Options for repairing ungrounded three-prong outlets

-  If you’re not qualified to do electrical work, don’t do it.  This is not a DIY guide for handy homeowners. Disclaimer: this blog post gives an overview of how to repair an ungrounded three-prong outlet.  You could kill yourself, burn your house down, or piss your wife off. ..More

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Saddle valves: cheap, easy, and wrong

-  Naturally, I bought the push fitting valve.  Oddly enough, a ¼-turn push fitting valve goes for $8.  The parts needed for this project are a ½” copper tee or a ½” push fitting tee, a short length of ½” copper tubing, and a stop valve with a ½” copper tubing inlet and a ¼” compression outlet. You’ll need a pipe cutting tool whether you decide to solder the copper fittings or use a push fitting. 72 at Home Depot, while the inferior-in-every-way multi-turn compression valve goes for $9. 76. ..More

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Why no blog post this week

-  My regularly scheduled Tuesday blog posts will resume on Tuesday, February 24th.  Hopefully it’s all back up and running now. We’ve been having major problems with our web site. ..More

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CSST Bonding Update

-  The video below, produced by Gastite, shows a couple examples of how to properly bond CSST. The other end of that wire shown above went into the main electric panel. ..More

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How to find a great home inspector

-  I’m not going to say what web sites these are, so don’t ask :-).  I truly believe that the best home service providers don’t need to use these services, so are not listed in their rating system. . * There are other online web sites that allow you to see ratings for home service providers, but the way that these service providers get work, and therefore get rated, is by paying money for every lead they get ..More

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