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Let’s fix your broken toilet


It is important to acquaint yourself with your toilet and its parts. Get to know how they are made and how they work. This will assist you in case you experience any problem to do with broken toilets. Some of the most common problems associated with toilets include clogging, leaking, difficulty or refusing to flash, weak flushing, among others. You can be able to fix these problems on your own since they are just simple procedures that would take only a few minutes of your time and save you the inconvenience of having to get someone who will fix it for you at a fee. Let’s see for example how to fix slow flushing and clogging.

Fix a broken toilet’s slow flush

In most cases, a slow or weak flushing toilet is as a result of clogging of the small holes underneath the rim of the toilets bowl. These are the holes through which water for flushing passes through and into the bowl. As a result of this blocking, too little, or no water gets into the bowl causing the poor flushing. You may clean the holes with a straightened out paper clip or alternatively, you can just use a simple wire to remove any solid particles blocking the holes.

Fix a clogged toilet

You don’t always need to call a plumber to help you unclog your toilet bowl. You can be able to fix some simple clogs yourself by use of household equipments. You can unclog the toilet bowl by using a bleaching agent. This is done in case the blocking material is just simple fecal matter. Pouring about a liter of the bleaching agent into the toilet and allowing it to reside for some time, say up to 180 minutes, followed by flushing will perfectly well force the clog to drain.

In case these simple methods do not work or help much in fixing broken toilets, then the problem is probably of the magnitude that requires a professional plumber.

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Why you need to build a new laundry cabinet… right now.


We all know that storage space for clothing and linens is crucial to the organization and function of a home. However, the importance expands far beyond simply storing the clothes, but also providing space in the area that helps to wash and preserve clothing and linens the laundry room. The process of doing laundry can take several hours, depending on the size of your clothing pile. With that said, it is vital to utilize most space to accommodate your needs within your laundry room. Whether you have a small area with a compact washer and dryer combo or an actual larger room dedicated to washing clothes, space efficiency and function are of the utmost priority.

Basic storage can be used for items such as detergent, cleaning agents, fabric softener, and other laundry care-related products. Since these items are heavily used, they should be stored in an area that is within close reach. Above-head cabinets are usually the most commonplace cabinets found in a laundry room. Such cabinets are usually made of materials such as melamine, laminate, or veneer. They are usually a duo and rest just above the washer and dryer for quick access. By using a cabinet, you can hide the clutter and keep cleaning products concealed with cabinet doors. Though these above-head cabinets are standard, for some, they might be too high to reach. Thus, a small corner caddy or simple shelf can be used to store detergent and other laundry care products. Caddies can be made of wood, plastic, or other synthetic materials, only resting on the extra floor space. If you do not mind the openness of a shelf, a large shelf can be used above your washer and dryer in place of a cabinet.

A large problem that many households have is running out of sufficient storage space in the laundry room. As the kids grow up, and more things need to be washed, it is important to anticipate your future needs. Many premade cabinets can be added to extra wall space if needed. These cabinets are usually easy to install and do not require much assembly. Wall cabinets help to maximize space if you have a smaller laundry room. If you have extra storage cabinets and space, you can utilize your laundry room to store extra clothing and linens. This extra storage will allow you to maximize use of other cabinets or closets in your home that would usually store extra linens.

Custom cabinet accessories can be installed, such as a rod to hang clothing straight from the dryer to prevent wrinkles. Hooks to hang clothing, as well as irons and an ironing board can be installed behind the door or on extra wall space. Clothing Sorters and hampers made from canvas or mesh are ideal for organizing dirty clothes by color or washing requirements. Utilizing cabinets and accessories to store all of your laundry-related items keeps your home clutter-free. Thus, you can maximize functionality and wash clothing effectively in an organized and clean space.

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How to build a closet built-in: simple steps


Nowadays, projects that allow you to do-it-yourself have become in demand because they give homeowners a way to save money and be in control of the project. This is very true in regards to closets. People tend to want to learn how to build a closet so that they can build something that suits their need as well as the needs of the home. Building a closet is simple as you long as you follow some basic guidelines. After reading the following steps, you will be able to learn how to build a closet in a very simple and effective way.

