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Water management and shed base for two sheds built against the houses on adjacent properties

This is a follow up for this question where I was asking for help on cutting in half and relocating a shed. The job is done and the result looks like this I have take the shed out of there in order ...
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GE Profile Refrigerator creating Ice and Water slowly

I have a GE Profile TPX24PRBP Side by Side refrigerator. Recently the ice maker stopped making ice. I noticed the ice-maker itself was not cycling and it was making a 1-sec whirring noise (like a gear ...
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Does siphoning through a garden hose to a basement make sense?

I'd like to drain some rainwater sitting on an in-ground pool cover. I siphoned the first few inches quite easily with one end at the street level—which, luckily, is a little lower than both the front-...
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What can I do about a window well that is filling up with water from below the surface?

I have 2 covered basement window wells on the side of my house. When it rains heavily, they fill up with water from beneath the surface. There are 4 downspouts from the gutters on our roof. They run ...
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What is the proper way to prevent water infiltration between exterior stairs and wall

My house has a full flight of poured concrete stairs (covered with decorative stone) that runs parallel to (and butts up against) an exterior wall. The interior wall had water stains at the basebord,...
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How to fix a poor plumbing installation resulting in severe odor problems?

After reading this related question and check that the wax seal is ok, I assume I have a problem with the trap, but where's the trap? The outline of the plumbing in my home (a bit simplified) is like ...
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Why will my pilot light on the gas water heater not stay lit for more than 15 minutes?

The pilot light went out on my gas water heater. I followed the instructions and had it lit three times now for about 15 minutes each time but it wont stay lit. Not sure what to do at this point?
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Can I split off a pipe to create an additional faucet in my basement?

I've been madly googling this question, but either this is not a thing anybody does or I can't find the words to express it well enough to get an answer. I have a home hydroponics setup for growing ...
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Hot water issues in apartment [duplicate]

We had changed the shower handle cartridge last year per a plumber's suggestion and it seemed to resolve the situation but apparently it didn't. Right now, for some strange reason, one fixture is ...
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Where's this water coming from?

The carpet outside the bathroom has two wet spots, as though water is seeping up from slab foundation. Cannot find any pipes leaking in bathroom, the spots are randomly positioned, about a foot into ...
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Hot water issues in the apartment and plumbers are stumped?

We have a unit upstairs in a 4-plex. The other units don't have any issues, but hot water recently stopped working in this apartment. Rarely water might get hot or warm but goes cold again. When the ...
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Water on construction site. Damage to bricks?

I managed to sneak on the construction site of my future apartment and noticed a large puddle of water where my apartment is. The first row of bricks is already wet as you can see in the picture. ...
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How to stop outside rainwater from coming in under the wall and through the concrete floor of my garage conversion?

I have got a problem with an attached garage converted den in a 1978 built brick home. The heavy spring rains are redirected to the two year old perforated drain system on the side of the house ...
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Run full load in washing machine, find water on floor by drain

It's a house new to us but 18 years old. We ran the washing machine for the first time with a full load and came back to find water around the drain pipe and on the floor. Makes sense that the drain ...
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Frigidaire Gallery water dispenser delay/stuck on

I'm a new father and I am trying to be the man of the house and fix my fridge. :-) Basically, the water dispenser will stick while we're using it. The lever doesn't stick, but the water will stay ...
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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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How can I prevent unpleasant smells and organisms in our water tank?

There is an 8000 liter water tank on top of my house which provides water for the house. Bacteria, fungi, algae, etc. often start developing in the tank, giving unpleasant smells, etc. The water is ...
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PVC Pipes And Pool Solar Heating Advice

We have a set of EnerSol solar panels (black water pipes) which are installed on the roof. Our pool pump sends water up to the panels via black PVC pipes. The water goes through the panels, warms ...
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Will a generic carbon filter reduce radon in my water?

The title pretty much says it all. Will a carbon filter like this help reduce radon in my water?
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What can cause copper pipe to corrode?

We have a corroded main water pipe that connects to a valve that goes into the house. The corroded pipe rises from the pave driveway and ends in a valve at the top. Here's a picture: The building ...
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Is using a globe valve on a water supply line a bad idea?

Our rented house has an individual plastic water tank to which the colony supplies water from their tanks regularly. The main water pipe fixed to the tank that comes from the colony had a ball valve (...
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Why is water oozing from tile shower floor non stop

Our home is 4 years old. From day one the shower has been a problem. It is ceramic tile. There were leaks inside and outside the shower and the pan apparently had a hole in it and was replaced. ...
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Water coming from the ground under the rear patio slab, but meter does not indicate a leak

About two months ago, after the first heavy rains of the season, we started noticing water coming from the ground under the rear patio slab. We have owned the home for 8+ years and never had an issue ...
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Does the pump for a water tank have to be next to the tank or some distance away?

Does the pump of a water tank have to be next to the water tank or can it be further down the line?
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Can I repair this crack in my sprinkler backflow preventer?

