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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

Source of phantom wet spot on the parkway?

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]
posted by ndg on Nov 10, 2014 - 5 answers

Kohler Elate faucet cartridge replacement help

My kitchen sink, a Kohler Elate is leaking from the handle. [more inside]
posted by ChrisHartley on Nov 6, 2014 - 11 answers

When does the plumber stop plumbing

I did a kitchen remodel and the only person I wanted to use was my plumber rather than the contractors because my plumber knows my house and situation pretty well. [more inside]
posted by silsurf on Nov 5, 2014 - 13 answers

How to remove the cartridge from a Glacier Bay two-handle bathroom sink?

I have a leaky Glacier Bay two-handle bathroom sink. I am attempting to replace the cartridge(s) but I am stuck, and also have a question. More to follow... [more inside]
posted by Ike_Arumba on Oct 25, 2014 - 6 answers

Brief water leak through ceiling track lighting-- what now?

Clueless new homeowners here. After a shower and a use of the toilet upstairs, water started dripping through a screw on the track lighting in the kitchen. It started maybe 10 minutes afterwards and lasted maybe 10 minutes, maybe a cup or so of water total, then stopped. What happened? What do we do now? Call a plumber, presumably, but how urgent? An electrician too? Is there danger because of the light fixture? [more inside]
posted by EmilyClimbs on Oct 19, 2014 - 7 answers

Used pipes + new shower = nasty water. How to fix?

Landlord installed a new shower in my rented home. Did all plumbing himself, used second-hand (salvaged?) copper pipes and metal fittings. Now the shower water is gritty, burns my eyes, and has clogged 2 shower heads with disgusting debris (photo inside). What is causing this? [more inside]
posted by falldownpaul on Oct 10, 2014 - 32 answers

What is this pipe-connection for?

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?
posted by gregjones on Sep 20, 2014 - 4 answers

Weird faucet odor, vinegar edition

Our house's faucets occasionally smell like vinegar. What's causing that? [more inside]
posted by pepper bird on Sep 9, 2014 - 7 answers

Water in the living room: not plumbing, not A/C condensation, not roof

Who you gonna call? -- What else can leak water? We called a plumber; no pipe leaks. Found more water in the room; it's on the other side of the wall from the A/C in the garage. We have *replaced* the A/C. We've been up in the "attic" and there's no water or water damage up there. The carpet puddle keeps getting bigger. [more inside]
posted by galadriel on Sep 2, 2014 - 20 answers

Shower leaking- who you gonna call?

We live in a house that was built in 1927. One of our bathrooms has a tub with a shower head. If we don't close the shower curtain properly, water somehow gets through the floor into the foyer below. [more inside]
posted by Anne Neville on Aug 27, 2014 - 15 answers

NYC plumbing cost. Recommendation for queens/north brooklyn plumbers?

We're doing a pre-war renovation in Jackson Heights, Queens, NYC where our co-op requires we have a plumber replace the branch piping, new valves and shower pan for both the bathroom and the branch piping/valves in the kitchen. Questions: i) Is the below cost estimate reasonable. ii) Any recommendations of pre-war savvy licensed/insured plumbers in Queens or North Brooklyn? [more inside]
posted by lalochezia on Aug 22, 2014 - 0 answers

rubber troubles

Flushed condom, borrowed apartment, bad plumbing, now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 5, 2014 - 14 answers

Help me have a countertop dishwasher, fancy faucet edition

I've been itching to have a countertop dishwasher again. The catch? I rent and my kitchen faucet is a pull out model, with the built in sprayer. I have an idea below -- can you let me know if it's feasible (plus any pitfalls to watch out for), and if not, perhaps point me in a better direction? [more inside]
posted by ktkt on Jul 18, 2014 - 4 answers

Saying no to a plumber

My wife and I had a plumber come in to snake the drain in our master bathroom, and he discovered the pipe curves in a way his snake couldn't go. The clogged drain is ultimately due to the galvanized pipes in our 1925 home. What's the best way to tell this company that we're going to go with a different company? [more inside]
posted by emelenjr on Jul 15, 2014 - 7 answers

Why won't this company work in an abortion clinic?

I was just offered a job as an apprentice plumber in a small shop, but they have a curious rule in their policies and procedures that I'd like to know more about: "Do not enter/work in an abortion clinic". [more inside]
posted by hafehd on Jun 16, 2014 - 22 answers

Sewage Backup. Insurance Questionable.

We had a sewage backup - we live in a townhouse, on a slab. (Two neighbors got hit, too.) My homeowners insurance covers rain, flooding, and roof problems, but not sewage. However, the cause of the backup was not our toilets - a branch dislodged on our shared roof and sent down a swimming pool full of water, which overwhelmed the sewer. Insurance is... confusing, demoralizing. [more inside]
posted by juniperesque on Jun 16, 2014 - 10 answers

What the hell is leaking in my basement?

There is a slow drip in my basement. Complicating factor--it seems to be coming from a gas pipe, not anything that should have water. It could be condensation but I don't think so. Many more details plus photos inside. [more inside]
posted by arniec on May 31, 2014 - 6 answers

Help me identify this faucet!

(Asking for my mom) Recently, our faucet started spraying from where it connects to the point where it swivels. We'd like to buy just a new faucet, rather than a whole new assembly. However, we need some help identifying the model number of the faucet. [more inside]
posted by smangosbubbles on May 27, 2014 - 11 answers

Best DIY Bible/Resources?

What are the best DIY resources in 2014? I really enjoy thisoldhouse.com, but it's largely just entertainment, rather than instructional. Websites, magazines, and books are all fair game. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on May 22, 2014 - 10 answers

How do I fix this dripping tap?

