Warning: If you smell a gas odor for more than a couple of minutes, close the gas-shutoff valve that supplies water to the heater. Open a door or window to ventilate the room. Call the gas company immediately.

All types of gas issues should be checked out by a trained professional, Do not attempt to fix yourself.

  1. Not large enough: If your water heater holds less than 15 gallons of water per family member, you should consider purchasing a larger unit or staggering the use of the hot water within the family.
  2. Pilot light won’t stay lit: Clean the pilot orifice, tighten the thermocouple connections and/or replace a faulty thermocouple.
  3. Not enough hot water: Check and reset the temperature controls.
  4. Water is too hot: Check and reset temperature control. If too high, have the thermostat professionally serviced.
  5. Water leaks: Operate the pressure relief valve. If leak continues and the temperature is okay, replace the valve.
  6. Rusty tank: Replace the water heater.
  7. Noisy heater: Drain and flush the tank and refill.
  8. Dirty hot water: Drain and flush the tank and refill.
  9. Relief valve or drain valve leaks: Replace if needed.

Check the dates on the heater to see if it falls in the warranty period from the manufacturer. this may be beneficial to possibly save some money on parts and could be even labor. All that information should be in a packet attached to the water heater.


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Household In-sinkerator

If an in-sink-erator is already installed in your home and it goes bad, don’t panic it is very easy to install a new one right in its place. The disposal unit is secured by a twist lock that ensures proper seal and mounting. Unplug the disposal to be changed from the wall outlet. Disconnect the drain pipe from the waste plumbing, use a bucket in this section to catch any residual stuff that may come out of the piping. Then “twist off” the old in-sink-erator and “twist on” the new one. Make sure that you take the knock out plug out before installing the new disposer. Connect the disassembled plumbing that was taken off and make sure that the connections are a 1/4 turn past hand tight. After the unit is mounted solid, plug in the unit back into the wall socket with the pig tail. To check the unit properly run the water into the unit and turn on for a short burst to make sure that all connectivity is well put. You are all done….Great job


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8 easy steps to install a Pedestal Sink in your bathroom…

Before you begin make sure that you allot 2 to 4 hours out of your day to accomplish this tedious task

1. Supporting of the pedestal sink. To secure a pedestal sink to the wall, there must be something strong to bolt it to.  Here are some techniques to think about depending on the type of wall construction that you may have in your home. The best way to install a pedestal sink, is with lag screw bolts and proper blocking in the wall construction. This will take a bit of pre-planning on the plumbers line. If the wall behind is tile set on a mortar base you may have to use heavy-duty wall anchors, to properly anchor the bowl.

2. Set the basin and pedestal in the position it will be bolted. Check positioning and level before mounting with bolts, lag screws, wing bolts, etc. At this point, you need to mark the wall for the mounting holes of the basin and pedestal.

3. Remove the pedestal sink and put to the side while you drill the proper holes for your mounting fasteners.

4. Install the faucet and drain assembly on the basin. Also a good habit would be to install the supply lines to the faucet.

5. Reposition the basin and pedestal, bolt the basin in place. Do not over tighten the bolts to avoid cracking the sink.

6. Install the drain and water supply lines, to the waste drain and the water outlets, and test for leaks. If a leak occurs slack the connections and inspect for metal flakes or other types of debris and re-fasten to connecting points.

7. Put the pedestal back into its final position and bolt it to the floor. If the pedestal is not meant to be bolted to the floor, apply adhesive caulk to the bottom and top of the pedestal before putting it into position.

8. Caulk the joint located between the sink and the wall with mold resistant bath caulking.

Now that you have installed your very own pedestal maybe you can take on installing that new garbage disposal…


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In the modern day the use of Plastics have become more relevant and inexpensive vs the use of Cast Iron, Galvanized, and Virtuous Clay. These Plastics are known as ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) and PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride). Both pipes are durable, hard to damage, and long lasting. They come all diameters to meet waste demands subject to code.

In my opinion the ABS pipe is more “forgiving”, and by this I am saying that the pipe can take more hits to it before is springs a leak and or fails. On the other hand the ABS pipe does not do well in the sunlight at all. There was a time to where a 3″ diameter length was left out for a bit in the sun and when I went to get it the pipe had curled up so far that when standing it straight up it looked like there were 4 90 degree elbows glued in. What a horrible sight that was and a waste of time an materials. That would be the only issue so far that I have encountered with using ABS piping. Strapping the pipe down firm and filling with water as soon as possible makes installing this pipe easy and quick.

As far as PVC goes there is a few drawbacks in my experiences with it. 1) The pipe is super brittle when introduced into cold areas. There was a time when I was using it near Mount Charleston in Las Vegas and it snowed plus had an amazing wind chill factor. My crew and I were installing several customs that day and one of the guys called me and said “You need to see this”. I went to where the trailer was and he showed me that he had taken a few 3″ length’s down from a trailer pipe rack, accidently dropped them and the result was shattered pipe shards everywhere. Being from Hawaii I had never seen this before. I picked up a piece of the broken pipe and threw it to the ground, and presto it shattered like glass. So I knew from then that PVC pipe needed to be handled differently in other climates. 2)When left too long in the sun the pipe turns a really bad yellow…It almost appears to be burnt like with using a torch on it. This yellow-ish brown tinge is a complete turn off for the owners that are purchasing brand new pipe and they think that you are installing defective materials. [Keep it covered and it will last a very long time]


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