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Rain dropping on balcony making noise -- how to fix?

My awning is a little bit too short, causing rain to drop on my balcony railing. I don't really care about aesthetics, just want an easy solution. I can think of some options: Bend the flashing from ...
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How can I drain rainwater from a pit under house?

Our house is build on 1m brick piles. In one corner is a 50cm deep brick-lined pit which used to contain a load of swimming pool gear that I recently had removed (the pool was filled in long ago, and ...
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Can rainwater seep through a single-layer brick wall in large quantities?

There is some not-so-small amount of rainwater entering our basement from the top of a window. I have checked the roof and gutters and fixed all cracks in the mortar between bricks on the exterior ...
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How to muffle rain hitting overhanging steel eave?

In order to stop rain soaking in through the walls a narrow 15cm steel eave was added above a couple of windows at my place. It does the job, we no longer get any water entering the building. But, it ...
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Why are the edges of our subfloor wet after rain, but the walls are completely dry?

Our house has a stucco exterior and a dirt crawlspace, part of the crawlspace is wet, but there isn't much water pooling down there. Where the water is pooling, the subfloor is completely dry. The ...
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Swimming pool as water barrel for irrigation

I have a 60 year old concrete swimming pool still in good condition but not used as a pool for 20 years. It is now a nature pool good for fireflies, bats, toads, ducks, etc. The original chain link ...
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Radon system water leak in attic

In my attic there is (what I think is) the fan part of a radon mitigation system. There's a lip, and water pools there, then overflows and gets water in the attic. It seems to be worse when it rains. ...
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Should I re-winterize my pool if I got all the chemicals in, but didn't get the cover on before 2 days worth of heavy downpours?

First time owning a pool!! Yesterday we put all the chemicals in to winterize our above ground pool. The directions said it would need to circulate for about 3 hours, then we could add the cover, ...
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How do I install flashing about an existing window?

I have two windows on one side of my house, with one directly above the other as pictured below. During rain storms, water rolls directly off the top one on to the bottom one. Water gets into the ...
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Rain Gets on Outdoor Prong

Just to be clear, this is about the prong, not the outlet! Today I set up an outdoor fountain and plugged it into an outdoor extension cord to reach the outdoor outlet I have. When I went back inside,...
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How to make rainwater clearer?

I have collected rainwater but is a little greenish. Is there a way to make it more clean? Is the sun able to make it more cleaner?
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Soundproofing tape outdoor

I'm thinking about using soundproofing resilient tape on my balcony, mostly because rain sometime hits the metal railing and the noise bothers me. I was wondering if such material is flame resistant, ...
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How do the impermeabilization of external power cable?

Hypothetical situation: I would have to install some external reflectors like this on my store. It should be screwed as higher as possible on the external wall to illuminate outdoors, increase store ...
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Do I need to waterproof fastener holes on the exterior of my home?

This is a general question that relates to a number of small DIY projects I want to do around our house, including putting an awning over one of our door ways to keep rain away from the doorstep/...
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How to determine storage capacity needed for water runoff tanks?

My region gets an average of 12 inches of rain per year, and 24 inches of snow per year. Nearly all of the rain falls in huge monsoons at the end of the summer, so I have to store everything that ...
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How to insulate from the noise generated by rain falling on a roof window?

My sleeping room is just below the roof, and has two roof windows. When it rains during the night (rather common experience during winter in central Italy, where I am located), the rain falling on the ...
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Does pooling rainwater pose a threat to my roof?

I have a condo with a rooftop. The rooftop is designed such that all water flows towards one corner of the roof, and out to a drainage system. Unfortunately, the home builder built the home so that ...
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How close to roof should downspout be?

I know it is common for 2nd story gutters to empty on the roof surface; however, houses I've seen the gutter empty close to the roof. my recently install gutters seem to be four to five inches off ...
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How to safely run power out to pond pump?

I built a pond that is about 50 feet from the house and nearest outlet and need to run a pond pump in it. The pond is too large for the solar-powered pumps I have seen. I considered simply buying a ...
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Clogged downspout pipe

My downspout, next to a stucco wall, used to go into a cast iron pipe. Recently, the water must have gotten behind the stucco and in the winter, the stucco wall collapsed, pushed the downspout out of ...
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Is it safe for plumbing to use rainwater to flush toilets?

A couple of articles encourage the use of rainwater to flush toilets. (article 1, article 2) However, would it be safe to do so if the rainwater in your particular area has a pH that is considered as ...
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Using tarpaulin to stop soil absorbing to rain, trying to prevent foundation damage

There is a forecast for several inches of rain between Thursday and Sunday here. I am in an old brick home with a sandstone block foundation. The soils are clay in this area. There is a rather large ...
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Can I rough sand a deck before rain, and finish sand after rain dries?

I am in the process of sanding and staining a new deck (built in June) but the weather is not being very cooperative. I know stain needs to sit 48 hrs before being rained on, and that wood needs to be ...
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Which professional should I call for leak coming down the furnace exhaust flue?

