Hot answers tagged

3

Water heater anodes usually last about 3 to 5 years or so depending on the chemistry and hardness of your water, so chances are, if your water heater is only 3 years old, that's not the problem. That being said, it wouldn't hurt to take a peek at the anode and make sure it's doing OK. The top of the anode rod is typically visible on the top of your water ...


3

Install a holding tank or a coil of supply line, hidden under the sink. It wouldn't last long, it'd only be ambient temperature at best, and its recovery would probably be hours, but it would be above the incoming water temperature at least long enough to wash your hands without getting frostbite.


3

Closing the inside main valve to your house should do the trick. If you haven't operated the main valve regularly do so with caution because gate valves are noted for failing when you close them. After doing so, check any faucet to verify the water has been shut off. If you live in a freezing climate you probably have an inside shutoff valve close to the ...


3

You can replace the handle but you've probably have to take it off a new valve that you'd buy. No reason to do that though, just wire brush the valve and throw a little rust remover on it. That's the main shutoff and there could have been a leak above it ,maybe on another faucet, that just ran down the pipe before or after the insulation was added. So clean ...


2

I had this same problem, and it was caused by a clogged filter screen in the hot water exit pipe just above the tank. Over the course of several months, I noticed my hot water pressure throughout the house had decreased. It was usable, but clearly less pressure than the cold water output. I thought there may be air in the tank or pipes so I decided to drain ...


2

If I was doing it over again I would have assembled the elbow to the inlet valve before installing dishwasher.everything exposed and easier to make connection without crossthreading. Now that I already crossthreaded the conn this worked for me.I disconnected everything and moved the dishwasher out so I had easy access to valve. Removed valve. Took a hacksaw ...


2

90 degrees if it's a ball valve. ??? (certainly more than 360 degrees) if it's a gate valve. You'll know it; there's a "stop" when you are at limits of travel. Turning force will greatly increase.


2

The cadmium ( possibly zinc) coating has corroded off the steel handle ; this was caused by being wet. It should be easy enough to replace the handle although you may need to buy a similar valve just to get a handle . To clean the rust and coat the old handle you will need to remove the handle anyway. By taking the old handle with you to a store , you should ...


1

That does not appear to be correctly installed, it should lie flush with or below the sink surface. These strainer assemblies commonly come with 2 ring-shaped washers; one rubber and one hard plastic or fiber. Both should be placed on the underside of the sink between the strainer mounting hardware and bottom sink surface. Neither are for "sealing" purposes....


1

Yes. Bosch makes mini hot water heaters that have a standard plug. You can run a heavy-duty extension cord to operate it with the proper amount of amps (they are listed on the cord heater and on new cords), but long term you should have an electric outlet installed by an electrician. https://www.amazon.com/Bosch-Electric-Mini-Tank-Heater-2-5-Gallon/dp/...


1

A black oily substance in sinks can be caused by hard/caustic water eating away at rubber compounds (washers, gaskets, etc.) in the domestic water system. This could possibly be caused by an anode rod that has been eaten away resulting in higher concentrations of corrosives in the water. However, that's unlikey after only three years but it's not impossible. ...


1

It's a cleanout port. Very helpful if you ever have a clog downstream in the pipe. The plumber can stick a snake (not an actual animal, a tool called a snake) down it to loosen the clog. No maintenance required. Water coming out of that port means you have a clog and the pipe is backing up. If the seal fails it can allow sewer gasses into your bathroom.


1

From the side view I can see it has a packing nut. Who ever originally installed the valve should have known to check the packing nut to be sure it was tight. You can probably remove and clean the handle with a wire brush and also tighten the packing nut under the handle. Check the valve in a couple days for moisture. If there is moisture the valve should be ...


1

The iron handle is rusting. The actual valve and stem it is on is brass and not rusting. It replaces the way you mention in comment.


1

As long as you can get the existing valve fully open you can leave it in place. Buy a piggy back valve, you screw it into the existing valve and use it instead of the original. As zelinka mentioned the existing valve is done in expansion pex and the tools needed to put a new one on are close to $600. You could probably do a sharkbite fitting on the ...


Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible