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Cleaning an Oil Spill on Concrete / Shower Water gets “Hot” When Toilet Gets Flushed / Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupter

In Uncategorized on September 16, 2014 at 9:46 am

Q:

My son was working on his car this summer and spilled a great deal of motor oil on my new concrete driveway. What can I use to remove this unsightly stain?

A:

You are in luck. There is a great product on the market called “Pour-n-Restore®” Oil Stain Remover. It is a biodegradable, phosphate-free remover that will lift embedded oil stains from concrete and masonry. It will also remove brake fluid, anti-freeze, grease and synthetic oils too.

When applied, it goes on as a liquid and dries to a powder. For the best results it should be applied in temperatures above 60-degrees. In open areas, such as driveways or walkways, it takes five to eight hours for drying time. It may take longer if applied in a garage or other enclosures that are not as well ventilated.

With Pour-n-Restore® there is no scrubbing or rinsing involved. When dry, just sweep the stain away. If the stains are older, another application may be needed.

Pour-n-Restore is available at Ace Hardware stores.

Q:

Why is it when someone is taking a shower in my house and a toilet is flushed from another bathroom, the water in the shower turns unbelievable hot even thought all the plumbing is copper? Is this normal and what can we do to correct the problem?

A:

I’m always in hot water no matter what I do but your problem is not uncommon.

Flushing the toilet when the shower is running crates a surge of cold water being used, which will cause a pressure drop and the hot water will overpower the cold. This also happens if the shower is running or a toilet is being flushed while the faucet in the sink is turned on. If the tub has a three-handle style faucet, one for cold, one for hot and one in the middle to turn the shower on and off, this can be converted from a three handle to a single handle “scald guard” unit, which allows both temperatures to drop at the same time and will not allow the person in the shower to become scalded by hot water. This unit (for most bathtubs) will cover the old existing holes in the tile wall so no tile work will have to be done. Give any plumbing company a call and they will be more than happy to let you know what the cost for installing this would be. This is also a required plumbing code now in new constructed homes or any total bathroom remodeling jobs.

There is also another way where pressure balancers can be installed on both hot and cold water, which will do the same thing as allowing the temperature to drop at the same time. This price can also vary. Either way will work, but expect to pay in the hundreds for whichever one you decide to go with.


Dear Readers,

Most of you are not aware of a new type of home electrical safety device. It is called an Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupter or AFCI. There are a few manufacturers that make them and they can sense any arcing within milliseconds on circuits protected and cut off the power. That includes wiring within the walls or protected circuits. They are now required for bedroom circuits on new home construction.

An old product recall occurred with the Square D™ AFCI breakers manufactured between March 1, 2004 and September 23, 2004. The Square D™ Company is an excellent company with an excellent reputation in the industry. The problem originates from a third-party supplied internal component. The company has corrected the problem and is working with local distributors, electricians, builders and supply houses to recover and replace affected breakers.

The reason I bring this to your attention is that I have recently realized homeowners do not seem to be knowledgeable or even aware of A.F.C.I.’s or this particular recall.

If your house was built, remodeled or had AFCI’s installed in that time frame, contact your builder, contractor or electrician etc. to have the AFCI’s replaced.

If you have any further questions call Schneider Electric at 877-342-5173 or visit www.squareD.com.

 

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