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A place to ask advice and help in dealing with the piping systems of homes and offices. That includes water supply and waste transport and the associated fixtures.

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try looking at the valve cover underneath the intake. that's where I found mine on my 89 V6.
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Look up the Marlin shotgun with the same model number.
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Nothing is worst than a leaking toilet flush, as it can give a homeowner torrid time to solve the issue. To overcome the problem find the root cause first, in this context a plumbing leak or tension on the flush chain. Most of the times low quality flush valve are also the reason your toilet flush m…
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It depends on what kind of car and engine you have. Some don't connect to the water pump but to the radiator.
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%DETAILS% Answer most likely it is a result of the emissons system. As the cat converter removed the harmful emissons, a few of the chemicls left are hydrogen and oxygen, mix these two and you get water.
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Fuel lines can get contaminated by particles in the gas that attract moisture. The moisture forms in the gastank when there are temperature differences (cold at night, hot during the day)and when there is a lot of moisture, it can get in your fuel line, and eventually in your engine. That'll stop yo…
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If it's a rapid clicking sound that becomes more rapid when the fan is turned up high, you probably have a foreign object like a leaf stuck in the blower. It sounds like your Air door actuator or temperature actuator
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%DETAILS% Get ahold of the service manager and tell him your problem. Ask him if you can take it to another garage and have him pay for it. They just aren't checking their work.   If it leaks while or after raining, I would suspect the windshield is leaking around the edge causing the wate…
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Clogged 2001 Saturn AC drain After talking to a Saturn mechanic I found it. It's centered and is about 18"-24" down from the top of the firewall. He told me there was a small balloon at the end and usually they cut of off with a pair of dykes and then clear it. The best way to get to it is from unde…
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CHANGE YOUR STAT TO 195.
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You ned a special tool to release the garter spring holding the connection together. These tools are available at just about any auto parts store for about $20.00
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CHANGE THE THERMOSTAT   Make sure you don't have air in the hoses!!   You may also need so flush your radiator. Sometimes it gets clogged and wont allow water to circulate. But can usually tell this before hand as it will overheat then cool down continously as the junk tends to break l…
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I don't know why, but my car is doing this too!! it is a 2003 Pontiac grand am 4 cyl. If you get an answer, PLEASE let me know!!!
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overheat not thermostatIf you have water, and it's not the thermostat, then either you're not moving air or not moving water.I think your model has a belt driven fan (not the electric type) and anyway at normal driving speeds it should ram enough air to cool. Make sure the radiator vanes are not blo…
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The pressure increase is dependent on density of the water. Pure water at 60F has about 27.78 inches of water column (INWC or INWG) per psi or approximately 0.43197 psi/ft. This is from memory; but it should be close. Fresh water: 0.43 psi per foot Sea water: 0.44 psi per foot. So, for each additi…
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Eggs and Shells in Garbage Disposals Eggs and eggshells are probably alright to put down your garbage disposal. Here is more detailed advice and opinions: Eggshells are very brittle and break as soon as the disposal is flipped on. You would be surprised what you can put down a disposal without doin…
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Coffee Grounds Down Garbage Disposals From what I've read, yes, and no. I hate getting rid of the grounds from my french press, so I've done a bit of online research. If you have a septic tank, the answer is no. Solids of any kind contribute to the build up of sludge in the tank, which means having…
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Tips for prevention of odors in garbage disposal:Never leave food in the disposal. If you leave it sitting too long, the old food will be decomposing while sitting in the disposal.Do not over fill the disposal. Too much garbage at one time can clog the mechanism and cause fragments to be left behind…
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Hi Larry I am assuming you are talking about a garburator. You don't really need a list. Things like potato, carrot peelings, small pieces off your dinner plate (not bones) coffee grounds, tea bags are all things your garbage disposal will take. This old stand-by is right on ... "When it doubt, th…
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If I was upgrading, I would install a 200 amp box so there would be adequate power in the future. You should upgrade to a 200 amp service even if your local code does not require it. This will allow you or future owners to upgrade or install new circuits as needed. Also, if you are renovating a…
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You live in a mobile home, or older house? I live in a doublewide, and my dryer breakers are 30amp, and the water heater breakers are 20, both 220V lines, shared. The only safe way to answer this is to have an electrician look at your setup and determine if your wiring is capable for allowing a larg…
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Bursting Pipes in the CityThe person who did the damage is, however, they would have a case against the city for not shutting it off quicker if he could find a lawyer that would take it. In Wisconsin, you would be responsible for damages to other people's property if your negligence caused the broke…
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Insurance for older homes You may not find a company willing to provide all-risk coverage or replacement cost coverage. You should be able to buy a named-peril, ACV (pays depreciated value due to age) policy with basic fire & extended coverage. Contact a few agents. In Florida, most insurers wi…
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In most cases, yes. All policies have different provisions, so this scope is not a narrow one.You should contact your agent for coverage advice.
