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Toilet tank slow to refill (bowl refills normally)…bad overflow tube?

This is definitely a conundrum: not even our local hardware store could figure this one out! So, here goes: We have a fairly new one-piece toilet in our guest bathroom that now takes forever to ...
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Why is my Sterling three handle shower tub faucet leaking?

I have a three handle shower tub faucet that has leaked for years. I replaced the stems last year, but recently learned that the stems the hardware store gave me to use were the wrong ones. I brought ...
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Can someone explain to me how this hot water recirculating system works?

How is my hot water recirculating system installed? ... and why is it not working like it should? Moved into a house recently that was built in 2006. There is a hot water recirculating pump ...
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What goes on threads first: tape or dope?

Should the dope be applied directly to the male threads or should the tape go on first?
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How to resolve a crack in the shower floor?

My dad did a great job renewing his bathroom, but sadly a crack has appeared on the shower's plastic floor base. He believes the crack has developed because he installed it on top of wooden beams ...
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What is causing my gas water heater to squeal?

I have a gas water heater. Starting yesterday, when the flame is on, the unit makes a squealing noise of moderate volume. The noise stops immediately when the flame turns off. This means it is not ...
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Will I need a water softener after neutralizing my well water

My spring water gets stored in a concrete cistern in the cellar. It's measuring around 6.0 pH with hardness is around 100 ppm /6 grains/gallon according to the test strips. I get blue staining in ...
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Gas Water Heater Pilot shuts off

I have an Aquamax 205 gas powered water heater. The pilot light has started to go out. I replaced the thermocouple but that made no difference. I have measured the (open circuit) voltage on the ...
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Does it make sense for a high pressure water motor to run 24/7?

I am planning to buy an apartment, while enquiring about it, the marketing manager said the below points about the water facility. High Pressure water Motor will be used to suck the water from ...
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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 should I fill in a trench left by replacement of a sewer pipe?

I recently had my main sewer pipe that runs underground to the main pipe replaced, and I left it open for a few days to check everything is okay, and it seems to be. What is the best way to fill the ...
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What could cause this rhythmic clicking/drumming sound in my bathroom sink pipe?

Why is my bathroom sink making a rhythmic drumming/clicking sound after I used a small plunger to help make water flow more quickly down the drain?
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Can I break up the floor of a raised floor basement bathroom without damaging the plumbing?

I have an interesting remodel project. I have an existing basement bathroom - which has a raised concrete floor. The toilet sits on the slab. I am remodeling this to create a bigger bathroom for ...
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Need advice on how to proceed with drainage / sewer backup issue

Purchased a home 2 years ago and noticed some water infiltrating the garage during heavy rain fall. The driveway is sloped towards the garage. I cleaned out the drain and the problem went away until ...
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Sanitary plumbing elbows

As part of a basement remodel, some of the old (1940s) plumbing is being changed around. In order to move some of the waste drain from the side bathroom toilet, there were some 90 degree elbows put ...
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Water Pressure at Kitchen Sink

My kitchen facet has two controls (one for cold and one for hot) with one outlet. When I turn the hot water after a few seconds it with go from a fast stream down to a trickle all of a sudden, the ...
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What would cause the water pressure to be too high for just a second?

Lately when I turn on any faucet in my house the water comes rushing out at about twice the normal pressure for about half a second and then drops to normal pressure. I am worried the pressure is ...
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When should I not use pipe dope/tape?

When is it appropriate to use tape, dope, or nothing at all when connecting pipe fittings? Several advised not to use any product when I posed this question. What is the purpose of each product, and ...
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In slip joints, what's the difference between rubber and nylon washers?

I've put together a few different drain fittings, and usually seen nylon tapered washers that seal the slip joint. But this time, when I bought a sink tailpiece extension, it came with a square-cut ...
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How to avoid spinng sharkbite on moen spout? [closed]

What new spout did you get to avoid the sharkbite to moen connection?
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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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Economy 7 single element immersion heater

I just start renting a property which has electric heating. It runs on a type of economy 7 tariff. Just before I moved in the landlord fitted a new immersion heater replacing the old one. The ...
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How can I stop this drain pipe from backing up?

In my basement laundry room is (to my knowledge) the only drain pipe in the whole basement, which hooks into the end of the main line as it exits the house and heads to the septic tank. When we moved ...
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What can I do if drain alignment doesn't allow enough space for p-trap?

I'm remodeling my bathroom. The sink drainage come up from the floor. The alignment between that and the drain coming from the sink doesn't have enough space for a p-trap to be installed so it just ...
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Fix lead joint between cast iron and galvanized steel plumbing pipes?

I took out my bathtub to replace a rotted wall behind it, and the drain pipe fell out. (Yes, I unscrewed the drain fitting before removing the tub.) The joint under the concrete slab, where the ...
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How do I patch an in-ground ceramic drain pipe?

So tonight I was digging a post hole for a new fence tonight. And as I'm digging the hole I hear a hollow thump, crack. Behold: This pipe is a downspout drain pipe that runs from the front of my ...
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How do I make sure that a new washing machine doesn't overflow?

My house suffers from a chronic lack of planning on the part of the designer. For example: the piping to my washing machine is both too small, and angled so that the water has to run uphill. This ...
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Why would a lawn irrigation pipe slope down to nothing and just end?

