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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

What's broken: shower, tank, pump, thermostat, boiler, or all??

I live in rented accommodation in the UK. The hot water is scaldingly hot. The radiators burn to touch. The shower temperature is hugely unreliable -- scalding or freezing. The landlord is worried that a plumber will rip him off, based on bad experiences in the past, and unwilling to pay to investigate. Can you help me understand what's going on? I'd like to put my landlord's mind at rest regarding plumbers, and set his expectations regarding likely diagnoses and solutions -- and hence cost. I also suspect this situation is wasting energy and hence driving up the cost of heating bills. I'd like to persuade the landlord that fixing it might be a good idea. [more inside]
posted by ajp on Apr 12, 2013 - 23 answers

Mildewy water from faucets for a few seconds?

The water from all the faucets in my apartment (bathroom and kitchen) smells and tastes mildewy for about a few seconds after they're turned on. It's then fine unless the faucets are left off for more than an hour or two and then they must be run for a few seconds again. Any fixes? This has been going on for several months now.
posted by shivohum on Mar 20, 2013 - 6 answers

Its clogged!

We have a washer/dryer combo within the kitchen of our basement suite in Vancouver, BC. When the sink is full of sitting water (i.e. plugged) the washer vomits water out of its drainage tube and onto the floor. [more inside]
posted by Slackermagee on Mar 20, 2013 - 9 answers

PlumbingAccidentFilter, UK edition

I let the plumber in to replace the hot water tank this morning, and just got home to find that he'd flooded the floor of the 3rd floor bathroom badly enough that there's water leaking through the *extractor fan opening* of the bathroom immediately below. There's also a small run of water out of a light switch in the 2nd floor wall. The house is full of little pools of water that I don't know if they have been tracked there or have leaked through. How compromised are my electrics and what is the plumber's liability? [more inside]
posted by Pallas Athena on Mar 13, 2013 - 6 answers

I promise I'm clever...

I somehow cannot figure out how to make the water switch from bath to shower in the place I'm housesitting. Please help me determine what incredibly obvious thing I'm missing. [more inside]
posted by c'mon sea legs on Feb 20, 2013 - 18 answers

Help with simple plumbing question - how tight should it be?

Installing a new dishwasher, and the elbow fitting that connects the hot water hose to the dishwasher ends up facing the wrong direction when tightened as far as it will go by hand. How many more times should I turn it with a wrench? [more inside]
posted by markblasco on Feb 4, 2013 - 6 answers

Please help me unclog my toilet of shame

Please help me unclog my toilet of shame [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 4, 2013 - 37 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

Keep trying to remove the trap arm, cut it, or give up?

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]
posted by davejay on Jan 17, 2013 - 11 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

Becoming a Plumber in NYC

I'm interested in becoming a plumber. The local union has told me that its doors are closed for the next two years, so I'm looking for workarounds... [more inside]
posted by incomple on Nov 6, 2012 - 9 answers

Why is our toilet drain pipe so incredibly loud?

Plumbing filter: Why is there an incredibly loud noise on the first floor when the second floor toilet is flushed, and can this be fixed? [more inside]
posted by Mallenroh on Oct 26, 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

Do pressure drain cleaners work?

Anyone used a drain cleaning attachment on a high pressure water cleaner? Do they handle tree roots? [more inside]
posted by bystander on Oct 13, 2012 - 1 answer

my toilet is talking back to me

After fixing a clog last week, my toilet is making loud gurgling sounds each time it flushes. Can you help me fix it? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Oct 11, 2012 - 10 answers

Please recommend a CRM for a plumbing company.

I need a CRM solution for a plumbing company. [more inside]
posted by Outis on Oct 8, 2012 - 8 answers

Second-floor toilet is leaking, can you help me figure out the best course of action regarding the floor?

Second-floor toilet is leaking, can you help me figure out the best course of action regarding the floor? [more inside]
posted by joshwebb on Sep 26, 2012 - 3 answers

Did we buy the wrong sink?

