How to – The Ultimate Guide: Water Heater Installation

Tired from the day’s work, all ready to sleep but there’s one place we all want to start our relaxation – the shower room. Who would want a cold shower that will just make our nerves freeze? Of course, we want to have that feel good hot shower where – as they say – the place where the toughest and biggest decisions are made? Well, before we get all dreamy, let’s first make sure that our water heater is all ready! Take note of a friend to assist with the heavy lifting – women are not made to do that. If you’re a guy, well, you’d still need a friend to help you.  You would also need to coordinate with the store as to when the new ones will be delivered. I don’t think anyone can survive without hot water for a week except for penguins. It’s also a good idea to ask the people at the store where you make that purchase if the old ones will be towed by the delivery people. Things to remember when making that shower decision?

  1. Gas or Electric. You have either a gas-powered or an electric water heater. If you want to do the old switcheroo – convert from one form of energy to another – your best tool for this project is a telephone. Call a plumber! Remember that any action or project that involves gas – it’s always wise to get an expert to help. How about for electric? Here’s what you’ll need:
    1. Screwdrivers
    2. Adjustable wrenches
    3. Pliers
    4. Hacksaw
    5. Propane torch
    6. Solder
  2. Now let’s get started! Turn off the water heater’s power at the breaker. Disconnect the wires but make sure to label where each came from. It’s always best to have the new one’s manual with you so that you can easily follow the step by step guide.
  3. Getting Everything Ready. Time to turn on all the hot water taps. Now, quickly, twist off the water supply to the unit. Bring your garden hose inside, but leave the other end outside thorough a window or door. Drain the tank. If you have hoses that aren’t hard-plumbed to the unit, unscrew them. What if they are connected to the old water heater with solder? Cut the lines and put them together later.
  4. The Actual Installation. If you remember how you removed the old one, well good news! Installation is just the reverse process. Place the new water heater on the staging area. Here’s where you screw-in or solder the connections of water outlet pipes to the cylindrical heater.

To see if you’re successful, turn-on the water supply and double-check if all of the hot water faucets remain open throughout the house.  After the water starts splashing from each faucet, let it run for about a minute, before tightening them to the “off” position. Rejoin the source wires to the water heater. Power-up at the breaker-box and see if everything’s working according to the manual. Make sure there are no unexpected leaks. Set the thermostat on the water heater to a comfortable and efficient level. All that’s left is for the water to boil. A new water heater should supply you with hot H2O and at the same time, you can relax again with your hot shower as it will take a couple more years for another replacement.

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How to – The Ultimate Guide: Pipe Installation

Pipes and plumbing are not one of the most common household problems because most of the time, they work properly however, the moment any problem occurs, they become an immediate priority because of the damage and inconvenience that usually accompanies them. Some of the toughest issues we might encounter with these are the following:

  1. Malfunctioning water heater thermostats
  2. Toilet problems
  3. Sink drain issues
  4. Old pipes and leaking faucets

Most households would have one or two of these issues and at least only a few would think about checking their pipes. Organized and get ready to begin your plumbing project, keep a pipe installation guide handy to provide help and assistance along the way!

A few things to consider would be the following:

Pipe – Although cast iron drains were the primary choice for home plumbing for many years and brass supply pipes were the norm, PVC plastic, flexible PEX and copper rule the plumbing world now. If you’re thinking about which one to choose, some of the things you may want to take note of are:

  1. PVC is a rigid plastic, ideal for straight sections of plumbing.
  2. PEX is flexible plastic, ideal for pipes that need to curve around corners as necessary.
  3. Many homeowners opt for plastic over copper because of the cost per foot — copper is almost twice as expensive as PVC per foot.
  4. PVC and PEX also have a simpler installation process than copper.

Tools and Materials – As with any other project, make sure that the materials are ready. You will need the following:  tube cutter (to cut specific piping material), primer and glue (for working with PVC or PEX pipes), propane torch kit (containing everything you need to connect copper pipes), flux and solder to work with copper pipes.

