Installing a New Toilet

A handyman’s advice (from experienced handyman services who cover the whole of Johannesburg and Gauteng), would be to let the professional handyman do it. However, if you would like to try install your new toilet yourself, or at least know what’s involved, then read on. It is moderately simple task, in fact – provided the new installation is the same size as the old one, and if you are prepared to go slow and be exact in your measurements, placements and diligent with hygiene, cleaning and drying.

Removing the old toilet

Make sure that you have switched off the water supply to the toilet, then, using protective gloves for hygienic purposes, scoop out the remaining water from both the cistern and bowl. You can then loosen the bolts holding the cistern in place, detach the pipe and lift it off the bowl and away from the wall. Then remove the bolts holding the unit in place and loosen the sealant on the pedestal by working it back and forth until it lifts away.

Clean the area and prepare it for a new installation

Scrape away any remaining sealant and don’t hold back on the bleach. Make sure the whole area is clean, bacteria and mould free, and properly dry in preparation for the new installation. It’s also a god idea to ’plug’ the open drainpipe with a towel or heavy rag to stop gasses and smells escaping from the sewer.

Install the new toilet

Once the area is clean and completely dry, you must replace the old flange around the pipe with a new one. Drive the mounting bolts through the new flange into the floor, making sure it’s fixed in place and then place a new wax ring around the opening. You can now put the new pedestal in place. Seal the entire area where the pedestal connects with the floor with fresh sealant, ensuring that it is level, that there are no gaps and that the pedestal doesn’t move.

You can then put bolts the through the base and tank and attach the rest of the installation to the pedestal and bolt the cistern to the wall.

There are a few potentially tricky details involved, so contact Showroom Condition today for advice and assistance on installing a new toilet, or for our handyman services in Gauteng, and let us ‘do the dirty work’ for you.

How to drill a hole in a ceramic tile

Drilling hole in a tile is simple if you know what you are doing, but it’s hard to do it without cracking the tile if you don’t, or if you are inexperienced. As a handyman with a great deal of experience offering handyman services in Johannesburg, Gauteng, I know exactly what you need, and what you need to do.

Have what you need ready

You need quite a few items at the ready to do it, and it’s better to have them at hand than to go hunting around, so get the following things from your DIY shop if don’t already have them. You’ll need a good quality electric drill and drill bit a solid piece of wood that just bigger than the tile, a soft pencil, tub of water, rag, stiff measure and masking tape.

Your drill bit is your most important consideration

Your drill bit must be either a diamond tip or carbide-tip masonry tip. An ordinary ‘cheap’ drill bit won’t do the job. It’s simply not able to drill through the hard glazed, ceramic surface cleanly enough, and the result will be cracking if you manage to drill through it at all.

Step-by-step instructions

Mark your drill point, covering it with masking tape, and mark the tape with the pencil where you need to drill. Drill a hole through the piece of wood and place it on the tile with the hole over the pencil mark. Drill slowly, holding the wood in place with your other hand, and applying a constant, firm pressure. Every so often, cool the drill bit with water to stop it overheating. Be careful – remember you are using an electric drill so use the rag. Be patient, and before you know it, it’s done.

Of course, you can always get hire a handyman to do it for you or give us a call for advice and assistance. Contact Showroom Condition for handyman services in Gauteng today.

Get the right handyman in your home today!

Is your house or property looking a little shabby in some parts or are you battling to get that professional finishing touch with your new hanging wall cabinet? Are you running out of time or simply not sure on how to polish off the job? We think you may be in the need of a professional handyman expert.

We, at Showroom Condition offer a wide range from common handyman service to steel fabrication services. We don’t stop there either, if you need brick laying, plaster work, dry walling or preparation of foundations of, we do it all and much, much more.

We have put together a list of some of our services we offer.

Our Handyman services in Gauteng:

  • Fit LCD / Plasma TV bracket
  • Fit shelves
  • Hang pictures
  • Hang paintings
  • Hang mirrors
  • Hang curtains
  • Fit curtain poles
  • Fit blinds
  • Fit shower and bath screens
  • Fit locks hinges and handles
  • Plain warped and swollen doors
  • Fit stair gates
  • Fit childproofing products
  • Assemble flat pack furniture
  • Rubbish clearance
  • Fit laminate flooring
  • Install fire alarms
  • Install carbon monoxide alarms
  • Moving heavy awkward furniture
  • Boxing in pipe work
  • Tidy cables
  • Expanded ceilings

We do it all so you don’t have to! If there is something we have left off our list, please don’t hesitate to contact us, and one of our handy handymen will come to your rescue!

