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Plumbing Vents, Why Houses Need Them (forget the water bottle analogy)

Plumbing vents protect plumbing traps. They don't make fixtures drain faster; in fact, they do the opposite. When it comes to first time home buyers, one of the least understood components of a home s... read more

Why Your Home Stinks and How to Fix It

There are, however, more insidious aromas that linger and seem impossible to eliminate, no matter how many bottles of Febreeze you unleash. To keep these odors from taking over your home, first, you h... read more

Thorium Power Is the Safer Future of Nuclear Energy

Thorium’s Story Ideas for using thorium have been around since the 1960s, and by 1973 there were proposals for serious, concerted research in the US. But that program fizzled to a halt only a few year... read more

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Oil well top kill: Mud beating oil

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What's faster: vented or unvented drains?

This is contrary to the water-bottle analogy that so many plumbers and home inspectors frequently talk about. As I said in my blog post Plumbing Vents, Why Houses Need Them (forget the water bottle an... read more

Whatever Happened to the Pro-Life Movement?

I got Coke bottles and sandwiches thrown at me; I was nearly run over. I want to talk to you as one of your own. I want to beg you to help me with something. For the sake of Life, we need to reform .. ... read more

Even more details on the OBL photos

The senior us official also says the White House received 3 sets of photos yesterday. The photos included: 1. Photos of OBLs body at a hangar after he was brought back to Afghanistan. This is the most ... read more

Guest opinion: I’m disturbed by anti-houseless bigotry on BikePortland

I believe we need ... asked why they had put the string across the pathway… said they wanted to harass the transients in the area. Officer Miller spoke to suspects who said they wanted to “fuck with t... read more

Electric Shower Head Teardown Makes Us Wince

Environmentally, that’s great since you don’t have a tank of water you keep heating and reheating just in case you need hot water. But you wouldn’t throw an AC radio in the tub, so you have to wonder ... read more

Our jobs no longer define how we vote

The ambivalence of the semi and unskilled workforce, with neither side of politics providing a compelling story of how the economy will work for them. The drift of retirees away from the Coalition in ... read more

Freakishly warm air has again surged over the North Pole, and sea ice is breaking up north of Greenland — in winter

The sea ice north of Greenland has fractured, allowing a large area of dark open water to form. From left to right ... temperature between the high and mid latitudes. And this helps to bottle up frigi... read more

The Home Inspector

Air admittance valves are mechanical devices that take the place of plumbing vents. They're inexpensive ... Does the seller need to fix this? This is a common question we're asked when we find defects ... read more

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