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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 ...
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How can I stop my shower turning too hot and too cold?

There's something wrong with the plumbing, because the shower temperature simply will not stay constant. It gradually changes to either scalding hot, or freezing cold while it's running. The ...
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How do I improve hot water pressure from a gas combination boiler?

I have a gas combination boiler (no hot water tank). The hot water pressure isn't very good though - the showers and hot taps come out with maybe half the pressure when compared to the cold straight ...
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How can I turn off this water valve?

(tl;dr - check the bolded questions and look at the pictures) Earlier this week I had a frozen (and burst) pipe. It's on the way to the outside spigots and not particularly important in the winter, ...
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How can I be sure my water softener is working?

I recently purchased a 12 year old home in Central Indiana that came with a water softener (waterboss model). The owners claimed it to be working during the closing. When we moved into the house, we ...
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How can I fully winterize my plumbing?

I'd like to leave a vacant house in Northern Minnesota for the winter with no utilities at all (so it will get to -20F at times). I shut off the curb stop valve and confirmed that water is completely ...
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What should I keep in mind when extending downspouts?

I am considering extending/connecting the downspouts of my house to some pvc piping which I will run underground. What are things that I need to keep in mind? Specifically, I have the pvc piping but ...
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Basement subfloor, how exactly should I do it?

I am finishing a basement with my father and want to put in a subfloor. I know if there was ever enough water I would probably have to replace the floor anyways but want to give myself a couple inches ...
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How do I approach new water stains on my ceiling?

I am a brand new home owner with almost no experience with DIY stuff. There was a few days of significant rain and now my wife noticed some stains on our 2nd floor ceiling that we are pretty sure ...
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Why am I getting a lot of condensation in new shed?

I just got a new shed built with concrete blocks and a metal roof last month and thing is dripping with condensation from the roof. There is absolutely no insulation in the shed. How would I get rid ...
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Will insulating pipes shorten the time it takes for hot water to reach the faucet?

Ok, so I took a few weekends and totally insulated all hot water pipes I could get access to from the water heater. Now, I still wait approx 90 seconds for hot water to reach the farthest faucet from ...
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Are some water valves poor quality?

My house was built in 1996, and every water connection has a multi-turn shutoff valve. These seem to fail the first or second time I use them - the inner rubber seal disintegrates and becomes brittle ...
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What could cause tap water to become smelly after a while?

I keep two glass bottles filled with tap water in a small fridge in my bedroom. The tap water smells fine out of the spout. A few days ago I noticed that the tap water begins to smell bad after ...
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Showerhead with “backflow prevention”

I bought this Delta showerhead almost a year ago. I remember the packaging mentioning a "backflow prevention" feature. Every time I turn off the faucet water streams from the area I've circle below, ...
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Can wind force rain into the soffits?

There is 1 and only 1 leak (thank God) that is driving me crazy. When the wind blows from the south and hits the house from that side, there is a drip that develops and comes from above the top of the ...
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What would cause my filtered water to have a thin transparent film suspended in it?

I have a filtered water dispenser in my Whirlpool refrigerator door. Lately I've noticed when dispensing water into a clean glass, that there are patches of a thin transparent film suspended in the ...
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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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Water Softener using 150 gallons of water a day to regenerate?

We have an Ultimate II water softener that is aprox 12 yrs old. I've been told it's on it's last legs but I don't know much about them. I have a few questions. We noticed our water bill has ...
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How to best insulate an exposed waterpipe during the cold season

i have an exposed (out of the ground) water pipe and during the night freezes over. What is the best way to insulate it so it does not freeze?
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A boiler and a hot water tank … what is this configuration? (UK)

I'm a west-coast American living in London. I've mostly known homes with electric baseboard and central forced air heating, and a single hot water tank for showers and taps. In the UK hot water fed ...
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How do I force a tight globe-valve water shutoff to fully close?

I tried to close off the water valve (a multi-twist globe-valve) leading to my back-yard water supply (the shutoff valve is inside the house) but it will not twist fully shut. Is it safe to give the ...
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How to prevent odor in clay pots, resulting due to drinking water storage?

We use clay pots to store drinking water in summers. Clay pots keep the water cool. The water lasts for 2 days and then I wash the pot with soap and fill the water again. There is no tight lid for ...
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Is it a problem to have water around a tub drain flange?

I just replaced my 30 year old tub drain flange with a new one. I have made sure that the flange is tightened. Water goes down the new configuration just fine - it is not clogged. However, after ...
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Drains backing up - will it affect my drinking water?

