Home improvement and renovation tips

Bathrooms


How to stop your toilet tank from sweating

If you have condensation on your toilet tank, you could be damaging your tiles or causing rot in your subfloor. This “sweating” occurs when moist air hits the cold sides of your toilet tank, so it stands to reason that warming up the sides of the tank will cure the problem. Of course, you could

Read More…

Read more in Bathrooms

Plumbing


How to stop a toilet leak (Part II)

Last time, we identified a few causes of water around your toilet. Here are some more. If the water’s still leaking near the tank, you need to replace the tank-to-bowl gasket. To do this, shut off and disconnect the water line. Flush and drain the tank as much as possible. Then remove the tank bolts,

Read More…

Read more in Plumbing

Tools


Push sticks and push blocks

If you use a table saw, you should use a push stick. Even if you’re not cutting a narrow piece of stock, which would otherwise bring your hands within a couple inches of the blade, you should get in the habit of using one or another variation. Kickbacks, jams, and other potential problems can throw

Read More…

Read more in Tools

More reno demo tips – plumbing protection

Eric Z, a long-time reader, experienced renovator/builder, and former owner of a large building supply store in Toronto, had some smart suggestions after reading our reno-demo checklist. “I lost an entire renovation,” he writes. “$40,000 in damage – due to a shut-off valve failing in the night the day before the new sink was to be installed.” As you can see from this photo, during the entirety of our long

Read More…

Five-point checklist for a trouble-free renovation demolition

A recent kitchen renovation reminded me, in some cases a little too late, about some key areas to cover up during a demolition or drywall mudding/sanding. Here you go. Mask doorways into other areas of the house Well, duh. Okay, I did remember this one. For a major old-house plaster demo or drywall sanding, 6 mil plastic and painter’s tape do the trick to seal the openings well. We stapled

Read More…

How to install a toilet – Tips

Now that we’ve installed a toilet, we’ll review a few tips to help you do the job with finesse. 1. It’s a good idea to pick up an extra valve just in case your soldering attempt isn’t up to snuff… particularly with a ball valve. Or do the job while the store’s open. 2. Use a MAPP gas torch when soldering such a valve. 3. When tightening the supply hose

Read More…