Contact us today!

We have taken the guessing and frustration out of your handyman home needs. A quick call to us or a visit from an expert Showroom Condition Handyman is all it will take for us to help you with your renovations or your repair needs. We have the skills to get the job done for you.

Get a handyman to fix all the nitty-gritties this New Year

The New Year is upon us and whether you’re winding down after a fantastically relaxing holiday or you’re already back to the grind, you’ve probably got a niggling feeling about all the things you could have fixed in and around the home during your downtime. Many people think they’re going to have heaps of time to spend on DIY projects during the festive season, but parties, celebrations and just generally blowing off steam often takes precedence. I don’t blame you.

If you’ve got a bunch of things which need to be done in and around the home, why not outsource the entire job to the team at Showroom Condition? We do everything from house painting, plumbing and electrical work to smaller handyman jobs such as hanging paintings and fixing curtain railings. You can give us a long list of to-dos and we can take all the admin off your hands.

Benefits of hiring a handyman:

  • Know that the job will get done. You’re busy and your weekends are basically full. Instead of procrastinating about childproofing your home, or fixing electrical sockets, you can get the job done this week by hiring a handyman.
  • Don’t risk injuries. Any handyman job can be potentially dangerous. You could hurt your back when moving heavy or awkward furniture around the home, or you could fall off a ladder while waterproofing your roof. When you hire a handyman, you’re keeping yourself and your family members safe.
  • Get the pros to do the job. Many of the people we work with are skilled DIY-ers, but they don’t necessarily know about all the intricacies involved with every handyman job. When you partner with Showroom Condition, you’ve got a team of experts to get the job done for you.

Contact Showroom Condition today.

Handyman Services in Gauteng

So you’ve bought an LCD Plasma TV and you have no idea (or no time) to fit the bracket on the wall? Handyman services in Guateng is exactly what you need! At Showroom Conditions, we help with anything from hanging paintings and fitting TV wall mounted brackets to fitting shelves, childproof products and moving heavy, awkward furniture.

My team and I are kind of like a group of Musketeers – we come, we fix, we conquer, thereby freeing up your time and making sure your home stays in mint condition!

Maintaining your investment

After an amount of time, any house or building will require routine repairs and handyman services. Whether for renovations or repairs, the upkeep of your property is essential to add value to your investment.

Many people procrastinate when it comes to doing routine household repairs – it’s time consuming, you’re not sure how to go about it, you haven’t got the tools and you don’t know what it’s going to cost. I’ve taken the guessing (and the frustration) out of the entire process: give me a call to tell me what you need done and I will either give you a quick quote over the phone or pop over to assess what needs to be fixed. Either way, you can rest assured that I’ll be upfront about all costs and transparent about what you’re paying for.

The kind of handyman services we do

Handyman servicesfrom Showroom Condition range from shelve fitment to door hanging. I’ve drawn up a list of some of our most common requests, but if you don’t find what you need here don’t assume that we can’t take care of it for you (give me a call and we’ll make a plan).

  • Fit LCD / Plasma TV bracket
  • Fit shelves
  • Hang pictures
  • Hang paintings
  • Hang mirrors
  • Hang curtains
  • Fit curtain poles
  • Fit blinds
  • Fit shower and bath screens
  • Fit locks hinges and handles
  • Plain warped and swollen doors
  • Fit stair gates
  • Fit childproofing products
  • Assemble flat pack furniture
  • Rubbish clearance
  • Fit laminate flooring
  • Install fire alarms
  • Install carbon monoxide alarms
  • Moving heavy awkward furniture
  • Boxing in pipe work
  • Tidy cables
  • Expanded ceilings
  • Installing new shading nets
  • Fit new doors
  • Repairs to roller doors
  • Installation of roller doors
  • Replace broken windows

Steel services

Unlike most handymen in Gauteng, we are also able to offer a range of steel fabrication services. We take care of every aspect of steel fabrication – from the sourcing of materials to installing your finished burglar bars or security gates. Some of the things we can do for you:

  • Security gates
  • Automation gates
  • Sliding gates
  • Burglar barriers
  • Steel palisades
  • Staircase balustrades
  • Steel carports
  • Zozo hut manufacturing
  • Steel structures
  • Storage shelves

We also offer a range of building services, like brick laying, plaster work, dry walling, preparations of foundations, reinforced flooring, overhead slabs, wall chasing and general renovations. Whatever you need done – we can do it!

Showroom Condition has the experience and enthusiasm to handle your project from the quote to sign-off. Connecting with experienced industry professionals has simply never been easier.

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