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May 23, 2010

Plumbing Resources to Check Out

Filed under: Plumbing Tips — Tags: — admin @ 8:39 pm

Howdy folks. Ok time for some shameless self promotion. I’ve been promoting myself as a blogger now for about 6 months and I have started to make some friends out there in the blogging community. For th most part these people are all really cool. I wanted to share with you all a few sites of some of my new found friends. The first site is called A Bar Home Improvement. They have lots of great information on their site and I would highly encourage you to check out one post in particular called: Plumbing Tips from and Alpharetta Plumber. I’m sure you all can figure out who the Alpharetta plumber in question is on that post 🙂 Yes, for some reason I just think that the information presented in that article is just dead on.

Now let’s give you a few other posts on other sites that are worth your time to check out. If you are in need of Plumbing Advice from the Atlanta Plumbing Expert, then I would suggest that you march right over to Bringing Your Dreams Home. Now I’m sure by now you all are getting the picture here. This is information that I’ve written on other sites and I want you all to go and read that info and let me know what you think. Go ahead and leave a comment on my friend’s sites to let them know how valuable you think the information is  as well and what a huge benefit it is to have it on their site 🙂 I’m sure they will appreciate the visit. I know as a pretty new blogger I always love to check my comments and see that people have actually read all of the stuff that I put out. I know that my friends will likely feel the same way about people coming to their sites.

Now I do of course always try to warn people of getting ripped off by some unscrupulous plumber or plumbing company. So in the article How Plumbers in Atlanta Rip Off Customers, I shared some information for my buddies over at Great Home Improvement Tips. Now this was basically a call to arms for consumers here in the metro Atlanta area. Since I’m sure you’ve heard me talking about this way too much as it is I’ll just leave it at that for this post.

Lastly I want you to go check out one more post on A Bar Home Improvement called Plumbing Tips from a Marietta Plumber. The good folks over at A Bar seem to just love sharing my advice with their readers. While you are over there please make sure to check out some of their other posts on related home improvement topics. The writers over there really know the home improvement industry and good advice is always hard to come by.

Alright folks that’s it for today, once you have checked out a few of those posts be sure to come back and let me know what you think and share your opinion with the rest of the community.

May 5, 2010

Tips in Replacing a Corner Shower Base

Filed under: Plumbing Tips — Tags: , , — admin @ 9:27 pm

Mold and rot could rapidly spread in a home due to a leaking shower base. One should consider replacing it before the leak gives you more problems.

Replacing a corner shower base is relatively easy since there are only two walls that encase it. Although it is something that can be done by a person that lack previous DIY experience, anybody who has done a few DIY jobs can easily perform this task.

Materials

  • Pry bar
  • Hammer
  • Drain removal tool or needle nose pliers
  • Drill
  • Caulking and caulk gun

Instructions:

  • Using a thin-bladed pry bar and a small hammer, carefully remove the bottom layer of tiles, particularly so if you do not have matching tiles to use as replacement.
  • Unscrew the cover of the drain. Using a tool for drain removal or pliers, unscrew the shower drain from the drain pipe found under the shower tray.
  • Check if the flange of the base is screwed to the walls. If it is, you have to unscrew it.
  • Using a utility knife cut the caulking located over the seam, it is found in the area where the shower pan’s face meets the bathroom floor.
  • Remove the old pan and replace it with a new one.
  • Screw the flanges to the wall.
  • Roll a little bit of plumbers putty into a rope and wrap it around the outer part of the drain opening in the shower base. Insert the drain in the hole and then screw the drain in place. The putty should ooze from around the drain. When the drain is screwed, scrape the putty up, and then replace the drain cover.
  • Caulk the area where the bathroom floor meets the face of the shower pan.
  • Replace the tile you had removed and grout them as soon as the mortar dries up. Finish it up by sealing the grout after 36–48 hours.

Replace leaking shower bases as soon as possible to prevent the possibility of mold infestation in your homes, which could become a serious health threat.

