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What could cause condensation on a ceiling after painting with a roof sealer?

I am renting an apartment and the tenants recently complained about water droplets on the ceiling in one of the rooms. The apartment is on the first floor and surrounded by plants (we live in a ...
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Would replacing old mortar for new prevent water from seeping through brickwork?

Would replacing old mortar for new prevent water from seeping through brickwork? I have included photographs just in case this is a special case:
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Water Hammer in kitchen faucet

I just installed a new sink and faucet and get really bad water hammer when I run the faucet. I never had this trouble before. I made sure the water supplies from the copper to the faucet is as short ...
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Combination boiler pressure zero after heating

I generally don't notice a performance problem with the boiler, but after I run the heat to the radiators and turn the boiler off, after cooling down the the pressure gauge shows zero. I can easily ...
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Toilets not refilling after replacing main water line outside

We had to replace a section of the main water line where a tree root had caused a leak. After turning the water back on we had air and a little bit of dirt in the lines. After a little sputtering the ...
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Water seeping through my foundation in the garage - what is the source?

I have a house built 1994, one story, slab foundation. A few weeks back my renter left the sprinkler system on for over 7 hours on one side of the house (valve was broken). By the time she called ...
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How can I control water and algae in drainage ditch?

My house has a drainage ditch running in front next to the street. Unfortunately, my next door neighbor has neglected his ditch and now my ditch does not drain properly and fills up with algae. I'm ...
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Can I route an irrigation main through my basement?

I received estimates on getting an irrigation system installed in my back yard. The majority of the cost is for digging down to the house's line in the front of the house (4 feet deep), splitting the ...
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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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What could be causing these mold issues in my brick townhouse?

Live in a town house in Virginia built in 1970's. We have lived there for about 12 years. Two weeks ago I noticed a picture hanging on my bedroom wall was wet and discolored. I moved the picture ...
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What kind of water filter do I need?

I have city water and here is St Louis it's pretty good (from what I hear). I do have some white calcium on faucets, etc. Now I'm in a process of renovating bathrooms and installing new piping and ...
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How can I fix this leaky water heater?

I have an electric Water heater and it is starting to leak from what I believe to be the pressure release valve. I just wanted some tips on how I can fix this before the leak becomes unmanageable. The ...
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Why is my main water supply shut off valve leaking even while closed?

While prepping to install a new kitchen faucet, I went to shut off the water supply to the house since there were no valves under the sink. I mistakenly chose to turn the city-side (gate valve) supply ...
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How to clean a calcified bathtub outlet that I can't dismantle?

Because the tap water in our area is extremely heavy in calcium, our faucet filters calcify quickly. I regularly remove all the faucet filters in the apartment and soak them in vinegar overnight, but ...
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Why does the hot water run cold at less than 'full throttle'?

I'm as environmentally conscious as the next American (probably not very) but here's an example: I like to rinse dishes that I've just washed in a stream of hot water as this works best for drying. I ...
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How to determine if a faucet is plastic or metal?

On the first picture below I am pretty sure the grip is made of plastic because it feels very light, when I lift it. On the second I have no idea. Question How do I tell if the grip of a faucet is ...
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If I fit a water softener, will I run out of on-demand water via bath/shower-use?

I'm interested in fitting a water-softener (specifically, the Twintec S3, which is a dual-cylinder unit developed in the UK, apparently) to my home. My home is over 3 stories, with a bathroom on the ...
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Is this hole at the corner of the foundation major issue?

I am in the process of purchasing a home. I found the perfect home but of course, I found water stains in the basement walls (mostly close to the floor). I also noticed a small hole at the corner of ...
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Leaky newly installed PVC drainage pipe

I am pretty bad doing handy work. Anyways, I decided to add a water drainage to my concrete flat roof. I had mocked up all the pipes and finally waited for a sunny day to remove it all and glue all ...
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Loud vibrating when using hot water!

I recently moved into a new condo with 2 kitchen sinks -- a main one and one embedded in an island. There's a lot going on under the main one -- the cold water is split so that it leads to the faucet ...
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What should I do about water filling the excavation for a house's foundation?

I live in Duluth, Minnesota. As stated, I am putting a new foundation on my house. When the contractor was excavating, they hit water. They are constantly pumping this water out. I now have 2 new ...
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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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How can I install an overhead water tank and refill it for individual usage?

I live in a group apartment where there is severe water supply problem. We have a common sump in basement which can be filled with water from external supply sources like water tanker trucks on ...
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How do I determine when to replace a carbon block water filter?

My refrigerator has a carbon block water filter. I'm wondering when the proper time to replace it is, and don't want to replace it too soon. Is using the pressure drop/flow rate a good method of ...
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What is the cheapest way to make well water with 800ppm TDS suitable for bathing and washing dishes?

