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Killing mold IN drywall using Borax solution - what now?

My family is renovating an apartment and someone thought there was mold inside some drywall that showed water stains from when there was a leak in upstairs apartment. This person prepared a Borax ...
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How do I disconnect (and reconnect) the tubing from this fitting?

The plastic tubing supplying filtered water to our refrigerator currently runs below a suspended ceiling. I want to reroute it above. How do I disconnect it without damage from either the union or ...
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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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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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Water Damage on Ceiling of Shower

Today I noticed that a good little chunk of my ceiling in my bathroom had fallen into the bath tub. It appears to be some water damage, though the only thing above the ceiling is an attic that I'm ...
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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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Retrofitting drip edges with a wooden spacer?

I'm preparing to install gutters, but I've noticed that rain just flows down my fascia boards. I anticipate having a problem with water going behind the gutters. I saw this Q&A, but the solution ...
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How to prevent heavy rainwater from jumping the gutter?

During heavy rain, the water collects from my second floor roof and runs onto the first floor roof as it should. The problem is that since all this water is now concentrated from the second floor ...
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Fixtures will not run hot water unless another fixture is on

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. Sometimes water might get warm but goes cold again. When the ...
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Cloudy water with a whole house filter that was installed in 2002?

We installed a whole house filter in the house. It is a one unit that include water softener in it. There are times when the water comes out cloudy or grey(very dark). What causes the water to have ...
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How do I know if a house built in 1940 in Ontario, Canada has lead pipes?

The current owner does not know but does this province have any laws regarding health issues from drinking water from old pipe systems or that they should be replaced? In the old days pipes were lead ...
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Fountain maintenance / Repair

I have an outdoor in-ground concrete fountain. How can you tell if water is evaporating fast or if I have a leak? I do not see any visible cracks in the concrete basin. However, water seems to ...
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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 pressure totally gone after turning off to repair

We turned our water main off and on repeatedlly and now all pressure is gone. Help please.
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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How to clarify and remove green tint to an in ground pool

I recently opened my in ground pool two weeks ago. The volume of the pool is approximately 20,000 gallons. The pool water has a greenish tint and the water appears cloudy. I have used a automatic ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Water coming in around foundation when it rains

My home was built in the 1980s. I live in Oklahoma. Last month with all the rains I started getting water coming in and soaking carpets I have a slab foundation. I pulled the carpet up no cracks. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Plumbing problems - bath and dishwasher

In shower, hot water doesn't work (no water at all comes out when handle turned to hot side) yet cold water works well - this is in guest bath. Hot and cold works at sink in same bath. Master bath - ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...