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Why Even Today’s Water Heaters Can Leak

Water heaters have been around for decades. Other than the introduction of tankless models in the 1990s and the more recent introduction of solar water heaters in the US, they have remained relatively unchanged. For something that is found in practically every home and business, it’s mind-boggling to me that the average lifespan of a water heater has not changed much and they are just as prone to leaks as they were 50 years ago.

As someone who’s experienced a leak and had no clue what to do, I want to prevent others from having that helpless feeling when you see water OUTSIDE of your water heater. Fortunately, it’s easier than you think to troubleshoot and fix a leaking water heater.

How Can I Check for Leaking from the Top of a Water Tank?

Typically, if you see some kind of water buildup at the top of your water tank, it is more than likely one of two issues: an outlet pipe or water inlet malfunction.

Look for a valve called the gate valve or an in-line valve. It will look like an actual lever in a parallel position to the valve. This means that it is open to let water into the tank. With the valve in the open position, you should be able to observe any water drips or seepage coming from the mechanism. If there is, then try to tighten the component by locating the nut that connects the lever to the valve itself. If this does not fix the water leak, then it is more likely that you need a new valve altogether.

With a water inlet or outlet issue, find these areas at the top of the water tank and observe if water leaks from these areas when the water is flowing. Specifically, pay close attention to the connecting points between the water heater itself and the pipe or tubing that is connected. Possibly, these connecting parts are loose and you can attempt to tighten them with a wrench to see if the water leak subsides. A more serious issue would be if these connecting parts have formed corrosion inside from mineral deposits and moisture buildup. Then, the pipe or tubing will have to be replaced for the water leak to be repaired.

Water heater leaking can also be an issue related to the pressure building up within the structure of the water heater. For safety reasons, when pressure builds up on the two main valves, temperature and pressure relief (T & P valve), both valves work to alleviate the buildup and remain open. This usually leads to water leakage. On older water tanks, these valves are usually located on the top, but newer models will have them on the side.
Observe the valve for any water that may be leaking from it. It is a threaded valve, so if you see water, you will need to take off the valve from the threading to see if the leaking continues. If it does, then the temperature and pressure valve needs to be entirely replaced. You can view troubleshooting for these issues at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JkLeNC-3PE

How Can I Check for Leaking from the Bottom of a Water Tank?

The first thing you should check if you see water puddles at the bottom of your tank is for moisture that may be inside the component called the discharge tube. This is usually caused by a T & P valve issue. Then, it needs to be determined if it is a pressure issue or a faulty valve problem. This may be the time to consult with a professional to determine this for you.

Another malfunction that could lead to water leaks has to do with a component called the drain valve. No matter what type of water heater you have—either gas or electric—all water heaters have this part at the bottom of each tank. There are times that the drain valve has to be used to remove all of the water from the tank in order to clean the inside of any small particles from rust and minerals in the water that can accumulate in a water tank and cause damage to the interior. Drain valves have fittings that seal the valve tightly against the valve opening, but it may deteriorate over time from moisture and cause water leakage.

Troubleshooting Gas Water Heater Leaks

There may be a few issues with a gas water heater and why it may be leaking water:

  • The control valve for the pilot light may be malfunctioning
  • The thermocouple component may need to be replaced
  • Gas pilot is not working properly
  • The sacrificial anode component has deteriorated causing bacteria and sediment to block the valves

Before checking for any of these, make sure the pilot light has been turned off. This may be an electric switch that simply needs to be turned to the “off” position. Let the water tank cool, then check all the elements of the tank itself for corrosion, loose fittings, punctures, and even pinched tubing. Do not poke at the parts with anything sharp or pointed as you troubleshoot each part or area. This may cause a spark or gas to be emitted and could result in an explosion even though the gas has been turned off. Also, if you smell gas of any kind (rotten egg smell), call a professional immediately to determine what the problem is; don’t try to troubleshoot it on your own.

