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Transforming Rooms

You can purchase an inexpensive tool at Home Depot that allows you to shut off the water by the street, (where the city employees read the water meter). I'm not sure what a plumber would say about this, but it gives us a feeling of extra security when the weather will be below freezing.

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according to our plumber... flush low flow toilets again before you leave, to clear waste and toilet paper from the pipes. he says the t.p. dries and hardens in the line, leading to a clog when you return. sounds believable to me.

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I have a room-by-room list since 20 years. From garden & exterior jobs that are being addressed the preceding day to last moment tasks like flushing all toilets and closing/ locking all windows. While it may sound silly to have a list for 10-15 tasks, it just makes life so much easier.


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