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What is a Shower Safety Valve and Other Shower facts

Posted 08-06-2009 at 05:03 PM by faucetman886

Back in the good ole days when I was young, and so was dirt, taking a shower was simple you either stood outside while your parents sprayed you down on your way back from the outhouse or if you were lucky enough to have indoor plumbing you just adjusted the hot and cold water knobs to the temperature you wanted and turned the knob to divert the water from the faucet to the shower head. Along the way you hoped no one flushed a toilet or decided to use hot water in some other part of the house. My...
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Vacation prep...do i turn the water off?

Posted 07-29-2009 at 04:33 AM by faucetman886

This may come a little late in the vacation season but well worth discussing anytime of the year. The question was asked, the other day, on one of the threads I watch, “should I shut my water off in the house when on vacation?” The answer is positively yes. You never know what can happen when you're away and how much damage can be done by out of control water in your home. I call to mind friends who, several years ago, left their home for an extended vacation and while gone a shut off valve on one...
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Should I pay $400 for a kitchen faucet?

Posted 07-24-2009 at 05:27 AM by faucetman886

I answered a thread on GardenWeb/bathrooms the other day where a writer was asking for opinions or permission to pay $400 for a Grohe faucet she was in love with. As I have written in past blogs faucets can be a very personal purchase and involve a lot of emotions. After all a housewife may spend more time with her kitchen faucet than any other item in her day to day life, including her husband. With this thought in mind it should be pleasant to the sight, comfortable in the hand and certainly should...
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WHAT IS kERDI?

Posted 07-22-2009 at 11:49 AM by faucetman886

As I venture forth day to day reading and commenting on forums and discussion groups another phrase that I see come up often is “Kerdi”. After doing a little research I find that Kerdi is the name brand of a series of components used to install shower stalls and to insure their water tightness. The following is cited from an article by Schluter-Kerdi, the manufacturer of this system, and included in today’s blog with my thanks for using it and giving them full credit for the information herewith....
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What about tankless hot water heaters?

Posted 07-20-2009 at 01:51 PM by faucetman886

I see questions and comments about tankless water heaters on the forums I follow almost on a daily basis. It is a new technology that I have no experience with and because it is ill advised that they be installed by the layman DIY’r my friends at National Builder Supply have chosen not to sell them. But when has my not knowing about something kept me from finding out information and passing it on? Much of the following info comes from the website, http://www.tanklesswaterheaterguide.com/ to whom...
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