Hot Water Faster

-   I’ve cut the total run down to about 25′ by running the line straight to my 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.   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 other reason this works is because a 3/8″ tube has about 25% of the volume as a 3/4″ tube. ..More

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Plumbing Vents Covered with Frost

-  It wasn’t completely blocked with frost… yet. This next photo shows a 4″ cast iron vent pipe at a multi-family home in Saint Paul. ..More

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Floodsafe® Washing Machine Connectors

- 3 gallons per minute.  Pretty pathetic, huh?  To take a line from Sweet Brown, ain’t nobody got time for that. I got about 10 gallons per minute with a standard washing machine connector attached to the end of my garden hose, but the FloodSafe® connector only gave me about 1. ..More

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A Primer on “S” Traps

- The purpose of a trap is to prevent sewer gases, and possibly vermin, from coming in to the home.  I’ve actually found this condition on a number of larger occupied houses.  The easiest fix for this is to periodically run a little water in the plumbing fixtures.   As a longer-term solution, you could also pour RV antifreeze in to the drains; that stuff won’t evaporate. .  Have you ever noticed some nasty odors in a bathroom that you never use?  It’s probably because the water in the trap has completely evaporated, allowing sewer gases to come in to the home.  When water sits in the trap, sewer gases stay out ..More

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Observe and Report? That’s for Mall Cops, not Home Inspectors

- Back to my story… so anyways, I meant to call Jay up and give him much crap for saying that home inspectors just “observe and report”, but then I remembered that he’s not an ASHI guy.   I looked up the InterNACHI SOP so I could quote Jay the right section of SOP, but as it turns out, all he was required to do was observe and report.  Of course, I still say he does a lot more than just ‘observe and report’…. but the InterNACHI standards of practice only require the inspector to report problems – they don’t require explanations or recommendations. .  Here’s an excerpt:.  InterNACHI has their own standards of practice, which their inspectors are required to “substantially follow”.  He’s an InterNACHI guy ..More

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