Butterfly Valve – What Advantages to Gain

July 20, 2011 at 5:33 pm

The term Butterfly valves is also used to refer to quarter-turn valves where its main function is to control or isolate the flow of liquid passing through the pipes. This type of valve is commonly used in treatment of waste or water specifically in the agriculture industry. This is also one of the most common types of valve that is being sold these days especially because it is quite durable, requires less maintenance, and is made to withstand even heavy duty needs. When compared to an electric ball valve, the butterfly valve works almost the same. At the center of the pipe, there is a flat disc that has a rod running straight through it that is then connected to the actuator. The actuator is located outside of the valve where, if it is turned, can actually control the position of the flat disc to control the flow. A few [...]

How to Replace a Toilet Fill Valve

July 20, 2011 at 4:18 pm

A toilet fill valve is the contraption that rests in the water tank of your toilet and it controls how much water remains in the tank reservoir and how much water is released into the toilet bowl after you have flushed the toilet. A toilet fill valve is an important part of a working toilet because it controls how much water you use to flush to the toilet and it also manages your water use. When the toilet fill valve breaks, it’s important to replace it with a new on as soon as possible. How to Replace a Toilet Fill Valve Prepare the Work Area – First, turn off the water source to the toilet; there should be a pipe from the wall to the lower left corner of the reservoir tank. Close the valve in order to shut off the water. Also, I recommend putting down some towels to [...]

3 Ways to Know it is Time for a New Central Air Conditioner

July 14, 2011 at 9:20 pm

When the hot weather hits in your neck of the woods there is one thing that no one wants to live without anymore.  And that is air conditioning!  It is truly impressive how much our society has become accustomed to life with these units!  It is one of the biggest factors that has led to the impressive population growth in Arizona, Texas and other traditionally hot climates which were hard to live in before the advent of readily available AC. With this being the case, living without is simply unacceptable in this day and age.  Here are the signs that it is time to get a new system in your home. Time for a New Central Air Conditioner 1. You have an old unit – I know that people hate spending a bunch of money on HVAC, but the reality is that these systems are only designed for about 15 [...]

When NOT to Attempt a DIY Home Improvement Project

July 9, 2011 at 1:25 am

Home improvement projects are truly fulfilling, but also quite expensive. Many people prefer to cut out the middleman, buy their own materials and tackle the project themselves. While this is a terrific way to save money, it can result in disaster if you get in over your head. If you do not have a fair assessment of your own skills before you begin a project, it is easy to find yourself in a situation where you have to hire someone to come in and finish the job, or even worse, you have wasted a lot of money on materials and the project does not come out right. Home Improvement Project Carpeting – Contrary to popular belief, laying carpet requires more skill than spreading it out and adhering it to the floor. First the existing carpet and padding has to be properly removed. After you have removed the existing carpeting, you [...]