5 Quick Remodeling Fixes
Can I ask you a question? Out of your busy schedule, do you have fifteen minutes to spare? What if I told you, you can rejuvenate your bathroom in fifteen minutes or less! With summer finally here, no one wants to spend all their spare time indoors working on home renovation projects, so here are five bath fixes you can complete in less than fifteen minutes each.
Tackle one bath project a day and knock out your repair to-do list before the weekend starts. Planning and preparation is key, so make sure you have all the tools and materials you need before you start these five home repair assignments that you can accomplish in fifteen minutes or less.
Replace Tired Grout
The first bathroom upgrade you can do in fifteen minutes or less is replacing your aging grout lines. I know what you’re thinking – no way can this be done in fifteen minutes! That was then, this is now. The new grout attachments for rotary tools makes digging out your grout lines a snap. Simply hold the tool like a big pencil and “draw” the grout out from the joints.
In about fifteen minutes, this bath refacing task will have whisked away your tired old grout lines. Brush away any residual dust and apply new grout. You will be amazed at how new grout can bring tile floors and walls to life. With this new tool, there’s no reason to put it off any longer.
Fix That Pesky Toilet
Here’s another fifteen minute lavatory project. Toilets should be easy to operate. If your toilet requires extra attention, such as holding or jiggling the handle, there are a few quick remedies that can end the trouble depending on the source. Often, the holes below the rim of the toilet are clogged. Try cleaning these out with a tube brush and a calcium and lime cleaner. This is a simple bath maintenance repair you can do in fifteen minutes or less with amazing results.
Opening up these holes increases the swirl in the bowl, which will improve the flushing power. Now, if your toilet runs constantly, you are probably looking at an improper adjustment on the fill valve or a leaky flush valve or flapper. Make sure the water level is about ½” below the top of the overflow tube. You can adjust this by turning the set-screw on top of the valve (that’s the part directly above the water line coming from the wall).
If you have a ball float, you’ll need to bend the arm to lower the float ball in the tank. Once the fill valve is set properly, check the flapper seal. When the tank is full, look to see if water is still trickling into the bowl – a clear sign of a bad seal. This is a $5 and five minute part replacement bathroom project that will solve the problem every time. Make sure you also clean the seat ring that the flapper sits in when closed.
Seal Stone Countertops
When it comes to bathroom upgrades that are fifteen minutes or less, sealing stone counter tops is just a brush stroke away. Every homeowner knows that stone is an increasingly popular surface choice because it can now be shaped and cut more efficiently and affordable. In order to protect your investment, you must clean and seal the surface regularly. SCI, Stone Care International, makes a terrific product line for these tasks, including a cleaner that will not streak or harm the finish.
In less than fifteen minutes this venture can restore your natural stone to a resilient lustre. Also SCI’s Spray-N-Seal, which should be applied every one to two years, is easy to do. Simply clean the surface very well and then apply the sealer liberally. Presto, another home improvement under – taking you can cross off your to-do-list.
Unclog Your Drains
Ok, so you’re a bit frustrated, all this talk about home maintenance has got you pulling out your hair. Who’s got time, let alone fifteen minutes for any task and to make matters worse, you’re already late for the BBQ, you have to shower and your bathtub is backed-up. Don’t sweat, we have a solution with another quick plan of action.
The number one reason for a clogged drain is hair. Chemicals work to break up clogs, but they are not long-term solutions as improper use can increase the risk of damage to your plumbing system. Of course, you still need to get rid of that nasty clog. For this undertaking , enter in the “Drain Claw”. Otherwise known as the fifteen minute or less drain de-clogger!
I wish I’d invented this brilliant device! It is inexpensive, easy to use and removes all the hair that is clogging your drain. The “Drain Claw” is a coated wire about 24” long with a hook/loop at one end. Insert it into the drain, turn it a few times, and pull it out slowly. You will be amazed at how quickly and well it works. For $6 you can unclog every drain in the house and scratch off another fifteen minute bathroom repair down the drain.
Replace Bath Fixtures
When redecorating your bathroom, all it takes is less than fifteen minutes to swiftly get this venture off the ground. If you want to do a project that will really make a difference in your bathing facility, consider updating a fixture or two.
New sink faucets and lighting fixtures can make a drastic difference in the overall look of your washroom, turning an outdated room into a stylish, modern oasis in fifteen minutes or less. And it is relatively foolproof – just a few simple screws and this bathroom project will make your bathing space feel almost brand new.
For more product tips and advice to help you turn your lavatory to-do list into a to-done list, head to your local Ace Hardware store or visit www.acehardware.com.
Article By Lou Manfredini, Ace Hardware’s Home Expert