- Unclogging drain: You can usually unclog your own drains without the help of a plumber. Try this natural drain cleaner you can make yourself. And if that doesn't work, you can probably reach into the sink with your hands to try and pull that gunk out. If that still doesn't work, use the plunger, although you may have to use one that's specific to sinks and showers. If the blockage is still there, perhaps you need to clear the sink trap, which you can easily do by following these steps. If the trap is clear and it's still clogged, you might want to opt for using a drain snake, which is a long device that will go around the corners of the pipe as you push it down the drain. Use it to break up the debris.
- Unclogging toilet: If your toilet is clogged, add hot water and dishwashing liquid into the bowl before plunging to better break up the clog. If the toilet doesn't clear, you might want to invest in a toilet auger.
- Dripping faucet: If you have a leaky faucet, all you need to do is to remove and replace the washer, O-ring, or seal. Get the parts from a hardware store, and make sure it's fitted tightly. Here are some tutorials that will teach you how to fix a dripping faucet with a single handle and a two handle design.
What do Julia Roberts, Madonna, Bill Gates, and more than half of all the US presidents ever have in common? They’re all middle children. But even with these outliers in their ranks, if you search #middlechild on Twitter, you’ll get a feed full of hand-me-down woes from the world’s sandwiched siblings. So we’re putting our favorite "Malcolms in the middle" – aka TV’s most famous mid kids – front and center! Finally.
Lou Manfredini (better known as Ace Hardware’s home expert) has answered home-related repair and improvement questions for CasaSugar readers in the past, and this Fall, he's offered to answer your questions once again!If you've been looking for advice on how to better insulate your home, fix that leaky sink, or how to tear down that terrible outdated wallpaper, Lou's the man to ask.
Submit your questions by simply commenting below, or asking the question in Community. I can't wait to hear what's been on your mind, as well as what solutions Lou has to offer.
Uncle Sam comes knocking once a year, but he's got a soft spot for taxpayers who are trying to decrease their house's impact on the environment. If you're looking to make a few updates to your pad, then check out these 10 tax credits that you may qualify for after making certain home improvements.
On Home Improvement, who played the first "Tool Time Girl," Lisa?
If you want to class up your chandelier, consider adding a medallion to it. I've already showed you how to turn medallions into wall art, and alerted you to a new medallion light. If neither of these ideas strike your fancy, then maybe a ceiling medallion in its traditional placement is for you.
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They may be cute, but these masked bandits are carriers of dangerous parasites and rabies. While in most cases raccoons will be able to coexist peacefully with humans, sometimes their presence becomes a nuisance, if not a real danger (my dog was recently attacked by a raccoon in the yard). To discourage them from taking up residence in your crawlspace or in your yard, I've rounded up some great tips to keep raccoons at paw's length.
- Trim any tree branches that overhang your house or garage.
- If you have large garbage bins outside your house, secure them with a bungee cord.
- Do not leave pet food or scraps outside.
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For all of you small-space gardeners out there, window boxes are a great way to maximize growing space. Find out how to hang one with this how-to, from the experts at This Old House. If you have basic carpentry skills (and know how to operate a level and a power drill) then you can decorate your house with gorgeous, flower-filled window boxes.
- Depending on the type of windows your home has, you'll have to hang your window box at different heights. For a house with double-hung or sliding windows, measure down one inch from the bottom of the sill. Make a pencil mark. For a window that swings out, measure down 6 to 8 inches.
- Now you're going to install the top screw on the bracket. To do so, hold the first bracket with its top on the pencil mark. Mark the bracket for the top screw hole. It should hit close to the first section of siding below the window.
- Next, use a countersink bit to drill a pilot hole and counterbore into the bracket on your pencil mark. Fasten the bracket to the house with a 3-inch-long galvanized decking screw through the pilot hole.
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