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how do I switch on the water supply to my dishwasher?

I don't know how to turn on the water supply to our dishwasher. There is a blue tap on the pipe which I am not able to move. I am afraid to break something if I use too much force
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Where should I install the water softener?

We are planning on installing a water softener. The main water source is located outside, about 20 feet from the backyard. The water heater is located in the garage. We are wondering if we have to ...
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Effect of changing the size of a pipe

I've had a couple questions above the sizing of a pipe, but I'm still a little confused and can't find an easy answer. I'll use this image to get a representation of what I'm looking to have answered....
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What is coming out of these water pipes?

I have been dealing with some hot water pressure issues. See Should hot water pressure be reduced after hot water is used? Today, hot water pressure reduced so much it was impossible to shower. In ...
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How to flush all the water lines in your house

I live in a small (1-traffic-light) town in upstate NY. Some local village water officials accidentally cracked a water main (feeding water to the entire area) and so the Department of Health had to ...
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Is there a freezing-water-resistant metal pipe?

I want to install a water outlet on the outside of my house for gardening etc. Outside temperatures here in Latvia fall to -25°C sometimes, so I cannot use a common water pipe; it would burst when the ...
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How to turn a pump on or off from any of 12 switches

I have a water pump at my home that I want to connect to 12 switches, so that each one of them can turn the water-pump on/off. Can it be done? Thank you!
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Does using central heating increase water usage?

Its most likely a very trivial question but central heating systems aren't something i'm familiar with, I've had a good dig around on the internet and cannot find any reference that states that ...
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Is there a way to trace water pipes through walls?

I recently purchased my house and I am trying to find my internal valve to turn on my external faucet. Unfortunately the previous owner put in a bathroom in over where the water line enters the house ...
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How can I repair a flexible hot water supply hose that is leaking at the nut?

The hot water supply hose under my sink started leaking after I replaced the popup drain on the sink. Apparently I disturbed the hose in some way. It is leaking from just above the nut where it ...
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How to turn off water to replace main shutoff on private well

My mother is on well water. Her main shutoff vale is quite old and nearly impossible to turn. I'd be comfortable replacing it (probably soldering a new one, or for sure a compression fitting) but don'...
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Would it hurt my water pump if installed a second water pump on the output of the first?

I have a well in my garden(17m deep, 1m diameter), in it there is a platform on which my water pump for my house sits. Before the water comes out my faucet or shower it travels across some 20 to 30 ...
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water leak from ceiling

I'm Ahammed Sheriff from Oman. Here we have a building with 6 floors. On the basement floor of the building there is leakage on the ceiling. Is there any way to stop the leakage from the ceiling? ...
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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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What could be causing low hot water pressure to a sink?

I have low hot water pressure at the kitchen sink. I installed a new two knob faucet and supply lines (aerator is clean), but no change. The shut off valve has a PEX fitting, so I don't know how to ...
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Flint water crisis - Water filter for Hot water heater?

I checked with a couple of residents and right now the accepted solution for removing contaminants from the water is boiling, as filters are only being offered for cold water. It seems to me that ...
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Lost pressure to my hot water

I hooked up a water heater now I have no pressure coming out of the hot water side. What might that be? I checked for leaks and blockage but it's all good.
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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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Laundry room water heater is in my way! [closed]

Our laundry room shares space with the water heater and the current set up is driving me nuts. Our washer is next to the water heater and the outlet/vent for the dryer is against the opposite wall. So ...
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How do I get the water pressure back?

I have what seems to be a strange, but hopefully easily solved problem. I have a Rheem Warrior series electric hot water heater in my mobile home. My husband is installing a new shower and we could ...
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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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There is a scorch mark in the wall

There is a scorch mark in the wall where the pipe goes into from the hotwater heater. Should I be concerned
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Water from bathroom faucet smells like rotten eggs

The sink is in the powder room on the main floor of our house. When I turn the water on it is fine for a few seconds then it smells horribly for about 3-4 more seconds then it is back to normal. It is ...
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How might I repair my leaking Kenmore ice and water dispenser?

My Kenmore water dispenser is leaking. I don't use the water dispenser but want to use the ice maker. I'm told a replacement ice/water dispenser would cost $500 plus house call. Do I have any ...
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What are my options for installing a water softener on the opposite side of the house from the main water supply?

