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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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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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Maneuverable Toilet spray pipes like kink free collapsing Garden hoses?

After my travels and stays across the Globe I have realized that a Toilet Spray followed by Toilet paper is more hygenic than only one of them. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bidet_shower Are there ...
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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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How to diagnose a greywater system backup

In recent weeks I have noticed that the drain pipe from the washing machine has been overflowing into the laundry room. We stopped using the washer thinking that we needed a plumber to come to the ...
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Making sense of an existing sump system

I just bought my first house, but I can't seem to understand how the sump worked. I'd like to make sure it's hooked up and ready to go should the basement ever flood. When I first walked in, the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Water pressure needle broken?

The needle on my water pressure has moved beyond the maximum measure, and I haven't checked it in several weeks. Does this mean it is broken, or do I need to let some pressure escape? The inbound ...
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glue to fix rubber gasket on kettle

I have a Sunbeam electrical kettle that started leaking. I took it apart and found a crack in one of the rubber gasket/grommet pieces that hold the plastic water reservoir in place on the metal ...
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Ceiling water stains… roof appears fine

For the last 18 months i keep getting Water Stains in a 2nd floor bedroom and hallway. My handyman, and two roofers say the roof looks fine. I've had vents caulked but I've been unable to find the ...
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Can fig trees endanger neighbouring buildings?

Can a fig tree be damaging the foundations of a neighboring building? We have several fig trees growing very close to a number of small buildings. Recently it came to light that one of those trees' ...
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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?