Ready to get some pipe work installed? To prevent cracking, handle PVC pipes carefully. Apply primer and then glue over both ends of pipe to connect PVC pipe joints. To connect copper pipes – called “sweating” — you must solder the connection. Drain the pipes completely before you begin soldering because water will prevent a solder connection. Apply flux to the connections and then connect them. You must then apply heat to the copper joint with a torch and hold the solder at the edge of the joint away from the direct flame of the torch. Wait until the solder melts into the copper joint and then extinguish the torch. Make sure no water contacts the pipes before soldering, though. After installing your pipes, wait about six hours before allowing water to run through them to ensure a flawless installation without leaks.

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How to – The Ultimate Guide: Toilet Installation

There is a good reason why upgrading our bathroom would be a good idea most especially if we are living on old ancestral houses. This is one part of the house that no one can’t live a day without. We need a place to not just take out our bodies’ dirt but also it defines characteristic of one’s modern living. We search for three things – performance, comfort and style. When the fixture doesn’t work properly anymore, homeowners should decide on getting it replaced. Modern indoor plumbing has truly become part of every home’s need as it delivers clean, safe and portable water.

It’s been proven by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that about 30% of water consumption in every home goes towards toilet use. Thus, replacing your old toilet with an updated one will help you not just conserve water but lessen your utility bills and save money! Look for the EPA’s WaterSense label and get discounts from your utility company – more savings! Several companies are now offering a few options that will allow homeowners to not just save but be friendly to our environment.

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How to – The Ultimate Guide: Pipe Installation

Pipes and plumbing are not one of the most common household problems because most of the time, they work properly however, the moment any problem occurs, they become an immediate priority because of the damage and inconvenience that usually accompanies them. Some of the toughest issues we might encounter with these are the following:

  1. Malfunctioning water heater thermostats
  2. Toilet problems
  3. Sink drain issues
  4. Old pipes and leaking faucets

Most households would have one or two of these issues and at least only a few would think about checking their pipes. Organized and get ready to begin your plumbing project, keep a pipe installation guide handy to provide help and assistance along the way!

A few things to consider would be the following:

Pipe – Although cast iron drains were the primary choice for home plumbing for many years and brass supply pipes were the norm, PVC plastic, flexible PEX and copper rule the plumbing world now. If you’re thinking about which one to choose, some of the things you may want to take note of are:

  1. PVC is a rigid plastic, ideal for straight sections of plumbing.
  2. PEX is flexible plastic, ideal for pipes that need to curve around corners as necessary.
  3. Many homeowners opt for plastic over copper because of the cost per foot — copper is almost twice as expensive as PVC per foot.
  4. PVC and PEX also have a simpler installation process than copper.

Tools and Materials – As with any other project, make sure that the materials are ready. You will need the following:  tube cutter (to cut specific piping material), primer and glue (for working with PVC or PEX pipes), propane torch kit (containing everything you need to connect copper pipes), flux and solder to work with copper pipes.

Ready to get some pipe work installed? To prevent cracking, handle PVC pipes carefully. Apply primer and then glue over both ends of pipe to connect PVC pipe joints. To connect copper pipes – called “sweating” — you must solder the connection. Drain the pipes completely before you begin soldering because water will prevent a solder connection. Apply flux to the connections and then connect them. You must then apply heat to the copper joint with a torch and hold the solder at the edge of the joint away from the direct flame of the torch. Wait until the solder melts into the copper joint and then extinguish the torch. Make sure no water contacts the pipes before soldering, though. After installing your pipes, wait about six hours before allowing water to run through them to ensure a flawless installation without leaks.

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How to – The Ultimate Guide: Drain Installation

First guide to drain installation is to gather tools and materials. Before you start installing the new drain you have to get everything you need for smooth and hassle-free task. You need an adjustable wrench, Phillips-head screwdriver, flat-head screwdriver, pliers, thread seal tape, plumber’s putty and a flashlight. You will also need your drain kit with complete pivot rod.

Second guide is to prepare for your installation. You must tackle your plumbing project with your local home improvement store so that you can make any plan or impromptu trips for unexpected tools or materials. Always make sure that your water supply is turned on before you begin the process of changing or installing a new one. Make sure that you clean the inside of your sink and keep it dry. Be ready because if it is your first time installing a new drain you will spend two to three hours doing it. You will also use a plumber’s putty during the procedure of installing a drain.

