Category
Advertisement
1 day
1) traditional shoveling2) snowblower3) leaf blower for dry fluffy snow4) hire a snowplower5) hire a kid to shovel6) nothing - why struggle or pay someone to remove something that will be gone eventually7) other
10 hours
It's simply impossible to say how much scale is inside your 28 yr old water heater.My guess would be a lot, but that's not the cause of your problem.Scale makes it harder and longer for the burner to heat the water.You use more gas, because the burner has to run longer, but you still have a full tank of water.

It sounds to me like your dip tube has corroded/ broken. The way a water heater works is that the cold water enters at the top of the heater and is routed through the dip tube to the bottom of the tank. The lighter hot water rises to the top where it gets drawn off.If you dip tube fails, the cold water mixes with the hot water sooner and dilutes it.

The dip tube *can* be replaced,but the average life of a water heater is 8-12 years. This is why you gotten so many recommendations to just bite the bullet and replace it. (Both now, and the last time you asked this question) New heaters have a lot more insulation than your old one and will use less gas.....especially considering the presumed scale buildup in yours.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHDsNtGXEEY
15 hours
It is a storage vessel for propane. The tanks have to be outside the house and at least 16 ft away from it in case of explosion. You can get them for burial under the yard but they are specially designed for this application.

You can have it delivered in cylinders but they are a bit of a faff.
18 hours
I got my first house and there are some things that freak me out about it.One is that I have a light fixture, right next to the shower. It is definitely not meant for bathrooms, it's a bedroom light.Every time I take a shower, I get scared of it.There is a vanity light that is also next to the shower, but I am guessing it's for wet areas anyway.Is there a way to disconnect all power (by the wire) from the ceiling light and just have it on the vanity? Are they usually connected on the same wire?I don't need the ceiling light and later I will get a vanity light that takes more bulbs and that will make the bathroom bright
23 hours
My pipes are very old and I don't have the best water pressure.I just bought the house 2 years ago and am trying to slowly fix things.I want to repipe my house. It has 1/2" pipes which I will have replaced to 3/4" pipes (according to new code).I am just wondering if I should get copper pipes or the new PEX.All the pipes are in the crawl space, which has me worried about if I use PEX, will mice chew through. Although, right now I have the old PVC pipes and they have been there for probably 30-40 yrs and are still okay.
23 hours
The concrete floor was done 1 week ago and it looks wet in the corners. Any idea why?
24 hours
Either there's a problem with the breaker and it's flipping when it shouldn't, or there's a problem with the a/c system or wiring and it's flipping for good reason.

The HVAC guy is probably knowledgeable about this, I'd replace the breaker.

At worst, he's going for the inexpensive fix first. If you do the inexpensive repair of replacing the breaker and the new one flips, then you have to look for a more expensive problem.
5 days
No he is destroying America
1 day
Got home today and for some reason, well I guess because she wanted a new project, my wife started priming a wall of sheetrock in the basement that is right next to the gas hot water heater.I came downstairs when I got home a few hours ago and the primer was definitely dry to the touch and the window open.Just wondering if the "Super Hide Latex Primer Undercoater" she used on the wall will catch fire being so close to the heater.I know nothing about paint and I tried calling my painter but he didn t answer
5 days
I want to have a light bulb in my garage. My garage is 100 feet from my house. I only have 102 feet of wire.Everyone I talk to with construction experience tells me it is not possible to get the light bulb to work the way I propose to do it.Here is what I propose to do. Connect 100 feet of wire from one side of a plugin on the outside of my house to the light bulb in the garage.Connect 2 feet of wire from the light bulb to the ground in the garage.Will that work?
1 day
It would be for an 800 square foot house.Only the crawl space ceiling is what I need done.Does anyone know what price range I'd be looking at?
7 days
Sounds like a broken or cracked dip tube which is allowing cold water to enter near the top of the heater rather than at the bottom as it should. Then you only get several minutes of hot water until the cold water enters and mixes with the hot water in the heater at the top. That is a common issue especially on some older models with plastic/defective dip tubes. You can replace the dip tube fairly cheaply or given the age of the unit, it might be wiser to spend money on a new water heater. At 20-30 years old, it's well beyond a typical lifespan.

Dip tube issues....
https://search.yahoo.com/search?p=replace+broken+dip+tube+&fr=yfp-t&fp=1&toggle=1&cop=mss&ei=UTF-8
2 days
We had our septic tank pumped out due to it backing up in the tub. The septic tank company came out, and said it just needed pumping out. Now ever since the septic company did that we have a small bit of backup in our yard, near the septic tank door. It's only a small amount, just enough to cover the top of the tank lid. When the guy finished it looked like he didn't put the door on tight. But I don't know much about that stuff, so I didn't say anything. Has anyone had this issue, and what was It?
6 days
This is a lot of money to replace a key I never used. Is it possible to get a duplicate somewhere and to engrave the numbers on that were on my previous key?
2 days
A heat pump has a range of temperaturesfor which is reduces heating costs when compared to electric heat alone. Below that temperature it is not thermally efficient and costs more to operate. That is one they have a switch in the system to operate "conventionally".
I have seen various numbers on when to operate the heat pump. I think the most common number is about 20 degrees F. If the weather is at or below that temperature a heat pump is not thermally effecent. It can not get enough heat out of the air to warm the air in the house.
5 days
It's not the trade that leads to being dishonest.It's either in the person to be honest or not.That's why it's always a good idea to get multiple estimates on any job.And once you find a tradesman you can trust, stick with them.