Aug 122013

Your Grills performance is greatly affected by the amount of gas Volume you feed it. The larger the pipe, the more you can feed your grill, which will yield maximum performance. There are many Gas Line related factors that will affect your grills performance.

For most gas BBQ grills, the test is to lift out your grates, covers and physically look at the burners themselves with all of them turned on high. A properly “gas-fed” grill will have about 1 1/2″ high flame with the burners turned on high.  If your gas line is “underfed”, you may get one burner to give you a 1 1/2″ flame. Your performance will be negatively affected if you have a flame smaller than 1 – 1/2″. Your valves might even whistle when they are all on. This is an indication of insufficient gas line sizes, causing a restriction in volume. 

Is there a basic gas pressure measurement?

  1. Yes, it is called “Water Column Inches” which is a scientific way of measuring the volume and pressure of gas running through a pipe. 
  2. Propane should measure around eleven (11) Water Column Inches (The Gas Co. may come out and give you a free reading).
  3. Natural Gas measures a minimum of eight (8) Water Column Inches.

Are other factors that greatly affect my grills performance?


  1. The Length of the gas pipe run or line from the source, your house, or gas meter to the grill.  The optimal feed pipe size is a minimum of  3/4″ and One Inch (1″) in diamater is the best size.  Try and reduce the pipe size as close to the grill as possible and use no less than 3/8″ closest to your grill.
  2. You will experience lower grilling performance if your household gas is being shared with a small pipe which will affect your grill when other gas appliances, fireplace, heaters, kitchen stoves, etc are turned on during your grilling times.
  3. Make sure that the flex hose to your grill, NO less than 3/8″.

Looking to Convert your grills Gas, read this first

Apr 072011

Enough is Enough, cannot wait for the new one. Maybe you will not find it as entertaining as I did but remember, I am just opening my umbrella…

Is this the oddest way to open an broken and crippled umbrella? The top ripped from age and it time for it to retire I just ordered my new Teak Umbrella from Coming on Monday.
Teak Furniture Classics has Good prices an quality selections.

Dec 242009

Purchased the Perfect Faucet – This year we remodeled our kitchen and replaced the faucet with the Delta faucet from Lowes. The price, under $350, was very reasonable. The installation went well, but I cannot imagine anyone installing this faucet that does NOT have a solid grasp of mechanical aptitude.

* Battery Life – This all came after replacing 2 sets of batteries in less than 2 weeks. I have been involved in electronics for most of my life and was just mystified why the folks at Delta offered a battery solution without an Optional adapter. I think the battery adapter should have been included with the faucet and charged a few bucks more.  Marketers are always looking for ways to get extended sales and this is a no brainier to offer it as a must have accessory for $30-50. Everyone would buy it.

What you need to do – You are only going to replace the battery pack with a permanent low voltage wall unit. I did not want to wait around for Delta to figure it out, which could be months or never.  Dead batteries on a faucet at anytime is a real bummer.  BTW – Save the battery pack unless you have a power outage, then you can still have running water during the outage.

Quick Fix Solution – If you do not want to mess with wires and testing stuff, I found a universal adapter that will has the plug adapter that comes with it. Radio Shack did not have any adapters with the old style 9 volt plug, which is what they used for this faucet. Really…. it should have been USB.

You will have to order the adapter. When you get it, set it for 6-10 volt range. Start at 6 but i think that you will have to go to the next range to be sure. I spent a long time searching on the net for an adapter that will just plug-in and here it is Quick Fix Adapter, purchased it on Amazon, I could not get the direct link from amazon, and it is under $20 bucks. Perform a search on the following:

Name -Axis-Universal-Adapter

Model number – dp/B0018BMPS

Cost $7.87 + Shipping
Note that One side of the Delta Battery pack is marked as Positive or + .  Your adapter has a polarity changer switch which makes it nice. You can plug in the adapter and switch or polarity changer at the end of the cord.  It will work in one way  and not in the other.

Reader update – This is what they found – Cables Unlimited AUD-6000 Universal AC/DC Power Adapter (Black)” Searching for “AUD-6000” will find the one you need.

