I have one well already connected to my pressure tank. The other 1 inch water line was cut off when we dug the second well. It ...
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What actions should be taken after water heater supply pipe damage?

Water pipe to water heater burst after 3,5 quake. Do we turn off the water heater and the water or just turn water heater to pilot?
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Plumbing two sinks on opposite sides of a wall

I had a small bathroom remodel done after flooding last month. I found out I had a contractor in over his head too late. My situation now is I have a bathroom sink on one side of the wall and the ...
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Can I tile over existing tile (on drywall) to improve waterproofing?

I bought a renovated house; the shower is drop in tub, the tile wall are directly set on dry wall, no cement backer board behind the tiles. can I pay someone to tile over the existing tile , since ...
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Water running in basement floor drain but no faucets or toilets are running

I can see/hear water running through the pipe just under the basement floor drain in the laundry, furnace and hot water heater room. Nothing is turned on in the house. If I turn off the main water ...
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How do I interpret plumbing TABLE 6-6 610.4 w/ re to branches

How do I interpret the Table 6.6 610.4 of the UPC? It has two header columns: METER AND STREET SERVICE, (inches) BUILDING SUPPLY AND BRANCHES, (inches) But to me that doesn't make sense. The Meter ...
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How many connections can you have off of CPVC [duplicate]

I am looking to add a wet bar to my bathroom and was looking to tap into my CPVC lines to provide the water. Currently there are some 1/2" lines running near where I want to go that tap off of a 3/4"...