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How to fix a faucet that drips unless we turn it extremely tightly?

We started to notice that the hot water bathroom sink faucet still drips after we turn it with the normal amount of force, but if we twist it harder it would stop. This problem exacerbated and it ...
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Can you have more than one pump system running off of the same cistern tank?

Basically can you tap into an existing supply line with a separate pump and pressure tank with out losing prime on either?
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Is it possible to have cold water in the hot water line without a water heater?

While building my home, my original plumber has cold water running through both hot and cold lines in absence of a water heater. Now that I'm ready to install a water heater, Im getting an inflow of ...
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How to install rain screen over split face block to stop leaks?

I own a condo in Chicago and am facing water issues due to the single wythe use of split face block(SFB). My window sills were always wet so I pulled off the drywall and saw that the insulation and ...
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Splicing mesh plumbing pipe

I installed a new faucet. I replaced the old PVC pipe that connected the faucet to the water line with the supplied pipe. The supplied pipes are not PVC. They're instead covered in some kind of ...
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How to lay heat cable (de-icing cable)?

The issue I'm having is that ice builds up on the lower roof, creating a dam. The upper attic is double insulated, but is exposed to sun throughout the day. The lower roof (next to the sidewall) ...
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Water infiltration between basement “bulkhead door” enclosure and concrete foundation?

I've got a fairly common below-grade basement door setup; a doorway thru the poured basement wall into a space enclosed with cemented cinder blocks and a roughly poured floor, containing wooden stairs ...
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Water leak between sill and concrete pad

I'm repairing a three season room. I took it down to the studs, put in new sill plates and sliding glass doors. For the sill I put down Protecto wrap, latex caulk, a pressure treated 2x4 and secured ...
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Hot water in showers gets very hot when other hot water is turned on

This symptom is opposite of what you might expect. House has two showers and one gas water heater. First, if hot water at either shower is turned on all the way, you get comfortably warm water, but if ...
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Radiator malfunction

I have a 3 story, 100 year old house with original hot water radiators and modern furnace. I have never done any preventative maintenance such as yearly bleeding of the radiators, etc., and everything ...
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Washing Machine Hookups Not Shutting Off

My neighbor is trying to hook up a new washing machine. We have turned the valves on the wall both ways, specifically to the direction that says off though and when we unhook the pipe from the ...
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Loosen the lower element on a electric water heater

Help!!!! I have diagnosed that the lower element has to be replaced on my electric water heater. I bought the tool suggested to lossen and remove the element. It won't BUDGE!!!! Any ideas???
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How to prevent leaving hot tap/faucet running?

Occasionally one of us in our house leaves the hot tap/faucet running, and sometimes this can be overnight, which is costly. Any good ideas on how to prevent this? So far I've thought of these: ...
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Why is our faucet under power?

Sometimes, ~about once a week we get a "peck", a "pinch" from the water when we touch it. So there is something wrong. We live in a 10 story building. I tried to measure what is happening: I got ...
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How can I prevent clothes and food stuff from going bad in a moist cabinet

My neighbors are constructing their house from ground up. We have concrete structures for almost all buildings here. When the walls are ready they need to water it so the concrete settles and get ...
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Are Shark Bite fittings reliable in the long term? [duplicate]

There a number of these fittings installed in my house. How long will they last under normal conditions?
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what is water line germ removal procedure

I have an old pipe line in my house. I need to clean the water paths inside the pipe. Is Filling chlorine in a dense quantity inside pipes a better way for germs removal ? how can we do that ? from ...
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What pump do I need

I have a shared well. Current home on well but im putting in a mother-in-law home.Flow test was 1.5 GPM. I bought a 500 gallon holding tank for the smaller dwelling. What are my pump options. Will ...
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What is this device and what is wrong with it?

I have this device in my basement that is hooked up to the water system. I have no idea what it does or even if it works. Why is it covered in that stuff? Sorry for the quality of the last ...
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No water flow after closing and reopening shutoff valve

My faucet was in need of attention so went below the sink, shut off the valves, unscrewed the supply lines, cleaned the faucet put everything back and now the water won't turn back on at the valves. ...
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Safest Steps to turn on water heater that has been off for 5 years

My water heater has not been in use for 4.5 years. The system was winterized in 3 years ago. What are the steps for filling it and turning it back on to avoid damaging it.
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Water heater pilot lights but burner doesn't ignite

My hot water tank heater won't work. I held the knob thing down, clicked the ignite button, and the flame came right on, but the status light won't flash and I don't know what's wrong. :( Any help ...
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Why does rust colored water come out of shower head?

One of my bathrooms has a shower that doesn't get used that often. When I do use it I notice rust colored water come out first. Why does that happen? Is it indicative of something that needs to be ...
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Options for fixing leaking polybutylene water service line

The water service line going to our house is leaking. The leak is originating from our lawn down to the street. The plumbers who have looked at it are saying that our pipe is made of polybutylene, ...
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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 ...
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When sprayer is used, all water to sink (faucet and sprayer) shuts off, how to fix?

Whenever the sprayer for our kitchen sink is used, the water will suddenly cut off (to both the sprayer and the faucet) and not come back on again for several minutes. This has been going on for ...
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Hot water no longer coming from water tank (air lock??)

Two days ago I disconnected and capped the water supply to a set of taps for an old laundry sink in my basement. I turned off the cold water supply to the house and also to the hot water tank before ...
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Water with every water source cuts in and out and goes wild what to do?

I tried asking my boyfriend who claims to know everything about it and he doesn't know. I have a shallow well if that'd help solve the problem.
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Low water pressure

Just replaced my main water valve that feeds the house. It's copper line and I used shark bite fittings. Kitchen sink, master shower and both toilets have very low pressure now. All other faucets are ...
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How do I get my water and pressure back?

2 mobile home lots with a well house distributing water to each trailer separately with a hose connection. I turned off mine to replace the main line and to replace the frayed heat tape and now I ...
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Turn off water heater as well during winter?

If I am going on vacation for an extended period during winter (it occasionally gets below freezing here), should I turn off water valve AND the gas water heater or just turn off the main water valve? ...
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Why is my water heater still running if I cut the main line due to water problem located in my house

I had to cut off my main line, but why is the water heater still running.
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pipe size to my shower

We are re-doing our shower in the house - we are adding a multi-component system to the shower including a hand held sprayer and jet sprayers. The bathroom is on the second floor. The water pressure ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...