Archive for Home Repairs

Toilet Flapper Replacement



The toilet flapper? The stopper? The whatchamacallit? Whatever name you use for that contraption that makes the tank refill with water after you flush the toilet, you need to become familiar with it. Why? Because it will need to be replaced every two to five years. And a home goddess doesn’t need to waste the $50-$100 by calling a plumber (I have friends who do) when you can do it yourself. Yes, even a diy home goddess can do this, easy peasy.

Why do you need to change the toilet flapper? There are two reasons to change a toilet flapper (the handyman official name for it):

  • If you have a chain, the chain broke. It’s metal, it can happen. You can’t flush the toilet at all.
  • The rubber no longer seals the hole where the water escapes. The water never stops running, because the water keeps leaving the tank; it never gets full.

My Story – “Tanks A Lot!”

When was my first time? I had used the toilet before I headed to work one morning. The toilet would not flush. I opened the tank, and saw the chain was broken and spread around the base. I lifted the metal bar for a manual flush and rushed off to work.

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Total Bathroom Remodel – Not for a Novice!


I desperately need a new master bath. When I bought my house I knew the master bath would have to be redone soon. I saved, but every time I was close to the estimated price (8K), something came up that had to be handled immediately. It took me 5 years, but I finally have the money and called to get a few estimates.

Bathroom Remodel

This is plastic sheeting!

FYI, I am going with Home Depot for the bathroom remodel. The estimator spent 5 hours with me, discussing each piece, showing samples, offering suggestions and guidance, explaining how things worked, rules and regulations, everything.

I got another estimate from my normal plumber, but was disappointed in the provided service. He walked into the bathroom (no measurements) and told me roughly 15K cost. Oh, did I mention when I got the estimate a week later it was 22K? He didn’t ask me questions before he gave the number, and said:

  • A european vanity.
  • No shower door
  • A medicine cabinet had to be on side wall, and didn’t discuss any mirror
  • Put a notch area in the wall for holding supplies (can’t be done in a firewall)
  • Didn’t give me options for shower other than tile
  • No colors discussed
  • No fixtures discussed
  • An exhaust fan (didn’t explain why, or that with a window it wasn’t mandatory)

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Fix Fireplace Insert Cracks!


Fix Fireplace Insert Cracks

Is your concrete fireplace Crack City? Did you know that can be dangerous? Dangerous enough to actually burn your house down? I do not know if it would go that far, but a fireplace that is not well maintained can cause serious harm to your home. You do not want that happening, do you?

Of course not!

I didn’t either! I had my fireplace examined last fall. I’d lived in the house for several years, and had not ever used the fireplace. I really did not have any desire to use the fireplace. It’s not that I don’t like a good fire, don’t get me wrong. I love a fire as much as the next goddess. I just do not want to deal with the mess and care of a fire. I just wanted to make sure my fireplace chimney was not a safety or fire hazard.

A Goddess Gains Some Knowledge

So I called a chimney sweep. Boy did they do a good job! Who knows how long it had been since my fireplace had been cleaned. I’d lived in it over four years. I know it had been foreclosed on when I bought it, so I am not sure if the prior owner ever did anything. But they got a lot of soot out of the chimney. Enough for two sweeps to have to deal with it with some kind of mechanical, electrical contraption.

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How to Fix the Wiggle on Your Toilet Seat


How to Fix the Wiggle on Your Toilet Seat

How often does a Goddess sit down on her private throne, and have it wiggle and slide under her weight?

What Does Not Cause It

  • Believe me, it has nothing to do with any weight limits. Absolutely nothing at all! Your goddess weight is perfect!
  • It does not have anything to do with the way one slides onto the throne.
  • Or how often it is cleaned or not cleaned.
  • Moved up and down when you have that pesky man over who insists on lifting the lid.
  • It does not have anything to do with the quality of the base material, or the workmanship of the throne.
It has every thing to do with two (usually plastic) nuts and screws. That is it! It has absolutely everything to do with that little mechanism not quite fitting into the holes in the seat. It will slide, but it will take a lot of pressure for that throne’s seat to come off by just sitting down. It will just keep sliding and wiggling and making one feel like they are off balance when they sit.
But wait! There is good news! Actually it is kind of great news! It is easily fixed. It is something any goddess can do with just a washcloth, a flat head screwdriver, and a little know how. All goddesses have washcloths, and if you are reading this, I would be willing to bet you have a flat head screwdriver as well. And I am here to give you the know how.