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Understanding and Repairing Home Heating Systems

Your home can be heated by several types of systems. It may use forced air, electric resistance, hot water baseboard (boiler), radiant, geothermal or others. Let's look at the various types of heating systems and how to identify them..

Troubleshooting Your Home's Heating System
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Refinishing Your Wood Deck

Saturday April 19, 2014

Now that the snow has melted, is your wood deck looking a little tired? Well, Refinishing a wood deck is a great early summer project that will improve your outdoor living space and extend the life of your deck. And your deck is a significant investment in your home.

Deck refinishing can be broken down into a few steps such as:

  • inspection of deck boards,
  • basic deck board repair and replacement
    (if needed),
  • initial deck board cleaning / brightening,
  • deep cleaning with a power washer,
  • sanding,
  • staining / sealing and
  • and of course, the celebration BBQ!

There are several tricks and tips I outline for you in How to Refinish a Wood Deck to make short work of this project and get you professional looking results. I'll give you specific product recommendations and lead you through a very detailed and photo packed tutorial of each step in the refinishing process.

Memorial Day is coming up fast, so plan now to celebrate the holiday on your new refinished wood deck and enjoy the rest of the summer!

Repairing Your Water Heater

Friday April 11, 2014

Your water heater is a pretty amazing and reliable appliance. One you rely upon every day. It really has very few parts that can go wrong and most are easy to repair. Of course knowing the various water heater's components and their names are essential. It makes finding and buying replacement parts easier.

In the article How to Repair a Water Heater I'll provide you information on tank type and tankless water heaters, and I'll show you how to troubleshoot and repair your water heater. From replacing a water heater thermocouple to understanding the anatomy of a water heater to sizing a tankless water heater, it's all covered.

Fixin' Old Faithful

Wednesday April 9, 2014

We have to admit that the unsung hero of the plumbing world is the toilet. We take it for granted and don't even think twice about it.

But what do you do when the ol' commode is not cooperating?
Well read Troubleshooting Common Toilet Problems and learn what to do if your toilet is constantly running, leaking, clogged or other annoying habits it learns over time.

You'll learn all about the different types of mechanisms hidden in the toilet tank including the ballcock and flush valve and how to fix your toilet depending on what type you have.

A Little Ladder Safety

Sunday April 6, 2014

OK, time to talk a little ladder safety.

Please do not be this guy!

Whether you are cleaning your gutters, painting a room, painting your house or putting up Christmas lights for the holiday, you'll be depending upon a ladder. But all ladders are not created equal. There are several styles to consider including single section, step-ladder, extension, telescopic and multi-function ladders.

In the tutorial Choosing the Right Type of Ladder I'll share and expand on some recommended considerations involved in selecting the right ladder as suggested by Werner Co, an industry leader in the manufacturing and distribution of ladders and climbing equipment.

In the tutorial you will learn about:

  • Selecting the right ladder type
  • Selecting the right ladder height and reach
  • Selecting the right ladder weight capacity
  • Selecting the right amount of maneuverability
  • Ladder safety.

So please take a moment to read the tutorial and learn how to properly choose your ladder based on the features you want and the duty rating it will be required to meet, and also how to safely use your ladder around the home.

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