Lowering Your Air Conditioning Costs Tip #191 – Check, Change or Clean Air Conditioner’s Air Filter

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 191, Check / Change / Clean Air Conditioner Filter. Yes, some air conditioning units contain air filters. If yours does you might need to replace it or, if it can be cleaned you might need to clean it every now and again so the air flows through easily and allow your air … [Read more...]

Completing Pivoting Toilet Paper Holder Installation

First Primer Coat Applied to Wall Repair

The past week or so we have written and shown with many pictures how easy it is to install a toilet paper holder. And, it is actually easier to install a pivoting toilet paper holder because once anchored to the wall, you can lift the bar between the two ends to repair any minor damage to the wall in behind the bathroom accessory. Today we finish the job. Here is where we left things with our new Moen Banbury Pivoting Toilet Paper holder in the brushed nickel finish which we purchased at … [Read more...]

Finishing The Bathroom Drywall Repair Project

Applying First Coat of Primer

Previously, we reviewed the second group of steps involved with repairing a cracked wall at the point where two sheets of drywall met in the potty room of our en suite bathroom. It is timely that we get this fixed as this the early stages of The Home Depot's Renew and Redo Your Bath event. Why place updated new fixtures or accessories in a bathroom if part of it is damaged? Repair the damage first and then deal with the other parts of a bathroom renewal. Don't worry, the Renew and Redo Your … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #322 – Heating – Annual Furnace Tune-Up

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 322, Annual Furnace Tune-up. Have you had your annual furnace tune up, or maintenance yet? An inefficient furnace of course will consume more natural gas or home heating oil causing you money through higher heating bills in the winter. As well, having your furnace checked … [Read more...]

Installing Ceiling Air Register

Inside Ceiling Vent

Last time I showed how I used duct tape to seal the air leaks between the duct and the vent boot in our basement bathroom ceiling. But how to install the register such that it could close completely and stop heated air from entering the bathroom when it is not being used? The register I used was the grey plastic air register which had been in our basement's recreation area for the vent from our solar air heater before I replaced it with a directional vent register. Now, the hole which … [Read more...]

Painting Twice Primed Drywall – One Coat or Two

Starting 1st Coat of Paint

Yesterday we finished double priming the area of the basement drywall following the Clarke Basement Systems repair of crack in our foundation wall. So, did the double priming of the drywall insert help keep the colour constant with the rest of the wall? Let's take a look. Painting is one of those tasks which just does not agree with me; by that I mean that it is one of those home maintenance tasks which a put off as long as I can. I just don't like doing it. However, with such a … [Read more...]

Trimming the Neglected Cedar Hedge

Unkept Cedar Hedge

What an experience. I have lived in many different houses over the years, but never one which had a cedar hedge. So, I had no first had experience with them. As well, the only neighbouring properties with cedar hedges where those where the cedar's tended to die from lack of water and excessive heat. So, with our current home, I was learning 'on the job' as they say; learning by trial-and-error. We write about our home renovation, home maintenance and home energy water conservation … [Read more...]

Bathtub Faucet Spout Replaced

Bathtub Spout Replacement

Yesterday we showed how easy, surprisingly easy, to remove the spout for our bathtub which had the diverter jammed. Today, we finish the job and attempt to install the replacement spout. I returned from one of the several plumbing supply stores in our area with the replacement. It was very similar in design to the one which lasted less than 3 years. Can you tell which one is the replacement spout? It is the one on the left in the picture below. You can see how the screw inside the spout is … [Read more...]

Solar Air Heater Air Leak

Solar Air Heater Intake Unit

We have a solar air heater in our basement to help heat one of our basement bedrooms. When I was cleaning its air intake unit's air filter, I came across two areas where cold air from the outside was leaking into the room. This surprised me because I did not feel any air coming into the room. Yet, if I could feel an air leak with the air intake unit's cover removed it likely was entering the room. Like anyone I want to maximize my energy savings so I pay the least amount possible on my … [Read more...]

Caulking Bathroom Door Frame Completed

Door Frame With Caulking 1

Yesterday, we wrote about the absence of caulking between the door frame and wall of our shared bathroom, leaving the up to 1/4 inch gap exposed and the entire job looking unfinished. For comparison purposes, here is a picture from yesterday along part of the frame showing the gap which should have been finished with caulking. Now, look at the difference once the caulking is applied. It is not  hard task or one which takes more than a few minutes. Just make sure you have … [Read more...]

Flow Through Home Humidifier & Humidity Issues In House-2

Flow Through Humidifier and Spray Bottle

Yesterday, we wrote about insufficient humidity levels in our home and winter had just begun. The first thing we checked was to see if the water was flowing into and out of the flow through humidifier. It was not. I found the on / off valve and turned the water on. I still have no idea who or how that valve had been turned off. Next, I then checked that the damper from the flow through humidifier into the furnace was set at the winter setting so humidified air would actually go into the … [Read more...]

Repairing Bathroom Double Towel Rack – 4

Relocated Double Bath Towel Rack

Yesterday we wrote about the re-installation of the double bath towel rack to its new position in our en suite bathroom. Of course, while the re-installation might be done, you still need to deal with the holes in the wall left from the prior wall plugs of the initial installation. Today we complete this short series on one of the many home maintenance tips which are easy to do. It took me three layers of drywall patch, each applied only once the prior drywall patch had completely … [Read more...]

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