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Purpose of Fill Valve Tube Going into Overflow Drain

I can easily understand the purpose of the overflow tube itself, but why is the little black hose that comes from the fill valve placed down into the overflow tube? On my toilet, there is a strong ...
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Tub spout leaking when water is off

What could be some reasons why a tub faucet's spout leaks when water is turned off? E.g. some gasket within the mixing valve perhaps? The shower doesn't leak, just the tub spout.
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Why is my shower head pressure low?

I have two bathrooms back to back. one with a tub and shower and the other is a walk in shower. Both have the same shower head. One has super pressure, the other is eh. What do you this ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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Replacement water shut off valve stem is too short to protrude past the wall board

In my condo, I replaced my old, crusty, main shutoff gate valve with a brand new ball valve. The only problem is that the distance from the base of the gate valve to the end of its stem is about two ...
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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"...
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Replaced hot water tap, Water now runs cold

Had my mono kitchen tap (mono) replaced and now no hot water is running. We have running water its just running cold. All taps are running water, I also have central heating working correctly. My ...
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Sewage pump issue

Today I was in my basement and it smelled like sewage really bad. When I flushed the basement toilet it had a lot of air push back up into it and into the shower drain too. Like it gurgled a lot. I ...
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Toilet does full-blast, one-second refill every hour or so

I wouldn't lose sleep over this, except the unexpected and fierce sound startles my girlfriend and cat every time. So I just replaced the refill valve on our toilet (using a kit, so everything from ...
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Installing p-trap at a higher level than the waste pipe exit

There are some similar versions of this question, but none that fully answer my issue. Sorry for any redundancy. I am installing a new vanity and would like to have the p-trap higher than the waste ...
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How long should a blower and dehumidifier run in order to dry out ceiling boards and drywall?

I recently had a leak in a pipe in my ceiling. It was caught immediately and only soaked the floor below my bathroom, the floor boards and ceiling drywall in a small area. I had two air blowers and a ...
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How to find source of dripping drain pipe?

I have an older house (1920s) it's two stories, although the second story was probably the attic originally. I used to live in it, but now I rent it and live nearby. There is a pipe that sticks out ...
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How can I find a hidden water consumption source?

After replacing a flapper valve in my leaky toilet, I made note of my water meter reading and went on vacation for a week. On return I found that I had used 100 gallons of water, about a half ...
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What could be causing a urine smell in our bathrooms?

I live in a home built in 2006. We are a clean family and have no pets. In ALL three of our bathrooms I am smelling an odor of "old urine". I do have a 3-year-old son so at first I thought he was ...
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Product recommendations for clearing a drain connected to a septic system?

Our shower drain appears to be clogged and is draining slowly. What product can I use to safely clear the drain without damaging our septic system? According to Drano's site (http://www.drano.com/...
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How can I clear a slow running kitchen drain?

My kitchen sink is draining slowly, even thought the U-bend is cleaner than a clean thing. It seems to be the case there's a partial obstruction between the U-bend for and the inspection cover ...
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Why does my water pressure fluctuate?

When I run the shower, mostly hot water, the pressure will run normal for a minute, then raise for a minute, then repeat. My home is supplied by a well. What is causing this?
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Acid Water Neutralizer - How To: AquaPure Neutralizer use and maintenance

I recently purchased a new home and it appears to have come equipped with an Aqua-Pure Acid Water Neutralizer system, model APUN100 (not APUN100-LW as that seems to be the only thing I can find ...
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How can I get my shower head to increase water pressure?

My mom has very thick hair and typical low flow shower heads take a very long time to rinse her hair. I decided that I would look online for some high flow shower heads and can't seem to find ...
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Kitchen sink draining into catch basin

For a house that I'm in the process of buying, there is what I think is called a "catch basin" in the backyard (under a manhole-looking cover). It seems that the kitchen sink may be draining into this,...
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Why does my main water supply go down into the foundation?

The main water supply in our house comes up out of the foundation then sends cold water in four directions--the bathroom, the kitchen, the water heater, and back into the foundation. I know why we ...
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How to best repair poorly fitted rubber ring around overflow of bathtub?

I flooded my downstairs neighbor and after doing some troubleshooting, I figured out why. The overflow outlet on my tub was poorly fitted by the previous person touching it (I bought the condo like ...
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What are good methods of locating plumbing blockages?

