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.

  1. On the other hand, there is a new style of gas piping - called CSST - that is a ribbed, flexible material you can bend around corners and thus avoid all the extra fittings needed with conventional, hard steel gas pipes. So if, if all the piping is