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 -
A water main leak was repaired in front of our house. Our facets spewed muddy water. Now possibly contaminated dirt is settled in the water pipes. Health and mechanical/structural risk of dirt and debris settled in water pipes? If, and how to remove? Where for water sample test? How to deal with the Water co. on liabilities? Attorney recommendation?
posted by MD06
on Nov 8, 2006 -
What can I do about a strong, moldy odor that seems to be coming from my kitchen sink or disposer? [more inside]
posted by rdauphin
on Oct 5, 2006 -
Can I replace the water pressure regulator in my home by myself or do I have to have a licensed plumber do it? [more inside]
posted by thewiseacre
on Sep 24, 2006 -
I have an Epic faucet that's never been used. The company hasn't existed in 12 years (it was a Delta company, but they can't help me). The box is missing a mixing tee that would connect the hot/cold hoses to the central spout, so right now all I have is a few chunks of metal that vaguely resemble a nice faucet. The difficulty in building a tee to match is that the pipe coming down from the spout seems to be proprietary: it's not quite 3/8" pipe, and it's not quite 1/2" compression (but it's very close). How can I create a custom fitting to match what I need? Is there anyone in NYC that can machine a part like this at a reasonable price? Could a piece that would marry up to it somehow be cast from the thread? I recognize it's a longshot and a waste of time and energy, but I really want to use this fixture.
posted by thejoshu
on Sep 23, 2006 -
Every six months or so our shower drain clogs and we have to call a plumber to snake it out. That costs about $125 each time. We asked him the last time if we could buy our own snake and do it ourselves and he strongly cautioned us against that.
posted by Taken Outtacontext
on May 20, 2006 -
HotWaterFilter: We want to put in a propane powered hot water heater in a very remote cabin that does not have electric power. Any recommendations? (more specific details inside) [more inside]
posted by anastasiav
on Jan 6, 2006 -
Help resolve a household debate: Is it bad for the pipes to let the sand you collect at the beach wash down the shower drain?
The question is whether it clogs them up, or actually scours them out (my suspicion).
posted by wavejumper
on Jan 5, 2006 -
Should I be concerned about excessive rust in my apartment's water supply? [more inside]
posted by helios
on Jan 3, 2006 -