Wednesday April 23, 2014
As I was shopping for this year's new swamp cooler pads I ran across some foamed polyester pads called Dura-Cool evaporative cooler pads. After reading the manufacturer's pamphlet I decided to try them out.
The claims made by the manufacturer:
- Cools better than aspen or paper
- Lasts longer than aspen pads
- Does not decay or cause odors
- Designed to be cleaned and recycled
While online reviews are mixed so far I can say that the are odorless (something that my wife really appreciates). As far as the cooling and longevity we'll just have to see.
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Friday April 18, 2014
Not getting enough hot water to your shower can be caused by several things, so tracking down the source of the problem can be a bit tricky.
I would normally start by checking the cartridge because this often happens when a pressure balanced valve cartridge goes bad. Then you can just replace the cartridge.
Next, check the recirculating system to make sure it is working correctly. I recently saw one where the check valve was bad so cold water was bleeding into the system. Replacing the pump or the check valve would fix this problem.
After that you can check the water heater, especially if the hot water seems to run out at other fixtures as well.
Tuesday April 15, 2014
Spring is a good time to check outdoor plumbing and make repairs. Even if your winter weather is mild enough that you don't need to winterize there can be leaks after several months of not using fixtures and irrigation systems. It's always a good idea to go through a quick check of out outside plumbing so you can take care of any problems quickly and before the weather gets too hot.
What to check:
- Spigots - hose bibs, frost free faucets, and yard hydrants can all develop leaks, so turn them on and off and check them carefully.
- Sprinkler valves/heads - after de-winterizing your irrigation system check for leaks at the sprinkler valves and heads.
- Drip irrigation - the distribution tubing connections and the emitters can become separated, so check for spraying water the first time you turn on the drip system.
Sunday April 13, 2014
A reverse osmosis system, like any other under sink water filter, has its pros and cons. One of the drawbacks to an RO system is the water that is wasted during the purification process. If you've installed an RO system you know that the traditional system needs to be connected to the sink drain so that the waste water can be released into the drain.
One way to get around the wasted water problem is to opt for a zero waste reverse osmosis system. This type of RO feeds the concentrated water back into the water line to be used in the hot side of the home's water system instead of going down the drain.
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