Replace your toilet tank levers with plastic

Replacing a toilet tank lever should take less than five minutes. However, if it is badly corroded, the job can take a lot longer and you risk breaking your tank

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Looking for trouble with your tools and equipment

It pays to look for problems when working on your tools and equipment. I was removing the cutting deck on my tractor and found that the insulation on main power cable to the starter had worn through. That could have caused a short and potentially a fire. 

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Replacing an outside shower door.

Last Updated on 4 months by Christopher G Mendla

How to replace a door on an outside shower with rusted out hinges. 

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Repairing shed doors.

I have a shed that is about 30 years old. The doors were starting to deteriorate including the hinges and trim.  The process was very labor intensive.

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Hardware stock shortages – November 2020

The effects of the Covid Pandemic are taking a toll on hardware, plumbing and electrical supplies. Home Depot had lots of empty spaces on their pegboards for drills and blades. 

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A quick tip for cutting a bolt.

I was working on a project where I needed to use bolts. The bolts I had in my supplies were about 1/2″ longer than what I needed. There is an easy way to cut a bolt. 

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Sporadic Covid related hardware and plumbing shortages. Plan your projects carefully

We are now about nine months into the Covid-19 pandemic. I am noticing that the range and depth of plumbing, electrical and hardware items is decreasing with intermittent shortages. I’ve come up short on more than one recent trip

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Crazy Covid cleaning supplies pricings

Certain cleaning supplies have been hard to get.  I was in a big box discount club store and came across a three pack of disinfectant spray for $15.99.  I was shocked when I looked at the ingredients. 

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Repairing mini blinds

I had a mini blind on a door with a broken slat. I didn’t want to run out to get a replacement and didn’t feel like ordering one so I repaired it. 

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Removing a stuck and broken reducing bushing from a galvanized drainpipe.

I replaced the galvanized 1 1/4″ drain pipe with PVC while fixing a clogged drain and vent stack in my upstairs bathroom. In the process I came across a stuck reducing bushing. In the process of trying to remove it, I broke it. I was able to remove it without damaging the threads in the T fitting. 

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