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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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How do I get acceptable water pressure when using two faucets on my 1/2" water main?

I have a 1/2" water main entry, and if I open water in 2-3 places in the house, the water pressure is very low. How can I fix this?
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Expanssion Vessel Pressure

In the house where I live (two-storied building), we have a problem with water pressure. The pressure in the water mains is OK, it is ~ 4.3 bar, but the pipe that brings water to our house is simply ...
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Water from bathroom faucet smells like rotten eggs

The sink is in the powder room on the main floor of our house. When I turn the water on it is fine for a few seconds then it smells horribly for about 3-4 more seconds then it is back to normal. It is ...
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Is there a way to fix a small water leak in a PVC pipe from inside the pipe?

The PVC evacuation pipe from my toilet is leaking a little bit. The part of the pipe that is leaking is buried inside concrete. I am trying to find a way to fix the leak from inside the pipe, that is ...
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When do galvanized pipes in NYC residential water delivery pipes need to be upgraded?

It was suggested that I ask here. Some residential properties in New York City still have galvanized pipes for the inlet water line. Since heavy metals from the galvanization can leach into the ...
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What pumps necessary for this proposed well water plan?

My first question here. I like this site and the people who answer, thanks in advance. Some background: 1) This is for a project in the rural Philippines. As a practical matter there are no codes, ...
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Compatibility of aluminum fittings with brass rough-in valve

I am wanting to add a permanent electronic temperature sensor to a brass rough-in shower valve. For this particular rough-in valve, I can thread a thermowell into the outlet that is normally used for ...
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Water Noise When Radon Fan is On

I've got a radon fan installed in my basement, but no sump pump. Starting a few days ago, I've started hearing a constant gurgling or bubbling sound from a basement wall that is 15 feet from where ...
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Do I need to replace the thermal expansion tank when replacing a water heater?

I'm considering replacing my water heater. My existing heater has an expansion tank attached to the top; should I look into replacing that at the same time or is the life expectancy on those longer?
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Mix a bag of 25KG self-leveling concrete with 6L of water?

I bought a 24L bucket to fit the mix of 25KG of self-leveling concrete (Thomsit DD+) and 6L of water. Now, visually inspecting the thing, I can't really tell if it's large enough to handle the amount. ...
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Sprinkler Box Drainage

Photos & more explanation here: Sprinkler System Album Installed Box w/ Description I recently paid a lawncare company to move my sprinkler box ... I was busy with work, patio was being ...
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Protecting a stone retaining wall from water running down it

I have stone-and-cement retaining walls on two sides of my sloped driveway; they're new, and have cement caps. There's a long wall on the side of the driveway that's sloped about 1:20, and at the ...
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Why does my water softener make the water smell like Iron and taste like salt?

We just moved into a three year old home. The house was empty for nine months and the water was shut off. During closing, we turned the water on and ran it for about twenty minutes before doing the ...
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Why is the water from my tankless water heater lukewarm?

My tankless water heater works but the water is lukewarm. We have a circulation pump . When we screw the top screw of the pump and cut on and off the cut off valve near pump, the hot water starts ...
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How do I turn on my Nelson Turf Water irrigation system after it has been winterized?

Not sure how to complete this. Have a Nelson Turf Irrigation system and Carson Water Irrigation boxes in ground but how do I restart this after it has been winterized?
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Water heater burner won't stay lit

I'm having trouble keeping my water heater burner lit or lighting automatically. When I press the pilot reset button (allows a small flow to generate the pilot light) and use the piezo sparker, it ...
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What can I do about a window well that is filling up with water from the bottom up?

I have 2 covered basement window wells on the side of my house. When it rains heavily, they fill up with water from the bottom up. There are 4 downspouts from the gutters on our roof. They run into ...
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Concrete brick patio, -how do I temporarily divert the water around a raised deck post?

I am trying to fix a wet wall problem that appeared due to a incorrectly built patio. I am now trying to fix the under the raised deck area where the patio settled Currently the water is converging ...
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Connect 1/2“ supply line to 3/8” outer diameter faucet line

I bought from Home Depot a Glacier faucet that comes with 3/8 inch O.D. supply tubes. The supply lines from the wall have an outer diameter of 1/2 inches though. How do I connect the two? This ...
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Can I install a backflow preventer for a frostless hydrant on well?

I notice when I turn my frostless hydrant off with the hose connected, it siphons most if not all water from the hose. I am worried of potential plastic chemicals in the hose after it sits out in the ...
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What could be causing water pressure drop with sprinklers?

My first issue is that when the sprinklers come on, there is a significant drop in water pressure in the sink, shower, etc. I checked the sprinkler lines and there are no obvious leaks (i.e. holes in ...
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Spigot replaced with ball valve- now the water gets out like from a water cannon…why?

I just replaced an outdoor spigot with a ball valve. Now when I open the valve the water comes out with a huge pressure...do you know why ? When I had the spigot in place that one provided a much ...
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How can I clean hard water buildup from pipes?

