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xx   WATER

A guide to hot water heaters. What to look for when buying a new water heater and how to get the most from your present one.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Dec 1971 (v.49#12) pg. H18 (106+)

Tips on how to buy a hot water heater.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Dec 1974 (v.52#12) pg. J1 (108+)

Adding an easy-to-install hot water dispenser to your kitchen sink is illustrated in photos.
CANADIAN HOME WORKSHOP Mar 2000 (v.23#5) pg. 72

All about water heaters. Overview of costs of five different types of water heaters.
COST CUTS Jun 1990 (v.7#3) pg. 6

Tip on building an insulated cabinet to house a small hot water heater and a laundry tub. The cabinet is kept warm using a 25-watt bulb to keep pipes from freezing and to keep water heater from operating unnecessarily.
COUNTRYSIDE & SMALL STOCK JOURNAL May-Jun 1995 (v.79#3) pg. 56

Energy saving tips. (1) increasing light bulb life (2) reducing electricity to electric heaters (3) add timer to hot water heaters (4) make your own "set back" thermostat.
CQ. THE RADIO AMATEUR'S JOURNAL Apr 1980 (v.36#4) pg. 68

How to control a 220 volt, 30 amp electric hot water heater with an X-10 appliance module via a 220 volt relay.
ELECTRONIC HOUSE Jan-Feb 1991 (v.6#1) pg. 33

Tips on controlling an electric hot water heater using X-10 remote control modules.
ELECTRONIC HOUSE Oct 1997 (v.12#5) pg. 70

Maintenance tips for gas furnaces and water heaters.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #121 Nov 1970 (v.20#8) pg. 52

Mid-winter maintenance tips for furnace, thermostat and hot water heater.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #141 Jan 1973 (v.23#1) pg. 54

How to troubleshoot a hot water heater and how to solve the problems you can tackle yourself.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #148 Oct 1973 (v.23#8) pg. 48

How to install a Johns-Manville insulation kit on your hot water heater to cut fuel costs.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #176 Oct 1976 (v.26#8) pg. 50

How to insulate water heaters, heat ducts and water pipes to gain fuel savings.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #184 Oct 1977 (v.27#7) pg. 46

Installing a gas water heater. Step-by-step photos.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #195 Jan 1979 (v.29#1) pg. 38

Troubleshooting plumbing problems. A quick reference guide to common household plumbing problems and ways to solve them without a plumber. Covers water heaters, tubs, showers, and toilet tanks.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #206 Feb 1980 (v.30#2) pg. 72

Tips on troubleshooting water heaters.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #212 Oct 1980 (v.30#8) pg. 76

Breakthroughs in woodheat technology. Update on what is available in woodburners, solid fuel furnaces, hot water heaters, chimneys and safety devices.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #232 Oct 1982 (v.32#8) pg. 91

Three new ways to heat water. Looks at solar water heating, heat-pump water heaters, and tankless water heaters.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #254 Dec 1984 (v.34#10) pg. 50

How to install a hot water heater.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #261 Sep 1985 (v.35#7) pg. 88

Tips on insulating your hot water supply system.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #266 Feb 1986 (v.36#2) pg. 38

Troubleshooting a gas hot water heater when the pilot light won't stay lit.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #285 Jan 1988 (v.38#1) pg. 93

Tip on silencing a rumbling water heater.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #302 Oct 1989 (v.39#9) pg. 86

Guide to replacing a gas water heater.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #303 Nov-Dec 1989 (v.39#10) pg. 60

Tips on how to get rid of rust particles in a home hot water supply.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #325 Feb 1992 (v.42#2) pg. 82

How to replace a heating element in an electric water heater.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #332 Oct 1992 (v.42#9) pg. 91
Correction FAMILY HANDYMAN #334 Jan 1993 (v.43#1) pg. 76

