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4 Quick and Inexpensive Bathroom Repairs-No Plumber Required

Ahh, the throne of your home for the king or queen of the castle is located here.  A place to relax and wash the troubles of the day away.   For a room that arguably gets heavy daily use in your home, you can expect that there are many small repairs that can creep up on you in a bathroom.  The good news is that most of the fix-its are very quick and easy and don’t require an expensive plumber bill.

Here’s a quick run down of common problems that can be remedied quickly and inexpensively:

1) Clogged Shower head: Hard water causes calcium buildup over time and clogged holes will cause uneven and reduced water flow.  Before resorting to removal or replacement of the head, you can try using a toothpick to remove the mineral deposits from the holes.  You can also try to soak the head in vinegar by filling a ziploc baggie full of vinegar and attaching it the head with a rubber band or tape and letting it soak for a few hours.  If this doesn’t work, you might consider replacement.

To remove the head, put a piece of masking tape around the arm (flange) for protection of the surface and using a wrench, loosen the shower head by turning to the left. The (flange) arm will stay in place.   Simply discard the old head and screw on the new one.  There are some pretty nice water saving heads available for less than $20.   Make sure you ensure a new watertight seal with white plumber’s tape.  The tape spool is usually blue with white vinyl tape and costs around $1 but well worth peace of mind to be leak free.

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A Home Remodel Series (Part 4-How to install wood flooring)

The finished project

Continuing our series on following the progress at my friend’s home remodel, part of their wood flooring in the dining room had been damaged by a water leak from the adjacent kitchen.

See what all we are covering in this series by clicking the link below:

http://agirlcandoit.com/2010/04/27/a-home-remodel-series-part-1-before-demo/

Wood floors add a lot of warmth and character to any room.  They are exceptionally durable and a good quality wood floor is meant to last for years and years.  Unfortunately, in the case of my friend’s home,  wood and water do not agree and the resulting buckled wood flooring was not salvageable.

Wood floors damaged by water leak

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5 Things Women Should Know About Home Improvements

Recently  Scott McGillivray  from HGTV’s “Income Property” appeared on the Today show and discussed 5 things that every woman should know about basic home improvements:

1)  Have a few basic tools on hand

Scott recommended a 12 volt cordless drill which is small and easy to hold and it is rechargeable in 20 minutes and can be used for a variety of projects.  Also recommended were a tape measure, stud finder (used to find the framing studs in your wall which is useful to know when hanging heavier objects on your walls), drill bit set, and a “sawzall” which is a handheld mini-saw

Here is an expanded version of what I recommend that every basic tool box should have:

http://agirlcandoit.com/2010/04/27/basic-toolbox-and-tools/

2)  How to properly insert a screw into drywall for hanging a picture

If you just insert a regular screw into drywall, it runs a good chance of becoming loose and creating a bigger hole when it wiggles out.  The best method is to use a molly bolt (also known as a drywall plug).  Look in the “fasteners” section of your local home improvement store for the drywall plugs; several types even have “weight ratings” to guide you on the type you might need for your task.

3) Patching a small hole

Oops you goofed and drilled the hole in the wrong spot or maybe you don’t want a picture in a certain spot on your wall any longer and a hole remains from the old nail or screw. Small containers of drywall patch are available at most home improvement stores in the paint section.  Some are very handy and even change colors as they dry to let you know they are ready to sand and repaint.  For small holes such as nail holes or screw holes, you can use the drywall patch and a putty knife and spread a little dab of the patch into the hole and smooth it out even with the wall surface.  Repaint as desired.

4)  Your toilet is running

The never-ending noise of a running toilet is not only annoying, but costly due to high water bills.  Common fixes for a running toilet: a) handle gets stuck  so you can just jiggle the handle to make it stop; b) sometimes the chain inside comes loose so all you need to do is reach inside and reset the chain on the hook;  and c) sometimes its the flapper at the bottom of the tank that doesn’t reset itself inside properly so it just needs to be pushed back into place.

5) Reset circuit breaker

Sometimes, a circuit gets overloaded in your home and causes the lights in one part of your house to go out.  All homes and apartments have circuit breaker panels and when a circuit is overloaded, a breaker switch clicks off.  Go to your circuit breaker panel and find the switch that went off and reset the breaker by turning the switch back on.  Obviously if there is an overload, you need to try to determine the cause and adjust.  Usual culprits are high voltage appliances like hair dryers on the same circuit as other high demand appliances.

See the complete video here:

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/26184891/vp/33448782#33448782