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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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Wind from kitchen sink drainage pipe

You don't have a trap seal, to prevent air from moving through the drain. Only the dishwasher is draining through the trap, so there's no trap to prevent air from coming up the drain. you'll have to ...
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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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What is causing my kitchen drain to back up into my dishwasher?

It sounds like your dishwasher drain line is not installed correctly. You should have a loop so the drain line goes above the bottom of the sink before it goes to the dishwasher. Generally, the loop ...
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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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How to get water to hop from patio over brick wall?

I would take a 4-1/2" angle grinder with a diamond wheel and cut out the mortar between the bricks down level with the patio surface, at like 5-10 brick intervals, creating a path for the water to ...
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Wood fence posts in clay

Your other option is to fit a short concrete post, and bolt the wooden post to it. It's more expensive, but the concrete won't rot when the hole fills with water. Around here they're often called a '...
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Wood fence posts in clay

I have heavy clay that won’t drain. I dipped the end of my pressure treated posts in liquid asphalt (roofing material) and let them dry before cementing them in. 20 years, and they are still in pretty ...
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Handling water flowing over a patio

Running the water over the patio is a bad idea you will constantly be cleaning debris, dirt and the slippage factor from slime and such. If you are just dying to run it over I would build a wall ...
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How can I remove a dead animal stuck inside an underground stormwater drain pipe?

If you have access to the start of the pipe then you could rig it to accept a plunger, fill it with water, and start plunging.
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How can I remove a dead animal stuck inside an underground stormwater drain pipe?

I would start by walking the line on the surface and look for extra damp spots, or sunken spots that may imply where a fault is. You mention a deformed area in the previous inspection, that could be ...
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Blockage in bendy pipe

I'd suggest the following (apologies for the crude drawing). From left-to-right: extend pipe out past the black pipe attach yellow clean-out elbow (not 90 degree!...use a sweep (yellow)) this will ...
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