Seven basic plumbing fixes. (1) Slow-flowing faucet. (2) Bad sink sprayer. (3) Leaking basket strainer. (4) Drippy shower head. (5) Slow-filling washing machine. (6) Washing machine water hammer. (7) Water heater choke-up.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #334 Jan 1993 (v.43#1) pg. 54

Two methods for removing sediment from a water heater.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #334 Jan 1993 (v.43#1) pg. 76

Tip on checking the pressure relief valve on a water heater and replacing (if necessary).
FAMILY HANDYMAN #346 Mar 1994 (v.44#3) pg. 13

Why gas and electric water heaters wear out. How to tell and selecting a new one.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #350 Jul-Aug 1994 (v.44#7) pg. 15

Installing a gas or electric water heater.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #350 Jul-Aug 1994 (v.44#7) pg. 40

Installing an electric instant hot water dispenser under your kitchen sink.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #360 Jul-Aug 1995 (v.45#7) pg. 78

Replacing the thermostat on a gas water heater.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #363 Nov 1995 (v.45#10) pg. 95

Troubleshooting a water heater with a dripping pressure relief valve.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #366 Mar 1996 (v.46#3) pg. 99

How to troubleshoot and fix an electric hot water heater that is not heating as it should. Replacing a heating element and testing for other problems explained.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #374 Dec 1996-Jan 1997 (v.47#1) pg. 6

How to select and install a small recirculating pump unit that delivers instant hot water. Two alternative methods for instant hot water are also noted.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #377 Apr 1997 (v.47#4) pg. 43

Relighting a gas water heater.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #382 Oct 1997 (v.47#9) pg. 46

Troubleshooting a gas water heater. (1) Replace a broken dip tube. (2) Flush the tank.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #391 Sep 1998 (v.48#8) pg. 6

Replacing the thermocouple on a gas hot water heater.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #400 Jul-Aug 1999 (v.49#7) pg. 52

Tips on venting an on-demand gas-fired hot water heater to prevent downdraft and condensation problems.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #49 Oct-Nov 1988 pg. 18
Added Info FINE HOMEBUILDING #51 Feb-Mar 1989 pg. 6

Advice on the economic benefits of adding an integrated hot water heater to your existing gas-fired hot-water boiler.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #56 Oct-Nov 1989 pg. 16

Tip on maintenance of water-heater anodes.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #60 Apr-May 1990 pg. 16

Tips on getting hot water to a second floor bathroom more quickly.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #72 Feb-Mar 1992 pg. 14
Added Info FINE HOMEBUILDING #76 Aug-Sep 1992 pg. 20

Electric water heaters. How to pick the right one and how to care for the one you have.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #82 Jun-Jul 1993 pg. 54

Possible causes and cures of groaning and rumbling noises from a hot-water heater are discussed.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #84 Oct-Nov 1993 pg. 12

Tip on using a wet/dry vacuum to remove the mineral deposits from the bottom of a hot water heater.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #84 Oct-Nov 1993 pg. 30

Choosing, installing and maintaining a gas-fired water heater.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #89 Jun-Jul 1994 pg. 80
Added Info FINE HOMEBUILDING #90 Aug-Sep 1994 pg. 8
Added Info FINE HOMEBUILDING #91 Oct-Nov 1994 pg. 8

Replacing a water heater. Includes several simple upgrades to a new heater which will increase its useful life. Both gas and electric heaters are discussed.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #112 Oct-Nov 1997 pg. 90

Basic considerations when replacing a furnace, central air conditioner or water heater.
GOOD HOUSEKEEPING Apr 1987 (v.204#4) pg. 218

Heat stopper. Drain-water heat-recovery unit uses the heat from waste water to pre-heat cold water going into a water heater. This simple heat exchanger is constructed from various sizes of copper pipe. Est. cost: $150.
HARROWSMITH #102 Mar-Apr 1992 (v.16#6) pg. 81
Added Info HARROWSMITH #104 Jul-Aug 1992 (v.17#2) pg. 8

