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How to Remodel Bathroom Floors
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How to Remodel Bathroom Floors

As we know that bathroom is one of the significant aspects of any house and when it comes to buying a home, the bathroom becomes even more important than any other thing. With that being said, a bathroom needs to be shiny and it must emanate cleanliness to ensure the house is worth buying. In that sense, all homeowners must be wondering as to how they can remodel their bathroom floors. So, in this article, we are going to talk about the process of remodeling your bathroom floors to make them shiny. Let’s move forward and read the article in full.

How to Remodel Bathroom FloorsThings you will need to remodel the bathroom floors

To remodel a bathroom floor, you will need the following things:

  • Adjustable wrench
  • Five-in-one scraper
  • 1/4-inch plywood/concrete board
  • Wood glue/concrete board screws
  • Drill and Sealer
  • Paintbrush and Construction caulk

How to Remodel Your Bathroom?

At first, you will have to turn off the water supply, which you will find underneath the bathroom. When you are taking the fixtures out, you don’t want the water to come out of the bathroom. Now, you should flush the toilet once or twice to ensure the tank is empty. And then you will unscrew the water supply line from the backside of the toilet and disconnect the toilet while unscrewing the flange bolts at the base of the toilet.

Furthermore, you will need to lift the toilet straight up and carefully carry it from the room. Note that the toilet might have water inside. So, be careful while taking it out. Afterward, just disconnect the wax seating gasket out of the floor and put a rag into the top of the drain opening to make sure the sewer gases cannot enter the room.

How to Remodel Bathroom FloorsAt this moment, you will have to remove the sink from the room and disconnect the water supply pipes while unscrewing them below the basin. You must find out the drain pipe underneath the sink carefully. Additionally, you should keep a bucket to catch any water out of the drain. Not to mention, you must unscrew and remove any flanges, which cover the openings where the pipes go through the floor. You can even pry off the baseboard trim for reuse or you can just throw it away.

You must ensure there are no nail leftovers and the edges are neat and clean. On top of that, you have to remove the old flooring setup as it might have old tile or linoleum. Besides, you should be taking some time to clean and remove each and every part of the old flooring until there remains only wood subflooring. It would be a great chance to remove any damp wood from leaky water connections. Thus, you can replace the old wood with new ones.

After doing all these above things, now is the time to install your new bathroom fittings. Make sure you have measured and cut all the pipes and install ¼ inch plywood sheeting over the entire floor. It will ensure your surface is smooth. In addition, you should add a wood glue thinly and evenly to the existing subfloor. It will hold the place tight. At this stage, you will have to seal the edges with construction caulk and apply a wood sealer using the manufacturer’s instructions. The linoleum will show you a bit of dirt. In that case, you just need to clean and vacuum everything carefully.

Bottom Line

To conclude, you must now apply your new flooring and it is the easiest step after all these hard work. You can begin applying new flooring from the middle of the room to make sure you can cut any partial tiles from the edges. After that keep the new flooring off for a maximum of 48 hours and then apply grout between the tiles with a grout float from then grout package. Note that you must clean any excess grout from the tile before it becomes dry. Afterward, you just have to make it dry and seal with a grout sealer. So, let us know if we have missed anything by commenting below.

Best Smart Home Gadgets of 2018
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5 Best Smart Home Gadgets of 2018

If you are looking to make your home smarter, then you have come at the right place. While it may sound boastful, but the number of smart home products available to us have increased dramatically. You can easily control the lighting, thermostat, the crockpot using the smartphone. It is as intriguing as you have loads of alternatives at your hand today. You can pick any smart home products or you can just buy an entire smart home system for your house. So, in this article, we are going to talk about the five best smartphone gadgets of 2018, which you can buy. Let’s have a quick look at the article.

  1. Smart Speaker

    Best Smart Home Gadgets of 2018This second generation Echo is one of the attractive smart speakers in the world with small and intuitive design. You can change the skin of the speakers easily to match your house’s design. What’s more, you can connect this speaker to a lot of things including smart home hubs, audiobooks, weather forecast device, and many more. You can buy products online using your voice as well.

  2. Security Camera

    Best Smart Home Gadgets of 2018This security camera is what you need for your home because it features the Arlo Q’s 1080p camera. With this camera, you will have excellent quality video both on day and nighttime. It also includes a motion detection feature with a flexible scheduling option. The best thing about this device is you will have one week’s video for free.

  3. Smart Thermostat

    Best Smart Home Gadgets of 2018Our best thermostat is the Ecobee4. It has everything needed to become the smartest home products. With slick touchscreen interface and a remote sensor, the device will make sure the rooms are heated or cooled properly. Moreover, the device features the latest version of Alexa. In that case, you don’t need an Echo or Echo Dot to control other smart home devices.

