Anti-tip device

How an inexpensive device and 15 minutes of work can save the Thanksgiving turkey The folks who make and sell stoves all supply, free of charge, an anti tip device.…

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Finding the right-sized water heater for your bathtub

A simple formula for matching your bathtub needs with your water heater capacity. Don't bother taking a bath after my daughter takes a shower. She starts singing Adele songs and…

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Corrugated Drain – an oxymoron?

See how I did that? How could it be called a drain if it doesn't drain? Get it? I'm not sure why home centers and hardware stores are allowed to…

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Buried fuel oil tanks

There are still a few oil burning furnaces. Most of the houses I inspect are heated with natural gas. (I'm seeing more and more geothermal heating systems, but those are…

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Dishwasher High Loop

A quick peek under your kitchen sink and a 15-minute fix can help avoid costly repairs. At nearly every inspection, I find a problem relating to the dishwasher installation. Even…

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The toilet paper you use is important

https://www.familyhandyman.com/The folks at Handyman magazine actually spent time analyzing toilet paper to see which brands break down fastest in water. This is important because plugged toilets are important. You do,…

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Simple fixes to try before calling a plumber

Do you have a less than cooperative toilet? Don't call a plumber just yet: there are some simple maintenance tips that might solve the problem. Take a wad of 6…

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Sump pump installation issues

Don't make it harder for your sump pump to do it's job The flexible tube laying on the ground is of particular concern, as it could easily fill with ice.…

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