Inexpensive Bathroom Make-Over

Bathroom make-over

Is you bathroom getting old and needs some updating? Or just looking for a change, but don’t have the budget for a full remodel? Just make some changes can make a big difference in how your bath looks and feels.

Simple things like changing out the vanity and sind or painting the walls and new curtains can certainly help, some times you need to go a little further, but you can still do a nice bathroom make-over with out spending a fortune.

This video will give you some great ideas of making some nice bathroom improvements.

Slow Draining Bathroom Sink?

Sink drain

From time to time we have all experienced a slow draining bathroom sink. Hair and soap scum and other debris gets caught in the trap or stuck to the pop-up drain stopper and causes the water to drain slow or stop altogether.

Cleaning out the sink drain is a simple process and can be done in about ten minutes. you will basically need a bucket and a pair of water pump pliers.

Here is a great video to show you how to accomplish this project.

How to Replace Your Bathroom Faucet

How to replace your bathroom faucet

If you decide to tackle changing your bathroom faucet yourself, here are a few tips to make things a little easier.

One of the toughest issues with changing a bathroom faucet, is trying to work in such a confined space. I always find some big old towels to help cushion my back when I am under the sink.

A few special tools are usually need to remove the old faucet, while most new faucets come with tools designed for that specific faucet.

  • A pair of water pump pliers (channel locks)
  • A basin wrench
  • set of deep sockets

This video will give you some great tips on how to replace your bathroom faucet.

How to Replace Your Toilet Wax Ring!

Once you have found that water is seeping out from under your toilet, there are only 2 things that could be the cause of this.

It will be either a cracked toilet bowl or a bad or misaligned toilet wax ring.

The task to replace your toilet wax ring is a very simple process under normal circumstances. However there are times when the toilet mounting bolts decide they do not wish to come loose. This can be caused by corrosion or the flange that they are attached to is rotted or damaged. This will require some extra effort to get the bolts and toilet removed and may require the flange to be replaced.

Under normal conditions, this project should take about 15 minutes to complete. You will need just a few basic tools such as pliers and a socket or adjustable wrench.

Using No Wax Toilet Ring will help prevent future leak issues with your toilet.

This short video from FIX IT Home Improvement Channel is a great guide to help you with this project.

Is the Toilet Leaking?

Toilet parts

You walk into your bathroom and discover water on the floor near your toilet. The first thing you wonder is my toilet leaking?

The water could have come from somewhere else and settled there. It may be condensation from cold water filling the tank or you may have a leaking or cracked toilet.

Unless you have a cracked bowl or tank, there are basically four locations where a toilet will leak from.

  1. The first is from the lid, if the fill valve or the bowl fill tube are not working properly, they can spray water onto the lid, where it will work its way out.
  2. The second is the water line  connection to the fill valve or the seal of the fill valve to the tank.
  3. The third is where the tank connects to the bowl, this can be the flush valve seals or the tank hold down bolt gaskets.
  4. And the fourth is where the toilet connects to the floor, which is sealed with a wax ring.

Check to see if the toilet rocks on the floor or if the tank rocks on the bowl. These will be quick signs that things aren’t right in those locations.

Here are the steps to do to determine if it is indeed the toilet.

  • Clean up any water that is present on the floor.
  • Wipe down the entire toilet.
  • With a paper towel or thin dry rag, wipe down the toilet slowly, starting from the top of the tank, checking regularly for moisture on your towel.
  • If you did not find any moisture on the first pass, flush the toilet and check again.

Once you find moisture, it is time to look at the area where it was found to determine the cause of the leak.

If you find moisture on the tank it could be condensation from cold water filling the tank or it could be leaking from under the lid.

If water is found coming from under the lid, remove the lid. Check that the bowl fill tube is in place, it is the small hose that is attached to the center tube (flush valve). If it in place, flush the toilet and check to see if water is spraying from the top the fill valve (the tower to the left or right of the tank). If so you will need to replace the fill valve. See our article on


If the water is found coming from the connection between the tank and the bowl. You will need to replace the rubber flush valve seal that seals the valve to the bowl.  For guidance on doing this, See our article on

If you determine that moisture is seeping from under the bowl, you will need to replace the wax seal that is under the toilet where it meets the waste line in the floor. For guidance see our article on

Install Toilet Flush Valve Seal.

If you find that your toilet is leaking from between the tank and the bowl, it is most likely that the toilet flush valve seal or sponge gasket is worn or deteriorated, or that the tank hold down bolt gasket has started to leak.

This is a simple repair that will take about 15 minutes once you have obtained the parts. You can purchase a complete rebuild kit which will have all of the parts needed to do the job correctly. When replacing a flush valve you will also want to replace the tank bolts and rubber washers.

You will only need a few basic tools to complete this repair.

  • A bucket and sponge to remove excess water from the tank and to clean up when the project is finished.
  • A large flat head screw driver.
  • Adjustable wrench or deep socket wrench set.
  • Pair of large water pump pliers or pipe wrench.
  • A flat metal cutting saw may be required if the bolts are too corroded for them to unthread.

On the next page you will find a very detailed video by to guide you thru the process if you need help!


Easily Repair Your Leaking Faucet.

Having a faucet that drips or runs when the handle is turned off can be annoying and also waste a lot of water and money.

We will show you  how you can easily repair your leaking faucet.

There are many brands of faucets these days, both with 2 handle and single handle styles.

Most Faucets built in the past 30 years use a cartridge system that opens and closes to allow water to flow.

Changing these cartridges is a fairly simple process as you can see from the video below.

One thing to keep in mind, if you know the manufacturer and model of your faucet it will be much easier to get a replacement. Some cartridges come with a lifetime warranty, so check with the manufacturer before spending money to buy one!

Here is a video on how to remove the cartridge by:

Now the you have your new cartridge, go to page 2 to see how to properly install it.