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GFCI

Ground Fault Circuit Interruption or a GFCI is a protection device for electrical circuits. Most often observed in wet or damp locations such as a kitchen, bathroom, laundry room or outside. Their usage has grown in recent years. The most common...
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Air Admittance Valves

Air Admittance Valves (often shortened to AAV or called Cheater Vents) are compact plumbing components which are designed to allow air into a drain/waste/vent pipe. Your home’s plumbing drainage system requires open airflow to function properly...
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Tub Diverters

A Tub Diverter is what we often think of when we picture a bathtub faucet. It is the most visible portion of plumbing where water exits the pipes and enters the bathtub. I would call it a “secondary” control, coming into play after the fa...
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Compressors

Compressors (for HVAC, fridges, etc. – and not the kind for use with pneumatic tools) – are surprisingly simple feats of engineering which make modern life more comfortable. My experience with compressors is limited to observation and sim...
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Gas Shut Off Valve

The main Natural Gas Shut Off Valve is a part of the pipes that bring natural gas into our homes, measure the gas usage, and regulate pressure. Not every home has natural gas, but if yours does – it is important to know how to shut off the gas...
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Breakers & Fuses

Breakers and Fuses are overcurrent protection devices for electrical circuits in your home, office, or warehouse, even in cars, electronics and more. Breakers tend to be the modern solution to protect buildings and permanent installations of power, w...
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Main Water Shut Off

Main Water Shut Off Valve could be just about anywhere in or around your home. It is very important to know how to shut off water in case of a plumbing leak flooding your house. There are typically small valves at every water fixture – sinks, t...
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Light Bulbs

Light bulbs – there are so many type of light bulbs that it is impossible for me to address. But I will discuss a bit about the five most common around your house. The original light bulb (1) was incandescent. It ran a lot of power through a...
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Heat Recovery Ventilator

Heat Recovery Ventilators are special equipment that is designed to save energy. Homes require a specific range of temperature and humidity for occupant comfort and building health. Historically, homes were not well sealed, so drafty air movement...
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Energy Recovery Ventilator

Energy Recovery Ventilators work in much the same way as heat recovery ventilators (HRV). Warm air exits the home through a special ductwork and box. Cool outdoor air is brought in through another duct instead of gaps and cracks in the building. Duct...
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