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My Refrigerator Water Tastes Like Peppers!

I have a whirlpool side by side refrigerator with an ice maker / water dispenser in the door. I got it used and have never use the water features because there is a peppery taste in the water that ...
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Irrigation sprinkler only comes on for a moment?

I recently had a tree removed, and in the process of grinding the surface roots they broke one of the irrigation lines. I dug out around it and fixed the pipe with a slip fix, but now I'm having an ...
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How to replace stripped faucet stem?

Weekend warrior here. Watched some YouTube videos, but my set up looks different and don't want to mess it up. The handles to my tub faucet use a plastic connection. This got stripped. So I believe I ...
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Why won't my toilet flush?

A sewage pump in my basement is 7 feet from the shower drain and 2 feet from the water closet. The only vent is from the sump pump which runs 20 feet horizontally to an outer wall then goes ...
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Is PVC Schedule 40 pipe safe to use in a potable water supply?

I have not had a problem for nine years and never noticed what my plumbing pipes used. My hot and cold water feed away from heater use "Bristol 1120 Schedule 40 PVC. 480 PSI 73 deg." Is there strong ...
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What could be causing the bizarre whistling sound that is coming from the pipes around the en suite and main bath?

The sound changes frequency in a regular pattern, and almost sounds electronic, like an old radio with a bad antenna. We can only hear it in these two bathrooms, and it occurs whether or not the water ...
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Why do I have clumps of grass in my bathtub after a sewage overflow?

The washer drained and two bathroom toilets violently overflowed. Nasty, stinky, sewage and water came up in both bathroom tubs, the shower drain and both sinks as well. I could hear water gurgling in ...
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What is this pipe called, and how does it work? (Round II)

OK, thanks for people's help on my last question, now I've confused myself again. I came across this picture, similar to the last question, but I don't think it's a cleanout. It looks like a vent to ...
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What does a vent stack look like?

Excuse my noob question, but what does a vent stack look like? It's pretty easy to tell which pipes are for waste (I can hear the water running through them), and I'm assuming that all of the pipes ...
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Why is it bad to flush baby wipes?

I've always heard that you shouldn't flush baby wipes because They don't dissolve in your septic system They can clog old pipes. I currently live in a modern, multi-story apartment building. There ...
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Basement bathroom rough-in with backwater valve question

I ended up contacted the plumbing company that did my basement rough-in. This is what they said: Drain and vent for basement sink Toilet rough-in Backwater Valve Tub Drain So I guess my new ...
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What is causing extremely high water usage?

Our condo's (12 units, 2 buildings) water usage went from $300 to $3000 in a few months. We don't have separate water shutoffs to test each unit. Nobody's reporting any visible leaks. Any idea how to ...
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How do I fix this leaking dishwasher drain pipe?

There is a leaking hose connection to the pump in my dishwasher. I have tried silicone and a hose clamp but no no avail. What can I do to fix this? Picture before the silicone, the corrosion is from ...
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Flushable kitty litter…should I flush it or is it bad for my plumbing?

I rent an apartment in California. I flush my kitty litter because it is flushable. Is flushing kitty litter not good for your plumbing even though the litter was designed to be flushed down the ...
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How do I diagnose and fix an electric water heater leak?

I have an Electric Water Heater, seemingly leaking from the top of the tank. The "wells" on top are filling up with water. There are no noticeable leaks from the pipes above. Each water attachment ...
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Why does it take longer for the water in my kitchen to come on after the city worked on drains near my home?

The city recently "did some work" on one of the drains around the corner in my neighborhood. Ever since then, my hot and cold water in the kitchen is taking longer and longer to come on. Started at 5 ...
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Is a water pressure booster pump with an induction motor suitable for kitchen tap use?

The water pressure in my kitchen is too low to achieve a reasonable flow rate through the kitchen tap. For many years I have fitted a series of booster pumps which are activated when water is flowing ...
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How can I improve the water pressure in my shower?

I recently purchased my first home. It has two bathrooms and the water pressure in both is less than ideal. What are some steps I can take to increase the pressure?
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How can I properly vent a basement toilet & shower using an AAV?

When we bought our house the plumbing drains for a basement bathroom were roughed in but they did not install any vent lines for them. We have the first floor plumbing draining into the main stack ...
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How do I diagnose and fix a toilet blockage

I have a toilet that makes a gurgling noise IF it flushes down. However, at times it will fill up when I flush the toilet and I will see something come up from the bathroom drain. I have tried putting ...
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Can I move my washer and dryer 10 feet to the right?

My basement is being renovated, and I'd like to have my washer and dryer moved about 10 feet to the right of their current location. They would still be against the same wall, just further down. The ...
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What is the difference between swage fittings and compression fittings?

I'm having problems with seeing the difference between these two types of fittings that are used to connect metal/plastic tubing. How can you spot the difference?
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Why isn't this water softener shutoff valve configuration preventing water from running in my house

I recently was wondering how good my inherited water softener was performing so I bought some strips and tested the water in my house. The water was very hard, so I wanted to figure out what's up. The ...
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Why am I getting water scaling even with a softener installed?

I have a problem with higher levels of scaling around sinks and toilets and I'm wondering if someone can help. We recently purchased an older home (35 years old), which did not have a water softener ...
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Should I remove a broken piece of the pivot rod from the trap in my bathroom pedestal sink?

