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    recirc pump, remote control

    Ditch the tankless for a conventional. The simplicity is elegance. Tankless rarely have a payback. Use a thermosiphon system. No moving parts; no complexities, just a simple system that would work well. No pumps, no timers, no aqua stats...and you can focus your energy on more useful problems...
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    recirc pump, remote control

    @joe99 if you have the proper conditions--a "head" where the remote fixture and start of the return line is at least one level (a floor?) above the hot water source, AND you have the thermosiphon plumbed properly with a swing check valve, it's physics. It will work; there's no way it cannot...
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    Dual Washing Machine Shut Off Valve Brand Recommendations

    That is essentially what I did, except I used a SharkBite fitting. The photo on the box indicates sliding the half-inch copper tube into the male threaded fitting, and sweating the tube right onto the valve, not using an adapter. On the model I had the valve needs to be snapped into the box...
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    How good are the elements and anodes that come with Rheem and AO Smith water heaters?

    I'm not even sure that the manufacturer's tech line or the product spec sheet on the specific water heater models you are looking at would tell you which anode rod is installed: aluminum or magnesium. Generally, but not all the time, magnesium is preferred but of course is a bit more costly. All...
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    Clogged kitchen drain, downstream of garbage disposal

    Yes, you should have purchased a plunger. Not all disposals are created equal. I am not familiar with the Waste King 1001. I did look it up, and its "only" 1/2 HP which means it doesn't break down things quite as nicely as a larger unit. I've had a series of Insinkerator Badger models, in 1/2...
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    Gas Water Heater Installation - Flex Line vs Rigid Pipes

    Just a bit curious as to why one tank is elevated (which is code required in garages and some other places) and the other is not...
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    Dual Washing Machine Shut Off Valve Brand Recommendations

    I renovated my laundry room last year, and replaced the valves with a single-lever shutoff. I suppose the advantage is one action to shut off--one action to turn on. This unit replaced two separate multi-turn stop valves. These took a long time and many turns to turn off and on, and that helped...
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    Designing Blackwater Tank for Service

    My suggestion is to call the septic pumpers serving your cabin area. You are correct, they normally deal with top entry buried tanks. They hold 1,000 gallons +/-. I know it cost me $175 to pump recently; so if you are not using a septic tank, but pumping EVERYTHING that's a pretty costly setup.
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    Designing Blackwater Tank for Service

    Assuming you won't be totally off the grid...have you considered one of those "electric toilets"? If you have power, you won't be counting flushes or waiting for the "Johnny On The Spot" pump guy to show up... https://incinolet.com/how-it-works/
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    Gas Water Heater Installation - Flex Line vs Rigid Pipes

    Personally I'd use flex lines both for gas and for water; the reasoning is quite simple. When replacing tanks--and I've done severeral, I've never come across the gas entry, and the water connections is exactly the same place. To make your next installation easier and this one, just use flex...
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    Water won't stop flowing from well

    It's a gift. Artesian aquifer - Wikipedia
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    Two New Problems with This Forum Only

    No need for an apology. But see my previous post; I just wish so many of these programmers would just leave well enough alone...
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    Two New Problems with This Forum Only

    My two cents, FWIW: Clearing the cache and cookies is not something you need to do on a Macintosh unless you run into an issue with a website that requires it. I can go a very long time without having to do any such thing and my computer is running at peak performance due to the nature of OS X...
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    Slow-Draining Water Heater Tank

    No explanation but this has happened to me more than once, different tanks. No sediment. You’d think the tall tank would force the water out, but nooooo....
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    Soap stone utility sink replacement pipe & gasket

    I completely understand wanting to save an old soapstone sink. They are very cool. Have you tried contacting the people that still make these? They may have some ideas on how to adapt a modern drain to an old sink. No doubt it will involve some cutting and surgery so to speak, but in the long...
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