Sunday, January 15, 2017

Plumber and Old House Plumbing

Aged Fixtures


Plumbing problems in older homes. (Photo Credits)

Older homes may present various structural problems, and plumbing fixtures could be one of these concerns. And the problem with old house plumbing is that sooner or later, it will manifest. If the property owner moves pro-actively and upgrades and repairs the aged plumbing system – well and good but he better prepare for a one-time big-time cost. If he will wait till something goes out or bursts, then it may mean partial cost but the risk of a bigger damage (and similarly bigger expense) can also be a possibility. Plumbing Association of San Diego

Old House Web dished out some plumbing advice for owners of older houses. “One of the first things you will need to do is replace the pipes where necessary. This is usually where you have older pipe that is falling apart, galvanized pipe, or joints between two different types of pipe that were joined without a dielectric coupling (as corrosion here is almost certain). The best options for replacement include copper, PVC, and PEX pipe. Copper is elegant but expensive, so tends to be used in areas where pipes are exposed. PEX pipe is great for colder areas, as it can withstand some freezing, and it’s flexible for easier installation. PVC is cheap and serviceable, which is why it tends to be the standard.”

Read the whole article here.

Home Improvement Problems

Tymber Dalton shared home improvement challenges he had been through particularly in the area of plumbing that has existed for over 60 years. A/C And HVAC         

“Of course, the fitting sizes, lengthwise, were different than the originals. (Not the threads/openings, the physical dimensions of the new T and new elbow.) So I had to make a second trip to Ace Hardware for different length nipples to see if we could get the gap closed up. (We were lacking about 1/4″ to make the new connections fit up to the old one at the supply valve.”

Check out the whole published post here.

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The author of the blog Believe Boldy also gave her fair share of experiences in dealing with old house plumbing – specifically that which was built 112 years ago.

“Our plumbing had stopped working for the billionth time and in a home with two small children, a person cannot survive without a flushing toilet. My husband had shoveled more than his fair share of dirt and replaced part of the pipeline a few months earlier, hoping to fix the problem. Those rose-colored glasses were now as broken as Ralphie’s from “A Christmas Story” as we revisited the ol’ poop tube again.”

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When dealing with older house plumbing it is important to call in the experts as soon as possible, so as issues can be addressed quickly and costs can be kept down.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

HVAC and Solar Power

Solar Powered Air Conditioning System

Solar Power Plant

Harnessing solar power to cool a home. (Photo Credits)

Solar power nowadays can be used for almost every electrical fixture or equipment inside the home. This is especially true when the specific property has already totally switched to solar energy for its power needs.

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But for homeowners who have yet to make the total switch, partially switching to solar-powered airconditioning can dramatically lower HVAC utility bills.

The website Homestead Survival shared how to make an off-the-grid air conditioning system. Plumbing Association of San Diego            

“Learn how you can have solar air conditioning even if you are off grid. The rise in utility prices and the campaign to save resources like electricity and gas has force people to adopt an off the grid (OTG) lifestyle. People who care about the environment and believe in green living also support the OTG lifestyle. OTG lifestyle is when you don’t depend on the support of a remote infrastructure such as the electrical grid in your area.”

HVAC Contractor’s Advice when buying an older home

Read the article here.

Step-by-Step Guide

Instructables meantime shared a blow-by-blow instructional on how to come up with a Do-It-Yourself solar powered air conditioning unit. A/C And HVAC  

“Harvesting? Yes you read it right. Harvesting a renewable resource allows powering of my air conditioning unit and most of my household electrical loads. An air conditioning unit uses lots of energy to remove heat from a room. To provide that energy you need enough solar panels installed properly to capture the radiant energy of the sun.”

Check out the guide here.

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The website Green Building Elements meantime explained how Solar-Powered Air Conditioning works in a commercial setting.

“The system uses concentrating solar thermal technology to produce heat energy used to power the air conditioning system. It is a “closed-loop” air conditioner, meaning it heats and cools air within the building without introducing any external air into the system, with a pair of “desiccant” (drying) wheels acting as dehumidifiers to remove moisture from the air. These desiccant wheels operate at separate temperatures; the high-temperature wheel uses the captured solar energy for regeneration of the low temperature wheel, which operates without any external heat at all.”

Read the whole explanation here.

Having a solar-powered HVAC system will definitely help cut budgetary costs.

Diamond Ace Contractors

5052 Genesee Ave, San Diego, CA 92117
(888) 231-1086

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