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Screening

Screen comes in fiberglass, aluminum, and bronze.  Colors available are gray, charcoal, black, and bronze.  Fiberglass charcoal screen is preferred and recommended.   Charcoal screen, often referred to black, becomes practically invisible from the inside looking out.

For flat table top repairs: Do long side first usually along salvage edge, short side keeping it square to long side, other long side, then short side last.  Be careful to stretch screen perpendicular to frame, not at an angle.
For vertical in place screen installation: Do horizontal top side first keeping edge square to weave.  Fasten vertical side keeping edge square to weave and top side.  Fasten second vertical side pulling (perpendicular to frame) tight.  Fasten bottom pulling screen tight as fastened.
Waves, flops, and loose screen is not acceptable.
When using rubber spline, spline must be replaced if changing from aluminum to fiberglass screen.
Rapid Repairs recommends the Screentight screening system.  Seehttp://screentight.com

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Water Heater Odors

Water Heater Odors
Bradford White

3/21/13

Hydrogen Sulfide Odor and Chlorinating Water Heaters (#109)

Three ingredients are required to generate hydrogen sulfide odor that gives water its rotten egg smell: sulfur, hydrogen, and bacteria.

If any of the above elements are removed there should be no odor. It is not always possible to remove the trace of sulfur that is present in most water, and corroding metals generate hydrogen. Sulfur eating bacteria are resistant to heat up to approximately 225ºF. They are both water borne and air borne. A perfect glass lined tank, without an anode rod, would generate such a small quantity of hydrogen that it would not create an odor. However, there would be some corrosion and it would penetrate the steel in a period of time. The magnesium anode installed in the tank protects the tank surface but generates enough hydrogen to crate an odor problem when the hydrogen reacts with sulfur and bacteria. Removal of the magnesium anode and replacement with a Bradford White A420 anode rod may minimize the problem. Complete removal of the anode (magnesium or aluminum) will void the warranty and shorten tank life. The only satisfactory method to control the hydrogen sulfide odor is to control the bacteria. As a rule, public water supplies that are properly chlorinated will kill the bacteria. A private well system may be contaminated but, as a rule, it is the pneumatic tank and piping that is contaminated. A contaminated system can be decontaminated by use of a chlorine injector or other purification systems such as ultraviolet. This will destroy the bacteria.

The following steps outline the proper procedure for chlorinating a water heater:

Turn off the water and power supply or gas supply to the water heater.
Drain several gallons of water from the drain valve on the water heater.
Remove the Magnesium anode rod.
Pour a ½ to 1 gallon of bleach into the water heater through the hot water outlet opening.
Install the A420 anode rod.
Re-connect the hot water supply line to the hot water outlet on the water heater.
Turn on water supply and draw water at each hot water faucet in the residence until a Chlorine odor is noticed.
Once the Chlorine odor is noticed turn off the faucets and allow the bleach to sit in the water heater and water lines for a minimum of 3 hours, but a full day is desired.
After Step 8 has been satisfied turn on and draw water at each hot water faucet in the residence until a Chlorine odor is no longer present.
Turn on the power, or gas supply to the water heater.

Once all of these steps have been followed the water heater can be restored to its normal operating function. If you need to chlorinate your well system or other water system(s) consult Rapid Repairs or other licensed plumbing professional. If you have any additional questions you can call Bradford White’s Technical Support Personnel at 800-334-3393 for assistance.

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