Installing a ToiletWritten by Mark Donovan
The installation of a toilet is a relatively easy job for a homeowner. With a couple of wrenches, a screwdriver and a few shims a new toilet can be installed in about one hour.
Toilets can be purchased at any home improvement store or plumbing supply center. Typically a gravity flush toilet costs between $150 and $300, however price can double or triple for more elaborate units, such as pressure flush systems. Today’s toilets are mandated to use no more than 1.6 gallons per flush, where as older units used as much as 5 gallons. The initial 1.6 gallon toilets were notorious for frequently clogging, however over past several years suppliers have improved performance of these low water-use systems.
A toilet usually consists of two main parts: a bowl and a tank. It is best to first install bowl. Prior to seating bowl, check if closet flange has been temporarily plugged with insulation or a rag to prevent sewer gases from escaping. Remove this. Next set bowl on top of closet flange to determine if it sits level. If it does not, prepare some shims to use later.
Double The Storage Space In Your Bedroom ClosetWritten by Lee Dobbins
Everyone needs more storage space, right? Well a good closet organizer can double storage space in your closet and make it easier for you to find just what you need.
There’s 2 basic types of closet organizers. One is actually more like closet furniture and has built in drawers cubbies and of course poles to hang your clothes. These can run you quite a bit of money but do a great job to organize and beautify your closet and will be durable enough to last a long time. A less costly alternative is found in wire closet organizers that offer almost same amount of organization but aren’t as pretty and may not wear as well. Both kinds will work with a walk in closet or a simple reach in closet.
When buying an organizer system for you closet, you want to keep in mind what kind of clothing you have and how much of it. Do you have tons of shoes, but not a lot of shirts? Then you'll want more storage units for shoes. If you have a lot of hats, scarves and purses, make sure you design in storage space for those. Your organizer system should be customized to types of clothing and accessories you own as much as possible.