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How to Replace a Drain Trap

How to Replace a Drain Trap Directly beneath the drain outlet of every kitchen sink and every bathroom lavatory is a trap. This element is vital not only to the proper functioning of the drainage system but also to your health and safety. Each drain trap contains and maintains a plug of water within its curved section that seals against the entrance of harmful sewer gases. If the drap trap leaks, this water barrier may disappear and create a hazardous situation. All drain traps must be kept in proper working order....

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What causes pipes to burst when they freeze?

What causes pipes to burst when they freeze? Bursting water pipes are a major concern when winter temperatures drop below freezing. But why do frozen pipes burst? Perhaps surprisingly, freezing pipes don’t burst because of iceexpanding in place. Instead, it has to do with pressure inside the pipes. When water freezes, its molecules crystalize into an open hexagonal form, which takes up more space than when the molecules are in their liquid form — that is, the water molecules expand as they freeze. As the ice expands, it pushes...

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How To Fix Pipes

How To Fix Pipes   Water leaks and broken pipes can be a big problem for any homeowner. Because water in supply pipes is under pressure (normally about 50 pounds per square inch), if a pipe or fitting springs a leak, the water usually sprays out with considerable force. Because of this pressure, it’s usually pretty obvious if a pipe is leaking—even if the pipe is inside a wall or above a ceiling. The first thing to do is find the valve that controls the water supply to that pipe. Most modern home water...

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Do you need to hire a plumber to unclog your drain?

Do you need to hire a plumber to unclog your drain? The best way to deal with a blocked drain is to not let it happen in the first place. Regularly flushing your drains with boiling water or with a mixture of baking soda, cream of tartar and salt can help keep you drains clear. Nonetheless, at some point, it’s likely that blockages will find their way into your drains and in most cases, you should be able to remedy the problem yourself, without needing to turn to (and pay for) a professional. Some clogs can be fixed by pouring baking soda...

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What’s the Best Way to Brighten a Bathroom?

What’s the Best Way to Brighten a Bathroom? Since most bathrooms get a lot of use by both the people who live in your house and anyone who comes to visit, it’s nice for these spaces to be as inviting as possible. If you’re looking for a way to brighten your bathroom, here are seven different options you may want to utilize: Scrub Down the Space with Bleach Although this may seem too simple to be effective, many homeowners are pleasantly surprised to see how much brighter their bathroom looks after thoroughly scrubbing down the entire...

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How To Spackle a Wall

How To Spackle a Wall How to Spackle Drywall – The Steps Involved Step One – Preparing the Surface Preparing a Wall for SpacklingBefore you can apply a first coat of spackling, you need to prepare the surface. This is not a difficult job, but it is important. The first thing you want to do is give the spackling paste a place to go. Especially when you are filling screw or nail holes you may find that there is a burr around the hole. Take the corner of your hammer and gently tap the paper down until you have...

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