Troubleshooting Electric Water Heater Leaks

Instead of a pilot light, the water in this type of tank is heated by two elements in the top and bottom of the water tank. Begin by turning off the source of electricity completely in your electric panel. There should not be any interference with other appliances or electric outlets in your home since electric water tanks are usually on a dedicated breaker.

The first thing you want to check is if there is an issue with the circuit breaker itself with a blown fuse and not actually with the water tank. So, immediately flip the switch back on in the electrical panel and observe whether the water tank turns on properly. If this is not an issue, then switch it back off and look for other causes for the leaking water which could be the following:

  • Loose pipe fittings
  • Temperature is set too high
  • Malfunctioning thermostat
  • Water storage tank is corroded
  • Heating elements (upper, lower, or both) are malfunctioning

Once you confirm any of these elements are the cause, most often it simply means replacing the part like a new heating element or thermostat. You can view troubleshooting for these issues at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlyStHM9Nr0

With both a gas and electric water heater, once you have begun to troubleshoot, you should not open any connections or tubing unless you have completely drained the water tank. If any pressure has built up in any of these areas and there is residual water still inside, removing a part could cause hot water to spray out and cause serious injury. It is best to take some old towels and put it over the piping or tubing as you drain the water tank completely.

A Life Jacket You Actually Won’t Mind Wearing

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hyde-wingmanWhen summer kicks in, adventurous people love to test the waters in a bid to cool down the heat. This includes people who know how to swim and those who know nothing about swimming. Apparently, this group of fun-seeking individuals also happens to love the act of wading in water. After all, it makes sense to wade than to ride a boat during the scorching hours of the sun. However, even if you use a boat or a canoe, you still end up facing the same risks as a person who wades on the same water.

And then there’s a certain group of anglers who love to test the waters too far away. They convince themselves that they will never go too far, and that they will abandon mission if the waters prove to be life-threatening.

But the truth is that all water can be dangerous and especially running water such as that which is found in rivers and streams. If you know how to swim, it could be a plus. However, it doesn’t guarantee you absolute safety. Also, if you’re an occasional angler, you don’t face as much risk as someone who fishes regularly, although you still face a significant risk of being swept away. After all, you never know when Mother Nature will turn against you. In fact, you can never predict when the current will behave violently. It doesn’t matter whether or not it’s your first time to wade in a river. The risks of wading, boating, or kayaking in strong flows are very real out there.

But that’s also the reason why a life jacket and even a dog life jacket exist.

Life jackets were created for the purposes of keeping you safe while out in the water. However, many people hate them because of their restrictive design. It can be very uncomfortable to wear one for long hours. But they are also the reason why you will get fined by your local fish and boat commission for not having one aboard.

On the other hand, PFD or personal flotation devices do a good job in saving you in case of emergencies. They are designed to stay out of the way so that you will never feel like you’re wearing one. However, they are not as effective as life jackets.

wingman-life-jacketThe good news is that there’s this type of life jacket called the Hyde Wingman. It is promoted as a PFD because it is slim, fitting and very comfortable compared to a normal life jacket. It measures just 1cm thick, and this makes it is the thinnest of PFDs we’ve ever seen so far.

The overall structure, starting from the head, neck and front area offers up to 25 pounds of buoyancy. What this means is that it does a better job compared to other PDF products in the market. It’s essentially a life jacket but can also be described as a compact, lightweight kayak fishing life vest.

What is more, Hyde Wingman is designed with both chest-pack and waist-pack to provide storage. This storage feature is convenient for tagging along some fishing essentials. The manufacturer is also looking forward to offering a hydration bladder to be used in conjunction with the Hyde Wingman.

So even though the Wingman won’t wrestle all odds on your behalf to guarantee 100% safety in the weirdest of waters, we can be assured of the fact that this is the first life jacket designed to allow you undertake all your fishing activities without interruption. It gives you the peace of mind you need when heading out into the dangerous waters of the wild.

Why Ingersoll Rand is My Impact Wrench of Choice

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ingersoll-rand-w5132Many people have really grown to love the tools that are available from Ingersoll Rand, even though they do all of their own auto repair work. Despite this, the overall feel is rather rock-solid and their performance is extremely capable. All in all, a great deal of thought and effort were put into the design of these tools.

