Stop Leaky Faucets


A leaky faucet requires immediate attention as it is a visible issue which makes noise. It is not a difficult fix and should be done right away. Begin by shutting off the water supply going to the faucets. This is done by turning the valves present under the sink. Move onto testing the faucet to ensure all of the water has been shut off entirely. While peering under the skin, it is important to have a glance at the surrounding walls and floor inside the sink cabinet for moisture. It is important to check and assess the supply lines leading from the disposal and dishwasher. If those areas are moist, it is best to call a professional. 


It is important to use a new, single-arm, rotating faucet. To put it in simple terms, this is a faucet which enables hot and cold water to run. Check the brand and purchase a kit to rebuild the faucet (comes for $50) at local hardware store. There is a metal ball on a stem present inside the faucet arm, this is designed to help the handle swivel as the water flows in all directions. The kit is designed to encompass 6-12 parts which are most likely to fail.  These include parts such as springs, O rings, metal balls, and gaskets. Instead of trying to diagnose the problem, it is best to replace all of them at once. Begin by dismantling the faucet and putting the parts down in order on a paper towel or sheet. Take a photo or draw a sketch to ensure the reassemble process is easy. Replace the worn out parts, put the faucet back to its original state, and turn the water supply back on. 


When it comes to older faucets with independent cold and hot water lines, it is important to shut off the water under the skin before taking the faucet apart. begin by removing the washers (rings made of plastic, brass, or rubber), place them in a separate bag, and bring them to the local hardware store to find replacements. The goal is to reassemble the faucet and turn the water back on. 


If this is a difficult task to complete as it can be for some, it is best to call a plumber. The plumber is able to install all of the new parts within an hour. They will generally bill you for 90 minutes however. 


Dinged Baseboards Renewal 


Baseboards that are worn out tend to take away from the home's appearance. These little things do matter as they tend to stand out a lot. The first course of action is to clean them for any smudges and/or scrapes from pets and toddlers. A quality solution for this step is to use the 'Mr. Clean Magic Eraser' sponge as it does the charm for painted surfaces. Begin by filling in the dents using spackle and sand the baseboards to complete smoothness and repaint them. It is easy to lose the name of the original paint color used for the baseboards. In this cause chip a little off (nothing more than a coin-sized amount), put it into an envelope, and bring it to the paint store. They will match it for you using the latest computer technology at hand. 


Primer is important before painting. It is not good enough to retouch small areas. You should be painting all of the baseboard from one corner to the other. It is better to go with an eggshell finish (washable). The reason for going with white is because it makes the trim look clean and crisp. 


Repairing Cabinet Scratches 


Unpainted woodwork does not look pleasant to the naked eye and applying products to even out the surface color is important. Old English Scratch Cover or Tibet Almond Sticks are good for getting rid of those cover scratches. These can be found at the local hardware store. 


The almond stick is designed to go on clear, but still cover the scratches that are present. The almond stick is best for shallow surface scratches especially on darker surfaces. It will not work for every case and tends to fade as time goes on. Thus, you have to reapply it once in a while to maintain the highest quality. 


Old English has a separate formula for darker and lighter wood. This tends to be oily, so you have to be careful. It is best to start practicing with the product in the corners instead of right in the middle where a mistake is more visible. The worst mistake would be to use dark stain on lighter wood. When done, polish the wood cabinets using lemon oil.