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How to prevent an exterior automatic watering system from freezing

I'm looking for solutions on preventing automatic watering systems for horses from freezing. The faucet is 150-200 feet away from where I'm building my horse's pasture. I live in New Jersey so I'm ...
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Should washing machines be placed on tile or other water-proof flooring?

I am redoing the area where my washing machine is. Currently it's placed in a closet and has a tile floor. I'd rather not use tile in the new setup, but it got me wondering if this is an important ...
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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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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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Why is boiling hot water coming out of every faucet, and even the toilet?

Help! I live in a 80 unit condo (8 floors), with hot water tanks on the top floor (4). They flow down 13 different lines to different units and hot water is recirculated through recirc pipes. ...
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Just moved into a new house, what is this tube in the ground outside my wall?

It looks like there was some kind of a cheese cloth placed on top of it before, but at this point it's been broken. I can't see the bottom of it, and I have no idea why it's there. Does anybody ...
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How do I use both hard and soft water when I have a water softener installed?

I moved into a house constructed in year 2000 that already has an Ionics Hydro 5000 water softener installed. The old owner never left a manual and I couldn't find a manual online, so I'll voice my ...
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Is it more economical to use hot water before boiling or to bring cold water to a boil?

Since the arrival of our newborn, we have been using the stove to boil water in order to sterilize the nipples, bottles and rings. Which got me thinking, is it more economical to start off using hot ...
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Water won't come back on after turning main back on

I turned off the water at the main cutoff valve in the garage to replace the gaskets in a single handle shower faucet. I got it put back together but when I turned the water back on, I get nothing ...
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Why is a previously wet light fixture now getting dimmer?

A leak resulted in the light fixture in the ceiling of my laundry room getting wet. Despite being dry now, the light gets noticeably dimmer each time it's turned on. I am trying to keep it off until I ...
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How to fix a pinhole leak in water main inside my house?

I came home last night to find water on my basement floor. After looking around, I located a pinhole leak on the short segment of pipe coming into the house from the street. This is the one foot of ...
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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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What are the differences between Single Stage, Dual Stage and Reverse Osmosis Under Sink Water Filters?

I'm looking to buy and install an under sink water filter - How do Single Stage, Dual Stage and Reverse Osmosis types compare? Comparing: Taste/Odor Contaminants Removed Filter ...
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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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Rainwater Collection / Pond Water Storage (Tower) Support Question

I am planning to build a *water tower for garden irrigation. I live in NC and have a 45'x70' garden so this time of year I need a considerable amount of water. Given how little rain we've been ...
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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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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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Possible causes for sound of water running through house pipes when water is off?

We recently moved back into our beach house after hurricane Sandy. During the storm repair the lower level was rebuilt including moving a bathroom and moving the house valve (only a few feet). We ...
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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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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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How to get limestone out of water?

I moved into a new place, the tap water here is good except for massive amounts of limestone. Within a week every pot i have has formed a layer that takes half an hour of scrubbing to get off. It's ...
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What is the name of extremely porous concrete for water runoff solutions?

I have seen extremely porous concrete that water drains through very well. Narrow strips of this may be put across a driveway to limit excess water runoff. What is the name of extremely porous ...
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Extremely porous concrete to act as water drain?

Want to create a six to twelve inch wide porous concrete strip about thirty feet long in our backyard over a drain pipe. Normal concrete is porous but the concrete i want is extremely porous. So ...
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Solution for A/C Condensate Drain Line that doesn't require emptying a bucket of water every day?

I have a split A/C system in a room that runs on low 24 hours a day during Summer that unfortunately cannot be connected to any drain or pipe and which therefore requires a bucket outside to be used ...
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How do I shut off the water to my apartment?

I live in a unit in Sydney Australia, I am trying to figure out how to turn off my water so that I can replace the washers on the taps in the basin. Is this possible so that I don't disturb my ...
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Basement Subfloor for Moisture Problems

I have a slight moisture problem in the basement. During really torrential rainstorms of 5+ inches of rain, sometimes water seeps up though the concrete floor in the basement. I'm looking at ...
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Is there a way to fix a small water leak in a PVC pipe from inside the pipe?

The PVC evacuation pipe from my toilet is leaking a little bit. The part of the pipe that is leaking is buried inside concrete. I am trying to find a way to fix the leak from inside the pipe, that is ...
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Can the adjusting screw and nut for a water pressure reducing valve be replaced?

The adjusting screw of a water pressure reducing valve appears to be corroded, so can it be replaced?
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Need a water sensor/switch for basement that I can interface to a PC [closed]

What I want is something that detects the presence of water, and sends a signal. It will be used to detect when the main drain in the basement gets clogged so that I can take preventative measures ...
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Well (Water) Troubleshooting

I have a 20g Pressure Holding tank. When I turn on the outside faucet, I notice low pressure after a while. When I go to the control unit connected to the pressure tank, I see the pressure drop from ...
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What could be causing water pressure drop with sprinklers?