Always prepare first all your tools and materials before you start. Third guide is installing the drain body and drain plug. Get your flashlight and get to ready for install the drain body. From under the sink, thread the mounting nut, the washer and the gasket onto the drain body. Put thread seal tape tightly around the top threads of the drain body. You must screw the drain body under the sink and screw it onto the seat from below just make sure that you will not tighten it completely yet. The pivot rod opening must be positioned on the drain body and facing it to the back of the sink. Finish tightening it. Tighten it carefully to avoid it from breaking. Insert your drain plug to the top of the drain by just dropping it in. Screw the pivot rod seat onto the pivot rod opening on the drain body. Place the pivot rod into the seat and then insert it through the drain plug hole – this enables operation of the drain plug to raise and lower it. Insert the pivot nut on the pivot rod and tighten snugly. Insert the end of the lift rod into the lift rod strap – hold it there tightly with the lift rod strap screw. Finally, connect the lift rod strap and the pivot rod with the spring clip included with the kit. Screw the pivot rod seat into the pivot rod opening on the drain body. Place your pivot rod into the seat and then insert it through the drain plug hole. This will enable operation of the drain plug to raise and lower it. Insert the pivot nut on the pivot rod and tighten it. Insert the end of the lift rod into the lift rod strap hold it there tightly with the lift rod strap screw.

After this long process, you can now connect the lift rod strap and the pivot rod with the spring clip depending on what kind of kit that you have. Always check if you tightened all the nuts and the lift rods. And the last step is testing. You need to turn the water supply back on and get ready to test it. Turn on the faucet and assess your drain to make sure that it’s correctly running. If you detect any leaks, turn the water supply back off and you carefully adjust the pipe connections to make sure if they’re tight enough.

Give a little effort and luck so your new drain should be running soon smoothly!

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Your Small Business Needs a Website – Use JobDeals!

Whether you’re a plumber, a painter, a pet-sitter or a party planner, you need a website to advertise your services on. According to a recent study, 71% of small business owners agree with this, but still don’t find time to make one—and Google says that fewer than half of Canadian small businesses have a site of their own.

Google is now offering some free services to help Canadian small businesses get on the web, but they still require a certain time investment, time you could be spending on a client’s job. So here’s an option: use JobDeals as your website!

Your clients will like JobDeals because our service is easy to use and we verify our service providers’ identities, and you’ll like it because you can set up your page in minutes! And you’ll still be able to provide all the same information you’d offer on a more time-consuming personal site: your specialties, rates, availability, and pictures of successful projects and/or happy clients!

You might be thinking, “but if I want my own website, I want to have a pretty web address to give people, like VancouversBestPlumber.com.” You can still do that! Register your domain at your preferred registrar (it usually costs between $8 to $12), and when asked about hosting, instead ask to forward the domain to the address for your JobDeals page. You get all of the prestige of your own domain without having to spend the time to build your site from scratch (which you can always do later if you want).

And if you ever do decide to build that site, you can always hire a web designer right here at JobDeals!

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Pipe Installation Guide

pipe installation

We do not take into consideration the amount of energy wasted when pipes are not working fine. Most households would not worry about pipes until there’s no water in the faucet. Looking to save on energy? Get your pipes properly insulated! The weather can greatly affect how pipes function and if you have hot pipes that are not hot enough on a cold weather, chances are your cold pipes are going to freeze as well. You may also want to consider rerouting and insulating hot water pipes due to a couple of benefits such as – less time to get hot water in the tap, higher temperature at the tap, the water doesn’t cool down that easily, it’s good for the environment and more savings!

These are few things you need to keep in mind in order to keep those pipes working:

1. Are you a DIY kind of guy?

If you feel that you’re able to do the job, then that’s perfect. Watching an overview of how it’s done could be a great first step in order to understand what’s going to be done with those pipes and perhaps help you identify the right course to take should you decide to do it on your own. Make sure that you are familiar with the process to avoid any further damage (thus added cost) instead of having an expert take charge of the repair. Improper repair or insulation will not just need more repairs but may also lead to full replacement.

And when the pipes are damaged during a DIY act, the cost could be very large – prevention is better than cure. So you’re first step? Knowledge check! If you’re not as confident or if you haven’t done much pipe work, better get an expert!

If you really want to help out in the process, the best step to take is to actually clean the pipes with any dirt or grease by using a mild cleanser then let it dry. Getting in touch with a plumber when you see any leaks or damages would also be a great idea!

