Home Water Savings Tip #458 – Inside – Wash Dishes in Basin In Sink vs Sink

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 458, Wash Dishes in Basin In Sink vs Sink. Hand washing dishes uses less water and less hot water than using a dishwasher. Using a wash basin or tub is even more water efficient. Why? Well, once you finish washing your dishes you can use the left over water to water your … [Read more...]

Home Water Savings Tip #422 – Inside – Use Bucket in Tub 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 422, Use Bucket in Bath Tub to Catch Warm-up Water. What is good enough for the shower is also sufficiently good for the sink. So, what is good for the shower and sink is certainly good for the bath tub, right? ;) Capturing clean water from any source which would other … [Read more...]

Home Water Savings Tip #397 – Inside – Take Shallow vs Full Tub Baths

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 397, Take Shallow vs Full Tub Baths. Taking short showers uses less water than does a bath. And by short, we are talking about 10 minutes or less, depending on the amount of water coming out of your shower head. Yet if you take a bath everyone in a while, consider not … [Read more...]

Bathroom Floor Tiling Project – Custom Bathtub Tiled Skirt

Measuring and Marking Flange Cut in Tile

In yesterday's article we wrote and showed in the pictures how Bennett temporarily placed some of the floor tiles from the walls near the toilet flange in the ground. The purpose of this was to sketch with a pencil the round cut that he would need to make into the floor tiles from SnapStone which would be placed on either side of the flange. Below is another picture of Bennett in action, if you will, with this task. So, here we are with the floor ready for tiling; well … [Read more...]

Bathrooom Floor Tiling Project – Floor Preparation Continued

Bathroom Floor Prep Almost Completed

The past few articles in this series on our bathroom floor tiling project dealt with different aspects of floor preparation, following the removal of the carpet (yes, carpet), under-padding and baseboard molding. Today we complete our look at the floor preparation. So, the picture below of our backroom sub-floor is where things sat after dealing with the above, as well as with the single row of tile around the bathtub as well as the tile underneath the toilet. Look closely at the … [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...]

Fall Garden Cleanup – 2

After Clean Up 016

Yesterday we showed you pictures of the garden beside our front door before and after our front garden cleanup, as well as the pictures of our front garden prior to the cleanup this fall. In case you missed the sorry state of our front garden, here is a short video clip where you can see the overgrown Hostas, the wildness of the two small trees at the front of both the left and right sides of our front garden and especially some of the Pyramidal Yews which have almost lost their attractive … [Read more...]

Energy Conservation, Home Heating and Fireplace Air Leaks – 3

Basement Fireplace Brass Plating

The past two days have seen us write about the air leaks around the right and left borders of our family room fireplace and how we sealed the air leaks to keep heated air inside this winter to reduce our heating bill and save us money. Hopefully they made sense to you and you added them to your own growing collection of home maintenance tips and money saving tips for the money you will save from lower heating bills this winter. Today, we take a quick look at a similar situation with the … [Read more...]

Automatic Bathtub Stoppers Not My Friend – 1

Bath Tub Integrated Stopper

In renovating one of the bathrooms in our home, it was recommended to us that we install an automatic stopper in the tub. A bad decision and did not purchase one of the simpler ones that simply when up and down when you pushed them. Why we purchased the kind of bathtub drain stopper which went up and down depending upon one turning that large circular metal device seen in the picture below. How this one works is similar to a standard sink stopper yet the mechanism is hidden in … [Read more...]

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