In my lawn sprinkler system, one of the PVC lines starts off at a normal depth around 6 inches but slopes down and ends up 2 feet down and leads to nothing. The pipe just ends, not even capped off. It ...
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Can a plumbing vent go “up” and then back “down” to the connection with the vent stack?

I am changing the location of all the fixtures in my bathroom. This move will put the toilet and sink on the opposite wall from the stack. I was originally planning on running a vent up the wall ...
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How to identify location of intermittent water leak?

In the master-bath I have an over-sized tub and separate glass shower stall that are right next to each other, both on-top of sub-flooring / a crawl space. (Crawl space is because house is built into ...
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How to reduce heating of cold water pipes in the ceiling space?

On a hot day our kitchen cold tap, if it hasn't been run for a while, will produce water at a temperature up to around 50-55 degrees C shortly after it is turned on. We haven't measured the exact ...
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When should pipe dope vs thread tape be used?

For threaded plumbing connections, you typically use pipe dope or thread tape (aka teflon tape). Are there situations when one is preferred over another? Does the size of the pipe, type of pipe, part ...
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How tight should threaded brass pipe fittings be?

I'm working with 3/4" brass fittings, which seem pretty robust. Some plumbing fittings should be only finger-tight. My friend said I should use 2 wrenches to make these as tight as I can, and then ...
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How can I attach an under-sink water filtration system to the water line?

I recently bought an under-the-sink drinking water filter, a model from GE, and I got stuck trying to hook it up to the cold water line. The package came with a simple plastic tee that had a 1/2 inch ...
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Can I run 2 well tanks from 1 well

I have a detached garage that is in between the well and the house. As it stands, the tank in the house is not sufficient for watering the lawn, and so I would like to get a bigger one anyhow. Since ...
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Hot water recirculation

I have installed a Grundfos UP pump with built-in timer, aquastat, and check valve. It does provide hot water at the tap sooner, but when the water is being used, such as during a shower, cold water ...
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Why would 2 different sprinkler zones cause pressure at the pump to drop to 0?

Why would 2 out of 3 sprinkler zones cause the pressure reading at the pump to drop to 0? This is a well irrigation system and it is separate from the home's well. The pump is a 3/4 HP, has a flow ...
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Fixing a sink with multiple problems

I am interested in fixing the sink below, which has at least two problems: (1) the hot water handle leaks when the tap is turned on, from somewhere in the circled region, (2) no water flows when the ...
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Change direction between trap and vent

By code, I have 8 feet distance from a 2 inches trap to vent. These 8 feet must be straight? Can I change direction sideways or horizontal (sloped) to vertical and then horizontal again?
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Where is the pressure vacuum breaker typically located in a lawn irrigation system?

Where is the pressure vacuum breaker (or other backflow device) typically installed in a lawn irrigation system? Does it matter, as long as it is before the first sprinkler head? Or does it have to be ...
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What problems could be caused by putting mains water in to the pipe from a shared water tank?

I'm having a boiler replaced and have chosen a combi boiler. One of the benefits is mains water pressure hot and cold water where previously I had low pressure coming from a tank. The boiler is in ...
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Does PEX tubing need to be secured to attic joists?

I am slowly replacing my pin-holed leaking galvanized plumbing, piece be piece with PEX and Sharkbite connectors. The old galvanized is secured, in many places by both clamps and u-nails. What is ...
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Why do I have blue water coming out of the faucets?

We have an upstairs bathroom that we've gutted and are having some contractors remodel. The toilet is the only thing that hasn't been touched. We had a plumber come and redo all of the source and ...
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How can I add an ice maker water line?

I have the following setup with a T with a valve to an above sink water filter. The line from the T has one steel braided 3/8” line and goes up to the sink as 3/8”. The other is a thin PVC line ...
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Does PEX Plumbing Need Risers?

I am slowly replacing my galvanized plumbing, piece by piece with PEX and Sharkbite connectors, and it got me thinking: do I need to keep the risers?
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Why does my dishwasher back up into the sink, but running the disposal allows it to drain?

When my dishwasher runs the kitchen sink backs up. I have a two tub sink and only the side nearest the dishwasher with the garbage disposer backs up. Running the disposal for a few seconds causes the ...
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Are “1/4 turn” water supply valves more reliable than “multi-turn” valves? Or vice-versa?

Aside from personal preference, is there any reason why I would want to buy a "1/4 turn" water supply valve instead of "multi-turn valves"? Is one technology/design clearly superior than the other in ...
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How do I repair a water heater plastic drip pan and what supplies do I need?

How do I repair a hot water heater plastic drip pan, and what supplies do I need? Suggestions on who to call for repair if I can't do it myself?
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How can I remove the stench from a p-trap?

In my shower room, there's a hole that's always filled with disgusting, slimy water. What I've tried I've sponged it out a few times to clean, but that didn't really help. I've poured ...
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Why does my outdoor tap have a diameter of 1-1/4“ inches, not the standard 1”?

The outdoor tap for the front yard of our house has an outer diameter of 1-1/4" inches, so it is useless for attaching a garden hose. A standard tap is more like 1" in diameter. My question is: Why? ...