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Hot water doesn't come out of faucet right away and makes banging noise when it does

This happens on every faucet in the house. Sometimes, when you first turn on the hot water, it comes out (just the pressure in the line) and then it runs slow and stops. Then, a banging noise happens ...
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How much water do water softeners waste?

I'm considering buying a water softener, but I heard that they waste a lot of water, and I don't really want my water bill to skyrocket. I haven't been able to find any clear indication of how much ...
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Is this a clog, or poor plumbing?

Our basement washroom shower started overflowing. It happens when we use the sink for longer than 30 seconds and when we use the shower. It will over flow, then slowly drain. We have tried snaking ...
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How do I cut 1968 cast iron rough sewage pipe?

I have a rough in bathroom that was done in 1968 for the homeowners to finish. Cast iron pipes for shower and toilet are about 4 in. out of floor. How do I go about cutting them to install a toilet ...
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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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how to fit restrictor in toilet pan inlet

How do I fit restrictor in toilet pan inlet when plumbing? Water is overflowing the pan and soaking the floor each time flush is pulled. Armitage advised to fit this restrictor.
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Does Pex tubing have any advantages over copper?

What are the advantages/disadvantages of Pex tubing? How does it compare to copper?
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Why would you use copper over CPVC or PEX?

Are there any advantages to using copper rather than CPVC or PEX?
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Fix a copper pipe leak

I have a copper T joint that is leaking on one side, what is the best way to repair this joint that does not involve cutting the joint out and starting over? -- Update -- The pipe in question is for ...
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How can I install an overhead water tank and refill it for individual usage?

I live in a group apartment where there is severe water supply problem. We have a common sump in basement which can be filled with water from external supply sources like water tanker trucks on ...
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PEX sizing for full laundry group and full bath group

I am adding a clothes washer and laundry tub to the supply lines to a bathroom group. Based on this terrific post, it looks like I can supply it all with four 1/2-in PEX lines (two hot, two cold). ...
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Water being dumped into street from basement?

(in western new york) We have a sump pump, something called a bubbler which is a sealed 2-3 inch pvc pipe coming out in the landscaping (sealed with a twist on cap) and a 2-3 inch pvc pipe coming out ...
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Should I install a floor drain in my laundry room?

I am relocating my laundry to a room over my garage. I have an opportunity to put in a floor drain. My old laundry has a floor drain (not sure why -- it is carpet and subfloor with only crawlspace ...
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Air admittance valves on waste pipe with extraction

Just move into a new apartment which is on the upper floor of three. The bathrooms of each apartment are directly above one another. I believe that the exhaust vents of the bathrooms in the apartments ...
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Do brass ball valves have to be oriented with the flow of water?

I bought this brass ball valve from Home Depot and installed it in the orientation of what I would consider "backwards". I'm not sure if it actually matters and before I close up the wall I would like ...
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Why would water be coming out of my shower when I turn on the bathroom sink?

The other day we finally installed a sink faucet and down pipe connecting the sink to the drain in the floor of our bathroom. Up until now we have been using the tub to wash our hands. We have been ...
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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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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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What should be the maximum PSI on the cold water line while the water heater is heating?

I have installed a pressure tank and the PSI is still about 90 PSI . Is this normal?
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Hydraulic Calculation

How to do the hydraulic calculation for a water supply system that will serve the toilet and sinks in first floor and ground floor using a booster pump installed at ground level 50 meters away from ...
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Can I move this drain line from the wall to the floor?

Here is my kitchen sink drain configuration: (The horizontal run after the trap is actually pitched correctly, not as drawn.) The portions inside the wall are galvanized steel pipe. Under the sink, ...
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how do you remove a stripped screw that holds the handle on outdoor faucet

I am trying to replace washers on an outdoor faucet but the screw holding the handle on is stripped. Also apparently stucco is all holding the PVC pipe to the faucet on the wall. How do I tighten ...
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Do I need a separate vent stack for my kitchen sink?

The drain line from my kitchen sink drops down through the basement, into the basement floor (Concrete), and I assume under the floor to the main sewer line. The sink tends to drain slowly. Should I ...
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How do I connect a new trap to an old cast iron pipe?

I replaced a lavatory in the bathroom with a new faucet and new trap, but the old 1-1/4 trap is connected to a cast iron pipe with led through the wall. I cut the old trap out, and I used a 1-1/4 ...
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2 parallel drain pipes

Just opened a hole in my old house to replace some plumbing. I can see where the main drain/sewer stack comes down from the bathroom, but in parallel there's another galvanized? 2"? pipe coming down ...
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Can vent plumbing be behind a double wye?

I am trying to figure out how to lay out my basement plumbing, and I wanted to use a double wye to connect my shower, toilet, and sink to the existing waste system in the house. My question is, am I ...
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How can I run plumbing from house to a nearby new office 1.5m away?

