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How do I calculate how much sand, cement and water I need for a specific volume of concrete?

I am using forms to build a decorative wall. The instructions say I need 38 liters total per form. The form ends up producing a wall section 200 centimeters long x 50 centimeters high. How do I ...
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Prevent water from overshooting gutter at corner roof valley?

I have a large, steep roof section (~400sqft) connected by a long ~20' valley. During heavy rainstorms, the majority of the draining water completely overshoots the gutter, landing near the ...
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Should I upgrade to 3/4" pipe all the way to my new pex manifold?

I have a water meter with a 3/4" supply line that is fitted to an adaptor which then runs 1/2" to all the pipes in my house. I'm in the process of installing a PEX manifold system for some new ...
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basement water backing up from unknown source

My house has suffered water last night because some water backing up to my basement through the hole on the ground. The hole looks like below: It seems water in this hole will up if it's raining ...
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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 maker/...
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How can I cover water stains on this wall

During sandy storm I had some water leakage in my home. The damage isn't much in the sense that the drywall is still hard. It just has water stains that I'd like to get rid of. Here is a pic of what ...
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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 [duplicate]

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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How can I monitor water usage for just my portion of a shared property?

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. My neighbors and I ...
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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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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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identifying drainage problems without pulling up the floor

Help. We bought a house 2 yrs ago and remodeled it to within an inch of its life. Both my husband and I have mold allergies. The house is on a slab so we pulled all carpet and put in moisture barrier ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Should I turn the hot water tank off or turn it down on extended vacation?

I am going to FLA for winter this year. I will turn off my water to my home, and set my thermostat at 55 for my 4 month absence. Should I also turn my hot water tank off? Or should I turn to lowest ...
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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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what is the right drainage system around a floating crawlspace foundation?

4 years ago I bought a house in a town on the Canadian border of MN. What I didn't realized was...the property is sloping and my neighbor filled his property up so it's half a foot higher than mine. ...
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Run water from under deck to backyard

I have an Outdoor Water Faucet right under the deck which is very hard to reach. So far I have connect a 50ft water hose there permanently but I always shut off from the faucet because it's leaking ...
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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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Massive water bill

We just received our monthly water bill for 167 CCF, which is 16,700 cubic feet or 125,000 gallons (nearly $1000!). This volume is equivalent to a pond 5 foot deep and 33 feet in diameter. We live on ...
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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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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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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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What could be the cause of Water running in Condo?

One night about a month ago I was watching TV when I heard a loud metal sound followed by the sound of surging water. It was so loud and unsettling my dog started barking. I went next door to ask my ...
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Regarding detaching a tube from a valve on the top of a water storage tank

I am trying to perform the tank sanitizing operation for the reverse osmosis system. One of the procedures involves detaching the tube from the valve, as shown in the first figure. The document does ...
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Tee size in efficienct flow splitting of main water supply

I am re-piping the water supply lines in my house. I have a 1 inch supply line coming from the main. This will travel about 30 feet before being split into 2 lines, one supplying the hot and the ...
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How to deal with a corroded copper water pipe?

We have a corroded copper pipe. I'm not interested in what caused the corrosion. I just want to know how to treat it. What can I do to stop the corrosion? Paint it? What would I paint it with? ...
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Granite and water damage

I live in southern California. I have granite countertops and over the years I've noticed grout cracks between my granite and the tile splash on the sink side. Could the constant water from washing ...
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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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water tap leaking, loosen the nut

A water tap located in the basement is leaking when tap is opened. I inspected the tap, hoping that tightening nut would help, but it seems that the nut is sort of "soldered", i.e. it won't move: ...
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Will my existing deck support the weight of a new hot tub?

I have a hot tub on my deck. I'm ready to fill it but now wondering about the weight on it. The deck is 10' wide with 2x8 joists on 16"centers. The tub is 7' x 7'. When filled with water and people ...
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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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Can I run two well pumps off of one well line?

I was wondering if I can run two well pumps off of one well line ,one for the house and one for irrigation ? If so would I need to install a check valve between the two pumps? I am not sure if two ...
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Can I connect an indoor water meter to water heater with PEX?

So I have a water meter in our basement, connected to the city line via copper (it's also our electrical ground). From the meter is decades-old galvanized leading to a leaky shutoff (which I plan to ...
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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 can I fix a wall-mounted toilet that keeps running?

Our wall-mounted toilet keeps running. It is easy to "stop" by removing the plate with the push-buttons and pressing down the cylinder (valve?) inside, but I'd like to find an actual solution :) It's ...
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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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How to tighten threaded pipe in an existing assembly of pipes

I have a brass pipe with threaded joints coming into the house from the street that has a leaking joint. I can't see how it can be tightened without loosening the joint at the other end of the pipe. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Leaky Bath Faucet, Old Shower Stems!

I have a slight but regular drip (cold water) in our bathtub, so I decided to take the cold handle off in an attempt to replace the washer. A plumber did this in a different bathroom in our house and ...
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What can cause a sink's pivot rod connector to leak water?

Background: When running water in my bathroom sink, I'm seeing a small water leak (about a drop per minute). I traced the source to the bottom of the pivot rod connector - see the red circle in the ...
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Is it possible to hook up a hose to my well pump?

I have a well pump that goes and pull water from an aquifer. I'd like to hook up a hose to it and water some plants that my sprinkler system cannot reach very well. Is it possible to do this? ...