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Pros and Cons to DIY Home Renovation

Completing home renovations yourself can be backbreaking but rewarding work. Saving money is never a bad thing but there’s a time and place for frugality. Cutting corners on certain home repairs may be hazardous to one's health.



Knowing the difference between a money-saving opportunity and when splurging on professional resources is required is no easy feat. Read on to get a better idea of when saving or spending may be most prudent.

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Money Saver


PAINTING: A fresh coat of paint is hardly laborious, a quick and thrifty option. Breaking out the rollers and brushes can dramatically change a room. Interior painting — trim, walls, and doors — can transform a dull space into the dream room that you’ve always wished for. Additionally, painting is an activity that can involve the entire family. Enable everyone in your home to make decisions and allow them input in color selection. Painting is a low risk way to try out different personas for each room. Here you'll have the ability to experiment with different colors, shades and borders knowing it can easily be changed in the near future. Through the use of painters tape you can get more complicated and feature intricate designs, like a striped accent wall or other fun personal elements.

WINDOW TREATMENTS: Similar to painting, updating window treatments has the ability to frame a room in an entirely new light. Window treatments may not seem like the most exciting design element but there’s surprisingly many options to consider and play around with! Valances, drapes, and blinds are only the tip of the iceberg. While choosing something in line with current fads is not always wise, window treatments are a great way to be in the moment without committing to a long-term DIY project.

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Experiment with patterns and different fabrics to find something that fits in your space. Different window treatment lengths and textures can be used to adjust, or filter, the amount of light in a room. Allowing more light into a space can make the room appear larger than it truly is.

REFINISHING FURNITURE: Refinishing a piece of furniture can make something rather bland into a fresh and new statement piece. Taking garage sale finds and making them into a one of a kind piece of furniture is a great way to cut costs and hone your eye for design at the same time. Refinishing furniture is quite an umbrella term and can include staining/painting, reupholstering, adding new hardware or anything else you feel can elevate a piece that you’ve become bored with or is a “new to you” find.

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Splurge


ON INSPECTIONS: Splurging on inspections is very important. Unless you have proper training there’s no way to DIY test for some of the most common household toxins. Having your home tested for toxins before any major, or minor, home renovations is an important first step to safeguard the health of you and your family. Some of the most common household toxins to inspect for are asbestos, carbon monoxide, lead, and radon. All four toxins are invisible to the naked eye, meaning there is no way for the average person to easily identify if it’s an issue in their home. Both asbestos and lead were commonly used in older homes so before completing any renovations that involve deconstruction professionals should be sought if your home was built prior to 1980.

MAJOR DECONSTRUCTION PROJECTS: Even after completing the necessary and recommended inspections there is always risk involved with major deconstruction or demolition. Contractors and construction crews should be hired if you want to dramatically change the layout of your home in order to eliminate risks related to; exposure to poor air quality, improperly removing necessary structural elements of the home (example: wall removal) or self-injury.

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Reasons for Splurging


HEALTH BENEFITS: The splurges may seem a bit costly, but investing in your home now can save you from unnecessary medical spending in the long run. For instance, asbestos abatement is pricey costing thousands of dollars but exposure to the toxin can result in mesothelioma cancer. Prognosis is poor for cancer and it can ultimately cost you your life. Lead, carbon monoxide, and radon also have negative health consequences that can lead to increased medical bills and poor quality of life.

TOXIN AWARENESS: Being aware of the potential toxin risk that may be hidden away if your home can help to cut costs effectively without compromising on your health. Find healthy and fun outlets for creativity that allow ownership of a space but don’t be stingy when it’s necessary to outsource the higher risk repairs.

Mesothelioma Awareness Day is September 26 - take this day as a reminder that every action has a consequence and empower yourself with the facts necessary to make DIY fun and harmless.

 

This article was shared by our friends at  Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance, a group of professionals dedicated to providing resources, information, and support to individuals and families suffering from mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.

 

Blocked Drains: How to Unclog Your Kitchen Sink

Fix that clogged kitchen sink fast before it becomes a real annoyance. We’ve gathered here several ways to unclog those blocked drains, which you could try in the order presented.



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WORK SAFE: Before You Begin


These DIY tips may not work if your main sewer line is the problem (that is, all drains in your house are affected). In that case, you’ll need a plumber.

