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Air Conditioning & Heat Pump Videos: diagnosis & repair tips

Exteriors of Buildings: Videos of diagnosis, maintenance, repair tips

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Heating System & Oil Tank Videos Describe How Inspect, Diagnose, Repair Basic Heating System Problems & Oil Tank Problems

Oil tank fill or vent pipe seepage leak stopgap repair (C) Daniel Friedman

This video illustrates using a simple rag to control small seepage leaks that can occur at an oil tank top vent or filler pipe. These leaks occur during oil tank fill-up and range from serious to trivial. While a proper repair requires disassembly and re-making of the pipe joints with an oil-resistant pipe joint sealant compound, we found that a small leak could be contained right at the joint with a rag until we found time to clean the joint external surfaces with alcohol or lacquer thinner. Applying an external epoxy sealant can stop small leaks at these pipe connections without having to go to the trouble and expense of a complete disassembly of the oil tank fill or vent piping.

More information about oil tank lleaks:

OIL TANK LEAKS & SMELLS - Details about leaky oil storage tanks

OIL FILL / VENT PIPE LEAKS - details about causes & cures for leaks at the oil storage tank fill or vent piping

Septic System Videos Describe How to Find the Septic Tank, Drainfield, and Septic Pumping Station

  • Septic 101 part 1: Video on How to find the septic system. (How to Find the Septic Tank) Daniel thinks out loud while walking an 18 year old homesite in northern Minnesota while searching for the septic system and its components. Simple visual observations tell us where the septic tank and fields might be, where they are unlikely to be, and where they certainly would not be expected to be found. We find the septic tank, its cleanout port, and we see an electrical box which means that a septic pump installed. We begin discussing what kind of septic system is likely to be installed at a lakefront homesite.
  • Septic 101 part 2: Video on Where could a Septic Drainfield Possibly be Located? (How to Find the Septic Drainfield) Daniel continues commenting about the meaning of site observations as we follow the site back to where the drainfield might or might not be.
  • Septic 101 part 3: Video on Deciding the Septic Drainfield Location. (Deciding the Probable Drainfield Location by Visual Inspection) Based simply on visual site observations and the age of the home, we conclude the almost-certain location of the septic drainfield for this lakefront property. (The property owner later confirmed that we were correct.)
  • Septic 101 part 4: Video on Why the Septic Drainfield is Not in the Front Yard. (Noticing where we would not expect a septic tank or drainfield to be located) Daniel explains why, even though it looks like a good area, the septic drainfield would not be installed in the front yard of this home. Spotting the well casing.
  • Septic 101 part 5: Septic tank and pump alarm video: What does a septic tank alarm or septic pump alarm look like, what does a septic pump alarm sound like, and how do septic alarms work?

See VIDEO GUIDES: Septic Videos for our complete list of free septic system inspection, diagnosis, and repair video guides and tips. Content critique, suggestions, questions are invited.

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