So, a few weeks ago I spent an entire three-day weekend in the crawl space under my house. This week is the last of the posts concerning things I did while under there. I promise. But like I said in that first post: the crawlspace is so horrible, if you have to go in best to do as many things as possible--like surgery.
It has always bothered me that it took about a minute to get good hot water out of my kitchen sink. Upgrading to a water conserving aerator last year just made things worse, now it was over a minute (because less water was flowing). My second bathroom and new washing machine were even further from the hot water heater, so they have to wait even longer for the hot water--but I'll just use the kitchen sink for this experiment.
Last week I told you all about my ordeals under the house in my crawl space. This week I want to focus on just one aspect of it: PVC pipe. While it is true that the pipes I had to replace only broke because they were PVC, it was really the fault of the last installer not the pipe itself. PVC pipe is about the easiest type of plumbing pipe to work with, though it does have its limitations.
If you've seen "Moonstruck" you'll remember Cosmo Castorini's quote about plumbing:
We are now a week into "Check-uary" (that transitional time when you can't remember what year it is), and it's time to make a new start. By the time everyone remembers to write the date 2011 on everything it's going to feel too late to start fresh. Better get started this week at least with a list of the things you'd like to get done around the house in the new year.
I need to do it, too, so feel free to steal my list and write your name on the top of it.
So if you'll remember, a few months ago I went around the house and measured the water usage of various faucets in my house. In doing so, I was able to come up with a plan to use less. Now if only there was some way to do the same with my electrical devices. Well, today I installed a device that does just that.
Thanks to Microsoft Hohm, I got a package a few days ago with a PowerCost Monitor from Blue Line Innovations and a WiFi accessory to network it into my home network. The Hohm network is a home automation system that will allow you to network and monitor every item in your house. I discussed some uses for such a system in my blog post about remote control locks.
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.
As this is my first blog post for Savings.com, I'd like to welcome you and thank you for taking the time to stop by to learn a little bit about how to repair your home. One thing I've learned over the years is that working on homes and repairing things in the home is fun, rewarding and, with the proper instruction and information, pretty easy!
So that's what I plan on doing, providing you fun, easy and effective information about your home and how to keep it in good repair. So with that in mind let's get to our first topic, repairing the workhorse of the kitchen, the garbage disposal.