May 2, 2010

The Master Plumber License

Filed under: Plumbing Tips — Tags: , , — admin @ 12:20 am

Howdy folks, I wanted to take a quick moment to write a little post for those aspiring plumbers out there or those of you all who are considering a career in plumbing. Now I would like to first say that if you are going to pursue this career then you should absolutely commit to becoming a professional in every sense of the word. At the bare minimum this would require that you obtain a full plumbing license in the state where you wish to work. Why is this important? Well for a lot of reasons actually. Many states have laws that explicitly prohibit non-licensees from advertising or performing certain types of plumbing work. The last thing you want to do is to simply try to make an honest living only to find out that in the process of doing so you are violating state law. This puts you at risk for serious fines and even potential jail time. While the enforcement of these laws is often limited it is always best to be safe when it comes to your livelihood and your freedom. Now in addition to complying with local laws it is also important that you take the time to really learn your craft inside and out. I remember when I started working for a local plumbing company right after I had received my full master plumber license, I was working with a guy who had been in the business over 20 years. Now of course I was in my early 20’s but I had a few years of experience as well and I had just studied my butt off to pass the state licensing exam. Now I bring up this story because on more than one occasion I saw the guy I was working with perform work that was not according to the state specs and guidelines. I had to actually as a new plumber go back and correct this guy’s work. This obviously created somewhat of a tense situation since he was the old hand at this and I was just the young kid on the block. However, over time he realized that he had been doing things incorrectly and when I explained to him why they needed to be changed he eventually came around to seeing things my way. Now I tell this story to make the point that had I not been licensed I would have never known the difference. The guy I was working with was not a licensed master plumber even though he had been in the business over 20 years and was really a very knowledgeable and experienced plumber. He was not a handyman or some guy who was trying to cut corners. He was just doing things the way he always had and it just turned out that a few of those ways were wrong. This is just one example of why it is really actually essential that a plumber take the time to get licensed. This post is getting a little wordy now so I think I will cut it off here but I will continue this discussion in an upcoming post. Thanks for reading!

April 22, 2010

The Advantages of Using Propane Tankless Water Heaters

Filed under: Plumbing Materials, Plumbing Tips — Tags: , — admin @ 2:28 am

Don’t look now but traditional water heaters may soon be on their way out. With the increasing energy costs, many homes and businesses are now turning to propane tankless water heaters. There are a lot of reasons why the switch from traditional water heaters to tankless water heaters is occurring. The most important reason behind this is the lower energy consumption of using a tankless propane heater. These heaters have also been designed to facilitate precise temperature control aside from having the right size to fit in any space.

With the rising costs of natural gas, it is very practical to rely on a tankless water heater instead of its a traditional counterpart. With a propane tankless heater, one does not have to keep 50 gallons of hot water overnight which can be such a waste since not all of the water is needed. Users of tankless heaters can get their hot water when they need it. It has been proven that using a one can save up to 30% in energy costs rather than using a traditional water heater.

Most tankless propane water heaters are also compact so there is no need to worry about the space. Some of the newer models are at least half the size of the conventional water heater. While the size has been reduced, the features and benefits have been increased. There are models having a digital display which shows the right temperature of the water. Users can also set their desired water temperature with most of today’s propane tankless water heaters. There is also no problem with troubleshooting tankless heaters since most models come with a self diagnostic system.

The abovementioned qualities of propane tankless water heaters have made them even more appealing compared to traditional water heaters. No wonder many households and businesses are expected to use these heaters in the years to come.

Top Portable Propane Water Heaters

If you need to have instant hot water even if you’re away from home, then you should consider the use of portable propane water heaters. These are compact, lightweight devices that provide hot water in any place, whether indoors or outdoors. They are usually brought during camping trips, and other outdoor adventures.

Compared to an electric water heater, a portable propane water heater is faster when heating water. A typical propane water heater makes use of direct heat in heating the water, meaning the water is kept hotter faster and at a longer period. It can be used for cleaning, washing the dishes, taking a hot shower, and making cups of hot beverages.

