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No water pressure after I flush any of my toilets

All of a sudden when I flush any of my three toilets they refill slow and I have no water pressure any where in the house . Any thoughts
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Stool sounds like foghorn!

Our toilet suddenly started sounding like a foghorn, periodically. Does this mean air in the waterline? If not, what is going on? What can we do about it (it is really loud!)?
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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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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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How to fix a tap where the handle has fallen off

I have the following tap / faucet: As you can see, it's seen better days. The handle of it was composed of four plastic interlocking pieces which have, piece by piece, broken off. We're due to ...
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How can I fit a pipe inside another pipe?

Does anyone here with experience in plumbing or piping know if a 3/4" pipe can fit inside a 1" pipe to the point where you can slide it in and out like a telescope to make an adjustable stand post? ...
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How can I disconnect my water line from the toilet?

I'm trying to replace the bits inside my toilet. The water supply line is stuck where it goes into the toilet, The plastic connector seems "glued" to the fill valve assembly. How can I get it off?
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Why is the bathtub water backing up into the shower?

When the bathtub water runs out, it backs up into the shower and floods the whole floor. We have cleaned the drain pipes, but it still happens. What could be the problem?
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Is the water valve continuing to leak after I shut it off normal?

In the process of replacing the T&P valve for my hot water tank, I shut the supply valve off, to the tank but it continued to leak. Is this normal?
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How can I repair this detached kitchen sink pipe?

I noticed one of the two kitchen sinks is leaking--that's not really the right word. It's more like pouring. When I pour something down that drain it's like I might as well have just dumped whatever ...
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Why is my electric water heater making an intermittent groaning noise?

My 8 year old electric water heater started to make a strange rattling noise a couple of weeks ago. The noise happens at random and lasts for only a few minutes. Short bursts of noise about a minute ...
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How to reconnect disconnected elbow in waste pipe?

I live in a mobile home community, the septic recently was overflown, it was pumped, however the main line connecting to the pipes in my house was "out of place" when the maintenance person "banged it ...
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What are the code requirements for installing a ceiling fan alongside a fire sprinkler?

I have a fire sprinkler in my bedroom ceiling which is right in the middle. I want to install a ceiling fan. What are code requirements to follow?
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Why isn't there hot water coming from my faucet after stem replacement?

I just completed the replacement of the hot and cold water stems form my bathtub faucets. The hot water was leaking so I went ahead and replaced both. They were probably original to the house circa ...
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What is that dripping noise I hear in the wall whenever cold water is used after sitting awhile?

I live in a condo...upstairs with another unit behind me with the plumbing in the shared wall between us. Whenever it's been awhile (say 45 minutes to an hour) since any cold water has been used, if ...
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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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What is this bathroom basin tap connection and can I replace it myself?

A few months back I had a problem with the cold tap in my upstairs bathroom — no water would come out after turning it on. I also noticed that the flexible tap hose underneath the basin was damp and ...
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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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Do sink drain basket strainers have to match the sink brand?

I am planning on purchasing a certain brand of fireclay sink (need a specific sink because of unusual size). It has a 3.5 inch drain hole. On their website, the manufacturer claims you must use one ...
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How does this 50 year old shower valve work?

I'm in a bind, with this valve taken out of the wall and the water supply turned off. It looks like these pieces are all intact, nothing broken. The valve stem screws into what I would call the valve ...
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temperature and pressure relieve valve

I had a plumber replace my T & P valve on a 08' 50gal. American water heater. It kept discharging water practically every other day. He replaced the T & P valve and water started relieving ...
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How can I locate the water main entry point to my house?

I live in a single story all side brick ranch home in Austin, TX built in 1997. I am planning to put a whole house water filter to the the main water supply line coming into the house from the water ...
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Why has my bathroom cold water tap (but no others) stopped working?

The basin cold water tap in my bathroom over the last week has gone from fully flowing, to half pressure, to a dribble, then to a drip and now nothing comes out. The 3 other taps in the bathroom work ...
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What would cause a toilet tank to intermittently leak into the bowl only when half-full or more, even after a flush valve replacement?

Well I'm at my wits end. The toilet's been running for weeks and I've yet to catch it. I first replaced the flapper, it still leaked. Then I replaced the flush assembly, it still leaks. Now at this ...
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How can I install the drain for my reverse osmosis water filter?

I have purchased a Whirpool Reverse Osmosis Water Filter which installs under the sink. I am trying to install it and have run into an issue with the drain: the revers osmosis filter has a red tube ...
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Is it worth it to insulate hot water PEX tubing?

Is it worth the time and expense to put the foam pipe wrap on pex hot water pipes? I've seen mixed statements. What is your thought? But more importantly, can you back it up?
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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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Is this a bleeder? Why won't it close?

