Considering A DIY Faucet Installation? Start With The Right Tools

Posted by on Jan 20, 2016 in Uncategorized |

There are a number of plumbing tasks homeowners can perform on their own. However, the difference between doing it right and doing it wrong will begin with having the right type of tools and equipment on hand. Without the necessary tools, your job won’t just look unprofessional, but the likelihood of you causing damage and needing to call on a professional to repair your issues in the future is quite high. Before embarking on a new faucet installation, make sure you know what tools you need. Pipe Wrench A pipe wrench is a plumbing tool that is designed to fit securely around rounded, metal surfaces, such as pipes. When you need to install the new connection for the new faucet or remove the old connection, a pipe wrench will allow you to get a solid grip on the pipes so that you can rotate it more easily. Pipe wrenches are also adjustable, allowing you to get a good grip on the pipe no matter its size. Slip-Joint Pliers Believe it or not, pliers come in a number of forms. Make sure you have a slip-joint style. Slip-joint pliers typically come in one of two options, tongue and groove or multiple hole; however, they both are adjustable and they don’t have blades on them, which will help you make any adjustments without fear of damaging the fastener or any nearby pipes. If you make a mistake and get solid-joint pliers, you won’t be able to adjust the grip, and if you get cutting pliers, you could damage your pipes. Tube Cutter Tube cutters are used to cut tubes and pipes. Unlike like a handsaw, tube cutters produce clean and accurate cut lines. Clean lines will be especially important if you need to remove the old drain supply lines to install the new faucet. While a traditional sized tube cutter is generally acceptable for most jobs, if your supply lines are located near a solid structure, such as the back wall of the cabinet, you will need to purchase a mini tuber cutter to ensure proper access. Basin Wrench Make sure you have an adjustable basin wrench, sometimes referred to as a sink wrench, on hand. This plumbing tool is very helpful when you need to adjust fasteners in tight spaces where a traditional wrench can’t fit, such as under the sink. The basin wrench will help properly secure the new faucet in place to eliminate the risk of a leak. In addition to a faucet install, this can be used for a number of other tasks. For more information, contact Beebe Inc or a similar...

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Shabby Chic Bathroom Ideas

Posted by on Jan 20, 2016 in Uncategorized |

A new bathroom doesn’t have to look new. If you prefer the soft romantic look of vintage design or Victorian era d├ęcor, a shabby chic bathroom may be the relaxing oasis that you crave. The following ideas can help inspire your bathroom redesign so you can have the room of your dreams. Idea #1: Start on the Right Foot Few things are more elegant and romantic in the bathroom than an oversized clawfoot tub. You can hunt down a true vintage or antique beauty, or you can opt for one of the many replicas that are available. You aren’t limited to plain white enamel, either. Everything from pale blue and yellow, to a burnished copper look, is available. Choose side taps and an overhead rain-style shower head for the height of comfort and usability. Idea #2: Put It on a Pedestal The slender and elegant lines of a pedestal sink work well with a shabby chic theme. White is the preferred shade for the pedestal. If you do prefer a cabinet, opt for a distressed piece that has a hint of the past in its design. Instead of a regular sink, opt for a hand-painted, bowl-style basin. A pretty floral design matches the theme well. The bowl will be reminiscent of the washing basins so common in Victorian times. A slender tap with vintage faucet handles will complete the picture. Idea #3: Get Creative With Wall Coverings Lush yet simple wall coverings work well in a shabby chic bathroom. Once again, muted colors are preferred in this style. Consider installing a chair rail with bead board panels below and a simple vintage floral print wall paper above. The contrast between the crisp white bead board and the muted colors of the wall paper will complement almost any accessories you add to the bathroom. Idea #4: Keep It Classic Underfoot Nearly any basic light colored floor tile works well in a shabby chic bathroom. You can go with modern subway tiles, or simple white square ceramic. Another option is to opt for some of the more creative shapes that were common in vintage bathrooms, such as a small octagon. While wood isn’t a good option in bathroom due to moisture, you can use a wood laminate product if you like the look of wood. Contact a local remodeling contractor like Heartland Construction & Renovation to get started on your dream bathroom. They can help you find the best deals on replica vintage bathroom items so you can create a romantic retreat of your...

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What Might Cause Your Gas Furnace To Blow Cold Air?

Posted by on Jan 2, 2016 in Uncategorized |

There are several things that could cause your gas furnace to blow cold air, and not all of these problems require assistance from a furnace repair professional. Knowing the causes of this problem (and the solutions) can help you avoid unnecessary repair calls. In addition, knowing how to troubleshoot this problem can help you avoid having a cold home in the middle of winter. What might cause your gas furnace to blow cold air? Some of the most common reasons that your furnace might blow cold air include: Extinguished pilot light Clogged air filter Leaky air ducts How can you trouble shoot your furnace before calling for a repair person? If the furnace is blowing cold air, check the pilot light. Different furnaces have different instructions for checking the pilot light. However, your furnace should have instructions for locating the pilot light posted on the outside of the unit. Follow the instructions to check the pilot light and ignite the pilot if the flame has gone out. If your furnace is still blowing cold air, there are several things you can do to trouble shoot the problem before calling for a repair person. To begin with, you can try replacing the air filter in your system. If your HVAC system’s air filter is dirty, your air filter could be stopping much of the warm air. To replace the air filter, turn off the HVAC system and pull the air filter out of its compartment between the return air duct and the blower. Take the air filter to a home improvement center and purchase a filter similar to the old filter. Then, put the new air filter back in the slot and turn on the HVAC system. If the furnace continues to blow cold air after checking these two potential problems, this could be an indication of a leaky duct. To check the ducts, go into the attic of your home and inspect the ducts. If a duct is experiencing a leak, you’ll see a tear or a hole between one duct and the next. Wrap the hole with duct insulation and tape it in place with duct tape. What if none of these solutions seem to work? After all that, if your furnace is still blowing cold air, it’s likely that your furnace is experiencing a mechanical failure. If this is the case, contact a furnace repair person like Anytime Plumbing Services or others to fix your unit. He or she can check your system, diagnose the problem and make recommendations for...

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