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Can anyone help me identify this weird water pipe in my yard?

I rent, and tonight I heard the sound of running water in my yard. I went outside to investigate and saw that water was spurting upwards out of this black pipe in the yard that is about 8" in diameter and sticks out of the ground about a foot (link to picture inside). The pipe has a cap on it that has a hole in it - it looks like an intentional hole that water is supposed to come out of. However, I've lived here for years and I've never seen or heard this happening. It rained today, and I live in SoCal where it hardly rains, but again, this seemed new. The water coming out was substantial and flooded a bit of my (very small) yard. After a while the water flow petered out. Since then, it's been going on and off at random intervals. I've tried to see if me running the water or flushing the toilet is connected to this, but I'm not sure that there is a correlation. The water coming out looked clear, but smelled a little funky and may have emitted a little steam (I didn't want to touch it to check the temp). The pipe is located less than a foot away from the side of the house and is next to my water heater that is located outdoors in some sort of locker thing. I've left a message for the landlord but wanted to see if anyone has any insight as to what this thing may be, and if this is unusual. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by emily37 on Dec 20, 2013 - 13 answers

Leaky something-or-other on Saturn radiator.

My poor, bedraggled 1996 Saturn is losing coolant. I can see where it's losing it from! I have no idea what it is or how to fix it. [more inside]
posted by curious nu on Jun 11, 2013 - 13 answers

How to repair my Sigg water bottle?

A few months ago I finally found the water bottle I'd coveted for so long. A few weeks ago, I lost it, along with everything else that was in my bag. And the bag itself. And my BLACK BELT. Anyway, after searching online for days, I finally found a shop in Poland that still had one. I ordered it immediately. I have it now. It's leaking. The hole is *tiny*, invisible to the naked eye. I'd say it leaks about one drop of water a minute. I'm sad and angry and disappointed, but as this bottle is apparently the last of its kind that was on sale, I'd really like to fix it. Any ideas how to go about it? Note: I'm in the Netherlands, so I'm kind of hoping for a miracle cure that will be available to me here...
posted by Skyanth on Feb 12, 2013 - 19 answers

How can I fix an air mattress without ordering a patch kit online?

Can I patch a tear in an Aerobed with a vinyl pool liner repair kit? If not, what else can I buy today in the SF Bay area to repair very it with? [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell on Dec 13, 2012 - 15 answers

The Watercourse Way

Should we tell our landlord we're smelling wood rot after a leak he already knows about? [more inside]
posted by Mertonian on Nov 28, 2012 - 9 answers

Sandy got me all wet

Sandy's dropped almost 3 inches here already. Our roof (over 22 yrs old, original, already had quotes to replace it in the past 2 weeks) decided to leak. So I'm looking for general knowledge/hints/tips on fixing things after a roof leak. [more inside]
posted by k5.user on Oct 29, 2012 - 10 answers

What is the legal situation with regards to my ceiling falling in?

My kitchen ceiling just fell in, as a result of a month-long leak that has been building over time. About 2-3 square metres of inch-thick plaster came down at once - would certainly have caused injury if not worse had we been underneath it. The owners of the flat above have repeatedly stalled in taking any action - as far as I know they have still not called a plumber. They explicitly stated on Thursday that they were getting an emergency plumber in and hoped for Saturday morning but weren't sure. This is Tuesday and we haven't heard anything. Prior to this they were repeatedly contacted by our letting agent but claimed that they'd "been having trouble with" both their mobile and landline. Are they liable for this in any way? How do I proceed? (Further details: I'm in Scotland in the UK.)
posted by Kirn on Oct 16, 2012 - 9 answers

All citizens have a right to know the workings of their courts.

According to this story in the Guardian, a BBC documentary about the London riots has been banned by a judge in England. However, the judgement also forbids revealing the judge's name, place or sitting, or more importantly, reasons for the banning. Can you help me find a leak of the judgement or any additional information, as I would like to know why it has been banned.
posted by Jehan on Jul 17, 2012 - 7 answers

Wasting warm water woes - Stop a leak on my hot water heater.

