Saturday March 8, 2014
Setting a toilet? Wax is not the only way to go when selecting a toilet seal. There are a few different types of toilet seals to choose from. Some seals work better in some situations than others, but one particularly appealing option is the wax-free foam gasket.
A waxless gasket:
- isn't messy
- can be stacked
- can be set and reset
- isn't affected by rocking
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Thursday February 27, 2014
A drain cleaning bladder can sometimes be used to clear a stoppage that can't be cleared with a snake. Usually a stoppage that is caused by grease or sludge buildup is a bit of a challenge to clear because a drain snake may go through the buildup without clearing it out completely. The water pressure from a drain bladder can wash out all of that buildup.
That being said, there are instances when a drain bladder should not be used. A connection shared by other fixtures, or a stoppage just before a drain vent are both places where you shouldn't use a drain bladder. The water will take the path of least resistance and end up going into the other fixture or up the vent.
Basically a drain bladder should only be used when there is only one path for the water to follow.
Tuesday February 25, 2014
Toilet tank bolts can be the source of a couple of different problems. When installing a new toilet it isn't uncommon for someone to over-tighten the bolts and crack the toilet. Tank bolts can also develop leaks over time.
Kohler has a toilet installation system that can do away with both of these problems. Their Cimarron toilet comes with the DryLock mounting system that makes eliminates the chance of over-tightening the bolts and prevents bolt leaks since the bolts are on the outside of the tank. I haven't yet given the DryLock system a try, but it sound like a good idea.
Thursday February 20, 2014
Replacing the cartridge in a faucet or shower valve usually starts off as a fairly straightforward project. But a common problem that can really stump people is when only part of the cartridge comes out.
It happens that sometimes the outer part of the cartridge separates from the inside and it gets stuck inside the valve. The trick is that at first glance the part that comes out may look close enough to a cartridge that you might not realize there is a problem until you go to the store to try and match it up with a new one.
A cartridge puller can really save you in this situation. A Moen T-Handle puller, for example, can be used pull out a complete cartridge like this:
or it can be used to pull out part of a cartridge like this:
Read about repairing a Moen faucet.
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