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  • How To Decide Whether to Buy a New Water Heater or Stick with Your Old One

    The information in this article only applies to tank-type water heaters (gas or electric). It does not include information on solar water heaters or tankless water...
  • How To Upgrade Your Water Heater's Drain Valve

    This article contains a discussion of all the different types of drain valves--why some types break easily or leak and which types to use as replacements.
  • How To Keep Your Electric Heating Elements from Failing

    This article is for electric water heater owners only. Many problems can besiege the heating parts in an electric water heater. These problems include sediment...
  • How To Prevent Rusting in a Water Heater

    Provides helpful information about plastic-lined nipples, both brass and steel and how they relate to a water heater.
  • How To Inspect a Leaky Water Heater

    Inspect your fittings. Don’t know which fittings you need to inspect? Check all of the following; make sure the fittings are tight and dry. Use a cotton swap or...
  • How To Shrink Power Bills by Conserving Energy with your Water Heater

    This article teaches you how to save money by instituting all the following devices: Electric temperature controls, heat traps, low-flow shower heads, pipe insulation,...
  • How To Handle Corrosion Problem Spots in a Water Heater

    There are almost a dozen trouble spots for water heaters when it comes to corrosion. You'll find them on electric elements, anodes, combustion chambers, and vent...
  • How To Operate Electric and Gas Water Heater Temperature Controls

    Gas Controls Gas water heaters have a thermostat inside the water of the tank, which is then connected to the front control at the bottom of the water heater. On the...
  • How To Repair Broken Pipe Nipples on Water Heaters

    Many pipes and pipe nipples (small fittings that connect two pipes together) are made out of brass because brass is a noble metal. This means that brass does not...
  • How To Consider a New Water Heater for Your Home

    Gas or Electric Tank Water HeatersTank water heaters are the most common type of water heater installed in American homes. Your home will have a gas-powered water...
  • How To Install, Inspect and Evaluate Anode Rods in Water Heaters

    An anode rod is necessary because it prevents any corrosion of a water heater's metal lining. As long as a serviceable anode rod is installed, the metal of the rod...
  • How To Upgrade Your Electrical Service

    A very common, and anxiety-producing question that many homeowners have asked me through the years is whether or not they need to upgrade their electrical service....
  • How To Choose the Right Style Home

    Do you know the difference between a Cape Cod and a Tudor? A bi-level from a split-level home? Learn what each has to offer and how they vary.
  • How To Make Your Home a Resort

    Turn your home into the space you've always wanted with a few easy changes and steps. There's no place like home but most of us leave it to feel pampered.
  • How To Install a New Switch

    Of all the different home improvement projects that homeowners have to deal with in the normal maintenance or remodeling of their homes, the one area that seems to...
  • How To Handle a Gun Safely

    You should never handle a gun unless you know how it operates. Assume that every gun is loaded. Whether you’re walking up to a gun that’s lying on the street or...
  • How To Fix a Blocked Toilet

    Are you tired of reporting to your building repairman or housemate that “someone” clogged the toilet? Most of us hate to admit when we clog a toilet, mainly...
  • Installing Submersible Water Pumps

    The two types of household pumps that are the most common for homeowners to deal with are sump and ejector. They are both designed to help with water drainage. This...
  • How To Install a Stainless Steel Sink

    There are a two basic types of stainless steel sinks: undermount and self-rimming. The undermount is used in installations where the countertop material is the same...
  • How To Get Rid of Roaches: Roach Bait and Insecticides

    Sometimes a description just can't ever capture the sheer horror of a particular event. For example, if I were to describe what it's like to step on a cockroach...
  • How To Survive a Kitchen Remodel

    You think the in-laws can be tough on a marriage? Try a kitchen remodel. Or better yet, ask the in-laws for advice on your kitchen remodel. Though rumor has it that...
  • How To Get Rid of a Beehive

    Who doesn't enjoy watching honeybees traipsing from flower to flower as they conduct their vital duties? It reaffirms our faith in the order and elegance of our...
  • How To Clean Up Cat Urine

    As any cat owner will tell you, cat urine has a particularly intolerable - not to mention resilient - odor. On top of that, it can stain carpet and hardwood floors...
  • How To Take Care of a Fireplace

    How often do you take the time to thank your fireplace for all the times it kept you warm during power outages? How about those nights where its flickering flames...
  • How To Care for Hardwood Floors

    Many homeowners believe that installing hardwood floors is ideal because of the low maintenance attached to the product. This can be the case, but hardwood floors do...
  • How To Apply Concrete Sealer and Stain