⚠ Warning: Do not proceed if you've just poured drain cleaners into the sink, as the chemicals they contain could cause serious burns to your skin.

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Otherwise, slip on those rubber gloves and wear your goggles for protection, then let’s get on with it. Ready?

detail of the plumbing system under a modern kitchen sink, with a plumbers tool tray and equipment

Drain Unblocker #1: GARBAGE DISPOSAL FIX


If the garbage disposal is clogged, follow the steps in the instruction manual that came with it. If the blockage remains, try these steps:

  1. Shut off the power switch of the garbage disposal.

  2. Shine a flashlight into the unit and use pliers to try pulling out any stuck object.

  3. If no object is removed, use a long dowel or wooden spoon to move the garbage disposal blades side to side.

  4. After removing an object or being able to move the blades, wait around 15 minutes for the disposal motor to cool.

  5. Turn the power back on then push the reset button.


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Drain Unblocker #2: BENT HANGER TRICK


This could be your magic spell if you have a double-bowl kitchen sink.

  1. Get a coat hanger wire and bend a small hook on its end that will fit through the basket strainer.

  2. Push the bent hanger hook first into the drain.

  3. When you feel the clog, twist and pull the hanger wire until you have it out.

  4. If you are not able to remove the obstruction, try steps 2 and 3 one more time. If it still does not work, read on for other solutions below.


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Drain Unblocker #3: PLUNGE, PUMP, AND POP


Here's how to use a sink pump or plunger on your clogged sink drain:

  1. Clear the area over and around the drain, ensuring that nothing is blocking it.

  2. For those with a dishwasher, clamp the drain hose first. Fill the sink with up to 8cm to 10cm of water. Seal the other drain opening tightly with a wet rag.

  3. Plunge the sink pump vigorously over the drain for several times, forcing water (rather than air) into the drain. Make sure you’ve got the whole drain covered.

  4. On the last pump, pop the plunger off the drain for a sudden added pressure.

  5. If the water does not flow down or moves slowly, repeat the steps above. If the water still does not drain after a couple of tries, move on to the other solutions below.


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Drain Unblocker #4: STUFF A SNAKE IN THE SINK


You can use a drain auger or plumber snake in this manner:

  1. Uncoil the auger and extend it down the drain.

  2. When you feel a resistance, move the coil up and down to remove any blockage.

  3. Remove the drain auger.

  4. Turn on the tap to check if the drain has been unclogged.

  5. If the clog remains, repeat steps 1 to 4.

  6. When the blockage has been cleared, pull out the snake and rinse off with running water as you do so, then wipe with a rag.


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Drain Unblocker #5: CLEAN UP THE P-TRAP



  1. Clear the area under the sink and place a bucket directly below the P-trap.

  2. Wear a pair of plastic or rubber gloves.

  3. Loosen the slip nuts and wiggle the trap free. If the nuts are hard to loosen try to gently use pliers.

  4. Remove the P-trap (the curved part). Your bucket should catch any flowing water.

  5. Thoroughly clean the interior of the trap using a straightened coat hanger wire or a large bottle brush.

  6. As you clean, check if the washers are still soft and supple. If not, you may need to replace them.

  7. If the trap was clear and did not have any clog to start with, insert a small drain snake into the pipe in the wall. Move the snake in and out with a clockwise twisting motion.

  8. Remove the snake.

  9. Reassemble the P-trap, making sure you don’t tighten the connections too much.


 

After all the DIY solutions are done and your sink drain is still clogged, it’s time to call in a plumber. But if you’ve succeeded with one of the fixes, we’ll be happy to hear about it. Got other ideas for blocked drains? Just send us a quick message below.

How to Install a Towel Rack on Ceramic Tile

Updating your bathroom involves new fixtures, lights, taps and rails. Now when most of us know, by common sense, that there are just some jobs that require a tradie. There are also some DIY tasks that we may do on our own, like installing a towel rack on ceramic tile. Just make sure to practice safety at all times.



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Step-by-Step Instructions:


1. Measure


Measure the wall where you wish to install the towel rail and place masking tape on the areas to be drilled. The tape will help the drill stay in place, keeping it from slipping on the tile glaze.

