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Can wind force rain into the soffits?

There is 1 and only 1 leak (thank God) that is driving me crazy. When the wind blows from the south and hits the house from that side, there is a drip that develops and comes from above the top of the ...
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Should a curtain drain be covered/back filled?

I do some light maintenance and yard work in exchange for rent. The building had some problems with flooding. We have an extensive drain system, but it was a bit clogged. Even after the plumbers ...
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How can I tell if stains are caused by a ceiling that is drying out, or if there is still a leak?

Historically we've had a leak from our shower in our bathroom which has leaked into the neighbour below's bathroom and kitchen (this has gone though the bathroom wall to the kitchen which is ...
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How do I repair this leaking toilet supply nut?

I've got a leaky toilet that I'm trying to fix (and in the process making worse). The leak seems to be coming from the brass nut on the right of the photo here: This nut has a washer in it so ...
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Can I install a hot water recirculation pump if I have a reverse osmosis filter?

I'm considering getting a "comfort pump" which will pump water from the hot line to the cold line under a sink so that there is no waiting for hot water, as well as saving the wasted water. My ...
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When should I change / replace my water pipe?

I was wondering when should we change our indoor water pipe? Should we change every 5 years or every 10 years? This is because recently, I notice that the water quality is not getting that good ...
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How can I reconnect a compression joint without replacing the olive?

We had a leak from our water storage tank and in order to replace the platform that the tank was on, I disconnected all the pipes from the tank. There are three 22mm pipes that connect at low levels, ...
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Pumping water using a small electric pump, does it need to be potable?

I am doing a little DIY project where I need to pump 4-5 gallons of water that is less than 100'. I need the pump to be able to run dry as it starts to pull the water, then it would pump the water. ...
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How to keep two water tanks have maintain the same water level?

My home has two water tanks (side by side), one used by the owner and one used by us. Unfortunately for us, the owner has a good supply of water and we don't. I have asked him to connect the two tanks ...
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How can I prevent water from being fed to my foundation through the gas-line ditch?

I recently had a gas line installed, and now there is water leaking into my basement about six feet below grade. It is not surprising that the 130-year-old fieldstone foundation is porous, but until ...
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Can I use a small pond with a water source heat pump? [closed]

I want to use a water source reverse cycle heat pump AC for a 8000m2 aged care facility. Location has moderate summer (22 deg C max) and cold winter (<0 deg c). On site pond is only 400m3. I ...
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What to do with leaky sink?

Our kitchen sink has been slowly leaking for several months, and as of yesterday, it is finally leaking so bad we can't use it until it's fixed. I'm generally handy, but when it comes to plumbing of ...
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What could cause a new pressure release valve to drip water?

Installed a new pressure release valve on electric water heater because old valve was dripping water on floor. New valve also dripping water. Any ideas? Suggestions? Water temp set at 110F, so it's ...
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Options for fixing outside cement staircase?

We have a below-grade basement and a exit door. There are concrete steps to the door, parallel to the house (so on your right is the house) and on the left is a brick wall. The steps appear to have ...
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What sort of things should one look for in a water-softener?

Hard water (from a well) at the house, and I was wondering what to look for in terms of getting a water-softener, or things to avoid.
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If I fit a water softener, will I run out of on-demand water via bath/shower-use?

I'm interested in fitting a water-softener (specifically, the Twintec S3, which is a dual-cylinder unit developed in the UK, apparently) to my home. My home is over 3 stories, with a bathroom on the ...
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What could cause smelly water in the bathroom sink only?

We put in a new sink/tap and plastic piping in bathroom about a year ago. Ever since, the water from that tap smells. Have tried plugging the drain and it still smells. Doesn't smell in the kitchen or ...
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How can I monitor my mains water use?

I'm in a debate with my water company about usage. Are there any methods to verify that the reading on my water meter outside my house is increasing at the proper rate?
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How to make water move in a square bed

Say I have something similar to the image below: Now, where you see the rocks, I want to put water that goes a little higher than the rocks, and I want the water to move in one direction all around ...
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How do I force a tight globe-valve water shutoff to fully close?

I tried to close off the water valve (a multi-twist globe-valve) leading to my back-yard water supply (the shutoff valve is inside the house) but it will not twist fully shut. Is it safe to give the ...
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Can I replace my oil-based water heater with several electric ones?

I was looking at this question, which is somewhat related to mine but didn't give me a good answer: How to evaluate the suitability of an electric tankless water-heater Basically, my mom's water ...
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How to stop a whistling hot water tap which also has a mind of its own?

The hot water tap in my kitchen whistles quite loudly when it is in a certain pressure range -- at very low and high pressures it is fine, but within the sweet spot it whistles away. It also seems to ...
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Why is my third floor hot water pressure so low?

The hot water pressure in our 3rd floor shower is very low. The 2nd floor shower however, has very good pressure. The problem is not the shower head, which actually produces great pressure when ...
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How do I repair drywall around a bathtub?

I have an area of drywall that is next to my bath tub that has gotten soft and crumbly. Mostly held together by paint & caulk now. I'm reasonably sure I understand why. We're getting some water ...
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Leaky newly installed PVC drainage pipe

I am pretty bad doing handy work. Anyways, I decided to add a water drainage to my concrete flat roof. I had mocked up all the pipes and finally waited for a sunny day to remove it all and glue all ...
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Is there a good way to test water quality in your house?

