Plumbing

 

DISHWASHERS

Dirty dishes? If dishes won't come clean in your dishwasher, the problem could be a clogged chopper assembly, which can restrict water flow.

Dishwasher won't start? Lights don't go on? The problem could simply be a blown thermal fuse inside the control panel. You can purchase a new fuse and fix the dishwasher yourself.

 

DRAINS

Sink drains: Easily unclog your sink drain with a mini-plunger.

Bathtub drains: There's more than one way to unclog a stopped-up bathtub drain. Try these techniques.

 

FAUCETS

Dripping faucet: A dripping faucet costs money. First, you pay for the wasted water. Second, if it's the hot-water faucet that is leaking, you pay for the energy to heat that wasted water. Here's how to fix the problem.

Dripping single-handle faucet: Purchase a new faucet cartridge at your home center or hardware store, then change the cartridge in that single-lever faucet and fix the drip yourself.

 

HEATING/COOLING

Geothermal heating: The condensate drain tube in your geothermal furnace/heating unit (a geothermal unit is sometimes referred to as a groundwater heat pump) should be cleared of debris annually. Here's what to do and what could happen if you don't.

 

TOILETS

Taking out a toilet: You've got a new toilet ready to install, but first things first -- taking out the old one. And you shouldn't encounter much poo, if any. Here's how to do it.

Installing a toilet: Buy your own new toilet and install it yourself! Here are some tricks that will help.

Grungy-looking toilet? Don't shell out for a new one just yet. All you may need to do is replace the seat! Here's how!

 

WELLS

Well pump pressure switch: The switch that regulates the on-off cycles of your water well should be inspected and changed regularly. Watch our popular four-part video with information on how it works and information you should know about replacing it.

 

UNDERGROUND SPRINKLING SYSTEMS

If you have a self-draining underground sprinkling system, get it ready for winter -- easily -- yourself. (This video is not for underground sprinkling systems that must be "blown out" with compressed air. Consult your owner's manual for the type of system you have and for complete instructions.)