Home Water Savings Tip #415 – Inside – Check Basement Water Lines For Leaks

Editor’s Note: To view all the 530+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home, simply access our Free Energy and Water Savings Guide, 3rd Edition +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Number 415, Check Water Lines or Pipes In Basement For Leaks. Not all leaking faucets drip water into the sink or tub; some will see that leaking water sneak its way down along the water line. If you have (which is why I am a big fan of) a drop ceiling in the basement, a … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #327 – Heating – InfraRed Temperature Reader

Editor’s Note: To view all the 530+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home, simply access our Free Energy and Water Savings Guide, 3rd Edition +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Number 327,  Infra-Red Temperature Reader. These cost around $100 but can be found on sale every now and again for around $50 as we did last year. This is a good device for use during the winter to locate areas of the outside wall that are colder than others. This of course is … [Read more...]

Sealing Basement Bathroom Ceiling Vent Air Leaks

Hanging Broken Vent Register

Yesterday I showed you the broken vent register in the ceiling of our basement bathroom. In that article I sows how there was much air leakage between the metal duct and the vent boot which would have to be first addressed to stop air leak of heated (in the winter) and air conditioned cooled (in the summer) air to save money on my utility bills. So, the first thing I did was to remove the existing broken register. Now, notice if you can in the above picture, how the broken register was … [Read more...]

Installing Ceiling Air Register

Inside Ceiling Vent

Last time I showed how I used duct tape to seal the air leaks between the duct and the vent boot in our basement bathroom ceiling. But how to install the register such that it could close completely and stop heated air from entering the bathroom when it is not being used? The register I used was the grey plastic air register which had been in our basement's recreation area for the vent from our solar air heater before I replaced it with a directional vent register. Now, the hole which … [Read more...]

Basement Bathroom Ceiling Vent

Basement Bathroom Ceiling Vent

In an effort to achieve maximum energy savings, one must look for opportunities; by opportunities, I am referring to air leaks which can be sealed. Our basement is around 90% finished thanks to the prior owners. However, as we have written about numerous times, when it comes to energy savings and energy conservation, they left us with a lot of opportunities. I just need to look to find them. Here is one. The above picture is of the ceiling two piece bathroom in our basement. It is … [Read more...]

Drop Ceiling Directional Air Register Installation

Removing Old Ceiling Air Register

Yesterday, we wrote about the need we had to deflect the air coming out of an air register within our basement drop ceiling. I had found a 2 in 1 plastic air vent register which contained a built in deflector that would seem to meet our need, containing a middle component which would allow the air to optionally be directed towards one side of the unit. The installation actually took less time than I had thought, about 10 minutes or so. It was one of those home maintenance tasks which was … [Read more...]

Additional Home Heating Bill Savings & Conservation Tips – 1

window with internal solar blind at dusk

Editor's Note: To view the 500+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home we have collected, simply access our free home Energy Saving and Water Saving Guide, 2nd Edition We continue with our review of the many energy conservation tips we have received for households to reduce the consumption of natural gas, home heating oil, electricity and other energy sources consumed in the generation of heat for homes in the winter. Today we begin our review of these suggestions … [Read more...]

Basement Ceiling Leak – Part 6 – Investigation

Removed Drywall at Base of Floor With Mold

In Part 5 we described how we placed more silicone caulking over the remaining areas of our master bedroom en suite bathroom to stop the leak that was going into the basement drop ceiling tiles without success. So, we called Bennett  and asked if he could spare a couple of hours to do a detailed investigation of our situation. We have to get the leak fixed, I read these water softener reviews because I definitely have to change our watering system. Also we checked out … [Read more...]

Drop Ceiling Vent Cover Installation – Part 2 – Butterfly Anchors And More

Butterfly Anchor and Vent Cover

Yesterday in Part 1 we described how the prior owners of our home had used stiff wire to attach the vent covers in the basement's drop ceiling to the vent's duct work, preventing the vent from closing. The solution we used came in two parts. The first part was the use of butterfly clips / plugs / anchors. Call them what you will, they did the trick for us. After removing the old vent cover in the drop ceiling tile, I then measured and cut two notches at either end of the opening for … [Read more...]

Drop Ceiling Vent Cover Installation – Part 1 – What Were They Thinking?

Drop Ceiling Vent Cover

Summer time is here and with it hot temperatures and humid air. Even with our turbine vents on the roof helping to get rid of the rising hot air in the house and our exterior solar blinds helping to reduce the direct sun light from overheating our home, we still need to use the air conditioner, and the worst thing is that we recently had a roofing problem so the Roofing contractors Dracut ma have been working at home for the last couple of days, this and Roofco are the best roofing companies I … [Read more...]

Basement Ceiling Leak – Part 3 – Not The Drain Pipe

Built-in Shower Bench Without Caulking on Edge

In Part 2 of our basement ceiling leak series, I described our initial attempts to fix the leak apparently coming from the en suite shower. The day after I resealed the shower drain as described in yesterday's article, we proceeded to take two showers. Once done, I then checked the ceiling tile in the basement. A new water stain had emerged in the same place as the previous water stain. When I removed the ceiling tile, I confirmed that it was the same pipe from which the water was … [Read more...]

Basement Ceiling Leak – Part 2 – Initial Correction Attemps

Shower Train Cover Removed

Yesterday we discovered the water stain in one of our basement's drop ceiling tiles. We had just contacted Bruce, our contractor for his guidance. After being informed that the pipe in question was an air pipe, I then asked if it was possible that the leak originated from the roof where the pipe extended out beyond the roof's shingles. Bruce said not likely. I then asked Bruce if I should go to thelazyplumber.com for help? The reason, which makes sense to me, is that before be purchased the … [Read more...]

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