Lighting / Re-Lighting Your Water Heater

Tank-type gas water heaters use a pilot light to ignite the gas burner when the water in the tank needs to be heated. Usually, the first warning that your pilot light has gone out is the cold water coming from the hot water tap. A pilot light can go out for reasons other than equipment malfunction, such as unexpected fluctuations in gas main pressure. If your heater’s pilot goes out, you can relight it yourself.

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How to Turn Off Your Main Water Valve

If a pipe bursts in your home or springs a leak, knowing where the main water shut-off valve is located and how to turn it off can save money and the headache of having to clean and repair the water damage. The main water shut-off valve can be outside or inside the home, and its location varies depending on the age of the home and local building codes. The easiest way to find your main water shut-off valve is by knowing whether the home was constructed on a slab, basement or crawl space.

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How to Caulk Sheetrock / Wall Cracks

One alternative to common drywall patching compound is paintable caulk. If, for some reason, you find your drywall cracks repeatedly (around the edge of a windowpane, for example), apply a paintable caulk that is also water washable directly into the crack with your finger. Before it sets (usually within 30 minutes), wipe down with a clean damp cloth, again to smooth and to allow the existing texture to bleed through.

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How to Change Your Furnace Filter

Maintaining your air filter is easy, and routine maintenance will keep you breathing easier.
Most filters are easy to slide or swap out, and it’s one of the few things you can do to maintain your filter without the help of a Trane Comfort Specialist. However, it’s important to check your owner’s manual before performing any maintenance on your Trane or any air filter.

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How to Adjust Your Sprinklers

Pop-up sprinkler nozzles come in a variety of fan widths, from 30 degrees -- for selective watering -- all the way to 360 degrees. If your nozzle has a fan width less than 360 degrees, and it goes out of alignment, or you change the garden it's watering, changing the direction of the fan is a simple task. It helps if you have a sprinkler pull-up tool to pull the sprinkler head out of the ground and keep it elevated while you work. If you don't have one, a pair of locking pliers will also work.

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