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Undermount Lights Attachment

Undermount Lights

Attaching Undermount Lights

As you know, kitchen lighting for the counters can really suck, depending on how your kitchen is laid out. I have some under-mounted lights that are life-savers for me, in my tiny kitchen. However, have you ever noticed how sometimes when you attach undermount lights, they don’t stick all that great? Here’s a post I did discussing when I purchased my undermount lighting.

My Story

I have undermount lights that are great in an emergency. They are battery operated. If there’s ever a power outage, which happens ALL THE TIME where I live, they become emergency flashlights. I tried to use the adhesive to stick them underneath the cupboards.

Undermount lights

Look what happened!

 

I put them up after I had painted the cupboards, using the adhesive, instead of the screws, which I had used before I painted. After a few months, the adhesive lost its grip, and they started falling. Bam! It scared the crap out of this diy home goddess the first couple of times. It must have the same problem the puck lights have. The heat causes the adhesive to corrode. On top of that, the paint was being removed with the adhesive! Look at what they did!

What To Do?

The tape light strips are hidden. They look very sophisticated. I don’t have those, because you need a power strip, and I need my outlets!

The puck lights have the same problem, they will steal my precious outlets! These cannot be adhesive attached because of the heat. They need screws. Read more

Changing the Toilet Fill Valve

FILL VALVE

Did you know a toilet flapper and a toilet fill valve were two different pieces of equipment a toilet tank? I didn’t. Yours truly thought those were different ways of saying the same thing, like some people call a river a brook, some call it a creek, some call it a “crick”.

This diy home goddess learned how to replace the toilet flapper a couple of years ago. Check out the story here. It was fairly easy once you got the hang of it. I had done it a couple of times, since I have three floors and four bathrooms. I thought I knew it all. Boy was I wrong.

The Story of My Broken Toilet Fill Valve

A couple of months ago, (Easter morning, as a matter of fact) my roommate was making all kinds of noise in the bathroom. The toilet would not fill after he flushed. We had been hearing the occasional hissing noise for a couple of weeks, but I hadn’t looked into the cause of it yet. Bad diy home goddess! I really need to learn to look at things immediately!

He was taking water from the sink, and putting it into the bowl to flush the toilet. And then the toilet bowl would not fill again. He was cussing up a storm. He didn’t know what to do, and didn’t want to wake me up. I think maybe I was ignoring the noise for about fifteen minutes before I got out of bed to find out what was going on.

Yeah, it was quite early on Sunday morning, but I just knew it was a flapper that had gone bad. The toilet as only about 2 years old, but I learned a flapper will disintegrate anywhere between two and five years, depending on the usage, the brand, the water supply, etc. After all, I had been through this before, and a diy home goddess learns form her mistakes, from mentors, other people, and the Internet! Read more

Toilet Flapper Replacement

TOILET FLAPPER

TOILET FLAPPER

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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Shim – What is it and Why do I need it?

SHIM

Shims? Seriously? Why?

A shim can be very useful. Some people call it a spacer, so if someone is talking about that, they might be talking about a spacer. I found lots of uses for shims in my house as well as on the internet. There is even instructions on how to use a shim to break a padlock. That is NOT what I am here for!

Shims can be made out of several different materials. Wood (usually a composite or cedar) that needs to be cut to the right size with a saw (if you can’t just hie the whole thing). Plastic (I guess that would look like a putty knife style?) are handy because you can snap/break them to the right size.  And even metal ones (gee, I wonder if this is what they were talking about for breaking and entering!)

What Is a Shim?

Shim

this is what a shim looks like. See the tapering?

Here is what I have for shims. A shim is a thin piece of wood, tapered from one end to the other. they average size is about 9-10 inches long, and about 1 1/2 inches wide. The depth of the thing is what makes it a shim. It ranges from 1/16 inch on one end to 3/8 inch on the other end.

They are darn cheap. You should always keep a package of them in your tool chest. A set of 12 (the usual package at your home improvement store) will run you a whopping two dollars! NOT two hundred dollars, $2! Whoo hoo! Read more