What are the best ways to test for water quality in your house? The water is from a well, not town water. Are there any products that can continuously test the water coming in (versus manually ...
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What could cause low water pressure in tub and no water coming out of shower head?

Water pressure in tub has suddenly dropped and water will not come out of shower head at all. I can hear what sounds like water running up the pipe to the shower head when I have the tub faucets on, ...
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Can I repair water damage under the kitchen sink with a sintra panel? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I repair water damage under the kitchen sink? I found out that our kitchen water connection had somehow loosened up and was leaking water on the floor undernieth ...
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Is this hole at the corner of the foundation major issue?

I am in the process of purchasing a home. I found the perfect home but of course, I found water stains in the basement walls (mostly close to the floor). I also noticed a small hole at the corner of ...
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How can I filter iron out of kiddie pool water?

Our well water is high in iron. In the house, we put salt with an iron remover into our water softener. The outside bibs don't run through the water softener, however. The other day we filled up the ...
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Can I use a water tank and pump to feed a boiler?

As the title suggests I would like to know if I can use a water tank and pump to feed my boiler? I want to get rid of my electric shower and currently I have large water tank with a pump feeding to ...
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How to tighten/fix ice-maker's drainage tube connector?

On the back of our fridge is a drainage tube (I assume it's for the ice maker; correct me if i'm wrong). Whenever water drains out of it, it leaks. I've identified that the source of the problem is a ...
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How can I make a mixer shower more powerful?

The Mira mixer shower has variable temperate settings from 1 (cold) through 10 (hot), plus the extra bit for hot water only. I normally shower at 3 and was thinking there must be a way to let more ...
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Are hot water returns worth putting in?

Once I saw on an episode of This Old House that they were putting in hot water return lines: pipes that recirculate idle hot water back to the heater so you get hot water right away, instead of ...
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Could water temperature fluctuations be caused by new plumbing?

I'm having a new bathroom installed. I hired a plumber to do all the water works. He ran all the lines; he is now waiting on sink and toilet to arrive to finish installation. Since he ran new line, we ...
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Why is the fridge water line popping out of the connection when under pressure?

I am trying to run a water line for my fridge. I put the saddle valve into the sink cold water copper pipe. That seemed to work fine - no link from the valve. But, when I screw the plastic tubing ...
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Building indoor water feature / water fountain

I would like to have my own little waterfall inside my house. I find the flowing water very soothing and relaxing. I have seen a couple of "desktop" water fountains, and that is the rough idea, now ...
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How can I safely collect and store water for extended periods of time?

Am from a place where the summer heats up to temperatures of 38 C to 44 C and water is a major problem. I thought of building a tank so that water collected from rainy season can be purified and later ...
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How can I replace my main water shutoff valve?

I just recently purchased a house that was built in 1979 with galvanized plumbing. The water main just outside the house looks like this: I'm planning to replace it, but I want to make sure it's ...
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How can I prevent mineral build-up from my water?

I'm not sure whether my house receives really hard water, or water that has a lot of junk or sediment in it, but I am constantly having to soak my faucet spreaders and shower heads. Recently, I ...
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How can I prevent sudden increases in shower water temperature

I assume, but am not sure, that this is caused by someone else in the house competing with the shower for cold water. I'm guessing an anti-scald valve might be necessary but perhaps there is a way to ...
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How can I identify the source of a leak at the hot water heater?

My water heater has a slow leak. From what I can tell so far it is coming from either the cold water inlet or the hot water connection. The cold water inlet seems to be the culprit to me because that ...
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How to best insulate an exposed waterpipe during the cold season

i have an exposed (out of the ground) water pipe and during the night freezes over. What is the best way to insulate it so it does not freeze?
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How can I remove hard water build up from a washing machine?

What is the best way to remove any sediment build up from having hard water from a washing machine?
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What are some good downspout options for a brick house?

I need to replace the gutters and downspouts on my house, and I'd like to know the best approach. The house is 100 year-old clay brick house. The old gutters were aluminum and used downspouts that ...
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How do I prevent water from leaking down my chimney?

When it rains hard, I get a decent amount of water coming in through my chimney. Is this normal? What can I do to minimize this? It's a relatively new house; it has a guard on top, and the chimney ...
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Showerhead with “backflow prevention”

I bought this Delta showerhead almost a year ago. I remember the packaging mentioning a "backflow prevention" feature. Every time I turn off the faucet water streams from the area I've circle below, ...
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How can I get my sprinkler / home irrigation system to not ruin my car with water spots? [closed]

I have a sprinkler system (i.e. irrigation system) at home. Occasionally I park my car too close and it gets hit with the water. This causes horrible water spots. I've seen that some do-it-yourself ...
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What should I do about an overflowing septic system?

I noticed a small puddle in the backyard that remained even when it's dry out, and recently realized that it's probably the septic system overflowing. The tank was pumped 2 years ago and I don't think ...
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What could be the cause of a washing machine hose coming loose?

Ok, I'm not a rocket scientist but this has me stumped. I have a new hot water hose for my washing machine. I replaced the O-ring on the faucet side of the the connection, tightened and went to use. ...