Inline Electric WVO Fuel Heater

It seems the most useful thing I can pass on is regarding inline electric wvo heaters. These are simple to make using off the shelf plumbing components for around $15 each. If you are good at salvaging they can be made for far less. They use a standard 240vac water heater element run on 120vac. Since oil does not “dissipate” heat as well as H2O if 120vac elements are used or 240vac elements are powered […]

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Drain Heat Recovery System

This looks in principle to be a good idea. It often occurred to me that a whole lot of heat was going straight down the drain after bathing or during showering. The construction of this device looks so simple – it would be easy to make one cheaply using 2″ copper pipe and a coil of flexible copper tubing. For best heat conductivity it would be a good idea to solder the spiral tube to […]

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Shims for cast iron tub?

I am putting a cast iron tub in; can’t decide what to use for shims. Found several ideas in a search, but squooshed copper pipe, I don’t have access to, and lead doesn’t sound good. Since I don’t want to do major excavation work to dig up and replace the drain pipe that may even be sunk into the side of the hole in the concrete slab, I have to have maybe almost an inch […]

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Trying to solder Price Pfister convertible tailpiece

Got a beautiful Price Pfister tub/shower faucet cheap on ebay and now I’m wondering if this is the reason… It has “convertible tailpieces” that either sweat onto copper pipe or thread into iron pipe. My house pipes are copper. I’ve only soldered copper pipe once before and it took me several tries to get it to seal, and that was a regular fitting. These, it looks like a very tiny space for the solder to […]

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One inch gate valve won’t close completely

The water department left me another nasty note. This is the third water meter that this house has had in the 30 plus years that I have been here. Each time they change the meter, they tell me – and then leave the message in writing – that the gate valve just ahead of my water meter will not completely stop the flow of water. So they have to go out in the front yard […]

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