Baseboard Radiators Not Heating Room Up

By Robert Robillard

Hydronic Radiator Slant Fin Elements Facing Wrong Direction Over the years I’ve had folks reach out to me complaining that they have rooms that do not heat up well. The solutions all varied; including zone valves, circulator pumps, relays, and whether the thermostat is working properly. Sometimes as simple as a battery needs replacing. Slant Fin…

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Preventing Pipes From Freezing

By Robert Robillard

How-To Avoid Freezing Pipes This winter is predicted to be a COLD one, and that means frozen water pipes….. brrrrrrr! Before it gets cold take a moment to evaluate your water pipes and take the precautions now and save from costly repairs later. Preventing pipes from freezing should be done at the time of construction,…

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How Plumbing Traps Work

By Robert Robillard

3 Main Insights into How Plumbing Traps Work Image Source: Pixabay Unless you are a professional plumber, it is safe to assume that you probably have no idea how plumbing traps work, or what a plumbing trap even is. You have probably encountered terms such as S traps, P traps, grease traps, drum traps, and so…

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Replacing a Toilet

By Robert Robillard

How To Replace a Toilet Replacing a toilet is a straightforward task because the supply and waste pipes are already in position. If you want to relocate a toilet to a new position that will require rerouting pipes, and this is best done by a plumber. Below are some basic DIY steps for swapping out…

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Self Cleaning Toilet

By Robert Robillard

American Standard “ActiClean” Self-Cleaning Toilet The American Standard ActiClean toilet is a self cleaning toilet with a safe but effective cleaning solution that cleans and removes stains with a simple press of a button. Part of the VorMax Collection, the ActiClean toilet, features two cleaning cycles; Deep Clean and Quick Clean, and comes with a…

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Zircon Leak Alert – Water Leak Detector

By Robert Robillard

Zircon Leak Alert WiFi – Hubless Water Leak Detector with Audio, Visual and Email Alerts A few years back my furnace pressure relief valve decided it was going to periodically leak water onto my basement floor. Luckily I always keep a 5-gallon bucket under the discharge pipe and I caught it when if overflowed and…

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How To Build An Outdoor Shower

By Robert Robillard

Outdoor Showers This article will discuss planning considerations for, and show you how to build an outdoor shower. Days of Old Outdoor Shower Outdoor showers used to be associated just for beach houses, cottages or houses with a pool.  Not anymore, outdoor showers are growing in popularity, and powered by the desire of residents longing…

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Top 10 Items To Avoid Putting In Your Septic System

By Robert Robillard

Caring for Your Septic System If you have a septic system in your home, you need to be very careful about what household products you use. Septic systems rely on bacteria to break down wastes and solids, but these bacteria need a specific environment to survive. If you put the wrong kind of detergent in…

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