Oct 12, 2016

Quick Green Update: Tips, Tricks, Troubleshoot Your Tapmaster

Tips, Tricks, & Troubleshooting: Tapmaster

Having minor difficulties with the Installation of your Tapmaster? Here are a couple of tips and tricks to fix and problems you may be having:

If the faucet drips:

First determine which valve is at fault, one of the valve blocks or the pilot/actuator valve by shutting off, in turn, with the faucet handle(s) the cold and hot water. If the dripping stops the corresponding valve block requires service, go to the valve block service procedure. If the faucet did not stop dripping, pinch off the yellow tube between the pilot/actuator valve and first valve block with a pair of needle nose pliers (pinch closed only, DO NOT CRUSH). If the dripping stops replace the pilot/actuator valve.

The water is very slow to shutoff or will not shutoff:

Turn off the hot and cold water supplies. Disconnect a green tube from one of the valve block barbs by prying back the sleeve and splitting the tube with a sharp knife (DO NOT overstress the barb it may break). Open the cold water supply shutoff partially while holding a small container under the appropriate green tube or barb fitting to catch the water. A strong steady stream should result. Using the same procedure test the flow from the hot valve block. If there is little or no flow go to the valve block service procedure. If the flow is good from the green tube connections, on both valve blocks, reconnect the green tube and disconnect the blue tube coming from the pilot/actuator valve at the valve block. Again using the same procedure, test the water flow coming from the blue tube. If there is little or no flow replace the pilot/actuator valve.

The water is very slow to turn on or will not turn on:

First verify pedal top is making solid contact with the pilot/actuator valve by removing the pedal top and operating the valve by hand. Next verify there is good flow in the blue tube from the pilot/actuator valve using the same procedure as in the above situation. If there is good flow reconnect the blue tube and disconnect the yellow tube coming from the pilot/actuator valve. With the water supplies turned on press the pilot/actuator valve while observing the water flow coming from the yellow tube. If there is a short burst of water go to the valve block service procedure. If there is none or just a few drops of water, replace the pilot/actuator valve. 

Noise from valve blocks while the water is running:

Turn off the cold and hot water alternately at the faucet to determine which valve block is the source of the noise. The corresponding valve block may have excessive debris trapped under its filter-screen and requires service. See the valve block service procedure.

Tapmaster turns off by itself and/or turns on when the toilet is flushed:

This behavior can be caused by a drop in pressure in the cold water line or a blockage in the green tube attached on the 6 barb waterline block. To fix this, remove the green tube from the 6 barb manifold on the waterline block, on the side going towards the actuator valve (cabinet door valve, kickplate valve, euro switch, etc.). Then, activate the Tapmaster and look to see if the water flows through the barb. If it does not flow, use a thin needle or pin and insert it into the barb to clear the blockage. Test again to ensure the water is flowing and reattach the green tube to the barb.

Valve Block Service Procedure:

Turn off the water supply(s) and disassemble the valve block by removing the four hex screws, take care not to lose the spring (see the illustrated breakdown). Remove the diaphragm and the filter-screen, clean all the ports in the body and manifold with vinegar or a commercial water deposit cleaner while paying particular attention to the small passages. Inspect the filter-screen and diaphragm and clean or replace as required (note: the filter-screen is a dual purpose part which functions both as a coarse screen for the main water flow and is a porous plastic with 25 micron filtration to protect the control circuits). Reassemble the valve block as per the illustrated breakdown and pay particular attention to the alignment of the body diaphragm and manifold. Take care not to crush the duck bill check valves on the diaphragm. Tighten the screws in an alternating crossing pattern. (hint: if the valve block is mounted use a little Vaseline or silicone grease to hold the spring in place).

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Oct 11, 2016

Quick Green Update: Pour-In-Place Rubber Mulch

Quick Green Update 

We stopped by our manufacturing plant of our Pour in Place Mats to see how things were coming along. It was quite a convenient trip considering it is right down the way from us, made at home in Fl, USA. We captured a couple of short videos; see below; to give you a preview of what the finished product will look like.

