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What is an air gap and why do i need my air gapped anyway?

Posted 10-09-2009 at 06:20 AM by faucetman886

Well itís happened. I learned something today that I had never known before. Actually, if the truth be known, I learn something everyday even when Iím not trying. Frankly I had wondered many times what that little silver air vent thingy on my sink was but never had to fix or replace it. I guess I really never understood its function. Itís called an ďair gapĒ and I always thought it was a form of device which allowed you to add vent capacity to an area or appliance where there hadnít been one or...
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Can you save water by lowering the pressure?

Posted 10-07-2009 at 06:31 AM by faucetman886

I have written, in the past, about the dangers of high water pressure in your home but ran across a great blog today on the www.findplumbing.com discussion forum. This article defines several terms regarding water pressure and the regulation of it but more importantly, from a new viewpoint, hypothesizes that proper regulation of water pressure in your home can effectively save water. Itís common knowledge that your water pressure shouldnít exceed 60-65 psi to avoid damage to pipe fittings, valves...
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And Yet even Another Smell Problem

Posted 10-05-2009 at 04:55 AM by faucetman886

I do my blogging with the hopes that along the way I am imparting info to folks in need and am really happy when I get comments and emails from readers either having found their solution or with stubborn problems. As I have said before one of the most frequent questions and by far the most frequently read of my blogs are the ones on plumbing smells. Recently I received the following inquiry from a desperate homeowner and mother with a very stubborn smell from one of her bathrooms and have included...
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How to Easily Save 10% on Your HVAC Costs

Posted 10-02-2009 at 06:01 AM by faucetman886

With winter just around the corner and the economy still on the ropes we are all faced with the decision as to whether we have adequate heat or adequate food. In our area the power utilities have made the decision for us by continuing to raise the cost of electricity but there is hope that the heating oil prices will be lower this year than in the past. A simple solution to helping with your HVAC expenses is to install a set back thermostat which is literally a small computer that mounts in place...
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How to fix a leaky faucet in 10 easy steps

Posted 09-30-2009 at 06:51 AM by faucetman886

Problems show up on the discussion forums in groups sort of like mini epidemics. One week it will be slow flushing toilets, then smelly water or smells eminating from areas of your house other than your teenagers bedroom, then it will be septic tank problems. This past week it seems to have been leaky faucets especially outside hose bibs. This latter becomes more important to have fixed with the arrival of winter time freezing well within reach. In researching leaks in general to give you the best...
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