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What would cause a slight thumping noise in water pipes on toilet and washer?

Everyone once in a while, some of the pipes in our house make some noise, mainly only when you flush a the one toilet, or use the washer. When using the sinks, hoses, or shower, the noise is not ...
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Is it okay to use brass inserts in a plastic reverse osmosis pipe?

I've learned that letting metal contact reverse osmosis filtered water is generally a bad idea as it corrodes the metals and leaches them into the clean water supply. However, I'm having a hard ...
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Can I shut off the cold water supply to an oil furnace while away on vacation?

I have a hot water baseboard oil fired system. I am going away for a while and would like to shut off the cold supply to all the house in case of a water leak. If I leave the furnace on to heat the ...
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Handheld showerhead backflow preventer

Every year my rental house is inspected by the city. Last time the inspector told me to add a backflow preventer (one-way check valve) to the handheld showerhead in the bathroom. The showerhead is ...
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Why does cold water always mix in bathtub mixing valve, even on hottest setting?

I have a single-handle (rotates 270 degrees) faucet in my tub/shower. I've noticed that it is always mixing in cold water, even when turned all the way to hot. I can prove this by holding the cold ...
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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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Minimum drop on washer drain?

I would like to add a diverter valve to my washer's drain line to facilitate a graywater system. I'm thinking of shortening the washer drain so I can relocate the P-trap higher up and add the diverter ...
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What do I need to do to replace this shower faucet handle?

I've had a surprising amount of difficulty finding the answer to this question via traditional means (vendor website, store clerks, etc). I recently moved into a house and I've been updating various ...
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Why does my shower only get hot when the sink faucet is on?

Had this problem for a while. Delta, single handle, shower. Sometimes showers are hot. Sometimes luke warm to cool. To fix the luke warm shower we have found that turning the hot side of the sink ...
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How can I get a coat hanger out of a drain pipe?

I have a horizontal drain pipe running from my kitchen/laundry area, which I had been unclogging with a metal coat hanger. The end was screw fittings I could remove myself, but the part that the ...
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Can I use a pump to discharge kitchen sink waste water, rather than digging up the concrete?

We are installing a small kitchen in the basement. There is a full bathroom in the other corner of the area, same side as the planned kitchen. I could use some experienced recommendations for the ...
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Why is my hot water circulator causing there to be hot water in hot and cold pipes?

I have a Grundfos circulation pump. It is installed on top of the hot water heater and feeds directly into the hot water pipe feeding the entire house. It also has a timer that I use. When hot ...
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Why are all the toilets in my house running intermittently?

All of my toilets in the house have started to run intermittently. Is there something wrong with the plumbing or could it be that the flapper has gone bad on all the toilets at the same time?
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Why does hot water come from the faucet when only the cold water tap is on?

On occasion, when I open the cold water tap on the kitchen sink, the flow from the faucet briefly becomes warm: it starts cool, becomes warm for about 30 seconds, and then returns to the desired cold ...
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How do I repair my cracked shower pan?

My shower pan, made of gel-coated fiber glass, has three cracks, as shown in the photo below. The cracks radiate fairly straight from the drain in the center at twelve, four, and eight o'clock. (All ...
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What do I need to do to split a washing machine hookup to allow adding a dishwasher?

In my new (1836— just moved in) house I have a washing machine in a, um, short hallway? cupboard? leading from a kitchen to a bathroom. Above it is a shelf. The plan is to move the washing machine up ...
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What type of faucet is this?

I cannot for the life of me figure out what kind of faucet this is. I need to replace the stems as they are leaking but without knowing the brand I am stumped!
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Should snakes be used on toilets?

An answerer on this question stated "remember to never use snakes on toilets." The internet, however, contains numerous tutorials on how to snake a toilet. Can and should toilets be snaked?
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How can I access pipes in my cement shower in an old home?

My home was built in 1929 and I do not know when my "unwarranted" studio unit (1st floor/street level) SHOWER was added on. The entire 3 sides of the shower are cement. I know one of the hot/cold ...
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How do I identify brand/type of bathtub faucet?

I have a cartridge type of bathtub faucet and both the hot and cold cartridges need to be replaced. Unfortunately, the faucet has no branding marks on it at all. At one point I had removed the ...
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Questions About Home Water Filter

My questions (pics below): How do these things work and does it actually make a difference? There is dirt inside of the water filter - does it need to be washed out? Do the white rocks inside of the ...
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What is this pipe - should I be worried?

We found it behind a wall, it is a bit more than 10 inches wide it has about an 3/4 inch of concrete between metal. It was jaggedly broke off on the bottom in the basement ceiling. It is also ...
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Why does my shower head drip when the tub faucet is on?

I just installed a new tub fixture set: There are two controls - one for temperature and one for volume. The large handle is volume. When the diverter valve is engaged the shower sprays properly ...
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Why is there a drip after I replaced toilet innards?

