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]
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]
How do I go about installing plumbing in a cabin from scratch? [more inside]
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]
Is there some sort of extension I can put on my shower head to make it sit higher on the wall? [more inside]
How does one go about finding a good plumber anyway? [more inside]
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]
What's the best way to go about replacing my kitchen sink and faucet? [more inside]
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?
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]
how do you fix a leaky faucet?
Can I fix my lead plumbing? The plumber says, "No." [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Drain snakers, how much longer should I mess with this bathtub drain before I call a plumber? [more inside]
What type of toilet seat hardware is easiest to keep clean and also doesn't break? [more inside]
How does one get various threaded pipe fittings and plumbing parts to line up properly? [more inside]
What kind of high pressure metric plumbing fitting is this? [pdf link (85kb) | jpeg link (60kb)] [more inside]
asking for a friend: dueling showerheads & the main one is losing. [more inside]
How do I shave without a sink? [more inside]
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]
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]
What particular types of calls do plumbers earn the most profit on? [more inside]
Plumbing problem. Broken glass fell down my sewer line when the toilet was removed... what do I do? [more inside]
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?
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.
What can I use to dampen vibrations from a water pipe? [more inside]
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]
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]
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?
Why is my bath not hot anymore? [more inside]
When I turn on my shower, water still pours out of the bottom faucet. What gives? [more inside]
Should I be getting a break on my rent because my kitchen pipes are clogged? [more inside]
How much higher would a water utility bill be with a toilet that runs 24 hours a day? [more inside]
Help me best attack a clogged vent stack. [more inside]
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?
AskMe, I need a new toilet! The one we have now just isn't cutting it, so to speak... [more inside]
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]
Bathroom remodel question: does one really need a bathtub? [more inside]
My toilet blocks repeatedly, what to do? [more inside]
What in the world is wrong with our bathroom shower? [more inside]
Should I use helpful bacteria to unclog shower and bath drains? [more inside]
Help! We're drowning in orange rinds, onion skins, and a mishmash of left overs! [more inside]
Looking for a low profile bath room faucet. One handle controls only please. [more inside]
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]