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How to fix kitchen faucet turning itself off?

The flow of my kitchen faucet keep drooping down and thus turns off the tap by itself. What is the solution? Does the ceramic disc needs changing?
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Is there a commodity 3 or 4 way valve that can be electrically controlled?

I live out here in the San Francisco bay area where it doesn't rain in the summer. So I want to make an automated plant watering device. I already have a water pump intended for solar water heating ...
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Can I use a single air gap for a reverse osmosis system and a dishwasher?

Is it possible to do this? Currently we have a line from the dishwasher to the air gap and from the air gap to the garbage disposal. I want to install a reverse osmosis system but we only have the one ...
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Access 2nd-story burst hydronic pipe through ceiling or floor?

We had a freeze which caused one or more bursts in our hydronic heating system pipes. We know that there is one burst in a radiator, but there may be others, according to the contractors. If there is ...
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Hook up between sink basket and P-trap

Redid kitchen; deeper sink now. Only about 1 1/2 " to 2" between sink basket and P-trap. I need tail pipe with flange for dishwasher hook up? Is there any other place I can attach dishwasher drain? I ...
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Replacing moen moentrol shower trim

I have two showers that are back to back, making accessing the valves extraordinarily difficult (no closet or access behind them). So, I don't really want to get into the business of replacing the ...
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Periodic surging sound from plumbing

There is a surging sound coming from the plumbing between the water main and hot water tank in my house. It has a beat, with a period of about 1 second. It sounds sort of like the lines are ...
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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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Sealing the top of an appliance trap

I have a washing machine which is plumbed into the drain with a standard sort of appliance trap: http://www.screwfix.com/p/mcalpine-appliance-trap-40mm-white/81714 There's a nozzle for the ...
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what connection to use for drain

I have a 3" drain running horizontal. I will have a new 2" drain running horizontal to just above the 3" drain at an angle and need to connect them together. I assume I shouldn't use a regular T ...
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More plumbing issues

Ok, so we broke down and called a plumber: vent stack had a major block and when that didn't stop the gurgling in our toilet, plumber installed secondary vent under bathroom sink. The gurgling stopped ...
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how to drain a single loop in one of my heating zones?

I have baseboard hot water heat. In one of my heating zones, there are three "loops". (i.e. shortly after the supply leaves the zone valve, the pipes split in three directions. These pipes then ...
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What could cause taps for both hot and cold water to suddenly stop working?

There are two taps in one of the bathrooms of our house. A few days ago, one of them "went out": after giving a noise as if very suddenly closed, the water stopped flowing, only a little trickling ...
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Dehumidifier - proper drain technique/setup?

I have a dehumidifier in my crawlspace draining into the kitchen drain pipe. The hose recently became plugged, and I think it was due to gunk growing and filling the hose from the kitchen drain. Is ...
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How far is it recommended for pipework to be from electrical sockets and switches?

I need to know when radiator pipes are buried into wall,how far are legal requirements stating pipes need to be from electrical sockets and switches? also what is the minimal depth an internal ...
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pressure loss going from 1“ supply to 3/4” supply to home, 120 feet length

Just replaced last 120 feet of home water supply line. Old line was 1" galvanized, new line is 3/4" PEX. Lines are six feet underground here in our mountain location and must feed upstairs bathroom ...
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Plumbing issues [duplicate]

My husband and I bought a house in July. During the home inspection, water was run for upwards of 20 minutes with no issues noted. When we moved in August 1st, we instantly noticed issues with the ...
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What are the uses of the various schedules of PVC pipe?

I had a plumber come out the other day to do some work and I offered up some spare PVC that I had leftover from various projects and he told me that it was schedule so-and-so and wouldn't be ...
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Should the covers on sewage drainage pipes be airtight?

Should the caps on the sewage drainage pipes outside be airtight? We've had a little back-up (vent related, it looks like) and I loosened the caps in case water couldn't drain fast enough, so overflow ...
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Washing Machine overflows the exit drain

I would like to know why my washing Machine will overflow the exit drain (PVC pipe) that is connected to the wall in my home. The drain is not clogged because this is happening at our second home with ...
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Copper failing under the house

I am in a 10 year old house. Custom built, very nice home. Twice in the last year, have encountered a leak under the slab. The first time about a year ago, I agreed to have the lines rerouted ...
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How high can I stretch my washing machine drain hose?