  4. Light Bulb

    Best Smart Home Gadgets of 2018The Phillips Hue is our best light bulb as it features outstanding bulbs (two) with a hub to connect to other devices. You may not be able to change the bulbs but you can definitely change the brightness of them (up to 800 lumens). You can also add up to 50 to a single bulb as well. The bulb works great with various smart home systems including Apple HomeKit, Google Home, Alexa, and Nest.

  5. Video Doorbell

    Best Smart Home Gadgets of 2018The last smart home gadget on our list is the HindSense Video Doorbell. Featuring a couple of seconds of video before any motion is detected. Therefore, you are more likely to capture any usable image. The footage on the device is clear with spotlight feature will illuminate the person who is coming through the door at night. The doorbell looks like a traditional doorbell and this is why many people won’t know how to press it. However, the device will mashup with the best smart home systems smoothly.

Bottom Line

The bottom line is all these five smart home products are the best gadgets available on the market. Still, if you have any recommendation, be sure to add them in the comment section.

Ceiling Fan That Doesn’t Work Completely
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A Ceiling Fan That Doesn’t Work Completely

If your fan doesn’t spin or hum, it means that it is completely dead. The first step to fix this problem is to confirm whether the fan is receiving power from the fuse box, or circuit breaker and its switch in that order. Find out whether the electrical panel that serves your ceiling fan is working properly. If you come across a circuit breaker that has slightly flipped, flip it all the way off, and then back on so as to reset it. Once reset, try your ceiling fan again. If that doesn’t work, check whether the fan’s switch is defective. If the problem is with the switch, then simply replace it.

Ceiling fan blades that don’t turn properly

The fan’s capacitor might be defective or going bad, if the ceiling fan’s blades don’t turn on or changes speeds unexpectedly when the ceiling fan is turned on. You will know that the ceiling fan’s switch is working properly, its light works or/and it produces some noise when you click the switch or remote. Flip the forward-reverse more than twice and lock it into forward position before you try it again. If that doesn’t fix the problem, you should dip the switches on the fan’s receiver and set the remote control and receiver to the same frequency. The problem could be the packing material, if your fan is new. A loose screw can be jamming the movement if you have an older ceiling fan that worked before.

Wobbling ceiling fan

Ceiling Fan That Doesn’t Work CompletelyIf your fan is wobbling or shakes, it may be due to loose screws or bent blade brackets or warped blades. Remove dirt and debris from all blades to determine the problem. Tighten all screws on the light kit, blades, downrod, mounting hardware and motor coupling. Confirm whether the fan’s outlet box is properly mounted in the mounting bracket. Ensure that the outlet box is designed to support your fan’s weight and is ceiling fan-rated. The outlet box should be attached securely to a support brace or beam. Installing an outlet box directly to your ceiling can damage the ceiling, over time.

Noisy ceiling fan

Ceiling Fan That Doesn’t Work CompletelyA loud ceiling fan can be a problem of a potential fan problem. Allow for a few hours for the fan to adjust accordingly, if you just installed a new ceiling fan. However, you should tighten any loose screws to secure the glassware if your ceiling fan has a light kit. Confirm whether your light bulbs are securely threaded into the socket. This should solve the problem.

Your ceiling fan is responsible for making your rooms comfortable during summer. The ceiling fan can also be used to circulate rising warm air during winter. There are several reasons why your ceiling fan may stop working optimally. Common fan problems such as humming, noisy, and failure to run properly can cause your ceiling fan to be problematic. In some situations, your fan might fail to work completely because it isn’t receiving any electrical power. Therefore, you need to assess your ceiling fan carefully before you can decide what to troubleshoot.

How to Clean a Shower Head
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How to Clean a Shower Head

It is possible for a shower head to get a buildup of mineral deposits even when you are not using hard water. If your shower head has started looking dingy and clogged with deposits, it is time to have it cleaned. The deposits can block your shower head’s jet openings and prevent the shower head from producing the desired spray. Here are steps and ways of cleaning your shower head.

While you can use a good soak and scrub to clean the shower head in a few minutes, it is prudent to consider other eco-friendly cleaning methods. Remove the shower head from the shower arm and soak it in vinegar. Remember, while newer shower heads screw onto the shower arm, older models come with a shower arm that features a ball-shaped end, which acts as the shower head’s swivel.

How to Clean a Shower HeadCleaning the shower head without tools

If you want to skip the step of removing the shower head from the shower arm, you can simply use a rubber band and plastic bag to soak your shower head. This method is preferable for shower heads made from protected metal surfaces such as stainless steel and chrome. Slip a rubber band over the shower head and perhaps loop it around the shower arm more than once so the plastic bag will stay in place.

Fill the plastic bag with vinegar and attach it to the shower head by slipping its top underneath the looped rubber band. Wait for one hour, remove the rubber band and plastic bag, and flush the shower head with water. Polish the shower head with a soft cloth.

