A Really Cool Bridge….Gotta Check It Out!

Are you afraid of heights? Tourists from everywhere are flocking to Zhangjiajie, China to visit the world’s tallest and longest glass-bottomed bridge and it is absolutely mind-blowing.

The Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge is located in the Hunan Province in China and it has shattered (no pun intended!) records across the globe. Adding to the list of China’s many world’s records — they now have an impressive bridge to add to that long and ever-growing list.

This wonderful piece of human engineering is the world’s longest and the world’s tallest glass-bottomed bridge.

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Basic Facts of Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge

 Length: 430 meters (1,411 feet)
 Width: 6 meters (20 feet)
 Height: 300 meters (984 feet)
 Highlight: The bridge bottom is paved with transparent glass, to give visitors a feeling of extremely thrilling and a better perspective of sightseeing. In addition, in the middle of the bridge, there is a bungee platform. When opened, it will be world’s highest bungee, measuring 270 meters (886 feet) above the ground.

The bridge was designed by Israeli architect Haim Dotan and for 138 yuan, or approximately $20 USD, you can visit this engineering marvel. It’s certainly an experience that you would never forget. This is quickly becoming a bucket-list item for many.

Before opening in August of 2016, it was estimated that the bridge would receive 8,000 visitors a day. However, it was exceeded far beyond they expected with 80,000 visitors a day.

Would you have the guts to cross this record-breaking glass-bottomed bridge? Watch the video and decide for yourself.

 

How To Replace A Hot Water Heater

When we arrived at home last night, I noticed that our hot water heater was leaking because the basin below it was full of water.  I inspected the tank and I notice some leakage coming from the  T & P (temperature and pressure) valve on the side of the tank.

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Why is the T & P Valve leaking? Well, the reason is this; what would happen if a one-way valve, or check valve, was installed on the water supply piping for the house?  The water wouldn’t have anywhere to go.  As the water heater heats the water, it expands, which builds up pressure in what is now essentially a closed system.  When the pressure builds up enough, the T&P relief valve on the water heater just does it’s job and relieves the excess pressure by leaking a little water. In theory, that is what the T & P valve is supposed to do, leak just a little water…..in our case it was a bunch of water…buckets!

It was too late to do anything about it, so I told my wife that I would replace the T & P valve in the morning…..a quick 15 minute fix and costing about 20 bucks.

When my wife tried to take a shower this morning, there was no hot water, so I went into the garage to check on the water heater….and low and behold, it was leaking like crazy! Oh man, I thought, I’ve got to change the whole water heater……bummer!  We had a new hot water heater installed at our Bay Area home a few years ago and it cost us around $ 1,200. Yikes! The average life span of a water heater is between 8 and 12 years. Our water heater was about 7 years old….a bit early on in the replacement cycle but we suspect that the high concentration of minerals in the water here in Las Vegas contributed to its short life.

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Notice all of the towels and rags in the catch basin below the water heater.

I thought about calling my buddies at Nevada Home Remodelers to do us a favor but I decided to do the work myself and save some money. We headed up to our local Home Depot and purchased a 50 gallon, 40,000 btu, natural gas hot water heater. It cost us $ 475.82 which included a new vent pipe and some pipe dope and sealer.

Removal

Our heater is gas so we turned off the gas turning the cut-off valve to the perpendicular position (see the red arrow in the picture below).

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  • Turn off the water supply and turn on all the hot water faucets in the house. Use a garden hose to drain the tank completely.

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  • Disconnect the pipes and remove the water heater. They can be heavy, so get a helper and be careful

Installation

  • Put the water heater in place and connect the pipes. Add connector hoses if your old water heater didn’t have them.

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  • Make sure the hot water faucets are still open and turn on the water supply. This keeps air from getting trapped in the water lines. Let the water flow from each faucet for one minute before turning them off. Reconnect your gas line connection, turn on the gas back on. Read the pilot light ignition instructions provided by the manufacturer to start up the burner.
  • Allow you water heater to work for about an hour then try out your system.

 

Checkout these DIY sites with wonderful tips!

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If you’re into DIY projects or are just interested in making simple but impactful improvements to your home be it inside or outside, you may want to checkout these websites.  These websites cover landscaping projects, interior improvements and simple fixer upper type projects.

For Handyman Type projects: “The Ultimate Guide To DIY Projects”

For Landscaping Ideas: “DIY Landscaping America”

For Home Remodelers: “The Best DIY Home Remodeling Projects”

Good luck and be safe with your DIY projects!

Our Arizona Adventure!

We just got back from our mini getaway to Sedona, Arizona, the Grand Canyon, Arizona and Meteor Crater, Arizona.  It was a quick 3 day trip that packed a lot of walking and beautiful vistas!  It was my first time to Sedona and I must say that the place has a magical and spiritual feel to it…..its hard to explain, maybe its the beautiful Red Rock mountains that surround this beautiful place along with its people? Who really knows but we enjoyed the unique adobe homes and laid back people.  My wife and I will certainly come back and spend more time here.IMG_3347

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Our next excursion was to the Grand Canyon…..a name fitting for such an amazing place! Its hard to imagine how this canyon was formed by the eroding forces of the Colorado river over millions of years! I was here several years ago and it never gets old because every time that you look down into the canyon, you’ll see so many new and different features that mother nature created for us to enjoy.  The weather was perfect because it was not too hot and there was a refreshing breeze.  We also enjoyed a great lunch at the Tovar Hotel…..a must go to place if you would like to experience an old world cabin feel.

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The last leg of our sojourn to Arizona wrapped up at the Crater Canyon…..initially I really wasn’t interested in going to this place but with some encouraging words from my wife, we made the quick trip from Flagstaff to this pretty cool place.  If you’re a geology fan or are just interested in how things on earth are formed….its a must see.  Its amazing to see what the impact of meteor is when it manages to enter the earths atmosphere.

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If you have a 3 free days to be able to spend time with your family, I would highly recommend coming to these beautiful natural beauties….its inexpensive and your family will have a ball!