Repairing Bathroom Double Towel Rack – 3

Bathroom Towel Rack End with Allen Key

Yesterday we showed you the installation of the anchors for the ends of our double towel rack in our en suite bathroom. Today, we complete the job. Now, for this double bath towel rack model, the ends are secured to the metal anchoring hardware by way of a tiny screw in the bottom of the towel rack end which is screwed through the use of a small Allen Key. You need to make sure that the towel rack end is flush against the wall, otherwise the screw will miss the metal anchor located … [Read more...]

Repairing Bathroom Double Towel Rack – 1

Bathroom Towel Rack Repair\Bathroom Towel Rack Repair 1

Today we write about one of the many home maintenance tips which are easy to do. Most bungalows, just like the one we call home, are short on space because any living space which is not in the basement is all on one floor. So, in our master bedroom's en-suite bathroom we had installed a double towel rack by the contractors as part of creating the en suite in the first place. Planning. A double towel rack holds two towels at once; it will need to hold double the weight of a regular … [Read more...]

Toto 6.0 Litre Power Flush Toilet Leak

Toto Power Flush 6.0L Toilet

OK. I thought we were finished writing about our toilets for a while once we fixed, for the second time, our American Standard low flow toilet leak earlier this summer. I was wrong. When we were undergoing the major renovations to our now 22 year old bungalow back in 2007, we decided to go with a Toto 6.0L Power Flush toilet for our special needs daughters' bathroom and not the American Standard low flow toilets we put in our master bedroom en suite and in the main floor … [Read more...]

Basement Ceiling Leak – Part 9 – Meet Mr. Hammer … Jack Hammer

Superior Rotary Hammer Drill

In Part 8 we saw how simply using the hand-held circular saw was not overly efficient. There was just way too much gosh darn poured concrete underneath the floor tile. Enter Mr. Hammer; Jack Hammer :-) The next day, Bennett returned with a small jack hammer. The was the Rotary Hammer Drill by Superior Power Tools. It was a 120V - 60Hx 1100W hand held power drill. Notice the drill bit attached to the power drill, how it comes to a point. Bennett borrowed this from a colleague and … [Read more...]

Basement Ceiling Leak – Part 8 – Shower Floor Removal Begins

Shower Stall Without Door

In Part 7 we came up with our action plan: rip out the entire floor of the shower stall to find the cause. Yuk. But, in our opinion, we had no choice. So, the first thing Bennett did was to remove the glass door surrounding the shower. In the picture below you can see the lower hinge of the glass door in the lower left. This would make it easier for him as he would constantly be going into and out of the shower. Next, he brought in his utility vacuum and hand held circular saw. The … [Read more...]

Basement Ceiling Leak – Part 7 – The Probable Cause and, Gulp, Action Plan

Ceiling Tile Water Stains

In Part 6 we wrote about Bennett's investigation into the water that had been causing those ugly brown water stains on our basement's drop ceiling tiles. After spending a fair amount of time (around 2 hours) he said "That's it.". What was the cause in Bennett's opinion? Well, it seemed that the wrong type of shower floor drain was used. You see, our original contractor who built the shower stall used cement floor board on top of the particle board on the floor of what would … [Read more...]

Basement Ceiling Leak – Part 5 – More Shower Caulking


A few months ago in Part 4 when we last visited our basement leak Bennett, our kitchen installer, had come over and found more grout that appeared to not be properly finished in the shower of the en suite. The three air pipes in the basement from which water was dripping down onto the drip ceiling tiles in the basement were located directly underneath the en suite shower, lots of roofing companies come by because not all can fix everything, so for this part Roofing Columbia did their best … [Read more...]

Take Your Contractor To ….

One of the best things we did was to take our primary contractor with us to the bathroom supplies store when we were choosing our tubs, sinks, faucets, etc. for our bathrooms. You pay a contractor for his / her specialized knowledge and for their experience. They will have experienced poor and bad products, product lines, manufacturers and so on. So as far as the quality of the materials which may look dazzling to you, they can help keep your feet planted on the ground with a reality check on … [Read more...]

Home Renovation Tip – En Suite Bathroom Tub


Today with our daily home renovation tips, we continue our look at the new en suite bathroom. It is a non-jacuzzi tub which, if you look very, very closely in the middle of the far wall of the tub contains handles inside the tub. These came with the tub and were one of the reasons we purchased this model. With the handles inside the actual tub, it will be easier to get up out of the tub and perform your drain cleaning quicker and easier for a thorough plumbing job. At least that is the … [Read more...]

Home Renovation Tip – En Suite Bathroom Vanity, Mirrors and Lights

Ensuite Sink

Still haven't heard back from the big box store on our front door status, so today we will start a multi-part look at the new en suite. Today's home renovation tip is the first of a multi-part series on our new ensuite. The photo below is of the new vanity, mirrors, sinks, and vanity lights, each of which was purchased from separate suppliers proving, hopefully that yes you can coordinate components of a bathroom from more than one supplier from Sinkology - The Copper Sink Company. It takes … [Read more...]

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