|Charles D. Persson|
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Charles D Persson performs the following free consulting services: light carpentry, plumbing, electrical, repair, detail, energy efficiency/renewable energy, solar hot water and photovoltaics (solar panels) repair, recomission and consultation, landscaping and irrigation repair, green building, owner/builder consultation, irrigation, drought tolerant landscaping, garden installation, drip irrigation, rainwater catchment, greywater installation, home efficiency, utility bill consultation, home generator service.
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Non-Permit water catchment and grey water systems are now options are in Davis, California.
2008-09-17 22:31:46 I recently had a problem with my stove, so I came to davis wiki and gave Charlie a call. Luckily he was available on extremely short notice and quickly found the source of the problem. He was very friendly and helpful in explaining what he was doing as well - I learned a lot in the process. Highly recommended. —rgysel Insert non-formatted text here
2010-02-08 22:24:43 Hey Rob,
What I did was look up some trouble shooting techniques for refrigerators. I'm guessing from what I read that the auto defrost is not working because of some kind of blockage to the venting in the freezer. Also there could be a slight leak in the door seal which would cause unwanted frost to build up. Either way you have to manually defrost the freezer and then test it out to see if it works normally.
Start by emptying the freezer and defrost it. You will want to plan on eating most of the really perishable items so that when you do unplug the fridge/freezer you wont be wasting food. When you do go to unthaw the freezer you will let it warm up until you can chip away (carefully) all of the ice. Once you get all of the ice and moisture out you can plug it back in and test. Put some normal freezer items in the freezer like ice trays and frozen veggies. Check the seal of the door also. Then make sure that the fridge is not working too much and overheating. Occasionally you will have to defrost for older models of refrigerators.
If after you test it out and get the same major frosting in the freezer and overheating of the fridge compartment you might try setting the temperature controls. If you still get improper function then you might want to look into getting an energy star refrigerator. Your old refrigerator can be picked up for a $30 credit from PG&E and there is a $75 rebate for qualifying new refrigerators.
Let me know how this works out and I'll attach a link to a trouble shooting web site that you might find helpful.
2011-11-14 20:54:11 Charlie did a great job installing an instant hot faucet downstream of our RO system. He was reliable, capable, and reasonable. Highly recommended! —LisaGoodin
2012-10-18 12:43:55 Charles did a great job on replacing my garbage disposal today. He was punctual, knowledgable, and made good recommendations. He was also very friendly, and his rate was very decent. I would recommend him to anyone who needs a handyman service. —AnyuSlofstra
2012-12-06 17:43:11 Toilet rebates from the city are a fantastic deal that goes through to next July 30th of 2013. Here are some details:
Effective dates 7/1/12-6/30/13
Existing toilet(s) replaced must be older than 1993 (3.5 gallons/flush or more).
New toilet(s) must be 1.28 gallons or less, with the U.S. EPA WaterSense® label.
New qualifying toilets must be purchased between 7/1/12 and 6/30/13. The program is not for new construction and is not retroactive to previously purchased toilets.
A copy of the dated store receipt must be submitted with the application
All program participants are subject to and must agree to have a post-installation inspection.
Toilets must be installed within City of Davis.
What are High-Efficiency Toilets?
High-Efficiency Toilets (HETs) use at least 20 percent less water than standard 1.6 gallon per flush (gpf) Ultra Low Flow Toilets. In other words, HETs use 1.28 gpf or less on average.
Basic types of HETs:
Gravity flush Toilets – use the weight of water to create a siphon action that pulls water and waste from the bowl.
Pressure-Assist Toilets – have a sealed vessel inside the tank and use air pressure to force a flush. —charlespersson