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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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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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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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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 ...
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Wet Wall with plumbing on both sides

I plan to be adding 2 bathrooms side by side. Is it possible to do 1 wetwall with all the plubming in it? I attached an overly simplified image as an example. A few questions. Is this possible? ...
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fridge water supply line to hot water heater [duplicate]

since the fridge is on the opposite side of the kitchen, and can,t be connected to the water line under the sink, how about if I hook the water line to the cold water line coming from the hot water ...
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Cut pipe or remove ferrule using tool when replacing compression valve?

I have been changing the valves under my sink and I was wondering what is the best course of action? I've attempted to remove the ferrule on two of the pipes and it wouldn't come off. (I had no tool ...
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Is cleaning out the main sewer line a regular scheduled maintenance item?

I just had to have my main sewer line snaked, and the technician said it should be done once every 2 years. Is this really the case, or was he just trying to insure he has job security?
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How much should replacing septic tank lids cost, and what is involved?

My wife and I may be possibly buying a house with a septic tank. We had it inspected and the report showed that the tank was in good condition however the "tank lids" would need to be replaced. I'm ...
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If pipe has been frozen for a week, should I call a plumber?

I noticed my cold water lines to the upstairs bathroom were frozen last Monday. After leaving the heat cranked high, the toilet and the sink thawed. But the cold water line to the tub is still frozen. ...
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why is my residential cold water in pressure reducer valve corroding like a battery terminal?

my pressure reducer valve to my appartment is corroding on the outside like the build up you get on an automobile batery? is this any indication that the water is toxic? what would cause this? ...
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Ceiling access panel or pvc pipe options

I'm finishing a small basement office and I'm almost ready to put up drywall. I've been dragging my feet on fixing one issue. There are pipes running along the floor joists to the kitchen sink. The ...
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How can I connect a bath wall spout intended for copper to a brass water supply outlet?

I'm in the process of remodeling a bathroom and am getting ready to tile the walls surround the tub/shower. I'm stumped on how to connect the bath spout. The spout looks like this: As you can ...
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Hot Water Circulating System Problems

My hot water circulating system was installed in 2006. It has a dedicated return line from all faucets. I've been having trouble lately with the hot water, it turns cold at the faucet when the pump ...
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Is there a way to thaw a frozen pipe, if you can't access the pipe?

Big freeze, new house. Just found out the add-on bathroom was plumbed by amateurs, and the cold water supply froze. I don't have access to the frozen section of pipe (without major demo), so I can't ...
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How can I get the supply line brass valve seat on Pfister tub/shower mixer valve to stop leaking?

The hot water supply line brass seat fitting leaks where it enters into the concave section of the Pfister mixer valve for a tub/shower faucet. I have cleaned both surfaces with emery cloth and wire ...
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Freezing problem

have a 3 in sch 40 drain line that has frozen 2 times once about 6 inches and once about 24 inches at the exit. it is about 50foot from my home and the water comes from my water softner cleaning ...
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How can I determine why there is no water coming from my hot taps?

I'm getting no water from any of the hot taps in my house. The cold water taps are working fine. The central heating is also working. I have a combi-boiler. It's been fairly cold today in London, so ...
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What are the steps to troubleshoot no hot water coming out of just one faucet?

Its been cold lately. Cold as its been at any time so far this winter. I came downstairs to turn on the kitchen sink and while cold water came out, when I turned on just hot water, no water came out. ...
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Why is there no hot water in the kitchen?

I have hot water everywhere in the house but the kitchen sink. I have cold water but no hot. It will trickle in the middle but still cold. Does that mean its frozen or is there something else to ...
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My dishwasher water line is frozen. Can I manually put in hot water in the dishwasher to run it?

I am a 60+ year old widow on fixed minimum income. My dishwasher freezes up during these bitter cold (-25 degree nights, -5 degree highs in the day) spells. I have a heater in the empty space beside ...
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I think I have a section of frozen PEX inside an exterior wall. What should I do?

The sink in our main floor bathroom, which has an exterior facing wall, seems to have a frozen hot water pipe. The cold water flows freely and toilet is fine, but hot water seems to be frozen, which I ...