Advantages of Pour in Place are:
-Convenience-you are not limited to a certain rectangular or square dimension
-Depth-you can go as heavy or as light as you want with the pour
-Longevity-normal bagged mulch needs to be put out at least yearly perhaps twice yearly-it's time consuming and the costs add up
-Different colors are available

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Quick Green Update: Rubber Mulch Mats

Quick Green Update: Rubber Mulch Mat 

Earlier this week, we stopped by our manufacturing company that produces our Rubber Mulch Mats right here in FL-USA! Of course we are always overly impressed with their displays and information they provide to us so we can give it back to our customers. We took a couple of pictures so you can see first hand what going on behind the scenes and how our products are brought to you!

Displaying the Length
Displaying the Thickness

Top View

How Mats are Transported
Rubber Mulch Mat Outside

One single Roll

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Sep 27, 2016

Range Anxiety in Electric Vehicles

Range Anxiety is a Real Thing! Electric Vehicles are the Cause...

We all are aware of the new boom in electric vehicles, but how much do we really know? Of course with brands sticking their neck out for the crown such as Tesla, we have to know that electric vehicles are on a rise for consumers money to buy a vehicle. Granted, we can't all order and buy a Tesla now with their overly priced points, (one thing which Tesla is working on as we speak) but we can get a Prius that fits to the idea of owning an EV. 

After attending the National Electric Week and being mildly disappointed in the new cars that we were expecting, we did get a chance to hear what's in store for 2018.Tesla's Local Dealer Owner said that most Tesla's are very hard to run out of power. They offer a 600 volt charging station. For those of you who don't know how that correlates, that amounts to about 8-12 hours of driving time. Put even simpler, imagine a wall plug that provides 100 volts of power. Tesla chargers are offering 6x that power to get your four wheels rolling. 

Our main concern as a consumer we though about was when traveling, how do you get to the specific Tesla charging station considering it has been said that Tesla cars have to be charged by Tesla chargers and the universal Plug-In stations cannot be used. What do you do then?

Tesla SuperCharged Stations in U.S.A.
Well, when you purchase a Tesla, they give you an adapter that you can use at any charge port station you may be closest to. Of course a Tesla SuperCharger charges much faster than the universal ones, but do what you have to do to get back on the road when traveling right?

Also, the dashboard in the vehicle gives you notification to when and how long before you will be out of power. It will give it to you in miles remaining and estimated time remaining before no power. 

Not only will you have an estimate of power when you need to charge again, the Intellectual Driving System will also make sure it thinks for you. The IDS is in the makes to be put in the new 2018 Tesla which will provide drivers will eyes around the car. The IDS, practically driving for you, will tell you to get back in your lane and guide you back in as well, slow you down in the event of an emergency, and will make you aware of other road hazards you cannot see front and back of the vehicle. Sit back and relax while you get driven to your destination; just don't get too comfortable! 

Owning a Tesla compared to the other EVs, seems to decrease the range anxiety and have you make less stops to recharge. Though the big boom of EV has come; and there's more to come in the future; most people still view this movement as not a main industry one. It's a niche category of vehicles and most of the time it is hard to get people to change their ideals, especially when it comes to buying a car. The idea of alternative energy is becoming more widespread but it has not swept the nation just yet. When 2018 comes around, hopefully the new vehicles and the changes will sway more than a handful of people to make the transition.

The resale value of EVs are sadly tanking. Most people do not want to take the hours it take to charge their vehicle. Buying new EVs are around 30-40,000 but the resale of the vehicle about 2-3 years old is only 20% of the original cost. Spending only 6-7000 on a 2-3 year old vehicle sounds great, but it's the unforeseen headache attached with that. Luckily those buyers who are looking to resale their vehicle aren't loosing quite as much considering most EVs offer buyers incentives ranging anywhere to a 5,000 to 8,000 buyers credit aka a Federal Tax Credit for owning an EV. With the good there comes the bad. I guess it small terms its really how much you are willing to put in is what you'll get in return. EV are alternative sources for transportation as well as economically better on the environment if we want to look at the bigger picture here.

