Home Water Savings Tip #426 – Inside – Collect Dripping Tap Water Until Leak Fixed

Editor’s Note: To view all the 530+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home, simply access our Free Energy and Water Savings Guide, 3rd Edition +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Number 426, Collect Dripping Water Until Leak Fixed. Of course, fix a leaking faucet as soon as possible, but it is not always possible to fix leaks right a way … life happens. So, put a cup to catch the dripping water and use it to water your indoor and outdoor plants until … [Read more...]

Home Water Savings Tip #421 – Inside – Use Bucket in Sink to Catch Warm-up Water

Editor’s Note: To view all the 530+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home, simply access our Free Energy and Water Savings Guide, 3rd Edition +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Number 421, Use Bucket in Sink to Catch Warm-up Water. What is good enough for the shower is also sufficiently good for the sink. Sure, you might want to replace the bucket with a plastic cup, yet the principle is the same. If you need hot water from the faucet in your sink, why … [Read more...]

Home Water Savings Tip #414 – Inside – Check Faucets For Leaks, Especially Those Little Used

Editor’s Note: To view all the 530+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home, simply access our Free Energy and Water Savings Guide, 3rd Edition +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Number 414, Check Water Faucets For Leaks, Especially Those Used Infrequently. Perhaps its just a new washer that is needed to stop the dripping. Or simpler still, perhaps it is just that the cold or hot water tap was not fully tightened by the last person to use it. However, … [Read more...]

How To Install Oversized Floor Tiles

Old Light Floor Tile Against Dark Hardwood Flooring

A few days ago we provided a summary of the many articles we wrote about preparing both a previously tiled floor as well as one covered with linoleum for new oversized floor tiles. Today, we provide you with the listing of the articles, with many pictures, we wrote about the installation of oversized 24 inch by 24 inch floor tiles upon completing the many steps involved with first preparing both floors. As a reminder,our floor tiling project began with 23 year old tiled flooring in our … [Read more...]

How To Prepare Tiled Floor For Re-Tiling

Front Foyer Old Tile - View From Kitchen

How do you properly prepare an already tiled floor for new floor tiles? Well, personally I don't. However, last summer I had a tile company come and install the oversized 24 inch by 24 inch porcelain floor tiles in our front hallway and adjoining laundry room. Here is a picture or two of the starting point. The front hallway already had 23 year old original floor tile which came with the house. In the adjoining laundry room there was linoleum flooring. So, what steps were … [Read more...]

Using The Home Depot’s Energy Saving EcoSmart A19 LED Light Bulb Review

Beige Floor Vent Cover on Charchoal Floor Tile

Today we continue to our series of articles reviewing energy saving LED lighting for the home. In our previous article on using the EcoSmart LED A19 light bulb from The Home Depot, we focused on using this LED light bulb within ceiling light receptacles for very small areas; a walk-in closet, bathrooms (both on the main floor and in the basement) and a basement landing area. Now, we turn our attention to using this energy saving device in the same type of ceiling receptacles but in larger … [Read more...]

Color Coordinating Floor Tiles

Grey Floor Tile Against Dark Brown Hardwood

In the previous article within our floor tile home renovation project, we showed the solution to finishing the entrance from the sunken living room to the newly tiled front hall. With most of the tile installation tasks completed, I wanted to show you what our new front foyer and adjoining room looks like with our new over-sized floor tile. Now, here are two before pictures showing the front hall with the 23 year old original floor tile first from the entrance to the house and second from … [Read more...]

Finishing Tile Floor By Open Stairway

Basement Stair Riser Exposed After Floor Tile Removed

In our previous article within this floor tiling home renovation series, we looked at the completion of the laying floor tile along the hallway floor edge to a sunken living room and along the edge of the front door. Today I wanted to focus on the situation by the open stairway from the front hall to the basement. Here is a picture of this area just after the old floor tile was removed at the start of this home renovation or make over project. Remember, that from an earlier … [Read more...]

Laying The Last Of The Tiles

Border Needed

In the last floor tiling article, we looked at the laying of the triple glass tile border around the smaller 18 inch by 18 inch porcelain floor tile, as well as finishing the tile in the floor of both closets. In this article, we see the last of the floor tiles laid in our front hallway and adjoining laundry room. Now, as fortune and a little bit of planning would have it, once the full tiles were laid, starting from the hallway entrance from the kitchen, we were left with a gap of … [Read more...]

Laying Floor Tile For Basement Stairs Edge, Closets and Tile Insert

Metal Floor Tile Edge

Last time in our continuing floor tiling home renovation project we saw much of the floor in the front foyer and laundry room covered with the large 24 inch by 24 inch porcelain floor tiles. Today we see the remaining floor areas completed. First, notice the use of a metal edger against the two tiles by the stairway to the basement. It was decided that since the door handles inside the house, the faucets, shower heads, etc. were all either brushed nickel or chrome that we would go … [Read more...]

Newly Tiled Floor Takes Shape

Floor Tiling Project Resumes

In the previous article within our floor tiling home renovation project series, we discussed the issue, or non issue as it were, with the hairline cracks in the additional supporting base cement. Today I thought I would pause in talking about any particular installation aspect and show you the progression made by Mike, one of the installation professionals installing our new front hall and adjoining laundry room tiled floor. The above picture is pretty much where we left off last time, … [Read more...]

Hairline Cracks In Floor Tile Cement Base

Initial Cracks in Floor Tile Supporting Concrete

In the last article within this floor tiling home renovation project series, much but not all of the laundry room floor was tiled. This was the day after additional cement mixture was placed on top of the recently added metal screen intended to support the new large floor tiles. The theory was that the weight of the 24 inch by 24 inch floor tiles would not be supported by additional cement mixture needed on top of the metal screen to level the tiles due to a minor slope in the particle … [Read more...]

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