Windows / 12.06.2018

To fix difficult-to-operate blinds, peer inside the head rail, which is the long metal piece at the top of the blinds that holds them, and locate the square metal pieces or friction clips connected to the track. Remove one or all of the friction clips if the blinds are difficult to operate. This should solve the problem. Lightly pull down on the bottom rail or long metal piece at the bottom of the blinds to reactivate spring if blinds will not lift. Release the cord lock if blinds will...

DIY, Windows / 12.06.2018

One thing that most homes have in common is a lack of storage units. And oftentimes, the space in front of windows is under-utilized. Why not kill two birds with one stone and install an attractive window seat that doubles as storage space? It's a good idea to install solar window film to increase comfort and to save money on utility bills while cooling and heating the home. Designing the Window Seat It's a given that the dimensions of the window are not going to change, so that's a good starting...

Windows / 12.06.2018

The days of designing a home with few or small window openings in order to conserve heat are behind us, but it is not an inexpensive project to upgrade the old single-pane, wood frame types of windows of older homes and buildings. In order to make your choices easier, this is a guide to the most popular types of windows found in North American homes. Becoming familiar with the terms will also add to your enjoyment of the process. Awning - windows that are hinged at the top...

Windows / 12.06.2018

Chilly spring rain and layers of snow can conspire to introduce wet rot on residential wood. This also includes fascia boards, door thresholds and jambs, and wooden garage doors. While checking for this problem, take time to inspect the weatherstripping. How to Spot Signs of Wet Rot Obviously, a visual inspection is a preliminary way to detect damage due to moisture retention. What are some signs? Bubbling paintwork or spot flaking indicates that something is going on beneath the surface to make the paint lose its bond. But a visual isn't...

Windows / 12.06.2018

There's no getting around it; the hotter the weather gets, the more expensive indoor climate control gets. There are a number of things that can be done to the home to rein in energy expenditure and lower utility bills. Using solar window film to save energy is a good jumping off point. Save Money on Energy Costs Energy efficiency is all the rage these days, and people everywhere are looking for ways to save money on their utility bills. Today’s newer, more energy efficient homes are being built with Low-E...

Bathroom / 12.06.2018

If you walk into your bathroom only to find a foul odor (well, let's just say fouler than normal) or see a puddle of water seeping from underneath your toilet, you might have a broken toilet flange on your hands. The function of the toilet flange is to connect the lower part of your toilet, the bowl, to the inlet for your home's sewer system. In the old days, flanges were made of metal, but nowadays they are more typically made out of PVC or similar plastic. These flanges...

Bathroom / 12.06.2018

Although that pink toilet might have been the epitome of style back in 1955, these days it just stands out like a sore thumb. What's worse, these old toilets use much more water than newer toilets, costing you money in water bills. Luckily, removing an old toilet is easier than you think and, best of all, you don't even need to call a plumber. Read more about how to replace toilet seat and how to replace toilet wax ring. Turn off The Water An obvious step, but still nonetheless missed by some newbie...

Bathroom / 12.06.2018

Generally speaking, fixing common toilet problems is an easy task, although some adjustment might be required. This is particularly true when dealing with ballcock or float cup fill valves. The first thing to check when the bathroom toilet (or water closet) develops a side to side rocking motion is the set of bolts that hold it down to the floor. The nuts should be snug but not overly tight; the porcelain or vitreous china may crack. If you have problems with the broken toilet flange or toilet fill valve check out...

Bathroom / 12.06.2018

The most important consideration when deciding whether to replace your own toilet is the floor construction and age. Many homeowners have been dismayed to learn after pulling up their toilet that the wood subfloor is rotted or the cast iron pipes are corroded, or both. This is especially common in older homes that may have already had several replacements of previously leaking toilets over the years. And in older homes with cast iron plumbing, sooner or later the cast iron begins to deteriorate. If you live in a home that’s...