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What temperature should my hot water be?

What temperature should my hot water be?

Whenever I install a control pad to an instantaneous gas hot water system for a customer who has never had one before, the first thing they want to know is what temperature they should set it at for showering. Trial and error will quickly determine that for them but...

Does drano work / which chemical should I use in my blocked drain?

Customers often ask me if I recommend any particular chemical to use in a blocked drain. The short answer is generally no - a blockage is usually a physical problem and requires a physical solution. Caustic soda and acids are often used by householders attempting to...

Westinghouse 476 / 650 gas wall oven noisy fan

The Westinghouse 476 / 650 wall oven was the only gas wall oven you could get in Australia for a few years (a few years ago Harvey Norman started importing Belling ovens from England). The Westinghouse oven has a common fault with a noisy canopy fan (not the...

Westinghouse 476 / 650 gas wall oven not lighting

Westinghouse 476 / 650 gas wall oven not lighting

Josh's Gas & Plumbing has the Westinghouse gas oven ignition module in stock Westinghouse has continued to use the 476 model number on the front of their ovens for many years and this regardless of the fact that they have made significant changes to the model...

Why does my bathroom drain smell bad like sewer odour?

From time to time, customers here in Adelaide ask me about a sewer kind of odour in their bathroom. It might come from the drain in the shower, or the floor waste in the middle of the bathroom floor, or both. Sometimes people don't know where it's coming from - just...

Breaking an expensive toilet

This was a very expensive toilet to break. It's a Caroma Leda Invisi and I had to find one on Saturday morning to get the bathroom going again before this busy Adelaide hotel filled up with patrons that afternoon. The pan was broken low enough that the water no longer...

Water pressure, water hammer and the plumbing code

Water pressure, water hammer and the plumbing code

Thousands of houses in Adelaide receive high water pressure from the street main. People appreciate being able to pressure wash the car using just a garden hose but this convenience comes with nasty side effects both noisy and silent. The noisy one is water hammer and...

How to replace a sink mixer cartridge

How to replace a sink mixer cartridge

Got a sink mixer that leaks or a mixer handle that doesn't want to move anymore? Heard you can replace your mixer cartridge but you don't know which one to get? Not sure what you'd do with a new one anyway? Follow these steps to rejuvenate your mixer. The surest way...

Retrofitting a gas cooktop

Retrofitting a gas cooktop

Cooking with a gas cooktop is everybody's preferred way to cook. If you're converting from electric to gas, or even if you're just replacing new for old, it can be difficult to find a new cooktop that fits neatly into the old hole. You can take two different...

Plumbing a kitchen renovation

Plumbing a kitchen renovation

I'm often asked about moving the taps from above a kitchen sink during kitchen renovations. Customers are a little unsure about what's behind those lovely splashback tiles and that faithful old kitchen cupboard that's been holding the bench up off the floor for all...

Repairing a Euromaid gas oven

Repairing a Euromaid gas oven

Getting the oven to stay lit + resealing the oven door This Euromaid gas oven (Davoren Park, Adelaide) would light but wouldn't stay lit. It was the common case of lighting the pilot flame without any trouble but then when you released the gas knob, the pilot flame...

They don’t make taps like they used to

They don’t make taps like they used to

Tapware isn't quite ready straight out of the box In the last two months I've been called to deal with leaking taps where the cause of the trouble was something you might not find in the plumber's textbook. In both cases the tap hardware had failed in less than five...