Can Your Outdoor Tankless Water Heater Handle The Big Chill?

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With Winter Storm Jonas doing a number on the East Coast, you're probably wondering if your tankless water heater can withstand a sustained bout of below-freezing temperatures. If your tankless water heater happens to reside outdoors, then chances are you're definitely worried about how well it'll perform under a sudden cold snap. The following can help put your mind at ease and show you how to keep your outdoor-mounted water heater going strong.

28 January 2016

4 Crazy Plumbing Terms To Know For Preventing Water Leaks


From heating and cooling to keep your family comfortable, to roofing, many elements are necessary for your home's function, appeal, and value. Unfortunately, you may not understand the importance of your plumbing system. Considering your plumbing and septic systems see a great deal of use each day, ensuring faucets, toilets, and underlying pipes are in good condition is essential. However, leaky pipes, faucets, and running toilets can become costly, overwhelming problems.

7 January 2016

What You Should Know About Installing Your Own Aluminum Fence

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If you've decided on aluminum fencing to secure your property, it's important that you install it correctly. While many people consider professional installation for their new fence, that doesn't mean that it's your only option. Here are some tips to help you install your fence properly for the most benefit. Taking Accurate Measurements You can't invest in fence posts, panels or other materials until you know exactly how much space you need to cover.

17 December 2015

Common Damage In Two Types Of Home Sewer Waste Pipes


When you own an older home, it can be common to have sewer clogs leading up to the need for a sewer line replacement. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, in a 2012 Water Infrastructure and Sustainability fact sheet, the average age of a broken water main in the United States is 47 years. So, the age and type of your home's sewer line can affect how soon you will have to deal with replacing it.

8 December 2015

Five Ways Truck Mounted Attenuators Can Help Protect Your Road Repair Crew

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If you work for a company like Bituminous Roadways, Inc. and are organizing road or asphalt repairs, you need to take steps to ensure your workers are as safe as possible. There are a wide range of safety options available, but truck mounted attenuators are a critical investment to consider. Also referred to as crash cushions or cowboy cushions, TMAs can protect your road repair team in the following ways: 1. Increasing the visibility of the project

6 November 2015

3 Options For Dealing With Textured Walls And Ceilings

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If you recently purchased an older home that contains textured walls and ceilings, you might wonder what you can do to them to make them look nicer. The good news is that you can paint over textured walls to change their appearance, but that is not your only option. You could also remove the texture from the walls and ceiling, or you could cover them with various types of wall boards.

19 October 2015

4 Reasons You Should Consider Stamped Concrete

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If your outdoor concrete surfaces, such as your driveway, patio, or pathways, are looking dingy, you're probably considering having them resurfaced so they don't negatively affect your home's aesthetic appeal. This might be an excellent time for you to consider something other than the look of traditional concrete, however. Today's concrete contractors can provide a variety of finishes designed to heighten both the visual appearance and the functionality of your paved surfaces.

24 September 2015

Understanding Vertical Access Connections In Exterior Drain Tiles

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Vertical access connections are a debatable part of exterior drain tiles. Some contractors do not routinely install access points and claim that drain tiles should be self-maintaining. Others recognize the benefit of having access to your system in case of an emergency. If you are debating whether or not you need vertical access connections as part of your system, you should learn the basics about them.  Purpose of Vertical Access Connections 

11 September 2015

Why Your Heat Pump Compressor Needs to Go Outdoors & Not Inside the House

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The heat pump has been available for homeowners for a few decades now, but many families are only just now learning about these unusual units that provide both heating and cooling from one outdoor unit. While the air delivery vents are located in the rooms needing climate control, the compressor actually cooling and heating the air needs to stay outside your home. Don't be tempted to convince the installer to hide it in your basement or attic because choosing the wrong location reduces the efficiency of the equipment and shortens its lifespan.

24 August 2015

Fun in the Sun: DIY Sprinklers for Kids Made from PVC Pipe

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There is something about running wild through spraying water that delights children. While nearly any sprinkler will do, you can create your own sprinkler system to keep your little ones occupied and give them a way to cool off in the summer sun. These easy DIY sprinklers for children are made from PVC pipe found in the plumbing supply aisle at any hardware or home improvement store and are sure to encourage active play in the summer sun.

7 August 2015