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Installing a Towel Rack 0



SUPPLIES:Towel Rack, Fasteners
What to look for/Be careful of: Make sure the rack you buy fits in the area you are installing it in.
For Example: Make sure all doors will be able to open and close after you install it.
TOOLS: BK Cordless Drill, BK drill bits, BK Level and stud finder.

 

Preparation specifics:

- By placing the towel rack against the wall with your hands figure out where and what light you would like to install it at.

Note: At this point make sure the rack does not interfere with the usage of the room.

1. With a pencil mark one side of the towel racks position on the wall

2. Using your BK level make a level line longer than the towel rack.

3. Position the rack holes (top holes) on the line. Mark each hole.

4. Take your stud finder and run it along your line to determine if there are studs in the places where the rack will connect to the wall.

5. In-Stud – If there is a stud pick a drill bit smaller than the diameter of screw and drill a pilot hole half the depth of the length of the screw. NO STUD – Take your self drilling anchor and place it firmly against the wall and drill it into the pencil marks.

6. Place the rack over the prepared fastener holes or both and put one screw in each side to hold it in place then complete the process alternating sides.

Note: Do not fully tighten the screws until all of the screws are ¾’s in their holes or fasteners.

Checking your work: Lightly pull on the rack to see if it is loose and needs more tightening if its not loose your job is done.

If I Can Do It So Can You!

Fix a Leaky Faucet like a diva with DIYVA by BarbaraK 0

TIME: 35 minutes
TOOLS: adjustable wrench, screwdriver, screws, washers

Determine if the leak is coming from the faucet or the handle and whether it is hot or cold water. If water is leaking from the faucet, the washer will have to be replaced. If the leak is coming from the handle, the stem o-ring must be replaced. Take all parts with you to the hardware store to find exact duplicates. 

    1. Before you begin, turn off the water at the shut off valve located underneath the sink. Drain water from the appropriate faucet and close the stopper in the sink bowl. Place a towel in the sink to avoid scratches or chips. 
    2. Remove handle by unscrewing the decorative cap on top of the faucet handle. Next, unscrew the exposed screw. The handle can now be removed. 
    3. With the wrench, remove the stem assembly by turning the locknut counter clockwise. Lift out the stem assembly by hand, you may need to twist the stem to get it out. 
    4. At the bottom of the stem assembly is another screw, remove it and take off the washer underneath. Screw the new washer into place. Make sure it's the exact size as the old one. If the screw looks worn, replace it as well with an exact match.
    5. Remove any corrosion before replacing the parts by cleaning with an abrasive cleanser. Reinstall the stem. Add the locknut and attach the faucet handle, then screw it down. Replace the decorative cap. Finally, turn on the water at the shut-off valve. 

Voila! Nice as new..Remember No one can do it better than You!