Questions tagged [water]

For questions relating to the water system of a home or other building, including plumbing and fixtures, water heating, water filtering and treatment, and irrigation/sprinkler systems. Questions regarding swimming pools and spas should have the additional tags "pool" or "spa".

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Increasing water supply for an irrigation system

I am in the process of planning to install and irrigation system for our front yard. I have been following guidance provided on the Rain Bird site. I have measured the pressure at the faucet, and it ...
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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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What is the most affordable means of storing 3,000+ gallons (11,000+ litre) of rain water?

I'd like to setup some rainwater storage, collecting water from the rainy season, so use later on the garden. The hardware stores sell water storage containers, but to store 3000 gallons (11,000 litre)...
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How do I prevent crows in bird bath [closed]

I have a birdbath and almost daily some crows bring all sorts of food items including pieces of dead animals into it. They make the water all dirty for other birds to drink and for me to clean it up. ...
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House water inlet thread sizing 1“ vs 3/4”

I'm planning water inlet for house: For 2-4 people 300m2 garden watering system ocasionaly (there is seperate garden water inlet as well) Water comes in via 32mm PE pipe (internal diameter 26 mm ~ 1&...
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Why does my refrigerator water dispenser not work, and the water line to the dispenser stays filled with air?

I have a GE side-by-side refrigerator that recently developed the symptom described in this YouTube video. That is, the water dispenser in the freezer door no longer output any water. Likewise, when ...
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Extending copper water pipe to fridge/icemaker and leaving options open

I've got a 1/2 inch copper water pipe into the back of my attached garage [Img1], conveniently next to where I have a fridge/freezer unit. I'd like to attach water from that pipe to the built-in water/...
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Outside garden hose bib plumbing - 1/2“ or 3/4”'pex

I recently renovated and I now want to setup an outside garden hose. I can either hook it up to the 1/2" PEX or the 3/4" PEX. I have 3/4" PEX coming from main water entry to my water ...
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Why is our new water heater makeing a ticking sound?

I installed a new electric Rheem model XE40M06ST45U1 water heater last week and for the past four days it has been making a ticking sound. The sound seems to be the loudest near the supply lines. ...
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Mitered Tile Edge Trim around Niche in Shower… Will water get behind it?

I'm wondering what the proper way to install tile edge trim around a shower niche is. Some people leave space for grout in between the mitered edges and some people don't (see pictures for example of ...
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Any special precautions when turning off water to a property?

When turning off incoming pressurized fresh water to a property for a few hours during non-freezing conditions, are there any special precautions that need to be taken? Specifically, is there anything ...
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Water on the inside of corner

My secobd floor sticks out over my frist floor. I have aluminum siding on the second floor. I noticed water was coming in and down the corner piece. Its on the inside behind the j channel. The red ...
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Refrigerator water supply problems after replacing the filter

Why is water from the dispenser slow after replacing the water filter on my GE Profile refrigerator? Plus, it is not making ice - can that be related? A couple of months ago it stopped making ice. I ...
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Why does my re-plumbed shower come on whenever the tub faucet is opened?

We recently bought this place and are in the middle of updating the bathroom. Bought all new tub/shower fixtures as well as a valve. Handyman installed and flushed/tested/etc. this new valve, and I’ve ...
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Putting a rain barrel on a deck or on a stand

I'd like to have a rain barrel setup directly connected to soaker hoses (that will eventually be electronically controlled) to water a garden on-demand. The rain barrel obviously has to be above the ...
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Can I connect two soaker hoses with a normal garden hose in between?

I recently bought this soaker hose kit for a couple of garden beds. In one section of the garden I have two beds with space in between. Is it possible to connect two stretches of soaker hose with a ...
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Will water tank pressure vary by tank platform height?

We have a water tank (1000 liters) in our slab with extra 5 feet height and want to connect another tank of same quantity in slab(no extra height), like this: Water pump input > tank1 > tank2 &...
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ground level deck drainage suggestions?

I am Looking for ideas to keep water from pooling under a new ground-level deck. The frame in the photo was dug 8-10inches below the ground. I'm using composite decking so I need minimum 6 inches ...
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Is there a revolving small flat file for a drill?

I would like to file down (just a bit) a metal tube's end to make it completely flat. See a drawing of it in another question of mine on this site Fix a faucet that has a groove . Taking that drawing ...
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Frost free hose bib for garden hose takes about a minute before any water comes out

I am in a new construction home I bought last summer. Last year, if I turned on the garden hose in the front or back of my house the water would start coming out relatively quickly. This year, when I ...
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What are the plugged pipes on the outside of my roof staircase wall? [closed]

There are also these pipes sticking out from the wall of my rental home. I guess they are either gas, water, or disconnected. Are they a common thing? Like for a sink? The owner is coming later this ...
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How to know if there is damp or mold behind wall? [closed]

I previously had housing use a product to seal over a damp wall. How do I know the wall is ok on the inside? It may also be the case that the damp has dried on the inside so in this case, again, ...
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How do I operate this valve on the line to my refrigerator?

The water to our refrigerator was not turned on when it was installed and I am now trying to get the ice maker working. There is what appears to be a water hookup behind the refrigerator but turning ...
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Why is it illegal to change temperature of water heater?

