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…

Crabgrass is an invasive weed that grows well in lawns which are lightly watered, under fertilized and relatively sunny.  Preventing crabgrass with pre-emergent herbicides requires good timing.  Applied too early, pre-emergents will be washed away and applied too late they are completely ineffective.  Once crabgrass has taken root, non-chemical methods are the best means of…

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…

Early spring is the perfect time to install a bird house in your back yard.   Following a few simple steps will have you bird watching in no time. Step 1:  Decide what type of birds you want to attract.   Blue birds, wrens, chickadees, nuthatches, titmice, swallows and flycatchers will all nest in houses. Blue birds…

Rain barrels are a great way to save energy and money throughout the growing season, but for those who live in cooler climates, rain barrels can be problematic when temperatures drop below freezing. Preparing your rain barrel for winter can prolong its life and save you from replacing it anytime soon. Step 1: Drain your…

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…

Use jumper cables to jump start a car. Cold weather slows things down, including automobile batteries. Using jumper cables to start a dead battery is safe and easy if you follow these steps: Step 1: Position a working vehicle next to the stalled automobile so that the distance between the two batteries is minimal. Do…

The beauty of fall brings with it the conundrum of fallen leaves. Thick layers of leaves deprive lawns of much needed sunlight and foster disease that wrecks havoc on even the healthiest of lawns. Raking and/or mulching leaves throughout the fall season is an imperative part of good lawn maintenance. Step 1: Decide what to…

Whether you are replacing an old sink or adding a new sink, installing a self rimming sink is a reasonable do-it-yourself kind of job. Step 1: Determine the size of the sink by measuring the counter surface. Account for any under-the-sink obstructions such as drawers or plumbing fixtures. The sink should sit approximately one and…