Is your water heater large enough for your bathtub?

-  This will happen if the water heater isn’t large enough for the bathtub. You’re all set to try out your new whirlpool. .  Your tub is only halfway full, and you’re out of hot water.  Bad times.  You’ve lit your candles, you’re turned on some Enya, you’ve poured yourself a glass of wine, you cleaned the gunk out of the jets last week, and you’ve filled your tub with hot water… oh wait ..More

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Chimney Repairs: Hire a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep®, not a Hack with a Trowel

- I inspected a home in Minneapolis with a chimney that had recently been rebuilt. .  The chimney walls looked great… but the crown was literally falling apart, due to a poor mix of concrete ..More

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Artificial Firelogs – Bad For Your Fireplace?

- …yeah but still. .  Myself included.  Even though artificial firelogs are cleaner, safer, cheaper, and easier than real wood fires, everyone still prefers wood fires ..More

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Don’t Get Locked Out Of Your Garage

- Check out the photo below. .  Can you guess what’s missing?  Here’s a hint: this garage doesn’t have a service door, but it does have an automatic garage door opener installed ..More

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The Most Common Dishwasher Installation Defect

- In the diagram above, right, you’ll notice that the dishwasher drain makes a high loop underneath the kitchen sink.  In fact, our plumbing code says “as high as possible under the countertop. ”  An alternative to installing a high loop is to install an air gap at the kitchen sink. This is a device that actually mounts above the sink.  Too bad for them. How ugly.  This is the minimum requirement for every dishwasher drain installation; it’s required by every manufacturer of dishwasher and it’s also required by the Minnesota State Plumbing Code (section 4715. 1250). .  I can’t imagine why anyone would do this if they didn’t have to, however.  In some parts of the country, these air gaps are required no matter what ..More

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