Bathroom / 12.06.2018

There comes a time in the life of almost every toilet when the fill valve has to be replaced. The fill valve is the mechanism inside the toilet tank that controls refilling the tank after each flush. Often, a fill valve goes bad because of the build-up of mineral deposits from the water that begins to interfere with the opening and closing of the valve, leading to a toilet that’s constantly running. Fill valves are inexpensive enough and not that complicated to install. Doing it yourself can save the cost...

Bathroom / 12.06.2018

Although it might not be as important as the tank or the bowl, the toilet seat is where you spend the most time. So it makes sense that a broken or uncomfortable toilet seat should be replaced as soon as possible. Toilet seats come in a wide variety of styles, colors, and heights. If you have a toddler, for example, you can replace the toilet seat with one especially built for toilet trainees. The elderly would benefit from a padded toilet seat, both for its comfort, but also for...

Bathroom / 12.06.2018

Dual flush toilets are great for those homeowners who are concerned about the environment and want to use less water. They're also helpful for saving money on your water bill. In some municipalities, they may be required in new build bathrooms. These toilets have a button mounted on the top of the tank that allows you to pick the size of your flush. The lower setting typically uses just under a gallon (3 liters) for a flush, while the higher setting is 1.6 gallons. Compare that to the older...

Bathroom / 12.06.2018

Dual flush toilets are used widely throughout Australia, Asia, and Europe. Conversion to high-efficiency toilets like dual flush models or composting toilets is proving slower going in the United States. The pros and cons of these water-efficient and environmentally friendly "green" toilets that offer two flush volumes must be weighed when deciding whether it's worth it to abandon the standard flush system and go for either a full fixture replacement or a dual flush toilet conversion, also known as a retrofit. Pro: Dual Flush Toilets Save Water A dual flush...

Bathroom / 12.06.2018

The more you know about your home the better. With a little knowledge, it is easy to figure out why your bills fluctuate from month to month or something starts making a funny noise. Whether you are trying to take control of your home or just being curious, understanding your toilet should be at the top of your to-do list. Most common toilet problems (like replacing wax ring, removing flange or replacing fill valve) can be solved with a relatively simple and inexpensive replacement of parts. It is very rare that...

Electrical Work / 12.06.2018

An intimidating job for those who have yet to tackle it, but it is really a straightforward task if the proper tools, techniques, and safety rules are in place. Safety First The number one rule for working on electrical switches, lights, or other fixtures, is to turn off the electrical power to the devise. And not only turning it off but verifying that the power is in fact isolated by trying it out after the power is off. The safest method for isolating electrical power to any type of circuit...

Garage, Painting / 12.06.2018

Painting a garage floor is one of the biggest facelifts you can give a garage. The garage is a room too. It doesn’t have to be drab. Not only will a durable epoxy coating dramatically improve the way you look at your garage, it enhances the value of your home, makes cleanup of spills and tire stains easier, and just plain looks good. Things You’ll Need Long-handled bristle brush Long-handled paint roller with three to six extra covers 1 or 2 gallons of muriatic acid 2-part epoxy floor covering...

Garage / 18.05.2018

When a garage door stops working or begins to start failing intermittently, it is important to carefully assess the problem before grabbing the first screwdriver you see, intent on fixing the problem yourself. Listed below, you’ll find a few common problems that homeowners can fix on their own, and those that should be left to a professional. Garage Door Parts The largest door in the home is also the most complex. Although there are several different types of residential garage doors, the two most common are the one-piece door and...

Garage / 18.05.2018

For many of us, the most frequently used door in our home is the garage door. Some of us don’t even carry keys to the front door anymore. We often overlook our dependence on garage door openers until we pull into the driveway one day and realize that our remote control doesn’t work. Below you’ll find a few things to try before you panic and call that expensive service company. If you are looking to fix your garage door, read this article here. Check These Things First if Your Garage...