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How can I add a carbonated water tap in my kitchen?

I love carbonated water, but am sick and tired of buying it in bottles. There are home water-carbonating appliances like SodaStream, but I prefer not to have another countertop appliance. Can I ...
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Master Shower Won't Get Hot Unless Another Faucet is Turned On

We have a brand new gas & electric water heater. Purchased in 2013. For some reason, when we turn on the hot water in the master shower, it only gets lukewarm unless one of the sink faucets is ...
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Is it more economical to use hot water before boiling or to bring cold water to a boil?

Since the arrival of our newborn, we have been using the stove to boil water in order to sterilize the nipples, bottles and rings. Which got me thinking, is it more economical to start off using hot ...
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How can I prevent spillage from my bathtub?

Let's set the scene: The horizontal surfaces of the bathtub in my apartment are flat. We have a double shower curtain (with the waterproof bit that hangs on the inside of the tub and the fabric bit ...
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Why is the water in my toilets orange?

My wife and I just moved in to a brand new house and have started to notice that the water in the toilets is an orange color, and is starting to leave stains in the bowl. After looking online briefly, ...
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Water won't come back on after turning main back on

I turned off the water at the main cutoff valve in the garage to replace the gaskets in a single handle shower faucet. I got it put back together but when I turned the water back on, I get nothing ...
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How can I add an ice maker water line?

I have the following setup with a T with a valve to an above sink water filter. The line from the T has one steel braided 3/8” line and goes up to the sink as 3/8”. The other is a thin PVC line ...
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How to fix a pinhole leak in water main inside my house?

I came home last night to find water on my basement floor. After looking around, I located a pinhole leak on the short segment of pipe coming into the house from the street. This is the one foot of ...
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What causes a water heaters relief valve to discharge water?

I have a Gas Reliance Water Heater 1212. I found recently (in winter) there is a water dip through the relief valve into a 5 gallon bucket. Sometimes, it can fill the whole bucket. Sometimes, it has ...
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How can I figure out which valves should be open?

Just had my DE filter replaced with a cartridge filter. The pipes going to the motor have three valves. Since the replacement I am losing water and can't remember which of the valves should be open ...
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Persistent sewage smell coming from basement drain

I've recently purchased a house and am now learning all the ins and outs of home maintenance. This summer, I've noticed that I have a very smelly basement drain. Particularly, it smells like sewage. ...
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What are the differences between Single Stage, Dual Stage and Reverse Osmosis Under Sink Water Filters?

I'm looking to buy and install an under sink water filter - How do Single Stage, Dual Stage and Reverse Osmosis types compare? Comparing: Taste/Odor Contaminants Removed Filter ...
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Installing water softener outside or inside? Already have“Easy Water” device. Does that change water hardness grains entered into new water softener?

We live in Florida and have had white crusty buildup for years in our dishwasher and on our shower heads and faucets and in washing machine. 3 years ago we bought an "Easy Water" thing for $300 and it ...
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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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Rainwater Collection / Pond Water Storage (Tower) Support Question

I am planning to build a *water tower for garden irrigation. I live in NC and have a 45'x70' garden so this time of year I need a considerable amount of water. Given how little rain we've been ...
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When to turn on the water for my washing machine?

I recently moved into an apartment which has, separate from the sink, a faucet that looks like this: . (The water flow begins when the handle is turned counter clockwise) I'm a beginner in home ...
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Possible causes for sound of water running through house pipes when water is off?

We recently moved back into our beach house after hurricane Sandy. During the storm repair the lower level was rebuilt including moving a bathroom and moving the house valve (only a few feet). We ...
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How can I tap an unused well for outdoor watering?

I own the lot next to our house. We had a well drilled, thinking we would build there. Plans changed and now it just sits. The plan now is to plant about 100 trees. Is there a way to tap that well for ...
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hoses instead of pipes

Quick question that came to my mind earlier today: When installing a water system (concealed installation), why does one use pipes. It seems to me that hoses would be easier to install, more flexible ...
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How can I stop my Kenmore refrigerator water filter inlet from leaking when the filter is removed?

How do I stop the leak at refigerator in grille water filter site? My Kenmore side by side water system is leaking at the site of the water filter when I removed the filter because of whole house ...
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How to get limestone out of water?

I moved into a new place, the tap water here is good except for massive amounts of limestone. Within a week every pot i have has formed a layer that takes half an hour of scrubbing to get off. It's ...
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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 to be used to ...
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Repairing cracked fiberglass pool steps

I have a roughly 6" crack on one of my top fiberglass pool steps that slowly allows the water level to drain below the optimal level for the skimmer. I've found some years old suggested techniques ...
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How do I shut off the water to my apartment?

I live in a unit in Sydney Australia, I am trying to figure out how to turn off my water so that I can replace the washers on the taps in the basin. Is this possible so that I don't disturb my ...
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What could cause my water to taste metallic after a water filter cartridge was changed?

About 20 years ago, we remodeled our home and had two water filters installed (downstairs and upstairs). They are stainless steel enclosures with carbon block filter cartridges inside. The brand is ...
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Basement subfloor, how exactly should I do it?

