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Dana Bostick


Pretty much any residential plumbing questions. For "item specific" details such as a specific model of fixture, I will need to research and there may not be any useful information available. Note: I live and work in Southern California. We do not, as a rule, use hot water or steam heating systems, oil fired boilers or private water wells so my knowledge in those areas is pretty limited. There are others here on AllExerts that can probably answer those questions better.

Experience in the area

Retired, Licensed General Contractor with Plumbing license. Active Home Inspector, Litigation Consultant and Infrared Thermographer, Online Marketing specialist.

Publications "Rain Maker" as "Inspector Dana", about making money online.


30+ years in the building trades, Licensed General Contractor (Retired), Certified Infrared Thermographer Internet Entrepreneur, Amazon & eBay Merchant (deals-by-dana)

Awards and Honors

Listed FHA Fee Inspector, FHA 203(k)Consultant, HUD Mobile Home Inspector

Past/Present Clients

Home buyers, sellers and owners, Investors, Commercial roofing companies (infrared roof scans for moisture intrusion, Litigation Consulting for "Slumlord" laws in SoCal

What do you like about this subject?

While I'm no longer actively contracting, I do like to "keep my chops up" by answering these questions. I have many, many years in the building trades and love to share my knowledge and help others.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I still follow new developments in the field about new materials etc. I often discover new things while researching information about the questions I receive.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

You know what flows downhill, payday is on Friday and don't bite your fingernails. (plumber inside joke)

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

"Green" is a new HOT buzzword. Taking the same old product and changing the slant of the advertising and the packaging does not make it "green".

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Recent Answers from Dana Bostick

2015-11-19 New Bath Tub Installation:

Hello Jake,  Yes, replacing an above floor tub with a conventional type will require re-working the drain system. Normal tubs require the trap to be below the floor.  Look at this page... http://edmondbathtubrefinishing

2015-11-18 water heater:

Hello Nancy,  Typically the cost of operation is less for a gas heater than electric but that varies per location.  The "Power Vent" feature is part of the water heater design, not an add-on system.  

2015-11-12 sewer line root killer:

Hi Roland,  No personal experience. It's more of a "homeowner" tactic. Obviously, the problem should be located and repaired but I understand the costs. Possibly substantial depending on the circumstances

2015-10-31 stuck Delta faucet:

Sort of stuck if you cannot get the handles off. You may need to destroy the faucet and just replace it.  That seems extreme though. I don't recall anything unusual about these faucets, the handles should

2015-10-31 stuck Delta faucet:

Hello Andrew,  This type of "spread" faucet is installed from the bottom. The top nuts are accessed by removing the handles and trim rings if any. Unscrew these nuts and lower the faucet assembly down


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