Questions tagged [water]

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How to prevent heavy rainwater from jumping the gutter?

During heavy rain, the water collects from my second floor roof and runs onto the first floor roof as it should. The problem is that since all this water is now concentrated from the second floor ...
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How do I fix a leaky toilet that only leaks from underneath?

I am noticing some water spots on my concrete in my (unfinished) basement. When I look up for the cause of the water I can see water dripping around the hole that is used for the sewer pipe for the ...
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Why does the shower get cold when I flush, and how can I prevent it?

When the shower is running and someone flushes a toilet, why does the shower get cold (or sometimes hot) in some houses, but not others? More importantly, would fixing that require replacing the ...
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Should a gas water heater be shut down if the water main has to be turned off?

I have a brand new AO Smith 50gal gas water heater. Today there was a burst pipe from the cold spell we're having currently, so I had to turn off the water main to the house until the plumbers get ...
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Effect of changing the size of a pipe

I've had a couple questions above the sizing of a pipe, but I'm still a little confused and can't find an easy answer. I'll use this image to get a representation of what I'm looking to have answered....
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How can I prevent water from getting behind the gutter?

A friend of mine is having a water problem; the water is coming down behind the gutter. It turns out the drip edge isn't covering up the gutter completely on the one side for a considerable length of ...
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No water coming out of kitchen faucet!

Yesterday, our kitchen faucet suddenly stopped working. Water pressure has always been fine, but now there is only a trickle. It's a single handle faucet and both the hot and cold will not work. I ...
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Is it bad to turn off the water while on vacation?

I'm a little OCD when it comes to traveling. I have learned from experience that when I am away, I constantly have visions that a pipe in the wall had burst and that the water is slowly filling the ...
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Did the plumber hook up my water heater backwards?

I just had a plumber install a new 50 gallon water heater, but the cold water pipe is installed to the hot side (the left pipe when facing the front of the heater) and the hot water pipe is installed ...
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How do I disconnect (and reconnect) the tubing from this fitting?

The plastic tubing supplying filtered water to our refrigerator currently runs below a suspended ceiling. I want to reroute it above. How do I disconnect it without damage from either the union or tee,...
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What could be causing my water heater inlet pipe to corrode?

There is corrosion forming on the inlet and TP valve connections to my water heater; the outlet seems to be fine. More specifically, the nipples are what is corroding. I have read the copper pipe ...
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How can I turn off the power to an outlet if a water alarm is triggered?

I'm installing a dishwasher on a second floor, and after having 3x dishwashers leak during their run cycle during my life, I'm understandably hesitant. I will definitely be installing a water alarm. ...
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Connect 1/2" supply line to 3/8" outer diameter faucet line

I bought from Home Depot a Glacier faucet that comes with 3/8 inch O.D. supply tubes. The supply lines from the wall have an outer diameter of 1/2 inches though. How do I connect the two? This seems ...
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How can I repair water damage under the kitchen sink?

I found out that our kitchen water connection had somehow loosened up and was leaking water on the floor underneath the sink. Now the particle board cabinet floor is warped quite a bit. I was thinking ...
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O-Rings vs. Washers for Garden Hoses?

Hose sealers seem to be typically sold in a combo pack with two types. When are garden-hose washers used and when are the O-rings appropriate? I've been kind of winging it with my own hoses, ...
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How to tell if water pipes are grounded?

This answer indicates that the water pipes should bonded to the electrical ground even if a grounding rod is used. How would one normally tell if that is the case? Is that bonding required to be ...
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How do I get acceptable water pressure when using two faucets on my 1/2" water main?

I have a 1/2" water main entry, and if I open water in 2-3 places in the house, the water pressure is very low. How can I fix this?
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Can wind force rain into the soffits?

There is 1 and only 1 leak (thank God) that is driving me crazy. When the wind blows from the south and hits the house from that side, there is a drip that develops and comes from above the top of the ...
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Why would a gas water heater discharge water in the winter?

Bradford White gas water heater discharges about an inch of water into a five gallon bucket over 3 to 4 days. It is less than a year old. Is it working properly, or does it need repair already?
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Is it possible to remove fluoride from drinking water?

I've been looking for a residential water filtering system (preferably under sink), that can filter fluoride from drinking water. It seems that none of the systems I've looked at boast the ability to ...
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Will the InSinkErator Evolution Compact garbage disposal fit under this sink without modifying the plumbing?

I'm trying to help out an elderly friend with a plumbing issue. He doesn't know anything about plumbing, and I don't consider myself very knowledgeable in the field. His sink currently has an ...
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opening water pipe/tap has hissing noise throughout the house [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to eliminate the “whooshing” sound of water running though pipes. I have a 3 story townhouse. Any time when I open a tap, even very slowly that water is just ...
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Installing expansion tank at washing machine valve?

I own a condo with a terribly cramped water heater closet (it sits underneath the air handler with about 6 inches of clearance). I need an expansion tank, but it really will not fit in that closet (...
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How to deal with this water damage

I finally determined the source of the leak (How to start investigating the source of this leak in the bathroom), but now I am stuck with dealing with the water damage. It turns out that the water ...
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Are water and vertical cracks normal for full height crawl space? [closed]

I am thinking about purchasing a home that is set on top of a crawl space (see image). The crawl space has the full height of a basement, windows and a door leading outside in the back. It has French ...
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How can I get roof rain runoff into pond with an aboveground wall?

