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Can somebody help me understand my washing machine installation report?

I had a integrated washing machine fitted yesterday due to the covid 19 situation I kept a good safety distance from them and there was minimal communication. The plumbers left without any explanation ...
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What causes this brown discoloration in residential water supply?

Recently I have noticed a brown discoloration in water from my taps under certain circumstances. I have a shallow well water supply with minimal gravity feed and a shallow well jet pump with a ...
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Quieting a loud shallow well jet pump

I have a ½ HP Pentair shallow well jet pump (c48h2ec11c3) installed in my utility room. It is, and has always been, loud. I can hear it run from anywhere in the house. Almost since the day I ...
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Fibre washer size

Morning all Newbie here I replaced my old ballcock valve in the toilet. The old one was about 25 years old and was dripping with water slowly coming out of the overflow valve. The cistern is a side ...
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Shower is either all hot or all cold

I have new house and one shower is either all hot or all cold. The shower head in the off position is down and when I turn it to the left its all hot. center is off and right is is all cold. I tried ...
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How do i disassemble this toe touch drain stopper?

please help. i can't figure out for the life of me how to disassemble the rest of this toe touch bathtub stopper and i really need to clean it. this is the view once the top has been screwed off. i ...
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How do I connect a 1/2“ PVC slip joint to a 3/8” compression fitting on a sink faucet?

I'm trying to get water to my sink in an unconventional setup. I have a water tank and a water pump so I don't need a shutoff valve under the sink. I have 1/2" female PVC stubbed up, and I have the ...
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Can the required water demand flow rate be configured on a combo boiler?

I need to run the hot water quite fast for the boiler to react to the demand and start heating the water. Can I configure this rate somehow? Specifically, I'd like to be able to wash my hands in hot ...
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Toilet makes high pitch whine after flushing, but only in the middle of the night

Sometimes, when my toilet is flushed in the middle of the night, it will make a high pitched whining noise for several (5-10 seconds) while refilling. This doesn't happen during the day, and it only ...
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Two check valves in a series on discharge pipe

Is there any downside to having two check valves in series? I'm installing a new sump pump that came with a new check valve. Several feet from the sump pump, there is an existing check valve on the ...
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Standing water inside tub drain

I recently moved into a new home. One of the things I was getting around to doing was installing a hair catch for the bathtub, since there is no catch or drain stop installed. I purchased a universal ...
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How can I unscrew this old bathtub faucet stem?

I'm trying to fix a leaking bathtub faucet, but I can't unscrew these old stem at all...it's stuck. Do i need to open the back side of the wall?
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Mystery Clog & Backup in Upstairs Bathtub

I've got a bathtub upstairs that won't drain (at all), and slowly fills with water apparently from fixtures in the same bath room and the adjacent bathroom. Whatever is going on doesn't appear to be ...
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Proper use of a side inlet elbow in bathroom DWV situation

I'm renovating a 2nd floor bathroom in a 95 year old house. I'm not changing the layout much except for replacing the existing standard toilet with a wall toilet and slightly changing the location of ...
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Unable to remove push-pull stopper from tub drain

I need to remove our push pull style drain stopper in our bathtub so I can get the snake the drain. I've looked at several videos of all seemingly different style lift and turn stoppers, and none have ...
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Squealing faucet (water off, not necessarily running anywhere in house)

We have one faucet that emits a horrible, high pitched, squealing noise. When it does this, the water at the faucet is off and there are no drips (sink is completely dry; no drips in an hour+). ...
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Removing Faucet Handle Undentified Bathroom Sink Leaking Cartridge

Trying to identify this bathroom sink faucet in order to replace a leaking cartridge. Removed what appears to be a grub screw underneath the handle bar (see pic) Tried removing the handlebar by: ...
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Significant air in water lines

Almost a month ago we had a new well tank installed, the brand is called Mainline. Immediately after installation we had lots of air in the lines. We have a small tenant house on the premises and a ...
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Will low well water pH cause plumbing damage or health problems?

Our well has been having some bacteria issues so we are installing a UV filter system. The installer also recommended a system to correct the acidic quality of our water which is PH 6.0. He said it ...
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Brand new shallow well jet pump, noisy and slow

1/2 hp Red Lion shallow well jet pump, 20 gal pressure tank, well water table was measured 8 feet down the well pipe. When priming the pump, water came steady but not at a good rate. Not knowing how ...
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Dual Hot water tank flushing

I have just tied to flush both of my dual water heaters, one at a time but water won’t come out if either. Drop at the most, what am I doing wrong? These are in my attic? I’ve followed all ...
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Which diameter of pipe to be used from overhead reservoir to Outlet (1.5 bar pressure with 15 mm diameter pipe)..?

