Putting a new commode in a bathroom or powder room yourself saves plumber fees, and it's less scary than you might expect Materials:• Toilet with tank and seat• Nut driver (optional, but it makes life easier)• Phillips head screwdriver• Flathead screwdriver• Crescent wrench (or ratchet set)• Channel lock pliers• Wax ring with bolts included• Bathroom/kitchen caulking• Braided toilet connector (most toilets and cutoff valves require a 3/8- by 7/8-inch connector)• Spare coins (cheaper than toilet shims) Unless you are a seasoned plumber or have a very strong stomach, I also recommend gloves and a rag for removing the old wax ring and bolt. If you are a seasoned plumber or a dock worker, just wipe the old wax on your jeans.
I'm an Organizing Junkie How To Use Salt, Vinegar & Lemons For Household Cleaning These items are a staple in cooking and baking, but they’re also a great help around the house. Here are dozens of ways you can use them, I’ve separated them into three groups for easier browsing. Enjoy! Color Brightener: Add 1/2 cup to a load of laundry (wash cycle).Color Protector: Pour some in a bucket (as much as you need) then soak new garments in it to protect dyes from running.Whiter Whites: Add 1 1/2 cups to the rinse cycle to whiten clothes.Restore Whites: Add 1 cup to a large stock pot filled with water, bring to a boil. Using the peels or cut wedges/halves… Make your own household cleaner from the peels (so easy!) Using the juice… Mothball odors can be removed from drawers by rinsing with a strong solution of juice and water.Remove rings inside the toilet bowl by applying a paste of borax and freshly squeezed juice (first flush toilet to make the surface wet). Enamel Cookware Stain Remover: Stir a handful in cookware filled with water.
The Top 3 Money-Saving Cleaning Must-Haves! There are a million different cleaning products on the market all vying for a spot in your supply closet, not to mention a chunk of your budget. But before you bring home the next new wonder spray, consider these three money-saving cleaning must-haves: they're widely available, kid and pet friendly, and cheap, cheap, cheap! The Big Three: White Vinegar This product literally has 1001 uses if not more (there's an entire website dedicated to its awesomeness). Here are the top five ways to use this cost-saving cleaner in your home. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Check out more fantastic ways to use vinegar on VinegarTips.com. Baking Soda Baking soda is widely known for its deodorizing powers, but it has many other uses that will help you cut cleaning supply costs while maintaining a fresh-smelling home! 1. 2. / 3. 4. 5. Check out more great uses for baking soda on Yahoo and Real Simple. Lemons We shared 31 things to do with lemons earlier this week, but their cleaning abilities go beyond that. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Clean Your Air Conditioner Condenser Unit - Step by Step Overview: What you can do and when to hire a pro Chances are that if you’ve neglected a spring checkup, your air conditioner isn’t cooling nearly as well as it could. A year’s worth of dirt and debris clogging the cooling fins, a low coolant level, a dirty blower fan filter and a number of other simple problems can significantly reduce the efficiency of your air conditioner and wear it out faster. You can’t do everything; only a pro can check the coolant level. In this article, we’ll show you how to clean the outdoor unit (called the condenser) and the accessible parts of the indoor unit (called the evaporator). You may have a different type of central air conditioner than we show here—a heat pump system, for example, or a unit mounted horizontally in the attic. Tip: Call for service before the first heat wave, when the pros become swamped with repair calls! Typical central air conditioner system Figure A: Parts of a central air conditioner Step 1: Clean the condenser 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 1.
How to Clean Oven Glass - it seriously is that easy So here is what my oven glass looked like when we moved in. And here is what it looks like now Want to clean your oven? Ingredients: Water Baking Soda Add about a 1/4 cup of baking soda in a dish and mix just enough water to make a thick paste. Spread your mixture all over your glass (and the door if it needs it too. Wait 15-20 minutes (or if it is really, really bad like mine you can wait 30 minutes. After 15, 20, or 30 minutes wipe off. And Voila... For even more amazing life hacks check out the Tips & Tricks tab located at the top of the page. If you enjoyed this post, share it on pinterest! You may also be interested in... Stay up-to-date on any new tips, tutorial, recipes, family fun, and much more by joining DIY Home Sweet Home's social networks. Stay up-to-date on any new tips, tutorial, recipes, family fun, and much more by joining DIY Home Sweet Home's social networks.
Make Your TV's Picture Look Better 100% in 5 Minutes What if we could tell you how to calibrate your TV according to the optimal settings recommended by a group of professional calibration technicians, specific to your HDTV, without spending a single penny? Yes, even without a calibration disc, let alone without the (expensive) professional help of a calibration professional. All you'll need is a website, your television model number, your remote control, and about 5 minutes to change your the quality of your TV set for the better... If you've ever gone into the options menu for your TV using a remote to tweak the brightness/contrast, you can certainly use Tweak My TV and optimize you TV's image using pre-formulated/tested recommended settings. All you have to do is plug-in those very same setting numbers, and you'll likely have a much nicer, more realistic image than you started off with out of the box (and most people plug in and keep the default settings the same as the very day they unboxed their display).
Green Cleaning Recipes - Natural Cleaner Recipes for Spring Cleaning Glass Cleaner • 2 cups water • 1/2 cup white or cider vinegar • 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol (70 percent concentration)• 1 to 2 drops of orange essential oil, which gives the solution a lovely smell (optional) Great for: Windows and mirrors How to use: Combine ingredients and store in a spray bottle. Spray some solution on a paper towel or soft cloth first, then on the glass. To get smudge-free glass, rub vertically on one side and horizontally on the other. Heavy-Duty Scrub • Half a lemon • 1/2 cup borax (a laundry booster; find it in the detergent aisle) Great for: Rust stains on porcelain or enamel sinks and tubs How to use: Dip lemon into borax and scrub surface; rinse. Grease Cleaner • 1/2 cup sudsy ammonia mixed with enough water to fill a one-gallon container. Great for: Oven hoods, grills How to use: Dip sponge or mop in solution and wipe over surface, then rinse area with clear water. All-Purpose Cleaner and Deodorizer • 4 tablespoons baking soda • 1 quart warm water White-Ring Remover
Uses for vinegar Unleash the power of white vinegar―an all-purpose cleaner, brightener, herbicide and more. Just a bit of this multitasker, straight up or mixed with water, can replace many pricier products huddled under your sink. Try these tips to see how vinegar can make your life cheaper and easier. 1. Freshen up the fridge. Clean the shelves and walls with a solution of half water and half vinegar. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.