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Should snakes be used on toilets?

An answerer on this question stated "remember to never use snakes on toilets." The internet, however, contains numerous tutorials on how to snake a toilet. Can and should toilets be snaked?
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Questions About Home Water Filter

My questions (pics below): How do these things work and does it actually make a difference? There is dirt inside of the water filter - does it need to be washed out? Do the white rocks inside of the ...
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What do I need to do to split a washing machine hookup to allow adding a dishwasher?

In my new (1836— just moved in) house I have a washing machine in a, um, short hallway? cupboard? leading from a kitchen to a bathroom. Above it is a shelf. The plan is to move the washing machine up ...
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How can I access pipes in my cement shower in an old home?

My home was built in 1929 and I do not know when my "unwarranted" studio unit (1st floor/street level) SHOWER was added on. The entire 3 sides of the shower are cement. I know one of the hot/cold ...
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What is this pipe - should I be worried?

We found it behind a wall, it is a bit more than 10 inches wide it has about an 3/4 inch of concrete between metal. It was jaggedly broke off on the bottom in the basement ceiling. It is also ...
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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 isn't my new toilet flushing system working as well as the old one?

We just replaced the whole system in our toilet. It use to have a flushing ball valve and it worked great until it broke. It flushed everything down the first time no problem. Now with the new ...
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Why does hot water come from the faucet when only the cold water tap is on?

On occasion, when I open the cold water tap on the kitchen sink, the flow from the faucet briefly becomes warm: it starts cool, becomes warm for about 30 seconds, and then returns to the desired cold ...
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Metering gas used for heating water in a multi-dwell building with one boiler

I rent in a multi-dwell building. We are not directly charged for hot water but trying to figure out if we are indirectly charged via the Con-Ed gas bill. Is it possible to meter gas usage for the ...
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What should I do about putty that fell in the toilet opening?

When I was lifting off the old toilet a large chunk of plumbers putty/clay fell in the opening. (There was a huge amount under the toilet, and no wax that I could see.) I tried using a vacuum to get ...
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Help on fitting new dishwasher next to an existing washing machine

I am trying to install a dishwasher, an Elba Fisher & Paykel model next to my washing machine. I plan to just manually remove the waste pipe from either machine when using but any suggestions ...
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How can I find replacement parts for an unknown faucet?

In the house I bought one of the faucets is missing a hot water indicator. I have no idea on how to go about getting a replacement indicator. Anyone know where I should start? Here's the missing ...
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How does decalcifying work, and is it something I need?

We recently had to replace our water heater because of lack of hot water, age (12 years to the day almost) and sediment build up (it was higher than the lower element; we purchased the home 7 months ...
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How to connect flexible tube to copper pipe

Underneath the kitchen sink, the faucet assembly has a copper tube that used to connect to a flexible pipe. The two have become separated as shown below: I have tried pushing the connector back onto ...
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Can an electrical subpanel go underneath plumbing?

I was about to wire up my new basement subpanel when I realized I had put it directly under a toilet. I don't think this is a code violation. I can relocate it with some difficulty. I'm also ...
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Was my pressure release valve installed backwards?

I realise that this may well be beyond the scope of an SE site, but I'll give it a go nonetheless. We've recently had a leaky pressure release valve on our Megaflo hot water tank. We have no boiler ...
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Water not circulating in one radiator on a hot water boiler

My boiler has 4 zones. Zone 1 is the bottom floor. There are two radiators in zone 1. I am replacing one of them, an old baseboard radiator, with a cast iron with similar BTU. We hooked up the new ...
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Why is there a drip after I replaced toilet innards?

I replaced the innards of my toilet with something like this, all went well. The toilet works, etc. It involves undoing the water pipe, replacing insides of toilet, then screwing the water pipe back ...
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What do I do about a frozen cold water pipe to just one side of a double vanity?

Is there anyone that can give suggestions for a frozen pipe? We have had subzero temperatures for several nights now. One cold water line in an upstairs sink is frozen. This is one of two sinks ...
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Why does my toilet feed service valve still leak?

The metal pipe that comes out of the wall and feeds water into the cistern on my toilet is connected to the plastic cistern pipe (inlet valve pipe?) by a service valve. It is pretty much identical to ...
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Clunking sound when ground water heat pump stops running

This clunking sound is one loud sound followed by a few smaller clunks. It seems to be coming from the water supply pvc pipe that supplies water to the heat pump in the basement. The sound starts ...
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Should a water distribution manifold consist of a circular loop?

I'm replacing the copper in my house with PEX tubing and I'd like to set up my new utility room with hot water and cold water manifolds. Each connection on the manifold would then lead to either hot ...
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Hot water baseboard heater, one zone is cold

I have a hot water baseboard heating system. I have 4 zones controlled by 4 thermostats. The basement is cold. I installed a new zone valve for that area and it is still cold. I bled the zone of ...
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Toilet water level lowers when other toilet flushes

I finally have 2 upstairs toilets working after a lengthy bathroom remodel. What I noticed is when one toilet is flushed, the other toilet water level goes down, almost all the way. The lower level ...
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Should I replace my toilet's wax ring when I see moisture around the base?

I am noticing moisture around the bottom of the toilet, and can tell some moisture is staining the wood floor when viewed from the basement. The bolts holding the toilet are easily tightened. Will ...
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What pipe diameter, for gravity drain of a given impermeable area?

