How to Seal Brick and Mortar

by Michael on August 22, 2010 · 8 comments

After moving into our first house, which had an all brick exterior, I was surprised to learn that wind-driven rain can lead to water intrusion through a brick wall. While proper flashing and weep holes should keep this from creating problems, those details are rarely done right.

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How to Find Your Septic Tank

by Michael on April 20, 2010 · 0 comments

We’re having some landscaping done this spring, so we decided that now would be a good time to have our septic tank pumped out. We’ve been in the house for just under four years, and we’re not sure whether or not the previous residents ever had it done so we’re probably overdue.

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As a quick followup to my previous article about making your hot water last longer, I wanted to share some interesting numbers related to water heater safety that I found in the owner’s manual that came with our new water heater…

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How to Make Your Hot Water Last Longer

by Michael on February 21, 2010 · 1 comment

Perhaps this should be filed under “Duh!” but… I finally got around to going under the house and adjusting the thermostat on our new water heater. We’ve been noticing that our hot water isn’t lasting nearly as long as it did with our old water heater even though it has the same sized tank.

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How to Hide an Electrical Utility Panel

by Michael on February 13, 2010 · 0 comments

Do you have a utility panel that you’d like to hide? If so, then read on… When we renovated our house a couple of years ago, we converted our old laundry room into a powder room. In doing so, we needed to hide both an electrical panel and an alarm box. Here’s how we did it…

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How to Clean Out Your Dryer Vent

by Michael on December 13, 2009 · 0 comments

How often do you clean out your dryer vent? For most people, the answer is “not often enough.” Unfortunately, if you let lint build up in the duct, you increase the risk of fire. Fortunately, cleaning it out is easy.

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How to Unclog a Toilet

by Michael on December 9, 2009 · 2 comments

With four boys in the house, we experience our fair share of clogged toilets. I’ve thus become something of an expert when it comes to unclogging a toilet. Having just tackled another “job” the other night, I thought I’d write up a few tips while things are still fresh in my mind.

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How to Fix a Leaky Delta Faucet

by Michael on November 29, 2009 · 1 comment

I wrote previously about repairing a leaky Delta shower head, so I thought I’d follow that up with one of this weekend’s projects… Fixing the leaky faucet in our powder room sink. Once again, I’ve created a pictorial walkthrough.

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