I'd like to collect rain water and have it run through a filter and then into a pond. The problem is, I can't simply run a pipe underground. \\ |\\ <-- house roof | \\ | | ...
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How much water do water softeners waste?

I'm considering buying a water softener, but I heard that they waste a lot of water, and I don't really want my water bill to skyrocket. I haven't been able to find any clear indication of how much ...
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How can I prevent spillage from my bathtub?

Let's set the scene: The horizontal surfaces of the bathtub in my apartment are flat. We have a double shower curtain (with the waterproof bit that hangs on the inside of the tub and the fabric bit ...
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What would cause the water pressure to be too high for just a second?

Lately when I turn on any faucet in my house the water comes rushing out at about twice the normal pressure for about half a second and then drops to normal pressure. I am worried the pressure is ...
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What are my gutter guard options?

As I mentioned in a prior post, I'm planning to add some gutters to my house. I see that there's wide variety of gutter guards available and was curious which ones are better? As far as I can tell,...
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Is this plastic pipe connecting city water to the main line dangerous?

I bought a whole house water filter to hook up to the main water line. The plumber who came in said that he won't be able to install it because the pipe that comes from the ground hooked up to the ...
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How can I prevent water from pooling in the street in front of my house?

I have a problem with water pooling in front of my house. Between my Sprinklers and the rain there is always a puddle where my lawn meets the street. What do you think is the best way to stop this ...
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What sort of things should one look for in a water-softener?

Hard water (from a well) at the house, and I was wondering what to look for in terms of getting a water-softener, or things to avoid.
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Is it possible to collect rain water from a roof for drinking use?

For a re-roofing or new build, I was pondering the possibility of capturing and purifying water for drinking use. Are there good examples of this? What roofing materials should be used or avoided? ...
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Is there a way to trace water pipes through walls?

I recently purchased my house and I am trying to find my internal valve to turn on my external faucet. Unfortunately the previous owner put in a bathroom in over where the water line enters the house ...
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Are hot water returns worth putting in?

Once I saw on an episode of This Old House that they were putting in hot water return lines: pipes that recirculate idle hot water back to the heater so you get hot water right away, instead of ...
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Why do I have blue water coming out of the faucets?

We have an upstairs bathroom that we've gutted and are having some contractors remodel. The toilet is the only thing that hasn't been touched. We had a plumber come and redo all of the source and ...
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Why will my pilot light on the gas water heater not stay lit for more than 15 minutes?

The pilot light went out on my gas water heater. I followed the instructions and had it lit three times now for about 15 minutes each time but it wont stay lit. Not sure what to do at this point?
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Water from bathroom faucet smells like rotten eggs

The sink is in the powder room on the main floor of our house. When I turn the water on it is fine for a few seconds then it smells horribly for about 3-4 more seconds then it is back to normal. It is ...
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How do I remove (food) oil stain from a wood table?

Spilled some oily salad dressing on a wood table that was not varnished or sealed in any way. Not sure the type of wood - it almost looks like teak, but I don't believe it is. We used water on the ...
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How to turn a pump on or off from any of 12 switches

I have a water pump at my home that I want to connect to 12 switches, so that each one of them can turn the water-pump on/off. Can it be done? Thank you!
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How can I prevent water from being fed to my foundation through the gas-line ditch?

I recently had a gas line installed, and now there is water leaking into my basement about six feet below grade. It is not surprising that the 130-year-old fieldstone foundation is porous, but until ...
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Do external faucets have an indoor shutoff valve somewhere indoors?

Spring is here! So I decided to see if I could draw some water for watering the plants outside and... no water and no pressure at my outside faucet. I just bought my house (1948 victory house in ...
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How do I keep water from getting in and out of a dishwasher drain air gap?

I have no idea what this is called, so I apologize for the vague title. If someone knows what it is, feel free to edit it. When I turned on my dishwasher (just moved in), water started spewing from ...
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How do I repair drywall around a bathtub?

I have an area of drywall that is next to my bath tub that has gotten soft and crumbly. Mostly held together by paint & caulk now. I'm reasonably sure I understand why. We're getting some water ...
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Solution for A/C Condensate Drain Line that doesn't require emptying a bucket of water every day?

I have a split A/C system in a room that runs on low 24 hours a day during Summer that unfortunately cannot be connected to any drain or pipe and which therefore requires a bucket outside to be used ...
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Resetting fence posts in very wet conditions

This winter the Minnesota frost heaved up 5 fence posts in my yard. I've pulled out the 5 posts, and have found basically puddles of water and very very wet mud. I shop-vac'd out the standing ...
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Is it possible to use a hot water recirculation pump with a PEX home run system?

I am interested in getting a hot water recirculation pump installed so that I can get hot water faster to each of my faucets. From looking at the picture and researching I believe I have PEX in a "...
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hoses instead of pipes

Quick question that came to my mind earlier today: When installing a water system (concealed installation), why does one use pipes. It seems to me that hoses would be easier to install, more flexible ...
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Increasing water pressure with pump

I live in Karachi, Pakistan. We have underground water tanks and use motors to transfer the amount of water required to overhead tanks that then supply the house. I get lower pressure in my house's ...