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Do you wonder how septic systems work? I never gave it much thought in all the years I lived in Cincinnati. Every house I lived in was connected to a municipal sewer line. Just about every house I built I connected to a sewer line. Few of the houses I built needed their own septic systems.

While it may seem that replacing a kitchen faucet will be a straightforward swap of an old faucet for a new one, the first phase of the job may be the most challenging. Another issue is working in the dark on your back with your head and shoulders squeezed in the confines of a base cabinet. There is a staggering amount of kitchen faucet styles, finishes and features to...

I’ve been a master plumber since 1981. I’ve always loved doing plumbing because it’s a very interesting three-dimensional challenge to install drain, waste and vent (DWV) piping in a new home or a large remodeling job. Because I was also the lead carpenter and builder on my jobs, I was able to think ahead to ensure that all the framing and rough lumber was installed so it would not have to be butchered to get the pipes in.

A nice upgrade to a bathtub with an old stationary showerhead is replacing it with a movable hand shower on a bar. It’ s a popular improvement and convenient addition that extends the use of the bathtub. With a movable head, it can become a soothing spray of warm water to massage sore joints, back pain and muscles.

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In general, grass needs 1 to 2 inches of water a week for a healthy root system. Keep an eye on the daily temperature and make sure you water the grass before the first frost. This will strengthen the grass and protect it from cold damage.

Unblocking a clogged sink drain is one of life’ s little lessons that everyone should know how to handle. In the kitchen, a clog is caused by grease or food scraps lodged in the drain; in the bathroom, it’ s hair and a buildup of soap scum. Wherever it happens, a clog in a drain stops the water from flowing through the pipe.

An outdoor shower is ideal for a nice, quick wash down with fresh water after a day at the beach, dip in the pool or swim in the lake. While you’ve probably seen custom-built outdoor showers that look like they’re an indoor bathroom with hot and cold running water, we’re talking about a more modest freestanding shower unit hooked up to a garden hose outside.

Ask any home inspector or realtor about what’s a turn off to home buyers when scouting a house to buy, and they’ll probably tell you any signs of neglect by the current owner. Water damage is a big one. The problem is often caused by water pooling around the foundation due to poor gutter drainage and that excess moisture can lead to a wet basement and damage to the foundation.

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The average gasoline price jumped six cents to $2.96 over the past week, and it's expected to continue climbing because of the pipeline closur…

Q: Tim, I’ve got several plumbing repairs to make, and I just don’t have the money to hire a plumber. The water in my bathroom vanity sink drains slower than molasses. Just a year ago it drained really fast. Sometimes my toilet gets clogged, and I think it’s disgusting to use a plunger. Is there another way to unclog a toilet? Lastly, my shower head used to have a nice spray pattern, but now water doesn’t come out evenly and the pressure is reduced. Is there an easy repair for this? —Carol F., Spokane, Wash.

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Bathing. I have fond memories of sitting in a bathtub as a kid. Putting in bubble bath, playing with those funny rubber ducks – and as a young teen putting in bubble bath and relaxing. But I haven’t bathed in years. Somehow sitting in the water that you just washed your body in doesn’t seem like good hygiene to me. But research form the BMJ might just call that into question – a daily a bath might prevent heart disease. Really?

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Our team of experts has selected the best air bathtubs out of hundreds of models. Don't buy an air bathtub before reading these reviews.

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