Automatic Faucet For The Home – 2

Automatic Faucet Under Sink Installation

Yesterday we wrote about how using an automatic faucet in a home's bathroom can be a very useful device, as it has been for us, for a physically challenged person. Today we write about one incident which occurred to us when I was away. It stopped working.       Below is a picture of  underneath the sink in which the automatic faucet was installed. Notice the grey-ish rectangular box?       If you recall from yesterday's article, there … [Read more...]

Automatic Faucet For The Home – 1

Moen Automatic Faucet

Six degrees of separation; yes, it is funny sometimes how people become acquainted. A recent reader of our articles goes by the handle, John Judge. John introduced himself to me through a few postings I had made on a Notre Dame fan web site. John indicated he liked our site but wished that we had more articles on assisted living in the home which would be useful to many as our population ages. John, this one's for you. Our oldest daughter is a special needs person. To help … [Read more...]

Automatic Faucets – Remember To Keep Clean


That might sound like a strange title for a post. However, last weekend a situation occurred that was new to me. Those who are regular followers of Daily Home Renovation Tips will recall that we renovated the en suite bathroom to make it accessible for one of our daughters who is physically challenged. As part of that renovation, we installed an automatic faucet in the sink, just like the kind they have in airport or hotel bathrooms, as well as one of the best LED shower heads we could … [Read more...]

Home Renovation Tip – Bathroom Makeover – Toilet

B's Toilet

Next in this series of articles on the makeover of the existing bathroom, we focus on the toilet. As you will recall, this is the bathroom for our special needs daughter. There is nothing special about the toilet. It is actually not a low-flow toilet (as are the other two toilets on the main floor) because this daughter is not very tall and needed a toilet in the lower height range. We could not find a low flow toilet in this height. What is unique, perhaps, is the toilet positioning. The … [Read more...]

Home Renovation Tip – Bathtub Plumbing, and Bruce

Tub Faucet

Today's home renovation tip is actually four tips, three related to the plumbing of the bathroom tub and the other about our primary contractor, Bruce. First the plumbing.  The picture below shows the plumbing fixtures for the bathtub in the en suite bathroom in this series (links to other posts regarding this bathroom are provided at the end of the post). What I wanted to point out is that the faucet (the part where the water comes out of the wall and into the tub below) may seem to be a bit … [Read more...]

Home Renovation Tip – Tub

B Tub

Today's home renovation tip deals with the new tub in the bathroom for the special needs member of our family. Now, this bathroom previously had the jacuzzi tub in the upper left corner and the vanity with the sink over on the lower left of the picture. On the right was a very small shower stall. We had the tub and shower stall removed and the wall rebuilt on the right to seal off the wall as if there was no shower stall. On the other side of the wall is the closet in the laundry … [Read more...]

Home Renovation Tip – Magnetic Cover / Blocker Sheets

Today's home renovation tip relates to a problem we are having in the winter in our daughter's bathroom on the main floor. It is too warm.....really warm. Even though we have the register closed, lots and lots of hot air comes through from the furnace. We discovered the main reason for this; namely, there is no inline damper, that round metalic piece, in the duct line from the furnace to the room. Usually in heating ducts, the inline damper will be reachable from just inside the heating vent … [Read more...]

Home Renovation Tip – Existing Ensuite – Free Standing Sink

New Sink

In today's home renovation tip we have a 'before' and a partial 'after' picture of the existing existing en suite. It is a partial after as it shows only one side of the en suite. When we get the replacement battery for our 7 year old digital camera we'll include the other side of the 'after' en suite.  BEFORE The picture below shows the copper sinks & cupboard plus the jacuzzi step up tub in the existing en suite in a very crowded bathroom. This was not going to meet the needs of our … [Read more...]

Home Renovation Tip – Wheelchair Access – Between Garage and Laundry Room

New Access

Today's home renovation tip is how we enabled wheel chair access from the Garage to the Laundry Room while retaining stairs access.   When we purchased the home there was no wheel chair access; no ramps, no lift. And, since the reason we bought the home in the first place was to accommodate a family member's special needs, this had to change. We planned for the change before we put in the offer, because without accessible access (and other accessible needs), the house would not work for us. … [Read more...]

Home Renovation Tip – Automatic Bathroom Faucets

Today, something different from most homes, renovation or otherwise. You see these all the time in washrooms located in airports, hotels, and other public facilities. Faucets which to on and off simply by the person placing their hands over the sink. Well, we decided to install one in our physically challenged daughters bathroom to make things easier for her, to prevent her father from getting up tight when she forgets to turn the water off :-) and so on. These things are really hard to … [Read more...]

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