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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What regular maintenance should I schedule for our new home?

We bought a house, yay. It’s a small 1910’s bungalow with gas appliances and everything basically works. The foundation’s been replaced in the not-too-distant past and it’s ready for an earthquake. I've never been anything but a renter, so what kinds of regular maintenance should I be thinking about to minimize the risk of catastrophic emergency repairs? Plumbing, gas, heating, electrical, sewers: what’s a good schedule, and what kinds of things do I ask for to make clear that there’s nothing particularly wrong but I’d like to keep it that way? I looked at this old question, but most of the interesting-sounding links are dead.
posted by migurski on Nov 12, 2013 - 10 answers

Real-time plumbing question

There is a handyman in my home right now who is in his 3rd hour of installing a new kitchen sink and faucet. Part of that time was devoted to running out to the hardware store to get the right parts to replace the water shut off valve, which apparently was stripped. That took about a half hour (which was reasonable given the distance). He told me originally that he thought the sink replacement would take about an hour, so minus the hardware store run, it's taken 2 and a half times longer than he estimated. Is the amount of time he's spent so far excessive? [more inside]
posted by Wordwoman on Nov 10, 2013 - 14 answers

Any plumbers awake?

We need to disconnect our refrigerator's water line (going to the ice maker) ASAP. Like, tonight, or before 8am tomorrow. (It's a long story.) There is a copper line that runs from the fridge to a hole in the floor. There are no valves. What do we do? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Sep 6, 2013 - 11 answers

I don't need a retirement plan; I've got copper plumbing

Our house is entirely plumbed in copper. Even the ginormous pipe that leaves the house to go out to the sewer.. whenever people see the maze of pipes in our basement, they comment on how valuable it is. But really? I mean, besides all the work of tearing it out and dealing with the weight, etc etc, how would a normal person like me turn it into money???? [Not that I want to; I just ponder these things sometimes.]
posted by Tandem Affinity on Apr 27, 2013 - 15 answers

[Plumbingfilter] How to fix inspection plug on tolet drain?

Hi Mefites, first month of homeowning has been interesting, to say the least. Just spent an hour cleaning up water waste from the toilet. What I believe is called the inspection cap cover has come loose and doesn't seem to want to stay put. Call a plumber, or simple fix? [more inside]
posted by peteyjlawson on Apr 15, 2013 - 6 answers

Please help me negotiate with my sump pump

My sump pump currently has different ideas of when and how it should work than I do. I have a couple of questions about plumbing for the sump, and a question about whether there is something I can fix that will allow me to not replace it. [more inside]
posted by OmieWise on Jan 28, 2013 - 6 answers

Shower faucet stiil drips, despite new washers, stems, etc:

We have a shower where both the faucets drip. We have replaced internal washers, and replaced stems. Replacing either one helps, but not perfectly (usually there's still a slow drip after fixing). The drip gets worse over a period of weeks until it's nearly a trickle, at which point we take the faucets apart and do it all over again. It's gotten a little bit boring. [more inside]
posted by mattu on Jan 12, 2013 - 13 answers

Shower runs hot, then cold, then hot.

My shower runs hot, then cold, then hot again under certain circumstances. What would cause this? Details within. [more inside]
posted by Right On Red on Dec 23, 2012 - 13 answers

Diagnose my leaky pipe!

Can you help me to understand what the problem with my sink and washing machine pipes is? A heavy load of draining water spills out from near the U-bend. [more inside]
posted by tumples on Oct 17, 2012 - 9 answers

If My Arteries Were Like This, I'd be Dead.

How can I get what is apparently a lot of gunk out of my kitchen drain pipe? [more inside]
posted by Danf on Jul 13, 2012 - 19 answers

ID a faucet from this picture, win valuable gratitude

Can anyone help me ID this faucet? Late last night I noticed a steady drip/stream, and could not find an obvious manufacturer ID before, which I'd like to get before barreling into a hardware store looking for the right replacement parts.
posted by stevis23 on Jul 5, 2012 - 6 answers

Water started gushing from under my bathroom sink for no apparent reason. Why, and what's the best way to get this (potentially large) problem fixed?

Water started gushing from under my bathroom sink for no apparent reason. Why, and what's the best way to get this (potentially large) problem fixed? Details inside, obviously. [more inside]
posted by st starseed on Jun 26, 2012 - 7 answers

How should I deal with my bath problem?

We are having bath trouble. The bond between the structure of the bath and the acrylic surface has broken, and when you step in the bath, the acrylic warps/bubbles. The acrylic is definitely going to crack at some point! What can we do? [more inside]
posted by Jacqulyn on Jun 7, 2012 - 4 answers

Future of my clawfoot tub

Clawfoot Bathtub: keep it, sell it, or chunk it? [more inside]
posted by gimonca on May 14, 2012 - 16 answers

Help me not be a butt(crack) of a DIY plumber...

PLUMBING: Is it easily possible to replace what seems to be a leaky drain valve (slowly dripping) in a hot water heater tank? Is that what's pictured in my link? Is it even worth it when the top of the tank is corroded (although it seems to be coming from the pipe and not eating thru' the metal at all) like this? This thread says don't mess with it. And right, you know: T'anks for the help. [more inside]
posted by Shane on May 5, 2012 - 10 answers

Help me before I destroy my bathroom sink.