Four ways to enjoy hot water for less cost. (1) Reduce water flow. (2) Reduce temperature. (3) Insulate pipes. (4) Change heater.
HOME MECHANIX #693 Jan 1986 (v.82) pg. 62

How to compare the costs of operating various types of water heaters.
HOME MECHANIX #693 Jan 1986 (v.82) pg. 66

Don't let your water heater rust away. How to remove an exhausted anode rod and replace it with a new flexible style. This maintenance should be done every 5 years.
HOME MECHANIX #725 Sep 1988 (v.84) pg. 24

How to install an instant hot-water dispenser, plus a selected buyer's guide.
HOME MECHANIX #750 Nov 1990 (v.86) pg. 68

How to check your gas-fired water heater to determine if it is back drafting.
HOME MECHANIX #761 Dec 1991-Jan 1992 (v.87) pg. 72

Tip on installing a hot-water recirculating system.
HOME MECHANIX #762 Feb 1992 (v.88) pg. 24

How to eliminate thumping or gurgling sounds in a gas-fired water heater.
HOME MECHANIX #806 Jun 1996 (v.92) pg. 18

Water heater repair. How to repair leaks and troubleshoot a gas or electric water heater.
HOMEOWNER Nov 1984 (v.9#9) pg. 55

How to install a sink-mounted hot-water dispenser.
HOMEOWNER Jan-Feb 1985 (v.10#1) pg. 78

Tip: How to troubleshoot a defective lower thermostat in a hot water heater.
HOMEOWNER Mar 1985 (v.10#2) pg. 8

Appliance tune-ups. An easy-to-follow maintenance guide to make your major appliances work better and live longer.
HOMEOWNER Sep 1988 (v.13#7) pg. 50

Tip on replacing the anode in a water heater.
HOMEOWNER Sep 1989 (v.14#7) pg. 64

Plumbing emergencies. How to fix clogs and leaks when there's no plumber around. Includes clogged toilet, leaking pipes, gas water heater thermocouple, and electric heater element replacement.
HOMEOWNER Dec 1989 (v.14#10) pg. 67

Replacing a water heater. Both gas and electric models are discussed.
HOMEOWNER Dec 1990 (v.15#10) pg. 54

How to install an electrically operated instant hot water dispenser at your kitchen sink. Delivers boiling water from a faucet. Est. cost: $75.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO #3 Fall 1976 (v.1#3) pg. 64

Tune your water heater for efficiency and reliability. Emphasis is on electric heaters, but some tips on gas heaters included. Tips on insulating to conserve heat also included.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO #3 Fall 1976 (v.1#3) pg. 93

Homeowners with oil-fired furnaces might want to consider oil-fired hot water heaters. A personal-use report.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO #3 Fall 1976 (v.1#3) pg. 98

How to check a boiler or water heater to make sure all safety devices are working.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO Nov-Dec 1978 (v.3#6) pg. 85

How to install an electric water heater timer to turn off the heater when not needed.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO May-Jun 1981 (v.6#3) pg. 16

Heat pump water heaters, a new way to cut energy costs. What is available, plus tips on their installation and use.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO Jan-Feb 1982 (v.7#1) pg. 72

How to insulate your water heater by adding a jacket made from fiberglass insulation.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO Sep-Oct 1982 (v.7#5) pg. 97
Correction HOMEOWNERS HOW TO Nov-Dec 1982 (v.7#6) pg. 6

ABCs of water heaters.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #507 Aug 1970 (v.66) pg. 102

How to wrap a hot water heater with insulation to cut your fuel bill.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #584 Jan 1977 (v.73) pg. 22

Usable heat from an air conditioner. Tips on installing the General Electric Hot Water Bank heat exchanger to help heat your water with waste heat from your air conditioner condensor.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #649 Jun 1982 (v.78) pg. 66

