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When to replace respirator filters?

I've got a respirator like this one: I assume with the particulate filters (for dust) you just change them when they get hard to breathe through, but what about the organic vapor or chemical ...
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How can I determine what is in my water?

My question is, how can I determine exactly what these "floaties" are that I see in my drinking water? I know that I sound crazy and more than a little obsessive-compulsive....my wife tells me this ...
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How to clear pool filter pressure gauge that is stuck?

I've got an in-ground pool, and a DE filter from Jandy. The pressure gauge is in an assembly bolted to the top. The assembly looks like something like this (image from catalog, mine is pretty much ...
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What should I look for when shopping for a kitchen faucet water filter?

I'm looking for a kitchen faucet water filter that I can install, and found several online. My main goal is to have easy access to clean water in my apartment, and to also have a method of filling 5 ...
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Would it be a bad idea to use two air filters?

The filter in our central air/heat is directly under the unit and very difficult to replace filters. Even though we use 3 month filters, we replace them monthly due to pet hair/dander. It's a pain to ...
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How can I unbend a bent furnace filter slot?

I recently bought a new home. When going to change the furnace filter, I couldn't get the original furnace filter out of the slot at the last part of the filter (where the cardboard border is). Since ...
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How can I filter iron out of kiddie pool water?

Our well water is high in iron. In the house, we put salt with an iron remover into our water softener. The outside bibs don't run through the water softener, however. The other day we filled up the ...
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Can I use the exposed water line on a Kenmore refrigerator to bypass the internal filter for incoming water supply?

I have a Kenmore refrigerator (model 53552200) that has incoming tap water connected to a valve near the bottom on the back of the fridge. In addition, there is an exposed 1/4" plastic water line ...
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What type of water filter cartridge is right for drinking water in NYC

I moved to a new house and found a 10" big blue water filter installed under the kitchen sink, of the type that would normally be whole-house. The water tastes off and I am assuming that the cartridge ...
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My Refrigerator Water Tastes Like Peppers!

I have a whirlpool side by side refrigerator with an ice maker / water dispenser in the door. I got it used and have never use the water features because there is a peppery taste in the water that ...
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What could be causing my spa filter to clog regularly/often; and how can I fix it?

EDITED FOR TL;DR: I have an above-ground fiberglass spa in the backyard of my home. I'd call it a four-person as more than that would probably overflow the tub, but it's got seating for up to seven; ...
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What are drawbacks of installing outdoor sediment filters this way?

On the far left is incoming water pipe split into 2 flexible(?) pipes where each goes to the inlet of each of the filters. Outlet of both filters are joint to each others with a Tee connector at the ...
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Can I replace the permanent filter in my furnace?

In my furnace (ruud ubhc-17j14sfa), there is a permanent, washable filter. It was there when we moved in 2 years ago. The house is about 10 years old now. The filter is pretty simple, more like a ...
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How long should I run my pool filter per day?

I'm trying to determine how long I actually have to run my pool filter per day, but my maths are not adding up. Most places on the internet (that I've come across), recommend 8-12 hours per day. The ...
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How can I attach an under-sink water filtration system to the water line?

I recently bought an under-the-sink drinking water filter, a model from GE, and I got stuck trying to hook it up to the cold water line. The package came with a simple plastic tee that had a 1/2 inch ...
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How can I make a bluish “white” LED less blue?

I recently bought this white LED reading lamp. I like it a lot, but the "white" light produced is significantly blue; I'll guess its color temperature is about 5000K. I've noticed that, when this is ...
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Can I build a 3 stage whole house water filter myself?

I wanted to get any thoughts and suggestions on setting up a 3 stage whole house filter for a well. The idea is to take the individual whole house filter and put 3 of them in series together. First, ...
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Is it possible to connect an inline filter to a hot water dispenser?

I plan to install an under-counter hot water dispenser and want to pre-filter the water. I found this product that already includes a pre-filter, but the cartridges appear to be proprietary and ...
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What could cause an under-sink reverse osmosis filter to have low pressure?

The previous homeowner put in a GE SmartWater reverse osmosis filter under the sink, which is attached to the cold water. It was experiencing low pressure (the sink-top valve would spurt water for ...
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EMI / RFI filters for reducing dimmer-switch noise (what is available, where to install)

I don't have many light-dimmers in my house right now, but I'm doing some renovation, adding recessed lights in some areas that I have temporary open access to the floor joist areas and circuit runs, ...
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Do you really need a pipe out for potential harmful gas for pump

I recently replaced a Laundry pump, the laundry pump has 2 connections out, one is a pvc pipe out to the drain, the other opening is for piping out gas/air from sewer system. Currently, I have the ...
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Does our main air intake need an electrostatic filter if our furnace already has one?

We have an electrostatic filter on our furnace right where in main air intake connects. We recently had our ducts cleaned and they told us we also needed to have our main air intake cleaned (an extra ...
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How often should I backwash my pool filter?

