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Setting Up a Laundry Room

By Scott Duncan | July 22, 2014

Wash & Dry Space A laundry room doesn’t have to be a dull or boring place where you only go to throw your dirty clothes. Think about the great outdoors in summertime!  There is nothing more refreshing than hanging laundry out in the bright sunshine.  Bring that ambiance indoors with these setting up a laundry…

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Get a Grip With a Spud Wrench

By Scott Duncan | July 17, 2014

GET A GRIP WITH A SPUD WRENCH Special plumbing tools:  Spud Wrench Tightening and loosening a basket strainer’s locknut is difficult because the nut is large and hard to reach.  A pair of groove-joint pliers does the trick but may be cumbersome.  A spud wrench or a special basket-strainer wrench makes the job easier.  If…

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Finding the Right Parts for Your Faucet

By Scott Duncan | July 8, 2014

Working on faucets A leaky faucet is the most common household plumbing problem. You may spend more time finding the correct parts than working on the faucet, says the experts at Santa Cruz plumbing. To prevent multiple shopping trips, remove the worn parts – perhaps even the whole faucet – and take them with you…

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10 Things To Remember When Installing Any New Faucet

By Scott Duncan | July 3, 2014

Faucet installation tips Although it is a simple job, installing a new faucet can be challenging.  Because of the location of the faucet, the tricky part is accessing the parts, says your local Santa Cruz plumber.  You will probably end up on your back reaching up behind the sink to loosen the faucet mounting nuts,…

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Tub Drain Assembly Repair

By Scott Duncan | June 25, 2014

Toe-operated drain plug ♦There comes a time when every drain assembly needs to be replaced, says the experts at Duncan plumbing. The reason could be that the finish on the assembly has deteriorated, or the linkage is broken, or you want to make an aesthetic change from chrome to polished brass. For this type of…

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Keep Your Drains Running Smoothly

By Scott Duncan | June 25, 2014

Odor-free drains Keep a drain odor-free by running very hot tap water through it after each use. About once a week, throw in a handful of baking soda, followed by hot water through the drain. According to the plumbing of Santa Cruz experts, you can pour in 1 cup of vinegar, let it stand for…

Why Is My Toilet Constantly Running?

By Scott Duncan | June 10, 2014

Toilet leaking water When it comes to troubleshooting gravity-flow toilets – one of the most overlooked problems is when the toilet doesn’t shut off completely. Customers describe hearing a hissing noise and say they see ripples in the bowl. These symptoms, according to the most referred Santa Cruz plumber, suggest a problem with the fill…

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Anchoring and How To Level Your Dishwasher

By Scott Duncan | May 21, 2014

Dishwasher connections Three connections are needed for a dishwasher.  An electrical cable supplies 120 volts of power; a drain line runs to the trap or garbage disposer; and a supply line, hooked to a stop valve under the sink, brings water to the dishwasher.  In this tip, says the Santa Cruz plumbing experts, we will…

Maintaining A Gas Water Heater

By Scott Duncan | May 15, 2014

Check the flue The flue on a gas water heater should pull all fumes up and send them out of the house.  To check that the flue is working, light a match and blow it out, and hold it near the flue.  Smoke should be sucked up into the flue.  According to the plumbing of…

What Is A Tankless Water Heater?

By Scott Duncan | April 15, 2014

On-demand hot water Every day people use their water heaters; whether it’s taking a shower or doing a load of dishes, hot water is necessary to keep the house running. Unfortunately, the proof of this shows up on the power bill. In fact, it is estimated that approximately 30% of a homeowner’s monthly power charges…