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Do I need to shut off gas water heater if I turn off water?

I'm renting a house in Washington DC but the house is going to be empty all of December since I am going home for Christmas. I'm very concerned about the pipes bursting. I would just leave the house ...
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Shower periodically loses hot water, and then the bath faucet will be scalding

I am in a 3 story apartment building with roughly 20 units. Periodically while taking a shower the water will suddenly lose heat and become ice cold. I chalked this up to lack of hot water coming ...
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Tub hot water is fluxuating between hot and cold

Our bathtub just started behaving odd. It has worked fine until today. We have two handles, one hot the other cold. Even when we only turn the hot on without turning the cold on the water will ...
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dripping sound inside wall

I'll try to get everything in here, yet be concise. This is a 3-story building, plus basement/underground parking. I'm on the 2nd floor, studio. Same layout above and below. Exterior wall to ...
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How can I stop a water leak in my basement?

I have an unfinished basement in 40 year old home. Block walls are extremely clean and show no signs of water having come down or through them from ground outside but when it rains for a couple of ...
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How to remove old multi turn water inlet valve

I was replacing some of the parts in my toilet and noticed the grommet on the toilet end of the supply hose is worn and started to leak when I reconnected it. My preference would be to just replace ...
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Does air trapped in water pipe disturb the meter reading?

I have about 7 meters of PVC pipe connected to the water meter. Some of this pipe is above the meter level so some air sure gets trapped inside. Is it possible that the air in pipes expand and ...
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Will JB water weld hold copper fittings together?

Will this stuff hold copper fitting 3/4" on inlet copper pipe Cold water main line? Tried all other options can't solder I'm down to 3" left and its swollen to 7/8"id so last chance before complete ...
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How can I repair the main cold line into the house?

I've repaired 13 breaks throughout the house over the weekend, now I'm down to the inlet coming from 3/4" copper to 7/8"id (I know its crazy size maybe from freeze). Either way I cannot solder, since ...
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How long should the hot water last during a shower?

Given a 40 gallon natural gas water heater, and a shower head with a flow rate of 2.5 gallons per minute. How long should the shower be able to maintain 105°F water temperature? Assume the average ...
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What is causing this water on the drywall and how concerned should I be?

I noticed some light lines on the dry wall of one my internally facing walls. Here is a picture of the water lines: It's tough to tell from the picture (make sure to view in high resolution), but ...
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Where should I install the water softener?

We are planning on installing a water softener. The main water source is located outside, about 20 feet from the backyard. The water heater is located in the garage. We are wondering if we have to ...
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What could be causing my bathroom drains to back up?

This afternoon I was taking a shower, and once finished I noticed that the water was not draining away from the shower tray. I dressed quickly and tried flushing the toilet, which backed up as well ...
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What can I do about small pools of water on my garage floor?

I just moved into this house and I have discovered about 20 different size "water" marks. As I haven't parked my car in the garage - I would have noticed it sooner. But what can I do for this ...
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Where do I install the recirc pump on a combi core water heater?

I have a Bradford and White Combi Core water heater. The spiral part provides hot water for heat, and the tank provides potable water. The heat side needs around 160 degree water. The recirc pump ...
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Should I be concerned about water spilling behind tile wall?

I recently attempted to replace a single handle shower valve (cartridge and all). During removal of the assembly, there was water remaining in the pipes after I had shut off the main. The water leaked ...
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How can I be sure my water softener is working?

I recently purchased a 12 year old home in Central Indiana that came with a water softener (waterboss model). The owners claimed it to be working during the closing. When we moved into the house, we ...
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My gas heater relief valve keeps blowing, is the circulator installed backwards?

So I had a contractor put in a new circulator last season. Its a honeywell PC3F. I tried turning my heater on for the first time this season and the relief valve blew. I tried replacing that and ...
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What device can remotely close a water main?

Trial run of Are questions asking for home automation hardware allowed?, which got an overwhelmingly positive response. Answers must be detailed with real-life pros and cons. I have a tradition of ...
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Reliable, inexpensive way to be notified of a water leak?

I have a few places in my home that I really, really don't want water to be. I've had bad experiences with water in the past (read: whole-house flooding from an upstairs toilet valve), and I'd like to ...
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What should I do about water filling the excavation for a house's foundation?

I live in Duluth, Minnesota. As stated, I am putting a new foundation on my house. When the contractor was excavating, they hit water. They are constantly pumping this water out. I now have 2 new ...
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Should I use a separate system, or extend the existing system to heat a detached garage?

We're building an detached post & beam garage, 24 X 24. We have natural gas on the property, and our house is heated by a Dunkirk boiler and hot-water baseboard system that we've been told has the ...
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Restarting toilet line after 50 years

I have a sewer opening in my basement for a toilet. The flange looks just fine, but that sewer line has probably not been used in 50 years. Is there anything I should do before starting to use it? Or ...
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How can I stop a dishwasher water supply from causing the tap water to smell?

OK, here is the situation: I recently bought a dishwasher that has a shorter water hose than required. So I bought this inlet hose and connected the two hoses using this inlet connector. For water ...
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How can I control water and algae in drainage ditch?

