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    Why are they named female and male threads?

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    Just wait till the progressive crowd starts to inflict it's changes in the plumbing community and we have transgender plumbing parts. 

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     Can you put a inflatable pool on top of a leach field ?

    Hi so I want to buy a mini pool to have to cool down this summer however there’s two places to put this pool. On the deck with limited room with the possibility of the deck breaking because it is old or over a leach field. The water capacity of the pool is only 203 gallons of water so Estimated to be 1700lbs when it’s filled. Is that to heavy to put on top of a leach field for the summer ? Anything helps since google didn't thanks 

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    Can I put a window air conditioner in the doorway?

    Can this be done? I will be put the window air conditioner on the floor, close the door as much as possible, and hang heavy drapes on top of the doorway. 

    I only hang out in my bedroom, so I don't care if the rest of the house gets hot from the exhaust.

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    What type and length of screws should be used to attach a plate caster to  3X3  post legs?

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     Personally I would go with lag bolts. You will get a better bite in the wood.

    1/4" should be sufficient if you are doing 4 per caster ...1 3/4 or 2" 

    6 Answers3 days ago
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    Why does my washine machine take ages to open the door after it finishes?

    The light just flashes for ages, sometimes hours. I've tried switching it off and back on at the wall, and I've tried doing spins, but often there's nothing I can do apart from just wait and wait until the door will open.

    It doesn't always happen and it's hard to find out what is causing it. It happens with small loads too so it isn't a case of filling it too full.

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    Does it sound like the maintenance man at my apartment building is lying?

    I live in an old mill building that's been refurbished and turned into apartment buildings.

    My boyfriend and I live in a loft/studio. 

    He loves to lay in the bathtub for 2-3 hours with hot water from the shower going over him. He puts the water at a very high temperature.

    Within 20 minutes the entire apartment is filled with steam, the surface of the counters is wet, it's humid and almost impossibly hot and uncomfortable in this tiny apartment filled with steam. My hair even starts to frizz up and I feel sweaty and sick.

    It's driving me crazy because I get nauseous and feel sick from the humidity.

    There's a vent in the bathroom above the bathtub on the ceiling.

    There is only a single light switch in the bathroom, when turned on it turns on the overhead light and that's it.

    The vent makes no noise to indicate that there's a fan running. We complained to maintenance and the maintenance man said that all the apartments (there's 50 apartments on 3 floors) are connected to a ventilation system on the roof and they run 24.7 he put a paper towel under and showed how the vent slightly pulled on the paper towel to demonstrate suction. To me it seems barely detectable.

    Even taking a short shower, the bathroom turned into a steamy hot mess with condensation, everything in the bathroom is wet and gets moldy. We've changed the shower curtain liner monthly.

    Usually fans are turned on by a light switch as well.

    Something about the maintenance story isn't adding up

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    Will this mess up my septic system, or leach lines?

    I hand wash dishes, and instead of filling up a bowl of soapy water, and washing them in that, i like to rinse the dish with the faucest, scrub it with a sponge, then rinse it again with the faucet. Im pretty sure id be using more water then I would if I just filled a bowl, and washed them in that, but do you think it will mess up my septic, or leach field?

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    A heating techniction may have caused my heat exchanger to crack...? ?

     I went into the basement to see that he CEMENTED a damper closed. I questioned him and he assured me it was okay. This was part of my routine yearly cleaning/maintenance.

    Later that day, there is a HUGE explosion. And when I say HUGE, I am not exaggerating one single bit. The noise was VERY loud. It shook my entire 2 story 1850sf house to the point that my chandelier was moving, as was the water in a vase of flowers and my kitchen cabinet dishes were clanging together. I hightailed out of the house with my hands covering my head!

    Once I gained my composure, I got up the nerve to go into the basement. Come to find out, the service guy CEMENTED the barimetric pressure damper closed. I found it across the basement where it landed after it hit the wall during the explosion. He returned and replaced the damper.

    Fast forward to this year's cleaning (with another heating company)....he said before they do a routine cleaning, they first check the heat exchanger....bad news, it's cracked and I need a new heating system / furnace. Badder news, time for a new oil tank AND, the new high efficiency furnaces are not compatable with my centralair conditioning unit . $ Cha-ching $

    Could that explosion have cause my heat exchanger to crack? Believe me when I tell you how big and loud and violent that explosion was!

    I thought my house was collapsing. It was like an earthquake!

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    I Seem To Have A Plumbing Problem?

    For some strange reason the tank keeps getting low on water. But the tank keeps getting low on water and every 10 to 15 minutes it keeps running and filling up every 10 to 15 minutes.

    So the toilet keeps refilling up every 10 to 15-minute intervals.. 

    And any thing I read say it could be flapper not sealed probably or the washer has broken into pieces. 

    But I’m not sure where the water is going? I have not seen any water on the floor.

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    What does it mean when it says danger 415 volts?

    On the door of the sewer vent building of a sewer vent with a chimney which lets off gases. 

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    how do busineses that are open 24 hrs service light fixtures ?

    how do busineses that stay open 24hrs (fastmeds, walmarts, convience stores etc) change or service light fixtures? do they use speical lights thst last a long period of time? do any lights ever turn off? i know its simply by just turning itboff and replacing it but ive always wonderd how those type of places work.

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    Do plumbers downgrade your fixtures?

    The plumber installed new handles and they are the cheapest ones you can possibly get.  I paid them a lot of money so I thought I was going to get something similar or better than what I had.  Now I am stuck.  It is tub handles and would be too expensive in labor to have someone else come out and do it. 

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    Is it normal for a plumber to put a wood board in place of an access panel?

    He had to cut the drywall to gain access and put up a wooden board instead of an access panel. Is this normal practice for plumbers to do that?  I thought he would have installed an access panel instead of a wood board. He said it will look nice once I paint it to match the wall. 

    6 Answers6 days ago
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    How can I heat my ground pool? ?

    Hello, 

    My mother has a built into the ground resistance pool and the heater has recently stopped working. My father passed away last year (he was an engineer) and we can’t fix his heater as it was home made and none of us are any good electronics. I can’t find any cost effective heaters. Can someone please help me? All the heaters I’ve found seem to be plug ins for the those big plastic pools. 

    Thank you in advance! 

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    How do thermostats work? Let me explain.?

    I have my thermostat set to 65 degrees while I was away from work I got home and it's 70 inside my house. It is still set to 65 degrees.  Outside it's currently 60 degrees. How is it warmer inside my house? Is it because I have my windows open and the sun is coming though warming my house up?

    6 Answers6 days ago
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    Water pressure?

    A water main broke across the street from me and when they turned it back on I have very little water coming out of my kitchen faucet. Every other faucet, shower and toilet work fine except for the kitchen faucet. Any suggestions on what's wrong or how to fix it? 

    8 Answers1 week ago
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