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Angled faucet with narrow portable dishwasher quick connect problems

We recently got a portable dishwasher for our apartment. (We love it!) The thing that we don't love is that on our kitchen faucet the water comes out at an angle, and when combined with the quick connect aerator that came with the dishwasher it tends to spray water over our countertops instead of down into the sink. Is there anything we can do to fix this? [more inside]
posted by unus sum on Dec 7, 2016 - 2 answers

Tree roots, a stuck machine and $$

So my sewer has tree roots again. I've had my handyman clear them before but this time I had ****** Sewer Service do it. It was supposed to be a $250 job. Their machine is stuck 50 feet down the pipe. [more inside]
posted by BoscosMom on Nov 20, 2016 - 6 answers

New Apartment Toilet Quandaries

I have moved into a new apartment and am highly suspicious of the toilet -- it has a weak flush and does this sort of ponderous overfilling (but not overflowing) and slooow swirling drain during the flush. [more inside]
posted by space snail on Nov 12, 2016 - 11 answers

Perplexing Plumbing?

Two on going, things that just annoy and confuse me. [more inside]
posted by silsurf on Oct 19, 2016 - 11 answers

Dead water heater - what now?

I found my water heater leaking today, probably a failed sidewall. Is there some perfect world where replacing one of these is both cost effective, timely and skillfully done? [more inside]
posted by diode on Oct 14, 2016 - 8 answers

ID this sound

My wife is opening a new daycare in a building that was a daycare before it went out of business a couple of years ago. It's not open yet and she is there alone cleaning, organizing, etc. This sound (short phone video clip) happens 2 or 3 times a day. She said it seems to be coming from a closet with a lot of pipes in it. Any idea what this is? She isn't sure if she should be calling a plumber, the HVAC guy, or the fire suppression systems guy.
posted by COD on Oct 4, 2016 - 5 answers

Given my water pump timing needs, is this the right device for me?

After three water pump failures in 5 years, I need a way to control the behavior of my radiant heat system's water pump during summer and winter months. I think I know what kind of timer device I need, but before I buy something, I'd welcome some advice from plumber MeFites. (Lengthy, possibly unnecessary details inside.) [more inside]
posted by woot on Sep 28, 2016 - 11 answers

Who gets a taste?

We recently had our upstairs bathroom completely redone and apparently there was some work needed to bring the plumbing up to code. The contractor said that he didn't account for that in the estimate and we'd need to pay the plumber directly. (Yes, the plot thickens!) [more inside]
posted by Mysticalchick on Sep 20, 2016 - 10 answers

Dispute with home warranty company: sewage ejector pump or sump pump?

We're going around and around with our home warranty company over whether or not they are obligated to replace the sewage ejector pump in our basement. They say it's a "sump pump functioning as an ejector pump" and therefore not covered. What can we do to fight this? [more inside]
posted by halcyon_daze on Sep 19, 2016 - 21 answers

Plumbing Filter: Temperature changes in shower with new cartridge

I recently replaced the cartridge in a Moen shower faucet. Since then, we've been getting weird water temperature issues. In the morning, you have to crank the temperature way down or the water is way too hot. In the evening, you have to crank it way up or the shower is freezing. I am not a plumber. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Sep 14, 2016 - 5 answers

Kitchen sink: sink drain thing is broken - help me fix it:)

Basically it's one of those things that you press once to block the sink plug and press it again to let the water drain out again. This mechanism doesn't work anymore so it's Always closed. I'm not sure if a piece from the bottom broke off or is stuck in the sink. Here are some pictures: here
posted by freddymetz on Sep 12, 2016 - 4 answers

Recommendations for a new water heater / brand?

