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If you are installing a laminate floor and you aren’t going to remove the baseboard, you will need to span the gap with molding. The gap will be small but unsightly so you need to cover it. Quarter-round molding is small and is the customary molding to use, but really , any molding you like […]

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Junction boxes are the safe way to connect electrical wires. They have clamps that hold the cables and then the wires are connected once the sheathing is stripped from them. The box provides room to make connections as well as providing protection from the connections being hit or pulled. Home inspectors see this often. Up […]

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If you have water leaking from your tub spout, you need to determine the root cause. Does the spout leak when the water is turned on or does it leak when the water is off? If your tub spout also has a diverter on it to shoot water to the shower head, it is common […]

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A shower cartridge is the part inside a shower valve that controls the flow of water to the shower head. The cartridge is connected to a single handle that turns to allow the blending of hot and cold water. How to you know when the cartridge becomes worn? There are several signs of a cartridge […]

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Nothing says outdated like gold fixtures and accents: it’s time for a bathroom remodel. When you hear the word remodel, you start thinking big dollars, but it doesn’t have to be. Just changing the finish from an outdated finish to a new one can do wonders. There are a few modern finishes of which brushed […]

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A pinhole plumbing leak in a supply line can leak plenty of water. I had a customer call and discover that when he was hanging a picture, a nail penetrated through the wall and into the pipe. Things were okay until he pulled out the nail. For small repairs like this in copper, you can […]

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If you are creating a casual area with base cabinets and a countertop, you will need to plan how to finish the exposed edge of the counter. This can be done in several ways and each is pretty easy. The most basic is to use iron-on edging. This is a thin veneer with adhesive on […]

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If you have sliding tub or shower doors that are stuck, you should first focus your attention at the top of the doors. If you are looking to just open the doors to service the rollers (likely the root cause of the problem), you should be able to lift the door slightly and gently move […]

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Hanging items on a block wall is really a great beginning handyman job. The hurdle is what to use to support the weight, and how to you get it into the block? Normally, the things people hang on a block wall are somewhat heavy. I’ve seen a lot of Southwestern design items made of wrought […]

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Tightening toilet bolts is a fickle business. Whether you are working on the tank-to-bowl connection or bowl-to-floor connection, there is that fine line to want to creep up to but not pass. Toilets are made of vitreous china and if you put too much stress on them they can crack. So the question of how […]

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