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Soft Water, Strong Odor

May 01, 2005

        Q. I have a gas-fueled direct-vent hot water tank. It has been in service since September 2003. I have a water softener as well.We get our water from a ... [continue reading]


Don't Be a Lipstick Flipper

December 29, 2013

We hear in the news about all the foreclosed, abandoned, vacant, or otherwise lost homes. We hear about the army of house flippers and people buying and fixing these homes to make an income from ... [continue reading]


Trailer Treasure—Affordable Housing, Green Living, Community, Income in an Unlikely Place

February 29, 2016

The American dream of homeownership for all is not particularly healthy these days. Housing prices in some areas have already returned to pre-Great Recession (2006) levels. According to the Trulia real estate website, the median price ... [continue reading]


Another Solar Myth Bites the Dust

September 30, 2016

Way back in 1978, I installed my first solar water-heating system. I continued with solar thermal, installing new systems until tax credits expired in 1986, and I kept nearly all the local systems up and running for ... [continue reading]


Choices in PEX Manifold Systems

June 14, 2018

There are a number of ways to combine PEX tubing with manifolds to get better-than-normal hot-water delivery in a home. In the old days, manifolds were sometimes used with soft copper tubing, but as copper ... [continue reading]


Book Review: 'How to Teach Technicians (without putting them to sleep)'

September 03, 2018

I used to feel nothing but awkward when getting up in front of any crowd ... unless it was a small crowd and I could talk about something I really knew and liked, like hot water. ... [continue reading]


Mentors and Mentoring

September 01, 2018

Without teachers, imagine how long it would take and how painful it would be to learn new stuff. Trial and error over and over again! (That sounds like something Yogi Berra might have said!) I&... [continue reading]


Living Better with Less Energy

September 10, 2019

At times, the solutions to our problems are hiding in plain sight. Sometimes the hardest part is taking the time to examine things that we assume don’t need to be examined. Consider my ... [continue reading]

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