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  • The Bathroom Reinvented: Turning to Greywater

    Close loop water systems are sustainable and a major step in water conservation. Ecologist Brent Bucknum, principal of Hyphae Design Lab in Oakland, California, shares the ABC’s of re-routing a home’s…

  • Water Damage – The Source

    Step 2: Identify the Source Water damage has three categories that identify the source of the damage. Category I is clean, potable (drinkable) water. This is water coming from an overflowing…

  • Low Water Pressure Sucks!

    American’s have become used to expecting a strong stream of water from our faucets and shower heads. Thanks to larger diameter plumbing and high-pressure water pumps, the stream that flows into…

  • How To Fix a Leaking Bathtub Faucet

    We’ve had a leaking bathtub faucet for awhile and never realized just how much water we were wasting until we placed a canister underneath which filled up overnight. Our dog had…

  • Garbage Disposal Maintenance

    It’s one of the least glamorous yet more hard-working parts of your kitchen–and when your garbage disposal isn’t working properly, it can wreak havoc on your plumbing and even leave behind…

  • Time to Snake Your Sewer Line

    Our house was built in 1936 and therefore retains a lot of character and quirkiness that new homes don’t have. By character and quirkiness I mean; bad wiring, busted heaters, leaking…

  • Easy Home Plumbing Tips

    Toilet clogged, won’t flush, constantly running, or you’ve got noisy banging pipes? Here are some easy home plumbing tips you should try before bringing in the pros. Most often they will…

  • Cloudy Tap Water

    In case you’ve been procrastinating looking in to the reason your tap water has been coming out a cloudy, milky color—relax, it’s most likely nothing to worry about. More often than…

  • Macerating Toilets Make a Half-Bath Possible

    Adding a half-bath is almost always a great idea. Typically they are located in areas for convenience and are also chosen for high-traffic areas in your home. But as families grow…

  • Well Water Testing

    Amid the discussions recently regarding water contamination, those of you out there with well water may be thinking you’re safe. On the contrary, it’s just as important–if not more–to have your…

  • Perfect Time to Install that Water Filter

    Although there have been no health warnings it seems that the tap water in some cities and communities has been compromised by a myriad of pharmaceutical drugs including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood…

  • Replacing a Radiator Air Valve

    Jeanne of House in Progress goes through the steps of replacing the radiator air valve from her bathroom radiator. She reminds us to turn off the furnace and make sure your…

  • How to Solder Copper Pipe

    Fine Homebuilding provides some safety guidelines and detailed instructions for soldering copper pipe that will keep you safe and have you creating clean joints in no time. Don’t forget those goggles!…

  • Installing an Under-Sink Water Filter

    We love tap water! Want to save money and the environment? Make your own bottles of water which is the same stuff that Dasani (Coca-Cola) and Aquafina (Pepsi) are selling you.…

  • Fix a Leaky Bath Faucet Forever

    Well maybe not forever but this simple how-to from Danny Lipford will fix your bathtub leak in short order by simply replacing the washer and sealing the valve threads with Teflon…

  • How To Fix a Leaking Faucet

    One of the most common household problems is the leaking faucet. Fortunately it also happens to be one of the easiest to diagnose and repair and there are a ton of…

  • Stop the Toilet Hiss

    If your toilet continues to run and make that hissing sound long after you’ve flushed you’ve probably got a faulty stopper that needs tweaking. Here’s the fix you’ve been looking for.…

  • Rainwater Collection System

    This family in Portland, Oregon decided to take advantage of their abundant rainfall and they began collecting rainwater for household use. They built this system themselves and have a great how-to…

  • Replace a P-Trap

    That u-shaped piece of pipe under your sink is called a p-trap. They can get clogged which requires replacing or cleaning out the p-trap. Since you are already pulling it out,…