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2. Drill Bit


Selecting the drill bit is an important step.  You need to consider the hardness of the material you are drilling through. In many cases, a carbide drill bit will do the job.  Hardware stores usually have "glass and ceramic spade bits" and "diamond" drill bits too. Our testing on normal spade bits highlighted they get very hot and do not last long. The diamond drill bit is probably the best for very hard tiles - although it requires a bit of skill to use.

Ensure you use the correct size drill bit for the anchor plugs you are installing.  It is better to be half a millimetre less than more as you can always shave a bit off the anchor.

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3. Drill


Make a pencil mark on the tape where you wish to drill. Place the drill bit on this mark and drill slowly into the ceramic tile.  It is usually best to pick a point away from the edge of the tile or the grout line, as it is more likely you will shatter or chip a tile if drilling on its edge.

Do not drill too quickly, or you risk overheating the drill and removing too much of the tile from the drill site.  And do not use the "hammer" setting on your drill or you risk shattering the tile.  It can be helpful to spray a mist of water on the drill hole while drilling - this is essential for a diamond drill bit.  For a diamond drill it is also helpful to start the hole with the drill bit at 45 degrees until it pierces the outer layer, then straighten the drill.

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3. Anchor


Push plastic screw anchors into each drilled hole to firmly secure the screws inside the tile, and keep the towel rail from slipping out once installed.

4. Balance


Line up the rail and screw directly into the rail's escutcheons evenly on each side, if you're installing a one-piece towel rail. Do not tighten down the screws until all screws have been inserted at least part way and the rail is balanced.

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5. Brackets


If installing a rail with brackets, screw each bracket into the wall, tightening them down securely. Look at the side of the towel rail's escutcheons for a small grub screw, and unscrew it until it clears the inside of the escutcheon.

Place the escutcheon over the bracket and use a screwdriver or supplied hex key to tighten down the small grub screw on the side. This will attach the escutcheons to the brackets. Leave the escutcheons slightly loose.

Insert the rail into one escutcheon at a time, tightening each one down completely once the rail is in place to hold it securely.

 

Happy Renovating!

 

(If you would like to know how to choose a heated towel rail that's just right for your bathroom, read these Tips For Choosing A Heated Towel Rail.)

Fix a Leaking Tap Easily in 4 Steps

Don’t let this day pass without repairing that leaking tap! A drip rate of 10 per minute means more than 20 litres of water wasted in a month, so now is the time to get that fixed.



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Why is your tap dripping?


The most likely cause of the leaking tap is foreign material that has lodged in the internal cartridge and could cause damage. Debris could come from the water supply, which is common where the water lines have not been properly flushed during installation or if the property does not have filtered water.

What can you do to fix the leaky tap?


In that case, it is merely a maintenance issue that can be done without a plumber. It can be resolved by simply cleaning the internal cartridge or replacing it if necessary. The Products Team at Renovator Store provided these steps to let you access, inspect, and clean the cartridge inside a mixer tap:

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1. Remove the lever handle.


Start by turning off the water supply to your leaking tap. Then remove the lever handle using a provided hex key or similar tool. Sometimes the grub screw is located behind the small button/cap located underneath the handle. You can simply remove this using your nails to pull it out.

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2. Twist off the metal collar.


Beneath the lever handle is a metal collar that you can easily twist off with no tools required. You will see a second collar that's hex threaded. Get your shifting spanner to take this one out.

removing the hex-threaded collar of a mixer tap

3. Remove the cartridge.


The cartridge can now be removed, and you can rinse the exposed cavity with water. The flow restrictor (if present) can also be cleaned or removed to maximise flow. Inspect the cartridge for blockages or splits in the rubber rings and flush it with water.

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4. Replace the cartridge.


Check that no foreign material or debris remains in the cartridge or within the cavity. Fit the cartridge back in, then do steps 1 to 3 in reverse. Test your tap for leaks, and if there's none you’re finally done!

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What if you need a new cartridge?


In case your ceramic cartridge has been damaged by debris or sediments, you can always get a new mixer tap or just purchase a replacement cartridge from wherever you bought your tapware, or from Renovator Store if you've got a brand we stock.

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Other leaking tap issues


Maybe you’ve cleaned up your cartridge or replaced your tap and still experience dripping issues. The problem could be with the valve seat, or your water pressure is too high, or you may have some damaged pipes. In those cases, it’s time to call in a professional plumber.

