Pinhole Plumbing Leak Repair

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 use a repair coupling. There …

Installing Cabinet /Countertop Edging

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 the back of it. You …

Sliding Bathtub Doors Stuck

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 it down the head rail. …

Handyman Hint for Hanging Things on a Block Wall

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 iron that hang. They aren’t …

What if you Overtighten Toilet Bolts?

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 tight do you tighten bolts …

Wiring Connections To an Electrical Outlet

Replacing an electrical outlet is a very straightforward job.  When you connect the wires to an outlet, there are different ways to do it. You might notice that in the back of an outlet are holes where you can push the tip of the copper wire into. The metal connector inside the outlet holds the wire in place. To release …

Should I Repair or Replace my Kitchen Faucet?

A leaking kitchen faucet presents a quandary of whether or not you should repair or replace the faucet. The answer depends on several things. Probably the biggest factor is the age of the faucet. If it is old you might lean more towards replacing it. Along with it being old, there are probably other parts in the faucet ready to …

Water Heater Replacement Causes Air at Faucets?

Replacing a water heater is really a series of steps that ultimately lead to you taking a hot shower. When you remove a water heater, you drain it and install a new tank (assuming you are using a tank-style storage heater). That tank is full of air and you need to bleed the air out of the system. Once the …

Replacing a Plumbing Angle Stop

You might find yourself needing to work on your plumbing sometime, specifically replacing an angle stop. If your angle stop is dripping, you can try to slightly tighten the nut right under the handle but if that doesn’t work, you are likely looking at replacing it. You will need to turn off the water to the house. Some angle stops …

Toilet Exhaust Fan Stopped Working

When a toilet (or rather bathroom) exhaust fan stops working, things can get downright musty in there. Not only does an exhaust fan ventilate smells, but also moisture from a shower or bath. Fortunately, it shouldn’t be too hard to figure out. Before you grab a ladder, check to see if a GFCI outlet has tripped. You can press the …