All in all it comes down to what makes you happy in the long run. Are you willing to work a little harder to save Mother Earth and your carbon footprint, or is it more important to save your time? We should all make small steps towards saving and reducing our impact on the world. EVs are a step in the right direction; they also have some consumer complaints to tackle. Either way take small steps in your personal life to save energy, water, Earth, etc.... however you choose!

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Sep 23, 2016

Quick Green Update: National Drive Electric(autos) Week 2016

National Drive Electric Week: September 10-18 2016

National Drive Electric Week is a nationwide celebration to raise awareness about the availability and variations in plug-in and hybrids vehicles. Electric vehicle options have been on the rise over the last ten years but many have not made the change due to personal reasons or the education about driving such vehicles not being readily available. National Drive Electric Week gears to educate and provide first hand experience for those who are on the edge of commitment. 

NDE week has been held for the past five years, giving event goers a chance to drive electric and even purchase electric vehicles in some cases. The event has been returning by popular demand and such large turn outs of supporters of the movement. The movement is aiming to provide more drivers with the advantages of driving a plug-in or electric vehicle versus non-electric vehicles. Most local electric dealers and advocates host, set up informational booths, press conference events, giveaways, and even offer test drive sessions during the week long event. 

During the event here in Satellite, Florida, we had the chance to meet one of the local Tesla Automotive Dealer owners who advocates for the change over to all electric vehicles. Though many new variations have not came out this year, we can be on the look out for 2018 when most dealers plan to reveal these new vehicles to the public. Tesla; one the all electric vehicles on the rise; came to show off at the event. Many on lookers were impressed by the sleek design and simplistic ease of access to the charger the Tesla provides. Of course there were other competitors who came to shake a tail feather but these are the top 5 to keep an eye out for:

5. Hyundai Electric SUV 
                  If SUVs and crossovers remain as dominant as they have in the last 10-15 years, the next step is to make electric options in the future. Hyundai, on the other hand, is reportedly planning to make an all electric SUV, premiering itself as the first of the company's. Company officals have confirmed of the SUVs arrival by last 2018.

4. Volkswagen e-Golf
                  While Volkswagen does not have a volume selling electric vehicle, this will change pretty soon with the arrival of the e-Golf in the US. This model will be a crucial part of the the manufacturers rebound into the electric vehicle industry. The highlight that makes this vehicle a great competitor: 186 miles in driving range! 2018 will be the year of electric vehicles.

3. Tesla Model 3
                  The Model 3 Tesla, already a game changer for the industry, began their 200 mile concept years ago. The Model 3 has captured the eyes of consumers around the world since. The rear-wheeled drive sedan is already at an 215-mile range and pre-orders are making the vehicle even harder to get your hands on.

2. Nissan Leaf 2.0
                  No specifics have been given by Nissan producers but the prototype of the Leaf 2.0 was presented at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. There is a model in production that is said to do a 200 mile range. The automaker did say that a 60 kWh car in coming years with an Intelligent Driving System. Again look out for 2018, this is when the date has been set for.

2016 Chevy Bolt EV
1. Chevy Bolt EV
                  Though some speak of the issues with the Bolt's styling, whats under the hood is the most impressive. A 200 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque to grab a drivers' attention, I think the style can be overlooked. Not only whats under the hood, but also the impressive spacious interior has many EV drivers content. Fast, spacious, and a 60 mph stop in 60 seconds is giving these EV cars on the market a run for its' money.

Becoming an Electric Vehicle owner is an important part of being green and saving our Mother Earth. If you have never considered driving an electric vehicle we strongly encourage you to take the time to educate yourself on the benefits of driving an EV versus an non-EV. You will truly be surprised and impressed by the changes and improvements made in the options for EVs. With the highs and lows of gas prices, the future wave is in owning an electric car; safe for the environment and cost effective on the consumer's pocket.

Are you ready to become a green driver?