The waste hose through which the water is removed from my washing machine is inserted into a vertical pipe extending from the floor with a U shape at its end. The problem is that there is foam coming ...
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Installing well water for house and garden use

I have plumbed in the well water to the house, this works, I have fitted a tee on the the main return to feed the two stand pipes at the garden. When I try to demand water through the hose there us no ...
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Replace cartridge of valve for shower

I have some problem with my shower, the control of cold and hot water doesnt work. My guess is that the cartridge of the valve needs to be replaced. The problem is that I dont know the brand for the ...
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Uncertain about sudden changes in water pressure

Dilemma I have two showers; one upstairs and one downstairs. Tonight, both showers had low water pressure - but the sink water pressure seemed normal. I have checked around the house and no water ...
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Problem with Delata Monitor Pressure Balance Valve in Shower/Tub Fixture

I replaced a leaking pressure balance valve with a matching new one: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Delta-17-Series-Monitor-Tub-and-Shower-Cartridge-RP32104/203170087 I changed all the springs and ...
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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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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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Bad taste, smell (hot water) at bathroom faucet

New hot water heater installed on Monday; the following day, the hot water line to bathroom faucet began to leak (badly corroded; badly corroded brass p trap as well). Faucet was replaced but there ...
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Pivot Rod is Stuck

I have removed the pivot nut, to work on my sink, but the the rod will not come out. All the instructions I have seen just say pull it out. I have tried twisting the stopper, unscrewing the rod, to ...
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Drain gurgling due to blocked sewer pipe?

Sanity check here. According to multiple plumbers over the years, I have a sag in the sewer line between my house and the main street line. Water stands there, and eventually enough stuff collects ...
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how water cylinder + leaking overflow + dripping not flowing

I had a leaking overflow pipe from my hot water cylinder. I had the pressure relief valve replaced(?), the valve that takes the mains pressure and reduces the pressure before feeding it into mains ...
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Changing pressure of well only by pressure switch?

We have 2 20 gal pressure tanks and a 40 / 60 Square D pressure switch. I was talking to my well installer and he said they typically set the tanks to 20psi and regulate the pressure only by the ...
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Unclog grout PVC pipe

Grout was poured down shower drain. Screw to drain cover broken off. PVC shower pipes. Looks like grout is up to about 2.5 in from drain cover. How can I got about trying to fix this
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Bathroom hot water issue

We just did a small bathroom remodel. The sink and the bathtub are connected to the same hot water line. Now I am not getting any hot water in the bathtub but the sink has hot water. The plumber did ...
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Cold water entering hot water circuit?

I'm having a bizarre problem. At least it's bizarre to me. I'm repacking a HW faucet connected to our washing machine. To do so, I turned off the HW heater, and then the valve on top of the HW ...
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Danger overflow

My downstairs toilet for the second time has just overflowed with backup. I have changed the toilet and poured draino down it last time. My upstairs toilets are fine, my sinks downstairs are fine. ...
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How to fix a huge gap between tub faucet and tile

We just moved into an old house and two of the tub faucets have huge gaps from the tile as pictured below. This is something that I feel needs to be addressed right away to prevent shower water from ...
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1/4“ male compression end on inline water filter to 3/8” male compression (fine threads)

I have 2 faucets at my kitchen sink: one for regular water stuff and the 2nd for drinking water. Lines running from the drinking water faucet are 3/8" female compression. My ecopure inline water ...
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Sharing waste of washing machine with sink

Is the plumbing below fine? The part in red comes from behind a brick wall and the height on the exit pipe is at 50 cm, therefore, to avoid having to break the wall and redoing part of the plumbing ...
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How to fit waste water pipe into back inlet gully?

I'm replacing some waste pipes and drainage and need to know what is the best way to fit the waste pipes (from washing machine and sink) into the hopper / gully. The hopper I am using looks like this: ...
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Toilet problems

When it rains my toilet will act as if it is going to overflow when flushed. It goes down slowly. I live in the city and the main sewer line is in my front yard. My line connect to the main from my ...
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How to maintain a Saniflo waste water macerator pump?

A few years back, I installed a Saniflo pump to service a basement toilet + shower. Putting it in was a lot of fun, but I've always been worried about having it break. So every once in a while I try ...
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What type of pipe joint is this, and how do I repair it?

The plastic pipe under my kitchen sink is leaking. This top pipe seems to simply be resting on the bottom section. Is this how it is supposed to be? I can freely pull the pipes apart with a little bit ...
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Why is the water supply for my refrigerator not turning on?

I need to turn on the water supply for a new fridge that makes ice and water. I turned the valve behind the fridge to the on position but water is not coming out. I can not locate any other valve that ...
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Unusual tub leak

OK, this one has been driving me nuts for a while now. I have a shower/tub on the second floor that leaks down on to the first floor. It only happens with showers, not baths. It takes about 5-10 ...
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Fitting a thermostatic valve onto a towel rail

I've got a towel rail in my bathroom that is heated from my combi boiler. I'd like to fit a TRV to the towel rail. Is there any reason why I shouldn't do that? Should I buy a specific type of TRV, or ...
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What could cause bubbling toilet when the shower or sink is running?

One of the two toilets in my rental house is bubbling when the shower or sink in that master bath area are on. In the past, about 6 months ago, I have had plumbers and rotoruter out and they could ...
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Replacing water shut off valve

I'm looking to replace a stop and waste valve in my basement. I watched a video on this old house (my bible, at this point) and I found a quick shut off valve to replace it, with compression seals (to ...
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How to drill a hole safely?

A friend of mine rented a new apartment and asked me to help with some shelves. We will need to drill some holes for screwing the shelves. One of the places has a electrical socket near by and the ...