During heavy downpours, especially ones when windy, water would begin to trickle and drip from the outside surface of the exhaust flue in the basement. Not sure how long this has been going on since ...
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Downspout Clogged

I have a downspout that runs directly into the ground. My first question is where would a downspout that enters the ground like this lead to/empty out to? My next problem is that this spout is ...
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Stop Gravel from Washing Away

My problem is that we have a long area of gravel used for parking for myself and several neighbors. When it rains really hard, the gravel alongside the road washes away and becomes a real danger for ...
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Pond Construction Calculator - have I left out any variables?

I am interested in building a pond near my home in Maine. Unfortunately, water supply is limited, so I was curious to see if it would be possible to maintain a pond without having to manually refill ...
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What is the name for fixed metal venetian blinds?

I am about to build a canopy/enclosure for heat pump outdoor unit to protect it from strong wind and angle rain. It needs to cover the unit all around but still allow free air flow. Ideally the walls ...
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Can I approximate flow rate of a roof with known flow rate of another roof?

My main building roof I need to know the flow rate (FR, for example Litre per minute) of water coming out from the gutter of this roof. The easiest way would be catching the flowing water coming out ...
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GFCI breaker is tripping when it rains on completely internal circuit

I have a three story house. The first floor is an apartment that is completely covered by the second floor. It has it's own panel which is inside the apartment and mostly uses GFCI breakers. There ...
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Is it safe to harvest rainwater that fell on solar panels?

I am working on creating blueprints for my new home. My plan is to have both solar panels on the roof and a rainwater catchment system that directs water from the roof into some tanks in the basement. ...
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Rain hitting down pipes

New downpipe installed outside bedroom window so when it rains there is a constant loud pinging noise as rain hits it, any ideas to stop this?
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Rain chains at an angle from the vertical

I'd like to hang a rain chain, but not quite vertical straight down -- at a slight angle from vertical. What angle from vertical can I hang the rain chains, and still have them work? Are there any ...
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Leak above window during rain, is this caused by a masonry drainage problem?

I've lived in the same brick rowhouse for about 2 years. It's been raining for 36 of the last 48 hours, heavily at times, and I am seeing some rain leaking to the inside: above one of the larger ...
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Is this going to be safe in the rain?

Is this going to be safe in the rain?The contractor left it like this & the property manager doesn’t care. It’s directly under my bedroom window, so I’m a bit concerned.
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Preventing swing set legs from sinking

I'm putting together a swing set in my backyard mostly following this Youtube video. I'd like to make sure that the legs of the A-frames don't sink into the ground over time when it rains, etc. What ...
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What kind of latch mechanism should I use for this movable ceiling under my deck?

I have a nice deck, installed by a contractor years ago. We wanted to use the space under the deck as a covered patio area, so I built a drop-ceiling under the deck. It's made of overlapping panels of ...
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Dryer got rained on

Our dryer was left outdoors overnight and it rained. Should we be concerned about it shorting if we plug it back in?
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Filling potholes in my dirt driveway [duplicate]

My driveway (see picture) has developed potholes that are so deep that the high parts can hit the bottom of the car! My driveway is a dirt driveway with crushed blacktop on top. Also, it is very ...
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Sewer backup through basement floor drain after heavy rain

tl;dr Sewage backed up through floor drain after heavy rains. Sewage line was clear, whole house trap was clogged with organic matter and toilet paper. No plumbing drains through the whole house ...
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Small amount of water in chimney after rain

This morning I woke up to find water in the bottom of our chimney. We have no fire, the gas cowl is still in place, the flaunching and flashing are quite new. It's a metal cowl that is a cylinder ...
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outbuilding drain into dry well

Aside from code differences between jurisdictions, is it acceptable to tie an outbuilding floor drain into a dry well drainage system? The outbuilding does not have a water supply, the slope of the ...
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Raining inside workshop

The place where I do my diy stuff keeps getting wet because whenever it rains the water gets inside through the roof, the roof looks generally like this stock photo of a tile roof (this is not my roof)...
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How to reroute this downspout?

I am looking for some suggestions on how to best reroute this downspout. Currently gravity is working it's magic and it is draining downhill following the blue arrow in the images. The water runs ...
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Rain coming in bathroom fan vent [closed]

I just moved into a house and during the first rain we had a leak coming from the bathroom vent. The vent had been broken off above the roof, but was repaired before us moving in. What problems ...
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Should I protect a freshly sanded, untreated deck from the weather?

I just Sanded my Deck. Unfortunately weather forecast has changed and it looks like it's going to rain for a week, so I don't have time to weather-proof it. Should I cover my freshly-sanded deck with ...
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Drain Help - Cannot Divert to Street

I have a drainage issue in my back yard that we've dealt with for years. I have a few ideas, yet I thought I'd post one to see if it will work first. We live in a typical SoCal track home surrounded ...
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Melt the ice in rain drain [closed]

What sort of heating cable can be installed in the downspout and subsequent drain drain ? I was thinking of about 100 feet of drain that will be underground.
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Pouring concrete for fence posts in heavy rain

My contractor just poured the concrete and set the posts for a new fence we are getting and much of the work was done in the pouring rain. Will this hurt the concrete and effect how it holds up down ...
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How can I stop gutter water flow noise?

My gutter runs along the bottom of the roof and not around the bay window. Because of this there is very little sound insulation between the gutter and inside the bedroom and so we can hear water ...
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