Advanced Cleaning

How to Clean a Shower HeadDetach the shower head:  You need to disengage the shower head for thorough cleaning, especially if the mineral deposits prove to be beyond the power of soaking in vinegar. To detach the shower head, unscrew the nuts at the shower arm carefully to avoid marring the fixture’s finish. Cushion your wrench with a rag while you unscrew.

Rinse the showerhead: hold the shower head in an upside down position underneath a faucet and run a sharp blast of water through it. You aim is to rinse out all loosened dirt through the shower head’s opening where it connects with the shower arm.

Dismantle the showerhead: for further cleaning, you should dismantle the shower head and use an old toothbrush with vinegar to loosen the debris. Poke out stack deposits using a safety pin or a toothpick. Then soak the shower head parts in vinegar for a few hours to dissolve any remaining deposits. Repeat the rinsing process.

Reassemble and reinstall the shower head: wrap a plumbing tape around the shower arm threads for a good seal before you reattach the shower head. Use a wrench wrapped with rags or towels to reinstall your shower head, safely.

Some household cleaners contain harsh chemicals that can be toxic to your lungs, eyes and skin. But, you can use friendlier kitchen items such as vinegar in cleaning your shower head safely without causing allergic reactions in your bathroom. When used properly, vinegar can be a powerful tool in your cleaning arsenal that is also safe for you and your family. Moreover, it is inexpensive compared to other household cleaners.

How, Why, and Where to Lubricate an Elliptical Machine
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How, Why, and Where to Lubricate an Elliptical Machine

Likewise treadmills, elliptical machines require regular lubrication. If you lubricate them properly, the machines will reduce the wear, ultimately enhancing the durability and functionality of the machine. To add to that, you don’t have to spend money on costly repairs as well. Not to mention, your elliptical machine will make less noise and there will be fewer jerks in the ellipse motion of the machine.

However, the main problem with the lubrication process is the lubrication points are not self-evident and sometimes the types of lubrication are not obvious as well. In that regard, it becomes difficult to lubricate the elliptical machine. So, in this article, we are going to talk about the different types of elliptical machines, and how you can lubricate them. In addition,

At first, you have to know that there are two types of elliptical. So, you will have two types of lubrication process one with ramps and wheels and another without them.

How, Why, and Where to Lubricate an Elliptical MachineElliptical with ramp and wheels

If the elliptical has a ramp and wheel system, you will have to lubricate in every four to six months with liquid silicone. At the time of lubrication, be sure to clean the ramp with a dry and clean cloth. By cleaning the ramp, you will be able to remove the dirt and dust, which mostly build-up in the wheel channel on the ramp. On the other hand, if you leave the dirt, it will create pitting in the wheels over time and the wheel will fall to pieces.

Many people get it wrong by using WD-40 or other types of the caustic agent to lubricate the ramp and wheels. You should know they are not lubricants and they are more likely to make the wheels fail fast. In truth, you will end up paying $500 as repair cost to make your elliptical functioning.

Elliptical without ramp and wheels

How, Why, and Where to Lubricate an Elliptical MachineIf your elliptical doesn’t have a ramp and wheel system, you might face complexity in lubricating the machine. The thing is elliptical without ramp and wheel system have a less clear point for lubrication. You will see some of these have wheels, which will roll over a steel bar. You will have to lubricate them with liquid silicone. Also, these machines have bushings, which are of oil impregnated. Typically, you don’t need to lubricate them frequently but they will certainly squeak in their lifecycle.

Therefore, when you see that this is happening, you have to use lithium grease. Lithium grease will solve the squeaking issues. Most of the elliptical will have sealed bearings, which you will see in their rotation points. These bearings don’t require lubrication and you don’t have to lubricate them as well. Now, if you break the seals, the bearings will ruin them. In that case, you would be better if you just avoid lubricating them. On the contrary, some elliptical use unsealed bearings and they are usually cheap. So, you don’t have to lubricate them as well since they will wear out quickly.

Bottom Line

To conclude, we would say elliptical maintenance is a significant aspect because it will protect the machine for a durable use. In addition, all types of the elliptical machine include a large amount of A-shaped or Poly-V belting inside them. These belts will somehow wear out by drying and cracking. Therefore, you can apply belt dressing to ensure they remain in good shape. All in all, we hope this article will help you in lubricating the elliptical machine. Let us know your thoughts by commenting below.

How to Take Care of Your Metal Detector
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How to Take Care of Your Metal Detector

Nowadays, you would see people use many high-tech devices to make their life comfortable. In fact, these modern devices have made life so easy that you can comfortably relax at your home or any other place. With that being said, there is an abundance of modern devices, making our life convenient for various household appliances. In that regard, taking proper care of these devices is necessary because, without appropriate maintenance, they would break down.