I am building a new office next to the house; it is about 1.5m away. I need to run, from the house's upstairs bathroom, 1 hot, 1 cold, and radiator with return (all of which I believe are 28mm to ...
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Why do I have low water pressure with more than one fixture turned on?

What would cause low water pressure or flow when more than one fixture is turned on. It does not matter if it's hot or cold water.
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Installing new soil pipe

I'm moving my bathroom to the adjacent corner in my house, and would like to know if I need to vent my soil pipe with my planed system, before it reaches the existing external soil stack, direct ...
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Why won't my hose bib handle turn either way?

The handle on my outdoor hose bib won't turn at all. The faucet is currently partially on and the handle will not turn either way. How can I fix it so it will work properly?
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Can we install an aeration unit in an older septic system?

Our home was built in 1957. We have had problems for years with having a wet drain field and keep having our septic pumped. Today (of course my husband is away), I have done a couple of loads of ...
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Sanitary plumbing elbows

As part of a basement remodel, some of the old (1940s) plumbing is being changed around. In order to move some of the waste drain from the side bathroom toilet, there were some 90 degree elbows put ...
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Why isn't my new toilet flushing system working as well as the old one?

We just replaced the whole system in our toilet. It use to have a flushing ball valve and it worked great until it broke. It flushed everything down the first time no problem. Now with the new ...
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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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What is the maximum distance a trap can be installed from a shower drain?

I am installing a new shower in an upstairs attic. I am taking part of a downstairs closet for a chase wall to run the plumbing and electrical. The closet is 10' from where the shower drain will be ...
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How can I build my own water aeration system for radon mitigation?

My house has a well. The well pumps water into a pressure tank in my basement. The pressure tank sends the water through a small whole-house filter and into the plumbing. I have high radon levels in ...
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Why does it take a second for water to come out of the kitchen faucet?

Starting about a week ago, our kitchen faucet has exhibited some odd behavior. When you lift the handle for it, nothing comes out for a second. You can hear air or water flowing, but nothing comes ...
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How can I install a frost-free outdoor faucet with very little space?

On one side of my house, the previous owner frequently forgot to shut off the outdoor water during the winter. Given that my house is in Minnesota, it gets cold during the winter, and he had to ...
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What kind of pipe should I install between my water meter and my house plumbing?

What kind of pipe is used to hook house water pipes up to the city water meter? I have a blue flexible hose between the meter and my 3/4 inch galvanized piping to the house. The blue flex hose is ...
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Do I have to increase the water line diameter all the way to the water meter?

I have a 1/2" water line into my house from the meter. I would like to change that over to use a 3/4" or a 1" line into my house. Do I need to replace all the 1/2" pipe back to the meter with my ...
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How do I fix a leak in a fiberglass water tank?

There is a small crack in the overhead water tank, about 6 inches by 1 inch. The tank is made up of fiber glass. Is there any chemical that can be used for filling the crack?
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Is it okay to put a heat pump water heater in a crawl space?

I have a pretty large crawl space. It is 80 inches wide and around 7 feet high. I am looking to replace the 50 gallon electric water heater with the new Geo Spring Water heater by GE This unit is wide ...
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All kitchen water supplies have low pressure

My kitchen was remodeled and I noticed since then the water pressure for new area has been low (hot and cold). Previously we had one sink and dishwasher, now we have Two Sinks Dishwasher Instahot ...
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Water heater leaking from the top?

I recently noticed that water is pooling on the top of my water heater. When I took a closer look it appears that the leak is coming from where a metal hose comes into the top of the water heater. ...
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How can I find a replacement external tub drain if the original has no identifiable markings?

We are rebuilding a bathroom in a house in Long Island, New York. We would like to replace this external tub drain with the same. It has no identifiable markings. We need the make or model, or even ...
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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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What causes a water heaters relief valve to discharge water?

I have a Gas Reliance Water Heater 1212. I found recently (in winter) there is a water dip through the relief valve into a 5 gallon bucket. Sometimes, it can fill the whole bucket. Sometimes, it has ...
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Graywater overflow plumbing… which design to choose?

I'm working on replumbing my utility room and I'm adding a graywater system. Local codes are remarkably permissive but require an overflow to the sewer/septic system in case of graywater blockage or ...
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new plumbing, new HE washer, now wash over flows

After noticing a leak in my sewer drain pipe in my basement, I've decided to replace all plumbing, since a plumber pointed out to me last year when I bought my house (1950) that the drains were all ...
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Why does my shower switch keep burning out?

I have a Mira Shower 10.8 kW. My switch is a 45A switch. I have a 50A fuse for the shower. The shower uses 10mm2 cable. 9 months ago the switch sparked and refused to turn off and the fuse ...