Spring is officially here, and that means many things. To me it means the end of free water from the sky and a return to paying for my green lawn out of my pocket every month. I've written about saving water and therefore money months ago--and eventually I will give you a blow-by-blow update on how well I did.
But since it's time to start watering the lawn again, I figure I'd give you a little primer on replacing busted sprinkler heads.
A while ago, Sears gave us a $200 gift card to give away to a deserving member of the military or veteran, police, fire fighter, hospital staffer or teacher as part of their "Salute to Heroes" promotion. We had many worthy entries and many touching stories.
Unfortunately, we could only pick one and that person was Audrey, who gave the gift card to her Vietnam veteran hubby, Clyde.
Ahhh…a nice hot shower. Not many things in life are as simple and relaxing as a hot shower in the morning. But some old style shower heads (pre-1992) can use upwards of 8 to 10 gallons of water per minute! At that rate your 40 gallon water heater is out of hot water in 4 to 5 minutes! That's no fun and certainly does not make you popular with the next person in your household who wants to take a shower.
Have you ever flushed the toilet, only to go back to the bathroom an hour later and find it still running? Do you live alone, but wake to the sound of water running in the middle of the night? It's not ghosts, it's your toilet's flapper valve.
Toilets are fairly simple. They are far less complicated than your TV, for instance. Still they are more complicated than the kitchen sink. When it works normally, the flush handle opens the flapper flooding the bowl and sending your deceased goldfish down the drain. How Stuff Works has a great cutaway diagram of a toilet, with flush-able animation.
If you're heading out into the real world, you aren't going to be able to borrow tools out of your dad's garage anymore. For many of you dad's garage is thousands of miles a way, for others its just down the street. But if you are going to be a grown up and live on your own, it's time to get your own tools.