Using Leaf Blowers vs Rakes And Repairing Leaky Showers

Leaf blowers, rakes and a question about leaky showers

The Handyguys discuss the contest to giveaway a great toolkit, some possible problems with a leaky shower valve and whether a rake or a leaf blower is the correct tool for collecting leaves. Turkey on platterTo enter the contest, you just need to leave a comment on Episode 87 and let us know what a valid use of duct tape in your opinion. We will announce a winner during our first show in December. We will take Thanksgiving off, so this show is the last show that we will discuss the contest. Our next show will come out on December 3rd.

Leaky Shower Valves

Don't let a leaky shower drive you crazy. Listen to the podcas as Brian & Paul discuss some possible fixes for Alberts shower
Don’t let a leaky shower drive you crazy. Listen to the podcast as Brian & Paul discuss some possible fixes for Albert’s shower. Note – the picture is NOT Albert, its not Brian or Paul either!

We then address a question about a leaky shower valve. Albert called in and asked us about his leaky valve. He gets water leaking out the shower head all the time. He said it was replaced recently. How could this be? The Handyguys discuss what some of the issues could be. Albert – we have a question for you. Does it leak from the shower head when you are filling the tub or all the time, even when water is off? We discuss both scenarios in the podcast. Likely it drips all the time. If that’s the case, the washer(s) are likely bad. If the valve is new, the washers could have been damaged during installation.

If it is new, contact the guy who installed it for you. He could come back and make it right. If you installed it, then just replace the washers and you should be good to go.

How do you replace the washers? That will depend on what you have. We recommend you shut off the water and take the parts to your local True Value and they will help match up what you need.

Rakes versus Leaf Blowers

The Handyguys love their power tools. We found this video on YouTube and found it interesting. Is a leaf blower the best tool for the job of clearing leaves? Watch this video and listen to the podcast to get our thoughts.

This video clearly shows the rake beating the leaf blower. If this is true then why is the leaf blower so popular? We think both tools have their place depending on circumstances. Listen to the show for discussion of when you may want to use a rake versus when you want a leaf blower. You can get both rakes and leaf blowers at True Value.

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We were one of five bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. We have been compensated for our time commitment to the program and our DIY projects as well as our posts about our experience. We have also been compensated for the materials needed for our DIY project and this giveaway. However, our opinions are entirely our own and we have not been paid to publish positive comments.

3 thoughts on “Using Leaf Blowers vs Rakes And Repairing Leaky Showers

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  2. Leaf Blowers are popular because you don’t have to move as much and just let the machine do the work. It’s more on the convenience I guess. While with rakes, you will have to lift a muscle to do a good job.

  3. I would actually take it a step further and opt for a backpack blower which aren’t too much more than a nice leaf blower, and about 10 times stronger. A rake is good for small project but if you have 2 acres of land, a leaf blower or backpack unit is absolutely necessary.

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