Remodeling Tips and Reviews

Replacing that old diverter faucet in your tub area

Replacing that old diverter faucet in your tub area

Eventually it happens, the tub fixture looks like it was dragged behind a car during rush hour and it needs to be replaced along with the handles.  This is an easy fix and you can easily purchase a remodel kit that does everything you want to update the freshness of the tub area. As always, please make sure and turn off your water.  Almost all older tub...

How not to build a Shower Pan

How not to build a Shower Pan

Recently, I came on a job where the shower was mid way through complete and had numerous problems with how it was being done. First, they had used green sheetrock for the walls, which any pro knows is a big no no. Its not a matter of if water gets behind the tile but when and how much. But, the bigger problem was the shower pan. The drain was unlevel above the...

Quick fix for those banging and hammering pipes

Quick fix for those banging and hammering pipes

Do you have loud banging going on when you turn off your water? This is caused by the water pressure in your pipes and when you cut off the water suddenly, it has no where to go so it creates a wave of sorts as it hits the now closed valve and moves back the other direction. This sudden change in direction will make a poorly secured pipe bang or hammer and put...

Fixing a leaky tub or shower valve

Fixing a leaky tub or shower valve

That annoying drip is starting to really get under your skin in the bathroom. You think it might even be cutting into your sleep. But how to fix it? It’s not rocket science and paying a plumber $150 or more for such a simple fix is silly. The problem is almost always a rubber gasket seal at the base of the stem that controls the water flow. The stem screws...

Replacing a cut off valve for the kitchen or bathroom sink

Replacing a cut off valve for the kitchen or bathroom sink

When remodeling a kitchen or bath one of the items that needs to be addressed  are the cut off valves for the water in the room. If they are leaky or are frozen from years of inactivity it is time to change them out.  The good news is there are several options that make this an snap. First off as always, make sure you cut off the house supply line and open a...

How to cut off the water in your home

How to cut off the water in your home

I have been getting this question a lot lately and thought I would take a minute to address some of the most common ways to cut of the water to your home. If you have a new home there will be a valve box outside in the ground between the city’s meter and your home. This will usually be around 12×12 located in the ground and will have a cut off valve...