My first issue is that when the sprinklers come on, there is a significant drop in water pressure in the sink, shower, etc. I checked the sprinkler lines and there are no obvious leaks (i.e. holes in ...
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How to identify location of intermittent water leak?

In the master-bath I have an over-sized tub and separate glass shower stall that are right next to each other, both on-top of sub-flooring / a crawl space. (Crawl space is because house is built into ...
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Should I be concerned that water is pooling when ground is dug near the foundation?

My house is approximately 7~8 years old, and we bought it newly built. The foundation is mainly clay, and I live in a relatively dry environment (Calgary, Alberta, Canada). It is a walkout house, so ...
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Can I run 2 well tanks from 1 well

I have a detached garage that is in between the well and the house. As it stands, the tank in the house is not sufficient for watering the lawn, and so I would like to get a bigger one anyhow. Since ...
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Why would a lawn irrigation pipe slope down to nothing and just end?

In my lawn sprinkler system, one of the PVC lines starts off at a normal depth around 6 inches but slopes down and ends up 2 feet down and leads to nothing. The pipe just ends, not even capped off. It ...
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How can I stop loud rushing water sounds when we flush?

Whenever we flush or turn on the two outdoor faucets, the sound of rushing water in the pipes is unbearable. If we open any other faucet in the house the sound of rushing water is normal, but flush ...
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Where is the pressure vacuum breaker typically located in a lawn irrigation system?

Where is the pressure vacuum breaker (or other backflow device) typically installed in a lawn irrigation system? Does it matter, as long as it is before the first sprinkler head? Or does it have to be ...
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Are “1/4 turn” water supply valves more reliable than “multi-turn” valves? Or vice-versa?

Aside from personal preference, is there any reason why I would want to buy a "1/4 turn" water supply valve instead of "multi-turn valves"? Is one technology/design clearly superior than the other in ...
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How should I prepare this compression fit copper tube for use again?

(Apologies in advance folks - I'm new to compression fit connections so I suspect this is an obvious question). I'm preparing to reconnect an old copper tube to my water supply line and refrigerator ...
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What specific fitting do I need to connect a 1/4“ copper refrigerator water tube to a 3/4” steel water line that's already in use?

I recently bought a new refrigerator (Samsung RF263BEAESR) and am trying to connect it to my house's water supply line (under the kitchen sink). The prior owner of the house ran a copper line from ...
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Can I repair this crack in my sprinkler backflow preventer?

I have a crack in one part of my sprinkler backflow preventer/vacuum breaker. It looks a lot like this: Can I re-seal this crack? Or do I have to buy a whole new assembly?
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What could cause my water to taste metallic after a water filter cartridge was changed?

About 20 years ago, we remodeled our home and had two water filters installed (downstairs and upstairs). They are stainless steel enclosures with carbon block filter cartridges inside. The brand is ...
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Repairing cracked fiberglass pool steps

I have a roughly 6" crack on one of my top fiberglass pool steps that slowly allows the water level to drain below the optimal level for the skimmer. I've found some years old suggested techniques ...
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On demand water heater using a propane tank

I have a single wide trailer. (The main gas line blew out the back and is under code so $4,000.00 to fix it plus permits because the main need to be moved from under the Trailer). I would like to ...
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How can I figure out which valves should be open?

Just had my DE filter replaced with a cartridge filter. The pipes going to the motor have three valves. Since the replacement I am losing water and can't remember which of the valves should be open ...
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Sprinkler system in indoor arena [closed]

I have an indoor arena equipped with 14 water lines & stations for watering the indoor arena floor to keep dust down. The water lines are 1 inch black pipe. There are 6 sprinklers per truss. ...
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Is it ok to re-slope one of my gutters to another gutter?

Right now, on one side of my roof, I have two gutters that come together at an inside corner. Each gutter goes to the edge of the house with a downspout, which would mean that the inside corner is the ...
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How to prevent pressure from dropping from my water heater?

Until two weeks ago, my parents house used one water heater ( noted "1" on the picture) to provide two bathrooms and the kitchen with hot water. The bathroom on the first floor consists of a bathtub ...
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What whole-house water filter can I install to remove atrazine from my water?

I recently tested the water in my new(ly purchased) house for a variety of things and was (unpleasantly) surprised to find a positive result for atrazine (or perhaps simazine, apparently a more ...
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Copper tubing for refrigerator

My copper tubing for the water line to my refrigerator became slightly bent while I was installing it is it a big deal should I buy new copper tubing?