I have a pedestal sink in my bathroom and my horizontal pivot rod for the pop-up stopper broke. I was going to simply swap out the pivot rod, however, the short end that broke off fell down the drain ...
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Is this an appropriate drain design for adding a shower?

I recently took on the challenge of adding a shower to my existing downstairs bathroom. The bathroom is inside what used to be the garage so it is far away from any existing vents. After some demo, ...
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Where to locate p trap and venting in complicated washing machine installation? See sketch

I would like to add a washing machine (and dryer) to my split-level home so that I can rent out the basement below (which already has its own washer/dryer). I don't have the experience to do it myself,...
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Is this the vent?

Below is an image below my kitchen. The drain for the sink. I can hear the water run through it Junction Connects to the 3" main drain Is this a vent? I don't hear any water going through it and I ...
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What is the maximum number of connections to pipes?

Does anyone have a table of the maximum number of connections that drain/vent pipes can have for a given size?
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Why does wand shower head drain at unusual times?

We recently moved from using a stationary shower head to a new version that has a wand. While I love the new one we have noticed that the wand shower head will release water at random times. For ...
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What techniques can be used to buff a stainless steel sink?

Hypothetically, say I was too aggressive using a bucket in a new stainless steel sink. Hypothetically, say the sink now has some scratches. I used an oxalic acid based cleanser (Bar Keepers Friend)...
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What is the “warm water method” of clearing a clogged toilet?

In this question the OP mentioned that, when having problems with blocked toilet, as his first attempt he tried warm water method. I would like to ask: What is warm water method? For which ...
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What problems could I check for with a low-pressure dishwasher pump?

I have a GE Potscrubber 850 dishwasher that is not washing dishes (no water comes out during cycle). Here is what I have tried: I cleaned out the float valve, and it appears to be functioning. I ...
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What damage may a bad condensor on a well-pump do?

Yet another follow-up to How does one determine whether a waterlogged High HP pump is electrically OK to use? The pump is out now. The screws on the housing being jammed/rusted tight, I've applied ...
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Easy way to seal an old plumbing vent

I plan on buying a house but it has this cleanout and old vent for the plumbing in the basement. Whoever renovated the basement disconnected the vent and just let air flow into the basement. Is ...
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What are the different ways to dry the winding of a water-logged pump?

A follow-up to How does one determine whether a waterlogged High HP pump is electrically OK to use? Several sites on the internet indicate it may be possible to dry the windings on a waterlogged ...
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How does one determine whether a waterlogged High HP pump is electrically OK to use?

A high power pump (the mechanic said it is a 0.75HP induction motor) is mounted on the old well using those huge bolts driven through the stone. During the recent rains the grounds were water-logged, ...
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How can I fill a small gap in a sink drain pipe?

I'm replacing a bathroom sink. I messed up (long story, I already forgot the ugly details) by grinding out the piece that the P trap slides into, messing up the threads on the inside of the pipe ...
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Should plumber's putty be placed on the sink or on the flange during a flange install?

I have seen this done both ways. I put my plumber's putty on the sink in a circle that meets the bottom of the sink or top of the ring. I have seen others attach the putty to the underside of the ...
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Pipe threading tool for 15mm galvanised pipe

My local hardware store stocks 15mm diameter galvanised pipe fittings and lengths of galvanised pipe with threaded ends. The annoying thing is they charge $7 for a 100mm length of pipe but $16 for a ...
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How to install shower 'S' pipe

I want to raise my shower head a few inches. It seems a common solution is an 'S' pipe such as this one. But when tightening this pipe on the wall, how do you ensure that it stays perfectly vertical? ...
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What is the “required” amount when using Plumber's Putty

I have a new stainless steel sink and installed a Kohler sink flange following their package instructions. The instructions for putty only stipulated "apply a ring of putty." However, subsequently, I ...
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How can I remove a temperature and pressure relief valve that seems to be stuck?

I have a hot water heater relief valve that is leaking heavily. The water heater manual states I should replace the valve (which is OK by me). Unfortunately, I am not able to remove the valve as it ...
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Why does cold water comes out faster when the hot water is turned off?

I had my bathroom refurbished a while ago. Ever since, when I have my kitchen taps (downstairs) both hot and cold on fully, then turn off the hot tap, cold comes out much faster. Any clues as to why?...
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How can I identify my bathroom tub faucet pressure valve?

I am looking for a replacement trim valve kit and I am having trouble finding the right one that will fit my current pressure valve. It appears to me to be a model from American Standard. Click ...
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What could cause my sink to drain slowly?

Sometimes our bathroom sink will drain so slowly (with the water running) that the water will fill it faster than it can drain. However, after shutting the water off and letting it completely subside,...
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Why would turning off a sink faucet stop the shower?

We observed a really weird behavior this morning. While showering, if any sink faucet is turned on anywhere in the house, the shower continues without any problem. However, when that sink is turned ...
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Pulsing water with PEX tubing?

Our home is plumbed with PEX tubing, from what I can tell. When summer started, the shower started running hotter, so we turned down the shower lower and lower. But when we reached a certain place ...
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Sewage? Or is my dog just farting?

Periodically, I am encountering a very sulfurous smell in my house (1945 construction, interior completely remodeled/renovated in 2012). It smells strongly of sewage. The smell is strongest in the ...
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What is the maximum number of load bearing studs in a row that can be notched?

I'm trying to install a new utility sink and washer hookup in my garage and am trying to plan how I'm going to run the copper supply lines. The most direct path I can think of is to notch probably 5 ...