Top DIY Plumbing Fails and How to Avoid Them

Learning how to fix common plumbing problems around your home is a great idea but keep in mind that the majority of common plumbing issues usually sprout from poorly done plumbing work. There is no doubt that doing it yourself can definitely save you some money. If you are confident enough with your DIY plumbing skills, you can do the repairs yourself. But sometimes, its best to get the professionals to do the fixing for you to avoid any future catastrophes. 

Here are the top 10 common DIY fails that beginner plumbers usually do;

  1. Don’t forget to turn off the water – If you’re dealing with leaky faucets or showers do not forget to turn off the main water source before working on whatever you are working on. Majority of flooding when doing DIY starts with forgetting to turn off the main pipe.
  2. Make sure you have the right tools to use before you start your DIY project – having the right tools can help guarantee the success as well as the quality of work done in your DIY project
  3. Don’t forget to document things before taking anything apart – If you are not a professional plumber, it can save you a lot of trouble to take note of which part is where… It can save you time, money and can even help you successfully complete your project.
  4. Using the wrong connector- When connecting pipes with dissimilar metal/plastic components, it is highly recommended to use the right connector. This goes especially with metals as it can lead to corrosion if you join different types of metal in addition to water.
  5. Over cranking faucet handles – Over cranking the faucet handle can often lead to breaking it more beyond repair. At most, you need to dismantle the lot and replace whatever needs replacing to fix the leak
  6. Do not overtighten fittings – doing this won’t guarantee that it won’t leak in the future but rather can lead to stripping the threads and lead to a much larger problem
  7. Gain more knowledge before diving into the project – take your time to learn how to really fix the issue before starting

Doing it yourself can indeed save you a ton of money if you do complete the project successfully. If you have the time to invest then you can, it doesn’t really hurt to know about these things. If you have no time or knowledge in doing it yourself, There are a lot of emergency plumbing and heating professionals that can do this for you. You can rest assured the job will be done properly and will save you some worries.…

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Affordable makeover tips for your kitchen space

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Revamping your kitchen space may seem expensive for many. However, there are many affordable ways that you can redesign your kitchen. So if you are looking to get started, we recommend the following tips below.

Replace your kitchen sink

Replacing your sink is affordable and won’t break your bank. If you still have a regular sink, why not check out a variety of sink with a different style. You can now purchase different kinds of faucets and hose to change the look of your washing space.

Replace your food storages

Are your food storages looking old and tacky? Why not replace them with a newer style? Make sure to purchase new storages that fit the style that you are trying to achieve. Even small changes can make a significant difference in your kitchen space.

Buy new accessories and appliances

Accessories such as tea towels or even a new toaster can upgrade the look of your kitchen. You can also add new small kitchen appliances and other accessories that you may want to use for preparing your meal.

Recolour your kitchen cupboards

Buying new cupboards can be expensive, so instead of splashing out, simply get yourself a bucket of paints, some sandpaper, duct tape, paint brushes and you are ready to go! If it’s your first time repainting, there are many tutorials online that you can easily follow.

New back tiles

You can add some back tiles of your choice to revamp your cooking space. Adding tiles is something you may not have done before. However, you can now purchase tiles that you can easily stick to the wall without all the DIY involved. Not only are they affordable but they are also quick to apply, just attach the tile on the wall for a new look.

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Stylish Stainless Steel Kitchens

For a number of years now, a prominent trend for new kitchen design has been to use stainless steel, and plenty of it. Some people have suggested this trend has now been around for long enough that we can expect it to start fading out, but we don’t see any sign of that actually happening.

There are many reasons why people seem to love stainless steel kitchens and worktops (plus just about any other appliances and accessories they can get hold of). It’s a versatile material that’s easy to manufacture, meaning it’s cost effective too. It’s strong, durable and won’t require much maintenance to make it last a long time. It’s also extremely easy to clean, and given a little upkeep it will keep your kitchen sparkling. From a practical perspective there really isn’t much to dislike.

From a design point of view, one of the main great things about stainless steel is actually that it can tie all the little details of your kitchen together for one cohesive look. You might not even notice at first because these details can be quite subtle, allowing you to choose your own primary colour scheme and let the steel blend into the background. However, on closer inspection, consistent stainless steel details from your cutlery and appliances to your sink and even door handles will really make for a much more consistent overall look.

Speaking of all those accessories and added extras, a good thing about choosing stainless steel is that you won’t struggle to find anything you need for your kitchen with a matching finish. Since it’s such a popular material, it’s one of the default options for almost all kitchenware so you can easily mix and match different items from various shops and make the whole thing look smart and connected.

Of course, you can also incorporate other materials into your kitchen along with some touches of steel. It can sometimes be surprising how many different colours and materials you can include in one room as long as you stick to a distinct style and make sure that each element complements the rest. Wood, granite, marble, glass… the choice is yours depending on your desired look. However, stainless steel does have the advantage over most other options when you’re choosing the main material to create your kitchen unit doors, worktops and other large surfaces. It’s very affordable and you know that it’s very unlikely to be damaged over time. With something like wood, for example, it’s easy for it to become warped or stained over time because even when treated it’s not permanently water-resistant in the same way that stainless steel is.

If you’re looking for a material that will work for your whole kitchen on a practical level while still looking fantastic, then stainless steel is almost certainly for you. Want something ultra-modern? Gleaming silver surfaces which are easy to clean should do the trick. Prefer a more traditional and homely feel? Just incorporate it in small doses where you …

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