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How To: Sweat solder copper water tubing for plumbing repair

This is an instructional video to help demonstrate how to sweat solder copper water tubing in plumbing repair. If you can't be bothered to hire a professional plumber for all plumbing repairs, this video guide shows you how to do the work yourself. You will need a gas or propane torch, copper or brass fittings, copper tubing, gloves, solder paste, solder, pipe cleaner, and a pipe cutter. Learn how to sweat solder copper water tubing for plumbing repair.

How To: Use push-fit joints on copper pipe

Copper pipe is perhaps the most versatile of all piping types in that you can use virtually any fitting with it. Copper pipe, however, is not particularly flexible, which can make it a little unwieldy to work with. Simplify your copper piping projects by using push-fit fittings. This home plumbing video tutorial shows you how. For detailed, step-by-step instructions on using push-fit joints in your copper plumbing projects, take a look.

How To: Reseal a shower stall using silicone

Cracks in your shower, if left untreated, can wreak untold water damage. Fortunately, this video tutorial presents an easy-to-follow guide to resealing a shower stall using silicone. For detailed, step-by-step instructions, and to get started repairing your own shower, watch this handy home DIY video tutorial.

How To: Install a Kohler Cimarron toilet

In this six-part home DIY tutorial, you'll find detailed, step-by-step instructions for installing a Kohler Cimarron toilet in your bathroom. For this installation, you'll need a putty knife, adjustable wrench, hacksaw, level, tape measure, sponge and replacement wax seal. For more, or to get started on your own Kohler Cimarron toilet installation project, watch this video how-to. Install a Kohler Cimarron toilet - Part 1 of 6.

Shortcut: Fix a Wiggly Wall Outlet

Normally the idea of messing with an electrical outlet makes me squirm, but Apartment Therapy's quick fix for a loose wall outlet means skipping out on a costly electrician bill. Not only is a wiggly wall outlet unsightly, but it can also be a fire hazard. The solution is simple:

How To: Replace old ceiling fans with newer kid-friendly fixtures

Are your ceiling fans wobbling too much? Making more noise than you can stand? Seem unsafe? Are boring your kids? Then it's time to upgrade to a newer ceiling fan, but don't worry— you can easily DIY it! This video will show you the step-by-step procedure for removing your old ceiling fans and installing new kid-friendly ones. This added (and functional) fixture will help cool your house while adding a fun decorative touch to your home. They're great for kids!

How To: Replace (or install) a brand new toilet in your bathroom

You're in drastic need of a new toilet, but you're scared of the cost of installation— don't worry, you can install it yourself with absolute ease. You don't need a plumber for this at all. It's actually one of the easiest home repairs you can DIY, right alongside a leaky faucet. This step-by-step tutorial will show you the whole process of removing your old "crap" toilet and install a bright, shiny new one. You'll need a putty knife, tape measure, crescent wrench, gloves and wax ring.

How To: Replace a faucet washer

In this tutorial, we learn how to replace a faucet washer. To start, you will first need to prepare this by turning off the water to your faucet completely. Then, you will turn on the faucet to make sure no more water is coming out. After this, remove the headgear from the faucet. You can do this with a screwdriver and a wrench. After everything is removed, replace the faucet washer with a new one. From here, you will place the parts back on in the same way you removed them. When finished, tu...

How To: Install a toilet bowl for your bathroom

In this tutorial we learn how to install a toilet bowl for your bathroom. First you will apply the ring around the bottom of the toilet and on the floor where the toilet base will go. Apply plumbers wax to make sure this is sealed. Then, flip the toilet over and line up the holes. After this, slowly let it down and push it when you know the holes are in place. Next, you can push down and screw the bolts onto the base of the toilet. When finished, you will be able to connect the water and get ...

How To: Easily install a toilet seat

In this tutorial, we learn how to easily install a toilet seat. First, unscrew and remove your previous toilet seat. Next, take the two plastic bolts and remove the nuts and washers. Then, install these into the proper spots in the seat. Then, flip the seat back over and slide the nuts into the appropriate hole on the toilet. Then, take the rubber fittings and slip them on the underside of the bolt. The tip of the rubber cone should point up. When finished, you will take the plastic nuts and ...

How To: Fit a dry lining back box

In this tutorial, we learn how to fit a dry lining back box. This is very easy to install, and the sides will grip the wires on your light. First, determine where you want your switch, then mark a quick line using a sturdy level. Next, you will cut out a hole in the wall the size of the box. After this, push the box into the wall. Then, you can add in the light switch to the box and secure it with the wires that are inside. This will finish up this project, just make sure the wires are place ...

How To: Install a toilet water inlet valve

In this video we learn how to install a toilet water inlet valve. First, turn the water off and flush the toilet to get rid of the water in the system. From here, pull out the flush valve by turning it clockwise and lifting it. Then, grab your new valve and replace it where the old one was. Clean around the area and replace any other parts that you need to inside the tank. Once finished, you can turn the water back on. Now try to flush your toilet to make sure that it works. It should be good...