KEN MOON: Black grunge in your toilet bowl means time to replace parts

Answer: You probably need to replace the parts in your tank. Older black rubber flapper valves and floats deteriorate over time from sitting in water 24/7. Buy a new flapper and fill valve in a combination pack. I like the FluidMaster brand. It's very homeowner friendly and pretty cheap - about $14.

When you remove the old parts, wear some plastic gloves. If you don't, the black surface of those old parts will rub off onto your hands, and it's as difficult to get off as if it were paint.

Dear Ken: We are building a new home at 7,500 feet. What is your advice regarding steel, aluminum or vinyl siding? Also, how about radiant heat versus baseboard? - Bill

Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing (CSST) - The New Gas Line ...

A few months ago, I wrote a blog about how great PEX tubing, and today I will discuss the equivalent for gas piping - pipes corrugated stainless steel, which is commonly known as CSST. It is a product that can be used to distribute natural gas or propane throughout the buildings.

A very brief history of the CSST

The main attraction of the CSST, that it is flexible and relatively easy to install compared to the standard gas piping.The gas connections to the pipework must be screwed laboriously, and the pipe itself must be measured, cut, bored, threaded, then cleaned. With the CSST tubing just gets cut to length and a fitting attached to the end. It is easy to understand why it has become a popular product.

Home inspector: Gas line tubing in homes a cause for concern

  1. should know where your gas meter is and to make sure you have a wrench so you can shut it off in case of an emergency. Families should also have a fire escape plan.UPDATED SAFETY WARNING: Home Inspectors Warning of Piping in Millions of Homes 
  2. CSST was originally created for areas prone to earthquakes because of its flexibility. But Adams said its cost "A lot of your older homes throughout the city don't have any type of bonding of the gas pipe coming into the house," countered Adams
  3. Goodson works with the foundation. He gave us a closer look at CSST. "This is just a small piece,” Goodson says. "It's flexible, easy to install. Has the metal thickness of about four sheets of paper.” He says the piping was developed for earthquake
  4. Home inspectors - though - say those pipes put your safety in jeopardy. Mark Eberwine is a home inspector who is encouraging everyone to go to their attics and look for a gas line known as CSST or corrugated stainless steel tubing. Eberwine says that
  5. Teel's death highlights an ongoing debate over the safety of the piping - known as corrugated stainless steel tubing, or CSST - which has been installed in as many as 10 million U.S. homes since the 1990s, according to some manufacturers' estimates