1. Create the plan or design of your closet. You will be able to do this after identifying your needs. Do you need more space for hanging your clothes? Do you have many shoes or bags? Is your closet space small? By answering these questions, you will know what kind of design you should make. You have to get the exact measurements of your closet space for you to be able to construct the right-sized closet space.

2. The next step on how to build a closet is to get all the supplies and tools that you will need to start your project. You will probably need, a hammer, nails, paint, screws, drivers, closet handles, a saw and much more. Be sure to list all items on paper first so that you can make just one trip to the hardware store. This will save you much time instead of having to run back and forth wasting time because of something you forgot.

3. Now that you have everything that you need, try to construct the closet. This is easy as long as you have basic skills in carpentry. And if you already have a plan and design for the closet, then you will be fine. Just follow your plan and you will never go wrong. You can also ask the help of a friend who has experience in making closets if you are still clueless.

4. After you are finished with constructing the closet you will then need to start painting. Pick a color that will go well with the rest of your bedroom.

5. Now you just have to wait for the paint to dry. You can now organize all items and clothing in your newly custom built do-it-yourself closet.

A Do It Yourself Guide to Installing a Door Knob


A door knob is a functional piece of hardware that is used to open and close a door, but they go beyond function. One can add beauty to a door both interior and exterior and can be made of many materials and many styles to compliment any home.

Firstly choose the right door handle

The first step is to choose the right one for your door. A shiny new stainless steel door knob will not look right in a more traditional style interior. Always consider the style, color, and material when choosing a new door knob, ensuring that it fits with your interior design. Bedrooms or Bathrooms and exterior doors may need locks. When choosing a door knob to ensure that you think about who will be entering the room, have you got children or people who are physically challenged? Always buy the new door knob before you remove the old one, hold it up to the door first to ensure that it fits with the decor and will cover the hole once the old one is removed.

Tools needed to install.

A screwdriver or two is all that is required for the job. The kind of model and brand will determine which, screwdriver you will need.

You may need all of the following or just some, it all depends on the kind of door knob that you have chosen:

A small flat headed screwdriver
A large flat headed screwdriver
Phillips screwdriver
Allen wrenches

How to remove your old one

You need to locate the base plate; this is the rosette. Unscrew any screws on the rosette on both sides of the door. The mountain plate which is an additional plate needs to be unscrewed and removed on both sides. Remove the screws that on the face plate which, is situated on the edge of the door, this acts as a guide for the latch to fit into the door. Remove this and then the latch. Remove the flat metal plate which, guides the latch when it is closed; this is known as the strike plate.

Now it’s time to install the new door knob

Firstly you need to attach the flat metal plate that goes on the frame with the screw provided. This plate catches the door latch when the door is closed. You need to secure the latch to the edge of the door with the screws provided. Point the curved side of the latch toward the direction the door closes as this is very important. If the latch is put on backward it will not close.

It’s now time to line up the mounting plate; these are the circles that will be fit on both sides with the latch mechanism. Usually, there are two screw holes that attach the mounting plates to the door. Screw and tighten the screws making sure that the mounting plates are flush against the door. Some door knobs require you to do this on both sides while others require only a single side. You may also need to insert two long screws to hold it all together. Do a final check to ensure that the mounting plate circles completely cover the hole before tightening the screws down.

A square-shaped rod runs through your door knob it is called the spindle. In the hole of the door put this through the latch mechanism in the hole. If your spindle is not already attached, slide it through the hole. Line up the other on the other side. Make sure the square shape of the spindle fits into the square hole. Tighten the screws to the mounting plates, pressing them together. To make sure it is lined up correctly open and close. Once you are satisfied with the function, begin to attach the rosette that covers the mounting plate. Your new door knob is now installed.