We had -15 below zero weather a few days ago. I did not notice any plumbing problems at the time. However a couple of days ago my toilet starting gurgling and then over flowing. I thought my ...
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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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How to get rid of this sulfur problem

I just moved to China about a month ago to live with my relatives in an apartment complex on the 16th floor. Now, there has been a sulfur problem near their washing machine, and sometimes their ...
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How do I replace the water supply line that appears to be built in to the shutoff valve?

We're preparing to replace our bathroom faucet. We were able to easily disconnect the cold water supply line from the shutoff valve to the faucet by simply loosening the nuts holding it in place. ...
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Why does the water out of every faucet in my house feel soapy?

The water on new place looks very clean, but has a 'soapy' feel. If I wet my left hand and hold a soap bar for a while, and my right hand I just wet, the sensation if I rub my fingers on each hand ...
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Why would I run out of water for a few seconds and then get full pressure back

When I turn the water on for a few minutes I get great pressure and then the water totally stops. After 2-30 seconds the water comes back on and seems fine for the duration. At first I thought it ...
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How can I prevent sudden increases in shower water temperature

I assume, but am not sure, that this is caused by someone else in the house competing with the shower for cold water. I'm guessing an anti-scald valve might be necessary but perhaps there is a way to ...
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How high should the siding be above ground level?

To word the question another way, how much of the foundation wall needs to be exposed below the siding? My neighbor isn't the best at home projects and decided to install a brick pad so that the soil ...
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How do I eliminate stagnant water caused by central A/C draining outside?

So I just moved into a new house in NC that I am renting. The house has central A/C which is great, but because there is no basement so there is no basement drain. So the A/C expels the water into the ...
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How to turn on a ballofix / ball valve?

When I turned the valve off, it was as if it made a small click, as if it had reached a locking position. Now I can't turn it on again. I have one other just like this one, and that one can I turn ...
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Concerns about broken washer found in water supply

Today I've notice black particles in the water from a faucet. Upon removing the aerator, I noticed chunks of plastic nearly clogging it. It appears to be from a washer. I don't know where it comes ...
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What should I do if the plastic waterline connection on my dishwasher is stripped?

I'm a first-time homeowner and just bought a new dishwasher. I've repaired my car in the past using manuals just fine so thought I'd give home device installation a try. Things were going great ...
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When do tankless water heaters need to be descaled?

I had a Bosch tankless natural gas water heater that stopped working with C7 and EA error codes and the plumber indicated that the unit had failed due to water getting into the internals like the fan ...
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Mysterious sound coming from basement, related to water pipes

At times I hear these banging sounds (not very loud) when in my living room. I go to the basement (below the room) and it sounds like it's in the ceiling (finished basement). I put my ear to the wall ...
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Is it possible to connect an inline filter to a hot water dispenser?

I plan to install an under-counter hot water dispenser and want to pre-filter the water. I found this product that already includes a pre-filter, but the cartridges appear to be proprietary and ...
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Plumber told me it's unsafe to drain my water heater — what should I do?

We are new homeowners. Our 11-year-old 2nd-floor water heater was leaking and the first plumber who came told us he would need to come back with a partner to take it away. I asked if I could drain ...
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How can I turn off the power to an outlet if a water alarm is triggered?

I'm installing a dishwasher on a second floor, and after having 3x dishwashers leak during their run cycle during my life, I'm understandably hesitant. I will definitely be installing a water alarm. ...
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What is causing my gas water heater to squeal?

I have a gas water heater. Starting yesterday, when the flame is on, the unit makes a squealing noise of moderate volume. The noise stops immediately when the flame turns off. This means it is not ...
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Why do my toilet valves seem to have started running at the same time?

I had a bad toilet that started running last year. This was in a bathroom that is not used at all (guest bedroom). So, i just closed the valve to that toilet and decided to look into it later. I ...
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How can I mask water damaged ceiling drywall with faux painting?

My tub upstairs leaked a large portion of water directly above the middle of the kitchen ceiling. The ceiling drywall doesn't have a hole in it, and the paint isn't bubbling. However after I fixed the ...
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What are some options for a small electric water flow control valve?

I'm looking for an electric water valve for a DIY project. I need to be able to close it partially so as to control the water flow rate. The exact details of how to control it are not important; I'm ...
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If pipe has been frozen for a week, should I call a plumber?

I noticed my cold water lines to the upstairs bathroom were frozen last Monday. After leaving the heat cranked high, the toilet and the sink thawed. But the cold water line to the tub is still frozen. ...