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I would like to know what to set my water temperature to? [duplicate]

Hello I would like to know what to set my water temperature too. I have tried "normal" but it was way to hot, and then I set it to "vacation", it was okay but it took a while for the water to warm up ...
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How do I replace the cartridge on a Delta faucet?

I am trying to replace the cartridge, but there appears to be a cover that I need to remove first, but I can't open it. The red arrow in the picture (sorry about the bad quality) is the piece I'm ...
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How to disassemble old Moen kitchen faucet

I have an leaking older single-handle Moen faucet. All the info I've found for such faucets shows a removable cap on top of the handle; removing that exposes a screw, which allows removal of the ...
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Water hammer or something else?

I'm having a bit of a mysterious problem. A couple of weeks ago I've replaced a dimmer switch in the upstairs bathroom. Of course while working on that I shut off the electricity for that part of the ...
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Do i need a backflow preventer for drip irrigation system

A gardener just installed a drip irrigation system in my backyard. He didn't installed the back-flow preventer. When I asked him why, he told me for drip irrigation you don't need the back-flow ...
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How to fix outdoor faucet drip when indoor shut off is off

I just noticed that my outdoor faucet has a slow drip. I checked the indoor shut off and it is closed tight. What could be causing the problem and how would I fix it? I don't know how long the drip ...
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Leaking hose connections for washing machine

brand new washer G.E. when hook up hoses to inside hot and cold taps with included washers water sprays everywhere. The house is a log house therefore the taps are positioned at an angle not straight ...
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How reliable is sewer re-lining?

A couple of rough estimates from 2 plumbers for replacement of the sewer line from the back of the house to the street is around $20K. Sewer relining is advertised on the internet at around $6-8K. ...
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What pressure should I aim for when setting a pressure reducing valve?

Since the time I moved into my house, I've had problems with water hammer. More recently, I've had some faucets start to leak. I also noticed that after showers/baths, the hot water would surge when ...
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Installing water softener outside or inside? Already have“Easy Water” device. Does that change water hardness grains entered into new water softener?

We live in Florida and have had white crusty buildup for years in our dishwasher and on our shower heads and faucets and in washing machine. 3 years ago we bought an "Easy Water" thing for $300 and it ...
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Where to split existing water pipes for new pipe run?

Goal: Install a new hot and cold supplied exterior faucet for garden watering and year round animal watering. Here's the rough situation: We're on a rural property, drawing from a well, into a ...
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What is causing a whistling sound coming from my upstairs bathroom?

My upstairs shower is causing a high-pitched whistling sound when it's running and there is a showerhead attached. If I remove the showerhead, but keep the water flowing, the whistling noise stops. It ...
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How to remove hoses that are clamped to a water manifold in a hot-tub

I have a hot tub and a hose of the water manifold cracked off (see below on the second hose from the left that is separated from the manifold, but a part of the manifold is broken off inside). Since ...
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Bathtub/showerhead leak, short water pipe

I bought a new home recently and found that the water in the bathroom tub/shower comes out of both the showerhead and tub spout (when the diverter is "off"). I removed the spout to see if there was ...
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How do I run PEX to exterior plumbing?

I am replacing some failed galvanized water pipe indoors. Two of the existing galvanized pipes poke straight through the exterior wall of the house, right above the foundation, and have hose bibs ...
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Why are our toilets not flushing correctly after our septic system was cleaned?

We just our septic tanks cleaned. The lines had suction applied. Now neither of our toilets will flush correctly. The water will drain out but the paper will not go down. Any suggestions as to our ...
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What is the correct position of the thermostat on a hot water tank in an oil-fired heating system?

We have an oil boiler which heats our radiators and hot water tank. No matter what way I set my heating, I can't generate enough hot water for a bath. I suspect that the thermostat on my hot water ...
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Appropriate vent for 2 toilets [duplicate]

I'm researching the way to properly re-plumb my 2 bathrooms, and trying to figure out the best way. Specific question relates to this section of the code (Illinois 890.1320 l): Branch wastes and ...
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Is this a proper way to connect main vent?

I'm researching the way to properly re-plumb my 2 bathrooms, and trying to figure out the best way. Specific question relates to this section of the code (Illinois 890.1450 e): All main vents or ...
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Maximum run on drain?

I'm planning a reconfiguration of my basement and want to move both the powder room and w/d to new locations. The powder room would be close enough to the stack not to worry me, but I'm looking at ...
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Should I try to repair an A/C condensate pump that has suddenly started getting real noisy?

So my Little Giant Condensate pump suddenly started getting real noisy when it kicked on. I pulled the cap off the unit and the water sure is dirty in there. I have done nothing with the unit in the ...
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Is there a specific distance from the front door that you are allowed to put a water spigot?

Is there a specific distance from the front door that you are allowed to put a water spigot?
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Why do I have low pressure when faucet is on hot but regular pressure otherwise?

I just bought a brand new Facto single handle ( hose assembly ) faucet installed it and everything was working fine but now the pressure has decreased to a dribble from the hot side but the pressure ...
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Kichen water supply [closed]

I bought a new American Standerd Xavier kitchen Faucet. I have it all in except for hooking up. This faucet has the braded hoses. My water supply is plastic with hoses on it. How do I make this work? ...
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Back-to-back toilet problem in old house: replumbing to code

I have a 50 year old house, with some outdated plumbing that is causing me problems. (See this for specific problems) And here's the existing connection: I will be doing some bathroom work, and one ...
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How can I run air tubing into a PVC manifold / fitting?