2. Which is the right Pipe for your home?


There are different ways to do it and several materials that may be considered but it all falls under the following category:
a. Mineral Wool – capable of operating on high temperature.
b. Glass Wool – can be used for thermal and acoustic applications.
c. Flexible elastomeric foams – has high resistance to passage of water vapour.
d. Rigid foam – allows energy saving legislation while using reduced insulation thickness.
e. Polyethylene – used to prevent freezing of domestic water supply.
f. Cellular glass – made from sand, limestone and soda ash.
g. Aerogel – lowest thermal conductivity but can be used by wrapping around the pipework to function as pipe insulation.

3. Now for the actual process


After cleaning the pipe and choosing the insulation material – for the purpose of this example we choose Foil or Fiberglass insulation – wrap the pipe and secure the end with duct tape. Wrap the fiberglass with plastic. Make sure to take the extra steps with the corners – i.e. seal joints, cut slits when necessary and the most important thing is to secure all areas with duct tape.

Make sure that you have the right cutting tool and masking tapes as well! Your safety should be a top priority. Do not and never attempt to do this if you’re unsure of the process. It could also create a fire hazard putting you and your family at risk! If your ultimate goal is to save, it is not just on insulation but perhaps also consider that after this process, find a way to actually economize your use of hot water.

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Jobdeals Pricing Plans launched

Jobdeals will always be free! … but we offer plans to enhance your profile and grow your business.

First, the FREE features every plan includes:

Free Service Profile

Promote and sell your services on Jobdeals with your service profile.  You create it, we host it!

New Lead Notifications

Jobdeals will send you leads when customers in your area are looking for your services.

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Jobdeals hosts your service profile for free. No servers, no maintenance, no hassles!

Unlimited Pictures and Reviews

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Premium and Pro Plan Features:
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Pro and Premium members get instant access to the lead. First contact usually means the difference between scoring the job or not. Free users will receive the lead after a 12 hour delay.
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Your service profile appears at the top of our search results in your area for maximum exposure.
Your quote gets priority placement

Quotes by Pro and Premium members show up at the top of the list when customers are browsing who to hire.
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Tips and Tricks for Hiring Painters

© Elvert Barnes

1. Plan In Advance
Not all painters have a strong sense of interior design, and even if the one you pick does, he or she may not be interested in giving a first-time client a bunch of free consult time. Make sure you have a good idea of what you want before calling in the painter so you don’t waste your time or theirs! They may still have ideas for you, but if you haven’t picked out your colors (or at least narrowed it down to only a couple of options), you may not be ready yet.

2. The Proper Paperwork
As with all contractors that you let into your home, make sure they are bonded (insured for damage to your property) and insured for workers compensation (in case anyone is injured in your home)!

3. Estimates and Contracts
Most painters will give you an estimate, but with ongoing projects it can be important to lay out the ground rules more concretely—in writing. That way you have a paper trail to prove the time frame and budget you agreed on, should things not go according to plan. (And remember: read the contract before you sign it!)

© Nancy Hugo, CKD

4. Check Those References
Calling references can feel awkward, but it’s important before you let someone into your home. Planning your questions in advance will give you a bit more confidence on the phone. Ask what kind of project the painter did for the client, whether they communicated well, did they sign a contract in writing and provide a warranty, did they show up on time, did they keep the work area as tidy as possible, and did they finish the work on time and in budget. It’s also good to ask if they would hire the painter again.

5. Just One Wall
If you need to spice up a room but aren’t sure about going to the expense of hiring painters for every wall, consider this popular trend: paint just one wall, called an “accent wall.” This wall’s color may be something dramatic, like a bright blue-green next to plain white walls, or something softer that contrasts with the other walls of the house. Since accent walls stand out, this is an especially great technique for a wall that showcases your books or collectibles! It’s also a great way to pick up a painter for a quick job before deciding whether to hire them for something more major.

Are you ready to hire your painter? You can do it right here at JobDeals!

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New profiles coming to all Jobdeals profiles!

We’ve been hard at work at Jobdeals HQ and are launching a few new site upgrades in August starting with a brand new profile for all users!

Here’s a sneak preview .. what do you think?

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