We need a new water heater. Do you have any reason to believe your water heater is better or worse than other water heaters? [more inside]
posted by springo on Jul 21, 2016 - 10 answers

Lead Removing Whole House Water Filter Recommendations

Purchased a house knowing the supply line from the water main was lead. Options are purchasing a cooler for potable water, buying a whole house filter and replacing the hot water tank, or replacing the supply line and HWT. Assuming that the third option is beyond our means at the moment and the first option is a stopgap, please recommend a whole house water filtration system available in Canada that is durable, practical, and won't need to be replaced in three years because 'they don't make those kinds of filters anymore' or similar nonsense.
posted by Alvy Ampersand on Jul 19, 2016 - 7 answers

Is the drain line on my water filter making noise because it's too low?

I have a reverse osmosis water filter system with an air gap faucet. It's a Watts Premier system with an air gap type faucet. When the tank is filling up there is a constant gurgling noise. Is this just because it's a new installation or is my drain line too long? [more inside]
posted by TwoWordReview on Jul 16, 2016 - 1 answer

Before I call the plumber . . .

Sink has been draining slowly for about a week, and last night it stopped altogether. I'm willing to call the plumber if it comes to that, but what else can I try that I haven't? [more inside]
posted by archimago on Jun 27, 2016 - 15 answers

How do you keep track of seasonal and annual home maintenance?

I'd like an easy way to keep track of what I need to do on a seasonal, annual, and 5-year basis to ensure my home is functioning well. I'm looking for a way to keep track of when the last time various systems were serviced and/or what I need to do in the next month. How do you keep track of your maintenance cycles and tasks? [more inside]
posted by melodykramer on Jun 14, 2016 - 10 answers

Help needed with constantly filing toilet tank

So in an effort to figure out why our water bill has doubled over the last six months, my wife and I have identified the likely culprit: our toilet. [more inside]
posted by Cash4Lead on Apr 9, 2016 - 18 answers

What caused the corrosion on all this piping?

Any thoughts on what could cause uniform surface corrosion on different types of metal inside a bathroom vanity? [more inside]
posted by hafehd on Apr 9, 2016 - 10 answers

Liquid coming out of tankless water heater's condensate drain line?

I recently had a Rinnai tankless gas water heater installed professionally. I am noticing that during use, some liquid drips out of the bottom, from the condensate drain line. Plumber said "just put a bucket underneath to catch it and then pour down the drain." Uh, really? Some minor googling tells me condensate from tankless gas water heaters tends to be VERY acidic. What's the correct way to handle this? [more inside]
posted by joan_holloway on Apr 9, 2016 - 20 answers

Water supply for a washer

Can you help me with some DIY questions about installing a washing machine without a hookup? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 3, 2016 - 9 answers

Occam’s plumber

Plumber cleared kitchen sink drain; then basement flooded. Test my theory? [more inside]
posted by SallyHitMeOntheHead on Mar 20, 2016 - 9 answers

What kind of contractor do I need to prevent this water damage?

We recently had water from new landscaping seep into our home and destroy our lower-level floors. What kind of contractor do we need to hire to make sure this doesn't happen again? [more inside]
posted by YoungAmerican on Feb 1, 2016 - 5 answers

I'm stuck! Calling the plumbing fairy...

So, I have a shower drain that is not draining properly, and decided to remove the drain cover to see what evils were lurking therein, and remove them. Unfortunately, I cannot remove the drain cover... [more inside]
posted by PlantGoddess on Jan 29, 2016 - 13 answers

Hot water heaters should not sound explosive

The pilot light in the water heater has been going out repeatedly. I've since realized that there is a loud bang -- you could even call it a boom -- associated with the pilot going out. Help me either diagnose the problem or come up with a better explanation for the plumber, because his explanation was "Haha ghosts" and "Call us back if it happens again." It happened again. [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Jan 25, 2016 - 19 answers

What are the best toilets?

