Home improvement and renovation tips


How to install a toilet – Part 1

So, let’s talk toilets. Just realized that after all this time, we’ve never discussed how to install a toilet. We’ve talked about repairs and tips and tricks to make your toilet work, but not about how to put one of ’em in. We’ll figure you’ve got the rough plumbing in, and if you followed the

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How to stop a toilet leak (Part I)

If your toilet is leaking, and you’re not sure where it’s coming from, it’s time to do some detective work. Dry up the water regularly, and examine the area around the toilet. If the bowl and tank are generally wet, there’s a good chance it’s condensation, caused by cold water constantly running into the toilet.

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How to paint your basement floor

Last time, we listed three ways you could finish your basement floor and covered the pros and cons of each. Let’s get into the how-to. Paint is by far the most inexpensive — and the simplest — of basement floor coverings. Here’s how to do it right. If the concrete is brand new, it needs

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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

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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

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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

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