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Dual flush toilet wasted more water, how to fix it

https://youtu.be/9fvWpqNGX8Q

Recently I discovered I have in fact actually wasted water for nearly three years. I learned that I need to re-adjust the Dual Flush by Danco. The URL for my original installation video is:
https://youtu.be/1RDGznJm-U8

Dual Flush by Danco at Amazon

If you are like me and did not verify that in fact we are using less water, now I can show you my method so that you can double check your dual flush system and re-adjust it if necessary to save water.

This video only applies to the Dual Flush made by Danco since the Fluidmaster Duoflush has a different design, and does not have the same problem.
Please check out the video for Fluidmaster system through this link:
https://youtu.be/m6C1YULrPCU
During the filming of the Fluidmaster video, I re-visited the Dual flush Danco design. It was a gut-wrenching experience to learn that I had wasted water every day after my installation 3 years ago of a device that was installed for the purpose of saving water. https://amzn.to/2HPUsYb

The Danco installation guide only has one diagram about adjusting the water, without a strategy to measure and compare the amount of water actually used. The instructions only say that when the Green Slide or Blue Float is down, that means less water drains. This video is very necessary to complete the installation. So please share this video with other people so that we save water.

Anyway, one lesson we learned this time is that you need to actually measure the water you flush down. You need to measure both the quick flush as well as the full flush. You may count your money carefully, but you also need to pay attention to your tank so that you are not flushing your hard-earned money down the toilet.

A few toilet or plumbing related issues can be found below:

Best Bidet: How to Select, Install and Use a Bidetr
https://youtu.be/9fvWpqNGX8Q

5 Different Ways To Make Your Toilet Use Less Water
https://youtu.be/CtSzDN6ann8

Toilet siphon effect, when plunger, auger and snake fail:
https://youtu.be/_EP7LZdnMXo

Big Mystery of the Adjustable Toilet Flapper Solved
https://youtu.be/BDy9d_B6xRM

5 Ways To Unclog Toilet Using A Garden Hose
https://youtu.be/l91Uqb1iRLg

How To Unclog Bathroom Sink
https://youtu.be/em8erX6yA9s

How To Unclog Kitchen Sink
https://youtu.be/JgBu1WK5DdI

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5 Ways To Unclog Toilet Using Garden Hose

5 Ways To Unclog Toilet Using Garden Hose

5 Ways To Unclog Toilet Using Garden Hose. Obvious the best is just to use the hose as a snake, but it is also fun to experiment with other options, if one option does not work, you may combine it with other options.

A. Solid
1. act as auger or snake

B. Liquid (Pump water)
5. connect to water supply: careful (flood)

C. Gas (Pump Air)
2. compressor
3. mouth
4. Soda bottle (Bob Syringe)

4 Steps To Replace Shutoff Valve

4 Steps To Replace Shutoff Valve

The configuration:
half inch copper pipe-to-water valve-to-(3/8 inch) flexible water supply pipe-to-faucet.

4 Steps To Replace Water Valve
step 1: shut main valve.
Step 2: drain remaining water out.
step 3: remove water supply pipe. (with 2 wrenches)
step 4: remove water supply valve (with 2 wrenches)

Install the new
step 1: install water valve (insert nut first and then compression ring, and then the valve). Using 2 wrenches.
step 2: install the water supply flexible pipe. tight the 1/2 inch with 2 wrenches.
Step 3: tight the 3/8 inch end of the flexible pipe.
Step 4: turn on the main valve.

Cheap Gutter Cleaning Without Ladder


Climbing ladder to clean your gutter has health risks. In this video, I share with you some ideas without costing you much. You are welcome to leave your ideas or “inventions” here as well. Remember it saves you time and money long term if you don’t fall from the ladder. If you can clean your gutter without climbing a ladder, without expensive machine, using what you already have, you will have a lot to brag about at your next party.

How to replace Galvanized Pipe to Copper Pipe -Chinese Version

This is the Chinese version of “How to replace Galvanized Pipe to Copper Pipe”, by Dr. Zhang and Mrs. Zhang
We also have the same topic of English version here

Chinese Version Part 1:

Chinese Version Part 2:

  1. What the video is about

In this video we are going to show you how to replace your water supply galvanized steel pipes to copper pipes.

2. Benefits/Drawbacks

What are the benefits of replacing? First, you need to know that there are three choices: steel, copper or PVC piping.

2.1. Galvanized steel

Galvanized steel pipes will rust, and can accumulate minerals and bacteria. Look at this ugly one. If you just bought a house, if you see this is wrapped around the pipe, this is a temporary fix to stop leak, it is likely it will cause problems soon.

2.2. PVC

PVC (Polyvinyl chloride) never rusts. Not this ABS type. 66% US market water supply and 75% sewer. Easy to install, use this hacksaw, solvent etc. California has restrictions. It has health risks. I have already got rid of all my food plastic containers. I am concerned the plastics might leach chemicals. I would use it only for drain and waste.

2.3. Copper

Copper. Copper is durable, bacteria-resistant, costs less and is more easily installed than steel. It requires fewer fasteners than galvanized pipes. However copper rust is poisonous. The good thing is, the poison kills the bacteria, I don’t know about people. So many people have replaced galvanized steel with copper in recent years, I guess we’ll be finding out soon!

3. If you choose copper, this is what you need

3.1. Pipe

make sure to cover the ends since in the crawl space under the house it is dusty, if debris is inside the pipe, it will clog the filter at the faucet.