There are several portable propane water heaters in the market today. One of these is the Rheem FVR propane water heater. This portable propane heater can provide up to 40 gallons of hot water. It features an advanced auto shut off feature for added security. It is also maintenance-free so users won’t have to be concerned about cleaning its filter. It boasts of typical replacement parts, and features a tank cleaning system which can reduce the buildup of sediments. It comes with a 6 year warranty on its tank and other parts, and it retails for the affordable price of $500.

There is also the Bosch Aquastar propane tankless water heater which can provide hot water in an instant. It has a maximum 117,000 BTU input, while its ignition is water-generated. It can provide up to 40 gallons of hot water and provide continuous hot water for a singular purpose at a time. The water temperature can range from 90 to 180 degrees and can be customized up to 4.3 gallons per minute. It comes with a 12 year warranty on its heat exchanger, while its parts have a 2 year warranty. It retails for $700.

Safety Guidelines on the Use of Propane Water Heaters

Filed under: Plumbing Tips — Tags: — admin @ 1:56 am

The safety of using propane water heaters is an important issue that you should properly address. Like with other house appliances, precaution must be observed at all times when operating this kind of heating device. That being said, it is critical that you are knowledgeable about the technicalities of the system as well as their installation and appropriate maintenance methods.

Generally, propane heaters use pressurized gas in order to efficiently operate. That being said, it is vital that you carefully examine whether it is ideal for you to integrate such heating system in your home. Propane is basically an odorless, colorless, and non-toxic gas that is used to power propane heaters. However, mercaptan is usually added on propane gas so that it can produce a noxious and unique smell. This way, gas leaks on propane heaters can be easily detected.

When installing propane water heaters, one of the main considerations that you have to stringently look into is the availability of proper venting systems. Proper ventilation is required when operating a propane water heating unit. If are considering on acquiring a wall-mounted propane heater, make certain that an electrical outlet is present near the area where you are planning to mount the unit. Moreover, it should also be connected to an outside vent to effectively remove emissions produced from the unit’s operation.

The installation of carbon monoxide detectors is an important precautionary measure that you have to take when using propane heaters. Be sure to install CO detectors on the floor areas nearby the unit. This safety measure is a must for any homeowner who owns a heating unit. In fact, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) highly recommends the use of CO detectors for all households that have heating units, regardless of the type or heat source.

Even though propane practically has minimal level of carbon monoxide (in comparison to other fuel sources), investing in an early warning system is always a prudent move to prevent the likeliness of CO poisoning. Therefore, to avoid compromising the safety of your family, it wouldn’t hurt to spend a few bucks more on a reliable CO detector. Bear in mind that CO is an odorless and colorless gas; therefore, only specialized detectors can effectively detect its presence.

Also, never, ever use an unvented heater indoors. These types of heaters are intently designed only for outdoor use. Placing them indoors can considerably increase CO levels inside your home. Hence why, they should not be placed on any enclosed space. Lastly, ensure that the hose, nozzles, and regulators used to connect the propane heater all came from the same manufacturer to avoid compatibility issues.

The safety guidelines mentioned are simply meant to prevent neglect and misuse of propane water heaters!

April 17, 2010

Repairing A Pin Hole Leak in A PVC Elbow Pipe

Filed under: Plumbing Materials, Plumbing Tips — Tags: , , — admin @ 1:32 pm

Needless to say that even the smallest leak in a pipe can cause damaging effects when not addressed immediately. In fact, a small hole on a PVC elbow can progress to a bigger one when you continue ignoring the problem. Unsightly water stains, flooding, and wood rot can all start from a simple pinhole leak in your pipe. Fortunately, there are easy and simple ways to protect your home from the potential dangers of pipe leaks. In particular, this article will thoroughly discuss how to repair a pin-hole leak in a PVC elbow-shaped pipe.

Before anything else, you have to gather all the materials needed, which will most likely include the following:

  • PVC primer and glue
  • Epoxy
  • Caulky gun or epoxy dispenser
  • Spare PVC pipe
  • Heat gun
  • Protective gloves

After preparing the materials, you can now start with the actual leak repair. The first thing to do is to locate the source of the pipe leak, which in this case is the PVC elbow. Turn off the main water valve to impede the flow of water. This is very important to alleviate the damaged PVC elbow pipe from water pressure. Drain the remaining water on the pipe and let it dry before you start repairing the hole.

