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A.O. Smith Gas Water Heater (plus many others) Draining

Twice a year you may drain a gallon or two of the heater water to keep the anode (the element which attracts the corroding materials from water which otherwise could corrode the tank instead) clean.  See the Diagram below. The “drain valve” is shown as a regular water pipe end at the bottom right of the picture.  You may drain out (only a gallon or two) the required amount of water by opening the valve shown.  You can connect a regular water hose to the end of this valve and the other end of the hose may be emptied to lower level sump pump water connector something like that. Remember the “Gravity Rule,” the water can only flow down (gravity assisted, right?)

Gas Water Heater
Gas Water Heater

 Honey in the container bottle freezes in winter!

Well try this out.  Heat a pan of water to 100 degree F (do not hard boil).  Loosen the bottle cap and let it sit in the hot water for a while.

What to do with spam/unsolicited e-mails?

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says:

If you received an unsolicited e-mail offers, you can forward the messages to the Federal Trade Commission at spam@uce.gov.

Tankless Hot Water Heater?

A 2008 Consume Report study does not favor a tank less hot water heater to a regular gas type one.  The study focused on upfront cost, comfort, and maintenance  in their comparison. Read on

One way Identity thieves get you (Is that identity theft?)

Your e-mail address everywhere and easy to get hold of, right?  When you sign on to a Job site, or Safeway site, or even Health Record keeper site they ask for your “ID” you want to use ,or let you use your e-mail address as your ID.  As this kind of “Sign in” numbers grow, for convenience, you opt for e-mail. That’s BINGO for bad guys. Next, they use your e-mail address (stolen earlier) to sign on to the site and request a new password and happily keep on dancing (in the meantime you are getting love letters!) as long as you have not signed on to the site.  And thought you really forgot your password and reset it or get a new password.  Next they do it again! Got it! And you repeat the same thing you did till you get sooooo… old you  give up, otherwise you will end up with a Psychiatrist and he may not understand what’s going on. The doctor bills your Medicare/Medicaid as the case may be!

Keeping home in order

Clutter free home…. well some help here.

Tips to get the odor out of shoes:  If you have tea bags you are not using put as many tea bags in each of the shoes and leave there for 2-3 days.   Or put a fabric softner sheet one in each shoe overnight or longer.  Or  prepare a ball of Baking Soda in a clean cheese cloth and leave a ball in each of the shoes for day or so.

Job security? Try something on the side Read on

Maryland Driver License

Read the Manual Read on

How to whiten yellowed pillows

Excellent inexpensive idea that really works.  One of the product, Borax is available in grocery  stores.  Read on

One of the products, Borax, is not easily available. We have found Borax in Safeway store. We found the company’s web address. Borax . You may find the company’s interesting history very interesting.

How to clean travel luggage in-side and out 


Outside – can use just alcohol and water or use dishwasher soapy water depending on material

Prevent weeds in environmentally safe method

Spread newspapers (under, if mulch applied) in the garden ….  Read on

What to do about a gutter that’s losing its grip

The answer is as stated in Jeanne Huber Columns ….. Read on



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