Hot Water Faster

-   I’ve cut the total run down to about 25′ by running the line straight to my faucet.  The other reason this works is because a 3/8″ tube has about 25% of the volume as a 3/4″ tube.   Part of the reason I get hot water so much faster is that the hot water doesn’t need to fill up all of the main ‘branch’ lines to get to my kitchen faucet. All I did was install a dedicated 3/8″ water supply line from the water piping coming off the top of my water heater to the kitchen sink faucet.  The hot water line that feeds my kitchen sink consists of 17′ of 3/4″ tubing, then another 25′ of 1/2″ tubing.  By installing this 3/8″ water line, I’ve cut the wait time from 45 seconds down to 10 seconds. ..More

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Ionization vs. Photoelectric Smoke Alarms

-  Smoke alarms are generally required in bedrooms and in common areas on every level of the home in Minnesota, and they need to be hardwired and interconnected when possible.  You can read the full requirements for smoke alarms in Minnesota here. . Minnesota currently has no specific requirements when it comes to ionization vs photoelectric smoke detectors ..More

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Top 20 Home Inspection Photos from 2012

-  It doesn’t work so well when they’re installed like this. . Not-so-frost-free faucet – Frost free faucets have a long stem that allows the water to be turned off inside the home, preventing them from freezing ..More

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A New Attic Problem with New Construction Homes

-  If you have a newer home, this is just one more reason to break the seal on your attic access panel.  Thankfully, the fix for this situation is very simple; just cap the end of the pipe.  This can be done pretty much any way you see fit – I’ve seen it done with both electrical tape and duct tape, and it works fine. . Just as every little hole and crack that allows air in to the attic needs to be sealed off, so does this relatively large opening ..More

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Kitchen Remodeling: Do It Right The First Time

-  Just like steel water lines, steel drain lines rust internally.  It’s only a matter of time before these things gets clogged and become unusable.  This is huge.  It’s extremely common to find recently remodeled kitchens with brand new cabinets, but old galvanized steel drain pipe in the wall. . Replace steel drains.  It’s not a big deal to replace them with newer materials when the walls are opened up ..More

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