Next, fill the pinhole with a PVC primer and then followed by the PVC glue. You may also opt to use plumbing adhesives that already combine the primer and glue in one solution, such as the Gorilla PVC glue. Remember that when working with chemical adhesives, it is vital to wear protective gloves.

Apply an epoxy glue stick unto the leaking pinhole with the use of a caulk gun or epoxy dispenser. Allow the epoxy glue to dry before turning on the main water valve. After that, open the water connection and check if there is still any sign of leaks. If the leaking problem persists, you might need to replace the damaged PVC elbow pipe with a new one.

April 13, 2010

Don’t Get Taken When Hiring a Plumber

Filed under: Plumbing Tips — Tags: — admin @ 2:59 am

Invariably, there will come a time when the need arises for a professional plumber. Many homeowners can handle the bulk of their plumbing needs themselves. However, many homeowners have neither the knowledge or desire to complete these plumbing projects themselves. When this occurs, a professional plumber must be called to complete the work for them. Many people do not like to hire service professionals because they’re not sure how to go about the entire process. Those home-owners who keep a home warranty can often lean on the warranty company to help, however, the rest of us must do it the old fashioned way. The process of hiring a plumber can be boiled down to asking for referrals, getting estimates, and demanding a warranty.

The best way to find a plumber who will not take advantage of you is to use one who is used by others you know. Ask friends and family if they know of a good plumber that they have used or perhaps a friend of theirs has used. Many very good plumbers receive the bulk of their work through referrals. They know that pleasing a customer will lead to more customers and cut down on their advertising costs. Plumbers who receive a lot of referrals strive for customer satisfaction.

Also, when looking for a plumber to complete a job you should always get at least three estimates. Do not simply go with the lowest estimate. The plumber who provides the lowest estimate may actually do very good work; however, many times to achieve a lower bid plumbers will cut corners to reduce overhead. Even if the plumber you would like to hire is the most expensive you may be able to use the other bids to negotiate a lower price.

Finally, no matter whether it is plumbing or any other job around your home you should always ask for a warranty. If a plumber is not receptive to the idea of warrantying their work, you may need to move on to another plumber. A good plumber should always stand behind their work and guarantee your satisfaction.

April 7, 2010

Multimeter Usage

Filed under: Plumbing Tips — Tags: , , — admin @ 3:29 pm

Howdy readers! How has the wordpress community been doing? I’ve been busy lately with a few of my other blogs but I didn’t want to neglect my wordpress readership.  So here we are with another plumbing/home improvement tip.  Now as a home service professional there are some basic things that any and everyone should know regardless of their individual specialty areas. One of those things in how to use a multimeter. Now these devices are used in many lines of home service and repair including electrical, plumbing, hvac, and others. Needless to say its something that is important to feel comfortable using. As I was cruising around Youtube I found a nice video that I wanted to share with you all.  Check it out:

This should equip you with the basics on using a multimeter. As always if you folks have any questions just drop me a comment. Also if you have any material that you would like to see covered on this blog you can let me know as well. I try to cover things that I think can be somewhat universally useful but if you all tell me that you want to know more about trenchless sewer line repair or more hard-core plumbing topics I’ll be glad to write on those as well.  Let me know what you are interested in learning and I will be more than willing to do my best to help teach. OK, that’s it for today folks, until next time, its your neighborhood Atlanta plumber, Carson signing off.

February 25, 2010

Venting a Pipe

Filed under: Plumbing Tips — Tags: , , — admin @ 5:08 pm

Howdy readers! I’m back with another plumbing tip for you would-be plumbers out there that I know you are going to love. By now you all know my affinity for video tutorials and today’s tip is going to be no different. I found a great video on the father of video sites: Youtube.com So without giving you some big lead-in to the video let me just go straight to the goods. Here you go:

Now there are a variety of plumbing applications where you will need to vent a pipe but I’m not going to get into too much detail on those in this post. I just wanted to share this information with you and in the coming posts we’ll discuss the various plumbing repairs that would call for pipe venting.

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