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How to get my tub to stop draining?

Hey! I filled that bathtub for a reason - so why is it draining without my permission? [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Jun 25, 2010 - 13 answers

Verdigris in bathtub drain?

How to treat the bright green deposit in my bathtub drain? [more inside]
posted by Iridic on May 27, 2010 - 10 answers

So, my kitchen is collapsing...

UK (Scotland) tenancy issues. How long should I expect major kitchen repairs to take, and what are my rights as a tenant while the work's being done? [more inside]
posted by Catseye on May 24, 2010 - 4 answers

San Francisco Plumbing Nightmare

San Francisco Plumbing Nightmare [more inside]
posted by twiggy32 on May 19, 2010 - 14 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

My electric bill is going to go crazy bc my sump pump won't stop running!

Our sump pump runs constantly, but only at night. Why? [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx on Apr 6, 2010 - 5 answers

Squeaky drain gets the grease

Is there anything I can do to remedy a whole lot of cooking oil (...a whole lot) being poured down the drain? [more inside]
posted by beepbeepboopboop on Apr 4, 2010 - 13 answers

Where is this water coming from and how do I make it stop?

PlumbingFilter: Where is this water coming from and how do I make it stop? [more inside]
posted by thejanna on Mar 23, 2010 - 9 answers

Toilet trouble

This clogged toilet is giving me hell....help! [more inside]
posted by pilibeen on Mar 22, 2010 - 11 answers

Don't drink the brown water

Without warning my hot water (and hot water only) has suddenly started running brown, and when I drain a tub of it silt like material is left in the bottom. I suspect it's rust. After running the water for a long time it does not seem to be going away. Am I right in thinking that this is probably my boiler and it should be replaced? The suddenness seems weird. Also: my family has been showing and bathing in this, could it be harmful in any way?
posted by Artw on Mar 19, 2010 - 19 answers

How do I know the subfloor is rotting/rotted?

How do I know the subfloor is rotting/rotted? Plumber came by and mentioned this about the bathroom; how bad is it? [more inside]
posted by Towelie on Mar 17, 2010 - 11 answers

How stupid am I?

This question is for anyone with plumbing knowledge. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 28, 2010 - 10 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

Typo or Scam - 23 Hour Service??

What does the term "23 Hour Service" when used by the service & repair industry? [more inside]
posted by jspierre on Feb 22, 2010 - 9 answers

Less cold water = colder shower

When I turn the cold water pressure down the water gets colder. Why? [more inside]
posted by domnit on Feb 18, 2010 - 6 answers

When did lightbulbs and toilets become a fact of life?

When did electricity and indoor plumbing first become widespread and commonplace in even the poorest urban first world homes, in the same way that owning a television is unremarkable now? (Obviously rural communities took longer to acquire utilities.)
posted by desjardins on Feb 17, 2010 - 10 answers

Cheapest plumbing snake

Plumbing filter: Where's the least expensive place to buy a powered plumbing snake? [more inside]
posted by raisingsand on Feb 14, 2010 - 7 answers

How do I make my toilet flush completely?

Toilet Filter: After putting down a new floor and re-installing, my toilet won't flush all the way. I've completely rebuilt the guts (new fill mechanism, new flush valve, new flapper), I've maximized the tank fill, plunged and augerred, and even used muriatic acid to clean the jets (though I might not have done it correctly), with no results. (More Inside...) [more inside]
posted by milkman on Feb 9, 2010 - 13 answers

Help me install a sink!

Help me install a sink! [more inside]
posted by thermonuclear.jive.turkey on Jan 2, 2010 - 5 answers

How to fix weird sink smell

Lately the cold water in my bathroom sink has a musty odor when I first turn on the tap. What should I do to fix this? [more inside]
posted by tomwheeler on Dec 16, 2009 - 7 answers

My shower vibrates loudly.

How can I stop my vibrating shower pipes… in a college dorm? [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign on Dec 11, 2009 - 5 answers

I want to stop wasting water

How can I get my toilet to fill up all the way to the waterline? [more inside]
posted by jujube on Nov 25, 2009 - 10 answers

Don't mean to pry...

Need to replace a toilet seat. The hardware seems to be fixed fast to the throne; the screw is all rusty, there's a plastic-y sort of nut that has resisted all my attempts to pry off with a wrench. Would really like to do this myself and avoid having to call in a plumber. [more inside]
posted by lgandme0717 on Nov 22, 2009 - 20 answers

Why is my sump pump bone dry?

Why is my sump pump bone dry? [more inside]
posted by Waldo Jeffers on Nov 13, 2009 - 5 answers

Power-vented water heaters -- what say you?

Replacing a water heater... to power-vent or not to power-vent? That is the question. [more inside]
posted by sesquipedalia on Nov 4, 2009 - 15 answers

Shower-filter filter

Tell me about your shower filter - why'd you get it and does it do what you wanted? [more inside]
posted by Lesser Shrew on Oct 8, 2009 - 9 answers

How to repair a leaking water valve?

