I would like to install a toilet in my basement. Unfortunately, there is no exposed plumbing in the basement. What should I do to connect the toilet pipes to the house piping system?
I live alone in a two-story house. Everyday, when I return from work in the evening, the level of water in the toilet bowl on the first floor has dropped at least 5 cm (2 in.). What could the problem be?
I can never get a sink plunger to clean out the clogs in my sink. What am I doing wrong?
Every time I turn on the hot water faucet for my bathroom sink, it rattles, vibrates, and makes a lot of noise. What is causing this, and how can I correct it?
I installed a new faucet in my bathroom about a year ago. The faucet is the type that moves up and down to increase and decrease pressure, and left and right to change temperature. The tap has been giving me trouble lately, being extremely stiff and difficult to move. What is the problem?
There are so many different types of pipes. What are their differences?
I live in a 60-year-old house where the water pressure is quite low. All the piping in the interior of the house is copper, with the exception of a 2.7 m (9 ft) long pipe leading from the street into the house and the main valve. How can I tell if the water pressure problem is due to the copper pipes in my house or if the problem lies with the city's pipe entering my house?
My tap water tastes terrible. Will a commercial water filter do me any good?
Is it absolutely necessary to plug in my computer and other appliances to a surge protector?
Are there any precautions necessary when mounting track lighting?
I want to install some recessed lighting in the ceiling above my bedroom. The room above the bedroom is an insulated attic. I know that I will need a junction box but is the size of the opening important? What else should I look out for?
I have tried unsuccessfully to install a ceiling fan in my living room. What is the proper method for installing one?
I have moved into a new apartment that does not have a light fixture on the ceiling. How am I going to install my ceiling fan?
I want to install a dimmer switch in my dining room. Do I need help installing it or can I do it myself?
I recently bought an older house. This past winter I noticed a draft coming from some of the electrical outlets found along the bottom of the walls. Why is there cold air coming from the boxes and what can I do to correct the problem?
A neighbor has suggested that I replace the existing electrical outlets in my house with something called ground fault circuit interrupters. Should I change them?
I need to replace an electric receptacle in my living room. What precautions should I take before changing a receptacle?
I bought a very old house that has a cement floor in an unfinished basement. There are some cracks and some crumbling on both the walls and floor. Before I paint the walls and floor, I need to know how to prepare the surface, and once that is done, what kind of paint should I apply?
The brick foundation in the basement of my house built in 1920 has been flaking over the last year. Along with the flaking, there is a fine white powder that is falling to the ground. I plan to scrape the loose material from the foundation with a wire brush and then apply some bleach to remove any mold. What kind of paint should be applied that will allow moisture to evaporate?
I am worried about potential frost problems in my basement. I recently completed some landscaping changes, and in the process exposed the footing of a concrete block wall about 4.5 m (15 ft) in length. The foundation was originally 1.2 m (4 ft) below grade, and it is now about 90 cm (3 ft) in depth. I have often heard that 1.2 m (4 ft) is the absolute minimum to prevent frost. Am I going to encounter problems, and if so, what can I do to prevent them?