Home improvement and renovation tips


The parts of a window

You probably know a few window terms; you can probably safely identify a sash. But if you’re going to do any serious window talking, here’s a glossary to help you pontificate with confidence. Sash Let’s definie it anyway. A sash is any framed piece of glass in a window. It might move, but it can

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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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Tool tips

Maintaining your house is important, not to mention our whole reason for being as do-it-yourselfers. But it’s also important to maintain the tools you use to maintain your house. Here are some easy ways to care for a few of your prized possessions. To keep your tape measure retracting smoothly and quickly, avoid getting it

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A mouse ate my dishwasher drain hose and I don’t know what to do! (A quick fix)

I don’t know why they’re here. It’s summer and it’s warm and there are lots of goodies outside. But I guess that’s why they call them house mice. The water under the sink appeared between one onslaught of guests and another dinner gathering that night. So I took my usual decisive approach to a problem such as this. I ignored it. Something must have spilled. It was a momentary leak

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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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