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Seized “ballofix” ball valve can't shut off water properly

I have a dripping shower/bath mixer tap (read "running hot water and rapidly getting worse") which I need to fix. I have found the water switch off valves for the apartment, but I cannot close them ...
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Do polyphosphates reduce scale in refrigerator ice makers?

I am considering switching to a polyphosphate-containing water filter for my refrigerator ice maker/water dispenser. Currently, I use softened water to prevent calcium build-up in the ice ...
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How to Get Water Filtered with Silver for a Student? [on hold]

Student so I am searching for a low budget product but can 100-200 e if necessary. I did not find any good products in AliExpress. Now, I am considering the product here but it is rather expensive ...
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Loud gushing noise when neighbour runs their faucet

I live on the 2nd floor of an 11 floor condo. Lately I have heard a loud gushing water sound under my kitchen sink when a neighbour runs their water. This occurs every time the neighbour turns on ...
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Water Pressure Fluctuating

We are selling our house, and I have not noticed any problems myself with our water pressure, but the home inspector's report said--- Water pressure rising and dropping as pump is running and shutting ...
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1/4 turn shutoff valve doesn't completely turn water off

My 1/4 shut off valve still allows a very small amount of water through when turned off. This valve controls a line that I need to disconnect while long term repairs are in effect and it effectively ...
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Running water in master shower causes guest bathtub spigot to drip

If this sounds familiar, I deleted my previous question cause I have more info that changes the facts. I noticed that my son's guest bathroom tub had a little water around the drain after I took a ...
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pump running little water going into tank

My well pump is running but water sounds like it is trickling into the tank. I have primed the pump and that appears to be fine. In fact,after running the pump for a little bit, when I go to remove ...
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Water usage in my home

I live at a property of 4 bungalows, we are all on 1 water meter. We have all been told by the property owner that our monthly charge for water is going up because of higher use. Me and the other ...
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Testing older anti-scald valve for correct function?

Would it be acceptable to do the following: 1) Turn on water at shower valve. Set temp at > 100F. 2) Turn off (or drastically lower) cold water upstream. 3) Measure Temp of water < 120F.
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Where's this water coming from?

The carpet outside the bathroom has two wet spots, as though water is seeping up from slab foundation. Cannot find any pipes leaking in bathroom, the spots are randomly positioned, about a foot into ...
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How long should a blower and dehumidifier run in order to dry out ceiling boards and drywall?

I recently had a leak in a pipe in my ceiling. It was caught immediately and only soaked the floor below my bathroom, the floor boards and ceiling drywall in a small area. I had two air blowers and a ...
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Water on construction site. Damage to bricks?

I managed to sneak on the construction site of my future apartment and noticed a large puddle of water where my apartment is. The first row of bricks is already wet as you can see in the picture. ...
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Run full load in washing machine, find water on floor by drain

It's a house new to us but 18 years old. We ran the washing machine for the first time with a full load and came back to find water around the drain pipe and on the floor. Makes sense that the drain ...
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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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Low water pressure

Just replaced my main water valve that feeds the house. It's copper line and I used shark bite fittings. Kitchen sink, master shower and both toilets have very low pressure now. All other faucets are ...
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Tub faucet pressure starts strong then drops off

Only my tub fauce water pressure starts great, then after 5 seconds it drops off. It happens on both hot and cold settings. What could be causing this? Thanks in advance for any advice.
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Turn off water heater as well during winter?

If I am going on vacation for an extended period during winter (it occasionally gets below freezing here), should I turn off water valve AND the gas water heater or just turn off the main water valve? ...
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What's the best way to prevent water from collecting underneath a soap bar? [migrated]

I've used regular soap dishes for most of my life, but the water would always collect underneath the dish, which is annoying. So I started putting a washrag underneath the dish to collect the ...
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If the iron levels in our home's water are too high, how do we adjust them?

Although I haven't tested the actual water quality in our house, we often get orange colored stains in toilets and around drains where water has evaporated - which I would assume are from high iron ...
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RO reverse osmosis filters need replacing?

I tested the water & there's copper in it (about 1.0) but everything else is good. Is it possible that used filters might fail to filter only one contaminate & still filter others? If this ...
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Powervent Water Heater Has Cold Air coming into Vent

I have just had a new powervent water heater installed by a licensed plumber. All looks well and runs well except the fact that there is a big draft coming back into the vent while the blower is not ...
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Extending longevity of ceramic water filters

With washable ceramic water filters, should they be washed regularly to improve longevity? Like this type: My thinking is that if they're not washed, contaminants could get pushed deep into the ...
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How to make Ariston Hotpoint FMG 863 SK washing machine to use more water

Due to EU and US regulations, latest models of washing machines are really eco-friendly and use much less water thant their previous models. The problem is, this has to be countered by increasing the ...
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Water pressure in upstairs sink lost after turning off main line to fix shower

So yesterday I had to replace the handle on the shower-- and because I couldn't access the valve to the shower, I had to shut off the main valve to the entire house. I switched out the handle and ...
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Hot water doesn't come out of faucet right away and makes banging noise when it does

This happens on every faucet in the house. Sometimes, when you first turn on the hot water, it comes out (just the pressure in the line) and then it runs slow and stops. Then, a banging noise happens ...
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Replace Toilet Water Supply Line

I'd like to replace this old toilet copper supply line with a more flexible braided supply line. The problem is that I can't find one with the right connection to the water supply valve. Current ...
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Will a generic carbon filter reduce radon in my water?

