Do you have an irrigation system for your lawn? We do, and it’s been great. Unfortunately, I noticed the other day that one of the sprinkler heads wasn’t rotating. The good news is that I fixed it without spending a dime.

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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 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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Hot Water Heater Tripping a Circuit Breaker?

by Michael on September 20, 2009 · 3 comments

A few weeks ago, I jumped in the shower and was greeted with cold water. I was late, so I showered as quickly as possible, dried off, and got dressed. We have an electric water heater, so I stopped to check our electric panel before rushing out the door. Sure enough, the water heater had tripped the circuit breaker.

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For the past year or so we’ve had a leaky shower head. It hasn’t been a huge problem, as I could usually get the dripping to stop if I turned it off just right. Unfortunately, my wife didn’t have the magic touch, so it was pretty aggravating for her. The good news is that I fixed it.

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