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How do I stop a leak in a refrigerator water line connection?

I have a copper water line going into my refrigerator. It's leaking at the connector line in the attached picture. It looks like the leak is not from the fridge, but from the connection line, right ...
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How do I make my bathroom pipes more practical?

I need to install a new vanity in my bathroom but I'm not sure what to do about the plumbing for under the sink. I believe the present location of the sink was originally where the bathtub was. The ...
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What could be causing a leaky p trap under my bathroom sink?

Recently, the bottom of our bathroom sink has started to leak just slightly. Little drips come out of the nuts. The leaking part seems to be more toward the end where the pipe meets the wall and the ...
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How/where should I put a water dispenser on this counter?

My friend's coffee shop has a hot water dispenser they use for drip coffee and tea. It's already filtered, and accessible to customers. It would be terribly convenient if we customers could get cold ...
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Is it normal for tap water to turn brown/blue when the pipes freeze?

In our old apartment, the pipes would freeze during the winter during the night, and in the morning sometimes the water that came out of the tap was blue at first. We spoke to a plumber, and he ...
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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 could cause my radiators to go cold when the hot water is turned on?

when only heating is selected on my program timer the radiators all work fine and are hot. But when both heating and hot water are on the water gets hot but all the radiators go cold. When the hot ...
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How can I remove this toilet shutoff valve?

This valve has a slow leak, and I am trying to replace it. Problem is I can't get the thing off. I am trying to twist the compression nut (the bronze one closest to the white pipe) clockwise while ...
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Why do I run out of hot water after 5 min?

I have a gas water heater and recently found that I do not get more than 5min of hot water. Previously I would be able to take a half hour shower. I see no leaks around water heater. It also seems ...
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Why does the shower get cold when I flush, and how can I prevent it?

When the shower is running and someone flushes a toilet, why does the shower get cold (or sometimes hot) in some houses, but not others? More importantly, would fixing that require replacing the ...
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How can I replace a Delta 1400 shower valve cartridge?

I have a delta 1400 shower valve that I had to replace. The existing one was full of sediment. When I put everything back together water just comes out the tub spout as if the valve wasn't there. When ...
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How can I locate an odor emanating from the kitchen/laundry area?

I live in South Florida. My home is a one level, 2400-sq ft, u-shaped with bedrooms on one side and kitchen/laundry on the other side. I have a consistent odor but it's not constant. It comes and ...
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What is involved in fixing a break in a frost-free faucet?

I have an exterior frost-free faucet that has sprung a leak. You can see the hole on the bottom side of the copper pipe in the image below. I am trying to determine if this is a job I want to take on ...
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Is it safe to shut off cold water entering water heater?

I have a pretty bad situation at my place. I have a leaky shower faucet which has gone from drips to a steady stream. I calculated the flow at .3 gallons per minute. My very old home has no private ...
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What could cause bubbling in the downstairs toilet of an urban condo?

About 2 weeks ago, I noticed that the toilet would bubble and, eventually, the water would back up into the shower in the basement of my duplex down condo. What started out as about 12-15 minutes of ...
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Why won't my shower fully heat up?

I have a thermostatic shower, but I can only get it to be luke warm. The aquastat is set at 60, boiler at 165. The tap water in wash hand basin beside shower is very warm. I have taken the cover off ...
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Can I move a drain without moving the vent too?

I want to move the kitchen sink to the other side of the kitchen (approx. 10 feet away). Can I just extend the pipe and rely on the existing vent?
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Should I install an inline water heater for my bathroom?

It takes 3-4 minutes of the shower running before the hot water reaches my upstairs bathroom. I'd like to not have to waste all that water and time. My initial though was to install an inline water ...
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How can I stop veggie garbage from coming out of my basement storm drain?

I keep getting onion and tomato peels coming out of my basement storm drain after doing any sizable cooking and putting it through the garbage disposal. The kitchen is on the 1st floor, the drain is ...
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Where could this green residue that is clogging fixture screens be coming from?

I have a big problem with green residue clogging fixture screens. There has been no recent(for the last 2 years) plumbing work in the house so it is not flux/solder residue. I have two 50 gallon tanks ...
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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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What kind of valve is this and how do I disconnect it?

So, I have a leaky faucet. I am in the process of disconnecting everything so that I can take the faucet out and inspect what's going on with the leaky faucet. However, when disconnecting the faucet, ...
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What is the function of a check valve on the inlet of a household macerator pump?

Macerators sometimes require check valves on the inlet for shower waste. I'm thinking the low rate of flow from a shower might not be enough to trigger macerators activated by air switches, so the ...
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How do I install a water line for a refrigerator in a galley kitchen?

My sink is on one side of my galley kitchen and the fridge is on the other. The living room doorway is between the water line to the sink and the fridge. The house sits on a slab so there is no ...
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How do I cap off an unused refrigerator water line?

I am installing a new refrigerator. The new one doesn't have an ice maker in it and the old one did. I need to turn off the water, and when I do it will shut off all of my water. This is a rental ...
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What could cause my water heater to pulsate during cold water usage?

