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How to Adjust a Toilet Ballcock(also called a fill valve)

So many toilet problems are related to a faulty flush valve (the device that lets water out of the tank) or a faulty fill valve known as a ballcock (I have no idea where they come up with these names either). Often, you will find that the ballcock is not defective, it is just improperly adjusted.

including how they are different, what they are made from, and how to adjust them for proper operation.

How to Adjust a Toilet Ballcock(also called a fill valve) originally appeared on About.com Home Repair on Thursday, September 13th, 2012 at 11:09:18.

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Vinyl, Cork and Linoleum Flooring Options for Kitchen and Bath

If you're planning on repairing or installing new kitchen or bathroom floor, you have some wonderful product choices available.

Some of the most popular and affordable options fall under the soft flooring called "resilient flooring" such as Allure vinyl plank flooring (see photo) made by TrafficMaster exclusively for sale by Home Depot.

Resilient flooring is a soft floor material that is comfortable under foot and cushions impact either from walking or from items being dropped and the tutorial Kitchen and Bathroom Flooring - Vinyl, Cork, Linoleum Floors goes into detail about these great resilient floors.

What these materials all have in common is their ability to provide an easy to clean, comfortable and attractive floor for your bathrooms, kitchen, foyer, recreation room, mudroom or laundry or any other room where you need an easily cleanable floor.

Most of these floors can be installed by you, my reader and home repair weekend warrior. However, some flooring such as sheet vinyl is more difficult to install requiring a more experienced DIYer or with sheet linoleum it may even require professional installation.

Resilient flooring comes in three basic categories:

  • Sheet goods (requires difficult cutting and fitting)
  • Tiles (provides easier cutting and fitting)
  • Planks (provides easier cutting and fitting)

The flooring may also be installed using a variety of methods such as:

  • Self-stick (adhesive backed flooring)
  • Floating floor (interlocking planks)
  • Loose-lay (taped at seams)
  • Glue-down (adhesive applied to floor)

So take a read of Kitchen and Bathroom Flooring: Vinyl, Cork and Linoleum and see which one will find its way to your kitchen or bathroom.

Vinyl, Cork and Linoleum Flooring Options for Kitchen and Bath originally appeared on About.com Home Repair on Saturday, September 8th, 2012 at 17:58:06.

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Use a Power Assisted Toilet to Save Thousands of Gallons of Water per Year!

Face it. Those 1990's era 1.6 gal/flush low-flow toilets may have been well intentioned but were terrible.

They have a history of being unreliable and few things are worse than a toilet not flushing properly and consistently. Sometimes those old style low-flow toilets would require a user to flush multiple times before they did their job and would end up using 3.2 or 4.8 gallons per use, not 1.6, wasting water and accomplishing nothing more than irritating the user.

But recent advancement in technology of the pressure assisted toilet have now enabled super low volume toilets that both flush (a nice feature) and save even more water than early 1.6 gallon per flush toilets (required since 1992).

These new power assist toilets use as little as 1.1 gallons per flush and can save thousands of gallons of water per year for a family of four over a 1.6 gallon per flush toilet.

And if you have an older style toilet that uses 3.5 to 5 gallons per flush, well the water savings with a power assisted toilet will, well, pretty power-ful!

Use a Power Assisted Toilet to Save Thousands of Gallons of Water per Year! originally appeared on About.com Home Repair on Friday, September 7th, 2012 at 14:46:26.

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