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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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Do I need a regulator to connect a tankless water heater to a 20 lb. propane tank?

I am going to hook a tankless water heater to a 20lb propane tank. Do I need a regulator coming off of the propane tank?
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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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Why might our washing machine cause our clothes to smell damp when dry?

Recently we've noticed that our clothes smell damp once dried. It doesn't matter if we tumble-dry them, hang them outside or hang them indoors. This leads me to believe it's our washing machine. We ...
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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 ...
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Water seeping through stained concrete in slab foundation - during heavy rain only

I bought a house in north Dallas, about a year ago, the house was built in 2000 and it is a single story house. There were no problems reported or found during the inspection for the foundation or the ...
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Solution for A/C Condensate Drain Line that doesn't require emptying a bucket of water every day?

I have a split A/C system in a room that runs on low 24 hours a day during Summer that unfortunately cannot be connected to any drain or pipe and which therefore requires a bucket outside to be used ...
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Solution for A/C Condensate Drain Line when it is not possible to drain it elsewhere? [duplicate]

I have a split A/C system in a room that runs on low 24 hours a day during Summer that unfortunately cannot be connected to any drain or pipe and which therefore requires a bucket to be used to ...
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How can I mask water damaged ceiling drywall with faux painting?

My tub upstairs leaked a large portion of water directly above the middle of the kitchen ceiling. The ceiling drywall doesn't have a hole in it, and the paint isn't bubbling. However after I fixed the ...
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Is it possible to collect rain water from a roof for drinking use?

For a re-roofing or new build, I was pondering the possibility of capturing and purifying water for drinking use. Are there good examples of this? What roofing materials should be used or avoided? ...
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Storm drain sizing for gutters and driveway runoff

I have about 1200sq feet of my roof going through two gutters on one side of my house which empty the water on the lawn. I also have a driveway and front yard that slope down towards my house (this ...
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Will it affect the water pressure if a 3/4“ meter is installed on a 1 1/2” water line?

We have a 1.5" water main line coming into our house (inside the house piping is 3/4" or less). We are on a small private water district and the administrator of the well district wants to put in a ...
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Refrigerator is not making ice or serving water

UPDATE 3 I replaced the water filter with a brand new one from Home Depot. When I went to dispense water, about 1/2 a cup came out. That's the first time any water has come out of the dispenser. Over ...
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Extra unattached copper line under bathroom sink

So the bathroom sink has three lines underneath, all with shutoffs. Hot, cold, and another cold line. The second cold line is unused and older (it's copper, appears to be 3/8). Edit for ...
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Installing a sump pump to reduce relative air humidity

I have a damp basement. There are really no big water issues because the house sits on sloped terrain, it's just damp and musty. I've been running a de-humidifier, but that doesn't seem to be taking ...
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Can (and should) I replace the hose connecting a cold water expansion vessel to the cold water supply myself?

We recently had a small flood in our apartment. I found that the metal-sheathed rubber hose connecting the cold water supply to the blue cold water expansion vessel had a wide split in it. The water ...
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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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Do external faucets have an indoor shutoff valve somewhere indoors?

Spring is here! So I decided to see if I could draw some water for watering the plants outside and... no water and no pressure at my outside faucet. I just bought my house (1948 victory house in ...
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One shower runs out of water in 7min.. Other stays hot forever!

I live in an apartment complex where the rooms/bathrooms are identical, and there is one gas water heater for each unit. My shower will stay hot as long as I want it to, but my roommate has to rush ...
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Why does the shower get cold when I flush, and how can I prevent it?

When the shower is running and someone flushes a toilet, why does the shower get cold (or sometimes hot) in some houses, but not others? More importantly, would fixing that require replacing the ...
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Are my basement walls sweating?

Portions of my basement wall are darker and appear to be wet, but to the touch they are just slightly cooler. I took a few pictures to show. The pattern of the darker areas is strange in some places ...
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Could my water heater be causing an electric system failure?

My water heater, a Styleboiler VF 100 SE (1200W), has never had any problem. Recently I bought an electricity timer plug (up to 3500W) to put its plug into, in order to dose the amount of electricity ...
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Sump with no pump!

A rainy month and water in the crawlspace: It's was an unusually wet April where I live. I went into my crawlspace last week to change the filter on the A/C and found water. The crawlspace is ...
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Why is there water in my washing machine barrel some time after a load?

I have a frigidaire front load washing machine, and we are finding a few inches of water in the barrel after running a load, but not right away -- it takes at least 1/2 an hour before the water ...
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Causes of hot water flashes?

I would like to learn more about possible causes of hot water flashes. More specifically when I shower, the water often (seemingly randomly) turns pretty hot for about 3 seconds and then goes back to ...
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Why would my well water cut off for 30 minutes before working again?

I live in a area where I have to use well water and I have a well house that runs to my home. The water work with great pressure for a while, and then suddenly stops and takes 30 minutes to come back ...
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Concerns about broken washer found in water supply

Today I've notice black particles in the water from a faucet. Upon removing the aerator, I noticed chunks of plastic nearly clogging it. It appears to be from a washer. I don't know where it comes ...
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Can running both elements of a water heater at the same time increase pressure?

Hot water in an aptartment complex where I am the service electrician is running out because they only put 30 gallon heaters in. Their plumber told the owners to hook up the elements so they run at ...
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dyeing grey water, standerds for how much dye to use

I am looking into grey water systems for a future house. In the course of researching, I learned that in states that have adopted the International Plumbing Code, you can use the water for flushing ...