Even better is the fact that Ingersoll Rand has added another great tool to their IQV20 product lineup of power tools. This product is a brand new 20V compact compact 3/8″ wrench known as the W5132. It’s often referred to as the most powerful tool of its kind and I believe it to possibly be the best cordless impact wrench currently available. Going further, it makes its case as maybe the best impact wrench overall.

Perhaps one of the biggest selling points of any Ingersoll Rand impact wrench has to do with their durability. This is because these wrenches are specifically designed to be used in environments geared towards automotive maintenance and other types of industrial settings.

Impact wrenches are generally made with housings that are resistant to chemicals, as well as steel frames that, when needed, provide a high amount of both durability and strength. In terms of the W5132, it is said that this can deliver up to 550 ft-lbs of torque, as well as 365 ft-lbs of maximum torque, in addition to 50% more torque compared to that of other leading models.

Thanks to the fact that a great deal of brands focusing on construction are pushing into the automotive tool market thanks to all of their latest cordless offerings, it’s certainly refreshing to see Ingersoll Rand take an effort to push forward with both innovations and tools that are geared towards their target users.

All in all, the tools should be resistant to the following:

  • Solvents
  • Automotive chemicals
  • Fluids

They should be as resistant to all of these as they are to both air and cordless tools.

Another feature that many users find to be great is the power control dial, which is found on a lot of air impact wrenches. Even better is the fact that they won’t actually have to worry about switching to a new way of working!

The rear control itself isn’t all that different from traditional electronic button-selected speed and torque settings that are normally found on brushless impact wrenches; however, it mimics controls that are similar to air tools.

Focusing on the power control dial really helps to put a lot in perspective, especially that this kind of tool isn’t one that Ingersoll Rand created in order to just compete with other brands.

With all of that being said, all of the claims put out by the company in regards to this tool being the most powerful of its kind definitely shouldn’t be ignored. The claim that it has the best power-to-weight ratio on the market is indeed true, as it has 340 ft-lbs torque and up to 550 ft-lbs torque, which is a great deal of power for such a compact tool.

Do-it-Yourself Chiropractic

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kacelia-tru-alignMany adults throughout the country experience back, neck, or hip pain. As I sit here typing this article, I can definitely relate. Sitting down or standing up for long periods of time can affect us negatively in the long run. People look for solutions to their pain problems. Sometimes it’s pills, chiropractors, or a physical therapist. While these are good ideas, these solutions are not only expensive, but also short term.

When I first heard of the Kacelia Tru-Align body system, I was intrigued. It was developed by a chiropractor and is supposed to straighten out our spine to the correct position.

As someone with scoliosis, I could not wait for it to arrive in the mail. When it was delivered, I was experiencing such severe neck and head pain that I was forced to take prescription pain killers around the clock! Ironically, I had started using what I was told to be the best pillow for side sleepers and I believe that’s what caused my neck pain. Maybe I just slept wrong but the pain was bad enough that I was taking prescription pain killers around the clock.

Once the medication kicked in, I was able to open up the package. The first thing I did was unroll the sticky mat that came with it. I inhaled the smell of a plasticy, new car. Not sure if this was healthy, but it did not matter. I was able to mask the smell by using an essential oil. It took me two minutes to set the system up to match my body.

kacelia-systemOnce I was all strapped in, I began to watch the instructional video. I laid down on the floor to line the system up with my shoulders, hips, face, and shins. I used deep breathing techniques while I waited for my relief. After a few minutes, I realized that my body felt weird but good. I was not used to the correct posture position, but I immediately felt relief. It’s similar to when I first tried neck traction at home. Felt strange but offered pain relief. It is recommended to use the system for 20 minutes, I could only do 15 but that was okay. When I stood up and walked around, I realized that my headache was gone and did not come back all day! I continue to use the system on a daily basis.