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A vacuum breaker is a mechnical device used to avoid backflow or a negative pressure in a plumbing system. It typically consists of an air valve with a spring holding it closed. When the pressure within the system is positive, the valve remains closed. When the pressure is negative (less than atmo…
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Vacuuming large debris through skimmer without using a leaf trap. A leaf trap has a bag inside for catching debris and is placed between the end of your pool vacuum hose and the skimmer. It keeps leaves from clogging your skimmer line when you vacuum. It's OK to not to use a leaf trap as long a…
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You answered you own question: at freezing.At or near 32 degrees F your pump should be turned to keep water moving. moving water doesn't freeze.It is important that any exposed pipes, filter and pump have moving water at freezing as this water will freeze first and cause the item to crack. That's ex…
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Since pool water plumbing typically does not connect directly your home water system, the installation typically does not have to meet all state and local building codes. However, it is commonly considered a "best practice" to meet the building codes in the most reasonable manner.That being said, PV…
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About 2.6 million dollars as there is sold bed rock to remove and the blasting will cost several hundred thousand dollars then there is the EPA and environmental impact studies and noise abatement and having to remove the trees that are housing endangered birds and Then installing Schedule 80 PVC pi…
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No it will tear it up, use dishsoap and a soft broom and a hose spray nozzle. Then I would have it seales so you could just hose it off.
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Drain may be clogged because of which the water goes dry or if drain pipes are filled with water at the base it pushes air bubbles through toilet bowl water drains slowly out of pipe it also causes toilet bowl to go dry.Hire general plumbing services for help like A-General plumbing services who off…
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Your toilet will gurgle and bubble when flushed due the flapper valve on your toilet, or small vent pipe and even because of a crack in the toilet. To overcome this plumbing issue try changing the toilet flapper, which does not cost much, and if the issue is a major one contact a professional plumbe…
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%DETAILS% It's sediment from you water heater. The chlorine and other chemicals put into the water to purify it, settle in the water heater when your water isn't being used. When you use your hot water your water heater starts filling with cold water which shakes up the sediment in the bottom. wh…
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%DETAILS%%FOLLOWUPS% IF your toilet sink and washer are on the same waste line, which they probably are, the problem is't a short trap. Actually since your washer, toilet and sink have different traps it shoudn't effect anything. The problem probably comes from the washer being what is called a "…
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It sounds like you do need to put air in your tank. Look here for a fairly clear description of the process: gremcoinc.com The exact process will depend on your system. No. Low air in the tank would only make the pump run more. Pressure is a factor of the pump and the well. The tank will only hol…
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One of the most common reason for rattling pipes is loose pipes that needs to be secured to the wood framing with the help of pipe clips. To solve this, rather than cutting through the walls and ceilings, you can access the pipe via an access panel or open area where the pipes are exposed such as ba…
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Vent issue can be one of the reason causing kitchen drain problems or It could be possible that the setup of your piping/p-trap, is not allowing air through, which is causing the water to not be able to flow smoothly after air pockets get cleared the the kitchen drain will run smoothly.for which you…
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%DETAILS% Answer The waste line from the downstairs toilet is not vented (or not vented properly, or the vent is plugged up). Flushing the upstairs toilet creates a vacuum in the main line which sucks the water out of the one downstairs. Answer your waste lines for both toilets may be on the same br…
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There is a less possibility that the leakage is due to sewage in your vent system. However the biggest reason for this would be improper roof installation. Similarly it can also be the condensation problem from the ducts themselves. You can call the general plumbing service provider to get it solved…
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The label on the toilet must have been UPC (uniform plumbing code). All upc approved toilets should be universal. The seat shouldn't have anything to do with a faulty toilet. Either the seat wasn't tightened properly or the toilet is leaning to the right and just needs to be shimmed. There have be…
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Tree roots in sewer lines force you for sewer line replacement to cut down tree roots below are few solutions. 1. Mechanically Cutting Tree Roots One of the most common techniques is to use a mechanical auger. "The mechanical method of root removal is simple," says Tim Carter, author of the syndic…
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%DETAILS% Answer It sounds like you need to replace your water heater. The white minerals are caused by sediment in the water heater. The sediment is corrosive and can cause either your elements or your dip tube to go bad. Flushing it out will help but only gets a portion of the sediment o…