My house has a drainage ditch running in front next to the street. Unfortunately, my next door neighbor has neglected his ditch and now my ditch does not drain properly and fills up with algae. I'm ...
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Where and how do we put salt in EC4 rainsoft watersoftener

Where and how to replace salt in EC4 rainsoft water softener?
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Is stainless steel water piping more durable than copper?

After thirty years of usage, the plumbing in my house is starting to fail progressively. The water pipes in my house is made of copper, one of which is suffering from pitting, which results in a ...
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Should I drain my winterized pool after a large rainstorm?

I just installed a safety/mesh winter cover and closed my pool. Over the past month we've had a few big rain storms so the water level is already at the skimmer. Winter hasn't even arrived yet and ...
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Well Pump Runs Continuously

I've checked around and read all kinds of other posts that talk about well pumps running and have checked all the possible answers. I've tested several shutoff valves to see if I can see where the ...
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What material to use to clog previously cut central heating pipes

I used to have a central heating system which was never in use for years, because it couldn't be connected to central pipe inside other building. Last winter I finally dropped water from it and cut ...
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What is the cause and fix to water slowly coming out of an outdoor faucet when its turned off?

Regardless of how tightly I turn the faucet off, there is water that flows out. When I attach a hose with a spray nozzle, the water finds a way to leak out either at the faucet where the hose is ...
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Can I use diaphragm accumulators to maintain consistent water pressure?

This is needed for a place where there's a high pressure water but not always available. Instead of buying a tank, a pump and a diaphragm accumulator, I'm wondering if I should just get diaphragm ...
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What is this called?

I'm looking for a water container that functions like the one on the bottom, as water flows out of the container, the "cap" goes down, no air gets in. I don't know what it's called or what keywords to ...
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How do I fix the low water flow of my kitchen sink?

Here's what I know. Our kitchen sink used to work fine, then one day the water flow was suddenly really low, like just slightly better than a trickle. We called our landlord about it, and so he came ...
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How can I remove iron from water?

Currently, the water smells very strong of Iron (Water softener is currently broke, going to be fixed shortly). The neighbors in the area said the softener will get some of the iron but they had to ...
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Can I build a 3 stage whole house water filter myself?

I wanted to get any thoughts and suggestions on setting up a 3 stage whole house filter for a well. The idea is to take the individual whole house filter and put 3 of them in series together. First, ...
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Can I route an irrigation main through my basement?

I received estimates on getting an irrigation system installed in my back yard. The majority of the cost is for digging down to the house's line in the front of the house (4 feet deep), splitting the ...
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What should I look for in a battery backup sump pump?

I've got a pretty basic 1/3 hp sump pump that does the job quite well. However, i'm concerned about losing power and just the wrong time. Or worse the pump goes bad! What sort of features do you look ...
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Do polyphosphates reduce scale in refrigerator ice makers?

I am considering switching to a polyphosphate-containing water filter for my refrigerator ice maker/water dispenser. Currently, I use softened water to prevent calcium build-up in the ice ...
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How is standard washing machine “water usage” calculated?

I'm trying to calculate exactly how much water is spent per washing machine use (medium water-level with a soak-wash-rinse-spin cycle). On the last page of the manual of my washing machine (Samsung - ...
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Leaving a pool covered for a season and through another winter

So over the course of the year we've been remodeling the house and left the pool covered for the season. With winter approaching I'm curious to know if I should pump out all of the now green water ...
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How can I fully winterize my plumbing?

I'd like to leave a vacant house in Northern Minnesota for the winter with no utilities at all (so it will get to -20F at times). I shut off the curb stop valve and confirmed that water is completely ...
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Hot Water Through Cold Water Side

We live in a three story condo building, 10 units on each floor. Each unit has it's own cold water heater. Recently, a new booster pump was installed to correct water pressure in the building. ...
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Is this a refrigerator water hookup?

We just moved into a new place, and need to get a refrigerator -- and would like to get one with ice maker/water dispenser if possible. This capped pipe (below) is right behind where the refrigerator ...
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Water stays in my stackable washer/dryer after the load?

I have a stackable washer and dryer that drains into a regular washing machine drain, but for the last month there seems to be water sitting below the drum and it is foul smelling. Any thoughts??
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How to prevent an exterior automatic watering system from freezing

I'm looking for solutions on preventing automatic watering systems for horses from freezing. The faucet is 150-200 feet away from where I'm building my horse's pasture. I live in New Jersey so I'm ...
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Should washing machines be placed on tile or other water-proof flooring?

I am redoing the area where my washing machine is. Currently it's placed in a closet and has a tile floor. I'd rather not use tile in the new setup, but it got me wondering if this is an important ...
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Are some water valves poor quality?

My house was built in 1996, and every water connection has a multi-turn shutoff valve. These seem to fail the first or second time I use them - the inner rubber seal disintegrates and becomes brittle ...
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Is it acceptable to not have access to the main water shutoff valve?

I recently learned that our 1970s townhouse doesn't have its own main water shutoff. Instead, two contractors have access to a room with a water shutoff for the building (about a dozen units). My ...
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Why is boiling hot water coming out of every faucet, and even the toilet?

Help! I live in a 80 unit condo (8 floors), with hot water tanks on the top floor (4). They flow down 13 different lines to different units and hot water is recirculated through recirc pipes. ...