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Bathtub and Shower Faucets

Fix bathtub and shower faucets by Mike Quick I am planning to offer some of the most cost effective things you can do to a home. I start this topic with my number one pick/tip. My first book “OnlinePlumbingAdvice.com” should help you find a trustworthy plumber. Please remember how important…


Plumbing and Plumbers in 2017

Plumbing and Plumbers in 2017 Plumbers are often finding it impossible to keep parts for newly introduced faucets. Plumbing innovation seems to be evolving too fast. Replacing bath tub and shower faucets can be much more expensive than you might think. Often, keeping the paperwork that comes with a new…


Another Vormax Toilet Update

American Standard seems to be pushing their luck. I hope consumers don’t make the same mistake. Now, I think the newest version Vormax toilet is far too risky. If you see a Vormax toilet with a battery powered top, run away from it. These toilets add chemicals that can irritate…


Old Briggs Toilets and what to watch for

I like the old “Briggs” toilets. When they are flushing correctly, they make a trademark coughing noise. The Briggs toilets were cheap toilets that proved to have a good flush. On the down side, most Briggs toilets have electroplated (not solid brass) bolts. When the tank bolts rust off, tank…


American Standard Vormax Toilet Update

Since I installed a few Vormax toilets, I started calling customers where I installed the first ones. So far, those customers reported NO stoppages. So far, people seem to like the swirling self cleaning feature these toilets provide. Even with reports of occasional less than perfect flushes, since no stoppages have…


American Standard Vormax Toilets Review

American Standard seems to lead the way. They introduced the three inch flush valve, the four inch flush valve and now, the dual flush valve toilet. [Note: Not to be confused with the water saving low volume and super low volume (#2and#3 optoin) type toilets.] Innovation never seems to come…


Moen push-pull type faucets are usually easy to fix

As Moen push-pull type faucet cartridges get old they get progressively tighter and more difficult to use. Sometimes, they drip. If you focus on details, and think you are capable, you might be able to get an old faucet to work like a new one. Usually, the Moen push-pull faucet…



Running out of Hot Water Fast

Chapter 15 of Mike’s book OnlinePlumbingAdvice.com Not Enough Hot Water “Why doesn’t my water heater make enough hot water during cold weather?” If you notice this problem during freezing weather, often it is due to the extremely cold (ice water) coming in. I call it the “double-whammy affect.” People use…


Proper use of a garbage disposer

There are many conflicting opinions concerning the proper use of a garbage disposer (garbage disposal). Mike’s advice is valuable (considering his forty years of experience solving plumbing problems). This is a free sample of the type of advice you will find in Mike’s book (OnlinePlumbingAdvice.com). When possible put garbage in…