    When do you need to use concrete stain and sealer? Well, if you have recently completed a project using concrete, you may need to seal the surface to prevent water and...
  • How To Thaw a Frozen Pipe

    Years ago my ex-husband and I lived on a houseboat. Because our water pipe ran along a dock, we had to keep an eye on the pipe in the winter.....if it got too cold, we...
  • Installing Smoke Detectors: Home Smoke Alarms

    Over three-quarters of the states in the U.S. have passed laws making smoke detectors mandatory in private homes, and for good reason. The majority of fatal fires...
  • How To Mix Cement: Mixers and Ready Mix

    Think mixing cement is easy? Think again. While it is not brain surgery, it can be an arduous task that requires some degree of precision for peak performance. Cement...
  • How To Install Metal Roofing

    This metal roofing article is a snippet -- complete the article to earn cash! An alternative to common asphalt roofing, metal roofing carries definite advantages....
  • How To Use a Pressure Sensor

    This pressure sensor article is a snippet -- complete the article to earn cash! A pressure sensor is a device that gauges pressure and generates some form of signal...
  • How To Choose Wood Flooring: Choosing Wood Floors

    What is in a floor? Well, a lot, actually. If you have decided to put new hardwood flooring into your home, there is much to consider. What type of look do you want to...
  • How To Grout Tile

    Grouting is the second to last step in the process of do-it-yourself tiling. It is also the messiest part of the job. Grout is the material that is visible between...
  • Choosing a Portable Air Conditioning Unit: Room Air Conditioner

    A portable room air conditioner is exactly what it sounds like - a freestanding air conditioner that doesn't stay in the wall or window but can be moved throughout the...
  • How To Replace Air Conditioner Filters: Air Conditioning Repair

    Replacing your air conditioning filter regularly will not only improve the efficiency of your air conditioner but may even prolong its life. In fact, it's the very...
  • How To Use a Programmable Thermostat

    Having a programmable thermostat is an easy way to save energy (and therefore money) if you use it correctly. By turning your thermostat back 10-15 degrees for eight...
  • How To Find a Tubular Skylight

    Tubular skylights have become a popular choice for many homeowners.  Skylights let 8 times more light into your home than a comparably sized window, so if you're...
  • Home Skylights—Dome, Tubular, Operable Skylights and More

    When it comes to choosing skylights for your home you have a variety of options. You can choose ones in all different shapes and sizes, with different tints and levels...
  • How To Use Crane Trucks

    Crane trucks are a complex but useful piece of equipment that can be used to lift heavy and unwieldy objects. A crane truck has a boom with several sections that...
  • How To Use a Jib Crane

    A jib crane is a crane that has a horizontal jib that is akin to a projecting arm.  This horizontal jib is what the trolley moves on and can usually be raised and...
  • How To Use an Overhead Crane

    An overhead crane is a crane with a movable bridge that carries a hoisting mechanism and travels on a fixed runway structure.  For safety purposes, overhead cranes...
  • How To Practice Crane Safety

    Over the past few decades, cranes have improved their speed, strength, sophistication, capacity and reach all the while becoming lighter and more maneuverable. Cranes...
  • How To Buy Kitchen and Bathroom Tile

    Tiling--to many in the profession, it is an art. While there is certainly a learning curve for advanced tiling techniques, an average Joe can lay tiles if he knows how...
  • How To Fix a Hole in the Wall

    You have a son or daughter with anger management problems. Your overambitious husband has successfully hammered a hole large enough for twenty nails to fill. You...
  • Finding and Installing Door Stops: Door Accessories

    You have just purchased a new stainless steel refrigerator. It looks great nestled between classy cherry cabinets and the door to your roof deck with the city view. ...
  • How To Buy BBQ Grills

    Barbecue grills come in many styles and prices. You can choose from charcoal grills to gas grills, or even pellet grills. These various types of grills can cost as...
  • How To Puppy Proof Your House

    When a baby develops the ability to crawl and explore a house, we naturally baby-proof the house to keep the curious youngster out of harm's way. The same should be...
  • Choosing and Installing Heat Pump Systems: Air and Ground Source

    Technological advancements to improve heating and cooling efficiency are constantly underway, but the advancement of the heat pump as an efficient household heating...
  • How To Find Used Cranes

    You'll find a wide range of used cranes online.  Bookmark a few sites (see links) and keep your eye on the inventory.  Just looking at what's available day by day...
  • How To Protect Your Home

    Too often, people take their homes for granted, content that nothing unfortunate could befall them and that, should the unthinkable happen, there's nothing that could...