Category Archives: Amateur Plumber

water heater

What’s worse than starting your day with a clod shower because your electric water heater is malfunctioning and gave up on you? This may be my 13th reason why on a day where my mood is already down. Fear not because we are here and we’ll guide you to locate the issue and even fix it yourself. Most people think the worst when their electric water heater stops working, but it is usually just a minor issue that can be easily resolved. Check your warranty Before doing anything, locate your warranty and check if your heater is still assured and the contract’s conditions. This tends to be limited for both residential and commercial electric water heaters. The warranty will give you details about the tank like its serial number, model, and what parts can be changed for free or that you might get a discount on. Write down the details…

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How to Descale a Faucet

The seat is the surface on which the valve seal rests to prevent water from flowing when the valve handles are turned. This internal part of the faucet may be worn or scaled, causing repeated leaks. Here, the seat should be lapped. Honing flattens the center of the valve heads, allowing the valve to seal when the valve is closed. Begin by removing the valve handles Switch off both the hot and cold water supplies to the faucet. To access the faucet head seats, remove the faucet handles. Using pliers, unscrew the faucet handle cover. The cover comprises the red or blue colored pad (water temperature) on some faucet types, which you may remove with a short flat screwdriver. Then, unscrew the fixing screw located inside the head. Remove the faucet head by pulling it out along its tilt axis. Note: on some faucet models, the head is just inserted. To remove the…

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Steps to Dismantle a Faucet

Pipes and Wrenches | 4 Easy Steps to Dismantle a Faucet Contents     – Precautions to take before disassembling a faucet     – Step 1: Unscrew the nuts that connect the hoses to the water supply     – Step 2: Detach the control stem from the bung     – Step 3: Remove the faucet fasteners from under the sink, basin, or tub     – Step 4: Remove the faucet Removing a faucet is a simple operation that unsophisticated DIYers can do. Replacing a defective faucet, changing a faucet model, or replacing a worn-out gasket: all these operations require disassembling a faucet. To disassemble a faucet, you will need to disconnect it from its support and disconnect it from the hot and cold water supplies. Precautions to take before disassembling a faucet Before starting to disassemble a faucet, you must turn off the water, with the stopcock if you have one, otherwise…

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Leaking Faucet

6 Easy Steps to Repair a Leaking Faucet Repairing a Leaking Mixer at the Base and Changing Its Cartridge Contents – Precautions to take before repairing a leaking faucet – Step 1: Remove the handle from the mixing valve (option 1) – Disassemble the handle of the mixing valve (option 2) – Step 2: Access the cartridge – Step 3: Change the used seals – Step 4: Reassemble the mixing valve – Step 5: Check the mixer installation – Step 6: If the mixer is still leaking, change the cartridge Repairing a leaking faucet by replacing the cartridge seals is something you can do yourself. Moreover, this repair does not require many tools.  The mixing valve differs from other types of faucets in that it has a single control for water temperature and flow. However, sometimes the seals of the cartridge inserted in the mixing valve body wear out and…

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