If you have any further questions feel free to email us at service@renovatorstore.com.au and our friendly Customer Service team will gladly assist. You may also call (03) 9544 3003 or 1800 RENOSTORE from 10:00 am till 4:00 pm AEST on weekdays.

5 Must-Have Power Tools for Your DIY Project

Do-It-Yourself projects are quite prominent in the recent times due to its efficiency and convenience when it comes to costs. While DIYs are meant to be convenient, many people find DIYs challenging and stressful due to distinct factors. One of which is the materials and tools to be used in such projects.



Beginners (especially) thought they would need to complete all tools just to finish one project. It’s only natural to think of it that way. However, little did everyone knows that there are power tools that will suffice to finish almost all DIY projects. Hence the name, must-haves.



Now, these are the 5 must-have power tools for every DIY project you plan to execute:

1. Power drill


A power drill is one of the most time efficient and most frequently used tools found in almost every workshop today. It serves many purposes such as drilling holes in wood, drywall, masonry, and other materials. Also, it used in different projects due to its efficiency not only in boring holes but also in attaching materials together. Other uses and purposes of a power drill can be achieved by fitting it into different tool attachments.

As for the type of power drill, many people are debating over cordless and corded power drills. Users have different notions about this, but the most agreeable of all is that cordless power drills are convenient since they are portable. However, it costs much more than a corded power drill.

2. Scroll saw


A scroll saw is often used by woodworkers and carpenters as this is a great tool to cut intricate joints and curves. In addition, according to one prominent scroll saw comparison page, it is said that the scroll saw is comparatively safe as the blades are too small that cannot result in an injury.

Usually, scroll saws are used out of creativity and relatively a small amount of space to work. The task can be done completely in a short period of time with accurate results. This is why many fans of DIY projects and woodworkers are very much into using scroll saws.

3. Miter saw


Any DIY project enthusiast will find it very convenient to use a miter saw. This must-have tool can accurately and instantly cut pieces of any material. This is one reason why it is believed to be a “hack” of many carpenters today. The pieces of materials being subjected to this tool appear to be as if they went through processes inside a cutting factory.

Hence, if you are working many wood projects in your DIY plans, a miter saw is a must-have power tool for you!

4. Routers


For beginners, it is always advised and recommended for you to own a router. The main application is intended for working with wood, especially in carpentry and cabinetry. It is important to know that routers are not only meant for cutting edge but also they are used to cut flawless dados.

Alongside these, routers are useful in creating perfect patterns as these tools can be used to shape and decorate wood. It is only fitting for you to own one since most DIY projects aim to bring out creativity and personalization in each project. An everyday good quality router will help you do it.

5. Paint Sprayer


If you are new in the world of DIY, it always has something to do with painting and repainting subjects and pieces. This is why a paint sprayer is a must-have power tool for you. Every finished project or subject ends usually with painting and decoration. Hence, a good paint sprayer in your toolbox will help you do the final task efficiently. You can look at the top picks out right now here: https://paintsprayermag.com/best-automotive-paint-guns to get an idea of which one is right for your needs. You should also try to read reviews and comparison pages to help you determine the most suitable tool for you.

The number of power tools for DIY projects today are quite hard to count. However, it is essential for you to know, especially if you are a beginner, that you only need certain power tools that serve many purposes and can fill the tasks of other tools.

How to Replace Basin Taps in the Bathroom in Five Easy Steps

Fresh bathroom fixtures can instantly upgrade the look and feel of your bathroom. Whether you just want an upgrade of your basin taps or it definitely needs a replacement, we have outlined how to replace basin taps in the bathroom.



Usually, bathroom basins have an installation manual included in its package that you can refer to. But in this handy step-by-step guide, we show you how to quickly change an old basin tap to a new one, in five easy steps.

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1. Turn Your Water OFF


First, you have to make sure that your water supply for both cold and hot taps from the mains supply is turned off. Then, make sure app your taps in the house (both hot and cold) are left open to drain any excess water.

Clear out everything you can from under the sink, including any shelves. This will give you more room to work and use your tools more easily. Once ready, add a bucket or tray below the tap to catch any drips.