My kitchen tap drips. Should I attempt to fix it myself or call in a plumber? [more inside]
posted by valleys on May 5, 2014 - 16 answers

My shower drain will not unscrew from the top!

Leaky stand up stall shower drain seems like it is loosening as I turn but will not unseat. Is there light at the end of my turning? [more inside]
posted by cheechman85 on Apr 23, 2014 - 5 answers

How to remove a stripped set-screw from a bathroom faucet handle

I did a stupid thing and I am so ashamed. One of our bathroom faucets has a minor leak. When a previous faucet had the same problem, I fixed it by replacing the stem, which worked like a charm, so I was planning on doing the same to this one. Unfortunately, I think I stripped the set-screw when trying to remove the handle, and now I am unable to remove the handle to make the repair. I am looking for suggestions on how to remove this set-screw. [more inside]
posted by blurker on Apr 22, 2014 - 10 answers

Hot water pressure is low, only in kitchen

The hot water pressure in my kitchen faucet is suddenly reduced. It remains fine in the rest of the house. What should I check? [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk on Apr 14, 2014 - 6 answers

How best to safely control hot water to a bathroom faucet?

How can I control hot water to a bathroom faucet (tap)? [more inside]
posted by acoutu on Apr 14, 2014 - 16 answers

Plumbing issue in rented PA home. Landlord wants us to share in payment?

My landlord is requesting that my roommates and I help with the cost of a plumbing repair. I think he's in his rights to do this, but I just want to see what the green thinks. [more inside]
posted by dean_deen on Apr 13, 2014 - 30 answers

Slow drains - my problem, or the landlord's?

I just moved into an apartment a month ago. The bathtub, bathroom sink and kitchen sink drain slowly (but eventually). I don't remember whether they were slow when I moved in. I didn't have a hair strainer on the tub for the first few days so it's entirely possible it's my hair causing the backup (though that doesn't explain the kitchen sink). Is this my problem to fix or theirs? It's getting progressively worse. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Mar 27, 2014 - 44 answers

Drinking water safe adhesive available in the UK

I need to glue a better aerator on to the old aerator in my kitchen tap. I want a glue that's safe for potable water, gluing metal to plastic, but all my searches bring up US results that I can't find in the UK. Can anyone recommend one, preferably from experience? [more inside]
posted by danteGideon on Mar 25, 2014 - 10 answers

Plumbing woes

I'm asking this Q for a friend and I really hope someone will be able to help. We moved into our house about two years ago. We've had problems with our sprinklers in the past and when we had them repaired, a sprinkler expert told my wife there was "something wrong" with how we get water to the front since they couldn't shut off the water. That didn't make sense to me, but now that I've tried to fix the sprinklers in the front myself, I've encountered the same problem. When I turn off the shut off valves near the water meter (what I think are the main valves), nothing happens, though it does turn off the water to the backyard. When I need to repair plumbing inside the house, the valve close to the house does the trick, but again, I can't shut off water to the front sprinklers. I have no idea how the sprinklers were installed, but it is getting frustrating and I'd like to know how to go about troubleshooting this. Is there any way to identify where a valve might be to shut off the water to the front sprinklers? Here's a simple diagram I drew. Thank you!!!
posted by BitterYouth on Feb 17, 2014 - 17 answers

How do I Hot Water Heater in Chicago?

So we've started fixing up our condo a bit with an eye on selling it later this year. I managed to install a new dishwasher all by myself, and am feeling pretty good about it. Of course, a day later we notice that there's a puddle of water under our 18-year-old hot water heater, so I can't really rest on my laurels. More Inside! [more inside]
posted by Oktober on Feb 17, 2014 - 9 answers

Is this normal for a tankless water heater?

Water temperature has gone way down in the past few weeks. Is this something I can diagnose myself? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Jan 24, 2014 - 10 answers

Help me stop itching. I'm allergic to cats or water!

I regularly experience itching while at home, primarily on my shins, hips and lower back. I think I'm allergic to something in my water. I've long thought this was caused by soap as showers are when the itching is at it's worst, but after trial and error I've concluded that water is the cause. I've come to this conclusion by using a filter on my shower head which removes the problem after a few weeks. The problem is the showerhead with filter has caused many plumbing problems due to the reduced water pressure, so I'm back to the regular shower head. Is there another way to filter the water without causing plumbing problems, such as at the water heater itself? If not the water, could cats be the cause? [more inside]
posted by ridogi on Jan 8, 2014 - 25 answers

What is wrong with my house? Frozen pipes are the symptom...

We are in Illinois and gripped by the coldest weather in 20 years. Our house is 15 years old, we've lived in it for 2. With the cold some plumbing has stopped working to one toilet and one bathtub. Weirder, ice has formed around the drain of the tub. Inside. We had a plumber out and he was at a loss. More details inside. Need to know what is wrong and what are our next steps? [more inside]
posted by arniec on Jan 6, 2014 - 8 answers

Power is out! So, how long until my pipes burst?

I have a small weekend cottage. I am currently 2 hours away from said cottage and the power there went out 3.5 hours ago. The temperature there is currently -2 F. Power company estimates return of power around midnight. Are my pipes going to freeze? [more inside]
posted by minervous on Jan 3, 2014 - 13 answers

Does a basic homeowner's insurance policy cover water line replacement?

Tree roots have grown into the main water line that runs from the meter to my house and the whole thing has to be dug up and replaced. (Merry Christmas to me!) It occurred to me while talking with plumbers yesterday that my homeowner's insurance might cover something like this. However, I read the policy packet and am not seeing any details about what my insurance does and doesn't cover. [more inside]
posted by something something on Dec 20, 2013 - 15 answers

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