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Showers of Delight

Posted by Katie Marks | Mar 07, 2014

Until recently, “enjoy” was not a word most people associated with showers. Enjoyment meant long soaks in the bathtub. Showering was a utilitarian experience, used to...


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The Horrors of Drain Abuse

Posted by Katie Marks | Mar 05, 2014

Drain abuse. It’s a crime...or at least it ought to be considered one. Your kitchen, laundry room and bathroom drains work hard for years at maintaining high standards of...


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Hiring a Plumber

Posted by Katie Marks | Mar 05, 2014

If you're thinking of hiring a plumber, whether you need an emergency Los Angeles plumber or you're thinking about a long-term project, there are some things to know before you dive...


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The Peculiar History of the Toilet

Posted by Laura Firszt | Feb 13, 2014

Mention the unmentionable -- toilets and the, um, urgent function thereof -- to the average person and you’re likely to provoke a flushed face and a nervous giggle. Should you...


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Faucet, Tap, or Spigot?

Posted by Laura Firszt | Feb 13, 2014

Back in 1937, the Gershwin brothers composed a cute and comic love song entitled “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” which poked gentle fun at the contrast between...