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Toilet Seat Screwdown

Not exciting, but a quick way to save a $20 Bill.. Works for me..

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Unclog Drains Without Plunging

There are so many drains in our homes and from time to time they get clogged. We've all been there. I wanted to share some ways to unclog drains with natural products and without using a plunger. You can see more of my crazy creations here*Everyone's got different kinds of pipes, home temperatures, etc. Please know what you are working with so you know what your limits are with your toilets, sinks, pipes, etc.

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Water Leak Repair (Part 1) – Install a Frost Proof Faucet

Happy New Year everyone! For our first post of 2018, we're getting down to some serious home repair issues starting with water leaks.Some of you may remember the reveal of my craft studio in our newly finished basement. I was also supposed to reveal the mancave right on its heels, but there was a good reason why that didn’t happen for a long time. One morning I went into my craft studio and noticed a swooshing sound coming from the area carpet underfoot; not a good sign. I then found this on top of my dresser:

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How to Install a Toilet in 1 Hour or Less

Today we're going to share how to install a new toilet on a tile floor.Specifically American Standard's one-piece Cadet 3...which is an awesome toilet for small bathrooms.Why should you learn to do this project?Well, for one it'll save you a ton of money. Second, it's good to know how a toilet works.When there's a leak you'll have the ability to fix it and save even more money!!!Let's dive in and see how to replace a toilet on a tiled bathroom floor, we have a ton of great tips.

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Cast Iron Sink Restoration Project

We just love cast iron sinks and this one was in great condition for its age. Other than some minor wear and tear from years of service, this sink was in pretty good shape. The question, was; can we restore it and make it more suitable for this kitchen restoration project since white really wasn't going to go with the design plan.

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How to Remove Embarrassing Bathroom Odors, With an "MG"

Here's a overview of how to install Manderley Gates SR/1 "MG" Toilet Odor Venting System

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Replacing Copper Pipes & Fittings with the Best Plumbing Supply Ever

How do you replace old corroded copper pipes and fittings if you only know the basics of plumbing? And can you do this without spending a ton of time and money?
I was asking myself these questions when I noticed a leaking shutoff valve in our basement ceiling. Fortunately for us homeowners we live in a time when you can do simple plumbing projects without having to solder copper pipes together.
My neighbor recently paid his plumber $160 to replace a 6 inch section of copper pipe and a faulty shutoff valve in the ceiling. When I asked how the plumber made the fix my buddy said the plumber (who I recommended to him) used the SharkBite fittings anyone can buy at the local hardware store.

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Why You Need to Replace Your Shower Head - Every 6-Months!

This is not my opinion, this is the recommendation of medical and scientific experts that have documented a Recommended Cleaning and Maintenance regiment - in response to the serious threat that some disease-causing bacteria can grow in shower heads and infect the lungs of at risk patient groups. Go to the following web article for more details:
The purpose of this post is to inspect and disassemble a shower head that is over 6-months old to determine if there are any signs of the biofilm clusters (bacteria) that the experts are warning us about. I have provided pictures throughout the disassembly process to record the observations.
Please note that my readings tell us that the white and pink crust in - and on - the shower head are not "hard water scale" - they are actually biofilm with additional contaminants stuck to its fatty protective layer that create clusters. It is tiny parts of these bacteria clusters that break loose and become atomized into droplets as they are shot out of the shower head. These bacteria contaminated droplets are inhaled right into your respiratory system as you breathe in the shower.

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Soldering Quick Tips

Soldering tips can make a BIG difference.
...the difference between getting frustrated and having an easier time or
...the difference between burning down the house or NOT!!!

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How to Unclog a Sink Like a Pro

Many of you asked me to do a tutorial on how to unclog a sink.
So I put an extensive tutorial together that walks you through this easy fix (it's like you're right in the bathroom with me!!). This is probably one of the Top 10 fixes a homeowner encounters. And the funny part is that I had to unclog my own sink last weekend. What timing.
All you need for this project are a Zip It ($3), Drain Auger ($28), channel locks, tupperware container, towel, and 30-60 minutes. Check out my step-by-step video by visiting

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Water Leaks: 3 Plumbing Tips that Will Help You Avoid Problems

Our house has suffered from its fair share of water disasters. And unfortunately we've come home to find water leaks in our ceiling just above our kitchen (this happened as we walked through the door from a red eye flight back from Seattle, NOT FUN!).
I've also handled numerous calls from our tenants that have dealt with overflowing toilets, faucets leaking, washer hoses bursting, you name it.
So after my neighbor had to replace his water pressure regulator I decided to share easy plumbing tips that you can act on today or over the weekend that will help prevent water leaks:

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Replaced Your Toilets Flapper and It's Still Running?

If you have a toilet that continues to keep running even after you've replaced its flush valve flapper try this simple fix.

