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:


  1. 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.

  • Barbara Kavovit

Fixing a leaky faucet 0

Step One: What You Need

You'll need plastic wrap, a terry-cloth towel, a flat head screwdriver AND a Phillips head screwdriver, heat-resistant lubricant, an adjustable wrench or pliers, a utility knife, and a new washer or O-ring like the one that needs to be replaced.


Step Two: Opening Up the Handle

Shut off the water by tightening the valve located under the sink. Turn on both faucets to let the pipes empty completely. Then, place a folded piece of plastic wrap over the drain and cover the sink with a terry cloth towel to protect it. If there's a cap on the handle, gently pry it off with a flat-head screwdriver. Using a Phillips head screwdriver, take off the screw that holds the dripping handle in place.


Step Three: Checking the Washer

Using your wrench or pliers, loosen the nut that holds the stem. Once you have it off, remove the stem. First check the washer. It's the little disc screwed to the bottom of the stem. If it's cracked or seems a little brittle, replace it. Take it to the hardware store and find a matching one.


Step Four: Checking the O-Ring

 Now check the O-ring. It's like a little rubber band that circles the stem. There might be more than one. If any of them look broken or otherwise damaged, carefully cut them off with a utility knife. Replace the O-rings with matching ones from the hardware store. It’s a good idea to coat the stem with a bit of heat-resistant lubricant first. You can use the flat head screwdriver to help guide the O-rings into place.


Step Five: Putting It Back Together

 Now reassemble the faucet by reversing the previous instructions. Remove the towel and plastic wrap and turn the shut-off valve back on. Now you should have a non-leaky faucet to save money and your sanity.

For more fix-it advice, read my book “Room for Improvement.” Whatever your project, AOL Coaches are here to help, so check out what else we have to offer.

Installing a floating shelf 0

  1. Measure the location you would like to put the shelf
  2. Measure the shelf and cut it to size
  3. Using the stud finder determine where the studs are
  4. If possible put fasteners directly into studs
  5. Determine the height at witch you would like to hang the shelf and mark it with a pencil
  6. Using a level make a level line across the mark longer than the shelf
  7. Put shelf brackets on level line and mark holes with pencil
  8. Drill holes for fasteners
  9. Center brackets over holes and hand tighten screws into holes then finish the job with a screw driver
  10. Place your shelf over the brackets and you are finished

Supplies: shelving unit, fasteners

Tools cordless drill, screwdriver, level, stud finder and drill bits

How to Hang Stereo Speakers 0

What you need- speakers and speaker brackets,

Tools you need- power drill, tape measure, power screwdriver

Tip- use a stud finder to locate the stud or start at the corner and measure every 16 o.c.

Step 1-find your stud then measure down from the ceiling the desired distance down

Step 2- make your mark for the holes by using a pencil through the holes in the speaker bracket .

Step 3- drill your holes. Make sure the drill bit is thinner than the screw and make sure the hole is half the depth of the screw itself

Step 4 –line your speaker bracket up with the holes in the wall that you just drilled then ;place your top screw in, Tighten with your power screwdriver approximately ¾ of the way. Follow suit with all the screws.

Step 5- Finish tightening all the screws

Step 6 Take speaker and place it in the bracket and tighten the clamp on the bracket

Installation complete

 Test your work- putting light but firm pressure on the speaker bracket make sure it is not loose. Once the speaker is in place put gentle but firm pressure in all directions on the speaker. If it does not move you are done.  

How to Secure Furniture 0

What you need- furniture straps, screw, self drilling toggle bolt

Tools you need- power drill, drill bits, power screwdriver, tape measure

Tip- finding the stud is easy, here’s how… starting from the corner, measure every 16” on center

Step 1. Once you’ve located stud drill a hole thinner than the size of the screw and half the depth of the screw into the wall

Step 2 drill a hole into the furniture aligned with the hole in the wall

Step 3 using the power screwdriver , screw the strap into the furniture

Step 4 screw the other end of the strap into the wall

Step 5 repeat on the other side


Tip: when aligning the holes make the hole in the wall 1” to the outside of the furniture so as to ease the installation of the screw

Hanging a Curtain Rod 0

Hanging a Curtain Rod

Today, I'll be explaining how to hang a curtain rod. Hanging a basic curtain rod takes only minutes and helps give your room a whole new outlook.

Step One: What You Need


You’ll need screws, a screwdriver, a level, a power drill, a stud finder, and your curtain rod which should come with corresponding brackets.


Also, if your curtains are very heavy, or the curtain rod is longer than 48 inches, you will need a center bracket for additional support.


You may need to also purchase some universal, self-drilling hollow wall fasteners which will help you if you can’t find the studs in your wall.

Step Two: Plan Your Enhancements

 Decide where you want to hang your curtain rod by holding the rod up to the wall or window casing.  Keep in mind that placing the rod close to the ceiling will make your ceiling appear higher. Then, take your level and place it flat against the wall to mark a straight line with your pencil.  If you live in a new construction, the level should do the trick.  If however your home is a bit older, you need to keep in mind that it may have settled and walls and ceilings might not be in perfect balance.  In this case, don’t worry if the level tells you that you’re a little off – the most important thing is to keep the curtain rod in line with the rest of the room.

Next, decide where you want to place your brackets.  If you want to create the illusion of wider windows, place the brackets from 3 to 6 inches away from the side edges of the window frame.

Step Three: Choose Your Spot

Once you've decided on the placement of the brackets, use the pencil to lightly mark the top of the bracket and the screw holes on the chosen site. Next, use the stud finder to locate the wall studs. 

Step Four: Secure the Brackets


If you find studs where your brackets are to go, take the power drill and using a very small drill bit (smaller than the diameter of screw you will use to secure the brackets) drill a pilot hole or initial hole straight into the wall.  The purpose here is just to create a path for your screw to go, so make sure when you are doing this that the drill is very balanced and your hole is very straight in.  After you have done this, attach the bracket with the screw that came with it directly into the pilot hole that you made.  Repeat these steps for each screw and for each bracket.


If you can’t find a stud in the wall or the positioning you want does not match up with one, you need to use a universal self-drilling hollow wall fastener.  These are great items that allow you to avoid the daunting task of having to first insert individual anchors into each screwhole.  Drill these fasteners directly into the wall.  Then take the bracket and attach as if you were going straight into a stud.  You can repeat this process for each screw and each bracket. 


So you’ve given your windows a facelift, and you did it yourself. For more fix-it advice, read my book “Room for Improvement.”  Whatever your project, AOL Coaches are here to help, so check out what else we have to offer.



  • Barbara Kavovit