How to Setup a New Aquarium

Carefully lift the tank into position on top of the styrofoam, making sure it is square with the base. If undergravel filtration has been chosen, the bottom of the tank should be More »

How to Select and Organize a Campsite while Backpacking

Once you arrive at the place where you plan to spend the night, look around for a good area to pitch your tent. You’ll want to avoid obvious drainages (low points that More »

How to Prepare a New Tank

Once the decision to purchase a fish tank has been made, it is easy to get carried away by the excitement, and completely disregard advance planning; and we must stress once again More »

How to Plan a Backpacking Trip Food Menu

Breakfast: Hot cereals are a popular choice. Use one pot to boil water for coffee, hot cocoa or tea, followed by adding enough oatmeal, cream of wheat, etc. for a whole family. More »

How to Pack a Backpack

For years, we taught beginning backpack students to carry no more than 25% of their body weight in their backpack, but this generalization no longer holds true. For a small inexperienced backpacker, More »

Category Archives: Home Improvement

How to Replace Soil Plumbing Pipes

Soil pipes are replaced in the same way as plastic waste pipes but are much bigger – about 100mm (4in) in diameter- so they take longer to fit. They also have some different fittings, such as a soil branch for use where the outlet pipe joins the stack, and access fittings with bolted removable plates

How to Replace Broken Window Sash Cords

Older wood windows have a system involving ropes, pulleys, and weights that makes the windows easier to raise and lower, and also lets the window stay in any position along the track. The ropes are attached on either side of the moving sash. Each rope extends up and over a pulley in the upper part

How to Replace a Window Pane

No matter what time of year, kids across the country are trying to set a new home-run record or complete a screen pass. Usually the thing that breaks is not a record, but a windowpane when the ball hits it. Putting in a new pane is painless-we’ll lead you through it: 1. Wearing gloves and

How to Replace a Washer

Conventional pillar tap – This is the basic type of tap design and provides a good example of the procedure to follow when replacing a washer. These taps are commonly used for the hot and cold water supply over the kitchen sink and in this position they are probably the most frequently used taps in

How to Remove an Old Window

Old single-pane windows of poor quality probably need to be replaced. You can get your money back in energy savings. In many cases you can opt for windows that will never have to be painted … a saving in time and money. Your home may look a lot more beautiful, and the new windows may

How to Remove an Old Radiator

One of the great deterrents to anyone wanting to remove a radiator is the prospect of having to drain the whole system. However, this won’t be necessary provided the radiator to be replaced has a valve at both the hot water inlet and the outlet. Once these are closed, you’ll be able to keep virtually

How to Locate Wall Studs

There are several ways that are almost as good as having X-ray vision when it comes to locating studs behind the wall. Take your pick of these locator tips. It’s best to try in the center of the wall as opposed to the ends. 1. Electronic stud finders are probably best. They sense mass and

How to Install a Deadbolt

Rather than replace the old locksets, we suggest you install a deadbolt cylinder lock above the old unit. The two locks may cause you to spend a little extra time getting in, but that gives you extra protection. Here are the installation steps: 1. Be sure the new lock has a paper template to let

How to Improve Domestic Plumbing System by Joining New Pipework into Old

Improvements or additions to a domestic plumbing system inevitably involve joining new pipework into old. How you do this depends largely upon whether the existing pipework is made of lead, iron or more modern materials -copper, polythene or even unplasticised PVC. The principle of joining into existing pipework is quite straightforward. You decide where you

How to Fix a Leaky Basement

The most common basement problem is moisture, and that moisture doesn’t have to be the result of a flooded basement to cause trouble. A damp basement can ruin items stored, can cause mildew and other fungal growth, and can make conversion of the basement into living space a little iffy. A basement may be damp

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