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    Clearly, college degrees are over-rated. If they...

    Clearly, college degrees are over-rated. If they were worth ANYTHING (let alone the exorbitant tuition charged these days), mine should've enabled me to quickly test/fix my flapper problem in the...
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    Well, I decided to double-check my claim that the...

    Well, I decided to double-check my claim that the flapper seals when I hand-set it over the tank drain. I shut off the water supply and found that the tank DID drain, even when the flapper appeared...
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    Thank, Jim!

    Yes, Jim, it's a two-piece toilet but if it was the gasket, wouldn't it be CONSISTENTLY leaking? Also, pressing down on the flapper seems to remedy the problem...until the next flush.

    But I will...
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    Toto toilet flapper problem

    I've put two new flappers into my Toto toilet (Carollton model) to deal with an intermittent leakage from the tank to the bowl and still the problem continues. A call to Toto's customer support...
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    My, my...sounds like there's no love lost on...

    My, my...sounds like there's no love lost on Sears, huh? Well, I took a chance and bought from Sears anyway, paying about $500 less and getting a twelve-year warranty rather than a six year warranty...
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    I've used this particular part for linking a drip...

    I've used this particular part for linking a drip irrigation line to a high-pressure lawn sprinkler system and have never experienced a problem. But I guess the pressure coming off that connection...
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    Jim, after getting assurances from the seller...

    Jim, after getting assurances from the seller that the part shown in the link above would work for me, I found that it's simply a tube that doesn't create a water-tight seal with the 1/4" tubing. ...
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    Thanks, Jimbo...

    Thanks for taking the time to provide some additional info...very helpful for us homeowners who don't have a clue!

    I've got two other plumbers coming out soon to give me an estimate, since I've...
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    Thanks for your frank opinion, Mark. I Googled...

    Thanks for your frank opinion, Mark. I Googled Rheem and found a commercial 75 gallon WH, model 42VP75FW. The cheapest price was $435 MORE than the Sears one I described AND the one review relates...
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    OK, guys...will this work for me?

    I found another Terry Love thread that appeared to address what I'm looking for:

    http://www.terrylove.com/forums/showthread.php?28427-1-2-quot-Copper-to-1-4-quot-Plastic-Tubing

    From that...
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    hj, apparently my description of what I need...

    hj, apparently my description of what I need wasn't very clear because I don't need any kind of VALVE. I need to replace the 1/2' FITTING that connects to the 1'2" nipple from the water supply, one...
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    Jim, you describe what you called "the cleaner...

    Jim, you describe what you called "the cleaner fix" and what I was hoping for was "the easier fix", i.e., finding a fitting virtually identical to the one that cracked and simply screwing it onto the...
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    Thanks for the prompt reply, Dana. I HAVE been...

    Thanks for the prompt reply, Dana. I HAVE been working out and I AM probably as crazy as you when it comes to doing things myself. But hearing what this puppy weighs, I think I'll let the pros...
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    Two questions re: 75 gallon WH replacement

    I have to replace a 10-year-old 75 gallon WH that's leaking and would like some "expert advice" on two things:

    1. If I have relatively easy access to the heater, could installation be a DIY job...
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    Connecting a 1/4" tube to water supply???

    I have a counter-mounted, filtered-water dispenser that's connected to my water supply with 1/4" plastic tubing. The tubing attached to a 1/2" water pipe with a plastic fitting that came with the...
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    Thanks, hj. You can tell that I HAVEN'T "been...

    Thanks, hj. You can tell that I HAVEN'T "been plumbing a long, long time."

    I'll check out the Delta valve.

    Thanks again!
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    How do I repair a flush valve leak?

    I've got a nine year old Toto Carrollton 1.6GPF toilet that suddenly started leaking from the bottom of the tank, where the water line connects to the flush valve. It appears that the seal at the...
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    Thanks for the advice, Dana. But the prospects...

    Thanks for the advice, Dana. But the prospects of utilizing the Phoenix to serve the needs of both water heaters would be more costly than it's worth. My house is U-shaped, about 300' from one end...
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    Thanks for some very complete information, Dana. ...

    Thanks for some very complete information, Dana. Whoa, you clearly know a heckuva lot about this stuff! Of the things you covered, perhaps the most important part was that my existing WH could last...
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    All good points, Dana.

    The biggest question mark is what the future will bring on supply/demand relationships for energy and taxation. I remember hearing a virtually unanimous chorus of doomsayers during the energy crisis...
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    Solar still doesn't add up...

    Actually, Dana, I used the Harpiris' website's numbers (http://www.harpiris.com/multiunitandcommercial/economics.html) but when I re-ran the calculations just now, the number of years to achieve...
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    Solar's not an economic solution yet.

    Thanks for the comprehensive ideas on saving the planet, Dana. But I was a finance major in college and have a much more negative take on the economics of solar systems than those who promote/sell...
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    Thanks for the feedback...

    Jim, the water heater is in a south-facing equipment room that is vented and the door is frequently open. In Sacramento, that makes for a warm room all summer! But I realized that since I usually...
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    Pilot-only operation of a water heater???

    While my wife was away on a trip, I turned the water heater setting to "Pilot" to save gas, since I was the only one in the house, the summers have been hot and I enjoy cool showers. Much to my...
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    Jim, I haven't been able to identify a mixing valve on the radiant system. As I recall, the Phoenix installer put a mixing valve on the DHW, with a bypass valve allowing me to disable it if needed. ...
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