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Is it a problem that my bathtub drains directly into the wall?

OK I am going to answer this like you are in the US. It doesn't differ much but to give a baseline. To sum it up - This is F'ing crazy as hell, unsanitary, and not code. So it looks like there is ...
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Is it safe for plumbing to use rainwater to flush toilets?

It is doubtful the pH+ of rainwater anywhere, other than directly downwind of an erupting volcano, would be unsafe in terms of damaging plumbing fixtures or pipes. That said, there is concern in how ...
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Crack across front of garage floor

Good news, that is not a crack in your garage floor. It's just a damaged cosmetic connection from garage floor to the pawers. Someone already patched it before. Since those are thin, it will not ...
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Does a drainage pipe need to be continuously sloped?

It's true that, so long as the exit is lower than the entrance, water will find its way through the pipe even if there are low points in the path. However, as others have noted, debris could ...
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French Drain: Why do I need 3" of rock bedding beneath the pipe?

If you put the pipe right on the fabric, you'll end up filtering the inflow through the 1/2" circles of fabric pressed up against the holes in the pipe, as opposed to filtering through all the ...
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How do I limit the water flowing through my neighbor's fence into my yard?

You need to be careful how much you impede the natural flow of water off your neighbor's yard. If your property is downhill of your neighbor's, the water flows naturally from his property to yours. ...
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How do I limit the water flowing through my neighbor's fence into my yard?

So put a drain channel along the edge of the fence - even a trench filled with gravel can help. Then create some raised beds where you can control the water ie humidity and it can help with pests as ...
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How can I remove a dead animal stuck inside an underground stormwater drain pipe?

Many hardware stores will rent out tools. Renting a tool for a couple of hours usually doesn't cost very much. I recommend renting an inspection camera and getting a good look at exactly what the ...
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Strange suction in toilet and sink, like a vacuum in the sewer pulling the water out

Even if someone was "working on the sewer lines with a vacuum" properly sized and functional vents would keep the traps from siphoning. So, you have vents which are not functioning as they ...
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Does a drainage pipe need to be continuously sloped?

If you are in a climate where the water can freeze it is a definite problem. If not, there is still the potential for debris and sediment to settle in the low sections and eventually clog the pipe.
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French Drain: Why do I need 3" of rock bedding beneath the pipe?

The water will still flow through the rocks with the pipe assuming your ditch slopes as well. If any sediment makes its way through or around the fabric, the extra 3" will help prevent the ...
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Is it a problem that my bathtub drains directly into the wall?

I'd be tempted to poke that large white fitting on a piece of flexi hose with a stick o see if it's really a trap that is meant to be screwed to the bottom of the bath drain. It's hard to tell for ...
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How should this underground down-spout-in-yard-drain be appropriately installed?

RMDman is spot on, but there's a critical component missing in your system which may have contributed to the problem: A debris filter grate. You'll notice that most diagrams for this sort of thing ...
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How to terminate a soil drain pipe into the earth and avoid blockages

Normally you would put that into a "dry well" to terminate it underground. That's a large, perforated drum-like thing. 50 and 330 gallons are common sizes, but there are many others. It's ...
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How do I limit the water flowing through my neighbor's fence into my yard?

A small trench may not help, but most certainly a full-on dry well with some French Drain buried along the property boundary will do the trick. That's a lot of work, but it is the solution. Keep in ...
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How should this underground down-spout-in-yard-drain be appropriately installed?

The green part is supposed to be flush with the bottom of the blades of grass. This so the lawn can be mowed without having to go around the drain. The center of the drain is pushed up by water. There ...
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Can this water damage be explained by lack of gutters and grading issues?

You've really got a two-step question here Would a lack of gutters and grading explain the water? The simple answer is yes. That's the source here. Even without gutters and proper grading, should ...
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Is it safe for plumbing to use rainwater to flush toilets?

Yes, you can do this, but you must make sure that the supplies to the wc are separated from the rest of the supplies to the taps, showers etc. We planned this in the plumbing for our house so that we ...
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How do I limit the water flowing through my neighbor's fence into my yard?

A quick and easy solution would be to get a 2" x 12" x 10' P.T.board and bury it a few inches into the ground along the fence and screw it into the bottom of the fence. You could extend it as far as ...
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French Drain: Why do I need 3" of rock bedding beneath the pipe?

I'm doing similar right now,at my home. The problem is twofold. Silt and sediment will flow with the water and ultimately, may either clog the geotextile, or bypass it (through it if its a broad ...
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How can I remove a dead animal stuck inside an underground stormwater drain pipe?

Seems like a mechanical rooter type of job. I wouldn't be surprised if there were roots or other intrusions that may have trapped the dead rat. In my area, that would be closer to a $200 job as the ...
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How do I connect a piece of PVC between two points, when there is no "give"?

Why not simply remove that hold bracket on that wall that holds the pipe? That should provide enough give to get you off the bind. Maybe not, I can't see the left side on the picture. Another trick is ...
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Is it a problem that my bathtub drains directly into the wall?

Your bathtub drains directly into a concrete sump pit; not "the wall" as such but a pit constructed for this purpose. In the US and Canada, open sumps are used only for groundwater, like from drains ...
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Is it a problem that my bathtub drains directly into the wall?

You definitely shouldn't fix this yourself if you are renting and the landlord said it's good like this. But if you live in a place with sufficient regulation in the housing/renting market you can ...
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Is it safe for plumbing to use rainwater to flush toilets?

Rainwater is regularly captured and used by rural domestic properties here in New Zealand for everything in a typical household - from drinking to flushing toilets, with minimal treatment. Its pretty ...
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Best way to prevent basement flooding

The ideal solution is to waterproof the foundation and that's best done during construction. Since it's too late for that, your next best option is to waterproof after the fact. This is best done from ...
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Why is there a 1/2-inch hole drilled in my heater exhaust?

The short answer is this: it makes no sense for a sealed combustion appliance to intentionally leak exhaust gases to the building interior. There was probably a legitimate reason for the hole to be ...
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Do I need water traps on my sinks with dry-well greywater collection?

Not only you should have water traps (called P-trap) But you should also have air vents pipes up to the roof, to assist water drain. Some appliances like toilet come with water trap build in, for ...
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Replacing leaking valve where the only upstream source is at the hot water tank itself

You aren't going to hurt the water heater by turning off the hot water outlet, that's what it's for. That pipe in the middle is your pressure relief if anything did happen. As far as water draining ...
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How to terminate a soil drain pipe into the earth and avoid blockages

Just finished landscaping my garden. They diverted the drainage pipe in a pit where my rainwater tank got embedded with crushed rock. Then they covered the crushed rock with water permeable geotextile,...
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