How to fabricate your own hot water line insulated covering from 1" polystyrene for about 11 cents per foot.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #69 May-Jun 1981 pg. 96

Compost-heated water. How to use the heat generated by a large compost pile to heat water for household use.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #70 Jul-Aug 1981 pg. 102

A low cost way to insulate your hot water heater and tips on other ways to lower your energy consumption used for heating water.
NEW SHELTER Sep 1980 (v.1#6) pg. 63

How to insulate a gas water heater with ordinary fiberglass building insulation. Est. cost: $5.
NEW SHELTER Feb 1983 (v.4#2) pg. 60

How to install a check valve on the cold water line to your hot water heater. This will prevent warm water from backing up into low-pressure cold water lines (most likely in a well water system).
NEW SHELTER Mar 1983 (v.4#3) pg. 54
Added Info NEW SHELTER May-Jun 1983 (v.4#5) pg. 16

How to troubleshoot and repair a "dead" electric water heater.
NEW SHELTER Mar 1984 (v.5#3) pg. 26

Tip: Replacing the "dip" tube in a hot water heater may result in improved operation and more hot water.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jul 1981 (v.9#7) pg. 154

Tips to slash your water-heating bill in half.
ORGANIC GARDENING Feb 1981 (v.28#2) pg. 114
Correction ORGANIC GARDENING May 1981 (v.28#5) pg. 7

How to troubleshoot a water heater. Includes charts of typical problems and suggested solutions and drawings of heater components.
POPULAR MECHANICS Sep 1973 (v.140#3) pg. 84

How to install a gravity recirculating system on your hot water lines. Cool water is continuously returned to tank and hot water is always available at the faucet.
POPULAR MECHANICS Mar 1980 (v.153#3) pg. 34

Tip: How to prevent leaks from the drain cock of a water heater.
POPULAR MECHANICS Nov 1980 (v.154#5) pg. 196

Make this sediment cleaner for your hot water tank.
POPULAR MECHANICS Apr 1982 (v.157#4) pg. 138

Tip: Preheat cold water being fed to your hot water heater by wrapping flexible copper tubing around the exhaust flue of the furnace.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jul 1982 (v.158#1) pg. 44

Troubleshooting guide to gas and electric water heaters.
POPULAR MECHANICS Sep 1985 (v.162#9) pg. 143

Tips on controlling your cost of heating water. Includes a look at newer, more efficient hot water heaters.
POPULAR MECHANICS Apr 1986 (v.163#4) pg. 131

How to replace a gas or electric water heater.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jul 1988 (v.165#7) pg. 107
Added Info POPULAR MECHANICS Sep 1988 (v.165#9) pg. 6
Added Info POPULAR MECHANICS Nov 1988 (v.165#11) pg. 6

Tips on removing sediment buildup from a hot-water tank.
POPULAR MECHANICS Aug 1988 (v.165#8) pg. 124

How to install a hot-water return line to your water heater. This will provide almost instant hot water at your faucets, but will also increase your fuel bill.
POPULAR MECHANICS Nov 1988 (v.165#11) pg. 141

Tips on containing any water released from the temperature and pressure relief valve.
POPULAR MECHANICS Dec 1989 (v.166#12) pg. 93

Routine heating and cooling system tuneup techniques.
POPULAR MECHANICS Apr 1992 (v.169#4) pg. 74

Plumbing system maintenance. (1) Extending water heater life. (2) Resetting a toilet. (3) Toilet repairs. (4) Cleaning shower heads and faucets. (5) Faucet repair. (6) Spout leaks.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jan 1993 (v.170#1) pg. 53

How to plumb two hot water heaters to operate either in serial or parallel.
POPULAR MECHANICS Feb 1994 (v.171#2) pg. 58

Basic concept for converting your household hot water plumbing to a recirculating type system so that hot water is immediately available at every faucet.
POPULAR MECHANICS Sep 1994 (v.171#9) pg. 91