Did we buy the wrong sink? [more inside]
posted by gribbly on Sep 10, 2012 - 2 answers

Converting dual temperature valves to thermostatic

Plumbing filter: Is there any way to convert an old shower with separate hot and cold valves into a thermostatic valve? Picture inside. [more inside]
posted by iamscott on Jul 26, 2012 - 5 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

Plumbing Issues

S*!t Storm, literally [more inside]
posted by ohmansocute on Jun 7, 2012 - 13 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

How to deal with a clogged foundation drain?

How to deal with a clogged foundation drain that's flooding my alley? [more inside]
posted by zvs on May 21, 2012 - 9 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

Fixed my faucet and now the water tastes gross.

Fixed the dripping sink faucet. Now the first water after I turn it on tastes nasty. What can I do? How long will it last? [more inside]
posted by Knicke on Apr 2, 2012 - 3 answers

My drywell's got the stink

How can I get my drywell draining properly again? [more inside]
posted by cmaxmagee on Mar 31, 2012 - 6 answers

And in the laundry room, an original Daniel Edwards

What is this thing on my wall? This is on the wall of our laundry room, and I don't know what it is. I want to add shelving in the area, so can I remove it without causing a problem? NSFW only if you have imaginative farsighted co-workers. [more inside]
posted by razdrez on Mar 18, 2012 - 14 answers

I have a plumbing leak (??), help!!

Hi I think I might have a plumbing problem, can you confirm what the next step is...? [more inside]
posted by thermonuclear.jive.turkey on Mar 16, 2012 - 11 answers

Rubber behind the toilet sprung a leak - can I fix it by myself?

Toilet has a rubber piece that sprung a leak - help [more inside]
posted by watercarrier on Mar 6, 2012 - 5 answers

Why does my toilet hate poop?

I have a rather...sticky situation happening in the bathroom regarding poop and my new toilet. Please help before I die of embarassment! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 26, 2012 - 30 answers

We need to be laying a whole lot o' pipe up in here.

What should we be thinking about and considering when re-plumbing an entire house? Plumbers and experienced homeowners we welcome your advice. [more inside]
posted by pixlboi on Feb 23, 2012 - 11 answers

Why, oh why, can't this just fit together like Legos?!

Plumbing/Science Equipmentfilter: I have a process air heater that I bought from Omega but I have no idea how to connect the 4in non-threaded duct and the 1in threaded pipe outlet from my blower. Help please! [more inside]
posted by wuzandfuzz on Feb 22, 2012 - 8 answers

After-market faucet condom?

Our new and overly-swanky kitchen tap does not have an aerator. This creates a mess of tidal-wave proportions. Is there an after-market fix? [more inside]
posted by DarlingBri on Feb 16, 2012 - 17 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

Did freeze damage new, uninstalled water softener?

Is it bad that my uninstalled (new) water softener was exposed to freezing temperatures? [more inside]
posted by J0 on Jan 21, 2012 - 2 answers

How to unstick brass valve?

How do I unstick this brass bypass valve? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSimple on Dec 16, 2011 - 9 answers

Help me install a shower in place of a toilet.

I have two toilets with standard 4" toilet connections, mounted on a solid concrete floor. I would like to replace one toilet with a shower. Have you done this before? How do I do it? What problems will I face? [more inside]
posted by fake on Dec 1, 2011 - 10 answers

I made a stupid mistake a flushed Clorox wipes down my apartment toilet and it clogged the plumbing. What are my responsibilities as a tenant?

I made a stupid mistake a flushed Clorox wipes down my apartment toilet and it clogged the plumbing. What are my responsibilities as a tenant? [more inside]
posted by *lostatsea* on Nov 28, 2011 - 33 answers

Bugs in the air (vent)

Sink air vent invites buggaboos? [more inside]
posted by silsurf on Nov 3, 2011 - 5 answers

Everything But the Cliche

For financial and quasi-environmental reasons, I live in a studio apartment with its own bathroom but with a shared kitchen down the hall. It's great except for one thing: I'd love to use my bathroom sink for kitchen-ish purposes, but the faucet and drain are too shallow. Is there anything I can attach to the faucet that'll give it a bit more flexibility - without breaking my lease or calling the plumber? [more inside]
posted by Apropos of Something on Nov 3, 2011 - 4 answers

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