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Other stories by Rex Cauldwell

  • Q&A: Low Flows & Waste Lines

    Q: Do low-flow toilets generate enough water to carry solids through the soil pipe to the city sewage line or the septic system? With so little water being flushed, my concern is that in older homes with cast iron pipes, corrosion in the pipe may catch the solids and cause blockage.

  • Q&A: Flood-Damaged Receptacles

    Q: I am doing renovation in a house that was flooded. Is it necessary to replace electrical receptacles that were under water?

  • Q&A: Reliability of Low-Flow Toilets

    Q: My remodeling customers are frequently skeptical when I replace their old 5-gallon toilets with 1.6-gallon toilets. They have heard of problems like "skid marks," multiple flushes, and so forth. Also, the word I have heard from the field is that pressure-assisted toilets create more problems...

  • Q&A: Service Panel Surge Protection

    Q: Does a surge protector installed in the service panel eliminate the need for individual surge protectors throughout the house?

  • Plug-In Electrical Testers

    Using an inexpensive tester, you can troubleshoot a miswired receptacle without even removing the cover plate.

  • The Dirty Dozen -- Common Plumbing Service Calls

    Take a tour with a master plumber as he makes the rounds of the twelve most common plumbing repairs.

  • Q&A: Tracing 3-Wire Circuits

    Q: In many of the houses we work in, we are asked to evaluate the electrical system. We sometimes find 10/3 wire used on 110-volt circuits with 15- and 20-amp breakers in the panel. The installer has used the red and the black wire for separate circuits. Is this an acceptable installation or does...

  • Antiscald Protection for Showers

    Pressure-balancing valves are the most common way to meet antiscald requirements for showers. A master plumber tells how they work and gives tips for installing them.

  • Kitchen & Bath: When the Pressure's Off

  • Foolproof Surge Protection

    This surge protection system, developed by a master electrician, protects submersible pumps and electronic appliances in heavy lightning areas.