I have a cast iron valve on a basement water (cold supply) line that is leaking. It's an antique so there is no repacking it and in a fairly inaccessible location so cutting it out and replacing it is bound to be an expensive nightmare involving a real. This valve is redundant and does not need to be functional. I was wondering if there is a product (I'm thinking a gooey oakum type thing) that I can wrap around the valve stem to form a seal? This will have to work in a wet environment as there is no way to turn the water off before the leaky valve.
posted by cedar on Oct 6, 2009 - 13 answers

Ack! My do-it-myself bidet is not a feature...

[PlumbingFilter] Ack! The toilet sprang a leak and is now acting like an impromptu bidet when flushed! What is the proper way to fix this? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by Nanukthedog on Sep 23, 2009 - 9 answers

Home repair referrals in Minneapolis please.

I need a referral to a plumber in Minneapolis who can do a good job replacing my 1930 toilet. Also need a roof repair, sidewalk, and tree removal. [more inside]
posted by Juicylicious on Sep 20, 2009 - 9 answers

Kitchen drain maintenance?

How do I keep my kitchen drain from clogging? I already have a good strainer, but I keep getting these grease clogs. Is there some safe chemical or homemade concoction I can use on a regular basis? [more inside]
posted by exhilaration on Sep 10, 2009 - 20 answers

How hard is plumbing, really?

How do I go about installing plumbing in a cabin from scratch? [more inside]
posted by letahl on Sep 4, 2009 - 13 answers

Clean pipes vs. leaky sink

What did I botch when reconnecting the pipes under my kitchen sink, causing them to start leaking? Picture included below, with the leak indicated. [more inside]
posted by swrittenb on Aug 23, 2009 - 14 answers

Not a Card-Carrying Member of the Lollipop Guild

Is there some sort of extension I can put on my shower head to make it sit higher on the wall? [more inside]
posted by DMan on Aug 13, 2009 - 6 answers

How do you find a good plumber?

How does one go about finding a good plumber anyway? [more inside]
posted by Teira on Aug 5, 2009 - 13 answers

Dual Flush Toilet

The latest issue of Good made me feel like I use water wastefully. Is it more cost/eco-effective to retrofit my existing toilets with a dual-flush kit, or should I go for a latest-gen low-flow dual flush toilet. [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim on Aug 3, 2009 - 10 answers

What's the best way to go about replacing my kitchen sink and faucet?

What's the best way to go about replacing my kitchen sink and faucet? [more inside]
posted by aburd on Jul 27, 2009 - 8 answers

What is that strange acrid smell whle showering

My shower (an in-stall water heater) sometimes smells like something rubber is burning. It's a strong acrid smell that I only notice while in the shower and usually only after a sweaty workout. There is no sign of smoke like you would expect with burning rubber. Is this just some sort of weird sweat and treated water chemical reaction? Anybody heard of something like this?
posted by srboisvert on Jul 24, 2009 - 11 answers

Ghost faucet

Plumbing filter: When I'm running the shower, the cold water handle creeps up by itself until the water is tepid. How do I fix it? [more inside]
posted by cgs on Jun 25, 2009 - 4 answers

How to stop a drip from dripping?

how do you fix a leaky faucet?
posted by tangyraspberry on Jun 24, 2009 - 7 answers

Can I fix my lead pipes?

Can I fix my lead plumbing? The plumber says, "No." [more inside]
posted by Midnight Skulker on May 6, 2009 - 8 answers

Do I need a new roof?

In my second year of first-time home ownership and husband and I are thinking we need to do a little spring cleaning around the house. Other than a minor plumbing issue in the bathroom we have had (knock on wood) zero problems with the house. In an effort to keep up this track record, what trouble spots should we look for in the house? How do you know if the roof is in good shape? What are typical home maintenance needs? [more inside]
posted by amanda on Apr 28, 2009 - 13 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

I didn't authorize this plumber.

I was recently out of the country on vacation. The tenants at my rental property had a plumbing emergency while I was unreachable, and I suspect they were taken advantage of. What options do I have? [more inside]
posted by puddleglum on Mar 25, 2009 - 7 answers

How can A and B be connected if there's nothing to connect them?

When our pool equipment runs, it triggers the sound of a leaky pipe in a wall adjacent to our hot water heater. By triggering the valve on the hot water heater when the water to the house is off, I can stop the noise. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by pokeedog on Feb 15, 2009 - 5 answers

Noisy shower pump in dead of night

Why is my shower pump suddenly starting up when the shower is off but hot water is used elsewhere? Can it be stopped? [more inside]
posted by tulipwool on Feb 8, 2009 - 3 answers

Back flow preventer and legal liability...

Bubbling toilet and a back flow preventer! Could we be held responsible for other units getting backups from their toilets if we put a back flow preventer on the plumbing? [more inside]
posted by DorothySmith on Feb 2, 2009 - 12 answers

When is it time to call the experts with a tub drain clog?

Drain snakers, how much longer should I mess with this bathtub drain before I call a plumber? [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on Feb 2, 2009 - 27 answers

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