Posts Tagged ‘diy’

How To Install Bathrooms Or Showers

October 20th, 2012

If you are moving into a new house and wish to redecorate your bathroom, or even if you just find your current one outdated, then chances are you are likely to want to know where to start when installing a new one. These essential tips for installing a bathroom or shower will make it easier, quicker and more efficient when the time comes to update that all important room.


1) Choose your bathroom or shower carefully

Firstly, are you looking at changing over your entire bathroom, or just installing a new shower? When you know exactly what you are going to need in the bathroom, it is time for the fun part; shopping!

There are hundreds of different styles in terms of bathroom suites and furniture, some more popular than others. If you are looking for everything from a toilet to a bath, then try to find a matching suite that will work well with your chosen décor.

In terms of showers, it is important to decide what type of system you want, as well as the shower frame itself. Everything from simple one-person electric showers to wet rooms are available on the market, so decide what works best for your family and your budget.

Make sure you get your bathroom furniture, suite or shower from a trusted company that delivers, so you do not have to worry about things not turning up on time or in pieces. Some plumbers may even offer you catalogues featuring suites from their own suppliers, which they would then be able to get for you.

2) Removing the old bathroom and designing the new one

Before you can begin work on your new bathroom, you must first remove the old one. Depending on which features you want to keep, this could be a task for a qualified plumber, or just a handyman with a hammer.

If toilets or other plumbed in facilities need to be removed, then ensure your water supply is switched off before attempting this. The last thing you want is a flood in your bathroom which could cause many future problems!

Those who know exactly what they want may wish to come up with a design plan for the new bathroom, showing what they want and where. It is advisable to seek the advice of a professional when constructing your plan, as there may be some limitations depending on water inlets and outlets in your room.

If you have absolutely no idea what you want your bathroom to look like, most good plumbing companies will be able to offer you design ideas and plans to suit your needs.

3) Getting your new bathroom/shower all plumbed in

Unless you have passed several plumbing exams, it is inadvisable to try and plumb in a new bathroom or shower by yourself. Trying to DIY a project such as this could cause a lot of problems such as leaking or flooding.

When you have a design ready, contact a plumbing service that will be able to go through the details of your plan and install everything for you.

A good plumber should be able to remove your old bathroom (including tricky elements such as electrical work), design a new one and install it all for you without any trouble at all.

If you need something specialist such as a bath or shower with disabled access, tiling or towel radiators installed, then ensure your plumber is able to do this before agreeing to provide them with the work.


There are a few reasons that you may be thinking about getting a new bathroom installed, whether you fancy updating the one in your family home, or perhaps even to up the price of a property you want to sell.

Picking out the bathroom suite and furniture will be a fun part of the process, so enjoy it as best you can! Work out your budget and stick to it, including labour and extras such as decorative items.

A good plumbing company should be able to carry out any work that you do not feel comfortable doing, or complete the whole job if you would rather not get your hands dirty at all.

Make sure that the plumber you hire is aware of anything specialist or different that you might need, or if you would like them to provide the suite or furniture themselves.

By Rebecca Walton who writes articles for DIS Plumbing, Plumbers St Albans, England.

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Dos and Don’ts of DIY Drain Cleaning

September 18th, 2012

If you have indoor plumbing as many modern homes do, you will eventually be plagued with stopped-up drains.  In the best of circumstances, it is a minor annoyance; in the worst of circumstances—say, during a family gathering or house party—it can be catastrophic.

However, there is no need to panic.  There are plenty of do-it–yourself remedies you can try before calling a plumber.  But, be aware that the methods and tools needed vary according to which drains are affected.

Using a Plunger to Unclog Drains

It is always better to use environmentally friendly solutions when possible.  One tool no home should be without is a basic plunger.  Used since the late 1800s, a plunger is the first line of defense for any drain blockage.  This simple device is effective on any drain and can often solve the problem in a matter of seconds.

A plunger works by creating suction in the offending drain.  The procedure is the same for any drain in the home.  Make sure there is enough water – in the toilet bowl, sink or tub – to fill the plunger cup.  After ensuring a tight seal, vigorously work the plunger in an up-and-down motion for approximately 15 seconds, releasing it sharply from the drain on the last stroke.

When done properly, you will feel water moving in the drain.  This movement will either push or pull the clog out of the pipe, allowing the water to flow freely through the trap.  Several attempts may be necessary to clear the line.

What if the Drain is Still Clogged?

When dealing with a toilet that will not unclog, it is possible that an object such as a washcloth or a child’s toy may be stuck in the trap.  In this situation, you will need a commode auger to clear the obstruction.  Augers are tools designed to fit into toilet bowls and grasp the object, allowing it to be removed.

For sinks and tubs, a mixture of vinegar and baking soda poured directly into the drain will cause a chemical reaction that should usually clear the pipe.  After letting the mixture work for several minutes, flush the drain with a large container of boiling water.  This will remove hair, soap scum and even grease build-up, which are often the primary causes of sluggish draining.

Can Chemical Drain Cleaners Be Safely Used?

If the eco-friendly measures are unsuccessful, the clog may require a stronger, chemical drain-clearing agent.  At this point, it is worthwhile to call a professional plumber as most commercial products contain lye or hydrochloric acid and can be dangerous.  Using the wrong product—or the wrong amount—can seriously damage your septic system.  Safety should always be priority, and the cost of a new sewer system will greatly outweigh the cost of a plumber.  In this situation, be smart and contact your local plumber for help.

How to Install an Under Counter Water Heater?

September 14th, 2012

Even if you are not a tech savvy person you do not have to get overwhelmed and call for a plumber and electrician every time you need to install an appliance. In fact, for certain appliances like an under counter instant water heater, which is also popularly known as under sink water heater, installation is easier than you think. And you don’t have to spend even a penny in plumbing and electrician’s bills! Curious how you can do this? Well, read on.

What the hell is an under counter water heater?

Under counter water heaters are small home appliances that are usually seen in kitchens. They are akin to hot water dispensers and provide instant and point of service water heating both for domestic and commercial purposes. To get optimum output from an under counter water heater, you must ensure that it is installed properly and you could do this by simply following a few installation steps and guidelines. Don’t get bogged down by the many steps. Just get them done one by one.

The right place for everything

Before you install your under counter water heater, you must find a proper place for installation near the fixer. This may be a place inside the kitchen cabinet, under the countertop, and under the sink. Make sure that all the necessary plumbing requirements have been met and water supply connection is available in the installation area.

Get the right kit

Before installing the water heater, procure all the necessary tools for installing your under counter water heater. Keep the installation manual within easy reach as you will need to refer to it again and again. The manual will also help you with the appropriate application of the tools in the installation process.

Don’t call the plumber

Don’t call a plumber to install your under counter water cooler. Just brush up your basic plumbing skills by observing a friend or family member or by watching a YouTube video. The plumbing components that you will need are clamps, valves, pipes, and cables required for connecting the water heater to the direct water supply near its mounting point.

Manual help

Follow the installation steps outlined in the manual meticulously and in orderly fashion. The installation steps, if followed to the T, will ensure that you have done everything right required for completing the installation process. Additionally, you must check if a T&P valve has been installed for the water heater.

All done

Once the installation steps of the under counter water heater have been completed, you need to test whether you have performed everything perfectly or not. Before that, you also have to make sure that the water heater does not have any waste, debris, or air. Foe this, fill the heater with water and drain for some time. The drained water will carry along with it the waste, air, and debris from the water heater and your under counter water heater is all set for use.