Plumbing problem. Broken glass fell down my sewer line when the toilet was removed... what do I do? [more inside]
posted by purenitrous
on Dec 23, 2008 -
I replaced a toilet about a week ago and since then I've been hearing little pings in the bathroom-- like what you might hear coming from a cooling ceramics kiln. I've noticed it three times. There are no visible cracks in the toilet. Is this normal? Or is my new Plebe
(seriously!) toilet going to suddenly bust up?
posted by Mayor Curley
on Dec 16, 2008 -
I am really dumb, and I cannot figure out how to get the stopper back into my bathtub. I live in a new apartment, and I am not used to this style of bathtub stopper. It looks just like this
. I pulled it straight out, but when I go to put it back, it doesn't seem to lock on to anything, and I can't get it to sit flat. Is there some trick to these? Feel free to describe it to me as though I were a three-year-old child because I think that is the only way I will understand! Thank you.
posted by foxinthesnow
on Dec 2, 2008 -
As part of a home remodeling project, I'm having a second bathroom installed. Officially, I'm supposed to get a permit and inspection for the work. What are the consequences if I skip this? This is in Seattle. [more inside]
posted by molybdenum
on Nov 20, 2008 -
My shower arm rusted inside the nut and snapped off--teflon tape and epoxy putty have not helped repair damaged threads in the nut and even with a new arm my shower is leaking everywhere. Should I try "goop" or just call a plumber? [more inside]
posted by MsChanandlerBong
on Nov 19, 2008 -
Is my home's water pressure (90 psi) too high?
90 year old house with mostly PVC piping.
In prep for a replacement hot water heater I measured the water pressure by the washing machine. The pressure gauge showed 90 psi, which seems high. How much of an issue is this?
posted by smelvis
on Oct 29, 2008 -
When I turn on my shower, water still pours out of the bottom faucet. What gives? [more inside]
posted by itchie
on Oct 15, 2008 -
How much higher would a water utility bill be with a toilet that runs 24 hours a day? [more inside]
posted by kmtiszen
on Aug 9, 2008 -
I just moved into a new apartment. The shower head looks like this
. I am not used to using this kind of shower head, as I always had the kind with a long hose. I hate this shower head because it sprays water on me constantly when I shave my legs.
Anyway, I want a long hose, but the apartment has very strict rules about replacing the shower head. They even do periodic check-ins to make sure it hasn't been replaced! So, is there any sort of product that I could just fit over the current shower head without doing any actual replacing of it?
posted by waywardgirl
on Jul 4, 2008 -
AskMe, I need a new toilet! The one we have now just isn't cutting it, so to speak... [more inside]
posted by DMan
on Jul 2, 2008 -
what's-it-called-filter: I want to add a water spigot for gardening away from the house, rather than having it come directly out of the wall. What should I be searching/asking for?! [more inside]
posted by epersonae
on Jun 18, 2008 -
Looking for a low profile bath room faucet. One handle controls only please. [more inside]
posted by juggler
on Feb 28, 2008 -
Plumbing enabled folks please read on. My exterior sump pump installed at bottom of the stairway landing outside my walk down basement is working itself out of its hole. I need a sanity check on the contractor's planned repair. [more inside]
posted by COD
on Jan 3, 2008 -
Why does my upstairs shower run out of hot water long before the one downstairs? I only have one water heater... [more inside]
posted by tomwheeler
on Dec 29, 2007 -
How do I circumvent the wildly variable water pressure and temperature in my apartment building? [more inside]
posted by proj
on Dec 9, 2007 -
I was a bit inspired by this post
to think about what kinds of composting toilets are available for a poured-concrete apartment building in the middle of an urban area. Am I nuts for even thinking of it? Even if I could, wouldn't the stench ruin us? Or what are the technological barriers preventing these systems from being smaller than they are? [more inside]
posted by saysthis
on Dec 7, 2007 -
There are tree roots growing in my sewer line. It was snaked last year, and we've put copper sulfate down the line a couple times since, but we're having backups again.
I plan on a DIY approach this time around because I really can't afford a plumber. Read on, and tell me: what are the flaws in my plan? [more inside]
posted by Ickster
on Nov 26, 2007 -
FlushFilter:Toilet has a lazy flush (i.e. going down slowly) - I think the problem might be a clog that is bulding up, but a plunger and closet auger (i.e. a snake) don't seem to do the trick. What now? [more inside]
posted by bitteroldman
on Oct 22, 2007 -
How do I eliminate noise from 20ft of 3in PVC exhaust pipe without reducing pipe diameter or airflow? [more inside]
posted by kuujjuarapik
on Oct 9, 2007 -
I remember reading about a device that measures the temperature of the water at a bath or shower faucet and opens the water valve when the temperature reaches a preset temperature.
Purpose is to reduce water wastage while one is waiting for the warm water to reach the bathroom from the tank.
Can anyone link me to this product?
posted by lapsang
on Sep 24, 2007 -
Is there some sort of cap that can be put on a rooftop sewer vent to prevent to people from throwing stuff down it? My roommates and I recently endured a prolonged plumbing disaster (other people's sewage bubbling up in our toilets and tubs, flooded hallways, bailing out tubs and toilets with garbage cans at 3 a.m., etc.) and we are eager to avert a future crisis. The plumbers finally discovered large pieces of wood in our pipe, which we can only assume were thrown down from the roof, since they seem impossible to flush. There is easy access to the roof of our four-story building, and we're not interested in having some drunken putz foul up our plumbing again.
posted by zembla3
on Sep 17, 2007 -
When I turn the cold water tap, the faucets in my upstairs bathroom are putting out room temperature water. How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by ND¢
on Aug 23, 2007 -
We need to either repair or replace the toilet flange. If you'll look at the photos you will see that there is also a fairly decent sized hole in the foundation from when the flange was replaced before or when it was installed. I have several questions that I'm hoping one of you mefites can help me with since I'm completely clueless about plumbing. [more inside]
posted by GlowWyrm
on Jul 23, 2007 -
What summer job should I get in Austin, TX with this new mixed bag of construction and maintenance skills? And how on earth do I go about getting it? [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone
on May 24, 2007 -
I need some plumbing help. The drain from our kitchen sink is clogged, and we're trying to fix it DIY-style. [more inside]
posted by The Michael The
on Mar 18, 2007 -
I have a dual sink with a disposal, and something is causing the water to back up into the other sink. [more inside]
posted by thanotopsis
on Feb 26, 2007 -
PlumbingFilter: Just had a portion of the main waste line (aka sewer line) from our house replaced. Now the two lowest "drains" feeding that line are having trouble. [more inside]
posted by Mister_A
on Jan 17, 2007 -
It's 4 am and I just woke up to a bathroom full of water. I'm renting in the Sierra's and it's been really cold, so one of the pipes burst and started leaking (the heat was on and I was home all day, though..). I called the emergency plumbers and they came to turn off the water. Now the situation is under control. How do I break this to my landlord? Should I call her now or can it wait till morning?
posted by mrunderhill
on Jan 14, 2007 -