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Distance from the drain to the wall A minimum of 15 inches off the finished side wall. and a minimum of 12 inches of the finished back wall. However, 18" side clearance is the international standard for wheelchair and assisted toilet seating thereby providing more manuevering room; it also fee…
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You have to look at the cabinet that your buying closley to see where you have room for your plumbing connections. Youll probably have to rough to drain in high, (20 to 22")off finished floor. I would rough the water in close to each other about 4-6" apart. With most sinks you'll want to center the …
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there is a gasket beetween the tank and the bowl. the gasket could either be pinched or need to be replaced. It's an easy fix, and you can find standard gaskets at your local hardware store. there should be two or three bolts underneath the bowl. be sure to shut the water off first and flush the toi…
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It shouldn't have anything to do with the flex line. It's probably from build up in your water lines that got loosened by shutting the water off. It sounds funny but it happens all the time. I've seen water lines that are so plugged up it's a wonder that water even got through them. The smallest wre…
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%REPLIES% Answer your drains are probably on the same waste line. by upc code your waste line should tie into your main sewer line 6 feet from any horizontal to vertical change in direction. this is due to the fact that the sudds from your washer can actually go up your drain line. Answer I…
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either you have something caught in your angle valve or your float isn't adjusted properly. try turning off the angle valve, disconnecting it and turn it on and off a couple of times with a bucket to catch the water. If that doesn't work try adjusting the screw on top of your float. or you can just …
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Answer If there is no plumbing in the wall it has to be either a leak from upstairs that's running down the wall or the grout or caulk has gone bad and every time you take a shower you make it worse. Grout is cheap and easy. Try scraping out the old grout between the tiles and then regrout between t…
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it will increase your volume. The only benifit is if you ever run more than one fixture at a time.   it may increase volume but it will lower pressure and make pump work harder to deliver it
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Air in water lines It's possible that your jet pump could be sucking air from your holding tank. There is usually a float switch from your well to the holding tank depending on the system. The float switch determines how much water is pumped into the holding tank. if the holding tank isn't full enou…
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%REPLIES% Answer yes, you can have your toilet refinished. Another option is to buy some porcoline patch and do it yourself. Just shut off your angle valve and drain as much water as you can out of the bowl by holding down the trip lever. The water should go down enough for you to repair the sc…
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You are lucky if you get to know that the pipes are frozen before it bursts out. At the very first place shut off the main valve of the pipe if you experience stopped water flow. Then leave the faucets open. Do not use any flames to unfreeze the pipes. Similarly, avoid using an electric heater, hair…
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There are many causes of low water pressure, and many surprisingly simple remedies that you can perform yourself. Here are some steps to guide you as you learn how to increase water pressure. 1)Clean the aerator. 2)Disassemble the faucet. 3)Repair the facet. 4)Screw the aerator back on 5)Soak the…
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Sometimes chemicals causes rust to get into the water lines. a change in water pressure will cause this rust to turn loose and come through into the bathtub or other appliances. Another cause could be a break in the pipe. What you may be seeing is dirt. What happens is when the water flows, and then…
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Many plumbing supply stores have a list of contractors that can be recommended. Otherwise, ask around to see who has been used before. Angie's List (a service you pay for) has vetted home improvement professionals if you would like to go that route.
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the toilet probably isn't vented. When you sewer line is in use the waste can actually create a syphon that can pull the water out of the trap in your toilet. The only way to fix it is to jackhammer up the floor and run proper venting for the toilet.   vent on lift pump could be ubstructed.…
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When you open a sink drain or flush a toilet, a head of water enters the waste pipe. Since it fills the pipe, the water pushes air in front of it and creates a vacuum behind. The vacuum exerts considerable internal force on the pipes, and unless you provide a vent so more air can come in and fill it…
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Vents in case of toilet which is also referred to as the venting system. Vents also help to bring oxygen into plumbing system, which assists with the aerobic sewage digestion that is necessary for breaking the waste down and prevents sewer gases from getting into your home. It would be placed somewh…
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I would hope you have your problem solved by now but the first place I would check is for a valve under the sink that is turned off. Overflowing should be a separate problem and you would check the trap under the sink.
