DEAR TIM: For a month, it’s been taking longer and longer for the water to drain from my bathroom sink. This morning the murky water is just standing there not budging and defying my commands to exit my world and travel into the hidden plumbing pipes. I tried to pull out the stopper, but it […]
DEAR TIM: My wife wants me to build a wood table our family could gather around for feasts. She desires a contemporary design using ceramic tile with the tile inset into the center of the table. Have you done this before and what should I be aware of? Can I grout the ceramic tile since […]
DEAR TIM: I've moved into an existing, but new to me, home. When we inspected the house a month ago, the toilets looked good. But now, they're stained. They look horrible. This house is on a septic system so I'm worried about what to use to clean the toilet. I've scrubbed with a toilet brush […]
DEAR TIM: The 8-inch by 10-inch wall tiles in my bathroom are bulging out in places. I pushed on them and they moved. Further investigation revealed many are loose and only held in place by the grout between the tiles. The tile have been up for eight years installed by a pro who supplied the […]
Specialized tile pattern and designs can create an eye-catching addition to your floors. Here are some tips on how to lay out your tile design, including doing a dry run. Make sure your pattern fits together properly before you begin grouting your tiles.
Having a flat floor is critical when installing ceramic tile. High or low spots in the floor can cause the tile to crack. A new electronic laser level helps you locate the high or low spots in your floor.
Traditional sink p-traps are time tested and they plain simply work. Mechanical p-trap substitutes are subject to failure. If the membrane doesn't close completely, sewer gas or small rodents could enter into your home.