3.2. flexible tubes

3.3. Couplings

Couplings, there are different kinds, you may go home depot to buy more than you need to reduce the number of trips there. You may return it later if unused.

3.4. Cutting tool

3.5. Lead free Solder

3.6. Lead free flux

3.7. Straps, screws

3.8. torch

3.9. pipe wrench

4. Safety first

Safety first. Place multiple goggles in convenient places, so that you don’t have excuses not to use them. It is not worth losing your sexy eyes to save a few dollars.

5. Cut galvanized Pipe

5.1. strategic

Cut strategic places, minimize number of cuts.

5.2. Plugs and Caps

Use plugs and caps to temporarily block the water supply to different parts of the house rather than completely cutting the water supply. This is to reduce the stress on your family.

See diagram.

6. Cut Copper

6.1. Mark it

6.2. Double check

7. Solder

7.1. Safety

7.2. Practice first

7.3. sand it

7.4. Flux

7.5. Heat

7.6. Apply lead

7.7. How to re-do it

8. Re-connect

8.1. Single bathroom

If you are only replacing the pipes for one bathroom or kitchen, you may re-connect them right away.

8.1.1. Dielectric coupling

If you are doing a long term galvanized-copper connection, then use dielectric coupling.

8.2. Bypass

If you want to replace the complete house, you need to first make sure you completely understand the way the plumbing is laid out and which parts of the house will have to be without water at the same time. If two bathrooms are connected, as in this diagram here, it is best to keep both shut down until you are completely finished with both. This is because with water trapped inside the copper pipe, it takes long time to heat the copper pipe and is difficult to solder securely. Still, you need to have one to use, so if you do not have an additional bathroom, this may be a difficulty you will face.

8.3. Last Connection

You need to drain the water before any soldering.

8.3.1. Joint need to be Higher without water trapped inside

8.3.2. vertical

Choose a vertical pipe instead of horizontal pipe at the new joint.

How to replace Galvanized Pipe to Copper Pipe -English Version

This is the English version of “How to replace Galvanized Pipe to Copper Pipe”, by Dr. Zhang and Mr. Zhang
We also have the same topic of Chinese version here

English Version Part 1:

English Version Part 2:

  1.        What the video is about

In this video we are going to show you how to replace your water supply galvanized steel pipes to copper pipes.

2.            Benefits/Drawbacks

What are the benefits of replacing?  First, you need to know that there are three choices: steel, copper or PVC piping.

2.1.      Galvanized steel

Galvanized steel pipes will rust, and can accumulate minerals and bacteria. Look at this ugly one. If you just bought a house, if you see this is wrapped around the pipe, this is a temporary fix to stop leak, it is likely it will cause problems soon.

2.2.      PVC

PVC (Polyvinyl chloride) never rusts. Not this ABS type. 66% US market water supply and 75% sewer.  Easy to install, use this hacksaw, solvent etc. California has restrictions. It has health risks. I have already got rid of all my food plastic containers. I am concerned the plastics might leach chemicals. I would use it only for drain and waste.

2.3.      Copper

Copper. Copper is durable, bacteria-resistant, costs less and is more easily installed than steel. It requires fewer fasteners than galvanized pipes. However copper rust is poisonous. The good thing is, the poison kills the bacteria, I don’t know about people.   So many people have replaced galvanized steel with copper in recent years, I guess we’ll be finding out soon!

3.   If you choose copper, this is what you need

3.1.      Pipe

make sure to cover the ends since in the crawl space under the house it is dusty, if debris is inside the pipe, it will clog the filter at the faucet.

3.2.      flexible tubes

3.3.      Couplings

Couplings, there are different kinds, you may go home depot to buy more than you need to reduce the number of trips there. You may return it later if unused.

3.4.      Cutting tool

3.5.      Lead free Solder

3.6.      Lead free flux

3.7.      Straps, screws

3.8.      torch

3.9.      pipe wrench

4.            Safety first

Safety first. Place multiple goggles in convenient places, so that you don’t have excuses not to use them. It is not worth losing your sexy eyes to save a few dollars.

5.            Cut galvanized Pipe

5.1.      strategic

Cut strategic places, minimize number of cuts.

5.2.      Plugs and Caps

Use plugs and caps to temporarily block the water supply to different parts of the house rather than completely cutting the water supply.   This is to reduce the stress on your family.

See diagram.

6.            Cut Copper

6.1.      Mark it

6.2.      Double check

7.            Solder

7.1.      Safety

7.2.      Practice first

7.3.      sand it

7.4.      Flux

7.5.      Heat

7.6.      Apply lead

7.7.      How to re-do it

8.            Re-connect

8.1.      Single bathroom

If you are only replacing the pipes for one bathroom or kitchen, you may re-connect them right away.

8.1.1.      Dielectric coupling

If you are doing a long term galvanized-copper connection, then use dielectric coupling.

8.2.      Bypass

If you want to replace the complete house, you need to first make sure you completely understand the way the plumbing is laid out and which parts of the house will have to be without water at the same time.  If two bathrooms are connected, as in this diagram here, it is best to keep both shut down until you are completely finished with both.  This is because with water trapped inside the copper pipe, it takes long time to heat the copper pipe and is difficult to solder securely.  Still, you need to have one to use, so if you do not have an additional bathroom, this may be a difficulty you will face.

8.3.      Last Connection

You need to drain the water before any soldering.

8.3.1.      Joint need to be Higher without water trapped inside

8.3.2.      vertical

Choose a vertical pipe instead of horizontal pipe at the new joint.