I am finishing a basement with my father and want to put in a subfloor. I know if there was ever enough water I would probably have to replace the floor anyways but want to give myself a couple inches ...
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Basement Subfloor for Moisture Problems

I have a slight moisture problem in the basement. During really torrential rainstorms of 5+ inches of rain, sometimes water seeps up though the concrete floor in the basement. I'm looking at ...
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What is causing my gas water heater to squeal?

I have a gas water heater. Starting yesterday, when the flame is on, the unit makes a squealing noise of moderate volume. The noise stops immediately when the flame turns off. This means it is not ...
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Need a water sensor/switch for basement that I can interface to a PC [closed]

What I want is something that detects the presence of water, and sends a signal. It will be used to detect when the main drain in the basement gets clogged so that I can take preventative measures ...
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Will I need a water softener after neutralizing my well water

My spring water gets stored in a concrete cistern in the cellar. It's measuring around 6.0 pH with hardness is around 100 ppm /6 grains/gallon according to the test strips. I get blue staining in ...
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Can the adjusting screw and nut for a water pressure reducing valve be replaced?

The adjusting screw of a water pressure reducing valve appears to be corroded, so can it be replaced?
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What would cause the water pressure to be too high for just a second?

Lately when I turn on any faucet in my house the water comes rushing out at about twice the normal pressure for about half a second and then drops to normal pressure. I am worried the pressure is ...
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What are these two pipes coming out of the house?

I am trying to figure out the purpose of a couple of pipes that are currently coming out of the house. First, a couple of notes: One-story house. HVAC system is in the attic. It is winter here. ...
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Can I reduce capacity of a cold water heater?

I recently purchased a large fixer upper with a 135 gallon AO smith gas water heater built in 2001. Only two people are living in the house so we need a fraction of that amount. Do water heaters ...
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Why would a lawn irrigation pipe slope down to nothing and just end?

In my lawn sprinkler system, one of the PVC lines starts off at a normal depth around 6 inches but slopes down and ends up 2 feet down and leads to nothing. The pipe just ends, not even capped off. It ...
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How can I stop loud rushing water sounds when we flush?

Whenever we flush or turn on the two outdoor faucets, the sound of rushing water in the pipes is unbearable. If we open any other faucet in the house the sound of rushing water is normal, but flush ...
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How to identify location of intermittent water leak?

In the master-bath I have an over-sized tub and separate glass shower stall that are right next to each other, both on-top of sub-flooring / a crawl space. (Crawl space is because house is built into ...
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Can I run 2 well tanks from 1 well

I have a detached garage that is in between the well and the house. As it stands, the tank in the house is not sufficient for watering the lawn, and so I would like to get a bigger one anyhow. Since ...
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We have a Chromalox EDB-20-1 hot water furnace, and it sounds like a flowing stream whenever the water flows through the house

The pressure is fine (15 psi) and it heats the house fine. I would think the water needs topping up except for the fact the pressure is optimal. Any thoughts on what I can check/do? The sound is ...
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Where is the pressure vacuum breaker typically located in a lawn irrigation system?

Where is the pressure vacuum breaker (or other backflow device) typically installed in a lawn irrigation system? Does it matter, as long as it is before the first sprinkler head? Or does it have to be ...
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noisy box gutter

I have just had a conservatory built and the noise when it rains is horrible, like a river, and then constant sound of dripping after, is this normal, I have a hedgehog installed but still can hear ...
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Are “1/4 turn” water supply valves more reliable than “multi-turn” valves? Or vice-versa?

Aside from personal preference, is there any reason why I would want to buy a "1/4 turn" water supply valve instead of "multi-turn valves"? Is one technology/design clearly superior than the other in ...
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How should I prepare this compression fit copper tube for use again?

(Apologies in advance folks - I'm new to compression fit connections so I suspect this is an obvious question). I'm preparing to reconnect an old copper tube to my water supply line and refrigerator ...
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What specific fitting do I need to connect a 1/4“ copper refrigerator water tube to a 3/4” steel water line that's already in use?

I recently bought a new refrigerator (Samsung RF263BEAESR) and am trying to connect it to my house's water supply line (under the kitchen sink). The prior owner of the house ran a copper line from ...
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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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Shower temp fluctuates

I have a single shower controller and the water temp fluctuates. It has a rubber bulb cartilage. What is this bulb called and where can I get one? I cant find a manufactures name on it.
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water drainage and maybe mold problem

I recently moved into a home that has a water run off from rains etc problem that was not evident when purchasing. We have graded the rear yard and put in catch basins and tiles to keep water from ...
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On demand water heater using a propane tank

I have a single wide trailer. (The main gas line blew out the back and is under code so $4,000.00 to fix it plus permits because the main need to be moved from under the Trailer). I would like to ...
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how do I build a 7 to 9 inch high water dam?

how do I build a 7 to 9 inch high water dam? In wet weather, water gets into my house. I need to create a berm of earth that will be grass covered, and it should also have a water barrier to keep the ...
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Is it possible to use a hot water recirculation pump with a PEX home run system?

I am interested in getting a hot water recirculation pump installed so that I can get hot water faster to each of my faucets. From looking at the picture and researching I believe I have PEX in a ...