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What are some good downspout options for a brick house?

I need to replace the gutters and downspouts on my house, and I'd like to know the best approach. The house is 100 year-old clay brick house. The old gutters were aluminum and used downspouts that ...
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Does a larger solar water heater equate to better water pressure?

Please excuse my ignorance - we want to buy a typical slanted rooftop solar water heater for our home. We thought 200L would be an acceptable capacity, but the vendor we visited today said that we ...
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How can I fill a large container in a shallow sink?

I'm moving into a dormitory building and the bathroom sinks are very shallow. I want to be able to pour water into my Brita water filter but it doesn't fit beneath the tap. I was thinking of getting ...
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Can a wet vac be effectively used as a pump?

Can a wet vac effectively be used as a pump to move water? I figure if a basement floods, that this can serve as double duty.
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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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Under UK Building Codes are you allowed to add an additional stopcock?

I live in the UK and have recently moved into a new home. I've been told the stopcock is "under the floorboards in the dining area" (nothing more specific). I can't find any loose carpet that's easy ...
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How can I stop kitchen sink caulking from peeling off after a few weeks?

We recently had a new metal kitchen sink and Formica counter-tops professionally installed, but the installer did not apply any caulking around the sink. During a follow-up call with the counter-top ...
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Water filtration system recommendations

I'm trying to get my parents a good water filtration system for their home. They live in Mexico so the quality of the water might not be as good as in the US. They have to buy bottled water every week ...
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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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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 can I filter iron out of kiddie pool water?

Our well water is high in iron. In the house, we put salt with an iron remover into our water softener. The outside bibs don't run through the water softener, however. The other day we filled up the ...
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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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Do home radiators waste water?

I received my second quarterly water bill and cannot believe it says I'm using 49,000 gallons of water each quarter. That's over 500 gals per day! So I started thinking about average water usage per ...
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Why is my third floor hot water pressure so low?

The hot water pressure in our 3rd floor shower is very low. The 2nd floor shower however, has very good pressure. The problem is not the shower head, which actually produces great pressure when ...
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Is there a globally recommended “hardness” setting for a water softener?

On a Morton System Saver, there's a setting labelled hardness, but no clear indication as to what setting is "recommended" -- or even whether this setting is the desired "output" or "input" hardness ...
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Is it normal for tap water to turn brown/blue when the pipes freeze?

In our old apartment, the pipes would freeze during the winter during the night, and in the morning sometimes the water that came out of the tap was blue at first. We spoke to a plumber, and he ...
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Should I be concerned about the repair to a ceiling after water damage?

We're in the middle floors of an apartment building and have had some damage done to our bathroom ceiling around the manhole due to some leaking pipes (minor rupture so there was a bit of water). The ...
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How to find the water connection behind a shower wall?

I've inherited a half finished bath remodel. The shower panel mounting brackets are installed and there is an empty 2 inch diameter hole, 3 feet off the floor. The original shower head / handle was on ...
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What is causing extremely high water usage?

Our condo's (12 units, 2 buildings) water usage went from $300 to $3000 in a few months. We don't have separate water shutoffs to test each unit. Nobody's reporting any visible leaks. Any idea how to ...
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Can I use the exposed water line on a Kenmore refrigerator to bypass the internal filter for incoming water supply?

I have a Kenmore refrigerator (model 53552200) that has incoming tap water connected to a valve near the bottom on the back of the fridge. In addition, there is an exposed 1/4" plastic water line ...
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Can/Should I Move These Pipes?

I need to fix a broken ball valve (luckily the valve doesn't leak until I turn it on) that runs to an outside faucet. Also, all of these pipes are CPVC. When I looked at replacing it, they seemed to ...
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What could cause water to come out of the faucet when the shower is on?

I'm having a problem with my shower. The water is not all coming out of the shower head, but out of the faucet. The type of shower I have switches to the shower by pulling down on the faucet head. ...
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How to stop a whistling hot water tap which also has a mind of its own?

The hot water tap in my kitchen whistles quite loudly when it is in a certain pressure range -- at very low and high pressures it is fine, but within the sweet spot it whistles away. It also seems to ...
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How can I identify the source of a leak at the hot water heater?

My water heater has a slow leak. From what I can tell so far it is coming from either the cold water inlet or the hot water connection. The cold water inlet seems to be the culprit to me because that ...
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My water softener has a setting for KCl (Potassium) / NaCl (Sodium), what does it do exactly?

I'm having some trouble with a relatively new water softener (<2 years). It seems like it is cycling when it should as the salt level is definitely going down, but the water is still hard. While ...
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Can I stop the water in my basement?

