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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

Toilet seats!

What type of toilet seat hardware is easiest to keep clean and also doesn't break? [more inside]
posted by jenfu on Feb 1, 2009 - 10 answers

Help my fittings line up

How does one get various threaded pipe fittings and plumbing parts to line up properly? [more inside]
posted by jclovebrew on Jan 27, 2009 - 4 answers

What kind of high pressure metric fuel fitting is this?

What kind of high pressure metric plumbing fitting is this? [pdf link (85kb) | jpeg link (60kb)] [more inside]
posted by KevCed on Jan 25, 2009 - 14 answers

no-go on the two-flow shower

asking for a friend: dueling showerheads & the main one is losing. [more inside]
posted by msconduct on Jan 21, 2009 - 4 answers

Help me shave without a sink!

How do I shave without a sink? [more inside]
posted by indiebass on Jan 14, 2009 - 29 answers

should I panic about the ground sinking over my sewer line?

the ground above my sewer line sank about 4" while I was at work today. There's no smell. Do I need to get this fixed on Saturday, or can it wait until Monday? [more inside]
posted by comah on Jan 9, 2009 - 12 answers

Why does my toilet backup with soap and water and what can we do?

My toilet is constantly backing up with soap and water to the point where it overflows and floods my condo! What is the problem? What are my legal options? [more inside]
posted by DorothySmith on Jan 4, 2009 - 16 answers

Most profitable plumbing jobs?

What particular types of calls do plumbers earn the most profit on? [more inside]
posted by BirdD0g on Dec 26, 2008 - 7 answers

Plumbing Problem, broken glass in sewer line

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 - 8 answers

Is my new toilet okay?

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 - 6 answers

Can't close my bathtub drain.

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 - 7 answers

It's like living inside a guitar!

What can I use to dampen vibrations from a water pipe? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Dec 2, 2008 - 8 answers

What happens if I don't get a permit / inspection for my new bathroom?

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 - 20 answers

Help--How do I repair my leaky shower?

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 - 6 answers

Is my home's water pressure (90 psi) too high?

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 - 6 answers

Bath once was hot but now is not.

Why is my bath not hot anymore? [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist on Oct 19, 2008 - 5 answers

Getting a shower and bath at the same time.

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 - 10 answers

How is my kitchen like the Internet?

Should I be getting a break on my rent because my kitchen pipes are clogged? [more inside]
posted by Who_Am_I on Oct 10, 2008 - 6 answers

How much does 24 hours of constantly running toilet water cost?

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 - 11 answers

How to cleanout a clogged vent stack?

Help me best attack a clogged vent stack. [more inside]
posted by mmascolino on Jul 22, 2008 - 11 answers

How to replace a shower head without actually replacing it?

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 - 23 answers

The Hole is Just Too Small, Mommy!

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 - 20 answers

right name for a type of plumbing thing?

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 - 8 answers

Assume that I don't want to make gin

Bathroom remodel question: does one really need a bathtub? [more inside]
posted by mumkin on Jun 16, 2008 - 51 answers

What should I try before I take the plunge and bring in a plumber?

My toilet blocks repeatedly, what to do? [more inside]
posted by Artw on Jun 11, 2008 - 20 answers

What in the world is wrong with our bathroom shower?

What in the world is wrong with our bathroom shower? [more inside]
posted by geeky on May 30, 2008 - 12 answers


Should I use helpful bacteria to unclog shower and bath drains? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on May 18, 2008 - 13 answers

Needed: Functional Garbage Disposal ASAP!

Help! We're drowning in orange rinds, onion skins, and a mishmash of left overs! [more inside]
posted by MasonDixon on May 14, 2008 - 12 answers

6" or less please

Looking for a low profile bath room faucet. One handle controls only please. [more inside]
posted by juggler on Feb 28, 2008 - 3 answers

Why is my exterior sump pump working itself out of its install pit?

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 - 11 answers

First the smell...now the noise

Following-up on my previous question...We now have some noise in the pipes. [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad on Dec 30, 2007 - 3 answers

Why do I shiver upstairs?

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 - 17 answers

Apartment building showers driving me insane!

How do I circumvent the wildly variable water pressure and temperature in my apartment building? [more inside]
posted by proj on Dec 9, 2007 - 9 answers


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 - 8 answers

DIY treatment of tree roots in the sewer

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 - 21 answers

Water Torture

Any plumbing jedi masters out there? Our toilet cistern drips and it's DRIVING US CRAZY!! [more inside]
posted by TiredStarling on Nov 11, 2007 - 8 answers

Number 1 all fun - Number 2 don't do!

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 - 18 answers

Quiet PVC exhaust?

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 - 8 answers

Water saving device

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 - 6 answers

Is there a way to prevent people from throwing stuff down a rooftop sewer vent?

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 - 9 answers

Tell me about buying faucets for a restaurant-style kitchen.

Tell me about buying faucets for a restaurant-style kitchen. [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone on Aug 31, 2007 - 9 answers

Why would room temperature water be coming out of the faucet when I turn on the cold water tap?

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 - 15 answers

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