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Clean out the open end of the pilot light to make sure there is no debris interfering with the flow. I have some ventless gas logs that if I leave off completely off for a season or two will get clogged and with spiderwebs and sand from the old masonry. Cleaning the pilot by blowing and brushing from the open side without any disassembly has fixed it for me....


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1906 row house will have a combined rain and perimeter drain system probably vitrified clay tile. The pdrain surrounds the footers of the foundation and typically receives the rain water and any ground water that pools near the bottom of the foundation footer. The pdrain then takes this water away typically to the sewer main. Your pdrain is probably ...


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I have had issues with small springs under slabs, yes the dark spot is moisture. The tough thing if it is always there most sealers need the pad to be dry to seal properly. I have had really good luck on several of my own homes with 2 part epoxy applying in late summer. The worst place I would pull gallons of water out of my dehumidifier, once coated with 2 ...


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If there's a shutoff requirement a single valve will satisfy it. There's no need to use two. The kind that installs in a box in the wall behind the fridge are a little more intensive to retrofit but they're convenient to use. I can't speak to whether you might have state or local codes that require this in-wall style -- and I'll wager the Best Buy delivery ...


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I'm speaking out of turn here, since I don't know CA's Ordinances that might be beyond the Plumbing Code. But yes, you need a shut-off valve. Even laughable alarmist Home Inspectors still aren't jumping all over them...very surprisingly. Refrigerators were ignored for quite a while (almost 30-years as far as I've found), but with them essentially being ...


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Step one, very important. Shut off the heat (electric supply or gas) to the water heater before draining it. An empty or partially empty water heater can be very quickly destroyed if heat is applied while it's not full of water. Then drain into a bucket from the drain valve, opening the highest hot water tap in the house to let air in if the heater is ...


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The only real option is to connect a small length of garden hose to the drain valve on the bottom of the tank and use that to put water into a bucket. To make the water flow faster, you can also manually open the temperature/pressure relief valve on the top of the heater while the drain valve is opened. A toilet requires pressure to fill the tank, so just ...


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A quick web search turns up some information. Obviously water heaters mounted outside require special handling. The Rinnai line has two lines of defense against freezing, including ceramic heaters and a mode that will run the combustion periodically to keep the unit warm. Naturally, the water lines still need to be insulated and heated to ensure against ...


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I was a snow bird for many years and I would always shut off the gas for the water heater and also shut the valve for the supply line to the water heater. Like Ed mentioned, if the water heater is in an area where the temp will drop below 30 degrees then you'll need to drain it. I left the heat on, set very low, so I didn't have to worry about this, I didn't ...


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The intuition of the commenters is good. There are online tables if you want to to calculate it. The vertical distances that you mentioned are not significant. 8 feet of elevation is about 3.5 psi. https://www.engineeringtoolbox.com/pressure-loss-copper-pipes-d_930.html Let's assume that you want a flow rate of 10 gallons per minute, and the pipe length is ...


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My mom is 103, blind, deaf and easily confused (can't see nor hear water running). With one motion, she uses her left and right hands to twist left and right faucet knobs on and off. Sometimes when she turns off the knobs, she twists both hands the same direction which turns the hot water on instead of off. I asked her to use one hand only, which would stop ...


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I had this same issue in my kids' bathroom. Being teens, they often forget or neglect to turn on the bath vent. I solved the issue by buying and installing thin plexiglass and covering the drywall areas above the tub/shower surround.I caulked the edges and seams. This works well and only cost me about $20-30 and an hour of effort. This also works during ...


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Acetone is supposedly safe on nylon and polyester (my purdy xl brush states that it's a blend), and may possibly be effective (it tends to at least soften oil based poly, but I've never used it on water based poly). I've never had to clean anything off it, so I'm honestly not sure. If acetone fails, at least $15 is a relatively cheap mistake to make. Most ...


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Soak it good and plenty in soapy water. Water based paints are pretty soft stuff, and 1/2 hour to dry isn't really enough to start them curing. Water should soften them up. Don't use hot water as that will accelerate cure. You can try some fairly wimpy paint stripper if you have some hardware store brand around. You don't want the industrial tier ...


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My experience is that once you have left the brush to dry, either partially or fully, the poly will have chemically cured to the point that it will not be cleanable by any tame cleaning method. The only hope at all is that possibly some of the strongest paint and finish strippers could soften and remove the poly in the brush. Success is unlikely though ...


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Ventilation is key to preventing moisture from building up in a bathroom. Either the vent fan may not be running long enough, or it is moving an inadequate amount of air. The vent may be blocked, or the fan itself is not working properly, or does not move enough air (CFM) for the size of the room. If so, then the fan would need to be replaced. If it simply ...


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You're right to have the city turn off the water at the street but I don't think anyone on this site will say you can safely remove the small pipe or valve. That being said, you've got a corroded mess on your hands. The gate valve needs to be replaced. You're going to have to cut a pipe, unless there is a union, to start disassembling this. Clean up the ...


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This can be a problem with old galvanized pipe if you had pieces break inside I would expect the same or worse here. I would purchase a kit for an emergency repair because my experience has been when 1 piece crumbles the rest is in similar shape. You should look into driving some ground rods also years ago houses only had 1 ground the water pipe, I have ...


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A gloss paint would minimize this type of staining, but will do nothing for other issues humidity can cause (ie mold and rot). As others have said, ventilate! In the winter, simply leaving the bathroom door open is enough for my house (but then, I don't have kids, so the shower isn't running for more than an hour every day, and the bathroom is empty for long ...


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As Kris said in a comment, the solution is to not let that much moisture accumulate. Run a well-performing bath fan every time you use the shower, even in the dead of winter. Vary run duration accordingly. In my part of the world this means 2-4 hours in summer and at least a quarter of an hour (after the shower ends) in winter. As I often say, your ...


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If that's 1/2"npt on the valve, then they make flow control valves for showerheads that should fit. Usually around $10. Just be careful, some are just on/off, and they look identical. Best to check with an experienced sales rep or read the back of you don't trust them.


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When you take hot water from the tank cold water flows into the tank to replace the hot at the same rate. The trick employed by tank designers is that hot water is lighter than cold water and floats on top. so the cold water is introduced at the bottom of the tank and does not disturb the pool of hot water floating on top. thus you can draw hot water from ...


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The only way that could happen is with an unpressurized tank with a float valve, as used in toilets. Otherwise, as water left the tank, it would collapse from the air pressure, or the air pressure would prevent water from leaving the faucet. That said, I've never heard of such an unpressurized system. Perhaps it might be used in an area where water-flow ...


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The tank fills at the same rate the water exits this is simple physics. However the tank starts heating water when some is removed. Since tanked water heaters are limited to about 5kw on average they have a limited ability to heat new fresh cold water. This is where tankless water heaters have an advantage they can supply hot water for long periods of time (...


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I have a Samsung refrigerator and have replaced the filter many times without shutting of the water supply. If you read the instructions in the manual very carefully you will see that even though they say to shut off the water supply at the beginning, they treat this instruction as an option, not a requirement. The very last instruction in my manual says to ...


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All you need to do is have a local shut off . My state requires a valve box in the wall access behind the fridge. If you have this on the supply to the fridge it meets the requirements. With this normally ball valve turned 90 degrees and a glass of water tried to fill the pressure will be gone in 1-2 seconds.


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