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Toilet Buying Guide
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Tags: plumbing toilet quality toilet toilet clog box stores

We know times have been tough for everyone the past few years and we are all looking for places to save money. While we like to warn people about shopping at box stores for plumbing fixtures, you can save a few dollars if you know what to look for.

This past week we have had several calls from landlords and homeowners who tried to save money by purchasing inexpensive toilets from box stores. Now they are dealing with clogs which are not only an inconvenience but also cost money. By the time you pay to have a toilet line cleared you might as well have paid a little more upfront for a quality toilet. But don't worry we are here to help you avoid this dilemma!

#1 -- One of the biggest things box store toilets skimp on is the quality of the trap. (Essentially the built-in drain in the toilet where waste flows.) Make sure the toilet has a FULLY glazed trap. Glazing is the glass-like coating on the ceramic material inside of the toilet. Unglazed traps will create friction and increase the likelihood of those pesky clogs.

#2 -- The diameter of the trap is also very important. You should look for the widest trap you can find--we recommend at least 2" but the bigger the better!

One you have purchased a new toilet give Springer Plumbing a call and we can get it professionally installed for you. The removal and recycling of your old toilet is included. We have been supplying, repairing, and installing toilets since '89.

Downton Abbey
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Tags: Downton Abbey Landscape Gardens Olympia Landscaping

And on the ligher side-

Even landscaping can't escape this craze! Some interesting tidbits on the gardens of everyone's favorite Sunday evening show.

Enjoy with your favorite tea!

Is Your 'Check Engine' Light On?
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Tags: automotive diagnostics engine light auto parts store auto repair

car repair diagnosticsIs there really a good reason to pay an automotive shop to have your check engine light diagnosed? If you Google “check engine light” you can find a lot of advice recommending you simply go to a local parts store, some of who will “scan” the code in the computer for free.  Sounds like a good deal but is it really?  

The problem I have with this method is that what you will get is a code number and a description of the code.  For us technicians, the code leads us to further testing where we prove what is really wrong so that we can guarantee our repair and know that the check engine light will not come back on.  The parts store might sell you the part that is mentioned in the description text, with the warning that it may or may not fix the problem.  (I have to give them credit, it’s a great way to increase sales!)
For example, I once had a customer go to a parts shop and pull a code that read “EGR system low flow”.  They suggested a likely cause was a defective EGR solenoid, and that they had one the shelf that cost about $350.  My customer declined buying the part and instead came to me to have it diagnosed.  The reality was that the EGR solenoid was a possible cause.  What we found was that the EGR hose had come off the valve and this was the cause of low flow.  In this case the cost of diagnosis and repair was less than the cost of the recommended part. 

Another example is code P0174 – oxygen sensor stuck lean bank 2.  The oxygen sensor could be defective, but it could also simply be responding to something as simple as a leaking vacuum hose and be stuck lean for that reason.  Replacing the oxygen sensor in this case will result in the light coming on again with the same code.

Don’t misunderstand me, I think its fine to work on your own car.  In fact it’s how I got started in this business as a young person. You must simply accept the fact that there is a learning curve and you may replace perfectly good parts accidentally.  The key is that to learn how to fix a system, you must first learn how the system works.  We do not yet live in a world where an inexpensive code reader will tell you what part to replace with any degree of certainty. 

Brons Automotive has been repairing the true cause of why check engine lights come on for years in Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater, and Thurston County and backs their work with a 2 year/24,000 mile warranty.   


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