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The Home Owners Instruction Manual

by The Handyguys

in Audio Only Podcasts

Knobs, switches and valves

Gas Valve and drain valveThe Handyguys provide an operations manual for your home.

When you buy a new piece of cool electronic gear, you get an owners manual that you can refer to when you need help.  Unfortunately, your house—the biggest purchase you may ever make—doesn’t come with a manual. The Handyguys discuss all the typical switches, valves, knobs and buttons you may find in your home.  Disaster can be averted by reviewing the location and operation of all of these devices.  An ounce of prevention will prevent a 8000 pounds of water leaking out of your toilet!

Since you don’t have a home owners manual, you can listen to our mini audio manual.

Some of the items discussed in this podcast:

  • Shutoff valves (know where they are and make sure you can turn them!)
  • Your electric panelWasher valves
  • GFCI outlets
  • Furnace on/off switch
  • Main water shut-off
  • Electrical
    • Breakers
    • Fuses
  • Radon mitigation status indicator
  • Gas valves
  • Other items

If you have any questions about any mysterious switches, valves, buttons please let us know.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Steve March 31, 2009 at 10:26 am

Great show Guys!
A couple of things that I’ve run into:
– You need to know how to override your garage door opener in case of a power failure. My wife called me at work one day saying the power had gone off and she couldn’t get the car out of the garage. I talked her through how to open it, but then she also had to go back into the garage, and re-engage the opener so that the door would be “locked” again.
– You talked about water heaters- you should also know about the pressure relief valve, and how to drain off the sediment in the tank every year or two. After draining off the sediment, as the tank is refilling, it’s a good idea to open the relief valve to let out the trapped air as it’s being displaced.

Enjoy your show! Very well done!


The Handyguys March 31, 2009 at 12:03 pm

Steve – Thanks for the comments! Your suggestions are great additions to the list.


Daryl April 26, 2009 at 10:55 pm

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