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Plumbing DIY – How to Install a Toilet!

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

If you are thinking about installing a toilet yourself, you might be interested to read the article on DoItYourself.com.  Of course, you can always call us at 888-LOW-BIDZ and get it done by professional plumbers too.

One word of warning, do not attempt to replace your own toilet without taking all the pre-cautions:

  1. Violating or ignoring local code restrictions.
  2. Using pipes that are too small.
  3. Attaching copper to galvanized without using a brass or dielectric fitting between the two.
  4. Not using PTFE tape or pipe compound at threaded joints.
  5. Not leveling your fixtures when installing them.
  6. Not installing an air gap filling for fixtures.
  7. Cutting supply stub outs too short to install the shutoff valves onto after the finished wall is in place, or
  8. Not properly aligning tubing into fittings or stop valves. (Forcing the nut onto the compression ring at an angle when the tubing is at an angle will cause a leak.)
  9. When turning the water back on in your home, always run the outside hose valve or flush your toilets to bleed dirt and air from the lines. This debris can cause problems in your sink faucets and other plumbing trim.

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Here’s also a great video on how to install your own toilet:

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How do Tankless Water Heater Work?

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Have you considered getting a “tankless” water heater for your home?

According to TanklessWaterHeaterGuide.com, tankless water heater can be perfect for homes that do not need a massive supply of water:

Tankless Water Heaters heat water directly without the use of a storage tank. Therefore, they avoid the standby heat losses associated with storage water heaters. When a hot water tap is turned on, cold water travels through a pipe into the unit. In an electric Tankless Water Heater an electric element heats the water. In a gas-fired Tankless Water Heater a gas burner heats the water. As a result, Tankless Water Heaters deliver a constant supply of hot water. You don’t need to wait for a storage tank to fill up with enough hot water. Typically, Tankless Water Heaters provide hot water at a rate of 2 – 5 gallons (7.6 – 15.2 liters) per minute. Typically, gas-fired Tankless Water Heaters will produce higher flow rates than electric Tankless Water Heaters. Some smaller Tankless Water Heaters, however, cannot supply enough hot water for simultaneous, multiple uses in large households. For example, taking a shower and running the dishwasher at the same time can stretch a Tankless Water Heater to its limit. To overcome this problem, you can install a “whole house” type Tankless Water Heater or install two or more Tankless Water Heaters, connected in parallel for simultaneous demands of hot water. You can also install separate Tankless Water Heaters for appliances—such as a clothes washer or dishwater—that use a lot of hot water in your home.

If you own a vacation home or a condo, tankless water heaters may save space while providing a better energy-efficiency.

For SF Bay Area residents, we highly recommend to give us a call at 1-888-LOW-BIDZ for a free quote on a tankless water installation.  Mention this blog post and we will give you $100 off!

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