4 Handy Plumbing Tips for Homeowners

Being a homeowner can be a great joy but also quite a headache. You never know when a problem will surface which is why it is a good idea to identify professionals before you need them. This way, you can have them on speed dial in case a problem was to arise. However, sometimes the problem is not that easy or there is not extra room in the budget to hire someone to come over and fix the issue. There are times that as a homeowner, you have to get your hands dirty and do the work yourself. This article will provide some handy plumbing tips for new homeowners.

Turn off the water. If you notice a leak and you want to explore the problem, be sure to turn the water off to the area. This can save you from adding to the problem with additional leakage. This will also allow you to look for the leak without worrying about getting soaking wet or wasting additional water.

Fix the running toilet. We have all been there, whether you have lived in an apartment or in your own home, it is inevitable that you will experience a running toilet at one time or another. Before trying to fix the toilet, make sure that it is not clogged with debris, toilet paper, or waste. Once you have confirmed that the toilet is clear, lift the lid off of the tank. Check the flapper to make sure that it is still intact and in good condition. Believe it or not, they do wear out from time to time and need to be replaced. Another thing to look for is if the water is very high in the tank. If the water is high, turn the valve off that is below the tank and take off the rubber flapper. Dry the area and install a new flapper.

De-clogging drains. A clogged drain can happen to anyone. Over time soap builds up in a drain along with hair, lint, or other debris. A clogged drain can be easily remedied by purchasing a plastic snake-like tool from your local hardware store. Simply place the snake in the drain and dig out the contents that are causing the clog. It may be tempting to dump drain-o or other plumbing solutions down the drain but try to avoid doing this as it can have a negative effect on your plumbing.

Take good care of your garbage disposal. It may sound strange but your garbage disposal can malfunction or quit working at any moment. Take care of your disposal by cleaning it often with garbage disposal cleaning solutions that can be found at your local hardware or grocery store. In addition, keep silverware, bottle caps, and other metal objects out of the drain as they can damage the blades or cause the disposal to not work at all.

If you have tried all of these tips are you are still having trouble, we recommend this plumber that can help you out.

 

Saving Money with a DIY Oil Change + 5 Things You Should Buy Online

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Do you shop online?  Surveys and studies show that more and more people are turning to the world wide web to purchase gifts and a whole host of personal items.  My husband and I are definitely two of these people.  Don’t get me wrong; I enjoy walking down the aisles of Walmart and check out the latest things they have to offer, from seasonal decor and clothing to beauty supplies.  But I also love the convenience of online shopping, and I love the time and money that it saves me!  Today we are going to talk about how buying your Pennzoil oil online for a DIY oil can help you save money, plus I will share 5 things you should be buying online if you want to save money. [Read more…]

DIY Projects for a More Organized Garage

Avoid spending unnecessary money on storage items to declutter and organize your garage. To help you get started, I’ve compiled four DIY projects for a more organized garage.

With a little bit of creativity and resourcefulness, common household items can be repurposed into functional organizational systems. There are numerous ways of storing and organizing your tools, equipment, sports gear, car parts, and more.

Do you have old fence boards, scrap wood, and tin cans collecting dust in your house? Here are some ways to repurpose them for a more organized garage.

1. Next-Level Pegboard Storage System

It’s no surprise that pegboards are on this list. They are versatile and can be used for anything.

Mounting pegboards on the wall and using hooks to hang tools, equipment, and/or whatnots is the most common use of pegboards; however, this is not ideal for small garages with minimal wall space. An easy, clever solution to space limitations are pegboard “leaves.” This contraption stores a bunch of tools without requiring a lot of space.

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5 Simple Tips to Transform a Room

If you’ve ever found yourself saying, “I’d love to make this room look better, but I just can’t afford it,” then today’s post is for you!  As a homemaker, I love improving the look of our home, and as a girl on a budget, I’ve learned to embrace simplicity and find easy and affordable ways to transform the rooms in our house.  Today I will share a few tips to help you get started.

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Bedding – The main focal point in any bedroom is the bed.  A new bedding set can dress up even the oldest set of bedroom furniture and completely change the style of your room.  Consider changing your florals to a modern chic pattern (as shown below).  Or change your plaid bedding set to some trendy chevron stripes or a fun bohemian pattern.

A lot of bedding sets (like the one above) are reversible / two-sided, so if you have a reversible bedding set, you can simply flip over the existing bedding set to get a whole new look.  Adding a decorative throw or extra throw pillows to your bed can also add color, warmth, and coziness of your room. [Read more…]

Tips to Make DIY Projects Safer

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As you know, I always love a good DIY project. Any time my husband and I can fix or build something ourselves, we try to do it, and since we live in an older house, it seems like there is always something to do.  In the past few years, we’ve replaced light fixtures, painted and replaced porch rails, had plumbing repairs and installation, assembled furniture, upcycled old furniture, and started a bathroom remodel.

Anytime we start a new project, there are a number of things to consider: What does the project involve?  What are the materials needed?  How much will it cost?  How long will the project take?  What are the potential roadblocks to the project? Answering all of these questions can help us to better plan the project and ensure that the project is completed in a timely and efficient manner.

