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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

ClogFilter

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

NOBODY LIKES YOU THOMAS CRAPPER NOW GET YOUR LEGACY OUT OF MY BATHROOM

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

How Much Will It Cost???

How Much to Replace Copper Gas Lines in a small house? [more inside]
posted by slowtree on Aug 7, 2007 - 14 answers

Repairing toilet flange and installing new toilet

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 - 6 answers

Pimp my potty

I want to fear my toilet. Have a seat and grab the sports section while I explain. [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Jul 23, 2007 - 14 answers

Is this crack a sign that my toilet is about to crack?

Is my toilet about to crack into two pieces? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Jul 17, 2007 - 23 answers

What's the smell coming from my sink, shower and dishwasher?

What's the smell coming from my sink, shower and dishwasher? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice on Jul 9, 2007 - 8 answers

How do I replace a shower/tub faucet?

How do I replace a shower/tub faucet? [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Jul 7, 2007 - 8 answers

What is this strange object attached to my basement floor?

What is this strange object attached to my basement floor? [more inside]
posted by fusinski on Jul 1, 2007 - 23 answers

Help fix a fussy toilet...

I have a toilet that doesn't flush well. Can you help me fix it? [more inside]
posted by Manhasset on Jun 8, 2007 - 16 answers

Why/how did metal bathroom fixtures "sting" me?

Why/how did metal bathroom fixtures "sting" me? [more inside]
posted by drycleanonly on May 28, 2007 - 12 answers

Huge gaps in my construction/maintenance skillset. What's my best shot to find work?

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 - 2 answers

Variable water pressure in my home...

Why is the water pressure in my house so variable? [more inside]
posted by mzurer on Apr 12, 2007 - 6 answers

Calculate length of a pipe from the volume it holds

How long would a 3/4 inch inner diameter pipe need to be to hold exactly 27 gallons of water? [more inside]
posted by putzface_dickman on Mar 22, 2007 - 33 answers

Help unclog our sink

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 - 9 answers

I do NOT need to smell that snake again...

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 - 13 answers

Ewww, sewer line backup.

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 - 8 answers

Water leak at 4am, do I call my landlord now?

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 - 10 answers

turn off radiators in unused rooms?

How can I turn off a hot-water radiator to avoid heating a room I never use? [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Jan 11, 2007 - 20 answers

Drowning by numbers

Plumbing question. Bring your knowledge of water use. [more inside]
posted by NekulturnY on Jan 3, 2007 - 16 answers

Cold or warm water safest?

Which is safest, hot or cold water from the tap? [more inside]
posted by MintSauce on Nov 9, 2006 - 20 answers

How to deal with the Water co. on liabilities? Attorney recommendation?

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? [more inside]
posted by MD06 on Nov 8, 2006 - 5 answers

How can I get rid of the moldy smell from my sink?

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 - 16 answers

How do I ground copper water pipes to old iron water pipes?

How do I ground copper water pipes to old iron water pipes? [more inside]
posted by kuujjuarapik on Sep 28, 2006 - 5 answers

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