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There would be no such thing as "excessive wear" on a bathtub drain - unless there was caustic material being poured down the drain which ate away at the drain pipe and joints.....although from the sounds of it this is far from the case here. For the sake of discussion let us assume that the tub is a quality name brand product. It may be that there was ...


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When installed properly, the life should be indefinite. The hot/cold should have little effect, unless those temperatures are extreme.


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Do you have shutoff valves for the sink exhibiting the problem? These are likely under the sink hidden in a cabinet. If so, turn them off and remove the hot and cold water hoses from the faucet's end. With each end of the hose in a bucket, test the water supply by turning on the shutoff valve. If you get flow, then the issue is with the faucet fixture. If ...


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You might want to consider installing a utility/laundry faucet, in place of the spigot. This will allow you to connect both hot and cold supply lines, and will have a built in mixing valve to allow you to vary the temperature of the water. They also tend to have the proper threads on the spout, to allow the attachment of a garden hose. You'll have to ...


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You might be overthinking this. Grab a portable dishwasher adapter and screw it on the aerator threads of a faucet. Hose connection done by adapter, mixing valve done by faucet, done.


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2) The knobs should pull off. They may be glued in place by mineral accumulation over the years; try wiggling them to break that free. 1, 3) Depends on the type of valve; several are in common use. You won't know what you've got until you have it open.


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Get a pinch clamp tool, like this one, and a pipe cutter. Those are the tools you'll need. One tool works for all size pinch clamps. Copper has antimicrobial properties. Copper will oxidate and leak under certain water and electrical conditions. Copper that is not completely dry and clean cannot be soldered. Pex can be fixed underwater and covered in poo. ...


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1-1/4 is probably the thread size on the bottom (standard pipe threads.) The threaded part that's currently exposed is the radiator union connection, and may fit a 1-1/4" union, or it may be an odd size specific to the radiator, depending on how that company was playing the game at the time. If its a 1-1/4 union thread, you'd need to buy a 1-1/4 union and ...


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Usually it is illegal for the landlord to charge for building repairs. The only time a landlord should be able to charge is when the damage is not from normal wear and tear (like dumping a pot of rice down the garbage disposal). It's hard to guess what is causing the blockage but bet it is related to the Nu-Flo coating de-laminating and clogging the ...


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OK...I'm embarrassed. I know I said it wasn't the filter, because every three months I take of the filters and clean them with vinegar. I went ahead and took out the aerator assembly, and there was what looked like very thin plastic stuck in the hole in the center, blocking all water from coming through. A few years ago I saw similar material in my ...


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Any chance you're using Watts FloodSafe supply lines? They look like this. They're special supply lines that have a shutoff device that will shut off the flow of water if the flow rate increases beyond a specified rate. If that's the case, turn off the water supply valves, disconnect the supply lines at the point where it connects to the valve (not under ...


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There is a substantial restriction somewhere - partly-closed valve, over-soldered fitting, something like that. Your 15 seconds or so of good pressure is probably from the hose itself storing water - the slow trickle past the restriction gradually pressurizes the hose to full line pressure - as soon as you start using water, the hose contracts, and when ...


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In general, yes, stainless steel is more corrosion resistant than copper. It forms a tightly bonded oxide coating which tends to prevent further corrosion. If replumbing a house where copper pipes corroded (this is more prone to happen in some areas than others due to water chemistry differences) my first instinct at this point would be to use PEX plastic ...


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In general (which is all we can do without specifics of "what new taps") bath and shower controls in the current era include an "anti-scald" feature which deliberately limits how hot the water coming out can be (by some means, which vary, and with more or less effectiveness...) If replacing older taps, this may well reduce the maximum temperature you can ...


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Buy a captive-air (bladder) pressure tank (accumulator) and be done with it. If you pressurize water with nitrogen without a bag/bladder/diaphragm, you're going to discover that nitrogen does dissolve in water. This is a very evolved technology where you are stunningly unlikely to invent something better than what already exists, and certain to spend more ...


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To pressurize water you can simply put a tank on the roof (or build a new water tower) and feed with pumps from storage tanks lower down. This is done in in many high rise buildings in New York were the municipal water pressure is not big enough to reach the higher floors. If the roof is not strong enough to hold a water tank (and you are not allowed to ...


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As said above, sound bounces around on hard surfaces. To calm the echo down you need to use a combination of diffusion and absorption. Diffusion is what causes the sound to bounce in different directions, ie a blank wall will reflect the sound in the same direction which causes it to come straight back to your ears, but if you put a book shelf in the way ...


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Have the room's contents changed? Irregular surfaces diffuse sound more effectively, as do soft surfaces. Wall hangings, bookcases (especially if the books aren't all lined up with each other), carpets, furniture and people all absorb some sound energy and change the sound of a room.


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Probably as a result of opening the wall to repair the plumbing, the wall facing was rebuilt. You might try texturing the wall and repainting it with a non-glossy paint. Just matching the other walls should be good enough. Also, if you have not yet returned all wall coverings, tapestries, paintings, and furniture to that wall or carpet to the floor, the ...


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A piston pump compared to a plunger pump, from Wikipedia. The parts you specified from your picture are piston pumps. A piston pump is a type of positive displacement pump where the high-pressure seal reciprocates with the piston.1 Piston pumps can be used to move liquids or compress gases.


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If you measure 0 psi when the tank is empty, it means the tank is not charged. Try adding air through the Schrader valve. If you can't get the pressure to increase and hold, the bladder is bad. If you measure the pressure at the Schrader valve when the tank is connected to the plumbing, you'll always measure the water pressure in the plumbing. The tank ...


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I've installed many filter systems this way, it's very common. (random from web; not my install) Installing the filters themselves is pretty straight-forward, with a couple things to note: Some people (including this picture above) install a bypass to the filters, but I'd actually not recommend that. It's too easy to accidentally open and have mostly ...


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Poorly preforming contractors make things up to explain problems which they do not understand......this is especially true if said contractors were involved in any way with the installation of the object(s) in need of explanation. As this is the case here, I would like to say that as a retired General contractor and an experienced plumber......you are being ...


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If the atrium is open to the sky, then it will always receive rainwater when it rains. Therefore, enclosing the space is the only way to entirely divert rainwater away from the space. This points to the general solution, changing the direction in which the roof system slopes (as a useful abstraction consider the roof system to include the gutters and ...


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I've had exactly this issue, on the hot line to a tub, and eventually (disassembling the piping as I went) found an elbow almost plugged with solder - a half-inch pipe with a 1/16" or smaller hole through the nearly-plugged fitting. Someone got over-entusiastic feeding solder (probably 40 years ago for the one I found - and someone lived with the tub that ...


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The simplest way to deal with this is to use a Dremel rotary tool and an abrasive wheel to cut a slot in the fastener. You can then use a screwdriver to remove it.


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I had a shower that smelled like cat urine for a year or more no matter what I did. I sniffed around and found it was a mold that was growing unnoticed on the tile grout. The tile is brown and the mold blended right in. It appeared to be brown and somewhat slimy. I believe it originated on the connection of the soap dish to the wall which had a layer of ...


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I spent $60 dollars and bought a set of Irwin Multi-Spline extractors on-line. You can use the different sized extractors to grab onto the interior of your faucet nozzle and then you can un-screw the jammed aerator threads. You might be able to find something in the plumbing tools section of your Home Depot or Lowes. Look for pipe nipple extractors. The ones ...



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