Category Archives: Amateur Plumber

plumber

In the first part of this blog series, we talked about some of the myths about plumbing and in this one will delve into the thick of it. For most laypeople, plumbing is a foreign and alien concept that we know little to nothing about. Most of us either call a plumber or our parents when there is a plumbing issue in our home; I just recently moved out of my parents’ home. I still call my mom whenever there is an issue in my condo or something that I can’t do or find as if she will miraculously come to my place at the click of a button. So, we need to learn a lot more about plumbing, not necessarily how to fix it per se but to be aware when and when not to call a plumber for help. We live in the age of the internet, and…

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Universal Multimeter

How to Use a Universal Multimeter or Tester Contents Step 1: Measuring a voltage Step 2: Measuring a current Using a multimeter or a universal tester, you can measure several physical quantities: an AC or DC voltage expressed in volts (V); a resistance, expressed in ohms (Ω); a current, expressed in amperes (A). Today, there are two types of universal testers: digital and analog. Some digital testers have the advantage of automatic gauge selection, making them much easier to use. Always choose the highest rating of the quantity being measured if the rating selection is not automatic. Reminder: The ground wire is usually in the middle of the socket. The letter N indicates the neutral (blue wire). The letter L indicates the phase (red, brown, or black wire). Caution: An electrical outlet can conduct electricity even if the appliance connected is not working. Use a voltmeter or a voltage tester to…

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bathtub

5 Steps to Dress a Bathtub   Contents – Step 1: Locate and mark the location of the bath deck – Step 2: Cut the ready-to-tile panels to size – Step 3: Make the inspection hatch – Step 4: Assemble the tub deck – Step 5: Lay the tiles on the panels Dressing the bath is an essential step in any bathroom design. There are various options available to you. You can opt for a simple solution: a ready-to-install acrylic tub apron that matches your bathtub. But you can also choose to clad your bathtub with ready-to-tile panels that will allow you to personalize your bathroom and give free rein to your desires. To determine how to clad a bath effectively, follow this step-by-step guide. Materials needed to clad a bathtub Ready-to-use tile adhesive Pencil Spacers Cutter Mastic glue Tape measure Spirit level Drill Ruler 60 cm Leveling ruler Jigsaw…

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Silicone Sealant

4 Steps to Apply Silicone Sealant Contents     – How to choose a silicone sealant cartridge?     – Step 1: Clean the space on which you will apply the sealant     – Step 2: Cut off the end of the silicone sealant cartridge     – Step 3: Apply the silicone sealant     – Step 4: Smooth the silicone seal Applying a silicone seal is a simple process, and you can do it yourself. Silicone sealant has many advantages: it adheres to all surfaces, it is waterproof and resistant. It is generally used in rooms such as the kitchen or bathroom, where it is applied between the walls and sanitary equipment (sink, bathtub…). How to choose a silicone sealant cartridge? There are two types of silicone sealant cartridges:     – manual cartridges (which require the use of a gasket gun);     – automatic cartridges. Equipment to apply a silicone sealant. Grouting…

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toilet

2 Common plumbing problems that you can fix at home Whether you own a home or are living on your own in a new apartment, most of us fear any plumbing issues that may happen because we don’t know how to fix them. Most of us call a plumber every time we have an issue with our plumbing system, but this can be really expensive at times. Don’t worry because I am here to tell you some common plumbing problems and how you can fix them. Roll up your sleeves and let’s find a solution to all your plumbing issues, this time, you won’t have to call dad or a plumber to fix them. You can even brag about this to your friends. So without further ado, let’s get on this list. Tips for novice plumbers  Have the appropriate tools to do the jobs that you are doing, don’t try…

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water heater

How to fix a broken electric water heater What’s worse than starting your day with a clod shower because your electric water heater is malfunctioning and gave up on you? This may be my 13th reason why on a day where my mood is already down. Fear not because we are here and we’ll guide you to locate the issue and even fix it yourself. Most people think the worst when their electric water heater stops working, but it is usually just a minor issue that can be easily resolved. Check your warranty Before doing anything, locate your warranty and check if your heater is still assured and the contract’s conditions. This tends to be limited for both residential and commercial electric water heaters. The warranty will give you details about the tank like its serial number, model, and what parts can be changed for free or that you might…

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Hard water

How to Descale a Faucet The seat is the surface on which the valve seal rests to prevent water from flowing when the valve handles are turned. This internal part of the faucet may be worn or scaled, causing repeated leaks. Here, the seat should be lapped. Honing flattens the center of the valve heads, allowing the valve to seal when the valve is closed. Begin by removing the valve handles Switch off both the hot and cold water supplies to the faucet. To access the faucet head seats, remove the faucet handles. Using pliers, unscrew the faucet handle cover. The cover comprises the red or blue colored pad (water temperature) on some faucet types, which you may remove with a short flat screwdriver. Then, unscrew the fixing screw located inside the head. Remove the faucet head by pulling it out along its tilt axis. Note: on some faucet models, the head is…

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Steps to Dismantle a Faucet

Pipes and Wrenches | 4 Easy Steps to Dismantle a Faucet Contents     – Precautions to take before disassembling a faucet     – Step 1: Unscrew the nuts that connect the hoses to the water supply     – Step 2: Detach the control stem from the bung     – Step 3: Remove the faucet fasteners from under the sink, basin, or tub     – Step 4: Remove the faucet Removing a faucet is a simple operation that unsophisticated DIYers can do. Replacing a defective faucet, changing a faucet model, or replacing a worn-out gasket: all these operations require disassembling a faucet. To disassemble a faucet, you will need to disconnect it from its support and disconnect it from the hot and cold water supplies. Precautions to take before disassembling a faucet Before starting to disassemble a faucet, you must turn off the water, with the stopcock if you have one, otherwise…

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Leaking Faucet

6 Easy Steps to Repair a Leaking Faucet Repairing a Leaking Mixer at the Base and Changing Its Cartridge Contents – Precautions to take before repairing a leaking faucet – Step 1: Remove the handle from the mixing valve (option 1) – Disassemble the handle of the mixing valve (option 2) – Step 2: Access the cartridge – Step 3: Change the used seals – Step 4: Reassemble the mixing valve – Step 5: Check the mixer installation – Step 6: If the mixer is still leaking, change the cartridge Repairing a leaking faucet by replacing the cartridge seals is something you can do yourself. Moreover, this repair does not require many tools.  The mixing valve differs from other types of faucets in that it has a single control for water temperature and flow. However, sometimes the seals of the cartridge inserted in the mixing valve body wear out and…

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