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Installing Reverse Osmosis (RO) system -- nowhere to drill in drain above dishwasher?

The garbage disposal has a dishwasher drain port (the gray hose-barbed pipe hanging out the right side of the disposal in your picture). Move the dishwasher drain pipe to the garbage disposal, per the ...
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Why does my water leave this pink film?

What you're most likely looking at is a bacteria called Serratia Marcescens. According to Wikipedia it is commonly found growing in bathrooms (especially on tile grout, shower corners, toilet ...
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Why do they use a different tap for filtered water instead of the regular tap?

The kitchen sink is used for various other purposes than getting a glass of water to drink. So you don't want to be wasting the filter when doing your dishes.
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In layman's terms, what is reverse osmosis filtration?

A RO filter filters water by pushing water it through a semi-permeable membrane (think of it as a piece of plastic that can let water (but not much else) slowly ooze through). Normally, if you ...
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Installing Reverse Osmosis (RO) system -- nowhere to drill in drain above dishwasher?

That's (almost certainly) a dishwasher input port to the disposal. Why your dishwasher goes into the other tailpipe is anyone's guess (perhaps it came first and the disposal later?) Either move the ...
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What is the purpose of Solenoid Valve in Reverse Osmosis? Can I do away with it?

Despite the fact that Amazon is no doubt delighted that you think they are the only place to order stuff online, they are not. I would suggest expanding your online vendor search considerably. And ...
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Is there a way to make an under-sink water filter safe from massive leaks?

Install a floor drain in/under the cabinet. Be sure to install a trap primer as well (good place for a greywater trap primer from the sink above.) Install a standard "water sensor + electric ...
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Is there a way to make an under-sink water filter safe from massive leaks?

Several companies make a non-electric device that turns off the water to a filter if it detects a leak. They may go by the name "leak stop valve", "leak protection valve" or "...
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Does a hot water dispenser heat water by itself?

This type of device has a small storage tank. It heats water in the tank to around 200 F. Where a typical whole house water heater has 30 to 50 gallons, this has a 0.7 gallon tank under the sink. ...
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Can I install water filters in parallel to abate pressure loss?

2 filters in parallel will reduce pressure drop because of the increased area allowing higher flow but the cost of 2 filters , housings etc may be much more than a larger single filter. I have ...
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Connecting push fit to a 3/8in supply faucet line: NPTF to compression threads?

You will need two fittings to connect 3/8 tubing to 3/8 compression together. Use Teflon tape between the two fittings to prevent leaks, but don't use any on the compression fitting. Remove and ...
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Why do they use a different tap for filtered water instead of the regular tap?

Water filters that remove chemicals and such require significant contact time with the filter media (media is often activated carbon) to be effective. This contact time requirement restricts flow ...
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What is the purpose of a water line reservoir on a fridge?

The comment by Carl Witthoft was right on this one: Well, you most certainly need a reservoir if you want cold water. That's the whole point of running water into the fridge, other than for ice, of ...
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Can I cut a water sediment filter in half and how?

Is it okay to cut one of these in half to use inside a 10" filter housing? No clue. How do I cut this so that it has a clean edge/surface on the cut part? What is "wood saw"? If you'...
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How can I add a filter to my kitchen faucet?

The round thing at the bottom (usually an aerator) should unscrew. You might need to put cushioned pliars against it, note the chrome is very easy to scratch like this.
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Does a drain saddle need to be fully above the water line?

You have to do it at the purple location. If the front half of the saddle (with the hole) is too large a diameter for the pipe, and with the foam gasket it isn't a tight fit, then you can't use it. ...
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What is the half-inch pipe stub on my water filtration system?

Speculatively, because that's all one can really do for a "mystery pipe picture" without the installer to ask the intent, it's for a backflush drain - fairly standard on a variety of ...
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Will these measures lower my water's iron levels?

Costs (specific) are off-topic as too variable with time and location. But. On the subject of costs, generalized: If you are willing and able to install your own filters sourced elsewhere, you can ...
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Hard Water Filtration System

A shower filter is not appropriate for this design. Look for a whole house product. Also, a "filter" generally won't affect hard water. For that, you need to look for a water softener ...
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Is Reverse osmosis still necessary after whole house filter

The whole house filtration system that you cite is a filter. The specs for this filter suggest that it removes chlorine and pharmaceuticals, so I think it's a carbon filter. It's possibly a good ...
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Why is there no water after replacing the filter in a Samsung refrigerator?

We had the same problem as everyone else. Installed a new filter (not a Samsung filter). After we installed the new filter there was no water. Tried the old one again and same thing, no water. We ...
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How do I connect or secure this 2.22 cm water filter pipe to my 2 cm faucet spigot?

First off you will have to unscrew the end (#1 as you have labeled) it from the faucet riser pipe. This part that you are removing is commonly called the aerator. Then you will have exposed male ...
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Inline whole house filters and their effective filtration performance

No. If a filter allows a particle size to pass, more filters of the same porosity will pass the same particles down the line. As the first filter clogs, it may stop finer particles, but it will also ...
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Should undersink Reverse Osmosis be installed in a leased condominium?

Without a picture of under the sink, it's hard to say if your aunt has room for an undersink RO system or how hard it'd be to install (and subsequently, uninstall). Even in the simplest case, with ...
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Add valve to water filter supply line

Looks like that water line to the filter is 1/4 tubing. Go to local big box hardware store. int he plumbing section there will be a selection on little bags containing either brass or plastic parts, ...
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Does the orientation of the 'Y' in the wye strainer matter?

After much research, it appears that manufacturers differ in their recommendations. For instance, Valvida specifically says “ Y “ – strainers should never be installed in vertical pipelines in the ...
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Does the orientation of the 'Y' in the wye strainer matter?

Because of the force of gravity settling debris to the lowest point, the best orientation would be down. The screen assembly is located in the 'Y' branch.
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Do you know what this "connector piece" is called and where to buy it?

1/4" quick connect fitting available all good plumbing and hardware stores, just make sure you cut the tube square and it is pushed in all the way.
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Will low well water pH cause plumbing damage or health problems?

A pH of 6.0 is not unreasonably low for a well-water system. That's at the low end of the "normal" range but not anything I'd worry about. Copper pipes will not be "dissolved" at this pH level and ...
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