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Getting Your Garage Organized / Hot Water From Tank is Not Hot Enough / Resurfacing Concrete

In Concrete, Organizables, Uncategorized, Water Heater Problems on May 15, 2013 at 10:31 am

Q:

I want to renovate and organize my garage. Have you heard about Gladiator® Garage Works?

A:

Your question could not have come at a better time. Although April was ‘National Garage Organization Month’, why not extend it further. I know, big deal, but it is a good time for you to check out companies like Gladiator®, Sears, Home Depot and Garage Tek® they have awesome garage organization and storage systems. They may even have sales on their systems.

I don’t understand messy garages. The garage is more than a place to park your car. It represents you and at the same time becomes an extension of the home’s living space.

Since you asked about Gladiator® check out their website www.gladiatorgarageworks.com.

Q:

You helped me out a few years back and I need your help once again.

I am 86-years old and had a gas man came and replaced a part on my 18-year old water tank. He also cleaned it as well.

I never ran out of hot water before, although it was slow running into the washer and bathtub. Since having it serviced the only thing that changed is there is not much hot water. It runs out real quick, but the water runs cool (even with two inches in the tub).

The man who did the work doesn’t understand why this is happening. The gauge only has two settings, normal and warm, and I have it on normal and the gauge won’t turn anywhere else. I thought I needed a new water tank and this one cost me over two hundred dollars to service. I hate to have to buy a new one if this one can be adjusted.

I could use your advice now since who knows how much time this one has left.

A:

Normally, the first thing that comes to mind is for you to check the setting on the gas control knob. It may be set too low to provide enough hot water. In your case, you’re sure it’s set properly.

The only other thing I can think of is that when cleaning or draining the sediment from your old tank, it disturbed the dip tube, which then disintegrated. It would probably cost another hundred dollars or so to replace the tube.

Even at 86-years young, don’t think of your glass as almost empty, but almost full. Splurge and spend some money on a new tank. It generally doesn’t make sense to spend two hundred or even one hundred on an 18-year old water heater. Hopefully, unlike you, the tank is on its last legs.

Q:

I have read that in some instances where it’s possible to resurface concrete with a thin layer. However, no mention is made as to what type of contractor would do this work. Would it be a regular cement contractor? I am referring to a single width driveway next to my home that is in good condition (no cracks) except the top surface has worn away after thirty years.

I would appreciate your guidance in this matter.

A:

A product such as Quikrete’s™ Concrete Resurfacer is a special blend of Portland cement, sand, polymer modifiers and “secret ingredients” or additives.

The resurfacer can be applied to any clean, concrete surface. It coats and bonds to spalled, pitted and cracked concrete surfaces. It comes in 40-pound bags and is applied by spraying on, pouring, and trowling or even by broom application. The bag covers approximately 20-square feet at ¼-inch thickness and will not pop off with freeze and thaw cycles if you follow the directions.

Depending on the weather, you should be able to walk on it after 24-hours and drive on it after 48-hours.

As for who can do the work, you can check with cement contractors, handymen or general contractors. You can also ask local supply companies or distributors if they have any recommendations.

But the bottom line is, you’ll probably end up spending so much money and have so much trouble locating someone, you’ll end up replacing the driveway.

If you do decide to replace the driveway, new concrete can and should be sealed with a sealer to retard the spalling and pitting caused by de-icing compounds.

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