I am attempting to build a photobioreactor, in other words a water-filled system for growing algae. I'm using a series of 1.5" clear tubes to hold the water, the bottoms of which will connect to a PVC ...
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How to fix a cistern float that jams

The float in the image is in a cistern. Sometimes it jams right at the top so the water keeps on filling and doesn't stop. Is there a way to lubricate or fix this type of float to prevent it from ...
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Water leaking when we are away for a few days

our water system at home works perfectly when we are at home, but when we leave for more than a couple of days the bathroom starts leaking water that goes dripping right on the kitchen that is ...
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bathtub leak into walls

We discovered a bath tub leak from our second floor bathroom which dripped through the sidings. The bathroom has the original fixtures from 1989. It leaks when there's excess amount of water used. ...
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Adding sink fixture to waste stack with existing sink fixture

I'm renovating our basement and I have a waste stack with a roughed in sink fixture trap arm. We are putting a wetbar on the other side of this wall probably around 2' to the left of this waste stack ...
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Installing a Bidet with 5/16ths connectors on a non-standard toilet

I'm trying to hook up a bidet to a nonstandard toilet. I have a bunch of parts and I don't really understand plumbing that much, so I'm having a bit of difficulty. I have a standard toilet (where it ...
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Bathtub Overflow Works Only After Overflowing Tub

I have a strange problem with a new acrylic tub with a narrow slit overflow line built into the tub. Both the drain and overflow line appear to be clear and the vent stack checks out as well. I'm ...
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Underfloor heating stops working after 5 minutes

I have recently moved into a flat which has underfloor heating. Yesterday I wanted to test it, but it seems that after 5 minutes of working, it doesn't resume again. The actuators on the manifolds ...
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How to rough bath sink drain to maximize drawerspace

I am roughing in the plumbing for a bathroom sink that I am going to build a vanity for. I'd like to have the drain only impact a top drawer and take up as little space as possible. The drawer back ...
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When to use drop ears + nipples, and when to not?

So I know enough to use brass when using nipples on water supply lines (especially if they consist of copper and copper fittings). However it isn't clear to me when it is best to use nipples and when ...
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How to keep my sink from coming loose?

How can I keep my faucet from twisting on it's center axis and becoming loose? I have a Glacier Bay Keelia 8 in. Single-Handle Pull-Out Sprayer Kitchen Faucet, as you can see in the below photo. In ...
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venting kitchen sink in a cabin

e have a small cabin on a lake that as mainly used for weekends. Now that we have retired we have been living here full time. Our kitchen sink goes from under the sink, out the wall and into a gray ...
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Why does my shower head stop abruptly after a few minutes?

Recently my shower has been stopping after a couple of minutes. The tub faucet is fine, water pressure everywhere else in the house is fine. I get city water if that matters. I checked my shower head ...
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Can buried gas pipe conduct flame between two structures?

If my detached garage has natural gas connection to the house via a buried black pipe and if the house got caught on fire, can that pipe, say 25' in length, conduct the flame to the garage so that it ...
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Can I use a gauge designed for measuring air pressure to measure water pressure?

Looking around at the local home improvement center for a water pressure gauge, and all they seem to have is a gauge with 3/4" FGHT (Female Garden Hose Thread). Of course I could get a bunch of ...
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Need help identifying sillcock valve manufacturer / model

I want to replace the stem of a frost-free (sillcock) valve; it appears to be 6in. I don't want to replace the whole thing, as it is in a difficult-to-access place. The valve wast installed about 15 ...
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What is the proper procedure for replacing rusted toilet anchor bolts?

I have a 1.6 gallon American Standard toilet that rocks a little from side to side. Upon closer examination, it looks like at least 1 (or both) of the anchor bolts are loose (they had corroded ...
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Basic wet venting configuration

I am remodeling a 1st floor bath. I know about wet venting, but frankly I don't understand all its rules. I want to get some feedback to see if I am doing it right. Here's the high level ...
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Should there be standing water in the drain pipe under my second floor shower?

When we put a tile floor in the shower we use a drain with a strainer. Screwing the strainer off to replace, I found 3"of standing water at the bottom of the pipe. There was a little ring of mold on ...
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How to move utility sink and extend trap / drain pipe under it?

I'd like to move the utility sink (that my washer drains into) in my basement ~6 inches to the left to accommodate a new washer dryer. The incoming water lines aren't a problem, but as you can see ...
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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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Can I have a “hollow” basement bathroom floor?

I'm going to jackhammer my basement's concrete floor to install plumbing for a new bathroom. Normally, after the plumbing is done, we should pour concrete to it again. What will happen if I just ...
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Pipe inside pipe to reduce condensation

Cold well water and high humidity cause serious moisture problems on wall pipes in this area of the country. Would like to develop pipe-in-pipe system to carry cold water in the core pipe and hot in ...
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Should electrical wiring be placed above or below plumbing pipes

I'm putting a bathroom in my garage/shop. I'm going to have to run wiring and water supply plumbing through the same walls. should I put the wiring above or below plumbing?
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Can I temporarily connect a dishwasher with hoses running along the floor?

I currently live in an in-laws suite with my wife in the in-laws house. We love it and have plenty of room. Look at the attached picture for what we have for a space. My question is if I wanted to ...