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My hot water stopped working in one bathroom, what can I try in order to fix it?

I have an electric water heater from 2004. The hot water works in all other areas of my house (kitchen, other bathroom and washing machine). The sinks and shower in my master bathroom are not ...
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How can I boost the water pressure in my shower?

How can I boost the water pressure in my shower? I found a few shower heads online that say they can boost water pressure. Is this possible?
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Periodic surging sound from plumbing

There is a surging sound coming from the plumbing between the water main and hot water tank in my house. It has a beat, with a period of about 1 second. It sounds sort of like the lines are ...
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Dehumidifier - proper drain technique/setup?

I have a dehumidifier in my crawlspace draining into the kitchen drain pipe. The hose recently became plugged, and I think it was due to gunk growing and filling the hose from the kitchen drain. Is ...
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How far is it recommended for pipework to be from electrical sockets and switches?

I need to know when radiator pipes are buried into wall,how far are legal requirements stating pipes need to be from electrical sockets and switches? also what is the minimal depth an internal ...
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Tankless hot water heater cycles on without any water running

Why does the tankless hot water heater cycle on even when no water is running?
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Keeping water out of basement?

So I'm a recent home owner (2 months now). I live in Massachusetts and given the storm that just rolled through, I found water in my basement. Not a scary amount. I was able to mop most of it up. I ...
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Mysterious Ceiling Damage

About 5 years ago I noticed the paint chipping on the ceiling around the chimney that vent my furnace and water heater so I hired a guy to replace the flashing around the chimney. Since then I've ...
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High Water Bill - No Leaks

Four months ago I moved into a house built about 10-11 years ago. With our first water bill, billed semi-monthly, we were billed a usage of 3750 gallons. Our next bill showed a usage of 9100 gallons. ...
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Is there a leak or no leak?

The faucet in the kitchen with cold water starts up somewhat warm and then turns cold. The hot water is hot right away. I used to wait a little bit before it turns hot. A spot in my tiled floor is a ...
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Sump Pump Vs. Radon mitigation?

I have a full basement in a cold climate (North Dakota). The previous owner had a raw hole broken out of the cement floor that must have served as an emergency sump pump hole. We haven't had water ...
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Spa pump wont run when in spa

Spa pump motor won't run when its in the spa. I removed the pump and ran power to it and it runs fine. Also, with the pump removed, turned on spa jets and no problems. So, re-installed the pump and ...
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How do I fix a water pipe leak?

My dog has a leash that is by our back porch. About 3 feet over, there's a pipe that goes into the ground. One day she got her leash wrapped around it and started pulling at it. Ever since then, ...
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What can one do with shower water?

A relative is rebuilding his bathroom. Since he has a garden and he is all about "thinking green" he was wondering if he could use the shower water (or any other) in any way, like water plants. I ...
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Outer brickwork wet and stained.

Hi, I'm in the process of being my first Home here in the uk. I walked past my potential property and noticed this on the exterior wall. This is a three storey house with bathrooms on all floors. ...
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Should I turn power to the leaking water heater off along with the water?

Water heater is leaking so we turned off the water to it. Should we shut off the power too until it's fixed?
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Fixing Old Leaky Faucet - Handles won't budge

I've been tolerating a small leak for a while in our bathroom, but it's started to get bad enough that it needs fixing. While I was hoping I could just pop out the handles and replace an old O-ring ...
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How to pump water from two cisterns with one pump

I live in Mexico where we get city water two or three times a week which is stored in our small cistern. I want to add a second cistern and use the same pump for both to send water to the house. The ...
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Maximum height of hand-shaped concrete curb?

I need to guide water flow at the end of my driveway (see this question). My plan is to put in a concrete curb or hump to guide the water. I've gone all over the map in thinking of how to build it, ...
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Wood Counter Top Damage

I have a wood countertop w/ dark water stain damage, I'm looking for ways to fix. I tried sanding and it just made the area around the stain lighter.
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odor in water on cold water side only just in bathroom

i have the same problem one faucet in bath room cold side only has smell for few seconds after turning on cold water, hot water is just fine no odor. i have well water well dug around 1965 approx. 60 ...
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Will this shower trim work with my existing setup?

