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  1. Plumbing
    For extreme cold temperatures, has anyone tried to Plumb hot water through cold water lines to prevent freezing? (And a trickle of water flow of course) Other ideas to stop freezing without using heating tape? (I'm worried about fire)
  2. Building & Construction
    New construction with slab concrete foundation...house is approx 1/3 completed with a roof and windows in place but no insulation/working HVAC/running water yet. We did have around 11 inches of snow that recently melted but I’m sort of perplexed as to where the water came from (I am assuming...
  3. Plumbing
    Our kitchen sink faucet (Rohl R77v3) keeps having flow problems. The first time, both hot & cold water slowed to a trickle. I replaced the sink hose and the problem disappeared. A couple months later, the hot water flow became weak but cold was fine. I replaced the faucet cartridge and nothing...
  4. Building & Construction
    Hi, I live in an old Spanish-style 1930's house in California. I was digging a hole to put a plant in the courtyard and I uncovered a metal grate which, when removed, revealed an old clay pipe. The pipe must run all the way underneath the house because I see the same pipe come out underneath the...
  5. Kitchen & Bath Remodeling
    Hi I just moved into a not so new apartment. I suppose it got its last renovation like 30 years ago. Anyway, as it's a rented place, and the rent is low I don't really mind. What I don't like is my shower. The shower is actually a sitting shower with a tub. I don't want to sit in a tub just to...
  6. Plumbing
    I am replacing my tankless HWH soon. I have a few questions related to the new unit. 1. My municipality provides 7 CW natural gas pressure for my residential line. If I buy a tankless HWH that is rated for 8 CW, will it run? 2. How often do I REALLY need to descale the tankless HWH with white...
  7. HVAC
    I've had 2 companies come out in the past year for a 5 yr old unit. Both companies stated the piston may have been stuck as the first time a problem arose I had so much water coming out of the indoor handler and onto the floor. Company blew that out, refilled with freon and it was fine all...
  8. General DIY Discussions
    I am getting water in my basement which is directly under my front porch. This happen when we get heavy rain. *sorry the attachments are sideways, not sure why that happened* My deck floor is made out of pressure treated wood (see Front Porch attachment). I'm not sure what is underneath it...
  9. Plumbing
    I live in a three-level apartment building on the bottom floor. Whenever my upstairs neighbor drains their washer, water comes out of our standpipe and soaks the area around the washer and dryer. If I don't catch it quickly with the shop-vac then the water will make it to the carpet and soak it...
  10. Building & Construction
    Good Afternoon, I purchased a home a few years ago with a large deck attached. I came to find that the deck was installed by the previous owners, and was not to code. It was rotting and leaning, footings were falling apart, wood was not treated, and the biggest issue... there was no flashing or...
  11. Plumbing
    This is a long story...and no, it's not about a problem with the sump pump. The house was built with the basement below the water table, so the sump pump has to work continuously to keep the water out. The house sits on a low spot in the area where the houses behind it (for blocks and blocks)...
  12. Plumbing
    I tested my water pressure both inside and outside the house, and it's 130 PSI! This can't be right! No wonder my washer kept blowing water lines off their fittings! Does this mean the water regulator off the main line is bad? And how worried should I be about this? By the way, that gauge...
  13. Plumbing
    My water heater has its pressure release valve routed into the crawlspace. I was flushing it and had to open the valve to get it to fill. It got too full, and started releasing cold water into the crawlspace. There's a small puddle under there now. Should I be worried about this? Is there...
  14. HVAC
    I had my gas furnace tuned. The tech removed a flexible tubing that looked like it had been hand made - it was bigger on one end than the other. It was hanging from one end but had apparently been attached. He put a yellow cap on the end that was dripping and said the water would flow down...
  15. General DIY Discussions
    About to buy my first rental property but I am no expert in foundations. I plan to consult a foundation expert as well but figured I would see if I can get any insight first. This forum has helped me a lot in the past! No cracks in the block walls, however they are painted with the white...
  16. Plumbing
    Hi All I'm in north Chicago My house was built in 40's and many of the interior pipes are iron (and inside walls in finished basement) I get a lot of stains in toilets and tried of using britta filters for drinking water, as I'm not confident in quality of city water I'm considering...
  17. Plumbing
    Hello, Would like to get some advice about replacing a dip tube in my heater. It is from 1996 or so. Please see the attached pictures. Can I do this without cutting the water pipe? Any specific things to consider? Step-by-step instructions would be appreciated. :) The heater information...
  18. Appliances
    How does it manifest itself if the anode is bad? What are the symptoms? How often should it be replaced?
  19. Roofing/Siding
    Hello, first time home buyer with a weird issue. After the first major downpour since moving in multiple windows leaked, and water was draining into one of the kitchen cabinets. After caulking up the windows I have had no issues with them. One of the windows is located more or less directly...
  20. HVAC
    There is a hot water radiator that is in our back bedroom on our second floor. It's relatively small but it is in the way of a wraparound desk we want to install to make it into an office. It's just too tall. Our goal is to remove the radiator and remove the riser pipes going to it from the...
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