I replaced the innards of my toilet with something like this, all went well. The toilet works, etc. It involves undoing the water pipe, replacing insides of toilet, then screwing the water pipe back ...
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Metering gas used for heating water in a multi-dwell building with one boiler

I rent in a multi-dwell building. We are not directly charged for hot water but trying to figure out if we are indirectly charged via the Con-Ed gas bill. Is it possible to meter gas usage for the ...
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What should I do about putty that fell in the toilet opening?

When I was lifting off the old toilet a large chunk of plumbers putty/clay fell in the opening. (There was a huge amount under the toilet, and no wax that I could see.) I tried using a vacuum to get ...
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Hot water baseboard heater, one zone is cold

I have a hot water baseboard heating system. I have 4 zones controlled by 4 thermostats. The basement is cold. I installed a new zone valve for that area and it is still cold. I bled the zone of ...
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What is causing a cat urine smell in my bathroom?

My bathroom has started smelling like cat urine. We have NO cats. I think the smell is coming from the shower drain. What could this smell be coming from and how do I get rid of it?
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Help on fitting new dishwasher next to an existing washing machine

I am trying to install a dishwasher, an Elba Fisher & Paykel model next to my washing machine. I plan to just manually remove the waste pipe from either machine when using but any suggestions ...
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How does decalcifying work, and is it something I need?

We recently had to replace our water heater because of lack of hot water, age (12 years to the day almost) and sediment build up (it was higher than the lower element; we purchased the home 7 months ...
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How can I find replacement parts for an unknown faucet?

In the house I bought one of the faucets is missing a hot water indicator. I have no idea on how to go about getting a replacement indicator. Anyone know where I should start? Here's the missing ...
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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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Was my pressure release valve installed backwards?

I realise that this may well be beyond the scope of an SE site, but I'll give it a go nonetheless. We've recently had a leaky pressure release valve on our Megaflo hot water tank. We have no boiler ...
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How do I snake this tub drain?

I have a Trip Lever Plunger Style Stopper. I removed the faceplate and there was no plunger attached to it or in the pipe, and it seems like the stopper closed. Why i say this is because when we ...
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Water not circulating in one radiator on a hot water boiler

My boiler has 4 zones. Zone 1 is the bottom floor. There are two radiators in zone 1. I am replacing one of them, an old baseboard radiator, with a cast iron with similar BTU. We hooked up the new ...
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Clunking sound when ground water heat pump stops running

This clunking sound is one loud sound followed by a few smaller clunks. It seems to be coming from the water supply pvc pipe that supplies water to the heat pump in the basement. The sound starts ...
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Should I replace my toilet's wax ring when I see moisture around the base?

I am noticing moisture around the bottom of the toilet, and can tell some moisture is staining the wood floor when viewed from the basement. The bolts holding the toilet are easily tightened. Will ...
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What do I do about a frozen cold water pipe to just one side of a double vanity?

Is there anyone that can give suggestions for a frozen pipe? We have had subzero temperatures for several nights now. One cold water line in an upstairs sink is frozen. This is one of two sinks ...
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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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Toilet water level lowers when other toilet flushes

I finally have 2 upstairs toilets working after a lengthy bathroom remodel. What I noticed is when one toilet is flushed, the other toilet water level goes down, almost all the way. The lower level ...
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Why is my downstairs shower pressure lower than upstairs?

My shower pressure in my upstairs bathroom is fantastic. However, the same cannot be said for the downstairs bathroom (ground floor). Given the fact that upstairs is disadvantaged, this does not make ...
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Blue water and plastic pieces always stuck in the screen in faucets

Sometimes the water in the toilet and the faucets are blue and the screen in the sinks are always getting clogged with small plastic pieces....I do not know what is going on with that..and the water , ...
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Why are some radiators hot when the system is off?

Yesterday I drained my heating system so I could cut the pipes on one radiator to raise it. After refitting, I filled and bled all the radiators and they were all working. When I got up during the ...
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How is garbage disposal installation different in a sink without an existing disposal?

I'm planning on buying a garbage disposal for a sink that does not currently have one. All of the installation instructions I have found assume that I would be replacing a garbage disposal rather than ...
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No hot water in all washrooms

The faucets in the laundry (basement) and kitchen (main floor above the laundry) has hot water, however, all other faucets including shower on the main floor and 2nd floor have no hot water. When you ...
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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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Can I move the kitchen to the living room?

I am thinking to buy a ground floor flat and am wondering is it possible to move the kitchen to the reception room. There is room to put it to the right as you walk into the room as an L-shape. ...
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How can I disassemble this P-trap?

I have a double-basin kitchen sink, and the drain line from the garbage disposal is completely clogged. I've been unable to clear it with drain opener, so I'm looking at replacing the P-trap, but ...
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Why does pressure relief valve state 'Not for Use with Water Heaters'?

So I replaced my 6.5 year old electric hot water (installed with house built in 06') heater and used an identical plumbing setup as my previous install. My previous (and now current) install has a ...
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Water pipes in exterior wall of house

Would putting a 4 inch diameter hole in the wall and putting in a fresh air intake vent help let warm air into the space. I notice that a good draft of cold air is coming in and I wanted this to allow ...