But beyond these questions, you should also consider the risks associated with the project.  Does the project involve any health risks?  What safety precautions should be taken to avoid injury or other bodily harm?  As an expectant parent and a pet owner, I have to take extra precautions to make sure everyone in our home is protected.  The following infographic gives us a a little insight into the views of fellow DIYers and it details some of the risks involved with home improvement and do-it-yourself projects.  Check it out! [Read more…]

5 Ideas to Give Your Bathroom an Instant Facelift

As a homemaker, I take pride in my home, and I love doing things to take care of it and make improvements, whether that’s doing a little tidying up or taking on a DIY project.  One area that I’m currently focusing on improving is my bathroom.  I live in an older home, and the entire house has been renovated except for the main bathroom.  Although we’ve updated certain parts of it, one thing about it still screams “older home” and that is the green tile on the walls!  I’m in the process of taking care of that, and I’ll definitely share the results with you.  Until then, today I’m going to talk about some of the improvements I’ve already made and some other ideas to give your bathroom a nice face lift!

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1. Vanities – The vanity is the main focal point in the bathroom.  As such, it should not only be something that’s functional, but it should also look pleasing to the eye and fit your style. (And hopefully it has a lot of storage space too.)  A wall mount vanity or a free standing vanity is easy to install and will immediately brighten up your bathroom and make it look newer.

2.  Shower curtains and doors – When you enter a bathroom, if your eye doesn’t immediately go to the vanity, then it probably does to the tub and/or shower.  Getting a new shower curtain is one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to change the look and feel of your bathroom.  In fact, many people rely on a shower curtain to add color to what would otherwise be a dull white room.  If you currently have a curtain with a pastel floral pattern, consider something a little more bold and dramatic like a black and white damask shower curtain or red and white chevron stripes.  This will change your bathroom in minutes.  And if you have a shower with a glass door, consider taking it down and adding a curtain, or simply add a sparkling new door.

3. Lighting – Bad lighting can turn even the nicest bathrooms into a dreary and uninviting place.  If you have an old light fixture that is dim or dated, try adding something with a modern styling. Ideally you you should have a light bar with multiple lights over your vanity.  And when it comes to bathroom lighting, you should always consider function over style.  A fancy and expensive light fixture may be pretty, but if it has only three lights, and the lights have globes over them, it isn’t going to give you nearly as much light as a basic light bar with five or six lights.  And when you do consider style, try to make sure that your bathroom hardware (handles, drawer pulls, towel racks, etc.) matches your light fixture.

4. New flooring – If you’re bathroom is covered in old vinyl, especially vinyl that is stained or just dated, consider adding new flooring.  Ceramic tile will immediately modernize and give your bathroom a fresh and clean look.  And if you’re looking to save a little money, laminate flooring is a great option.  You can find styles that look like tile or wood.  It is a low maintenance material, and your bathroom will great.

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5. Walls – A new coat of paint is another inexpensive way to update your bathroom.  Even if you like the color of your bathroom, just adding a new coat of the same color, especially a shade slightly darker or lighter can really freshen up the place, and a new color can dramatically change the look and feel of your bathroom.  And if you have old tile like I do, that can be fixed too!  Old tile walls can be covered with new tiles or paneling (if you need a cheaper option).  And if the design of your bathroom won’t allow for you to simply cover the tile, it just takes a hammer and a little muscle to take out that old tile.  The paneling or tile can also be added to an otherwise plainly painted bathroom to add modern flair and definition.

A full bathroom renovation can be a headache, but by breaking it down in to single tasks, such as the ones I’ve listed here, you can really simplify the process.  It’s also amazing how much difference just one or two of these updates can make to your room.  And the great news is, you don’t have to do a full bathroom makeover in a weekend.  You have all the time in the world to work at your own pace, following your own schedule and budget.

Friday Favorites Linky Party – Week 347 + a Christmas Giveaway from LeroyLime

Hello everyone! Welcome to this week’s Friday Favorites party!  This week we have a very special edition.  Not only have our hostesses picked some fantastic holiday ideas for you to take a look at, but we also have a giveaway for you this week! Yay!

The giveaway is for something that’s handmade…it follows under the category of holiday decor…and it comes to you from our friend and Friday Favorites hostess Dawn of LeroyLime.  Dawn has been hosting Friday Favorites with me for nearly a year, and she was a regular visitor to the party long before then.  She is also an avid crafter with her own Etsy shop, and I’m very excited to feature her shop here today!

Please check out the giveaway below; you can get 5 entries just for linking up a post this week!  But if you don’t have a blog, that’s okay too!  There are a lot of other entries that don’t require you to participate in the party (although we’d love to have you!).

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DIY No Sew Pet Blanket and Pet Stockings with Purina

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When I go out shopping these days, the aisles are decked with Christmas decorations and great gift ideas.  I can’t help but get in the spirit of the season and start planning my holiday shopping list.  And as I get ready to prepare my gift list, I always include my four legged family members!  The Simply Sweet Home dog and cats get a stocking each year, filled with food, treats, and toys.  And we have a good time watching as they receive these gifts.  Today I’m going to show you how a few products from Purina can help you to make your pets Christmas merry and bright!  And I’m going to share a tutorial for a DIY Pet Blanket, the perfect handmade gift for your dog or cat.

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Steps to Maintain Your Car

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We recently got a car for our 16 year old, and from school to work, to back home, and everywhere in between, he’s already put a couple thousand miles on it.  Then we have a family car that my husband drives to work and we use for shopping, and running errands. (And till this year, it was also the car I would drive to take Noah to school.)  Needless to say, having our cars in tip top shape is very important to my family.  Luckily my husband is an expert of fixing practically anything, and he’s great at working on cars.  Today I’m going to discuss a few steps that you can take to make sure your cars maintained. [Read more…]

Friday Favorites – Week 331 – With Decor Projects

Hello all. Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Favorites.  This week for my features I’ve chosen some really great decor and decor projects.  As someone who loves making improvements and buying new things for my home, I love seeing everyone else’s projects.  It gives me so much inspiration.  I hope you get inspired by these ideas as well!
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