In medicine if you want to know about the flow of food through the intestinal tract you feed the patient a Barium Meal and X-ray them. Is there any way to achieve a similar sort of result in domestic ...
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Corrosion around hot water heater connection?

I installed an electric hot water heater about 3-4 weeks ago. Everything has been operating without problem and there have been no detectable leaks around the water connections into and out of the ...
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toilet intermittent runs

I live in high rise condo with identical units on each floor. Only when my neighbor directly above me flushes his toilet does my commode run briefly. My toilet functions correctly. Our building ...
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How to replace my kitchen sink basket with no lock nut?

I have a kitchen sink basket that's leaky and has a bunch of gunk caught under it. I want to replace it. All the instructions I see for removing and replacing a kitchen sink basket start by removing ...
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How to remove a stuck Sharkbite connector from a PEX tube?

I have a Sharkbite stopper that I put on the end of a 1/2" PEX tube, and now I'd like to remove it. I've used both the official orange plastic removal tool and an adjustable wrench, and my fingers are ...
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Home Repair of Refrigerator Waterline

I have an 10 year old LG refrigerator (model LRFD25850ST). The white polyethylene waterline running from the refrigerator water pump up the back of the refrigerator is leaking about half-way up. It ...
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Shower drain clogs yearly after clearing - call plumber or DIY?

My shower drain clogs infrequently but regularly - about every year or so. The first year it happened, I used one of those 18" plastic drain "hooks" (and pulled out a fairly large hairball). It ...
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Dishwasher not draining water

I have a Bosch dishwasher that is 4 years old. Lately it has been leaving water at the bottom at the end of the cycle. Tried running the cycle again and it cleans the dishes but leaves water in the ...
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What's causing hot water to come through cold faucets?

Turned off water main for 2-3 hours and drained some cold water from system to hook up new shower pipes. Have 16-year old 50 gallon AO Smith gas heater, which I did not turn off or down to pilot. ...
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Can I use existing 1/4 inch copper tubing for an in-the-wall ice box shut-off valve box behind the Refrigerator?

our old house has a new problem when we recently bought a new refrigerator from Costco: the installation guy requested us to have an in-the-wall shut-off valve first before he can install the fridge; ...
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I don't have a disposal, my kitchen sink fills when my dishwasher empties, why? [closed]

I don't have a disposal, when the dishwasher empties my kitchen sink fills
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Why does water randomly come out of the kitchen tap every now and then

Sometimes the taps have a little bit of water come out for a few seconds while I'm just sat around not doing anything with the sink
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Why does my dishwasher fill when the machine is off?

Water slowly fills my dishwasher cabinet when the machine is off, and eventually leaks out thru door. Any suggestions on cause and repair video? I have a Whirlpool dishwasher model DU8750XY-0.
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Toilet bowl filling but not flushing

When I flush the toilet it rises instead of flushing. I replaced the full valve yesterday. It worked fine for an hour.
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How can I fix a shower faucet valve where hot and cold suddenly reversed?

We have one of those faucets with one handle which first goes to cold and then progresses to hot as you go further from off. Or, at least, it used to be that way. We went on vacation, had someone ...
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How do I wrap pipe threads with teflon tape?

When wrapping pipe threads with teflon tape (thread seal tape), what is the direction and recommended number of times to wrap the tape around the threads? Any other recommendations or tip/tricks when ...
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Does Pex tubing have any advantages over copper?

What are the advantages/disadvantages of Pex tubing? How does it compare to copper?
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How can I remove the ends of this tap spout?

I'm trying to find a shower that fits these taps but with no success.I have seen showers with ends that screw into the tap spout but I don't know how to remove the black plastic ends that are already ...
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What are the relative merits of stainless steel vs. granite composite sinks?

I am about to begin a project to install a bar sink. I am debating between granite composite, such as the Blanco, and a conventional stainless steel sink. In either case, the sink will be mounted ...
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What's the best way to seal a small leak on a sprinkler pump inlet PVC pipe where a siphoning system has been tapped?

On my sprinkler system I installed, about 4 months ago, a system that siphons, from a large tank, a mixture of fertilizer and iron stain inhibitor. The system works fine but it had to be installed by ...