So, in this article, we are going to talk about how you can take care of your metal detector at home. Yes! We have chosen the metal detector because, with this device, you can search valuable things smoothly. Let’s have a peek at the article.

How to take care of your metal detector?

How to Take Care of Your Metal DetectorThe very first thing you should know is a metal detector is an outdoor device. You just cannot use it indoor such as at home as the household appliances will influence the search mechanism of the device. In addition, if you keep using the metal detector at indoor, the chances are that the accessories in the metal detector can be destroyed immediately.

As you know cleaning any device is significant, therefore, you must clean your metal detector properly. When you are searching for valuable objects at the beach, there is a chance that your metal detector would catch up sand. Alarmingly, these sands would be hidden inside the device. On top of that, if you are hunting in the woods, the device could catch up leaves or hidden insects. These sands, leaves, and insects can do harm to your metal detector to good effect.

In fact, the accumulated dirt and fine particles at the bottom of your device would make it vulnerable to various malfunction. In that case, you have to remove these elements from the device. To do that you must clean the main unit of the device with hot water, which is less than 40 degrees centigrade. You should also use a mild detergent with a non-abrasive cloth. Moreover, the conveyor belt of the device should be cleaned gently with a plastic brush and a neutral detergent mix.

How to Take Care of Your Metal DetectorThe next thing you would do is to protect the search coil. Remember that the search coil is the main component of a metal detector, which allows you to search better. In that sense, the best way to protect it is to cover it up with search coil covers. These covers are made up of plastics and they won’t interfere with the detection signal. Even these covers are inexpensive as well. As a whole, the covers will prolong the lifespan of the metal detector.

The last significant thing you must do to take care of your metal detector is to store it in a better way. Note that metal detectors function better when you keep it in a normal temperature environment. If you store it in a place where there is extreme temperature, the lifespan of the device could be shorter than the usual time. Additionally, you must remove the batteries from the device to ensure you can avoid any corrosion or leak within the device.

Some bonus tips for taking care of the metal detector

  1. Before using the device, you should follow the user manual.
  2. You should consider having a long warranty or you can buy a metal detector with a lifetime warranty.
  3. You must keep the metal detector in a case or box for storage.
  4. You can make a hood with a cardboard and duct tape and protect the monitor, the toggle switches, and the battery access cover.
  5. You should frequently check the coil and headset wires of the device and protect the copper prongs at the wire ends.

Bottom Line

The bottom line is when using a metal detector be sure to read the instructions manual carefully and take utmost care of the device. In this way, you could use a metal detector for a long time. Let us know if you have liked our tips by commenting below.

Tips and Hacks for Your Next Beach Trip
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Tips and Hacks for Your Next Beach Trip

If you are planning to spend some time on the beach, you should know there are some things you must consider. The thing is if you prepare yourself for the beach, you are most likely to enjoy the beach time perfectly. Therefore, in this article, we are going to shed some light on this topic by sharing the tips and hacks for your next beach trip. Let’s move forward and read the article carefully.

Tips and Hacks for Your Next Beach TripBest tips and hacks for your next beach trip

  1. Use a mesh tote bag or sand free beach bag for carrying stuffs that are necessary when you are finally at the beach. Place it anywhere and enjoy your time, just don’t forget to shake it a bit before leaving the beach so sand could be removed. Don’t let the insects around the beachside ruin your trip heading without a bug spray.
  2. Your key ring should include a flotation device along with the keys so if you accidentally drop them in the ocean it does not give you trouble to find them to avoid unexpected natural circumstances start your journey with some knowledge on rip current by looking for a break in the incoming wave pattern, a line of debris, seaweed or foam steadily moving seaward, a channel of choppy, churning water or a notable difference in water color in a specific area.
  3. Tips and Hacks for Your Next Beach TripYou should also know how to get out of rip current. Despite swimming with lifeguard protection and following all instructions of the beach authority if you still encounter with rip current don’t fight the current. Stay calm and start swimming parallel to shore and then toward the shoreline when you successfully avoid the current. If you can’t swim at that time just try to float and wave your hand asking for help.
  4. You should carry some plastic or reusable bags to collect your trash during your beach time so you can easily throw them into a bin. Additionally, you must pack your lunch into small containers separately so you don’t lose all your food if you find them falling into the sand. If you have a soft-bristled dust broom with you will leave no sand in your body, clothes and footwear on your way back home.
  5. Make sure you have some cupcake liners to catch drips from popsicles. Placing them over your drink will keep it safe from bug and sand. To avoid medical emergency during your holiday, don’t let your all focus on trip preparation forget to have important medications that you and your family need.

Bottom Line

The bottom line is when you go to a beach, it will make your feet dry and gross. Try some Vaseline or lotion to make sure your feet are in good shape. Also, be sure to wear socks that won’t make your feet dry. If you have liked our tips for the beach trip, feel free to add your comment below.