I'm digging out my basement and am seeing water flow in because the water table is very high right now. My thoughts are that once I cemented the basement and created a sealed box so to speak the water ...
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How can I measure water/moisture content within a wall cavity?

Related to improper placement of a vapour barrier within wall insulation, are there any tools or methods for measuring water/moisture content within a wall cavity?
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How can I reconnect a compression joint without replacing the olive?

We had a leak from our water storage tank and in order to replace the platform that the tank was on, I disconnected all the pipes from the tank. There are three 22mm pipes that connect at low levels, ...
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What would happen if I connected a dishwasher to a hot water supply line?

What will happen if I connect hot water to a dish water that is not designed to take in hot water? Will it break? Or will I just not be able to use the cold programs?
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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 ...
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Increasing water pressure with pump

I live in Karachi, Pakistan. We have underground water tanks and use motors to transfer the amount of water required to overhead tanks that then supply the house. I get lower pressure in my house's ...
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How can I repair a drain that won't stop leaking?

I have a kitchen drain that won't stop leaking. I've checked, and it's definitely leaking from around the joins in the PVC pipe. I've replaced several of the washers, as well as the P trap (bend). ...
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Water heater overflow outside drain pipe

My water heater's overflow outside drain pipe has been running hot water out of it non-stop. I turned the inflow water valve to the water heater off and the water stopped running. But what is ...
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How can I remove hard water build up from a washing machine?

What is the best way to remove any sediment build up from having hard water from a washing machine?
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How long should the hot water last during a shower?

Given a 40 gallon natural gas water heater, and a shower head with a flow rate of 2.5 gallons per minute. How long should the shower be able to maintain 105°F water temperature? Assume the average ...
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My Refrigerator Water Tastes Like Peppers!

I have a whirlpool side by side refrigerator with an ice maker / water dispenser in the door. I got it used and have never use the water features because there is a peppery taste in the water that ...
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Does a reverse osmosis system drain constantly?

I have come across a pharmacy grade reverse osmosis filter system. I would like to install it in my kitchen but before I do, I need some questions answered. Does the system drain constantly or just ...
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Low water pressure after turning main water back on

I turned off the main water valve in my house to replace a toilet since the valve to the toilet wouldn't turn off the water. Problem is, when I turned the main valve back on, I got a really low amount ...
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What is this fixture on my external water faucet and how can I remove it?

I have this device on my outdoor water faucet. It is leaking water in all directions and by leaking, I mean pouring water everywhere. What is the purpose of this device and how can I remove it so I ...
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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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Could water temperature fluctuations be caused by new plumbing?

I'm having a new bathroom installed. I hired a plumber to do all the water works. He ran all the lines; he is now waiting on sink and toilet to arrive to finish installation. Since he ran new line, we ...
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How to keep two water tanks have maintain the same water level?

My home has two water tanks (side by side), one used by the owner and one used by us. Unfortunately for us, the owner has a good supply of water and we don't. I have asked him to connect the two tanks ...
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How to fix a dripping part in toilet?

This part in my toilet slowly drips water: It's not a big problem but I still want to fix it. I already tried to screw the part as tightly as possible but it did not change.
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How bad is a leak-through?

I replaced a Fluidmaster in a toilet, and I suspect the fill valve was slightly loose because, after about 12 hours there was a small puddle in the bathroom and the ceiling below was damp. I turned ...
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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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At what temperatures do pipe sleeves protect pipes from freezing?

Pipes start icing at 20ºF and below. Down to how many ºF do the foam sleeves protect the pipe? The foams I placed in my outdoor pipes had a 0.35" thick polyurethane foam surrounding them. This is a ...
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Do shower water supply line covers need to be sealed or caulked?

I don't know what the proper name of the cover is that hides the hole that the water supply line comes through the wall, but does it need to be sealed to prevent moisture and steam from getting in to ...
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How can I make a mixer shower more powerful?

The Mira mixer shower has variable temperate settings from 1 (cold) through 10 (hot), plus the extra bit for hot water only. I normally shower at 3 and was thinking there must be a way to let more ...
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What's the purpose of a cold water expansion vessel?

My rented flat (in the UK) has 2 expansion tanks behind the boiler, one red, one blue. From googling around I can find lots of references to hot water expansion vessels; the purpose seems to be to ...
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How can I clean hard water buildup from pipes?

I've basically confirmed that my overall plumbing problems are down to hard water buildup. My softener has been out of action for about a month or two (waiting on a part), so I have at least that much ...