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: Repair

How to Repair Window Blinds

Venetian blinds and mini-blinds are a lot alike. Repairs are easier than you think. The most common problems are with the cords. So, let’s start with them. The cords often look like a maze, but if you lay the unit out on the floor face down, you can make a simple drawing of the route

How to Repair Vinyl Floors

What some folks still refer to as linoleum is mostly vinyl. It’s beautiful, sturdy, is mostly water- and stainproof, and is practically maintenance-free. This flooring is available as tiles or as sheet goods. Sheet good often means an entire room can be covered with no seams. With a vinyl tile floor, the room is a

How to Repair Holes in the Wall

There are many ways to get holes in the wall. There’s the doorknob hole from a too exuberant opening of the door. The doorknob makes a hole about the same size as a fist-sized hole. There are even bigger holes like the one caused by a runaway tricycle crashing through the wall. Patching any of

How to Repair Ceilings

Most residential ceilings are either drywall or plaster. Many of the same things that happen to walls also befall ceilings. The same general idea applies to ceiling repairs. However, dealing with the ceiling must often be done while you’re on a ladder and in an awkward position. Also, there is the additional problem of fighting

How to Repair a Refrigerator

There are refrigerators that are twenty years old that are still on the job. Even though they have hundreds of parts, refrigerators are among the longest lasting of appliances. If you want yours to continue to be trouble free, here are several TLC steps to keep it working well. 1. Clean the condenser coils regularly.

How to Repair a Plumbing Capillary Joint

Poor initial soldering is usually the reason why a capillary fitting leaks. You can try and rectify this by ‘sweating’ in some more solder but if this doesn’t work you’ll have to remake the joint. Play the flame of the blow-torch over the fitting and pipe until the solder begins to run from the joint.

How to Repair a Faucet Valve Seat

Sometimes a tap will continue to drip although you’ve changed the washer. This is usually because the valve seating has become scored and damaged by grit from the mains, so the washer can’t make a watertight connection. You can use a reseating tool to put the problem right. This entails removing the headgear after the

How to Repair a Copper Pipe

If you get very deeply into plumbing repair, you may get involved with pipes. The materials used include copper, plastic, galvanized steel, and cast iron. The type you have in your home is probably governed by what your local plumbing codes find acceptable, so we won’t cover all pipes known to man. Copper – One

How to Repair a Ball Valve

1 The first thing you do when faced with a faulty Portsmouth valve is examine the piston. In order to get at it you will first have to remove the float arm. 2 Then unscrew the retaining cap and push out the piston. Do this by inserting a screwdriver into the slot in the underside

How to Remove Old Basin Taps

When replacing old taps with new ones the most difficult part of the job is likely to be – as with so many plumbing operations removing the old fittings Let’s first consider wash basin taps. You must, of course, cut off the hot and cold water supplies to the basin. The best way of doing

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