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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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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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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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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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How did my water meter become loose?

This past summer, my vacant home was vandalized. Thieves stole the copper plumbing. Once the re-plumbing was done, the city came to install the water meter. The meter is female-threaded on either end....
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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) only ...
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What is the cause and fix to water slowly coming out of an outdoor faucet when its turned off?

Regardless of how tightly I turn the faucet off, there is water that flows out. When I attach a hose with a spray nozzle, the water finds a way to leak out either at the faucet where the hose is ...
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Is it okay to use brass inserts in a plastic reverse osmosis pipe?

I've learned that letting metal contact reverse osmosis filtered water is generally a bad idea as it corrodes the metals and leaches them into the clean water supply. However, I'm having a hard ...
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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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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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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 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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Should the water heater be shut down if the water main has to be turned off?

I have a brand new AO Smith 50gal gas water heater. Today there was a burst pipe from the cold spell we're having currently, so I had to turn off the water main to the house until the plumbers get ...
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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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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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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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Why does hot water come from the faucet when only the cold water tap is on?

On occasion, when I open the cold water tap on the kitchen sink, the flow from the faucet briefly becomes warm: it starts cool, becomes warm for about 30 seconds, and then returns to the desired cold ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Why does the shower get cold when I flush, and how can I prevent it?

When the shower is running and someone flushes a toilet, why does the shower get cold (or sometimes hot) in some houses, but not others? More importantly, would fixing that require replacing the ...
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What kind of toilet tank is this?

This is the toilet tank in my apartment. A few days ago I started noticing brown residue in the water. Upon investigation, I encountered a toilet tank I'm not familiar with... there's an "outer" tank, ...
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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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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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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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My hot water stopped working in one bathroom, what can I try in order to fix it?

I have an electric water heater from 2004. The hot water works in all other areas of my house (kitchen, other bathroom and washing machine). The sinks and shower in my master bathroom are not ...
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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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Periodic surging sound from plumbing

There is a surging sound coming from the plumbing between the water main and hot water tank in my house. It has a beat, with a period of about 1 second. It sounds sort of like the lines are "breathing....
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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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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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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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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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Is there a leak or no leak?

The faucet in the kitchen with cold water starts up somewhat warm and then turns cold. The hot water is hot right away. I used to wait a little bit before it turns hot. A spot in my tiled floor is a ...
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Sump Pump Vs. Radon mitigation?

I have a full basement in a cold climate (North Dakota). The previous owner had a raw hole broken out of the cement floor that must have served as an emergency sump pump hole. We haven't had water ...
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Spa pump wont run when in spa

Spa pump motor won't run when its in the spa. I removed the pump and ran power to it and it runs fine. Also, with the pump removed, turned on spa jets and no problems. So, re-installed the pump and ...
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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, there'...
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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. ...