So I'm looking to replace my shower trim/handle, and I'm wondering if the new trim (2nd picture) is compatible with my existing setup. If it is compatible, what would I have to do to install the new ...
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sudden increase in water pressure but decrease in temperature

Our water pressure used to be just ok, but temperature (hot water) is good. Couple nights ago when I turned on the shower, suddenly I heard a 'bang' sound. But the water pressure has increased so I ...
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Enclosure for whole house water filter

I plan to install a whole house water filter system. I will buy the cartridges separately and have a plumber hook it up. I don't want to trench from one end of the house to the other to put them on ...
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How to fix outdoor faucet drip when indoor shut off is off

I just noticed that my outdoor faucet has a slow drip. I checked the indoor shut off and it is closed tight. What could be causing the problem and how would I fix it? I don't know how long the drip ...
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Sink Supply Line

I have a new sink in my laundry room that has cold and hot water supply lines going to it. I have verified that both of the shutoff valves are working correctly and water is coming out when they are ...
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shower shock,when hot or cold water is used in other parts of house

our 2 showers, we can't run any other hot or cold water without get extreme hot or cold differentials while in the shower.bought house last year,built in 1985.
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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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Will a short length of smaller size pipe affect flow rate or pressure?

Today a contractor installed a water line from the main to my house. During the tie in, the pipe continued to leak. The fitting thread was found to be defective, so the contractor placed 3/4 line ...
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Water softener brine tank into floor/ground?

Can the brine tank from a water softener be installed into the slab of my basement floor? Are there tanks designed for this, so that only the lid is exposed above the slab?
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Use a sump pump for a low spot on driveway during El Nino?

I live in Los Angeles, where generally we don't get much rain, but maybe a good rain storm once or twice a year. (Usually a short one, under 30 minutes.) We purchased a house a few years ago & ...
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Why does my shower water temperature creep up?

My shower water temperature reaches what feels like an early plateau (warm enough to get in), but then continues to get warmer at the same handle position for the next 3-5 minutes. The obvious ...
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toliet has been flooding my home 3 rooms have been effected it has happen 3 times now

septic tank and my toilet has been releasing water from the base , we changed out the ring already and it was completely worn down and broken , right now we have to keep the water to fill tank shut ...
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When to use drop ears + nipples, and when to not?

So I know enough to use brass when using nipples on water supply lines (especially if they consist of copper and copper fittings). However it isn't clear to me when it is best to use nipples and when ...
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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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Should there be standing water in the drain pipe under my second floor shower?

When we put a tile floor in the shower we use a drain with a strainer. Screwing the strainer off to replace, I found 3"of standing water at the bottom of the pipe. There was a little ring of mold on ...
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Will the water heater be damaged if its turn off and on?

Is it ok to turn off water heater when no one is home or using the water?
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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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Can fiberglass insulation cause leaks?

I've recently bought a 100 year old wood frame house from a DiY guy who took decent care of the place. He didn't put any insulation in the attic though and my home inspector said insulation is a great ...
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How do I eliminate stagnant water caused by central A/C draining outside?

So I just moved into a new house in NC that I am renting. The house has central A/C which is great, but because there is no basement so there is no basement drain. So the A/C expels the water into the ...
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Why is my electric water heater making an intermittent groaning noise?

My 8 year old electric water heater started to make a strange rattling noise a couple of weeks ago. The noise happens at random and lasts for only a few minutes. Short bursts of noise about a minute ...
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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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is it ok to feed wasted water from water softener into a septic tank system, how long will it take to start noticing

i am thinking on installing a water softener in my house where i have a septic tank to handle waste water,will the septic system be affected by the water of the water softener, and what will happen to ...
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How do I use both hard and soft water when I have a water softener installed?

I moved into a house constructed in year 2000 that already has an Ionics Hydro 5000 water softener installed. The old owner never left a manual and I couldn't find a manual online, so I'll voice my ...
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How can I drain water from the area between a concrete walkway and the side of the house?

We had a walkway by the side of the house made of wood, after years of constant repairing the walkway because of decay wood we decided to do the walk way in concrete. Problem now is when it rains the ...
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standing water with no run off [duplicate]

we had a walkway by the side of the house made of wood, after years of constant repairing the walkway because of decay wood we decided to do the walk way in concrete. Problem now is when it rains the ...
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Extending Length of Air Conditioning Drain Pipe

I live in a multi apartment building. All the neighbors has AC. Many AC's has condensation drainage pipes which descent into the common garden and are cut at about two meters above ground. Others are ...
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Question about end caps on Pex lines for Washer in new house

I just purchased a new home and the washer and dryer are in the basement, I plan to learn how to run pex soon although only know a little about it now. I went to go hookup my washer today and there ...
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Excessive Water Running Alert (Left the Hose On)

We are designing a rain water collection system involving 27,500 gallons of tank storage that will serve to replace a dried up well for the whole house needs. Accidentally leaving a hose running ...