Monday December 9, 2013
Installing a water heater blanket is an easy way to save money by reducing the standby heat loss of a storage tank water heater. So how do you know if you need a water heater blanket?
The R value of the built in insulation of your water heater is the first thing to look at. If you have a storage tank heater with an R value that is less than 24 it may be a good idea to insulate it with a blanket. But before you do be sure to look at the manufacturer's instructions (or contact them) to find out their policy on the use of water heater blankets.
Read Water Heater Blanket Information to help you decide if you need one or not.
Saturday December 7, 2013
Repairing or replacing a flush valve can solve various problems that can cause a toilet to leak or run. Since toilet flush valves come in various sizes and types it really helps to know which one you have before buying a replacement. Also, if you are going to repair the existing flush valve it can be very helpful to know what the different parts are and what they are called (it makes it easier to shop online or ask for help at a home improvement store).
A new flush valve kit includes:
- Flush valve assembly
- Lock nut
- Tank to bowl gasket
New tank mounting bolts may or may not be included in the kit but they should be replaced also.
Photo © Aaron Stickley
Friday November 29, 2013
When the time comes to replace a water heater it can be tempting to re-use the existing flex lines if they don't look too bad. The problem with that is that the old flex lines are probably as old as the water heater and they are likely at the end of their functional life.
Not to mention that flex lines never seal quite right once they are removed. The rubber washer on a used flex line will not conform to the new water heater fitting like a new washer would, so you will most likely have leaks.
Why go through the trouble of installing a new water heater only to have a flex line leak shortly after? To be on the safe side always replace flex lines when you replace the fixture they are attached to.
Sunday November 24, 2013
When buying a kitchen faucet one of the first thing most people notice is the difference in prices. There is a wide range of faucet prices and the difference in the faucets isn't always very obvious. But before going for the lowest costing fixture consider what an extra $50 may get you.
- Upgraded finish - you can go from regular chrome to brushed nickel or oil rubbed bronze.
- Name brand - you can get a name brand faucet with a lifetime warranty. Also, if it's manufactured in the US it can mean a higher quality.
- Options and/or accessories - you can get a pull out, pull down, sprayer or other options. You may also get accessories like a soap dispenser.