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Trust the manufacturer…except don’t always.

My fridge is practically new: November of 2012 The freezer is a drawer on the bottom of the fridge. So there’s this plastic tray/shelf thing below the drawer; the bottom of the cavity in which it sits. About a year

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Kitchen drain clog madness!

My kitchen drain is…complex. The drain pipe comes out of the wall barely lower than the bottom of the sink, and at a weird angle. From there there is a piece of flexible drain that corrects the weird angle (since

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Attacking the root of the problem.

About a month ago, there was a clog in the bathroom drains (not the toilet, but everything else: tub, sink, and the sink in my bedroom which is on the same drain line). It took some effort to get it

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The future is tomorrow

Don’t assume you’ll get around to it. When we remodeled the bedroom and my front office, one of the things we did was tear down the wall between those rooms and build it again from scratch.  As part of that,

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Industrial Standards

If your house is like mine, there are a lot of pipes running through the basement. I’ve got cold water, hot water, radiator water feed and return, and natural gas. And it’s not always obvious which way the flow is

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Listen to your house.

Gas-fired hot water heat is an interesting overlapping set of semi-independent systems that work together to keep your house warm. First is the burner. There is a thermostat (called the aquastat to distinguish it from the other kind of thermostat)

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Toolsday: At long last, the Basin Wrench

Installing a faucet is a major pain. It’s simple: There’s a hole in the sink deck maybe an inch around. You drop the stem of the faucet through that hole and put this great big nut on it from underneath.

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