Next Time, Hire a Pro
Next Time, Hire a Pro Vol. 8
Hire a pro
It’s true that not all homeowners can afford to hire a professional for each home repair and improvement, but not every project is DIY friendly. Sometimes calling a pro makes more sense and will save you money in the long run.
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Given how finicky toilet flappers can be, it would be awesome if an apple would do the job. As for the sock, we suspect it’s a substitute for a missing fill valve cap (see next page). Or maybe it’s just decorative.
We’re guessing that the same bloke who installed the vent also installed the flashing.
Saddle Up for a Headache
Saddle valves are frequently used to route water to appliances like ice makers and furnace humidifiers. They work by piercing the copper line with a hollow needle. A rubber gasket seals between the clamps and the copper line. But saddle valves are notoriously unreliable and eventually clog or leak. And they’re virtually impossible to shut off after a few years. See the next page for an example of the right way.
One Small Step
This bathtub must have been installed in a tightrope walker’s house. Just think about turning on the water to fill the tub, then walking the ledge to get in. After your bath, you’d be getting out with wet feet on 8 in. of slippery tile. Talk about a fast trip down the stairs!
Missed the Stud
Drywall anchors are the hardware of choice for hanging pictures and mirrors, but handrails need more support. The installer of this rail either didn’t bother to find a stud or miscalculated the location of the handrail bracket. See the right way on the next page.
That’s one way to heat an attic
There’s enough wattage here to fry a circuit and enough heat to melt snow on the roof. Bulb sockets like this aren’t meant to be daisy-chained.