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  1. You're right....sorry I forgot to acknowledge...

    You're right....sorry I forgot to acknowledge that. I like your "solution" better than some others I've been reading about, so I think I'll try it! I'll post results on its effectiveness in the...
  2. Well, interestingly enough, our municipal water...

    Well, interestingly enough, our municipal water supply is considered soft according to the water quality expert from our water district. It has negligible amounts of iron, and in fact they aren't...
  3. Thanks for the feedback, Reach4! We are on a...

    Thanks for the feedback, Reach4!

    We are on a municipal water system, so my first stop will be with the water district to see if they have the data needed to determine if a softening system is...
  4. If it turns out to be iron deposits, how do we...

    If it turns out to be iron deposits, how do we add water softener to our home system?
  5. Orange build-up on shower tile grout

    I submitted a similar question on a ceramic tile advice forum and got a couple suggestions, but thought I'd post it here also in hopes that some of you in the plumbing trades (or anyone else for that...
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    Dishwasher odor questions

    We have a 5-year old Maytag MDB9100AWB dishwasher that has developed a rather foul odor over the past couple years. Thinking the filters were gunked up with rotten food particles, I took them out and...
  7. New Ruud gas water heater won't maintain temp

    We recently bought and installed a new Ruud P2-50F1 gas water heater. We have the thermostat set so the water temp is 120F when the tank is up to temp. We've noticed ever since it was installed (end...
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    Which would be moi! Thanks, Terry!

    Which would be moi! Thanks, Terry!
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    Agreed, who'da thought you'd need so much...

    Agreed, who'da thought you'd need so much research to replace a toilet? I've pretty much decided on a Toto Drake EL, but what makes the Sanagloss model better, if anything? Does it rinse better?...
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    Shower Drain & Plumbers Putty

    Howdy all--

    New shower receptor and wall surround going in (Sterling Vikrell). Old shower pan had the drain flange/fitting installed with silicone caulk between the flange face and pan.

    We're...
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    Found the 24th can in my fridge!

    Whoa......I wondered where all those empty cans came from. I knocked 'em all over when I tripped on the empty wine bottles I left behind! All those brain cells, shot to hell. No wonder I flunked...
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    Corrosion on copper pipe

    We have no leaks, so is this a problem? What causes this? See attached photos.
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    JAD, I thought that was strange, too, but it was...

    JAD, I thought that was strange, too, but it was the default used by the tool, with the following caveat:

    Initial Temperature - Start *
    NOTE: Set the cold water start temperature to 90F. Lower...
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    Thermal expansion tank question

    Based on a prior thread, I have determined my w/h needs a thermal expansion tank, which I'm capable of installing myself. I found a tool online that helps determine the size required for any given...
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    Well, the results are in. I rechecked my static...

    Well, the results are in. I rechecked my static water pressure at a bibb, and it is 60 psi. With the gauge installed and tested per the following...



    ...it didn't swing lazily, but it didn't...
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    Thanks for the detailed explanation! I figured...

    Thanks for the detailed explanation! I figured the dripping had to do with expansion, but what I don't understand is, in any given system where there are no crossovers (or leaky mix valves), how can...
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    Nope. I guess I should go read some of the...

    Nope. I guess I should go read some of the threads in this forum about thermal expansion tanks and their uses. Admittedly, I know nothing about them, as I've never had any experience with them. ...
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    Undersink water filter question

    Hey all you plumbing pro's:

    I have an approximately 4 year old 2 stage undersink OmniFilter with its own faucet on the sink ledge. Ever since I installed it, per manufacturers instructions, it...
  19. Thanks for the reply. Actually, I know there are...

    Thanks for the reply. Actually, I know there are voids under the pan, but this is due to the instructions that came with it. Here is a copy and paste from those instructions:

    In a bucket, mix...
  20. Fiberglass shower pan has small crack; leaks

    I installed a Lasco Fiberglass Shower Pan per the manufacturers directions about three years ago. I used four mounds of mortar for supporting the bottom as described in the instructions, surrounding...
  21. Thanks everyone!

    Appreciate all the feedback. One related question: Can I butt the edges of the panels to the door framework and then caulk as usual, or is it recommended that I remove the door and frame, then...
  22. Shower surround installation question

    We have a tile walled shower stall with a fiberglass pan in our main bath. The pan is in excellent shape, but the tile doesn't work for us. Is it okay to install a 3-piece fiberglass surround over...
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