Category Archives for Mains Services

Maintenance of Main Services to the Home

MAIN SERVICES The smooth running of a home depends to a large extent on the efficiency of the main services and their maintenance. The main services are water, gas and electricity, which in most cases are installed when the house … Continue reading

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Electrical Fuses: How to Change a Fuse

Fuses are safety devices inserted in electrical lighting, heating and power circuits. When a circuit becomes overloaded or shorted, the fuse wire, which is thinner and softer than the main circuit wires, heats and melts, automatically cutting off the electrical … Continue reading

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Electricity: Consumption, Supply and Distribution in the Home

Consumption: The universal system of measuring the consumption of electricity is applicable to any kind of appliance; this is measured in terms of watts and is based on a unit of 1,000 watts. The wattage of the appliance, is marked … Continue reading

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How to Read a Gas Meter

Reading a Gas Meter: Every handyman should be able to read a gas meter, to be able to find the consumption of a single appliance, or for checking week-by-week usage. Quarterly-payment meters are fitted with a series of dials; the … Continue reading

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Heating a Room by Gas Fires and Heaters

Gas fires and heaters provide a completely labour-saving method of heating a home, provided they are carefully maintained and used, but are not always completely safe where there are young children. Many types of fires and heaters are now available. … Continue reading

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Gas Fires: Replacing a Broken Radiant

A gas-fire with a broken radiant is not only inefficient and fuel-wasting, but can also be dangerous. New radiants are easy to obtain; always insist on the radiants made for the particular type of fire. Turn off the gas at … Continue reading

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Gas Water Heaters: Storage and Geyser Heaters

Storage heaters and instantaneous or old fashioned geyser types are both good for providing hot water for a small or medium-sized house, either as supplementary heaters to a solid fuel type boiler or as the sole means of supplying hot … Continue reading

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Gas Leak: What to Do If You Smell Gas

Gas Leaks: Any suspicious smell of gas in a house should be treated with concern and a search made to find a leak immediately. It may be that a tap has been knocked on accidentally, or that the flame of … Continue reading

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How to Unblock a Sink Waste-Pipe

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Blockages in sinks are usually caused by an accumulation of grease and particles of food. Much of this can be removed by the use of hot water and ordinary kitchen soda. If the soda solution fails to clear the sink … Continue reading

03. July 2011 by admin
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How to Replace Tap-Washers and Ball-Valve Washers

Renewing Tap-washers: Dripping taps not only waste water but cause stains to appear on sinks and baths, and are most annoying to the people living in the house, yet a new washer is very easily fitted. Some water companies will … Continue reading

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