I've basically confirmed that my overall plumbing problems are down to hard water buildup. My softener has been out of action for about a month or two (waiting on a part), so I have at least that much ...
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Does water in the water heater drip pan mean my heater is bad?

I recently noticed my drip pan had about a half-inch of water in it. I could find no water leaks around the fittings or valves. The water is slowly evaporating--very dry climate area--and the water ...
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Replacing leaking Scalemaster scale inhibitor

I've just discovered that my "Scalemaster Electrolytic Speedfit Scale Inhibitor" has a pin prick leak in it. This device is sat between a copper pipe going to the combi boiler (I have assumed) I've ...
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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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Is there an alternative to a self-piercing saddle valve for a humidifier?

I bought and installed a whole home humidifier. The humidifier is located in my attic connected to the air exchanger. The Self-Piercing Saddle Valve is located there as well to draw water to the ...
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Will my french drain clog/erode my soil if the pipe has holes on top?

Yesterday, I bought some piping at Home Depot for my french drain project. The solid pipe looked good with the proper alignment of holes. However, I needed flexible piping due to the nature of my ...
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How can I adjust the temperature of my hot water?

I live in California and the winter has been a lot warmer than expected. I would like to decrease the water temperature in my home to try to save money and conserve energy. How do I do this?
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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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Metals in pool turn water green after adding shock, what's the solution?

Our pool hasn't been opened in 4 years. We are finally in the process of resurrecting it from the dead, and have spent a lot of elbow grease (and tears) to get it to the point its currently at. Last ...
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How can I stop a stainless steel drinking water tank from leaking?

I have stainless steel drinking water tank that is leaking from the weldings (few pin holes). What is the best way to stop these leaks, without draining the tank? Welding could be option but I have ...
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Why would I have little to no water pressure after reopening the main water valve?

I had turned off the main in my basement today so I could replace a couple of leaky valves in my basement bathroom and under my upstairs kitchen sink. turned on all the valves and opened up the main. ...
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Breaker box location in same room as water heater, washer and dryer

We are remodeling and need to know if the breaker box, hot water heater, washer and dryer can be in the same small room
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Water Leaking behind wall between tile and Tub

I remodeled my bathroom a few years back and put in a new tub and tiled the rest of the walls from the tub up. I used Durrock for the backer for the tile. I just found that my tub is leaking water ...
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Can I run PEX through PVC pipe embedded in a concrete floor with radiant heating?

I'm building a new home in New York State. It will be slab on grade with radiant heat in floor. I'm going to run the domestic water supply (PEX tube) to each bathroom, sinks, toilets etc. in the ...
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How should I drain water from a basement dehumidifier?

Our basement has had difficulty with water in the past, from intrusions through the side (fixed by gutters) and chimneys (fixed by chimney caps). Most recently, however, water has been collecting on ...
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Installing the new “crate” type of soakaway

I have 2 problems which, hopefully, can both be solved at once. One part of my garden is about 25 centimetres lower than the rest. Consequently, when we get heavy, persistent rain, that part of the ...
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How do I prevent water from streaming into my driveway?

Here's pictures of what's happening - taken yesterday (June 1st 2015). I'm struggling with water drainage problems on this old gravel driveway. When it rains - all the water streams from ...
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How can I paint concrete blocks without trapping moisture?

I have a shed/laundry that is a separate building from my house. It's made of concrete blocks sitting on top of a poured concrete slab. Currently the inside is bare, which is dark and drab. I want 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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Correct piping for summer water supply outdoors?

I have a summer cottage, which is not used in winter, when the temperatures can drop to -20C (-4F) and lower. Currently for water supply there is some existing ~7-9m (29ft) driven well (I hope ...
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How to remove broken threaded water pipe

The pipe connecting my shower head to the wall has broken off. I removed the head and tried to remove the theaded pipe but the potruding metal broke off completely. Is there anyway to remove the part ...
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Well pump runs constantly; Pressure tank doesn't fill

I have a well and pressure tank (Well-X-Trol WX-250). Upon troubleshooting low water pressure in our home, I discovered that our pressure tank is never filling and our well pump is running ...
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Inserting a connecting threaded water plastic pipe between two fixed ends

Newbie to plumbing here so please excuse the question if it does not make sense! This morning I removed a length of threaded plastic water pipe that was connected to an elbow at one end and to a "T" ...
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Hot water pipe sticking up in back yard?

Found that a copper pipe coming out of ground in back yard is the Hot Water pipe for the house. Turn on the Hot Water, the pipe gets hot. It is sticking up out of the ground and think this is NOT ...
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What kind of chlorine solution do I use in water treatment system?

We recently bought a house in which the previous owner had installed a Culligan softener system with not only brine and resin tanks but also a chlorine tank with a pump. There isn't a Culligan ...
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Buying a House On Underground Spring. What to do?

My fiancé and I are under contract on a new home which we are concerned it might be built on an underground spring. There are two sump pumps in the house, on opposite corners of the house. Both times ...
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Connecting water to outside hose bibb

My house is missing a hose bibb at the front of the house, there are two all the way in the back of the house. To get water to the front of the house (for watering my lawn and washing my car), I have ...