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  • How to get the stuck handles off of the faucets

    Brian in Calgary just can't get the handles off of his faucets in the shower. He has tried to pull them off until his hands are raw. When he tried to pry them, he discovered that the plumbing in the wall is not stable and the pipes move forward. He tried WD-40 and CLR to get the handles to...
  • How to get the faucet handle off the stem

    George sent in his tip of using a pulley or bearing puller to get faucet handles off of the stem without having to bang them all up. He takes out the retaining screw and puts in a headless screw to give him something for the puller to push against. Then the puller just grabs the handle and you ...
  • The mysterious toilet that drains itself

    Several years ago when we had my live hot line TV show across Canada, I got a call from a homeowner who had a toilet that functioned perfectly except that every night when he came home from work, the water in the bowl had dropped low enough to let the sewer gas smell into the bathroom. He ha...
  • MYTH: INSULATING HOT WATER LINES IN HEATED BASEMENTS WILL SAVE MONEY.

    Insulating hot water lines that run through a heated basement or crawl space sounds logical, but in fact it will same you little or no money. The infrequency of their use lets them cool off whether they are insulated or not, and the heat is converted to useful room heat anyway. The exception is ...
  • HOW CAN I INCREASE THE EFFICIENCY OF MY HOT WATER HEATER?

    Heating water accounts for almost 20 percent of the total heating costs in a normal home. The percentage is higher in an energy-efficient home (the same dollars, it's just a bigger piece cut from a smaller pie). Almost all of the recommendations for improving heating systems for space heating ap...
  • WHAT IS A DRAIN-WATER HEAT EXCHANGER?

    Drain water, or grey water, heat exchangers run the warm drain water next to the fresh incoming water to raise its temperature a bit, taking a load off of the hot water tank. Although there are more and more products to accomplish this available on the market. The problem is that most plumbing c...
  • Boiler pressure release valve is leaking

    When the pressure-release valve on the top of a boiler or a hot water tank is leaking it could mean several things. The first thing to try is to simply lift the little lever on the top of the tank to let out some hot water. Before you do this, make sure that the valve has a discharge pipe attach...
  • Speciality products for Toilets

    This time I collected some toilets and toilet accessories that you may have never heard of. The North Vent is a new Canadian invention designed to draw the bathroom exhaust air directly from inside the toilet bowl -- you can't get any closer to the source of the pollution. It uses a good squirre...
  • Weather Restrictions: ABS and PVC Pipe Cement

    Connect to your favourite weather forecaster and look for the following conditions:   Category: Adhesives     Product: ABS & PVC Pipe Cement Temperature Limitations: Above +4 C (+40 F) and below + 38 C (+100 F) Rain Limitations: Work on dry pipe and keep dry for 15 minutes. Wind Limitati...
  • Legality of DIY electrical and plumbing work

    NEW CONSTRUCTION In the interests of health and safety a number of trades are controlled by law, most particularly plumbing and electricity. The degree to which plumbing and electrical work are actually regulated varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. For instance almost all work performed in...