Have to replace a toilet: what's the best one? [more inside]
posted by saladin on Jan 22, 2016 - 26 answers

Reality check re: slow bathtub drain on the third floor

I feel like I'm being gaslighted by my landlord, who is either crazy like a fox or completely idiotic and I can't tell which, and I just want to ask a few really ELEMENTARY questions regarding my slow draining bathtub. Snowflakes? Oh you bet I've got snowflakes. [more inside]
posted by janey47 on Jan 19, 2016 - 22 answers

Help for low water pressure, annoying showers

What kind of technology can help us have more water pressure in our shower? We have the kind of shower where there's a faucet down below and a showerhead up above, and you lift a little diverter doohickey within the faucet which causes the water to come out of the showerhead instead of the faucet (looks kind of like this). [more inside]
posted by matildaben on Dec 15, 2015 - 20 answers

Is this quote to bypass broken sewer line in the ballpark of reasonable?

Had a blocked sewer this morning. Plumbers unblocked it, charged $900 for the unblocking and CCTV investigation. The camera showed a large hole at one section of the (clay) pipe, and tree roots at another point. The plumber says the whole pipe should be replaced, and that it can't be relined. This would involve disconnecting the bathroom plumbing, jackhammering up 2x4m of concrete, moving the hot water cylinder which is currently in the way, putting in new PVC pipes that bypass the old broken one, and repouring concrete, installing inspection hatches this time. Removal of waste included. The quote is $14,250 plus GST. Is this anywhere near what I should expect? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Dec 13, 2015 - 23 answers

Water heater dilemma: New valve or new unit?

Our Northern VA household of three adults recently lost its hot water, due to a failure somewhere in the works of our natural-gas, tank-type water heater. Having wrestled this appliance a few years back to replace (what I thought to be) a faulty thermocouple, I was initially pretty confident, but that confidence has begun to ebb as the battle enters day four. [more inside]
posted by atavistech on Dec 12, 2015 - 11 answers

Paying a plumber who didn't complete job?

A plumber has been here all day to work on a toilet and shower that backs up. He pulled a few things out of the pipes, but hasn't succeeded at restoring the flow (still backs up a bit). Is it proper for him to still charge me $350 without succeeding at fixing the problem? What's the protocol for plumber/client here? Thank you!
posted by phreckles on Nov 5, 2015 - 16 answers

Resources for small-scale commercial/automotive plumbing?

My professional life would be much easier if I could competently converse with plumbers during some really basic installations and system design. I don't have this knowledge, at all. How do I school myself on the basic terminology and design of simple water systems? [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart on Nov 2, 2015 - 6 answers

Is my gas water heater vent safe?

Handyman plastered around water heater ceiling vent--should I have him redo it, and if so, what is the preferred method? [more inside]
posted by elphaba on Oct 30, 2015 - 5 answers

Does this faucet need replacing?

Side by side sinks, seen here, and one has a metal bar rusted out. The rusted one is now loose, as a unit (taps, faucet), but still seems to work. No obvious leak, but something caused the rust, right? Where the lines attach to the faucet seem tight. What needs to be done?
posted by rux on Oct 21, 2015 - 5 answers

What's the plumber going to find in my shower?

One shower in our two-bath ranch house backs up whenever we use the other shower, and then drains exceedingly slowly. Tell me what kind of thing this is that I don't know how to do. [more inside]
posted by Polycarp on Oct 17, 2015 - 6 answers

What could be clogging a shower drain other than hair?

Our bathtub has started draining slowly in the past month or so but I don't see how it could be due to hair. What could it be? [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell on Sep 3, 2015 - 23 answers

Nauseating smell after drain overflow

An old waste pipe in my apartment, that shouldn't have been connected to anything, overflowed earlier this week. The pipe was in the bottom of my interior HVAC closet. I had standing water in the location for slightly over 12 hours. Maintenance came out to repair the pipe and replaced part of it. Now I've got a nauseating smell pervading my downstairs. What could this be from, and what if anything does my landlord need to do about it? More after the cut. [more inside]
posted by cardinality on Sep 3, 2015 - 5 answers

sound of water running when none is

I can hear water running behind / below my kitchen sink, but nothing is on. Also, nothing is wet. [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals on Aug 28, 2015 - 15 answers

What could possibly go wrong with a greywater system?