In trying to repair a pipe I went to empty my baseboard heating system, and so I tried to open what I thought was a bleeder. It didn't seem to make any difference, and now after unbolting it it will ...
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How can I attach a new drain to a drain pipe that's fallen away from the tub?

Hello everyone, Noobie here and I think I shot myself in the foot! I wanted to replace the old drain with a new one so my almost 2 year can have bubble baths. I was able to remove the old drain ...
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How can I fix leaking bath beading?

My bath had a beading round the edge of the tiles. It has been leaking. We cut the beading out in such a way that it still sits under the tile and re-sealed. However some of the gaps between wall and ...
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What should I do if the plastic waterline connection on my dishwasher is stripped?

I'm a first-time homeowner and just bought a new dishwasher. I've repaired my car in the past using manuals just fine so thought I'd give home device installation a try. Things were going great ...
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how to setup bathtub spout and shower head in separate locations

I am installing a new bathtub that is big enough for two people. with one person leaning against each end of the tub. So I want to have the shower head in the usual position at the end of the tub, ...
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Should I unplug the timer on the water heater when shutting off water to the house?

If I shut the water off to the house, do I need to unplug the timer on the water heater?
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Bench soldering copper pipe into a subassembly

Is it possible to pre-assemble and pre-solder copper pipes into a subassembly that then can be installed using a threaded fitting? I'd much rather solder the joints either in an oven environment or ...
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What is this crud in my shower valve, and how can I prevent it?

I just replaced the pressure balancing valve and valve mixer cap in a shower that had lost its hot water. Replacing the parts fixed the problem, but when I pulled the old valve out, it was covered ...
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Why is my brand new PEX clear tubing turning green near the water heater?

I just moved into my house with brand new PEX (uponor) plumbing. I used clear for the hot and cold instead of red and blue, because I bought everything myself and I thought it would prevent wasting ...
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Why is the water in my toilets orange?

My wife and I just moved in to a brand new house and have started to notice that the water in the toilets is an orange color, and is starting to leave stains in the bowl. After looking online briefly, ...
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Why does it take so long for my water to run hot and why does it not last in the shower?

I have a State electric compact water heater model 6-120. When I run the faucet it seems to take a long time for the water to run hot. About a minute or two. When I take a shower I can run the hot ...
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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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How can I move a drain line?

Currently my toilet drain configuration comes down out of floor about 7" goes into a 90 then travels 2 feet into a 45 and immediately into a Y and then in to soil line. My question is can I put two 45 ...
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Why do my upstairs toilets run randomly?

Two upstairs toilets will run randomly. If I run water in the sink briefly it stops, then often the adjacent bathroom will start to run. Same thing happens when I run water in the sink there. The ...
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Can a cheater vent be installed in a vanity drain that maybe running into a roof vented drain?

Can a "cheater vent" be installed in a vanity drain that MAY be running into a roof vented drain? All p-trap , tail piece is new and drain line has been cleaned with a drum auger netting no major ...
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How can I remove the stopper from my sink?

As you can see in the picture, in my infinite wisdom, I managed to block the kitchen sink with the stopper by placing it upside down in the sink, now I can't take the stopper out... Oops. Any ...
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What could be causing a high pitch noise in the floor when water is turned on?

I have a 2 story 2500 sq ft house. There is a high pitched noise coming from the floor of the 2nd bathroom on the 2nd floor whenever I flush any of the toilets in the house (1st or 2nd floor) or when ...
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What could cause my main floor bathroom sink taps to stop working altogether?

I am in a townhouse (not an end unit) my bathroom is not on an outside wall but the taps stopped working no water whatsoever comes out hot or cold? The toilet does work though. Any ideas why this ...
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Why is my Kenmore 800 washer not completing the spin cycle?

I have a Kenmore 800 washer, about three years old. When I start the load, and set it to the normal setting as usual, instead of the two second delay before it starts filling with water, it sounds ...
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Why does my shower run out of hot water quickly?

My shower runs out of hot water quickly. Initially the water is perfectly hot, then it starts cooling after a minute or so and we need to adjust the lever to maintain the temperature. Somewhere around ...
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Why does this toilet clog so often?

My inlaws have one toilet in their house that regularly clogs. They have two more toilets that don't seem to clog at all. They live in a suburb with full plumbing (not a septic tank). The toilet isn't ...
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why is the hot water coming into the washing machine coming in so slowly?

The hot water that is coming into the washing machine is coming in very slowly. I checked the screen in the hose connection and it was cleared. What could the problem be?
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run water supply line to fridge from cold side of water heater

Since the fridge and the sink are on opposite sides of the room, what's the possibility of connecting the water supply line from the fridge up into the attic and down to the cold side of the water ...