How To Replace A Kitchen Garbage Disposal

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Prepare for the Project

Make sure you have all parts listed on the instruction sheet. It’s a good idea to check the amperage of the circuit to be sure the disposal won’t overload it. The amperage should be shown on the breaker switch.

1. Turn off the electrical power to the garbage disposal; use tester to ensure power is off.

2. Disconnect the electrical cable from the underside of the disposal.
3. Unbolt the drainpipe from the side of disposal.
4. Loosen locking ring and remove the old disposal.
5. Unscrew the mounting ring from underside of sink.
6. Remove the locking ring with a screwdriver.
7. Push out the sink flange from the drain hole in sink; clean away old putty.
8. Apply bead of plumber’s putty around sink flange, then set it in drain hole.
9. Reattach mounting ring to underside of sink; tighten the screws.
10. Remove excess putty from around top of sink flange.
11. Reconnect the electrical cable to the disposal.
12. Attach the disposal to locking ring; tighten with screwdriver
13. Connect the tailpiece and rubber gasket for the drain line to the disposal.

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TOOLS

  • slip-joint pliers
  • flat-head screwdriver
  • hammer
  • socket set
  • Phillips-head screwdriver

MATERIALS

  • plumber’s putty
  • garbage disposal
  • mounting screws
  • wire nuts

Checkout this very informative video

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How To Install Laminated Hardwood Floor

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Ok, so you’ve decided that you would like to install laminated hardwood in one of the rooms in your home. You’ve picked out the laminate floor and the board widths. Now comes the challenging part…..doing the work!

  • Measure the room

Measure the width and length of the room, not once but twice just to double check your measurements. When you place your order, make an allowance of adding 10% – 15% extra square footage to allow for irregular boards and any cutting mistakes.

  • Check the subfloor

Check the subfloor so that there is a minimum of a 3/4″ plywood subfloor. Make sure that there are no squeaks in the floor. If there are squeaks, use a long 2″ or more drywall screw into the subfloor joist where the squeaking is coming from. If you have a concrete floor, check for crack and repair them prior to installing your hardwood floors. Afterwards, remove all floor trim moulding.

  • Install Vapor Barrier

Rollout the strips of vapor barrier paper, allow at the very least a 4″ overlap and staple them to your wooden subfloor. If you a concrete subfloor, tape the barrier paper together.

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  • Start installation

Start your installation at the longest unobstructed wall. Snap a chalk line about 3/8″ out from the wall to allow for expansion in hot and humid weather and contraction in colder, drier weather.  Prior to installing your boards, you’ll need to plan and stagger the wooden planks. The reason for this is to avoid having two planks of the same length laying next to each other. Install planks parallel to the longest wall. Remember, the first plank is the most important—position it so that its groove faces the wall and is flush to a corner of the room. Proceed one plank at a time, matching tongues to grooves and gently tapping for a snug fit. (Avoid damaging board edges with your hammer or mallet by using a rag or tapping block to soften the impact.) For a lasting, attractive installation, be sure to stagger the end joints of adjacent boards.

  • Finishing up

Your last plank can be somewhat of a pain. It may be necessary to trim the board, or at least the tongue, to ensure that it’s flush. Complete the job by putting in thresholds anyplace there is a door, or wherever your laminate meets another flooring material. Last, take out the spacers you put in, then re-install your base molding. Now sit back and admire, because you now know how to install laminate flooring.

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Great Winterizing Tips For Your Home

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Our buddies at DIY Projects America have a friendly reminder of what we should do to get our homes ready for the winter.  I know many of us here in Las Vegas, Nevada don’t have to do too much winterizing unlike our friends and family from the midwest or east coast.  However, there are things that we should do to our homes that will help us save our hard earned money and preserve our number one investment….our homes.  So check out their website “HERE” and learn a few quick and inexpensive pointers to save you money this winter.

The Best Fall Home Improvement Projects

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The fall usually brings us cooler nights and shorter days. While beautiful, the fall is a perfect time for us to roll up our sleeves and take on some of the home improvement projects that we put off because it was just too darn hot during the summer months.

Experts tell us that most building materials are at their best when installed in moderate temperatures. As a bonus, contractors typically have fewer projects during the fall, so you’re more than likely to find help quickly if you don’t want to take on the DIY projects yourself.

According to HousingWire, seasonality plays an important role in the housing market.  Home buying and selling activities swell during the spring and summer months of the year, and trail off during the fall and winter.  So if you plan on selling your home in the spring, you’ll want to prioritize the best home improvement projects for resale and which will provide you with the best “rate of return” (ROI). To figure out what’s worth your time and budget, we asked real estate investors and other home improvement professionals for their expert opinions.

Paint the front door (ROI: 80% to 150%)

This is one of the easiest and most effective way to attract buyers to your home. A freshly painted front door helps your home stand out from the rest of the homes on your street. The fall is the best time to do this work, just pick an afternoon when the temperatures are at least 50 degrees and the nighttime temperatures don’t dip below 40 degrees. Here’s a great step by step guide on how to correctly paint your from door from one of our partners “Lowes”.

Enhance the exterior (ROI: 60% to 100%)

If your exterior paint job is in decent shape, a few touch-ups could suffice. But for those with chipping paint or a 1970s color scheme? Call the pros immediately. “The last thing you want is to scare buyers away before they even get inside, your goal is to sell your house fast”, says Alex, a real estate investor with Buying Nevada Houses, located in Las Vegas, Nevada. On average, you’ll spend $1,000 to $3,000 (for a 500- to 1,500-square-foot single-story home), but he estimates that the investment in curb appeal can help properties sell for up to 10% more than others on the block. Just stick to neutrals: This isn’t the time to try out a statement color.

Replace or repair your roof (ROI: 50% to 110%)

A new roof can be basic or with details that enhance curb appeal, but its main value comes from instilling confidence in a prospective buyer. This holds true for repairing leaks and for cosmetic damage, which buyers often use to negotiate a lower price.

Power-wash the exterior of your home (ROI: 40% to 110%)

The ROI for this project can vary based on just how dirty your home was before the wash. If the home was merely a little dirty, the ROI may not be as great as it is for one that will look almost new after the wash. If your home falls into the latter category, it can be worth it to hire a pro. If you’re brave enough to take on this potential DIY, checkout how these power-wash professionals do it correctly.

Window replacement (ROI: 50% to 80%)

The replacement of windows is a crapshoot because they are expensive to replace and almost invisible to potential buyers. Most experts tell us that unless the windows are damaged or so poorly insulated that your utility bills are sky-high, most buyers don’t consider windows as a major factor looking for a home.

Upgrade your HVAC system (ROI: 20% to 50%)

This project ranks as one with the lowest ROI, because current buyers have come to expect all homes have central air. An upgrade isn’t a selling point unless the system was old to begin with. If your existing system has been in place for more than 10 to 15 years, it’s likely that you’ll soon need a new one. It becomes an area that a potential buyer will most likely use to negotiate a lower price. So if you do go ahead and upgrade your HVAC system, be prepared to show proof of gains in efficiency to recoup your costs.

In summary

All of the above recommended home improvements are worth considering regardless of if you plan on selling your home now or in the near future.