Home improvement and renovation tips

Bathrooms


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

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Plumbing


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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Painting/Decorating


Exterior painting tips revisited

If you’re finally getting round to that exterior paint job, here are some techniques to make it go a little more smoothly. Summer’s a great time to get that outdoor painting done. Only problem is, the hot summer sun can be hard on fresh paint. So work behind the sun. Start with the north side

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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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