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Should sink overflow be full of water?

Is that normal? NO, It should not be full of water. It's purpose is to drain water that flows into it so water does not spill over the top of the sink and on the floor. There is channel that the ...
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How can I accommodate high washing machine drain flow rates with older plumbing?

As mentioned in other posts, in the old days, we had laundry sinks/tubs that the washer drained into. The tub would fill up and then slowly drain. The tub acted as a "buffer" to temporarily ...
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Drain hose of washing machine too low?

I'm going to assume that there's not a trap inside the wall, but if I'm wrong please correct me. You're going to want to build a standpipe. Start by installing a P-trap into that pipe in the wall. ...
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Drain hose of washing machine too low?

When discharging directly into a waste system without a standpipe, the connections must be "tight", as with a hose clamp to an appropriately sized tube connector, as shown in the manufacturer's ...
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How can I accommodate high washing machine drain flow rates with older plumbing?

You could try building your own washing machine "sump". Build a temporary storage tank for the water from your washing machine. You could use a (plastic) drum or bucket with a capacity which exceeds ...
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Is it okay to trim the toilet tank overflow pipe?

Not only is it ok, but Fluidmaster gives instructions on where and when to cut the overflow tube, as the follow photo shows. Fluidmasters Article states the following: The most important part ...
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Why do bathroom sinks have overflow holes whereas kitchen sinks and tubs do not?

Most sinks and tubs in North America do have an overflow device, it's simply cleverly hidden. Bathroom sink overflows (which aren't always present -- ours lack them) are visible as North American ...
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Why do bathroom sinks have overflow holes whereas kitchen sinks and tubs do not?

My guess (and that's what it is) would be that overflow passages are known to be unsanitary. In an area intended for food preparation, the cultivation of mildew and bacteria would be a more serious ...
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Why do bathroom sinks have overflow holes whereas kitchen sinks and tubs do not?

In the UK I've never seen a kitchen sink without an overflow. They're universal on bathtubs as well. While they may not get used much in common use, they do come into their own if you get distracted ...
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Why do bathroom sinks have overflow holes whereas kitchen sinks and tubs do not?

I suspect this is simply because kitchen sinks are rarely operated by two-year-olds, and hence do not need training wheels.
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Fixing leak in tub overflow with old style drain closer

I figured it out! Figured I'd answer my own question in case someone else has a similar lever. The lever handle was stuck onto the shaft. I just needed to force it off.
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Can't remove twist-style / turn-style / knob cap on overflow drain in tub

(Answering my own question.) After trying a million things, I went with the destructive option. I used a metal file to shave a hole into the knob so I could access the screws on the plate behind it. I ...
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Overflow over gutters on roof. One story ranch

Water flows downhill In any downspout system, the water will flow from higher points to lower points. So when you install downspouts, you don't lay them flat; you install them with a slight slope, ...
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I run my hot water in the bathroom sink and the toilet next to it starts bubbling

Bubbling of the toilet, along with gurgling sounds from drains, are usually signs of a blocked vent pipe. If your sink drains slowly at first, this is most likely the case. Unfortunately, clearing the ...
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I run my hot water in the bathroom sink and the toilet next to it starts bubbling

Sounds like the sink and toilet share the same sewer pipe, and that pipe is starting to get clogged. Looks like the water coming from the sink is filling the pipe and the only place for the air in it ...
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Toilet bowl fills and overflows but the tank won't fill

It sounds like there are two problems. You seem to have a clog in the sewer line slowing the flow of water. You said it finally drains after a while. You also said the tank won't fill. This ...
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Can Air Admittance Valve under bathroom sink fix bathtub drain overflow?

How much sewage overflow occurs? If it's only a small amount, like a cup or so, then a blocked vent could be the cause. As water runs down a drain pipe the air ahead of the water must be pushed out. ...
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Maximum connection of devices to a single socket

You need to assure that your refrigerator's metal chassis is firmly connected to the electrical supply's safety ground pin. Then, you need to assure that your house's wiring is tip-top as far as the ...
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Should sink overflow be full of water?

As said already, there should be no water in the overflow. The presence of water means that it is blocked. The bit marked with a ?? is an anti-syphon valve. It's not designed to be connected to ...
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Bathtub Overflow gasket still leaking

I see three potential problems. The hole isn't very round, which would cause uneven compression of the gasket. You could Dremel out that hump at the top. The pipe is misaligned. It seems to be ...
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Why is my standpipe overflowing?

You have a slow drain/partial clog, someplace after the bathroom sink. With the front loader it wasn't a problem because it used less water. (That is one of the advantages of a front loader over a top ...
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Toilet leaking into bowl. Identified part, just not its name or how to fix

The fill valve appears to be leaking. You can either replace the entire fill valve (very cheap, but a bit of effort) or if you can identify the valve type / manufacturer then you may just need to ...
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How can I accommodate high washing machine drain flow rates with older plumbing?

i use a switch. Put floating lever on top of the drain pipe, and when the overflowing water hits it, the switch disconnects the relay and shuts the washing machine power.
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Why do bathroom sinks have overflow holes whereas kitchen sinks and tubs do not?

I don't know many people who shave in their kitchen sinks, I do know a lot of folks that fill their sinks with water when shaving. I also know a lot of folks that fill their tubs, which is why ...
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Sink overflow drain not cast all the way through

Probably not, unless it's just lightly plugged with a thin flash (eggshell thickness or so) you can break through without breaking the overflow channel (either out to the underside or in to the sink ...
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How can I accommodate high washing machine drain flow rates with older plumbing?

One reported solution is to put a restriction fitting on the back of the washing machine. Obviously this could damage the washing machine if the pressure inside rose too high or could cause a leak ...
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How can I accommodate high washing machine drain flow rates with older plumbing?

The answer is to install a large(r) standpipe. Some older homes have a 1 1/2" or 2" galvanized standpipe (with trap at the bottom) inside of the wall. Others have the trap on the outside of the wall, ...
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Can I disconnect a Corian Sink Overflow tube?

It's quite possible that there is hair or other gunk in the sink tailpiece or caught in the stopper. It absorbs some of the sewage and then gets really nasty. The stink could then freely travel out. ...
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Automatic turn off of water pump as water tank overflows (Manual turn on is needed)

What you ask is out there, in the form of residential effluence treatment (septic). It utilizes float switches and a small analog or digital controller that automates exactly what your looking for. ...
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AC Drain From Overflow instead of Main, Even with No Pipes Connected

So this morning I opened up the evaporator compartment and sprayed coil cleaner around. This evening, my patio is dry (where the overflow drain comes out) - I don't have water coming out anymore. It ...

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