How To Reduce your Electric Bill with a Water Heater Timer

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    While everyone is promoting the use of Compact Florescent and LED Light Bulbs to save money the reality is heating and cooling are the most expensive portions of our electric use.

    To reduce the cost of Electric used for heating our homes most new homes will come with a programmable thermostat allowing the owner to set on and off times throughout the day and reduce heat and air conditioning use while no one is …

    How To Supply 80 Percent of your Cleaning Products for Almost FREE

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      Everyone is looking for ways to save money today and this is a good practice. Whatever you save you don’t have to earn and that means you can purchase something else that you need or save some money for when we get older.

      Having a background in chemistry having attended a technical school and studied in college I can tell you that most of the chemicals we use as cleaners are just about the same product but …

      How To – What is the proper Thinset, Mortar or Adhesive for your Tile Install?

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        When installing tile there are a variety of different compounds that can be used to attach it to the substrate. They come in everything from a tube adhesive to mortar beds mixed from sand and portland cement and each has its best application.

        In addition to the material is the way it is applied. Most bonding compounds that are used to apply tile must be used with a notched trawl which will cause voids between the …

        How To – When Replacing Tile on a Mortar Bed do I need to remove the old Mortar Bed?

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          If you are remodeling an older home one that was built prior to 1965 then there is a high probability that the tiles in your bathroom are placed on a 1 – 1/2 inch thick mortar bed.

          Mortar beds are really the best way to install tile in a wood frame home because they provide a thick stable surface that will not cause your tile to crack.

          The Problem with mortar beds in older homes is that …

          How To – Choosing the Right Underlayment Backer Material for Tile Installs

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            When you are performing a Tile install in your Bathroom or Kitchen it is important to know the correct way to prepare the area for Tile.

            Some surfaces like concrete floors can take tile directly however if you are installing tile in a bathroom or an area that will have water or high traffic then you must take precautions and use the correct wall backing material or floor underlayment to make sure your tile has a …

            How To – What Types of Tile are Best for Bathroom Remodels?

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              If you are considering remodeling your bathroom you have many different types of surfaces to select from and choose. As a matter of fact even though your bathroom may be one of the smallest rooms in your home it will be one of the most complex rooms to design for and remodel.

              You will have many different materials that you can choose to use to provide a look and feel and function that you will be …

              How To – Replacing a Corroded Bathtub Drain and Popup the Easy Way

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       every bathtub is going to need some repairs and for some reason replacing the drain and popup seems to be one of the hardest jobs for people to accomplish.

                The problem many people have is when the drain gets corroded and they can’t get it unscrewed but I have seen some youtube videos of people going crazy on these things only to end up calling in a plumber. One guy actually moved away .. well …

                How To – Transitioning Metal or PVC to Cast Iron Waste Pipe

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                  There are times when you are fixing or upgrading pipe in your home for a new kitchen or bathroom and you will need to install new PVC waste line then attach it to your existing Cast Iron waste stack or waste line.

                  Unfortunately this is not an easy job because cast iron is a relatively difficult pipe to work with. Cutting cast iron pipe usually means using a reciprocating saw or a special tool and …

                  How To – Changing the location of your Bathroom Toilet Flange

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                    When you are remodeling your bathroom there are times when you want to relocate the fixtures to provide better access. Toilet flanges are the attachment of the waste line to the removable toilet.

                    Basically a large 3 to 4 inch pipe used to carry waste out of your home is positioned under your bathroom. To connect your toilet, tub and sink to this line a smaller line will pass through the floor of the bathroom. …

                    How To – Bathroom Remodeling how to stay within a Small Budget

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                      Deciding if you should remodel your bathroom can come down to a few different factors.

                      Do you need to remodel for function? This is often the case in older homes that have not seen upgrades for many years. You may also need to remodel your bathroom because your living needs have changed. This can happen when we get older or it could be because your family is getting larger. In either or any situation that …