How do I calculate a sufficient pipe diameter, for handling a given amount of impermeable pavement? A general answer is best. In my particular case I have approximately 675 square feet of tile ...
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Why is my downstairs shower pressure lower than upstairs?

My shower pressure in my upstairs bathroom is fantastic. However, the same cannot be said for the downstairs bathroom (ground floor). Given the fact that upstairs is disadvantaged, this does not make ...
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Blue water and plastic pieces always stuck in the screen in faucets

Sometimes the water in the toilet and the faucets are blue and the screen in the sinks are always getting clogged with small plastic pieces....I do not know what is going on with that..and the water , ...
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Why are some radiators hot when the system is off?

Yesterday I drained my heating system so I could cut the pipes on one radiator to raise it. After refitting, I filled and bled all the radiators and they were all working. When I got up during the ...
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How is garbage disposal installation different in a sink without an existing disposal?

I'm planning on buying a garbage disposal for a sink that does not currently have one. All of the installation instructions I have found assume that I would be replacing a garbage disposal rather than ...
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No hot water in all washrooms

The faucets in the laundry (basement) and kitchen (main floor above the laundry) has hot water, however, all other faucets including shower on the main floor and 2nd floor have no hot water. When you ...
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How effective are outdoor foam faucet covers to prevent freezing?

Everyone seems to suggest using those styrofoam faucet covers to help prevent the pipes associated with the fixture from freezing. They're cheap so I have them anyway (plus I'm not in a hard ...
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Why does my shower only get hot when the sink faucet is on?

Had this problem for a while. Delta, single handle, shower. Sometimes showers are hot. Sometimes luke warm to cool. To fix the luke warm shower we have found that turning the hot side of the sink ...
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How can I disassemble this P-trap?

I have a double-basin kitchen sink, and the drain line from the garbage disposal is completely clogged. I've been unable to clear it with drain opener, so I'm looking at replacing the P-trap, but ...
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Why does cold water always mix in bathtub mixing valve, even on hottest setting?

I have a single-handle (rotates 270 degrees) faucet in my tub/shower. I've noticed that it is always mixing in cold water, even when turned all the way to hot. I can prove this by holding the cold ...
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All kitchen water supplies have low pressure

My kitchen was remodeled and I noticed since then the water pressure for new area has been low (hot and cold). Previously we had one sink and dishwasher, now we have Two Sinks Dishwasher Instahot ...
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Water pipes in exterior wall of house

Would putting a 4 inch diameter hole in the wall and putting in a fresh air intake vent help let warm air into the space. I notice that a good draft of cold air is coming in and I wanted this to allow ...
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Broken tap from kitchen mixer tap

Our monobloc kitchen mixer taps one of white handle tap faucet 0206 came off. Can I use metal glue to fasten handle?
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Hot Water Pipes in Multistory House

The short version of this question is how can I reduce or eliminate the noise my plumbing makes when I run hot water in the two bathrooms on the 2nd floor? Background: 20 year old two story house ...
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Waste stack pipe modifications

I am relocating a WC in a bathroom that that requires the stack connector to be moved through 90 degrees. The stack is old and I am concerned that swinging the connector may damage the seals or that ...
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How can I get all the water to go down the drain in this sink?

I have this sink, which is sort of inclined to the back, causing water to build up on the back part. Here's a picture The sink can't be replaced easily as it is cast along with the kitchen counter. ...
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How to get both sides of 1/2 inch water pipe into a new coupling

What can I do when putting in a coupling but there is not enough flex in the water pipe to get both sides of the coupling on?
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Will I notice a pressure drop going from 1/2“ pex to 3/4” CPVC then to 1/2" CPVC?

So I'm replacing my older CPVC piping in my house and I have access to almost the entire house except the master bath area. At first I thought it was being fed by a 1/2 inch line that I could just ...
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Why are my water supply lines deteriorating?

Hello I have an American Standard (home depot brand) kitchen faucet from 2011. The hot and cold water supply line hoses are falling apart. The outside silver/grey layer has turned brown and flakes ...
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Drains backing up - will it affect my drinking water?

We had -15 below zero weather a few days ago. I did not notice any plumbing problems at the time. However a couple of days ago my toilet starting gurgling and then over flowing. I thought my ...
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Cast Iron to ABS - exterior of cast iron not smooth - how to stop leak at coupling?

I have 2" cast iron pipe that is for kitchen waste. I had to cut out a 32" section of the pipe under the concrete slab of the basement because a wye had failed. I have replaced the cast iron pipe ...
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Is it okay to use brass inserts in a plastic reverse osmosis pipe?

I've learned that letting metal contact reverse osmosis filtered water is generally a bad idea as it corrodes the metals and leaches them into the clean water supply. However, I'm having a hard ...
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Shower water temperature problem?

My house contains 3 showers. Two of them warm up to where it's comfortably warm and one just warms up to a point where I don't freeze. Even if the shower is on the highest setting it still is not warm ...
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Mysterious sound coming from basement, related to water pipes

At times I hear these banging sounds (not very loud) when in my living room. I go to the basement (below the room) and it sounds like it's in the ceiling (finished basement). I put my ear to the wall ...
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Toilet flange conundrum

We are remodelling our bathroom and installing a new toilet. When we took the existing toilet off, we found the cast iron flange was broken, brittle and in need of replacing. We could maybe get away ...