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2. Remove Your Old Tap


Get under the basin - you can spread an old towel across the floor or the bottom of your under-sink cabinet to catch any spills. Start unscrewing the nut that locks your basin to the old tap. If your existing tap was fitted using compression fittings, you might need two adjustable wrenches to undo the nuts. Once you have removed this, your old tap can now be pulled out.

 

3. Install Your New Tap


Connect the threaded post to your tap, then feed into the basin hole, so your tap sits on top of your basin, with the thread poking out below. Again, there may be a washer included or needed to make sure the tap sits snugly. Screw the nut tightly onto the threaded post, your tap is now gripped onto your basin.

 

Top tip from DIY.com


Balancing water pressure


The water supply should have a reasonably balanced pressure from a common source (e.g. hot and cold supplies both from the same storage or both from a supply pipe). Where the fitting is supplied from unbalanced supplies (e.g. hot and cold supplies from separate sources) Water Regulations or Byelaws in your area may require an ‘approved’ non-return valve or single check valve to be fitted to both the hot and the cold pipes that are connected to the mixer tap.


Where this is the case, simply fit the valves below the flexible tap connectors with the arrow on the valve pointing upwards. Once fitted, this will ensure that cold water is not pushed back through the hot water pipe when both taps are on, stopping the hot water temperature from cooling too quickly.


Once your tap is gripped onto your basin, the hot and cold pipes should feed directly from your wall to your new pipes. Don't forget to check everything to make sure there are no leaky or loose connections.

 

4. Connect Your Plumbing


Screw the flexible connectors into your tap. After that, connect them to the copper domestic pipes, with a compression fitting in between (this will keep the pressure between the two pipes regulated and safe).

 

5. Switch Your Water Supply Back On


Now you can turn the water supply on from the mains. If your new tap is set to ‘closed’ when the air rushes through, it could potentially damage the tap. We recommend all taps be set to ‘open’ for a little while after turning the water supply on. Remember the other taps in your house may still be open, so remember to switch them off once water comes through again.

 

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You did it! You have placed your newest bathroom fixture!

How to replace two taps with a Mixer Tap?

Traditional houses usually have two taps where one is connected to hot water supply and the other to cold water supply. Modern houses and builders are now featuring mixer taps, where one can draw hot and cold water supply from two different sources, but still can flow and come out in a single tap. This article will give you tips on how to replace two taps with a mixer tap.



Changing into a Kitchen Mixer tap has lots of benefits, which includes style and convenience. If you replace two taps with mixer tap, you’ll also save energy bills because most mixer taps are fitted with flow limiters.

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Here’s a simple guide on how to replace two taps with a mixer tap:



  • Before you start doing anything, make sure the water supply is turned off to avoid flooding your kitchen. Turn the valve off and test it by turning on your taps.

  • Next, you need to see the pipe connectors. Remove everything under your sink to see and access pipe connectors easily.

  • Remove the old tap by using the necessary tools to disconnect it from the main taps. Of course, you can always contact professional plumbers to do this.

  • Clean off any debris left under the old tap.


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  • Now comes the fun part. Fit your new mixer tap, this is usually easier than removing the old one. Most mixer taps come with installation instructions so make sure you check with your supplier, or in your supplier’s website. Usually, you just have to slot the pipes through the kitchen sink holes.

  • Of course, you don’t want your tap to wobble, so make sure you secure the underside of the tap to the sink.

  • Connect the tap to the water pipes, and replace rubber washers and o-rings with a new one. Make sure it’s tight and sealed, to prevent any leaks.

  • To check if everything is working fine, turn on the water valve, and then turn on the kitchen mixer tap. While the tap is turned on, check for leaks on all sides.


 

Maintenance Tips for Your Plumbing

We all know how plumbing problems can make your life a complete disaster! Water leaks, pipes bursting, clogs…all of these can cause a huge headache and, to be honest, quite a bit of damage in your home. It is always best to prevent any problems from happening, so we will try to give you some useful and effective tips and tricks on how to prevent any potential plumbing problems, or fix the already existing ones. Here, we’ll present you with some handy tricks, so read carefully.