I have a 200 foot bore for water in my home. The Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) value of that water is around 790-800ppm. I want to make this water safe for bathing, dish-washing and clothes washing. I ...
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Why is my electric water heater making an intermittent groaning noise?

My 8 year old electric water heater started to make a strange rattling noise a couple of weeks ago. The noise happens at random and lasts for only a few minutes. Short bursts of noise about a minute ...
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Where could the air in the water system be coming from?

We live on the top two floors of a small brownstone walkup. To get the heating to work upstairs I need to bleed the baseboard heater almost every other day. All faucets in the house sputter, and the ...
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Can I reduce capacity of a cold water heater?

I recently purchased a large fixer upper with a 135 gallon AO smith gas water heater built in 2001. Only two people are living in the house so we need a fraction of that amount. Do water heaters ...
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Water entering into fireplace during rain

I recently observed water is coming in the fireplace during the rain. Although it is about a drop per second or so, it is can easily fill up a small pan during a stormy and rainy day. I don't think ...
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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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Water tank will not charge

[Please forgive bad terminology - I'm new to this] My water tank doesn't seem to take a charge at all. I'm hoping to get some suggestions as to what is happening. I have a bladder tank. If just a ...
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Is is safe to have rainwater recycling tank near the bedroom windows?

Is it safe to sleep near a rainwater recycling tank? Is bacteria can developed and flow into the bedroom when sleeping with the window open?
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How to tighten/fix ice-maker's drainage tube connector?

On the back of our fridge is a drainage tube (I assume it's for the ice maker; correct me if i'm wrong). Whenever water drains out of it, it leaks. I've identified that the source of the problem is a ...
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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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What causes wet/damp concrete blocks in a newly built shed?

Over three weeks ago, we had building contractors in to build a turf shed and today there was heavy rainfall all day and we noticed wet/dampness on the inside of the blocks. There are two coats of ...
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What are the three copper connections to my water heater?

Why do I have 3 copper pipes in my gas water heater? It seems two are cold and one is hot. All videos I see online show only two pipes; one for cold coming in, one for hot going out.
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Master Shower Won't Get Hot Unless Another Faucet is Turned On

We have a brand new gas & electric water heater. Purchased in 2013. For some reason, when we turn on the hot water in the master shower, it only gets lukewarm unless one of the sink faucets is ...
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A/C Condensation from duct getting into drywall

My A/C unit has ducts that run to the second floor, into the attic, to feed some ceiling vents. Today, after several days of brutal humidity, I noticed paint blistering, and in one spot bursting, ...
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Is it safe to not have a safety cutoff on an immersion heater?

I'm having some serious trouble with the immersion heater in my apartment. I believe the set up is similar to the one described in this answer, however there is no thermostat to turn the immersion ...
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What type of common materials can I use to detect water infiltration/leaks?

I am trying to find the source for a water leak in my car when it rains. The answer here should also be good for hard to find water leaks in a house. Is there a material I can use which tells me the ...
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Electric water heater leaks around the top, how do I fix it?

My water heater is leaking from the top around the copper fittings. It seems to be filled to capacity. Will adjusting my pressure relief valve stop my water heater from leaking? I turned the main ...
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What is causing this water on the drywall and how concerned should I be?

I noticed some light lines on the dry wall of one my internally facing walls. Here is a picture of the water lines: It's tough to tell from the picture (make sure to view in high resolution), but ...
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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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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 water flowing into my hot water tank from the output pipe?

When I was replacing the hot water heater and the shut off valve I found this issue. Once I turned on my main water I kept the shut off valve closed to the input so I could ensure there was no leak ...
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How can I fix this broken connector piece on my Symmons shower Knob?

I was trying to get the knob off so I could potentially increase the amount of hot water getting mixed and it seemed to be coming off nicely but then snapped. By nicely, I mean it was a steady ...
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Why do I need a shower faucet cartridge?

What's it for? Will the shower work without one?
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“Draining” concrete blocks?

We've recently had exterior waterproofing applied our house. In the process, we removed an old cold room that was underneath our porch. They walled up the entrance to the old cold room, and then ...
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Is “bronze and silumin” mix actually possible in a ball cock?

In my apartment bathroom there's a thick steel pipe with hot water going from the floor beneath through my bathroom and to the store above. There're two pipes welded into that vertical pipe and a ...
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What can cause foggy/misty/gray water when water heater is turned off?

This may be expected behavior but I thought I'd ask anyway... We recently had gas turned off at our house in preparation for a fumigation this weekend. We have a gas water heater (with a tank) so ...