Best Toilet Plunger

Typically the tool of choice for a clogged toilet is a plunger.  However, if you want to get the most out of taking the plunge you should chose your plunger carefully.  The traditional “cup” plunger is fine but with the application of a little physics even the plunger has been improved. Next time you are…

Repairing a door that won’t stay open or closed

A properly functioning door swings open and closed easily. However, when a door will not stay open or closed but swings by itself a small adjustment will fix the problem. Take the center hinge pin out. Place it on a hard surface like the garage floor or the driveway. With a hammer, gently tap the…

What Lies Beneath: Latex over oil paint

We frequently get questions about painting over oil base paint with a latex base product. There is a common belief that one cannot paint over oil base paint with latex paint. This is not true. With proper preparation, which frequently includes the use of a primer like “Gripper”TM from Glidden, you can paint over just…

No Sweat Copper Fittings

Safety, speed and ease make this tip great.  Copper pipes are great but working with them is tough for the novice. Making connections / called sweating the fittings requires open flame and a technique that takes practice to perfect.  Add in proximity of open flame to wood framing and the potential for bad things to…