The title is a little misleading. I know why it’s illegal, but I think what’s really important is the end result (users, especially children, don’t get burned). I’m curious why it isn’t equally as ...
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What is this attachment that is connected to my home's main water line?

I woke up yesterday morning to water spraying out of the bottom of this attachment. After having a mini panic attack I shut the main off. I waited about 30 mins before turning the main back on and the ...
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Is it safe to make an above ground pool by laying on unprotected (buttressless) brick wall as sides? [closed]

I have this backyard area which I'm going to make a temporary above ground pool. The area I'm going to fill with water is about 5x5 meters and I'm going to fill up to 120cm (about 20 tons of water) ...
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Rinnai R85 - no water pressure after flush

I have a Rinnai R85 tankless water heater. We recently had an issue with no hot water which was resolved by performing a flush. Since then, upstairs sinks and tubs are fine, but our two kitchen ...
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Low water pressure locating regulator

Replaced shower faucet. Now whole house lost water pressure. Replaced the main didnt fix it. 80psi on water gage but when two things running pressure drops completely. Plummer told me to replace ...
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Water pressure became a problem - city water

Old house, 1948, city water. I have regulator on main set to 50psi We had a problem when washer runs it's impossible to take shower. But recently (last 3 month or so) it became worse. If you take ...
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Sprinkler Anti Siphon valve is leaking from cap

Tonight after I manually turned on one of my sprinkler zones for few minutes and after it was done I noticed that water was continuously leaking from the underneath the cap of the anti siphon valve. I ...
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No Cold Water in Shower ever

So a few years back I installed a new bathroom for my kids, and lately, my eldest has been waking up earlier; she wants to take cold showers. I never really thought about cold showers, and when she ...
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How can I seal the lids on water collection barrels?

I'm working on a rainwater collection system. Due to space limitations, I have arranged the barrels in a 2x2 configuration (as in the picture) Problem with this configuration is that I can't get a ...
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Holes forming under/around garage

I've noticed two holes forming in the ground, under and around my garage (so no basement or anything under that location. The house is about 3 years old. The first is under driveway, just in front of ...
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Fixing shower tile to repair possible water damage

My bathroom is around 15 years old and my shower tiles are starting to show some water damage. I am a bit worried that this is leaking and may cause some water damage elsewhere. The grout doesn't ...
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Turn off hot water without hot water valve

I have a leaky pipe on the hot water side that I'd like to fix. Following the pipes back to the water heater, I don't think there's a shutoff valve installed anywhere in the line, not even at the ...
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Automating water to flow through one of two paths

I would like to have one valve to run water flow in exactly one of two different paths. I realize this could be done easily with two valves (split the flow, then close one of valves and open the ...
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Sprinklers on = no pressure in both sprinklers AND house

When I turn sprinklers on, the water pressure is practically zero for sprinklers and also in house. Upon turning sprinklers off, house pressure returns to normal. Leak detection service found no leaks....
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How can I increase the height of a driveway edge at the gutter?

My driveway is near the low end of our subdivision and slopes down from the gutter. Heavy rain brings water and sand on to my driveway. I have created a drain for the water, but the sand remains, lots ...
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Water meter to a PVC pipe to a metal pipe. Why?

I just looked at my water meter, and noticed something weird. The water goes into the meter (i.e., city water supply line) using a metal pipe. But then, the output of the meter is a PVC pipe, which ...
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Replace Water Shutoff Valve Stem with Repair Kit

I have a leaking water shutoff valve (pictured below). It appears to be a sweat shutoff valve that is soldered on to the pipe. It does not leak if I tightly shut off the valve, but any attempt to open ...
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Is this possibly a basement water drainage system?

In our bi-level home we have a sump pump in the attached garage at the north of the house ( the floor in the garage sits about 3 inches below the grade of the rest of the basement ). However, in the ...
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Pipe under bathroom sink has small hole

One of the pipe under my bathroom sink has small hole and it sprays water as soon as i start/open faucet. Red circle in above photo shows where the hole is. Which pipe is that? Where can i find that ...
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Removing detergent smell from clay/earthen pot

I used detergent to clean a newly bought clay pot. Kept water in it for around 5 hours, To my surprise I am now drinking perfume :(. How do I now remove this strong detergent smell. I tried coating ...
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How do I pick a well drilling company?

It seems like well drilling comes down to them showing up and charging you for time and potentially materials. If they drill a dry well, you pay for that. I live in a rural area and am looking at ...
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How do you add a T join in to an existing underground drain pipe?

I have an existing drain pipe that takes water from our roof catchment, and sends it down into our drinking water tank (this is our household water supply). We now have a new building, and I wish to ...
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Converted garage flooding

We recently bought a house that had the garage converted into a bedroom. When it rains water comes up through the floor near where the garage door would have been. We have noticed that water tends ...
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Natural AC, Stream Powered heat exchange

I will keep this short and clear as I can. My home has a creek that runs through it about 20' from the side of the house. It is shaded and quite cool even in the summer heat. If I got say an ...
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Changing Water Line On Fridge

I am trying to change the water line on my fridge, but the end connector is different. My current set-up is just the plastic tubing connecting directly into the coupler, but the replacement part ...
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Low water pressure at reverse osmosis tap after running fridge dispenser

I was replacing the air filter in my fridge and decided to install a water filter while I was at it ( it came with the air filter ). I ran roughly 2 gallons of water through the dispenser after ...

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