Hot Plumbing & Electric How-Tos

How To: Identify the switched live wire in a lighting circuit

Before undertaking any electrical project, it is imperative that you know precisely what it is you're doing and to keep in mind that electricity can kill. With that said, this electrical tutorial presents a guide to identifying the switched live wire on a lighting circuit and also explains how to rewire a ceiling rose. For detailed, step-by-step instructions on completing this home project, take a look.

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: Install the shower base and connect it to the drain

Before you whip out your iPhone and call your neighborhood plumber for a job that's sure to cost you a pretty penny, check out this video to learn how to do some impressive plumbing yourself. Using a few tools you probably already have lying around your house, you'll learn how to install a shower base in your shower unit and then connect it with the drain - effectively, you'll be setting up a plumbing system.

How To: Adjust the float cup/ball height in your toilet tank to save water

Trim down your water bill and do the planet a favor by adjusting the water height in your toilet tank. The Fluidmaster's float cup on the fill valve can easily be adjusted to set water height in the cistern, just by fine-tuning the water level adjustment clip. This process is very similar for regular fill valves, too, with float balls instead of float cups. All you need to do is hit the sweet spot—the lowest water height needed to properly flush the toilet.

How To: Use compression fittings 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 compression fittings. This home plumbing video tutorial shows you how. For detailed, step-by-step instructions on using compression joints in your copper plumbing projects, take a look.

How To: Bleed a towel radiator like a professional

This video shows you how to bleed a towel radiator like a professional. The radiator is hot at the bottom and cold at the top, which means that there is air in the system and the system will have to be bled. To bleed the system, you will have to open the bleeder valve with a key or flat screwdriver. Turn off the system first, so that no more air can be drawn into it. Open the bleeder valve slowly by turning with the key or screwdriver until you hear air and then stop. If the air stops quickly...

How To: Run an ice maker supply line to a refrigerator

In this video, Karen Schmidt demonstrates how to hook up a water supply to a refrigerator where none exists. For this tutorial you will need the following tools and supplies: an ice maker supply line, a tube cutter, a snap-in fitting, a half-inch by quarter-inch compression valve some pipe joint compound and a couple of crescent wrenches. Watch this video to see how you can install an ice maker supply line.

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.

How To: Replace a toilet ballcock with a fill valve

Most older toilets have older-style fish and ballcock for toilets. But they are prone to fault, like running and constant water. Replacing them with a newer-style fill valve will save water and frustration now and later on. Watch this plumbing video tutorial to learn how to replace a toilet ballcock with a fill valve. It's a little more efficient and it's pretty straightforward, so see how to replace your valve!

How To: Use copper push-fit fittings to connect piping

Follow this video to learn how to use copper push-fit fittings to connect piping. 1. Sometimes we connect pipes by means of push-fit fittings which are not very appealing to look at since they are of a different color and material and so do not match with the pipe. However a good alternative is to choose copper push-fit fittings rather than plastic ones. Copper push-fit fittings would be similar to the pipe itself. 2. Open the pipe and ensure that it is clean before fixing the fitting by simp...

How To: Fix a running old style fill valve toilet

This Home & Garden video shows you how to replace a running old style fill valve toilet with something more modern. Shut the supply line to the toilet and flush to remove the water from the tank. Then remove the supply line. Now take a wrench and loosen the plastic nut of the old fill valve located under the tank. Then lift the old valve and keep it aside. Take a 'flow master', which is a new type fill valve, place it in the same spot and hand tighten the nut under the tank to hold the flow m...

How To: Connect flexi-tails properly

In this video, we learn how to connect flexi-tails properly. First, take your flexi-tails and grab one with a female end that will screw onto the end of a male. After this, use an isolating valve to fit the compression onto the valves and then tighten it up. Screw the flexible tail onto the end of this. Be careful buying this off Ebay, because a lot of fittings will not screw onto a compression knot. It is very simple to make this, you just have to connect the two tails and make sure they are...

How To: Unclog your kitchen sink

It can be pretty nasty when your kitchen sink gets clogged. The kitchen is an easy sink to clog up - food, trash and tons of other junk can get caught in the delicate drain. In this 90 second tutorial, learn how to unclog that sink and get things running smoothly again.

How To: Replace (or install) a widespread bathroom faucet

If your bathroom faucet is old and leaky, it may be time for a replacement. But don't worry about expensive installation cost, because you can install it yourself! It's one of the easiest home maintenance repairs possible. Chrysten Cotney shows you the step-by-step DIY process of successfully tearing out an old faucet and installing a new one. You'll need an adjustable wrench, some plumber's putty and a roll of teflon tape.

How To: Remove a shower stall and replace it with a new one

You can't go scrub-a-dub in the tub - at least not comfortably so - if your shower faucet is leaking, or if your current tub valve is stuck and not letting any shower water come through. If your shower is broken beyond repair then your best plan of action is to take the whole thing out and reinstall your shower stall. We know this big - and potentially disasterous - procedure has been parodied many a time on popular TV sitcoms, but it's actually realizable if you're careful and follow the ste...

How To: Fix a leaky, dripping bathroom faucet

DYI-FYI #57 teaches you how to fix a leaky faucet in this video. First, have to distinguish if the water drips from the tap or from the handle. If the water is leaking form the tap you need a new washer; if it drips from the handle you need a new o-ring. First, turn the water off using the valves under the sink. Next, drain the faucet by turning it on of course and grab a towel to place in the sink to prevent scratching while you work! Next, you'll have to remove the decorative topping to rev...

How To: Install a Delta Electronics Breez Humidity Sensor Exhaust Fan in a bathroom

This video could very well apply to most bathroom exhaust fans, but this video specifically installs the Delta Electronics Breez Humidity Sensor Exhaust Fan, Model VFB25AEH (130 CFM). With this video, you'll learn the DIY approach to installing one of these exhaust fans in your bathroom, along with removing the old junk one. An upgraded bathroom fan can help eliminate the dangers of moisture, mildew and mold within your bathroom areas. Milan Rosan shows you the complete installation process. ...

How To: Change a water tap

Whether you're changing your tap for a new look or because the old one just doesn't work anymore, this how-to video can help you with this repair project. Follow along with the steps provided and get out your toolbox. Make sure to turn off the water first, or you're looking to flood your bathroom or kitchen. Watch this video home improvement tutorial and learn how to change a water tap.

How To: Repair a leaky faucet in the bathroom sink

If you can't stand that dripping sound any longer, have a look at this tutorial. In this video, learn exactly how to repair a leaky faucet in your bathroom sink. By repairing the leak yourself, not only will you save the time and money of hiring a plumber, you will also help the environment by conserving water.

How To: Wiring a light fixture

Tim Carter demonstrates how to wire a light fixture or ceiling light. This is a great video to learn how to wire up a light quickly and safely. As a precaution, don’t touch any bare copper wire except for the ground wire. Most new light fixtures come with insulation to keep the heat from the bulb from cooking the wires. Be sure to install this insulation. Mount the fixture to the mounting bracket. Add the decorative shade and you are ready to go. Turn the power back on and your light fixture ...

How To: Repair a ceramic disc tap

There is nothing more irritating than a dripping tap; it wastes water, makes those nasty marks on your sink, and that constant drip dripping noise can drive you mad. Luckily it's an easy job to fix. If you have one of these modern, easy-to-turn-on taps, it's likely the ceramic-disc inside will need replacing. Watch this video tutorial to learn how to repair a ceramic disc tap yourself.

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