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Tank-vs-tankless
Changing an American paradigm is tough. We've all experienced (and likely adopted) "disruptive innovations" -- inventions that create a new market and eventually revolutionize an industry. Common examples include the mass-produced automobile (so long, Ol' Paint!), indoor plumbing, the Internet, Spotify, the Drudge Report, ebay and so on. In the world of plumbing, disruptive inventions are fairly ...
Allied-frost-free-faucet
Frost-free makes winterizing exterior plumbing a snap.I realized last week, while scraping frost off the car windshield, that we had completely forgotten to put the garden hoses away for the winter. DOH! A total rookie mistake. A garden hose holds "leftover" water, which can freeze, expand, split the hose and also back up into the exterior faucet causing splits in the water lines. Luckily, we rec...
frozen-pipes-Cincinnati
Planning now can save $$$ this winter. In winter, things freeze. We protect our cars against fuel line freeze-up, we protect ourselves against frost bite. Before things get too cold, taking a few steps now can ensure that your pipes are protected, too. Ice water in the pipes can create expensive, time-consuming problems that are easily avoided. Below are a few tips. 1) Insulation – According to ...

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water-heater-explosion
We've written many DIY blogs, but the recent water heater explosion in Boston (see reference on our Facebook page) gave us pause. Usually, plumbing fits nicely with a handy homeowner's skill level, but tasks involving gas lines, pressure valves, pressure tanks, etc. are best left to a licensed professional. Your water heater may remain unseen, hidden in a utility closet or sitting alone in a base...
cincinnati-drinking-water
Back in the '80's, I worked in a restaurant overlooking scenic Indian Lake, Ohio. It is a reservoir that provides water to its community of locals and tourists. The running joke among the restaurant waitresses was "Why the water glasses are tinted brown? Because it makes the lake water appear clear." That statement has stuck with me over the years, especially when I travel to areas outside of Cinc...
good-bad-anode-rods
When we purchased our home 20 years ago, it came with a "new-ish" 40-gallon water heater. It's a good brand and has served our family well. Our best guess is that it's now over 25 years old. It provides a decent (not great) amount of hot water for 4 adults and 2 teens; we've learned to stage our showers so that no one has to take a cold one. In short, we've arranged our water usage to accommodate ...