How To Install Flooring


For home improvements, hiring a contractor just to install tiles for flooring isn’t necessary. It also is true when you are dealing with small rooms. So before wasting more money than your actual remodeling needs here is my guide on how to install flooring:


  • Clean the base floor. Make sure that the floor is free of dirt, grease, or oil. Clean it with environmentally safe chemicals, or alternatively, we can use detergents.
  • Flatten the floor. Remove any unnecessary spots that can appear through the floor tile thus ruin its appearance.


To locate the center of the room, first, mark the center of the walls. Disregard any offsets or irregularities.
Locate the center of the east wall and west wall, then make a line starting from the center of the east wall until it reaches on the west wall. Do the same for the north and south walls.
The intersection of the two lines that you have just created is the center of the room.


  • Begin by laying loose tiles on the guide that you just created.
  • Start from the center of the room then follows your trail until you reach the walls.
  • The distance between the tile and the wall must not be less than 2 inches nor more than 8 inches. If this happens, readjust the center line that is parallel to the wall by 4-1/2 inches.


  • Open all the cartons of tiles to use.
  • Create a pattern by laying 4×7 tiles, in this way; you will get the whole idea of the floor. You can choose whatever pattern you prefer.
  • If tiles are in one color, plan the pattern by the grain. If there are more than two colors, carefully design your pattern to prevent similar colors lying next to each tile.


  • Follow the instructions of your tile cement product. Spread a coat of the cement or adhesive on one-fourth of the floor. Use a notched trowel, brush, or roller for this step.
  • Most cement will dry for about 15 minutes, but it still varies depending on the temperature and humidity in the room that you are applying the tile.
  • After 15 minutes, feel the cement by placing your thumb on it. If it is tacky and not sticky, the cement is ready.


  • Begin to lay the tiles at the center of your markings. The first tile must be exactly square with the lines. All other tiles will line up incorrectly if the first tile is wrong.
  • Do not slide tiles into place. Make sure that tiles are butted firmly and do not have any gaps.
    Lay the tiles according to your pattern. Lay it alternatively toward each wall.
  • For a border tile, place a loose tile on top of the last tile. Add another tile and place it against the wall. Mark the tile. Cut the marked line.
    For obstructions: Create a paper pattern that will fit around obstructions then trace the pattern on the tiles. Cut the traced pattern.
  • Installing flooring is easy, just follow the instructions below, and you’ll get a tiled floor in no time. So you see, not all your remodeling needs require contracted work.

How To Use & Choose LED Lightbulbs


Light-emitting diode bulbs are amazingly energy-efficient in operation. Studies have revealed that LED lights will only make use of one-tenth of energy when compared to incandescent bulbs. Light-emitting diode bulbs are always available for your home lighting projects once used only in electronic equipment. The truth is that led-emitting diode bulbs no longer look sterile and cold. They can be found in warm colors and tones. LED bulbs are suitable for a gamut of uses such as spotlights, dimmers, and grow lights. LED lightbulbs are highly expensive to purchase. However, using led-emitting diode lights will result in significant long-term savings, since lighting represents about twenty-five percent of your home energy costs. Is your quest for how to use led-emitting diode lightbulbs? With the step-by-step information in this article, you can be sure to make use of your next LED bulbs easily.

Step 1:

The first step to take is by determining where you want to position your led-emitting light bulbs. They are energy-efficient, which implies that these bulbs can be used anywhere in your home. You can make use of dimmer-friendly led-emitting bulbs in fixtures regulated by dimmers. For grow lights, you can as well make use of full-spectrum led-emitting bulbs. To focus attention on a piece of art, simply make use of a led-emitting spotlight. The attribute you want in led-emitting bulbs should be noted before use.

Step 2:

Next on the light is to determine the wattage value of the led-emitting diode light you want. LED lights are designed to use little electricity. This means that the wattage numbers for LED lights are lower than a compact fluorescent or incandescent bulb. For example, if you want to replace a sixty-watt incandescent light, simply buy a 6-8 watt led-emitting bulb.

Step 3:

Select the kind of bulb base that fits into your requirements. LED lightbulbs are uniquely designed to fit your existing power mains or sockets. Finally, you can buy and use accordingly.

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