The only negative thing I can think of is that the system is not made out of eco-friendly material such as hemp or other soft materials. This would be a good idea for the company to consider.
However, if you are like me and struggle with headaches, back aches, and scoliosis, I definitely recommend the Kacelia Tru-Align body system.

Who DOESN’T Need a Flamethrower?

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best-flamethrowerGenerally, people will use flamethrowers to help with clearing out an excess amount of weeds and other brush. Just thinking about that automatically makes some people want to go out and do that very thing! Not only is a flamethrower great at helping to turn dead plants into nothing more than ash, but they’re also great props for movies and Halloween costumes as well.

The X15 Flamethrower from ThrowFlame.com comes in models for both left-handed and right-handed individuals, as well as six different colors. The package includes the following:

  • Flamethrower gun
  • Tank
  • 45-pound backpack
  • Three interchangeable wand tips

The wand tips are able to adjust to the efficiency and range of your overall detonations. For instance, the 1/4″ tip can shoot fire up to 50′ using a fuel mixture of 90% diesel and 10% gasoline. By using this mixture, the overall output will be three gallons in under one minute. The company also sells a Napalm Mix, which is designed to increase both the flow time and flame range, as well as as produce a tighter stream grouping.

The X15 Flamethrower contains a 4000 psi rating in terms of both performance and safety. This is roughly four times the basic operating pressure of less than 1000 psi. It makes the cutting torch kit I just used for a small project look like a toy. Every single unit is individually hydro and field tested before being shipped. They arrive fully assembled and ready to do their job!

It’s also important to note that flamethrowers are not federally regulated, nor do the BATF consider them to be a firearm. This means that there is no need for any NFA tax stamps, FFL dealer, or any kind of weapons licensing. However, it is your responsibility to make sure that both purchasing and using a flamethrower in your area of residence will not violate any local or state laws and/or regulations if you decide to invest in one.

Additionally, you must be 18 years of age or older to purchase a flamethrower; however, if you live in either Maryland or California, note that you are prohibited from purchasing one of these.

Check out the flamethrower in action in 4k slow motion:

Meet Elio: The 84 MPG Car

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Introducing the Elio Motors vehicle that was created by Paul Elio. He is an entrepreneur from Arizona that created this marvel. This car can go for eighty-four miles running on just one gallon of gas. Another great thing about this car is that the overall cost is only $7,000.

His company, Elio-P5Elio Motors wants to provide a formula for a successful product that includes high safety standards, a fuel efficient vehicle, and they want the car to be made in the U.S.A. The cars are assembled in Lousiana in an old GM warehouse.

This car is intended for daily use and is not meant to haul heavy loads and carry large families. It is designed for efficiency and more for a solo person to use for commuting to work or to run errands. This vehicle is meant to be an addition to your current vehicle that you can use for the sake of efficiency and economy when you have to just get from point A to point B.

Being that it’s half car and half motorcycle, is there anyone that can do maintenance on it other than an Elio dealer? For home mechanics, can you just get a good low profile jack to life up the Elio for basic maintenance or is a motorcycle jack a better option? There are a lot of questions that simply won’t have answers until we start seeing some Elios on our roads.

The new Elio car is expected to help with pollution levels by allowing them to decrease .35 percent. This new clean car has a great deal going for it including saving its owners around $1500 in gas per year. The car currently has only two seats but they are not located side by side like current cars. There is one person behind the other which is designed to make the car more aerodynamic.

Elio says that they manage to pull off the efficiency by decreasing the amount of materials that are used to create the car. They use half of what normally would be used in today’s market. They also skip the unnecessary accessories. They use what is needed only and skip all of the extras. You can, however, have the option to add other features if you wish.

The new Elio car is sports like so that it has an appealing look that will help boost sales, but it has a low price tag. This makes the car appealing to a wide variety of potential buyers including those that are focused on being environmentally friendly. There are in excess of 50,000 pre-orders for the car currently. The cars will begin to be produced in Louisiana in 2017. The daily production goal for the plant is 1,000 cars daily.