Indoor Plumbing Filter: Help me understand a valve on my hot water line and how to stop a leak. [more inside]
posted by msbutah on Apr 14, 2012 - 8 answers

Fresh as a mountain stream?

How do I best deal with this wet, smelly problem? [more inside]
posted by Obscure Reference on Jan 24, 2012 - 9 answers

Will teflon tape counteract a bad compression ring?

IsMyHouseGoingToFloodFilter: Will a bunch of teflon tape wrapped around a compression ring prevent my toilet shut off valve from leaking? [more inside]
posted by i love cheese on Oct 30, 2011 - 8 answers

PlumberFilter: I have turned a big toilet leak into a small one. How can I stop it entirely?

I have replaced the flapper, flush valve, overflow tube, spud washer, bolts, and gaskets. A big leak (spontaneous refilling every 1-2 hours) has become a small leak (2" drop in water level in 12 hours). Now what should I do to make it stop entirely? [more inside]
posted by mausburger on Oct 17, 2011 - 18 answers

Please help me get apartment management to actually fix my leak & mold ... now, not two weeks from now

Discovered a leak last night in the closet of my apartment (yeah, the same one I wrote about before). The carpet is damp, and there is some mold. Stopped by the management office twice today to ensure it gets taken care of ASAP, but am not feeling super-confident that anything will happen anytime soon. Can you sanity-check my intended next step, or suggest additional actions I should take? [more inside]
posted by DingoMutt on Aug 20, 2011 - 10 answers

keep your chemicals to yourself please

What can I do if my neighbor's pool leaks into my yard? (USA, VA) [more inside]
posted by headnsouth on Apr 16, 2011 - 20 answers

What is this fake Arcade Fire?

Help me identify a fake Arcade Fire song [more inside]
posted by hworth on Oct 2, 2010 - 4 answers

Faucet, tap, spigot. Whatever. It's busted.

Bathroom sink faucet is leaking all over. Sink shutoff valves won't budge. Now what? [more inside]
posted by dayintoday on Jul 26, 2010 - 14 answers

Rental roof leak quandary

Our rental just suffered a serious roof leak. What should we know and do concerning the needed repairs? [more inside]
posted by Pamelayne on Jun 5, 2010 - 10 answers

How to find a leak in my car?

Water is leaking into the car. Mechanic says ask the glass people, the glass people can't find the leak. [more inside]
posted by contrarian on Apr 8, 2010 - 15 answers

I'd rather prefer it if my ceiling didn't fall in.

Small dark spot on ceiling wasn't there before. Should I be immediately concerned? [more inside]
posted by jal0021 on Mar 19, 2010 - 8 answers

Radiator + Valve adjustment = wet carpet?

There's wet carpet around my water/steam radiators and I'm not sure why. [more inside]
posted by ayerarcturus on Nov 10, 2009 - 10 answers

Patches and tarps and caulk, oh my?

How can I implement a temporary fix for a leaking roof? [more inside]
posted by notashroom on Oct 28, 2009 - 12 answers

That was mold ... right?

My apartment leaked, mold grew on the walls, and the maintenance guy just bleached off the outer layer ... right? [more inside]
posted by SpringAquifer on Sep 28, 2009 - 9 answers

Sudden drop in water pressure on second floor

What can I do to investigate a sudden drop in water pressure (or flow) in the second floor only of my house before I call a plumber this Monday? [more inside]
posted by maudlin on Apr 11, 2009 - 9 answers

To stick down that seam tape or not...

Following up to this question, my tent seam seal failed to stick down some of the taped seams that were coming untaped. Is it supposed to be able to stick them down or is that irrelevant as long as the seam seal goop absorbs into the stitching etc. I just thought that since when I bought the tent some of the taped seams were stuck down properly and some were peeling up, that maybe that was responsible for the leakage. [more inside]
posted by who else on Nov 2, 2008 - 4 answers

How to fix a leaky basement

Should I fix my leaky basement from the inside or the outside? [more inside]
posted by Badmichelle on Jun 25, 2008 - 11 answers

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