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Angie's List: How To Caulk Your Shower

There's no expiration date on caulk, but when it begins to peel and turn different colors around your bathtub or shower, you'll know it's time. Luckily, caulking requires just a few tools and materials, making it an easy DIY project for handy homeowners of every skill level.

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Don't Cut the Concrete Slab - Drill a Tunnel Under It Instead

Problem: 50 year old galvenized pipe is failing, and replacing it requires getting under, over or around a 12 foot wide concrete patio. We decide to go under with a long steel pipe, a sledge hammer, and a garden hose with brass "jet" nozzle.

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Easy Peasy DIY How To: Fix a Too Cold Anti-Scald Bath Fixture

Shower or bath not getting hot enough? Your hot water tank is fine, so what's the problem? An anti-scald bath fixture may be raining coldly on your parade!

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How to Clear a Clogged Sink Drain (Without Chemicals)

If your sink drain is backing up, try these simple steps to clean out the trap before you shell out money for a plumber (or a liquid plumber).And for more easy home maintenance and DIY tips that anyone can do, be sure to follow me over at Single Girl's DIY.

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Unclog a Toilet Without a Plunger

This is the coolest trick to unclog a toilet. It's so much cleaner than using a plunger. I can’t promise it will work every time for you, but it worked every time I tried it. All you need is dish soap and hot water.

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Common Apartment Problems - How to Be Your Own Handyman

One of the main benefits of renting rather than owning is the fact that when something needs fixin’, a call to the landlord is all that needs to be done! However, sometimes it is much quicker and easier to handle simple repairs on your own — especially if you deal with a very busy property manager who may not have the bandwidth to respond to your problem immediately.
Here’s a quick 101 on several basic home fixes even an amateur can handle without assistance.

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Clog Prevention: The Usual Suspects

Preventing clogs is so much easier, and less stressful, than having to fix the problem later. Here are a few quick tips to help you around drains:
-Avoid flushing solid items down the drain when possible. Cooking grease is particularly problematic and it solidifies as it cools.
-Place a stainer over the drain in bathtub and shower to catch hair. Be sure to empty it after each shower or it will clog up.

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How to Caulk a Bathtub (Beautiful Results)

What should you do when caulking a bathtub? Fill it with water. This sounds weird but it works.
Of course the first step is to remove all the old caulk.
Which tools should you use?

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How to Install a Kitchen Faucet

Fortunately, installing a kitchen faucet is now a DIY project, thanks to manufacturers simplifying the process. Pretty much everything required for the install comes with the kitchen faucet. Occasionally, a kitchen faucet will require a special tightening tool, and that’s something the manufacturer will provide.
View the full article:

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5 Key Tips to Avoid a Water Damage Disaster in Your Home

It’s every homeowner’s nightmare. Ryan S. was relaxing in his favorite chair one evening with a bag of chips and his favorite TV show, waiting to put a load of laundry in the dryer. He suddenly heard water splashing and ran into the bathroom to find filthy water flowing out of the bathtub drain and pouring out of the toilet, rushing towards the lovingly-refinished hardwood floor in the hallway. A clog in a drain pipe buried in Ryan’s yard had caused a disgusting and costly backup into his beloved home when his washing machine started to drain. Before he knew it, Ryan had huge repair costs on his hands. Don’t let this happen to you! Read on to learn about preventing budget-busting water damage and protecting your home.

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El Nino is Back! 10 Ways to Prep Your Home

Remember El Nino? That sometime-in-the-‘90s storm sensation that produced crazy weather? Well, he’s backkkk! That’s right, El Nino, an area of warmer-than-average water in the eastern Pacific Ocean near the equator, is ready to wreck winter havoc on the United States during the winter of 2014-2015. While El Nino has not developed yet, Weather Channel forecasters expect a weak to moderate El Nino to emerge over the winter months and potentially persist into the spring.
So what does that mean for you?
Bitterly cold temperatures in the United States, especially on the East Coast and in the Deep South.

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Top 5 Tips to Prevent Plumbing Problems This Thanksgiving

For many, the day after Thanksgiving is about family time and the Black Friday shopping extravaganza. For residential plumbers nationwide, it’s the single busiest day of the year. In fact, plumbing problems spike 50% the day after Thanksgiving. Think about it. You’ve delighted in turkey and sweet potato casserole, and now your wayward scraps and greasy dishes are stressing your sink and clogging your drains.

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The Easiest Toilet You'll Ever Install

As many of you know I helped remodel my Sister's bathroom and this involved tearing out the old blue 1970s toilet. Since the total area was roughly 25 square feet she decided to go with a round Cadet 3 toilet by American Standard.
This was by far the easiest toilet installation I've ever done. Primarily because you only need one tool to do it and it's provided with the toilet!!
And for once I didn't have to cut the closet flange bolts that come up from the floor because they decided to make the plastic covers tall instead of short.