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What you have is a ball check valve, and you could have a combo Sanitary/Storm System, The ones I have seen use a squeeze type insert into the floor drain, and that nut you are looking at is just a clean-out plug to by-pass the check valve for drain cleaning.(: You can try and drill it out and r…
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Primarily this is caused by some other user of hot water. Like the cloths washer or dishwasher turning on. They drain the hot water available and so your shower goes cold. Flexible PVC pipe Hot water boilers contain a reduced orifice insert (presumably to maintain pressure in the boiler. These …
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It depends on whats wrong with your sewer. It could take anywhere from 10 minutes to a whole day. Usually blockages in the main occure either from roots or breakeges in the pipe. If the line has been snaked and you still have a problem I would recommend having it camerad.
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Find the GPH of your fresh water pump and model #, see if Shurflo, Jabsco or whatever brand you have, has a better one. Also make sure you check the filter ( if it has one ) and the Screens on the faucets for debris and clean if needed.
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I usually use the thickest wax ring I can find with the plastic funnel thing embedded in it. If it's a little too thick, the extra wax will just squeeze out a bit underneath the toilet. Sometimes its necessary to double up on the ring (use two - one with the funnel one without) to make a good seal o…
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Depending on the condition of the bladder tank sometimes you can add more air to it for a temporary fix, but ultimately you will have to replace it. Press in the air valve on top to see if any water comes out, if so then the bladder is water logged.   Depending on the tank, the bladder can so…
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Not always, there is a standard shower valve that most handles will work for. it depends on what your set up is. As far as the shower head is concerned you should be able to put anything on. As I'm standing at Home Depot looking at all the different shower valves on the display I wonder which on…
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Fixing a leak You should first check fan vent outlet on roof - should have a flapper of some kind that may be stuck open or have a hole in it. If it only leaks when it is raining that is first clue. One other possibility is the vent pipe is running through cold attic causing condensation - you can w…
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One thing to keep in mind when purchasing a toilet is the availability of replacement parts. I purchased a Toto Drake toilet about four years ago, and it now needs some new gaskets and a replacement flush valve. Imagine my surprise to learn that parts are almost universally unavailable. Even the…
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%DETAILS% Answer It's possible that you have a blockage, on the toilet line and the water is coming up in the tub to alleviate pressure. Or, your vent may be clogged causing what is called back syphonage, causing the water not to push out.
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A: If the plastic hose from the ballcock**is not in the overflow tube, or the hose is clogged, the bowl will not fill correctly. Check that first. Next, check the water level in the tank. It should be 3/4" below the top of the overflow. Adjust it as needed using the plastic screw on top of the ballc…
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Installing a Toilet on a Cast Yes, you can put a toilet on it. The hardest part would be putting a toilet flange onto the cast. There are two options: you can either get a cast iron flange to fit over it and pour a lead joint or you have to chip around the pipe enough to get a no hub band on it. Yo…
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If your home is on city supply there will be a PRV (Pressure Reducing Valve ) where the pipe comes into the house. This can be adjusted, or if more than 20 -25 years old, possibly needs to be replaced. - If you are on a well, adjust pressure at the pressure switch and if necessary pump up the tank a…
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You normally locate the vent at the sink drain, but you can locate a vent at every fixture if you like.  *The sink is vented above the tee holding the trap arm to the sink. The sink drain will go below the floor and be joined(usually with a wye) from the shower drain which then is joined into …
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Yes it does located in floor just below drainAns 2 - As difficult as it may be, if you don't have a trap under the floor drain you will get odours all the time.
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Answer The disposal is part of your drain line. It only allows liquid and small particles through it. The whole idea of the disposal is not to allow anything to big to go through the drainage system. The problem is over time the weep holes in the disposal can get clogged with grease. It can be taken…
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The fill valve has a leak in it or if it has been replaced the setting is 2 high.if the valve is old - it needs 2 b replaced.sometimes the shaft or wire that i used 2 set the level, corrodes off.