I have a well and a pressure tank. I lost water pressure last night and thought everything was frozen but it wasn't, however, the regulator was not engaged. I engaged the pressure regulator and the ...
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how can i fix my bath tub

When I turn the water on to take a bath the water don't run it just drips and takes hours to fill the tub or I have to add pots of water is there a way for this to be fixed or do I have to call a ...
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Why is the first shower of the day is colder than the second?

Description Since I've moved into this house, I've noticed that the first shower of the day is colder than the any subsequent shower. More specifically, if no hot water has been used for a while, ...
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How can I identify my bathroom tub faucet pressure valve?

I am looking for a replacement trim valve kit and I am having trouble finding the right one that will fit my current pressure valve. It appears to me to be a model from American Standard. Click ...
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Is there any way to make a sink connected to a garborator drain faster?

In the kitchen there are two sinks side by side which share a common drain. One sink has a garborator. It drains ridiculously slowly. The other sink drains faster but I've been told it doesn't ...
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How do I install a washing machine when the drain is 7.5 feet high?

My washing machine drain is 7.5 feet from the floor. I plan on researching my washer and making sure it can pump that high. I want to hook it up to a 1.5 inch PVC pipe drain. The 1.5 pipe is above ...
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Why is it taking so long for my house to heat up?

Firstly, I should probably mention that I'm in the UK... My wife and I bought a house new from a builder over 9 years ago and have had no problems whatsoever with our central heating system in that ...
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What could cause poor drainage in the kitchen and baths?

After having my septic system (tank) cleaned about a month ago, I've noticed a foul odor in the bathroom of the master bedroom. I've also noticed the smell outside near the master bedroom. It's not ...
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How can you tell when a vacuum breaker needs to be replaced?

The one in the master bath just started "leaking" recently and now my daughter reports the same problem in her bath. Is this just a part of their normal function or do they need to be replaced or ...
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Could sound insulation around copper pipes cause condensation?

A leak in the bathroom, above the kitchen, started as a small water stain on the ceiling. I opened the ceiling and determined insulation (2 insulation pieces), that was placed to absorb the sewer ...
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How do I turn off this sprinkler valve?

We just purchased our home this summer, so I've never gone through the process of turning off the sprinklers for the winter (we're in Utah, so hard freezes are possible). The stop-and-waste valve is ...
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How do I choose the correct size pump and pressure tank?

I'll have a 3000 gallon water tank (around 8 feet tall) located at the same elevation as my house. The distance between my house and the tank will be about 90 feet, with the water traveling through a ...
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What to look for in a new/replacement toilet?

I have a slow/weak flushing toilet and it's not the tank or flapper, etc. Shirlock says in an answer to a related question, that it's "time to spring and spend 200 bucks for a new Class 5 toilet. ...
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Why does my toilet still leak after replacing the wax ring?

I just replaced the wax ring under my toilet. Now when you flush, it leaks worse than it did before! I am so confused! Is there something else that needs to be replaced?
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Is this shower trap better than a P-Trap?

Here in Brazil almost all shower and floor drains are made using a device that translate as "siphoned box" and work as a trap collecting water from the sink, tub and shower. Is that any better ...
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How can I repair a slow drip at the main water shutoff valve?

I noticed a slow drip and wondering if solution is to turn the nut clockwise to solve. I normally would give it a go but since this is the main water shutoff I figured it'd be smart to get some ...
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How can I remove an anti vandal tap head?

I have almost identical problem this one except that it's a shower tap... How can I remove stuck anti-vandal rings in tap head? The drama is that the shower won't turn off all the way as the washer ...
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Why does the pressure, attached to a submersible well, keep increasing?

I have changed the pressure gauge, a Square D switch, and checked the pressure (from 40 psi) to 28 psi. Within 3 to 4 days the pressure increased back to 40 psi. I called a plumber who lowered the ...
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When should pipe dope vs thread tape be used?

For threaded plumbing connections, you typically use pipe dope or thread tape (aka teflon tape). Are there situations when one is preferred over another? Does the size of the pipe, type of pipe, part ...
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Can I use flexible tube to replace a segment of copper pipe?

I am installing 1/2" copper pipes to supply water to my own new gas heater. The pipes need to pass around corners that are full of obstacles. I am not a professional plumber but know that I normally ...
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What goes on threads first: tape or dope?

Should the dope be applied directly to the male threads or should the tape go on first?
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What could cause this rhythmic clicking/drumming sound in my bathroom sink pipe?

Why is my bathroom sink making a rhythmic drumming/clicking sound after I used a small plunger to help make water flow more quickly down the drain?
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Can a ½ inch water pipe supply enough pressure for a shower head and body sprayers?

I have a ½" water supply feeding my shower currently. We're currently doing a remodel and would like to install a shower system (shower head and three body sprayers). Can I use the current supply to ...
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Why does my water heater stop after a few minutes?

I have a Junkers (European water heater) that works for a few minutes and then stops. Anyone have experience with this/know how I can troubleshoot? Or, would a regular plumber be able to fix it?
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Is it wise to cut a long trench in concrete slab foundation?

I've got a two-car garage (4-inch concrete slab on grade) that I'm turning into living space. I want to put a bathroom out there but I need to get plumbing through the floor. I didn't think it was ...