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Why Change the Kitchen Faucet 

As more and more people decide not to move and instead remodel their existing homes, they don’t realize that they can start small and add value by simply replacing the faucets in their kitchens and bathrooms.  Adding something simple such as a faucet gives the look of a newer kitchen, while at the same time, saving cost and the environment through lower water usage.  Most people don’t even realize how easy it is to replace their kitchen faucet.  After picking one out, such as these examples from BrizoContinue reading →

How to Install Tin Tile Backsplash

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The luster and shine of steel, brass, copper and chrome are not just for the ceiling anymore!  Metallics go with every design trend and are now fashionably showing up on walls, cabinets, backsplashes and more.   Adding a tin tile backsplash to your kitchen will add a whole new dimension to its style!  Let’s not forget that it’s also durable, lightweight, fireproof, and easy to clean.  Continue reading →

How to Fit a Bath Tub

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You do not have to be too handy of a handyman to fit your new tub. Just follow these simple instructions and you will be on your way to that first relaxing bath.

Before Beginning

Plan, plan, plan. The first key to success with any DIY project is to plan out every step in order to make sure you have all of the supplies necessary and that everything is done in the proper order.

If you have decided to fit the new bath in a different place than the old one you will need to alter the pipework before hand. You may need to install new 7/8 in. supply pipes and spurs to the existing runs.

Measure out and draw for your reference the bath, piping, and bath waste positions.   Continue reading →

How To Get Ready To Install Cabinets

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Ready to update your kitchen or bathroom? Adding some new cabinets is a great place to start. You will be amazed at what a new set of cabinets can do to freshen up the vibe in your home!

1. Remove Everything from Kitchen. Begin the remodeling process by removing all existing appliances, cabinets, countertops, and moldings from the space where the cabinets are to be installed. Moving these out of the way will allow for easier access to install the new cabinets. Also make sure to shut off the water, power, and utility lines before beginning to remodel as these may present a hazard during the remodeling stage.     Continue reading →

How To Install Base Cabinets

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Tired of looking down at that old base cabinet you had in your bathroom since you moved in? Why not try to installing new modernize cabinets to add a little more spark to that room using just eight steps. Wow your friends and family with this try-it-yourself base cabinet project.  Continue reading →

How to Install Tile to Bathroom Showers

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There are ten(10) easy steps to installing Tile in Bathroom Showers. Please use this blog as a guideline for your project.

1. Demolition/Preparedness: Upon the completion of demolition of the old tile, install a cement backer board in the shower area. In most cases you would have a professional install the shower membrane and shower pan appropriate for the space.  Continue reading →

Sizzle Up Your Summer With An Outdoor Kitchen

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Summer is coming! Are you ready to entertain guests with your outdoor kitchen and dining area? Cooking up a great outdoor kitchen is easier than you think.

Your outdoor kitchen can have the same options as your indoor kitchen, giving you the convenience you experience with your indoor kitchen amenities. As long as items are waterproofed like stainless steel, stone or ceramic, you can corporate kitchen cabinets, counter tops, grills, refrigerators and even fireplaces in your new outdoor cooking and entertaining area.  Continue reading →

How to: Replace Broken Tile

Cracks in the tile are generally caused by the building settling, but can also be due to improper tile installation, the wrong kind of tile being used, or accidents. Whatever the reason, broken tiles are generally considered unsightly, and can even lead to more serious problems if moisture happens to get into and under the cracks.

Obviously, in most cases, you won’t want to replace the entire floor due to one or two broken tiles. Here is how to remove and replace the broken tiles easily.

Materials:

• Replacement tile
• Tile adhesive
• Grout
• Water

Tools:

• Grout Scraper
• Hammer
• Pry bar
• Safety glasses
• Trowel
• Grout float
• Sponge
• Small bucket
• Filling knife

  1. Scrape the Grout
     Working around the tile joints (seams), scratch out the grout using the grout scraper. You’ll be getting a pretty fine mess going, but you need to get as much of the grout out as possible. This will separate the broken tile(s) from the ones that are not broken and will make it easier to get a pry bar under the edges if necessary later on.
  2. Break/Loosen the Tile
    With the hammer, hit the tile a couple of times to loosen it from the surface it is adhered to. Depending on the size of the tile, you will probably have to remove it in chunks. Once you’ve broken it up, use the other side of the hammer or the pry bar to lift up the tile pieces.
  3. Scrape Adhesive
    Once you’ve gotten as much of the tile as possible removed, you need to get rid of the old adhesive. Use a scraper, filling knife or even putty knife to scrape it all off.
  4. Clean the surface
    To be sure your new tile properly adheres; you will need to at least dust off the surface.  At best, try to clean the surface with a damp cloth and some mild soap.  Wait until it is completely dry before moving to the next step.  Do not use a wet cloth!  Damp will pick up the dust; wet will get water under the adjacent tiles and cause a lot of issues later on.
  5. Add New Adhesive
    Use the trowel to apply the adhesive back onto the surface (just as the old stuff was.) The layer should be only about ¼ inch.
  6. Set the Tile
    Now place the new tile on top of the adhesive and press firmly in the middle, corners, and along the sides. Press many times and even wiggle the tile a little bit to be sure it is set firmly.
  7. Re-grout
    Now you can mix up your grout into the same paste consistency as the adhesive and use your grout float to smear it along the sides of the tile. Be sure the grout is getting into all of the seams around the tile – don’t leave gaps; fill up each seam completely!
  8. Clean up
    Final StepFinally, you can use your sponge and bucket of water to clean all of the excess grout off the surface of the tiles. The sponge should be damp enough to pick up excess grout, but NOT soaking wet enough to alter the consistency of the grout in the joint.