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Part Retriever

When you are working in an area where a washer or nut can drop into a delicate assembly or be difficult to retrieve, use dental floss. Fasten one end of a long piece of floss to the part and the other end to something solid. When the parts are finally installed, the...
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Septic Tank Care

Have your tank inspected by a septic tank professional every three to five years – more frequently if your family uses a lot of water and/or a garbage disposer. You can reduce the strain on your septic system by using less water and staggering showers, clothes...
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Plumber’s Bread

Water trickling in copper pipe can make soldering a joint almost impossible because you can’t get the fitting hot enough. Stuffing a wad of bread into the pipe will absorb the water and you can get done before it dissolves. But use white bread; whole grains can...
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Plumbing Mirror

A small mirror of the kind carried in purses can be helpful in diagnosing toilet clog problems. If the toilet becomes clogged, position the mirror so it reflects up the drainway. Then shine a flashlight on the mirror to see if a foreign object like a child’s toy...
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Replacing Pipe

When replacing sections of old galvanized pipe, use two smaller pipe wrenches to avoid twisting and jarring the rest of the pipes. Try to avoid excessive pressure or you may cause more leaks in joints down the line. When leaks develop, always inspect the rest of the...