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How to Clean Shower Grout - And Mop Floors Too! Sarah reached out to me a few days ago. She was more frustrated than I get when I miss a 2-foot putt at the golf course. Six months before she had a new master shower installed with a marble-tile floor. The pieces of marble are Read More »

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DIY Ceramic Tile Kitchen Backsplash - Not Too Hard Six months ago my son purchased a new house. He had been looking to move from his apartment for well over a year. The white-hot real estate market made it quite difficult to locate a house in his price range. Each tired and worn-out house we Read More »

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Low Water Pressure in House - How to Fix it For $5 or Less Christine lives in Sylvania, Ohio. She reads this weekly column and shared the following, “In the newspaper today you said you’re addressing topics that can save homeowners money. In my community many have water pressure issues, myself included.” She then gave Read More »

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Oxalic Acid Cleaner - It's a Great Rust Remover Not a week goes by that you, or another reader or two or three or twenty, might reach out to me with a fantastic question about the column of mine you’re reading. Often you might ask why I failed to dive deeper into the topic. You Read More »

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Parts in a Toilet Tank - Just Two and Easy to Replace I’ve been a master plumber since 1981 and I want to share as much of my accumulated knowledge with you as possible in these turbulent financial times. As we move down the timeline, I’m going to try to save you money each and Read More »

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Rust Stains in Toilet - Remove with Ease Do you remember that day in high school chemistry class when you grumbled under your breath saying something like, “This is NUTS. When will I ever use this information in my lifetime?” Well, get out a fork and plate and start eating your giant piece of humble Read More »

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Sewage Ejection Pump - It's a Septic Tank Inside Your Home A sewage ejection pump is normally found in a sealed sump pit inside your home. Solid and liquid human body waste flow into the sump. They're disgusting. The sewage must be pumped up to some pipe where it then flows by gravity to an Read More »

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Septic Tank Installation - It Can Be DIY with Coaching Septic tank installation is not too hard to do. It starts with a septic design which must be done by a professional. What Size Tank Should I Have? The size of a septic tank is usually determined by the number of bathrooms in a home. Read More »

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How Loop Vents Work - Forget About AAVs Have you heard the old saying, “You don’t know what you don’t know.” I think it’s an overarching axiom with just about everything there is to know about building homes. Stop and think for a moment about all you don’t know about all of the things hidden Read More »

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Sewer Gas Detector - Read the Short Sewer Gas EBook First Do you have the same problem I have with the passage of time? It’s hard to believe, but I’ve been a master plumber since 1981. I’ve always loved doing plumbing work because it’s a true three-dimensional puzzle. You may not realize it but just Read More »

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