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DIY Plumbing Advice - You Can Do It! QUESTION: Tim, what do you know about plumbing? I’ve got several repairs to make and I just don’t have the money to hire a plumber. The water in my bathroom vanity sink drains slower than molasses. Just a year ago, it drained really fast. Sometimes my toilet […]

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Prevent Burst Water Pipes - It's Really Easy Were you one of the millions of homeowners, renters, or business people who suffered from the recent spate of miserable polar weather in the core of the USA? The storm and low temperatures left millions without power, drinking water, food, etc. Frozen and burst water pipes in […]

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American Standard Saybrook Filtered Kitchen Faucet - Beefy! I've been a master plumber since age 29 and have installed countless faucets. I decided to switch out my basement kitchen faucet and install the American Standard Saybrook Filtered Faucet. It was a breeze, but only because I've done lots of jobs like this. This faucet is […]

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Hot Cold Hose Faucet - No Need to Dream, BUY ONE NOW I did a random three-question survey about hose faucets recently. When asked how hose faucets could be improved, many wanted two features: hot water at the faucet quick disconnect You can buy both of these outdoor hose faucets NOW. I installed a hot […]

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Rheem Proterra Hybrid Electric Water Heater Podcast: Tim Carter received the following email from Harlan not too long ago: "Have you changed your opinion on hybrid (heat pump) electric home water heaters? They claim they use 1/3 the electricity and will pay for the price difference in about four years. Yes, I'm concerned about the […]

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 Fix Broken Toilet Handle Podcast: Tim Carter helps Debbie fix her broken toilet handle while on the phone. The first step is to identify the manufacturer of the toilet. You need this so you get the right replacement handle. Remove the toilet tank lid and note the tiny plastic nut, in most cases, that's […]

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 Fix Old Doorknob Podcast: Tim Carter helps Sharon and her husband fix their front doorknob in their 1890s house in Chicago. Mr. Sharon FIXED it while the podcast was happening. How cool was that? This was a featured article in the April 30, 2020 Newsletter. The key to the repair is recognizing how the […]

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Tub Spout Leaking Water Podcast: Tim Carter helps Jason in PA repair a tub spout leaking water.  Jason has two kids and it's likely they were pulling on the spout while they were playing with their fireboats in the tub water. The repair is simple depending on the type of tub spout. Jason says the […]

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Clean Undermount Sink Caulk - Replacing It Might Be Better You can clean undermount sink caulk using certified organic Stain Solver oxygen bleach, but it's going to take some effort and patience. IMPORTANT NOTE: Do NOT use chlorine bleach for this job if you have a stainless-steel sink! CLICK or TAP HERE to understand why. […]

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