I have a crack in one part of my sprinkler backflow preventer/vacuum breaker. It looks a lot like this: Can I re-seal this crack? Or do I have to buy a whole new assembly?
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Water pipe extension to livestock corrals

I have horses and sheep that live about 100 feet from the main house/ outside water faucet. We want to install a pipe that allows access to the water down at the corrals, what sort of things should I ...
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Water dripping from Concrete slab

I am facing problem of water dripping in my bedroom from upstairs apartment from upstairs bathroom. However, upstairs neighbour never used his bathroom since last almost 1 year. How to find and What ...
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Capping a leaky outdoor faucet, good idea?

I have an old outdoor faucet that is leaking water. The switch of the water source is very old and hard to turn to stop the water supply to this faucet. I wonder if I can buy something to cap it to ...
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How can I fix a leaky tap (exterior of the house) that I can't turn off the water source?

I have a leaky tap that's dripping water. I saw many videos teaching people how to fix it. However, the first step always involves turning off the water source from the inside. I have two water ...
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Water tanks and pressure

My water filter system for my well was just replaced. Once replaced, water pressure increased dramatically. I noticed the pump started running constantly which it hadn't done before. Pressure gauge is ...
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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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Water on basement floor and attempting to fix with mortar?

I have waterproofed my basement completely for three sides (digging and using membrane and installing weeping tile), but for the remaining side which is a sidewalk, it would be too expensive to bust ...
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Higher waterpressure through one 40mm pipe or two 32mm pipes?

I have a small field I need to water, it is 100m away from my water outlet. My water pressure is somewhere around 1.5bar. I have two options to connect the sprinkler on the field: A. 40mm pipe (40mm ...
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Is this a workable water softener plan?

I'd like to install a water softener in my house. I have a good idea of what's required, but I'd like to know if I'm overlooking anything. I have city water coming into my basement through the floor ...
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Patching Fieldstone Foundaton?

This is partly an extension of a prior question I had: Field-stone Foundation on Top of Bedrock, Keep the Water Out? With grading and some tarps (which I plan on covering with gravel) I think I have ...
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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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High water pressure after water heater is turned on or water isn't used for a while

I recently noticed my bathroom sink leaking occasionally and when I turn on the water, the pressure was much stronger than normal at first and went back to normal after a short time of letting the ...
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Why is there still no hot water after installing new thermostats and elements?

I have just replaced both thermostats and elements in my whirlpool hot water heater. I have checked voltage on both elements. I have voltage at all 4 points. I read that it should only be one at a ...
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Does a reverse osmosis system drain constantly?

I have come across a pharmacy grade reverse osmosis filter system. I would like to install it in my kitchen but before I do, I need some questions answered. Does the system drain constantly or just ...
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Seized “ballofix” ball valve can't shut off water properly

I have a dripping shower/bath mixer tap (read "running hot water and rapidly getting worse") which I need to fix. I have found the water switch off valves for the apartment, but I cannot close them ...
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How to Get Water Filtered with Silver for a Student? [closed]

Student so I am searching for a low budget product but can 100-200 e if necessary. I did not find any good products in AliExpress. Now, I am considering the product here but it is rather expensive (...
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1/4 turn shutoff valve doesn't completely turn water off

My 1/4 shut off valve still allows a very small amount of water through when turned off. This valve controls a line that I need to disconnect while long term repairs are in effect and it effectively ...
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Running water in master shower causes guest bathtub spigot to drip

If this sounds familiar, I deleted my previous question cause I have more info that changes the facts. I noticed that my son's guest bathroom tub had a little water around the drain after I took a ...
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pump running little water going into tank

My well pump is running but water sounds like it is trickling into the tank. I have primed the pump and that appears to be fine. In fact,after running the pump for a little bit, when I go to remove ...
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How long should a blower and dehumidifier run in order to dry out ceiling boards and drywall?

I recently had a leak in a pipe in my ceiling. It was caught immediately and only soaked the floor below my bathroom, the floor boards and ceiling drywall in a small area. I had two air blowers and a ...
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If the iron levels in our home's water are too high, how do we adjust them?

Although I haven't tested the actual water quality in our house, we often get orange colored stains in toilets and around drains where water has evaporated - which I would assume are from high iron ...
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Water pressure in upstairs sink lost after turning off main line to fix shower

So yesterday I had to replace the handle on the shower-- and because I couldn't access the valve to the shower, I had to shut off the main valve to the entire house. I switched out the handle and ...
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Replace Toilet Water Supply Line

I'd like to replace this old toilet copper supply line with a more flexible braided supply line. The problem is that I can't find one with the right connection to the water supply valve. Current (...
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WIll electric pressure washer work with low water pressure?

I live in a 5th floor of a building that doesn't have strong water pressure. I remember that many years ago a cleaning group was going to pressure-wash the exterior of the building, but couldn't ...
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Vacationing - water heater off?

We're definitely not DIY-types in our household, so would love an answer from those who know the answer: We have a gas water heater in the basement, and will be traveling for over a month this summer. ...