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.

Five Common House Painting Mistakes

House painting can be a huge undertaking but can done successfully with the right advice and guidance. Here are five common house painting mistakes made:

  1. Choosing the wrong colour – This is one of the biggest house painting mistakes that people make. There are a number of considerations when choosing the right colour for your home. One such example, is the natural and artificial lighting of your home. Test colours on your walls to get an idea of how lighting can change the colour you intend to use.
  1. Making simple mistakes – This happens all too often, forgetting to replace the lid on the paint can which results in a big mess, or not cleaning paint brushed directly after use are some examples of making simple, yet costly mistakes.
  1. Over-brushing – Woodwork, doors and cabinets often achieve the smoothest finish if you do not over-brush the area. Simply stroke your coat of paint and follow with one or two light strokes to finish off. Often over-brushing, especially when the paint has started to dry, leaves an uneven finish.
  1. Painting over glossy finishes – If you paint over a glossy or varnish surface your paint will cannot effectively stick to the surface. You can either sand over the surface, or as a time-saver option, you can opt for a liquid de-glosser.
  1. Painting in low light – Dim light does not work well for interior house painting. It might appear fine at first glance but once you draw the curtains or switch on artificial lighting, you will clearly see the imperfections.

By avoiding the above five common house painting mistakes, you can make any DIY painting job, a successful one.

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