I'm looking to retrofit a greywater system into my house in the Bay Area, California so that I feel better about watering my trees in a severe drought. Unfortunately, plumbing is not my area of expertise, and I am apprehensive that Something Terrible Will Happen if I mess with it. To that end, I'd like to know what could go wrong with a greywater system. Also, if anyone has experience choosing a good greywater designer and installer and can speak to how to do that, or just flat out recommend a greywater genius, I'd be very happy to hear from you. [more inside]
posted by Alex Haist on Aug 28, 2015 - 6 answers

When and how to change an electrical water

I'm trying to figure out whether (and, if so, when) to change our electrical water heater. [more inside]
posted by AwkwardPause on Aug 23, 2015 - 15 answers

How to handle very expensive bill?

Received an incredibly expensive plumbing bill for two hour's worth of work. Can I negotiate this down? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Aug 14, 2015 - 32 answers

bought portable dishwasher, trouble removing sink sprayer hose

I bought a portable dishwasher and the instructions recommend removing the sink sprayer and capping it off. I cannot budge the hex bolt. I have tried liquid wrench and I am using a basin wrench (pliers won't fit in that space). 1. Any other suggestions? 2. If I've turned off the water to the sprayer, do I really have to remove the hose? [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Jul 19, 2015 - 8 answers

Help me understand what tradies I'm going to need

I have a bunch of (mostly small) jobs that I need done around the house, and I'm trying to figure out how many different tradies I need to hire to do them: installing a bathroom vanity; replacing about ten tiles in the shower; installing a new pendant light; servicing the ducted gas heating; installing underfloor insulation (although I'm considering DIYing this); and removing half a staircase. Do I need to hire a different person for each task, or can they be batched somehow? (I assume the tiles and vanity can be done by the same person at least). [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Jun 3, 2015 - 4 answers

It looked me square in the eye and said, "I AM GROOT!" Now what?

Need a little advice about snaking out a drain. It's draining now, but am I done done. [more inside]
posted by Kid Charlemagne on May 3, 2015 - 5 answers

My house stinks

My apartment started smelling like garbage last week and I can't make it go away. What is happening?! [more inside]
posted by sockermom on Apr 27, 2015 - 51 answers

Increasing pressure into tankless water heater

The water supply to my house has rather low pressure, and today I'm about to buy a tankless water heater (haven't decided on gas or electric). Is it advisable to use a pressure bladder tank to raise the water PSI before it reaches the heater? Also, is there a way to estimate PSI without a gauge? (more detail inside) [more inside]
posted by TreeHugger on Apr 6, 2015 - 8 answers

Help me fix my kitchen sink

The pipe that's going to the drain of my kitchen sink has come unattached from the drain. Surely I can fix this myself? [more inside]
posted by sailoreagle on Mar 9, 2015 - 11 answers

How do I fix a bathtub hand shower head that is detached from faucet?

The hand shower head in my bathtub got yanked out of the wall somehow (pic of shower head, pic of fixture attached to wall tile). Is this something I can replace with any sort of hand-held shower head I find at a convenient Home Depot/Bed Bath & Beyond/etc? Or are there specs I need to know about the existing plumbing before I buy anything? [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Feb 22, 2015 - 9 answers

Unclogging drains without ever seeing or touching the gunk

I have very slow drains in my sink and bathtub. I am 90% certain it is because of hair and coconut oil clogged in there. I'd like suggestions of ways to fix this without a snake, a zip-it, or a plunger. [more inside]
posted by witchen on Feb 6, 2015 - 22 answers

Cheap, low-effort tankless water heater?

Heated garage, just cold water pipe run to it. What's the easiest way to add hot (or vaguely warm) water to my utility sink? [more inside]
posted by AzraelBrown on Nov 29, 2014 - 8 answers

House Help - unique situation, trying to keep pipes from freezing

Going internet on this one, need house help: Problem, cold temps coming, exposed pipes with water in 'em, want to avoid freezing/cracking. [more inside]
posted by Reasonably Everything Happens on Nov 13, 2014 - 9 answers

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