Home improvement and renovation tips


How to install a toilet – Part 3

With your toilet bowl in position, you’re ready to add the tank. Lay the bowl on its side on a towel, and install the rubber gasket on the outlet. Insert the bolts provided, with washers, per instructions now. A standard setup would be bolt with rubber washer inserted from inside the tank, secured with a

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Save energy with an upstairs laundry room – 1

It came from the basement. Long tucked in a dusty, cold corner, a bare lightbulb casting eerie shadows behind it, it was ready to join the living… Then main floor laundry rooms became popular. Now, there was no longer a need to lug a load of laundry down to the dreary basement to wash it,

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How to paint 60s era panelling

Got some old panelling from the “dark” ages. What can you do? One option is to simply drywall over it. You can apply drywall directly on top of the panelling if you mark stud locations on the floor and ceiling, based on where you see nails in the panelling. Or you can pull it right

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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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