Plumbing - I need to replace the gasket and o-ring in this faucet, but I'm stumped on how to take it apart. Help! The handle was easy, but the body refuses to budge. The ceramic body & metal base move with a lot of resistance, but not in a way that suggests unscrewing. The top flange is immovable, but with no space to wedge in a screwdriver to pry it off. Ideas? Front view & Top View. Thank you!
posted by swngnmonk on Apr 29, 2012 - 4 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

I just want to wash my hands with warm water!

[plumbingfilter] My bathroom and kitchen faucets don't give cold water until they've been running for at least one minute. The shower runs hot much quicker (10-20 seconds). Is this something that can be fixed? My landlord says no. [more inside]
posted by benbenson on Feb 5, 2012 - 12 answers

My house is growing cold, please hope me!

Seattle: *urgent* need for a plumbing/heating maintenance today or this weekend for the in-floor heating of my townhome. Haven't had heat since apparently Wednesday night, and the company that installed it is non-responsive to my repeated calls. [more inside]
posted by hincandenza on Jan 27, 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 identify this clump of plant matter that came out of my sewer line.

Help me identify this clump of tree roots that a plumber cut from my sewer line today. It's either from a California Redwood, an ash, or this little tree that I haven't identified (maybe it's an ash too? It has berries while the big one does not, but I guess they flower and fruit on a multiyear cycle.) The house is in southern California, and roots are apparently invading the line through a bad splice between two sections of ABS pipe.
posted by contraption on Sep 22, 2011 - 4 answers

Today on This Jankety Trailer: Replacing Your Dishwasher

Can you help this complete newbie replace the dishwasher in my broken down old mobile home? The plumbing is, to put it kindly, non-standard, and I'm not sure how to proceed without flooding my dwelling. [more inside]
posted by El Sabor Asiatico on Sep 6, 2011 - 12 answers

Flush, burp, flush, burp, flush... WTF?

Moaning Myrtle is living in my toilet. Please help me debug. [more inside]
posted by range on Jun 12, 2011 - 2 answers

It's my sink and I'll move it if I want to.

I have a sink in my basement I would like to relocate. I would like to do this with a minimum amount of plumbing. I shall explain my intentions with a few pictures and way too many words inside. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Feb 17, 2011 - 8 answers

How do toilet seat hinges work?

If I unscrew my toilet seat hinges, will I be able to screw them back on? [more inside]
posted by roofus on Jan 12, 2011 - 9 answers

Help me fix my faucet.

How can I fix my tub/shower faucet permanently? Details and pics inside... [more inside]
posted by mkdg on Jan 6, 2011 - 7 answers

How to unclog a bathtub?

PlumbingFilter: how do I unclog my bathtub? [more inside]
posted by rainy on Oct 16, 2010 - 21 answers

Please help me fix this faucet fast!

I took apart the tub faucet. Now I don't know what to do, and Mr. Cyndigo will be home in two hours. HELP! [more inside]
posted by cyndigo on Oct 13, 2010 - 10 answers

Clogged Toilet Question

I'm troubleshooting, DIY, a clogged toilet. Here's what is happening. What does it mean? (BTW, I have barely any experience with toilets, and while I have plumbed for a summer, I do not have any real knowledge of household plumbing). [more inside]
posted by scunning on Sep 17, 2010 - 13 answers

No, I will not tell the story.

I clogged the toilet with a 6" piece of carrot. (Yes, that was dumb.) Anything I should try before calling the plumber? [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang on Aug 27, 2010 - 20 answers

Kitchen Faucet Troubleshooting

The flow from our (two-handled American Standard) kitchen sink faucet has recently changed slightly but annoyingly - when I turn on the water, it kind of tapers on, and similarly when I turn the water off, it tapers off, taking several seconds to completely stop flowing. This happens exactly the same for the hot and cold water taps, so I don't think there's a problem in the valves under the handles. The sprayer still works, though the switching of water to the sprayer and back when you press its handle is lagged as when you turn the water on and off. Any ideas what could be causing this problem?
posted by aught on Jul 28, 2010 - 5 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

I need ice! Help me make it happen.

I bought a kit to hook up my ice maker to a cold water line. I am having a hard time figuring out how to get the poly tube connected to the saddle valve. Pics inside... Also, I am aware that the back side of the saddle valve is not pictured. I have that, but its not in the pictures. [more inside]
posted by Brettus on Jul 1, 2010 - 8 answers

God, please let my PVC-to-ABS issue be minor.

ABS, PVC, a six-inch drain and me -- am I as frakked as it appears I am? [more inside]
posted by liquado on Apr 26, 2010 - 12 answers

Help id the manufacturer of this c.1963 shower cold water valve stem!

We have a drip drip drip in the shower and had the plumber look at it when he came to service the furnace. Unfortunately it's not just the gasket; the actual valve stem is broken. House was built in 1963 and length of stem is ~3.25" (pictures at http://www.flickr.com/photos/vector_irony/) [more inside]
posted by saritonin on Apr 25, 2010 - 5 answers

The Kitchen Sink Got Everything!

My sink overflowed in the middle of the night and now I'm trying to figure out how to clean it up (and prevent it from happening again). [more inside]
posted by Strang on Apr 20, 2010 - 9 answers

Am I to Fix The Broken Pipe Beneath the House?

Am I to Fix The Broken Pipe Beneath the House? [more inside]
posted by scunning on Apr 14, 2010 - 19 answers

Noisy toilet sounds like it wants to leave the station - help!

My toilet has started to make a "chugging" sound, like a choo-choo, shortly after I flush. What to do? [more inside]
posted by teedee2000 on Feb 26, 2010 - 6 answers

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