Background Info My main water supply on my home is located on the east wall of the home, whereas my garage is located on the west side of the home. There is no water softener loop in the home, and in ...
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Water line sizing to shower/tub

I'm working on improvising a shower to add to our existing clawfoot tub. It's just going to be the piping supported to the wall for now as we're going to redo this bathroom a year or so down the road. ...
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Water leaking up the stem on the main water shutoff valve

There is a leak (and getting worst) where water is coming up the stem on the main water valve (angled globe valve I think). I know I may be able to fix this by tightening the gland nut, but I cant ...
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Is it acceptable to not have access to the main water shutoff valve?

I recently learned that our 1970s townhouse doesn't have its own main water shutoff. Instead, two contractors have access to a room with a water shutoff for the building (about a dozen units). My ...
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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 tee,...
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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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PVC Water line keeps getting pin holes

The water line that goes from my boiler, carrying warm water keeps getting pin hole leaks. The line is a standard flexible white plastic insulated pipe, covered in a red mantle. About a year ago, ...
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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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Allowing basement floor to breathe

I'm working on remodeling a basement and the plan for now is to install a subfloor (XPS rigid insulation and plywood on top of that). For the actual floor, I was thinking of using vinyl planks that ...
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On demand Hot water pump not working

I have this water pump which is supposed to work like the following: Turn hot water faucet on for a second then close That will tell the flow control (yellow thing on the pump image) to turn the ...
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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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Why is lots of water bad for septic, and how can I take long showers without hurting it?

I recently bought my first home that has septic, after 26 years of living with sewers. I've heard that putting lots of water down the septic all at one time is bad for the system, but I'm confused as ...
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What are those black dots in my water?

I recently changed my water filter in my fridge after 3 years (I know, gross). The directions said to run at least 20 cups of water through the dispenser afterwards to clear out air bubbles. I have ...
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New water heater sometimes cold, sometimes hot

I have a new electric water heater (a week old). It does not operate correctly. It took nearly 24 hours initially before there was any hot water. Then we had hot water for maybe half a day. Then cold ...
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Solar panel to DC heating element to pre-heat water before on demand water heater

I'm looking to possibly buy an Craigslist water heater($120), replace the heating element with a DC unit(12V), and power it with a 100 watt solar panel (12V). On an 40 to 80 gallon insulated tank ...
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Identifying valve in a flat

I would like to know what is this valve for? I'm guessing it may be water, is that right? The valve is located in a flat in the wall. side question Shall I move it from time to time so it doesn't ...
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Connecting an Ice Maker hose directly to a tap

I'm struggling to find answers on here and from my searching, and my local DIY store didn't help much. My home is a new build, and the kitchen has a tap directly where the fridge goes... This is ...
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Water filter effectiveness for lead removal

In light of the recent lead contamination in Flint, MI (USA) - I've been wondering which, if any, media are effective for removing lead from household tap water. I currently have a custom filter ...
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Where did all the water in the basement come from.

I'm looking at an REO property that has been "winterized" and I am a little concerned about the conditions in the basement. There is roughly 3" of water ( ice ) in the basement. The furnace and hot ...
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Gas Pilots going out

I have a unique problem with the gas pilots in my house. They all seem to be going out. One day I found both pilots in my fireplaces out. Didn't think much of it. I then found the pilot on my hot ...
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Water heater not staying hot more than 10mins

I live in a one bedroom apt. Our water heater is not the normal 40gallon but a smaller 20gallon. When we moved in it was hot for at least 30-45 mins. Now it stays hot for less then 10. My maintance ...
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How do I find the source of the water leaking through the ceiling?

I live in Minnesota in a single story rambler with full basement. In an upstairs corner bedroom I started noticing some water leaking in the closet ceiling a week or two ago (picture is current, it ...
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Do I need to get professional water damage repair, or can I handle this?

We recently had a toilet overflow a bit. There was a small amount of waste in the water. The bathroom itself has tile floors, but the toilet is right next to a very thin wall. The room on the other ...
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How do I fix a leaky toilet that only leaks from underneath?

I am noticing some water spots on my concrete in my (unfinished) basement. When I look up for the cause of the water I can see water dripping around the hole that is used for the sewer pipe for the ...
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No hot water at faucets after replacing water heater

No water comes out from any hot water faucet--only the cold side after replacing water heater. How do I fix the problem?
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Tankless water heater - Electric issue

I have a AuqaPower Tankless water heater I installed myself 2 years ago. I used the old wire from old (tank) water heater and I ran a new wire for the 2nd place. It has worked great for 2 years and ...