The title pretty much says it all. Will a carbon filter like this help reduce radon in my water?
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frozen pipe: heating tape, compressed air?

We have a shower on a second floor with a frozen cold-water pipe. It seems to happen every time the temperature falls below 15 degrees F. Previously I fixed this by taking the plate off around the ...
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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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Granite and water damage

I live in southern california. Our neighborhood is prone to those nasty large roaches that hang out in moist areas. I am in desperate need of finding a solution. I have granite countertops and over ...
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I have toilet water disappearing after neighbor flushes toilet

I come home and have maybe 1" of water in bottom of stem in base of bowl. This happens when neighbor flushes her toilet. I have had a plumber here, he has reset the toilet & new wax ring, gone ...
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Is this Fafco valve actuator actually a Jandy?

My pool's solar panel valve actuator is not working any more. The temperature panel lights up but the valve seems broken. It doesn't move and I can't manually adjust the handle. I bought the house a ...
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WIll electric pressure washer work with low water pressure?

I live in a 5th floor of a building that doesn't have strong water pressure. I remember that many years ago a cleaning group was going to pressure-wash the exterior of the building, but couldn't ...
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Vacationing - water heater off?

We're definitely not DIY-types in our household, so would love an answer from those who know the answer: We have a gas water heater in the basement, and will be traveling for over a month this summer. ...
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Single handle kitchen faucet - too sensitive finding warm

It's almost impossible to find warm water with my single handle kitchen faucet. It's either scalding hot or freezing cold. It's a little easier to find when using max pressure but not on lower ...
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How to fix leaky outdoor faucet

Water leaks from the valve when the water to the faucet is on. What is the name of this type of faucet & how do I fix this leak? I put in a new washer in the garden hose which stopped the hose ...
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Filter water in a tank without a whole house filter

We have come to a vacation home on a remote destination for a few months. We notice that when we use the water for bathing it leaves our skin dry and feeling like there was some dust in water that's ...
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How do I get more GPM from my Delta Monitor series 13 shower faucet?

For example, is there a way to non-destructively modify the cartridge to increase the flow rate without damaging the cartridge and the scald guard feature? I currently have a shower wand with the ...
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Jet water pump runs forever and water tank never fills

I just bought a new house that was winterized and vacant for about 6 months. It has a deep well with a jet pump. When I turn the pump on, the tank does not fill up but water does come out of the ...
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Open-bottom access box for a backwater valve in basement

I am getting a backwater valve installed in the basement to prevent sewage backups. The contractor will install a backwater valve (something like this) enclosed in some access box (something like this ...
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Why is there water in my washing machine barrel some time after a load?

I have a frigidaire front load washing machine, and we are finding a few inches of water in the barrel after running a load, but not right away -- it takes at least 1/2 an hour before the water ...
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What's the normal water flow from a residential RO membrane?

I just replaced the filters of a reverse osmosis system by myself for the first time. However, I realized that the water flow from the outlet of the RO membrane is very low, like droplets. Does ...
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How can I install a drain pan under my existing water heater?

I want to install a water heater pan under my 12 year old water heater. It is located in the basement and is on bricks. I can't figure how I can physically get a pan under the water heater. Thanks.
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How to fill soil void along basement wall?

The previous homeowners did not keep up with the downspouts and some erosion occurred. All of the drains to the street are great and I have reconnected the downspouts to the drain pipes; some were ...
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Water Problem on Patio

Spotted water settling on patio...removed some cement tiles and found a crack in the 16 year old slab of poured cement ....water was flowing up from beneath the slab. Have a little hill behind a ...
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ground water in old coal store

Hi my old coal store in cellar leaks ground water when it rains. Rest of my cellar is a converted kitchen and bathroom. House is over 100 years old. I have damp proofed with liquid rubber, tanking tar ...
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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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Manually turning on a sprinkler valve with bleed screw?

I am installing a new sprinkler valve system. Everything was pre-assembled with three valves, all I had to do was connect the incoming water and outgoing water. As part of the "testing" procedure it ...
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Water pump and pipe size for maximum water intake?

Each floor is 12 feet in height. I already have the pump (Centrifugal Regenerative Self Priming 1HP Peripheral Type, Self Priming - 180sec At 3m STATIC SUCTION LIFT) and would like to know which is ...