I have a pressure gauge on top of my DE filer: Recently the pool guy came out when the Zodiac wasn't pulling strong enough to climb the sides and showed me that the pressure was 35 and that the ...
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Very odd gas furnace installation in apartment… How do I change the filter?

Here are some pictures of the installation: http://imgur.com/a/UWSyD This furnace is actually in my unit. It looks like the previous tenant or landlord just jammed a bunch of filters on both sides. I ...
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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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Can a non-expandable filter be used in place of an EZ flex furnace filter?

My Carrier furnace has the EZ flex filters (16x25x5). These come with the plastic end caps that fit on the expandable filters. Can a regular filter, non expandable, of the same dimensions be used as ...
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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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Unable to locate filter on Gas Furnace

Can not find where the filter for this furnace is. It is a gas Rheem Criterion II. Have watched YouTube videos but none look like mine. Thermostat keeps saying filter needs replacement.
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how to change furnace filter (bottom return) for Lennox G43UF

I have a Lennox G43UF furnace and I am not sure if I need to have both a filter for a side return and bottom return. If I do (which sounds logical), where would the location of the bottom return ...
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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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Changing furnace filter

I moved to a new house recently. The house is around 40 years old. It has a central heating system (natural gas furnace). I hear that one should replace the filter regularly (like once a month, or ...
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Does my furnace's air filter do anything at all?

Our house seems very dusty. The tops of bookshelves, computer screens, etc seem to accumulate a thin film of dust just a few days after cleaning. Certain other co-inhabitants of my house have ...
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Anything wrong with moving from a washable mesh HVAC filter to disposable?

Currently my HVAC system has this inside it: https://www.discountfilters.com/air-filters/bryantcarrier-kfafk0212med-2-pack/p110138/ It's a washable mesh basically...and it doesn't seem to offer much ...
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How do I buy raw filters that are the same kind as used in dryers?

Do you know the kind of filter net in your dryer filters? The filter material is dense enough to block any lint from passing through, but airy enough to not block any of the air pressure. I'd like ...
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Ok to hook up water filters to a regular kitchen faucet?

So we have this beautiful Grohe Minta (sort of upside down 7-shaped) kitchen faucet. We want to add a drinking water faucet next to it, but cannot find any filtered water faucet that goes with the ...
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Enclosure for whole house water filter

I plan to install a whole house water filter system. I will buy the cartridges separately and have a plumber hook it up. I don't want to trench from one end of the house to the other to put them on ...
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How can I remove iron from water?

Currently, the water smells very strong of Iron (Water softener is currently broke, going to be fixed shortly). The neighbors in the area said the softener will get some of the iron but they had to ...
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GE front load washing machine; emptying filter at least once a week

I have a GE 4.5cu ft front load Energy Star washing machine. I am constantly draining and cleaning the filter/pump. I’ve had this one for a year. The one I had before I had for about 8 years and never ...
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Filtered water in a glass container

So I'm tired of carrying mineral water bottles and recycling the glass. I'd like to switch to filtered tap water, but I'd like to avoid the plastic jug and the plastic container in which the filtering ...
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How can I fix this furnace filter slot to prevent filters bending?

I noticed a problem with my furnace filter. In the vertical slot where it gets installed, there is a channel along the bottom but not along the top. As a result, the top corner of the filter ...
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water filter for shower boiler

In a shared garden, I have access to a pipe where the water comes from a well. the water is already pre-filtered but still contains (small amount) particles. I would like to install a shower, the few ...
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Identifying well water filter

Just moved into a new home with well water and it looks like I have two types of filters. No identifying labels so I'm a little confused about what is what. In my previous home, I just had a plain ...
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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 core ...
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What are those black dots in my water?

I recently changed my water filter in my fridge after 3 years (I know, gross). The directions said to run at least 20 cups of water through the dispenser afterwards to clear out air bubbles. I have ...
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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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Air purifiers keep smelling like ozone

I know that every electric motor produces some ozone, it's unavoidable. Most of the time I don't notice it. We had a Honeywell HEPA room air purifier (basically a fan which pulls in room air through a ...
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How to and how much to clean the HEPA filter?

I'm trying to clean this HEPA filter from my vacuum cleaner by washing* it and even though I've managed to get most of the dirtiness out, there's still some left sticking to the corners between each ...
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2 Air Filters in Air Conditioning Unit

My air conditioning system has a 2-layered (each 1") filter holder, definitely made for two filters. My idea, to improve the filter life and have the least air flow restriction, is to have the initial ...
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No Water from Reverse Osmosis water system

I recently replaced my filters and membrane in my Reverse Osmosis water system and now there is no water coming out of the filtration system to the tank. The tank is at the correct pressure, and is ...
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Catalytic Carbon or Birm for iron removal

I took a water test that has the following results: (acceptable standard in parenthesis). Total hardness: 100ppm (<50ppm) Alkalinity: 120ppm (<180ppm) pH: 7 (6.5-8.5) iron: 5+ ppm (<.3ppm) ...