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  • What temperature should a house be when you are gone for the winter?

    Jim from London, Ontario is wondering what temperature he should leave his thermostat while he migrates south for the winter. The short answer is 55 degrees F, or about 12 degrees C.That should keep the pipes from freezing, keep the humidity under control, keep the furniture from going through t...
  • How to convert a portable dishwasher to an installed one.

    Todd from Calgary wanted to convert his portable dishwasher into a built in one but couldn't find the parts. In fact most of the manufacturers do make special kits to accomplish just this, so contact your manufacturer.Basically you need to put a Y joint in the drain just below the sink and b...
  • Copper plumbing pipe soldering technique

    The critical steps to a soldered plumbing joint that will not leak are:Scrape the two surfaces clean with steel wool or a soldering brush;Liberally apply flux to prevent oxidation of the surfaces to be soldered and choose your flux to match your solder, i.e. lead free;Heat the joint on one side ...
  • Plumbing noises from draining hot water

    Seigfried from Richmond Hill, Ontario hears some very strange creaking whenever he pulls the plug and lets hot water down his drainpipe. He sent us an audio recording of the noise which did help me to identify what was going on.Expansion and contraction of plumbing pipes, because of a sudden cha...
  • Air in the plumbing system

    Grant from Bowen Island BC has a problem of air in his hot water line first thing in the morning and anytime after the system has been sitting still for a while. There are really only two sources of air to cause this problem.Since Grant is on a well, it is possible that the check valves that pre...
  • Odours coming from a basement floor drain.

    Joan from Windsor, Ontario has one of those large square floor drains with a heavy metal grate over it that are so common Ontario eastward. There are under slab pipes that come in and out of this collection box. The concept was designed as a drainage system for an empty storage space called...
  • Plumbing connections to the faucets: Old and New

    In this TV show we took a look at how product changes has taken sink plumbing from an art to a simple DIY task.The original steel pipes were cut and threaded to exact lengths with just no room for error. This required not only skill, but large cutters and threaders. When we moved to copper pi...
  • Problems with roots in a leaching field

    Chris from Welland, Ontario has problems with his leaching field plugging up. He has cleaned out the roots, but how can he keep them from growing back.The problem is that anything that would kill the roots will at the same time kill the bacteria that is necessary for the septic tank to work. Th...
  • Sink Faucet Face-lift

    Almost every part of ordinary sink faucets can be purchased as replacement parts today. Of course you can buy the washers, even the "seats" that the washers push against and then grinders to "dress" the seats. But now you can even buy the handles themselves, as well as new "Hot" and "Cold" ...
  • Leaky Garden Hose - recycling

    When your garden hose is in trouble, you can either fix it or recycle it. Patch couplings as well as quick coupling adapters are readily available. Magic Wrap is a rubber tape that effectively seals holes permanently in hoses. Just remember to not use it like a tape, but to stretch it twic...