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Maintaining Your Home’s Water Heater

Few people stop to consider how important their home’s water heater is until the device suffers an unexpected breakdown. Although many of us seldom give any thought to our water heaters, we wouldn’t be able to bathe or engage in other water-based grooming rituals without them. That being the case, it pays to stay on top of water heater maintenance.

Leaks are among the most common causes of water heater mishaps. However, by catching them early on, you can save yourself a substantial amount in repair costs. With this in mind, test your water heater for leaks at least one a month. This test can be performed with a dependable leak detector, which can be purchased from a CNC machine shop. Furthermore, to prevent your water heater from falling victim to sediment buildup, it’s imperative that you flush the tank several times a year. This can expand the life of the device exponentially and ensure that your home’s water is consistently sediment-free.

Nothing is worse than stepping into an ice-cold shower. We may not pay it much mind, but heated water truly is a luxury. The more diligent you are about water heater maintenance, the longer your water heater will remain operational.


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Hitting the Lake

Everybody loves a trip on the lake or a voyage out onto the ocean. A good boat trip can bring an afternoon of relaxation and fun with friends and family. However, buying a boat is a big investment, and it’s not something you want to rush into.

A used boat dealer can either be an angel or a devil, depending on who you go to. Don’t get ripped off, and instead, be prepared so you know what to look for. Do business with someone you trust. Right now, many used boats are entering the market. This is because there was a surplus of boats being sold at the end of the 20th century and into the early 2000s. Many of these used boats still command a high market value, but that doesn’t mean you want to let yourself get cheated.

One of the first things to look for in a dealer is whether or not your given choices. Does your boat dealer give you a wide selection to choose from, or does he keep trying to push one particular boat on you? This can be a red flag. Good dealers will also be knowledgeable, so they’ll be able to provide information on model, power, lake and river models.

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Seeking Appraisal

You’ve heard the story before. Someone sells of something – it could be a painting, vase, or even a comic book – only to later find out that it’s worth hundreds, thousands, or even millions. This has happened before, when people have sold off property that they didn’t realize was rare or collectable. This is why, before selling off these things, it’s best to take it to an expert.

An antique appraiser can mean the difference between giving away a treasure and holding onto something that is invaluable. However, you want to find a good one, and that means finding an accredited appraiser who upholds a strong ethical and professional code.

When an appraiser has completed his assessment, you should be provided an estimate on the item’s value, a full description of the item, and the value of what a buyer would pay you. The appraiser will often charge anywhere from $200 to $400. This varies depending on their expertise, experience, and location.

Certified appraisers should be sought out first before taking them to a collectibles dealer, because an appraiser will give a price assessment with no conflict of interest. Since they’re not looking to buy, you can rest assured that they will provide you with an honest judgment of your items value.

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