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posted on Mar 10th, 2011
plumbing
Replace Steel Pipes Soon
Many homes built before about 1954 have steel piping which is near the end of its useful life. That’s why the water flow drops in the shower! There is more mineral build up in the hot water pipes, and the hot side will usually run slower than the... read more
posted on Mar 10th, 2011
plumbing
Flexible Plastic Fittings
Just because they sell it at Home Depot doesn’t make it a good idea. These flexible plastic fittings are very prone to blockage due to the deep grooves which will hold food waste from the disposer. read more
posted on Mar 10th, 2011
plumbing
Lead Waste Pipes
If you have a very old home your inspector may talk about a “lead bend” on your toilet waste pipe. These are indeed lead and are all nearing the end of their useful life. They can be costly to replace. read more
posted on Mar 10th, 2011
plumbing
First Rule of Plumbing
The first rule of plumbing- water runs downhill! read more
posted on Mar 10th, 2011
electrical
Dangerous Electrical Boxes
All electrical boxes require covers and should not be overfilled with wires. Black electrical tape is almost never a proper fix. read more
posted on Mar 10th, 2011
electrical
Subpanel Placement
Stand on the oven door, grab the microwave handle, and reset that circuit breaker! What could go wrong? Building permits and city inspections are required for electrical modifications. Electrical panels must be in readily accessible locations. read more