Cold hard kitchen water

- Much to my annoyance, the cold water to my kitchen wasn’t softened when I moved in. The cold water line to the kitchen bypasses the water softener on purpose. Plumbers actually go out of their way to do this. Visit just about any home built in the Twin Cities over the last thirty years, and about 80% of any other homes that have water softeners, and you’ll find the same to be true. ..More

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Animals, skeletons, and creepy home inspection stuff, part 3

- . This is what happens when knockout holes aren’t filled. This is a dead something-or-other inside of the electrical panel ..More

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Plumbing Vents, Why Houses Need Them (forget the water bottle analogy)

-  Once you put a hole in the top, water drains out very quickly because air can replace the water as it drains. . The common, improper analogy is to talk about dumping a soda bottle upside down. You may have heard that plumbing fixtures will drain faster when they’re vented properly, but it’s not true. They also prevent back-pressure on traps, but today the focus is on siphoning. Let me repeat that: plumbing vents prevent traps from being siphoned. You watch the water glug out while air replaces it, and this makes it drain slowly ..More

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How to replace a shutoff valve the easy way: use a SharkBite®

- . SharkBite® isn’t the only brand, but it’s certainly the most well-known. Got a leaking shutoff valve at your sink or toilet? The repair can sometimes be a quick and easy process, thanks to SharkBite® fittings and other brands of push-fit fittings ..More

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Banging pipes are caused by water hammer

- . The simple solution is to install a manufactured water hammer arrester; a small sealed air chamber that’s designed to prevent water hammer.  The animation below shows how they work ..More

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