How to install an electric water heater.
POPULAR MECHANICS Dec 1994 (v.171#12) pg. 109

Installing an electrically-heated "instant" hot water dispenser in your kitchen sink.
POPULAR MECHANICS Mar 1995 (v.172#3) pg. 88

Tip describes how to replace a water-heater drain valve.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jul 1996 (v.173#7) pg. 86

An explanation of the temperature-pressure relief valve and where it should be installed on a water heater.
POPULAR MECHANICS Feb 1997 (v.174#2) pg. 81

A water heater, how it works. Tank-type gas and electric heaters, tankless and instantaneous heaters explained.
POPULAR MECHANICS Sep 1997 (v.174#9) pg. 90

Install a cold water return on a hot water tank and have hot water available the instant you turn on the tap.
POPULAR SCIENCE Mar 1966 (v.188#3) pg. 142

Techniques for backflushing a hot water tank by using cold water to remove accumulated deposits in the outlet piping of a hot water tank.
POPULAR SCIENCE Apr 1968 (v.192#4) pg. 66

Troubleshooting your hot water heater. Both gas and electric are covered.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jan 1974 (v.204#1) pg. 110

How one man uses the heat output from an air conditioning system to heat the water for his household needs. Est. cost: $200.
POPULAR SCIENCE Oct 1975 (v.207#4) pg. 125

Water heaters. How to cut operating costs and still stay in hot water. Includes adding insulation, reducing water temperature, and using timers to shut off electric units.
POPULAR SCIENCE Feb 1978 (v.212#2) pg. 109, 112

Use the exhaust heat from a built-in air conditioning system to heat hot water for a household of 4 people. Will provide a 40-degree rise in temperature as the water flows through the heat exchanger. Est. cost: $150.
POPULAR SCIENCE Oct 1978 (v.213#4) pg. 38

A look at Louis Caso's modification of a conventional oil-fired heating system to recover heat from flue gases and use it to heat water.
POPULAR SCIENCE Mar 1979 (v.214#3) pg. 70
Added Info POPULAR SCIENCE Jun 1979 (v.214#6) pg. 5

A look at a waste-heat recovery system for a gas-fired water heater. Photos and sketches of a system built by Thomas Stevens.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jun 1979 (v.214#6) pg. 117

Tankless hot water heaters. A buyer's guide to what is available and how they work.
POPULAR SCIENCE Feb 1982 (v.220#2) pg. 39

Heat-pump water heaters. How do they work, what is available and how much money you can expect to save.
POPULAR SCIENCE May 1982 (v.220#5) pg. 62

How to connect plastic pipe to hot water heaters using the proper transition fittings.
POPULAR SCIENCE Sep 1987 (v.231#3) pg. 81

New ways to cut energy costs. Covers weatherstripping, insulation, energy-efficient glazing, heating system modifications and ways to cut water-heating costs.
PRACTICAL HOMEOWNER Nov-Dec 1986 (v.1#3) pg. 60

Make sure your water heater is equipped with properly functioning safety controls to prevent explosions.
SCIENCE & MECHANICS Oct 1966 (v.37#10) pg. 45

Tip shows how to provide a steady supply of hot water for a bathroom that is a long way from the water heater by installing a return line and recirculating pump.
TODAY'S HOMEOWNER #808 Sep 1996 (v.92) pg. 31

Tip tells how to replace the anode rod in a hot water heater.
TODAY'S HOMEOWNER #814 Apr 1997 (v.93) pg. 31

Appliance advice from the pros. 48 maintenance tips that will help your household appliances run better and last longer.
TODAY'S HOMEOWNER #833 Mar 1999 (v.95) pg. 55

Tips on installing a combination temperature/pressure relief valve on a hot water heater.
WORKBENCH Sep-Oct 1985 (v.41#5) pg. 90

Water heater installation and maintenance.
WORKBENCH Aug-Sep 1996 (v.52#4) pg. 55