Fix a Leaky Toilet, Fill Valve If you have recently replaced the tank flapper and your toilet is still running, it may be time to pull out the big guns and replace your ball cock, aka fill valve. I prefer the Fluid Master Brand fill valves over the old style floating ball types. They are…


Fix leaky toilet- Flapper Step 1: To replace your worn toilet tank flapper, begin by shutting off the water supply. Step 2: Flush the toilet to empty the tank and carefully remove the tank lid. Set the lid somewhere safe. The lid is very fragile and nearly impossible to replace, so don’t break it. Step…


If water is seeping out from beneath the toilet bowl or there is a faint smell of sewer gas in the bathroom, it is definitely time to replace the toilet bowl wax ring. Step 1: Remove the tank lid and place it in a safe spot. Lay a few towels on the floor to set…


With the advent of Pex tubing and “Shark Bite” type fittings, sweating (soldering) copper tubing is becoming a lost art.  With a little patience and a lot of practice you still have time to master this art form. Step 1:  Using a tubing cutter to make a smooth square cut at the end of the…


If the gas pilot light on a hot water heater refuses to stay lit, replacing its thermocouple may be the answer to the problem. Step 1: Read the instruction manual or the instructions printed on the hot water heater to familiarize yourself with the manufacture’s recommended method for replacing the thermocouple. Step 2: Use the…


It is easy to install a dedicated water filtered faucet if you have an unused faucet hole or a stainless steel sink. Step 1: Purchase a filter faucet to match the existing faucet finish and an under the cabinet water filtration system. Step 2: Remove the hole plug from the sink or use a metal…


Thawing a frozen water line in your home is easy when you have a little patience and a mild heat source. Frozen pipes are likely to burst if heated too fast, so slow and steady is the best plan of action. Step 1: Turn on the faucet along the frozen line. If the pipe is…


If your Delta or Peerless brand single handle faucet is dripping, a little time and a Delta/Peerless single-handle faucet repair kit will solve your problem lickety split. Step 1: Turn the water supply off to the faucet using the shut off valves below the sink. Turn on the faucet to drain any water left behind….


When the temperature outside drops below 20 degrees Fahrenheit and the wind begins to blow, uninsulated water lines and drain pipes are likely to freeze. A few simple steps can help you avoid a problem before it happens. Step 1: Pipes in exterior walls, crawl spaces and attics are most vulnerable during the winter months….


If your outdoor lawn water faucet keeps on going after your watering is done, you may be able to repair it rather than replace it. Step 1: Turn off the water supply to the faucet. Hopefully this can be done from your main water valve inside. If not, you will need a street key to…