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If this noise occurs after shutting off a fixture (e.g., shower or sink), I'd pop the lid on the toilet tank and check there. Sometimes, this type of noise occurs when water pressure is reduced somewhere else, causing the fill valve to open slightly and howl like a foghorn. So, after shutting off th…
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%DETAILS% Answer Yes you can flush it. It's possible for a toilet trap to go dry after that much time. When you flush just make sure you check to see if the bowl is leaking.
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Several conditions contribute. Distance your shower stall is from the hot water heater. Type and age and size of pipe to your shower stall from your hot water heater and climate. Cold weather climate tends to cool the static water in the pipes while waiting to be turned on. Old pipes have a build up…
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It depends on your system. If your on city water you should be able to pull off the airaters on the sinks and open up all your fixtures until the air is out. If your on a well you could try the same thing. If it doesen't work on a well it could be that your well pump isn't filling your tank as fast …
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Sewer gas smell If there's a basement floor drain close by, sometimes the all the water can evaporate out of the trap. This can allow sewer smells into the house. Just run some water thruough the floor drain to fill the trap back up. Ditto for any drain that doesn't get used very often. More i…
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%DETAILS% Answer It's rust sediment from where the water has been shutoff. More information is needed such as does it come from the hot side, or cold side? If it's the hot side, it could be your anode rod on your water heater. If it's the cold side, it's rust, and the pipe would have to be repl…
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Cut the toilet line down at the first 90 from the flange, and relocate so that your toilet is still vented from it's orignal vent. If it is dry vented, you need to move the toilet and the vent. A no-hub band or fernco coupling is the preferred transistion from cast iron to PVC.Ans 2 -good advice. - …
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The only solution (I know of) is to increase the size of the supply line(pipe). Water works on volume, both lines have to be equal or supply line has to be larger in order to acheive more flow. Pressure does not increase volume, it's the exact opposite, volume increases pressure. Hope it helps! &nb…
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%DETAILS% Answer Well, my problem is fixed. I had a Culligan Super S whole house filter installed yesterday. The problem is now gone. I can't figure out why this cured the problem other than adding a little bit of restriction immediately after the water tank. This would be easy to duplicate. Ju…
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Check the spec tag on your water tank. It should be 10 PSI lower than the factory settings. Normally around, 28 PSI for a 30 gallon tank.the air pressure is to be set at 2 to 3 psi lower than the pump turn on pressure.
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You can buy the new cast iron flanges, with the expandable O rings that push into the pipe or you'll have to do the old style or pouring lead onto a cast iron flange. The latter option should only be done by professionals.
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Be aware that for the first few minutes after turning off you will get the shower head leak a little. This is because the shower head has a large cavity inside that fills up with water in use. When you turn off, that water has to go somewhere, so it dribbles through the outlets of the shower head. …
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%DETAILS% Answer TRY HODESCO FOR THE PARTS YOU ARE LOOKING FOR. THE FLUSH VALVE SHOULD BE THEIR PART 60-126. CONTACT THEM AT 1-800-777-6500 OR WEBSITE WWW.HODESCO.COM
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Nice. Very nice. Does your kegerator have a hose going from the keg to the tap? If so, just get a T-connection from your hardware store, cut the hose, install the T-section, and run a hose downstairs. Get some kind of valve for the hose at the hardware store for the end of the hose, maybe one that y…
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Several things cause the toilet to "keep running." Either the flap in the bottom of the tank isn't sealing shut. When you push the handle, a chain connects an arm on the handle to the flap on the bottom of the tank. The flap opens letting the water in the tank run through the bowl flushing the float…
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Probably there is a leak in the wall it just doesnt come through the drywall. Reason why it isn't going to the first floor ceiling is the 2nd floor wall stops on top of the 2nd floor plywood so it will run down the inside of the wall and out onto the floor. You sure its a plumbing problem? Sounds mo…
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My grandmother's house used to have drainage for her washer that was piped out of the house and onto the ground. She lived on a farm with a well, so there were no city ordinanced regarding water. Problems with this that I can think of as a non-professional: 1) The water might run close to the house …
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The tank can be placed anywhere before the first fixtures, also make sure that it is easily accessible for repair.
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1.Run a larger main feed line. 2.Reduce amount of heads on sprinkler system. Good Luck
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Yes, the baffle is choking off the vent, causing the toilets to flush slow.
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Most likely not, depending on the type of pipe you can find an inside flange to fit.
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