We have a small bathroom (sink, toilet, small tub) on the second floor of our house that hasn't been touched since original construction (sometime in the 1950's). When using any of the three bathroom fixtures, water leaks through the ceiling below (just started last night after plunging the toilet). A plumber came out, took a look and said we'd need to rip up the entire floor as the pipes are all lead and the only solution is to remove entirely and replace with something newer. This sounds odd and expensive. Any advice/suggestions?
I have a high efficiency washing machine that shakes our pipes loudly when it takes its incessant micro-sips of water. Does anyone have experience adding hammer arresters like these to their washers? [more inside]
This weekend, a wet spot appeared on the parkway in front of my house and has persisted: it hasn't grown or shrunk in the 24 hours that I've been aware of it. The soil seems to be wet as far down as I can push a stick, so I'm afraid a pipe below it has sprung an upwards leak. Does anyone have any strategies for diagnosing what the issue is? [more inside]
In my new airing-cupboard, there is a pipe-connection that looks very odd. Photo here. My initial thought was that something had corroded, but the cut-out areas are identical on each site, and look like they're supposed to be there. Is this right, or should I be getting someone to fix it? If it's supposed to be like this, then why? And should water be dripping from the top-pipe into the bottom?
I'm toying with the idea of DIYing a version of this ceiling lamp. Can anyone tell me the technical name for the pivoting/rotating/swiveling T joints, as Googling combinations of that phrase is not giving me similar connectors? [more inside]
I am looking for a command line tool that will let me edit data in a shell pipeline by hand before sending it out again on STDOUT. [more inside]
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]
-PC action-adventure game, mostly action, but I do remember simple adventure things like moving blocks or unlocking doors -first person view -can't remember how health stats and weaponry were viewed -Had to rescue a woman (go figure), but not sure if she was royalty or anything, just motivation to do the journey -Started in kobold (or kobolt) caverns, there was a spider cavern section where it was tunnels burrowed by the spiders themselves, a lava cavern/mining level where you had to break down a rock borer (might have been a laser) -mid to late 90's probably because it's graphics were close to Quake 2, just not as smooth [more inside]
It's looking like I'll be jobless this summer. Would it be possible to keep myself alive by taking photos of newsworthy events and selling them to news organizations? [more inside]
I have a cylindrical towel rack that is bent. I need to unbend it. How can I do this without damaging it further? [more inside]
Let's say someone (anyone) made a fortune in the early 18th century - would it be possible to track their fortune over time to see where it is in the present day? I can imagine this being relatively simple if the money just stayed in the family, but what if you wanted to track the fortunes made during something like the Gold Rush?
60-year-old house, trap arm and drain/vent are galvanized, trap arm is rusty and I want to remove it. Or should I cut it, or hire someone to do it for me? [more inside]
I'm looking for a video of an excerpt from Liszt's piano sonata in B minor transcribed for the pipe organ. I am pretty sure it was played by a Dutch man, or in the Netherlands, and he had two different colored socks. The obvious youtube searches are turning up nothing. Anybody?
I want to build a slosh pipe but I'm in England and have no idea where I can get the end caps without paying a lot more than the US sites suggest this should cost. Ideas?
Can you help me identify this piece of music? [more inside]
How do I find where an exterior drainage pipe in the ground goes? [more inside]
I just got home to find my house flooded. The tank on the back of the commode cracked open and has been running all day. What do I do to dry the ceiling, avoid damage? [more inside]
Help Soldering Water Pipe - AGAIN (please don't recommend shark bites or any shortcuts - I did it last year, and it leaked again, thats why I'm trying to do this the right way). [more inside]
Pipes - hipster wannabe affectation, or classy anachronism? [more inside]
This is a question for anyone who knows about houses from the inside out: Do homes ever use aluminum pipes for plumbing? We just had our water tested by the national center for water quality at Heidelberg University using samples from two separate faucets in our home. One sample came back totally normal; the other had double the rate of acceptable aluminum per billion parts. Readings for all other substances were fairly close to each other between the two faucets (and except for the aluminum, no other concern.) Why could one faucet have a higher aluminum rate than another in the same home? [more inside]
My stovetop espresso maker has a small leak. I don't think returning it will help me. Are there any recipes for food-safe 'stop leak' compounds? [more inside]
YANMD but: can a bald patch in the beard be an indicator of oral cancer? More detail below. [more inside]
I live in an old apartment with radiators. Pipe in kitchen (radiator has been removed, heated pipe remains) has a leaky valve that smells awful. Can someone take a look at these pictures and tell me if there is anything I can do to cover the leaky bit and reduce the smell? [more inside]
I'm looking to create a bar like this one so that I can stand on it to practice my balance. I'm thinking some kind of plumbing pipe may be able to hold me, or possibly a metal broomstick (I'm 56kg). Any help on what to make it from or how to put it together? [more inside]
The first time I heard the song The Freshmen by the Verve Pipe, it was on the radio -- a live version in which the audience sang along. Anyone know where I can find that? All I can locate are studio recordings.
