Can i use tubing for drain-water under my sink?



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Normally you should not see the caulking around the edges of the sink where it meets the countertop. But it should still be sealed underneath otherwise water seeping in will soak the particleboard counter top under the Formica and cause swelling that destroys the entire counter.

Folding a few sheets of toilet paper in your hand and sponging it around often locates minute water leaks.

House destroyed by fire? Flood? Windstorm? Seriously consider selling the property and moving. Fixing, er, rebuilding, the house will become a money pit, er, time pit having to find, line up, and watchdog contractors (and also stays a money...

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Incredibly slow draining vessel sinks disappoint many people after remodeling a bathroom and installing a vessel sink. People assume many causes such as clogs and venting problems are causing the slow draining often spending money needlessly trying to correct the problem. The slow...

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Classic water softeners removes hardness minerals by using sodium or potassium as the ion-exchange medium but after the exchange, sodium and potassium is released into your water pipes into your home which changes the chemistry of your water and this may not be healthful in the long term. Sodium can enter the pores of your skin through showering so we recommend removing these contaminants before drinking. Classic softeners also use lots of drain water for backwashing and electricity is needed. During the backwashing cycle, water containing sodium or potassium is flushed down the drain using 50-75 gallons of water per cycle.

Water hardness is a natural phenomenon in U.S. water sources and our Futura systems are designed to neutralize these minerals (mainly calcium & magnesium) instead of removing them so there are no changes in water chemistry because this unit does not use sodium or potassium. Futura is designed to reduce heavy mineral buildup from your plumbing pipes and...

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No matter how much you clean your bathroom sometimes the sink drain just flat out STINKS!!!

A few weeks back our friend asked me how to get rid of the sewer smell coming from a bathroom sink.

I have a pretty darn good method for this problem and figured I’d share it with you.

Hey, I’m not ashamed to say that our drains get downright disgusting.

Shaving cream, toothpaste, soap and skin cells collect in drains. This turns into a biofilm stew that would make raccoons squeamish.

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Today you’ll learn how to clean a stinky sink drain and stop...

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So we have two rooms connected by a door, A and B. B has a bathroom. A needs a sink. How can we make this happen?

Worst case scenario involves running a hose from the sink in B's bathroom into something in A. Best case scenario might involve tanks of water and a the magic of gravity or some sort of pump. The water that comes out of A's sink doesn't need to be fancy - it's going to be used for things like washing dishes and paintbrushes. The door to A is about 20-30 feet from B's bathroom, and the sink can be put just about anywhere in A, although we'd love to be a little flexible.

Whether we need to fill it up all of the time or build a huge crazy contraption or whatever, all ideas are...

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Likely sources for the water:

1) leak or split in fresh water line (would flow continually as long as the shutoff valve on the pipes under the sink is on)

2) leak, break, or broken or slipped hose clamp on discharge line - would leak only when it is pumping out water, and maybe 10 seconds thereafter as it drains out, UNLESS leak is at the dishwasher end, then would likely leak whenever water is in the tub

3) leak pretty much whenever running - could be bad door seal, pump/impeller seal in bottom of tub, or broken pump housing

4) discharge hose plugged, causing backup to the air-breaker valve - leaks only when pumping out

5) discharge hose came off discharge end at drain pipe or garbage disposal - leaks only when pumping out

First, look where the leak is. If it is spewing out under the capp or thorugh a slot in the side of the cap on the air breaker (typically a slip-off chromed or plastic cap over a 2-hose connection, located next to the...

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Ken, Thank you for the info. Everything is working beautifully. I wanted to fill you in. It took me about 2 hours today run the water lines under the house from the kitchen to the garage and connect them. I can't hear the pump from inside the house and and there is no vibration through the wall when it runs. There is no sound from the drain water under the sink. I'm getting great water pressure out of the RO faucet. If you stand next to the sink in my kitchen you would have no idea the system was there except I have the extra faucet. There are no leaks anywhere. I tested my city water is and it's at 100ppm and smells like Clorine. My clean water out of the RO faucet tests at 3ppm and has no smell. Thank you for making this purchase such a success for...

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Drainwater heat recovery (DHR) devices have been around for more than twenty years. By now, over 60,000 of the units have been installed in North America. When one of these devices is installed in a typical single-family home, it can reduce the amount of energy used for domestic hot water by 15% to 22%.

Two years ago, changes were made to the rules governing HERSIndex or scoring system for energy efficiency established by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) that compares a given home to a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Reference Home based on the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code. A home matching the reference home has a HERS Index of 100. The lower a home’s HERS Index, the more energy efficient it is. A typical existing home has a HERS Index of 130; a net zero energy home has a HERS Index of 0. Older versions of the HERS index were based on a scale that was largely just the opposite in structure--a HERS rating of 100 represented a net zero energy...

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Whether you’re putting in all new appliances or simply replacing a worn-out machine, installing a dishwasher yourself is a DIY project that’s not that difficult and can save you a hefty installation fee.

Preparations for Dishwasher Installation

The first step is making sure the machine will fit in the opening. Most standard dishwashers require a 24” opening. If you’re installing new cabinets, it’s important to consider the width of the dishwasher ahead of time. The height of most machines is adjustable within certain limits, but check to be sure the dishwasher you plan on purchasing will fit your opening before buying.

Depending on your cabinet configuration, you may need to drill one or more holes to run supply lines, electrical wiring, and the drainpipe through. Hole saws make quick work of drilling larger diameter holes.

Remove the faceplate at the base of the machine to access the supply line inlet and electrical box. It’s a...

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Most van conversions will want to have some kind of system to provide fresh water for washing dishes, cooking, showers, … And, some kind of system to safely and legally handle the water (grey water) that drains from sinks and basins. This section covers a couple options to satisfy these needs.

Water tank in forward part of bed enclosure.

Fresh Water System Features

The fresh water system in a camper van or RV is all the stuff needed to deliver fresh water to the kitchen and bathroom for washing, cooking, showering…

A fresh water system will include:

A means to store fresh water ready for use. A means to fill the storage tank A means to deliver water from the tank to the points of use (sinks, …) Tanks located in the van must be well secured. A means to drain the whole system A means to protect the system from freezing. A means to sanitize the system

Grey Water System Features

Grey water refers to water that has been used for things like...

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