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Replacing Water Heater Expansion Tanks and Ipe Decking

by The Handyguys

in Audio Only Podcasts, Decks, Plumbing

In this audio episode of The Handyguys Podcast, Paul continues his discussion about his leaky hot water heater and Brian reveals what material he chose for his deck project.

Temperature and Pressure T&P valves and Expansion tanks

Replace water heater expansion tank

Water Heater, T&P Valve, Expansion Tank

Water heaters all have Temperature and Pressure (T&P) valves, many also have expansion tanks. When a T&P valve leaks, there is a good chance that the expansion tank has failed. Paul presents a simple method for checking your expansion tank to prevent future water leakage. Your expansion tank may not need to be replaced, just recharged. Paul tells us how he recharged his in the podcast.

Ipe Decking

Water heater expansion tank tutorial

Ipe decking ready to be installed

Brian discusses why he chose Ipe for his deck material, including costs and installation considerations. Ipe is a premium, natural, renewable deck material that is harvested mostly in Brazil and other tropical regions of South America. If you decide to go with Ipe make sure it is responsibly harvested (FSC Certified). Ipe can last, by some reports, 40 years without treatment and 100 years with some maintenance. It is fire resistant, rot resistant, termite resistant and mold resistant! Listen to the podcast for discussion about why Brian chose it.

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Mike May 10, 2011 at 6:07 pm

Really guys?? Thomas Crapper invented the toilet?? I really expected better from you. Why don’t you do a little research instead of continuing to spread urban legends?


The Handyguys May 10, 2011 at 8:25 pm

Mike – Thanks for setting us straight! Brian was commenting on an Associated Press article
That says

Its quirky furnishings reportedly include an original Thomas Crapper flush toilet and a silk wedding gown thought to be a prototype of the one worn by Queen Victoria at her own wedding.

Oh well, I guess you cant trust the AP!


The Handyguys May 10, 2011 at 8:50 pm

Oh, but a bit more digging may reveal the source of the mis-conception. Here is a picture of the same model toilet that is in the suite!
The Venerable CrapperThe Royal Crapper


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