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My home was built in the 50's. The Mueller outdoor tap drips. The collar is so tight That the pipe into the house moves. Won't touch that. But, the handle has an unusual deep hole that I cannot seem to figure out what type of screwdriver head or whatever I need to get the handle off to eventually replace the washer. Help. Jane

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Ok the hole is the missing screw for your handle. the valve needs to come apart under neath handle where your packing gland is. its the nut looking part under handle that may look like one part of valve.

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How do I separate the impeller/basket housing from the motor in the Davey Silensor pool pump?

That big collar sitting between the pump and motor body unscrews in an anti clock wise direction when looking at it from the rear (of the motor). The collar may be on rather tight and there is likely some special tool available to help unscrew these big collars (but who has all these special tools).

In my case, with my SLS-200, I placed a block of hardwood resting on a collar rib and then carefully tapped the wood to loosen the big collar. It needed gentle tapping while moving the wood to other lugs before it was loose enough to undo by hand. The problem is that if you tap too ******* one lug, or tap for too long on one lug, the lug itself may break but the collar will still be OK and fully usable dispite a few broken lugs.

Note that there is a big O-ring that sits inside the collar so best to inspect it for damage and also ensure that the pump body and collar threads are clean and that the mating surfaces where the O-ring sits are free from scratches or debris (to ensure it wont leak when reassembled). A new big O-ring may or may not be required depending on it's condition.

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I installed a new Mueller silcock faucet outside and sweat it in. I turned it on and I'm not getting much water pessure. All the water valves are opened as far as they can be. I heated up the pipes...

Yea you got solder inside the silcock, when you solder the pipe the second time that only move it around.

Take the entire sillcock off and remove the stem so you can see inside to day light re heat and melt all the melted solder out then being that you now have tinned ends. the solder is on both ends male and female you just need to heat the two and just "touch" the top of the fitting with new solder

I mean just touch less than a 1/4 inch melt down and the re install the stem

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I have a 50 gallon rheem direct vent natural gas heater. The pilot light goes out on an infrequent but aggravating basis. I replaced the thermocouple one time and it got better for about a year but has...

Open following links for pilot light help:

Since pilot light goes out and can be re-lit, problem is probably not thermocouple, gas control valve, or air in gas line. But these things can factor in as contributing factors.
Problem is likely one of following or combination of following including dirty burner parts, tight house, incorrect vent lengths, negative pressure caused by other venting appliances, condensation dripping down into combustion area, and inadequate oxygen supply due to hot or closed-off room or attic location.

Gas water heaters draw air from surrounding area. If water heater is located inside house, then air has to enter home through cracks and when doors and windows are opened. Other gas appliances and vent fans also draw air from same indoor area. When other vent fans turn on, air can be drawn down the water heater vent and blow out pilot light.
Inspect combustion chamber to make sure there is no condensate water dripping down from incorrect vent that is putting out flame. If combustion chamber is dry, then close doors and windows. Turn on all vent fans and gas appliances that vent outdoors, and see if water heater pilot goes out.
Consult with plumber or product manual about proper horizontal and vertical lengths of vent pipe for your model. Have plumber clean combustion parts and inspect vent termination and check gas pressure and bleed gas line.
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Cold water pressure poor in shower. Just had Rheem installed.

You might have clog in water lines.
If shower is only place where low pressure exists, then clog is probably at shower valve.
Disassemble valve and see if clog will flush out.
From there, you have to keep moving back along cold water line looking for pipe filled with sediment or elbow that has obstruction.

If pressure problem is bad at every cold tap, but doesn't affect Hot water, then clog is inside Cold line somewhere after water heater connects to cold line.
Buy a pressure gauge that connects to water hose.
Buy adapter that also fits pipe thread.
For example Brady BTG 100.
Test outdoor spigot for baseline pressure.
Open cold tap inside house and see how much pressure drops.
Close cold line and open hot tap and see how much pressure drops.

Next, move pressure gauge along cold water line.
Take apart pipes and inspect for obstruction at elbow or pipes filled with sediment.
Look for any place galvanized pipe connects to copper pipe, since this will be likely place for obstruction because of bi-metal corrosion.

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Turned off the hot water to fix a leaking tap. now the tap has no hot or cold water and the hot water tank valve is leaking?

It sounds like two problems.
Problem 1) Clog inside faucet or clog inside pipes at faucet
Remove supply tubes leading to faucet and see if problem is inside pipes or inside faucet.
My bet is clog inside faucet.

If you have galvanized pipe that meets copper pipe, this can be trouble spot.
Article on clogged water pipes at Inspectapedia:

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Problem 2) Water heater leak ... you say tank valve is leaking? Is that cold-water shut-off valve? Or tank drain valve? Or TP valve?

If cold water shut-off is leaking, then replace shut off.

If tank drain valve is leaking, then check if plastic valve is cracked. If drain valve is cracked, then replace with a brass valve from Home Depot. If plastic valve breaks off, then use hammer and screwdriver to gently chip out the broken plastic valve. New valve threads need teflon tape to seal pipe. If valve is just dripping, then put garden-hose cap over end of valve and screw down tight.

If TP valve is leaking, then replace with same temperature and pressure rating.
New TP valve threads need teflon tape to seal pipe.

Problem 3) If pressure is low all over house:
Buy pressure gauge at hardware store that screws onto hose connection.

Test pressure on outdoor spigot.
Open faucet and check if pressure drops. This says if problem is inside pipes that enter house.

Test pressure on water heater drain valve.
This says if pressure problem is before -or- after water heater.

If problem is before the water heater, then shut-off valve located on cold water line is suspect.
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Remove hot water line leading from water heater and check pressure. This says if problem is where hot water leaves tank.
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SO if you wanted a house built, the blue collar workers would actually build the house, if the white collar workers where not there, the house would still get built.

However, if the white collar workers had not drawn up the plans, then the builders would not know how the house was to be built.
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But you may ask them to make sure nothing is dripping .

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