I recently started medicating with medicinal marijuana. What piece would you recommend the most within the $75-125 range? [more inside]
Please identify the 'industrial erector set' holding up the campus board in this picture. [more inside]
need help replacing the valve which supplies water to my toilet tank. As usual, there are some minor (?) complications. [more inside]
What should I do with 30 10-foot, 1-inch diameter PVC pipes?
Hardware question: is there a common sort of clamp for holding a round/tubular object? [more inside]
ABS, PVC, a six-inch drain and me -- am I as frakked as it appears I am? [more inside]
SurelyThisProductExistsFilter: Where can I find a metal tube with a threaded, transparent cap? [more inside]
I'm trying to install a toilet. My contractor put a PVC pipe in the floor, but the end is too high for my toilet to sit level on the ground. So I need to cut the PVC pipe. There's only about a half inch gap around the pipe, so I started trying to cut it with a Dremel from the inside. But it seems to be too thick and overheats the Dremel. Is there another cheap tool I can use for this?
Giant erector set filter: I am looking for fittings used to join square tubular steel in various ways without welding, for purposes similar to a large erector set. This is for self-fabrication of a large solar panel mount. The pipes I am using are square in cross section measuring 4 inch x 4 inch or 3.5 inch x 3.5 inch. I'm looking for straight splice joints, T, L, X, and 45 degree angles. [more inside]
Is it safe to insulate around the crawlspace exit point for a hot water heater vent pipe? [more inside]
Pipe-filter: Where can I find maps of pipe networks in US cities? [more inside]
Where can I find a soap bubble blowing pipe that looks like a realistic wooden smoking pipe? [more inside]
So... The US has banned clove cigarettes. This is the only type I smoke because I dislike the taste and feel of smoking a tobacco-only cigarette. What options to I have? [more inside]
Sudden drop in water pressure since repairman was here the other day. Is there a simple trick for fixing it? [more inside]
Where can I buy a kiseru in the Osaka area tomorrow? (A kiseru is a traditional Japanese smoking pipe.) I have looked at all kinds of shops and haven't found any. I'd rather not order online. Some people back home want them as souvenirs. I am staying in Osaka, so I am within easy range of Kobe, Kyoto, Nara, etc.
What the frack is a roor? [more inside]
Help me find a table-top sliding tile game from the 70s involving connecting "pipes." [more inside]
I'd like a yahoo pipe badge to display properly (and vertically) in Internet Explorer [more inside]
I have written a simple little Java program which runs on the command line, displays a text menu, and takes user input. I would like to feed it a very large amount of test input--as though an actual user were sitting there typing in commands all day. I am using Windows, but have access to the basic *nix utilities such as cat. "cat file.txt | java Program" doesn't work, nor does starting the program and using the context menu to paste in several lines of data. [more inside]
Where is the best place online to buy glass water pipes? [more inside]
How does one get various threaded pipe fittings and plumbing parts to line up properly? [more inside]
How organic is Natural American Spirit tobacco? [more inside]
OK so my grandfather bought the proverbial 'swamp land in Florida'... [more inside]
How do I get the correct return code from a unix command line application after I've piped it through another command that succeeded? [more inside]
I want to bend a metal pipe into a nice U-shape. Is this possible to do myself? If not, what type of company would be able to do this for me? [more inside]
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