Water leaks and sprays


Frankly, leaking pipes and water sprays are probably the worst because you, and everything around you, will get wet. Fortunately, there are some quite convenient tricks you can use to stop or minimize the damage. For instance, you can use a Teflon tape to connect your pipes. Wrap the Teflon tape clockwise around the pipe joints. For extra caution, you can add some joint compound around the pipe after you apply the tape. Water sprays are also very unpleasant and the foam pipe insulation is probably the best way to go to prevent this issue. This is a multi purpose tip too because foam isolation can also prevent pipes from freezing.

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DIY unclogging


You are home alone, it’s late and you don’t have any unclogging chemicals at home? No problem, there is a DIY way to unclog your sink or shower with some items everyone has in their kitchen. The ingredients you will need are baking soda, white vinegar, salt and some boiling water. First, you need to mix salt and baking soda in one bowl, and pour the mixture down the drain, after you remove the sink drain cap. Afterwards, pour the warm vinegar and let it rest for a couple of minutes. In the end, pour boiling water. This is a cheap, fast and easy way to unclog your pipes. However, if you are not able to unclog the sink on your own, we definitely recommend hiring a professional. Back in the day, when we lived in Australia, we hired a reliable plumber from the North Shore to help us out. Everybody needs professional help from time to time, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

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Plumbing must-haves


There are certain items you simply must have in your home, in case of any plumbing emergencies. Tool caddies are simply awesome for storing everything you need. Wrenches and plungers are a necessity, and you will need a pair of joint pliers as well. A screwdriver is also something you might find quite useful. You will also need some duct tape, Teflon tape, and heavy-duty papers. Place all of these carefully inside your tool caddy and make sure you always have an empty bucket, because,in case of leaks, the bucket will be the one to catch all the water.

Plumbing must haves

It’s very important to know these tips, because you never know what situation you will find yourself in. Always make sure to keep cooking oil and grease away from your sink, because they can unquestionably make huge problems in your pipes. Also, keep in mind that you’ll have to act fast when it comes to any plumbing issue. If you see any spots or wet circles on your walls or under your sink, try to tackle the problem as soon as possible.

If you ignore some obvious signs of plumbing problems, it may cause larger damage and increase your plumbing costs a lot. You know what they say - prevention is most definitely better than cure.

Author- Bio:

Derek Lotts is an Advisory Editor at Smooth Decorator  and writes about décor, gardening, recycling, ecology and everything related to home improvement. He thinks all of these topics fall under the self-improvement category. He believes in the power of sharing ideas and communicating via the internet to achieve betterment.

Keeping Organised In Your Small Home

There’s a lot to love about having a small home but there’s also challenges that come with it. Keeping the clutter at bay and finding ways to fit everything you need into small spaces is one such challenge. Luckily there’s more than one solution for staying organised in a small home.



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Don’t waste an inch of space


When you don’t have much space to work with you really need to make every shelf and cupboard count. Kitchens are particularly greedy when it comes to too many products and not enough space; from pantries to cleaning products and cooking utensils. Playing tetris to get all your assorted items into one small cupboard isn’t our idea of ideal Sunday plans. Jayden Hall suggests adding storage optimising racks to your cupboards taking them from piled up messes to accessible, organised dreams. Follow Renovator Store on Facebook and Twitter for more ideas.

Less really is more


In our consumer driven society we all fall for the idea that we need mountains and mountains of stuff. But how much is really necessary in our everyday lives? Organising mentor and consultant Sue Glasser has these two tips for getting rid of the excess:

1. Take stock; Have a look at what you have at the moment - What would you actually replace if you lost it all? Ask the questions: What is important to me? What can I live without?
2. No Duplicates; How many pairs of scissors do you really need? Check appliances: Two toasters? 10 sets of towels for 2 people? 10 Mixing bowls? Gift or sell those extras.

For more info find Sue on Facebook and Instagram.

Invest in dual purpose furniture


There’s an easier way to keep your shoe addiction under wraps. Get yourself a multipurpose bed base with a gas lift and store all your secret purchases under you while you sleep. Sweet dreams of new shoes await!

Make the most of your walls


Constantly losing the grocery list? Can’t seem to find a pen and paper when you need it? Once the house is in order you’ll be wishing the rest of your life would fall into line as well. Kelly Walter from Daily Orders has an easy and fun solution; mountable wall planners with multi-coloured chalk markers. They have weekly and monthly planners to keep your life on track and even do custom orders. Take a look around and we bet there’s a few empty walls just waiting for you to get creative with them. Get more from Daily Orders on Facebook or Instagram.