Note: The Delta Faucet is protected from backwards wiring or incorrect polarity, so it will not hurt the faucet electronics for brief periods of being hooked up backwards.  I tested it to be certain.  Make sure you do not leave the adapter plugged into the faucet when it does not work, you could harm it. If it does not work in either position, you probably have to bump up the power selection to the next one. You may have to tap both the spout or the hot cold handle to get the faucet reset itself and start functioning properly.

Geek Speak – My fix was an easy one. I just found an old adapter 7.5 Volt 200ma adapter and wired it directly in. You will need a volt meter to determine the correct polarity of the adapter and connect it to the faucet system.  It is all low voltage coming out of the wires, and as long as your adapter is plugged safely in the wall, there is no potential for getting shocked. (The only time that could potentially happen if the under-cabinet springs a leak but that will happen with or without the adapter.)
DIY’ers – Video Instruction Here

So for you geeks that need to figure out why it does not work, read on. For the simple user

I looked around for the most universal adapter that most can get hold of and found one at Radio Shack.

The battery pack is a 6V battery pack (4 at 1.5 Volts C Cell batteries). I tested faucet module that the battery pack attaches to and found the following specs.


The Delta Faucet runs on: 6-10 Volt DC
Draw: 10-50 milliamps

At rest not turned on the system draws 10ma (milliamps, a form of current drain or flow) (so there is a minute but continuous drain on your batteries, hence, lose the batteries).

When you turn on the water you draw between 20-30ma, and higher up to 50ma when you turn it on and off rapidly.

The smallest adapter that is made by Radio Shack is a 500-1,000ma one at selected voltages. Cut the adapter wire and strip the ends and connect it to the faucet system and your done.

Radio Shack Recommended Power Adapter

Video –

Here are some important tips the installation.

* Hose Installation – Make sure you insert the hose into the correct end of the spout. Also,  You must put the plastic guide piece in the end of the hose (it only fits on one end. The correct side is the opposite side with the free spinning ring on it). If you insert the free spinning ring into the either end of the spout, it will not come out and you have to call the factory. They will tell you that it is not covered under warranty and you should just return it to the place where you bought it.  It is really retarded.

* Spout Wire – If your looking for the wire hanging out of the copper threaded area of the spout, don’t worry, it is there and I found it pushed up inside as far as it can go. You have to carefully fish for it.

* Take your time * – I know, all you professional DIY’ers, this is not typical install. Plan, read the instructions, and read carefully. The install instructions are marginal, but ok if you have some experience.  The average plumber, paid by the hour will be challenged.  If your going hire a plumber or installer, make sure it is someone who has had experience in at least a few installations of this particular brand of faucet or you will pay for his learning time.

Delta Product Information for this Model

They do not make it easy to find the phone number for Delta on the instructions so here it is – 800 345-3358

Sep 072009

Doing a simple fix of replacing kitchen cabinets as a result of a flood can turn into a full blow remodel.

There are so many things to consider when tackling a moving remodel. You need to know your stuff and have some good friends in the trades. Tools at this point are important to have.

We started with replacing the cabinets and then they moved to updating the drains, getting that shower and bathroom on the first floor for our mother-in-law that lives with us can grow into a major project. Luckily, I have a pretty good idea of what I am doing and surround myself with some friends and other professionals in the business.

Lance Bell is a friend that knows everything about everything and is a great source of help and extremely knowledgable.

Craig Belmont is a long-time Contractor friend that does great work and has engineering knowledge that keeps me doing work by the city codes.
David Coleman, Gayle’s Brother is a Licensed Contractor and Fine Cabinet Maker by trade, and a very talented carpenter. He is cautious, neat, and very capable of just about anything you through at him. It is a pleasure working side-by-side with him as he is easy going and very meticulous about all he does. Today, we finished digging the footings for the beam that will be added to the ceiling so we can remove some of the wall and open up the kitchen-dinning room. Dave is designing cabinets for the kitchen and dining room. It looks like it will be very nice and just what Gayle, my wife, will like.

We are doing our best to stay in budget so that is why we are keeping it in the family.

Stay tuned and see some of the photos from Sunday August 6 and today,
Labor Day Work Photos 2009