One outlet point having 15 mm diameter is required having pressure 1.5 Bar. Dimension of overhead reservoir is 0.5 diameter and 0.3 height. The head difference approximately 6 meters. Which diameter ...
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11/16 OD Toilet shut off

My house is 1920s, New England. its been upgraded and added onto a few times. 2nd floor toilet shut off was leaking. I cut off the valve as I was unable to safely get a torch on it to un-solder it....
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Need to hang 60 lb water heater on exterior stucco wall

I need to hang a 60 lb tankless water heater on the back wall of my house located in California. The house was built in the 1940s and the exterior walls are stucco. The mounting bracket on the water ...
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sewer waste coming from main line clean out

Please help, I need advice. I have sewage waste coming from second cleanouts that connects to neighbors and city. My inside plumbing shows nothing no issues, nothing coming up in the sinks, toilets ...
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Weird toilet leaks

So my toilet started leaking from the base, so I turned the water off and took the toilet apart. The lip of the flange had broke and the wax ring was gone. Replaced the lip with a metal replacement ...
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Only run hose when other fixtures are turned off

In my basement, I have the plumbing pictured here below. The pipe going up from the tee on the right feeds all the fixtures in the main house, and the pipe going down feeds everything in the pool ...
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Replace corroded copper water pipe

The shutoff valve for my water main has cracked. As part of replacing it, I'd like to also replace the corroded copper pipe connected to it. What would be the best way to replace the valve and ...
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NO COLD WATER after installing pump. Have to run hot water to get cold water

I installed pump and I am getting hot water at all faucets. My problem is contrary to why I installed pump. I now have to run and waste HOT water to get cold water. I have misplaced or lost my ...
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Kitchen sink backing up with no apparent blockage

We're having trouble stopping our kitchen sink drain from backing up. The sink now backs up nearly instantly (after a few seconds), previously it took a bit longer to backup. We've tried on multiple ...
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Installing a tankless water heater next to electric service panel

I am in the process of installing an outdoor natural gas tankless water heater. The issue I'm running into is clearances around the heater. There's a small spot on the back wall of the house where I'd ...
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Whole lemon is stuck in the toilet

My little boy flushed a whole lemon down the toilet. It is stuck. What can I use to dissolve the lemon?
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How can I move/replace this ABS p-trap?

I installed a new vanity and sink, and found that the sink drain doesn’t line up with the p trap (also, incidentally, I’ll need a tailpiece extension - but that’s not my question). I am trying to ...
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Tankless Electric water heater Electrical interference

I recently installed a Rheem Retex-18 tankless electric water heater. When I turn the heater on I experience many electrical issues around the house: 1. Sense home energy monitor freaks out and turns ...
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Toilet Supply Valve Not Turning Off

Novice here. The fill valve was leaking and causing the water to coming very very slow. Like 45 minutes to fill up tank. I bought a fill valve top and replaced it. Let me add that I did turn water off ...
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What is this noise in my water pipes?

I can hear what sounds like pressure building and then it stops. It's almost like the sound of water being turned on but there is no water running. Sometimes it's louder then others and the length ...
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What is the purpose of Solenoid Valve in Reverse Osmosis? Can I do away with it?

The SV (36v) in my RO water purifier has stopped working. Product is currently unavaiable in Amazon and with the lockdown in effect in my city, I'm not even able to get a replacement. So I was ...
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Installing Drain bathroom sinks

I’m experiencing some leakage around the connection points as the water flows back up to exit. I’m wondering if the exit is too steep.
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Plumbing Setup for Basement Laundry

I am trying to remove some outdated, and possibly poorly laid out plumbing to create a new setup for a washer/dryer and sink. The current setup has a brass drain line a few feet above the ground and ...
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Replacing a Saddle Valve with a Tee?

I want to replace a saddle valve with a sharkbite (Close quarters + HVAC nearby, I really don't want to solder it :) ) slip tee (3/4" x 3/4" x 3/4"), but I can't seem to figure out the right couplers ...
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Do I need to use a Sewage/Ejector pump if there's no toilet in the basement?

My home has a sump pit and an ejector pit, but I'm wondering if I can just use sump pumps in both pits. There's is no toilet or shower in the basement, so the only thing that drains into the ejector ...
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Can anyone explain what this pipe is in the basement?

We just bought a house and are getting a new washer/dryer setup, but the old one is slightly confusing. There is a switched pump to pump out the laundry water. I don't know if this open pipe above ...
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How to Replace Old 1/4" In-Line Copper Water Filter?

I have an inline (10 Year Old) water filter that wasn't replaced. I'm interested in replacing it (Just eliminating the filter and replacing it with a straight run of tube) as I suspect that it might ...
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How do I remove shower handle to change stem?

It’s an old Price Pfister 3 handle shower system. The shower leaks cold water when it’s turned off. I watched some videos and now I can’t get past the first step, pulling off the handle. I ...
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Properly Updating Drains for Basement Bathroom Update

Pictures https://imgur.com/a/olBlrHG basically explain it. It was a "full bath" when we bought it and sold as one, (and its recorded as such for tax purposes). I want to convert it to laundry room/...
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Floorplan reasonability check: would need to put a kitchen drainpipe in a concrete subfloor slub

I'm planning a remodel in an appartment, and the way I see the space would work the best is when I bring a kitchen quite far away from the mainlines. And layout dictates that sink drain pipe should ...
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Water coming out of shower head without using the diverter

I installed a new faucet set in the shower, and when I turn on the water, without pulling the diverter up, water comes out of the shower head. The flow increases, when the knob is adjusted to the ...
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1“ inch pipe connected to 3/4” pipe at meter outlet

The meter outlet at the street has a 3/4 check valve. If i am connecting 1 inch pipe to the check or back flow valve, what are the effects on flow and pressure ?
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Locating burst point in copper pipe

There's a leak, most likely a freeze burst, in a vertical section of 1/2" copper pipe that runs behind some drywall. In order to minimize the amount of drywall that I have to tear out, I'd like to ...
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What is the purpose of this pvc pipe in my backyard?

This inverted "U" pvc pipe configuration is located one or two feet from a water source/hose bib (see photo). It has a shutoff valve, but when I open it, I don't hear or feel any water flow. I'd like ...

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