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April 22, 2010

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

March 15, 2010

Master Plumber/Blogger

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Hello world! I would like to take a quick moment to give a big Congratulations to my buddy John, who has a home improvement blog; he and his wife Sherry just welcomed a healthy happy baby boy into the world. Little Michael Anthony weighed in at a stout 9 lbs. 2 oz and was 21 inches long. Yes he was a big one. We gave them our crib so little Michael will have someplace comfortable to sleep when he gets home from the hospital. I’m heading out later today and I’ll be finding a cheap mattress set to place in our guest room now. Now of course my wife wants me to spring for the latest and greatest king size memory foam mattress, but you all know that I don’t like to spend any unnecessary money. Remember this is going into the guest room. You see I feel like the guest room should be comfortable and all but not too comfortable if you know what I mean. I want that to be a place for guests, short term guests. If we make that room too comfortable I am afraid that these guests will turn into something else. So  I think I’ll be sticking with the cheap mattresses.  Wish me luck!
So I got an email the other day from a good buddy of mine who knows quite a bit about blogging and he gave me some great resources on getting myself out there as a blogger. I wanted to share one of those resources with you. You may remember that a while back I mentioned something called a blog carnival. Well at the time I had no idea what that was but after reading that email I know a little more and I thought that I should make a post about it to let some of my readers know about it as well. Now there aren’t a whole lot of plumbing bloggers out there but I have met a few. One guy by the name of Steve has a cool blog called Plumbing Info. Steve’s info is down right excellent and once you read the tips he is giving over there I am sure you will add his blog to your reading list as well. Now I have digressed from my initial point about blog carnivals. So what are they? Well they are kind of like a place for bloggers to network and share resources. There is a cool site that specializes in them; suprise suprise the url: http://www.blogcarinval.com Go and check it out, I’m going to be entering a few of my best posts in the carnival and we’ll see how I come out. I’ll keep you all posted. Well that’s all for today, thanks for reading!

February 25, 2010

Venting a Pipe

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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.

February 22, 2010

Mr. Plumber Review

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Hey folks, I just wanted to let you guys know about one particular post that I think you might enjoy from my main blog. I did a review of the company Mr. Plumber Atlanta and if you have time check it out and let me know what you think. Now this review has gotten me quite a bit of feedback and I wanted to share some of that with you all. One of the most common questions that I have received is about the title. The review is title “Mr Plumber Atlanta Exposed!” Now the main reason that I chose that title was that it is eye-catching. If you read the review you will notice that the majority of the review is favorable to the company and I’m not airing any of their dirty laundry like I am with some of the other companies I review. Now if I were to find any dirt on Mr. Plumber I would certainly share that in the review but based on the information that I had at the time I wrote that review I didn’t have much. I’ll be back later this week with some rock-solid plumbing tips but I just wanted this post to give you guys an excuse for going and checking out my other site. So what are you still doing here? Check it out and let me know what you all think.

February 13, 2010

Plumbing News

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Hey folks, I want to let you guys know that I am going to start new section of this blog that is devoted to plumbing news. I know that lots of you are aspiring plumbers and would love to learn a little bit about the news and changes that are going on in the plumbing universe. You might not think that plumbing changes much but you would be wrong. Plumbing is a constantly evolving industry and I will say that the improvements and advancements that I have personally seen in the plumbing industry have been very impressive. There are always new environmental standards coming out and this has a direct impact on the type of material that plumbers can use. More so than anything it is really just good to stay abreast of what is happening in your field. If for no other reason than to truly be a plumbing expert. I say to lots of people who ask me why I attend plumbing conventions that if you want to dedicate your life to something then you should really dedicate yourself. That means that you should rub shoulders with the power players in your area and for me there is no better place to do that than at some of the major conventions. Now its not necessarily the greatest place to go to meet a girl, but that is not why I am there. I am there to learn, network and have some good old fashioned fun. So stay tuned for the plumbing news section and once it is up and running I expect you folks to tell me what you really think about it. Have a great weekend!

February 10, 2010

Plumbing Bloggers

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Howdy readers! As many of you know I have now become a semi-full time plumbing blogger and I am really enjoying it thus far. Now before you ask what the heck semi-full time means(I don’t even know) I will just say that I blog a few times a week and then try to post lots of useful information on my sites that will help people who are either looking for a plumber or looking to learn how to solve basic home plumbing problems. I’ve been happy to find quite a few other bloggers who are also out there sharing information to the masses on plumbing. Many of these people are like me, either former or current full-time plumbers. One of the best things that I have seen is that lots of local companies have started blogs alongside their main company websites. On these blogs they are helping people by giving basic tips and then giving honest recommendations on when they should call a professional for help. This type of honesty is important for a couple of reasons. One, lots of companies try to take advantage of really simple repairs as opportunities to send apprentice plumbers out without the mandated supervisory licensed plumber. Now honestly, for basic jobs this makes a lot of sense. You don’t need a licensed plumber to clean a u-trap in a bathroom and you certainly don’t need two professional plumbers(1 licensed and 1 unlicensed). The problem is that these jobs are so simple that they really should just be done by the home-owner. When companies equip their potential customers with this type of information it really sends a signal that they are not just out to make a quick buck. This type of honesty is usually rewarded with trust built up with the potential customers in that area which translates into a better company reputation. So I wanted to take a moment and give these folks some kudos for operating honestly and openly.

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