Shower Diverter Replaced Now Leaking Downstairs

When someone says they just installed a new shower diverter, but now they have a leak downstairs, that is a pretty good indication that the diverter installation didn’t go so well. If you were to remove the tub spout diverter you would likely see just a bare pipe (although some are screwed onto threads). With the bare pipe type installation …

Handyman Tip for Avoiding Furniture Scratches on Floor

A quick handyman fix for avoiding scratches on your wood floor by furniture is only minutes away. Wood floors are beautiful until they get scratched up. I see this often in home offices where a desk is the culprit. Some people will push away from the desk and instead of the rolling chair moving, the desk does and it leaves …

I Can’t Unscrew my Faucet Nuts

Replacing a faucet starts with removing the old faucet. Occasionally, this can be a real chore. Typically you are laying on your back trying to feel your way up to the underside of the faucet to get a wrench on the nuts. The nuts hold the faucet to the sink, and so these must be removed before you can install …

How to Replace a Gate Valve With a Ball Valve

A ball valve is superior to a gate valve and only costs a few dollars more. So, whenever you have the opportunity to install a valve, it’s a good idea to use a ball rather than a gate. They install in the same way, so really it is silly not to spend a few more dollars and get a superior …

Trim Baseboard Molding for a Laminate Floor

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 will work, so long as …

Use Junction Boxes for Secure Electrical Wire Connections

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 in an attic a homeowner …

Water Leaking From Tub Spout

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 for some water to leak …

Turn a Gold Bathroom into a Brushed Nickel Remodel

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 nickel is one. When you …