Don’t forget the backyard


Got a jumble of gardening tools, kids toys and pet toys outside without a designated home? The easiest solution is getting some useful outdoor furniture to keep your yard as tidy as the rest of your house is now. There’s a range of storage box styles available from wooden to wicker and even one that doubles as a bench seat.

Put your mind to it and we bet you can get organised and stay that way!

The latest Under Tile Heating DIY Kit

Do you dread that time of morning when your alarm goes off and you have to crawl out of bed, over the frosty bathroom tiles and into the shower? Could you imagine the sensation of waking up to already warm bathroom tiles that have automatically come on at a certain time and at temperature of your choice? This may sound like an expensive luxury however with a HOTWIRE Under-Tile Heating DIY Kit, you can have the comfort of heated floor tiles all for a fraction of the retail price. And the best part? It will cost you less than your morning coffee to run.



The HOTWIRE Under Tile Heating DIY Kit is designed as a thin wire that has been cut to specific length and designed to be coiled around your flooring space. Spaced at even intervals below your tiles, the HOTWIRE Under Tile Heating warms your home from the floor upwards. Ducted heating vents or heat lamps that are placed in the ceiling have been found to provide ample heat for the top half of a given space however may differ by up to 12 degrees between floor and ceiling meaning that the majority of your body is not receiving the warmth that it should. For families with small kids, there is a vast temperature difference between what a tall adult may feel and a toddler crawling on the tiles.

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The HOTWIRE Under Tile Heating DIY Kit can be installed yourself with a qualified electrician needed to simply plug in the thermostat to the power source under Australian Standards. The beauty of DIY installation is that it will save you thousands and you are able to choose exactly where you want your under floor heating. Often, under floor heating devices are laid down as mats beneath your flooring. The mat design may seem simple to lay down but can cause lots of problems when it comes to fitting around toilets, vanities and bath tubs. The HOTWIRE Under Tile Heating DIY Kit is perfect for installing in small or tricky spaces as the heated wire can simply be coiled around doorways and fixed furniture making sure no cold spots are present.

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Before installing, be sure to watch the installation video below to learn just how simple it is


Many people do not consider the possibility of under tile heating due to the believed cost of running such a luxury. Surprisingly, HOTWIRE Under Floor Heating will cost you just over $100 to run per year! 365 mornings of a perfectly heated bathroom and 365 evenings of cosy tiles beneath your toes for just over $100 per year! At a price like this, the environment and your wallet are equally happy!

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Benefits of HOTWIRE Under Tile Heating:



  • the ability to be self-installed in new or existing homes

  • the ability to fit into any shape room leaving no cold spots

  • help to dry the floor reducing damp spaces and mould

  • low power consumption helping to reduce green house gas emissions

  • simple touch screen thermostat enabling you to program the temperature 24/7 around your lifestyle

  • enables a minimlaist bathroom design, ridding the need for fans, ducts and heat lamp

  • a 10 year warranty on HOTWIRE cable


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And how does it work?


With a supplied touch screen thermostat, simply choose a time for your HOTWIRE Under Tile Heating to switch on in the morning and a temperature that you would like for it to reach. Keep in mind that it may take between 30 minute and 1 hour to reach this temperature so it is best to programme it to come on whilst you are still sleeping. A specific time to switch on and off can be programmed for each day based on your busy lifestyle scheduale or choose one of the pre-determined programmes that may look like this.

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Under-tile heating is a must if you wish to avoid the harshness of stone cold tiles in winter.  It adds value to your home and is surprisingly cheap to run.  The Hotwire system is the simplest to install and perfect for a DIY project. The kit includes a fully SAA compliant heating element, programmable touch screen thermostat/timer controller and everything you need to safely and confidently install your under-tile heating. Once installed, tested and tiled over your electrician simply connects the power to the controller.

The under-foot warmth and even room heat is simply unbeatable.  The controller has everything you need to automate the heating times and run it efficiently via a thermostat.  You can of course operate it manually as well, and even switch it to vacation mode for when you are away. Jump online at the Renovator Store now to secure yours!

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