Recently there has been posts about draining hot water heaters and the pros as well as the cons in doing this. Typical maintenance on a hot water heater is to flush the bottom drain at
least once a year. In some towns where they flush their fire hydrants to keep the pipes clear it is suggested to follow their lead a few days after as any sediment that is disturbed ends up on the bottom of your heater.
What happens then is water displacement. The sandy partials that collect on the bottom of the tank displaces the water ever so slightly. This results in hot spots on the bottom of the tank. When this occurs the flames overheat the tank and begin to break down the steel. After many years this breakdown ends up becoming a tiny hole that is filled with this debris, oftentimes preventing the leak.
However if you decide to drain your heater after many years of not doing it, or all of a sudden you start using the heater more then normal, this sediment that has been plugging that tiny hole is flushed out, often resulting in a leak in a few days after.
So the moral is to flush yearly, but if you have not done so for many years to not touch it or you will end up with a leak.
After draining you may find that the flush hose bib valve at the bottom will not turn off. This is because of some sediment that has blocked the valve and prevented it from turning off. If that happens a hose bib cap can be purchased at the local hardware store for about $1.50 put that on and your good to go. The photo is the inside of such a valve on a hot water heater that was 6 years old and had never been flushed. We tried to empty this tank to replace with a new high efficiency tankless, next photo but the hole was so small it only trickled out. The new heater will produce enough hot water for two showers, one laundry and one dishwasher to run all at the same time.
Commented on Mar 24, 2013
We have a weekender home that we visit every 2-3 weeks. It has a 50 gal. electric water
heater. We flip the circuit breaker on this heater and turn off the water supply each time we leave and reverse the process when we return. I don't want to heat water when we're not there nor take a chance on a tank leak occuring in an unoccupied house, even though the tank is one year old. Is this a good practice?
This project involved removing an existing deck and building a larger deck that included a large screened porch. The roof design was critical to avoiding blocking any light into the upper
rooms of the house or darkening any of the first floor spaces. A small outdoor kitchen area was incorporated into the deck design. Due to the West-facing orientation, we chose materials that will hold up better and require less maintenance. The height and extension of the structure over the driveway also was a key variable in the project design.<?xml:namespace prefix = o />
Commented on Oct 05, 2012
Man, this is great. Would love to dress my screened porch at my lake house like this one.
Who doesn't like a great looking bathroom floor? They're resilient and add flavor to one of the most important spaces in any house. We added porcelain tile to a bathroom that originally
had blue carpet (that's right, BLUE carpet !!) Prep work is crucial to prevent cracked tile and extend the life of your transformation. Here's a summary of some notes (on prep work) I took from an installation we did a few weeks ago.
+Check the wood subfloor for water damage around the vanity, toilet and bathtub
+Replace wood subfloor panels that are warped and rotted
+Ensure the floor is level
+Secure any loose and squeaky wood subfloor panels using 2 inch deck screws
+Fix peaks less than 1/8 of an inch by sanding them down
+Fill in valleys using self leveling compound
For more details and some pictures visit http://www.homerepairtutor.com/install-bathr...
If you have any tips you'd like to add please do so :)
Commented on Sep 03, 2012
Apparently Rhonda and I differ on protecting the subfloor, but my recommendation is a water
barrier of some type. Bill G- Leaving the vinyl serves this purpose and adds only about 1/16",which you can adjust out with your thinset thicknes if necessary, but if your floor is rotten, you'll need to replace the subfloor and in some cases, scab your joists. Use a nail to get 1/8" gap between each backerboard edge and seal well with silicon caulk. Then apply thinset on top to attach your tile.
What do you do when you don't have a white kitchen? They are all the rage right now but for those of us who find ourselves with dark cabinets it can feel a little bit like we aren't part
of the "in" crowd. I hope you will read the rest of this over at our blog to find out how you can still create a space that is light, bright and full of charm without breaking open that can of white paint!
Commented on Jun 28, 2012
I think white says late 90's - 2000's. While we all are individualists, I believe the
majority of people prefer color, richness, a custom look, elegance, a space to live in. In my area, no new homes have white kitchens. To me, what's most desirable are cherry cabinets, granite/quartz/concrete surfaces, hardwoods/tile/cork flooring, custom tiled backsplashes, recessed and undercabinet lighting, and stainless/industrial appliances. White would be used minimally.
My husband and I removed old shrubs, covered the ground with a weed barrier, added river rock and stepping stones. The Bottle Brush tree attracts bees. The flowers we selected are both perennials and annuals that attract butterflies and hummingbirds. We are visited daily by a family of Cardinals. This is such a peaceful place to relax. :)
When a hurricane hit us last August,there was a lot of damage. When we begain putting things back together we added and changed a lot of things. We have an entry from the master bedroom
that leads to the deck & patio. Having moved from the Southwest to NC I found myself missing the desert, so I created my own. Our hot tub sits in the deck. We put in a new gazebo, added a section of fence so we could have a shar pei free area. No more dogs joining us in the hot tub, lol. Flower beds will soon be sprouting hostas along side of the dining area and caladiums will grace the area under the pecan tree A planting bench is connected to the house with access to the watering hose. I found metal wall art from yard sales. Extra seating came from a business that was remodeling. Our table and chairs is a reclaimed set with new paint and cushions. A good friend helped with the labor intensive part and this morning we began the finishing touches. We look forward to enjoying this area this summer and pray that we don't have another hurricane to hit us.
Commented on Apr 27, 2012
No offense intended, but I've been to Arizona and I've been to N. Carolina and I wouldn't want
anything to do with the Arizona desert if could avoid it.
I'm seeing the annual onslaught of ads for miracle lawn grass seeds that promise to
withstand heavy traffic, resist insects and disease, tolerate shady spots and be green four seasons of the year. The seed mix typically contains annual ryegrass, Kentucky bluegrass and maybe some fine fescue.
In my part of the world there is no way these grasses could survive one summer. I doubt they could meet their claims in any part of the country.
If you want a grass that grows well in your area, contact your local University Extension office and ask their advice.
Their knowledge is far more valuable than a TV or magazine ad.
Commented on Mar 01, 2012
Gave up the fescue war last April and installed 11 pallets of zeon zoysia, along with an
irrigation system. I'm a bit lighter in the wallet, but man do I love my lawn. I hurry home from work just to walk in it.