There’s no doubt that when it comes to hot trends for homeowners, DIY projects have become the epitome of all home improvement searches. Everyone wants to feel self sufficient and save a little money on the side by fixing up their own home and there’s nothing wrong with that! The only problem that occurs is when people overestimate their ability to install or repair something and end up making a bigger mess that costs more money to fix than it would have costed to hire a professional plumber in the first place. That’s why we recommend that before taking on a new project you ask yourself, “Should I DIY?” Here are some examples of projects that may be within or out of your skill range:
Remodeling bathrooms is one of the easiest ways to increase the value of your home while also establishing a refreshing perspective of one of the most used rooms in your house. Along with changing counter-tops and paint colors, many people move their shower and bath while remodeling. This means moving the shower drain, usually in a concrete floor and rerouting the pipes to a different spot, which can be a very dangerous task to accomplish on your own. There are dozens of ways that you can damage your drain system if done incorrectly. That’s why the most secure option is to leave this construction to a professional as to avoid harming your bathroom. [Read more…]
At some point in a homeowner’s life, they will experience the troubles of a clogged or blocked drain pipe. Whether it be in the bathroom or kitchen, it’s very common for drain pipes to become blocked by debris or some form of mineral buildup. You may also lose something down the drain that you really care about and need to fish out immediately. There are many tactics that plumber’s use as a drain unblocker, and here are some of the most reliable techniques to use:
New faucet installation in your bathroom is a lot easier of a job than you think it is. Plenty of people can install their own faucets if they have the right tools and know how to do it safely. If you’re looking to take on this DIY bathroom project, you’re going to need pliers, plumber’s putty, plumber’s tape, two flexible water line extensions, safety glasses, work gloves, and an adjustable wrench. Here’s how to start:
Faucet Installation: Remove the Old Faucet
- Replacing your faucet starts with getting rid of the old one. Shut off the wall valves and turn on the faucet to drain down residual pressure.
- Use your adjustable wrench to loosen and remove the old flexible extension from the faucet and the shutoff valve. Drain the water into a bucket.
- Remove hardware from under the sink, including nuts and washers that secure the faucet and the clamp bolt from the drain rod extension.
Faucet Installation: Replacing the Old One
- Reference the faucet installation manual of the specific model you bought. This should show you the order in which the parts should be assembled.
- Apply your plumber’s putty around the new spout base to prevent water splash from running into the cabinet.
- Install the center spout, tighten the mounting nut from below with your adjustable wrench.
Faucet Installation: Assemble Mixing Valves
- Faucet installation processes may vary between models, but generally there is a large nut and washer that tightens the valve from below, and a larger washer and C-Clip that holds the valve at the top.
- Apply more plumber’s putty to the bottom side of the top washer.
- Install the C-Clip and tighten the nut underneath to assemble the mixing valves. Hot valves are on the left and cold valves are on the right side.
- Reinstall the drain rod to the extension and tighten the clamp bolt with your adjustable wrench.
More DIY Tips
Faucet installation can be a relatively simple task if you have the right tools and a manual that clearly instructs how to assemble it. Learning how to remove old faucets may be difficult if you’ve never attempted to do so before, which is why it’s helpful to have advice from an experienced AZ plumber on how to complete this process efficiently and safely. Plumbers at Deer Valley Plumbing are always willing to offer assistance to those who are unsure of whether a project is a DIY project or not.
If you couldn’t tell by the high temperatures and aroma of sunscreen in the air, summer is just around the corner. This means shorts, sunglasses, and days spent by the pool trying to cool off. To make this possible, you need to make sure that your pool plumbing is up to date and ready for use for the summer. Checking for broken valves, damaged water lines, or any possible leaks that may defer your from your swimming experience. You want your pool to be as clean and functional as it can be before it gets too warm outside, so here is a checklist of 10 things you should check your pool for before taking a dip this month:
Defective gas lines are a serious issue that can affect your home’s condition and family’s health. Keeping your gas lines well maintained is crucial in preventing any damage to your home appliances and landscaping. When it comes to testing your pipes for gas line repair, you may require assistance in line locating, leak locating, and valve inspection. It’s easy to overlook little details that hint at a potential leak, so make sure to check these four things when inspecting your home:
As an experienced plumbing company since 1989, we’ve heard and been a part of a lot of interesting stories. Most of them start off with showing up at the client’s home and quickly hearing the exclamation “it wasn’t me!” or “I’m not sure how this happened, but…” and ends in a great story to share with the family and coworkers. Other stories stem from that “new guy” who seems to make a mess out of everything. Either way, a person’s plumbing problems are always bound to be humorous and slightly embarrassing. Here are two of the funniest and strangest stories we’ve heard as plumbers Phoenix AZ.
You may be asking yourself, what’s a sump pump? Sump pumps are commonly used to remove water that has flooded one’s basement or to pump sewage back up to the sewer line. This is crucial to your house’s condition because your basement can suffer extreme water damage which will be costly. There are plenty of other problems that can call for a sump pump as well: jammed impellers, frozen pipes, stuck switches, and debris can also defer your pump’s suction intake. Due to all these potential problems, knowing how to install or replace a sump pump is an essential skill that will benefit your home and keep it well maintained. [Read more…]