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DIY Tips to Reduce Bathroom Remodeling Costs

It is not always affordable or practical to spend a lot of money on a large bathroom remodel. You can reduce remodeling costs in many ways to enjoy a big savings and you will still get all the changes you want. A well remodeled bathroom can look like a million bucks, without you actually spending much on it. Use this tips and simple remodeling ideas to save on costs.

Those remodeling you can do yourself

Most homeowners do not have great knowledge of plumbing or electricity, but there are still plenty of ways you can change the look of the bathroom. To save money on a remodeling job, the best thing you can do is do as much of the work yourself as possible.

Revamping the wall

You will need an expert if you want to move walls in the room as it is dangerous to remove load-bearing walls. You can create in-wall storage, however, by knocking out the drywall and exposing the studs. This is a doable work that you can easily do by yourself.

Use a keyhole saw and a hammer to remove a section of drywall in a square. Make sure not to cut into the wooden supports that create the frame of the wall. Now, fill the square with shelves, then block the gaps at the top and bottom with a 2 by 4 across the stud bay. You can then paint it to match the rest of the room.

Change colors

A fresh coat will do wonders for any room. Pick a bright, light color so as to make the room appear larger. To freshen up the entire room, paint the trim and walls. You should lay drop cloths all over the floor and fixtures before you start painting. Also, apply painters tape along walls and tile borders.

Little touches

Purchase new vent covers, switch plates and towel rods. All these items are easy to remove and reinstall. If you make use of a power drill, the work will be faster. Prior to painting, remove the old stuff and replace them with the new material once the paint has dried.


Although you can’t do all the work yourself, if you only do the legwork, you can save yourself some money. If you are planning to replace fixtures in the bathroom, like the toilet and the faucets, look around and price these items out yourself as a contractor may charge you more for these items. Make comparisons and purchase the materials yourself to save some cash.


This is another post inspired by an article writing by a St. Louis bathroom remodeling expert, presented during their new product launch late last year.

A toilet flange is what connects the bottom of the toilet to the drainpipe that is in the bathroom floor. You may need to replace your toilet flange if you notice your toilet is leaking from the base.

The steps to take in repairing a toilet flange includes:

1. Place towels or newspapers on the ground adjacent to the bathroom so as to place the toilet on it after you’ve disconnected it from the flange.

2. Turn water supply to the toilet off.

3. The water supply hose should be disconnected.

4. Make sure you flush the toilet until it’s empty.

5. Either by hand or with the use of a wrench, loosen the two nuts that attach the toilet to the floor. Place them in a place where it can be easily found when you want to it re-attach the toilet later.

6. Remove the toilet and place it on the towels or newspapers that you’ve already placed on the floor.

7. Use a putty knife to clean the wax from the flange seal.

8. With a screwdriver, remove the screws attaching the flange to the floor

9. Remove the flange and then clean it off with a disinfecting wipe or in a sink.

10. The diameter of the sewer pipe should be measured using a tape measure so as to know the correct size for the flange.

11. Take the flange to a hardware store or a plumbing supply store. Purchase a new flange with the same size and shape of the one you measured.

12. Get a new wax ring along with your new flange.

13. The new flange should be secured to the floor with the new bolts. These bolts will hold the flange against the bottom of the toilet.

14. Use a screwdriver to screw the new flange to the floor with the new screws from the product package.

15. Lift up the toilet, set the new wax ring into place on the bottom.

16. Put the toilet on top of the new flange, line up the toilet with the new bolts. To seal the wax ring, press down the toilet tightly.

17. Put in the nuts which hold the toilet to the flange. Tighten them with your hand before you use a wrench to secure them tightly

18. Reconnect the water supply hose and turn water supply to the toilet on.

19. Flush the toilet to ensure that the toilet is now working properly with no leaks.


Basement remodeling in St. Louis has grown to a high pick as of recent, and its very obvious some home owners don’t know some simple hacks, like replacing bulkhead doors, etc; I will be discussing on how to replace a bulkhead doors of your basement without hiring an expert.

To replace your basement bulkhead doors, follow these steps:

1. Use a right angle grinder that is fitted with a cutoff wheel to cut through the hinges on the old bulkhead door. Remove both doors.

2. A grinder should be used to grind off the screw heads from the brackets securing the bulkhead to the foundation.

3. The metal frame of the old bulkhead should be pried off.

4. Do not disturb the existing flashing when removing the header that is along the top of the opening.

5. Using a ½-inch drill and a mixing paddle, mix up a batch of grout.

6. Brush water liberally onto the exposed concrete foundation that is around the opening for the bulkhead.

7. With a pointed brick trowel, apply grout along the top of the foundation walls. Make sure you fill all cracks and voids.

8. Immediately the grout cures, cut pressure-treated 2×10 sills and install to the top of the foundation wall. The sills must be screwed to the house framing.

9. Using masonry screws, fasten the 2×10 sills to the top of the foundation. Drill clearance holes through the 2×10 sills and use a hammer-drill to bore pilot holes down into the concrete foundation.

10. Drive a 3-inch masonry screw into each pilot hole using a cordless drill.

11. Across the bottom of the bulkhead opening, install a pressure-treated 2×6 sill.

12. The 2x10s sills should be cut to length, flush with the bottom sill.

13. To start the installation of the new bulkhead door, set the bottom foundation plate across the bottom of the opening.

14. The foundation plate should be marked to the proper length and then cut with the grinder.

15. The next step is to use the grinder in cutting the two side foundation plates to length.

16. Now remove the foundation plates and apply a self-stick membrane to the surfaces of all the pressure-treated sills.

17. A coat of metal primer should be sprayed onto ends of the foundation plates that is freshly cut.

18. The foundation plate should be set on top of the pressure-treated sills.

19. Along the flashing at the opening top, apply a thick bead of silicone sealant.

20. Slide the metal header of the bulkhead underneath the flashing. Press it down into the silicone sealant.

21. Place the door frame on the foundation plates and secure with bolts and nuts.

22. After doing this, pilot holes should be drilled through the foundation plates. With sheet-metal screws, secure the door frame.

23. Trim off the excess flashing across the top of the bulkhead door with a utility knife.

24. Put a little silicone sealant across the header, then press the flashing down into the sealant.

25. At this point, install the bulkhead doors. Then close the doors to confirm if they are square in the opening.

26. If you are satisfied with the doors’ fit, completely screw down the door frame.

27. To the inside of each door, attach the torsion springs.

28. Silicone sealant should be applied around the inside and outside perimeter of both door.

29. Primer should be sprayed on exposed screw-heads.

30. Coat the new bulkhead doors with exterior-grade oil-based paint.


1. Assess the perimeter of your house. You have to make sure that the ground next to the foundation of your house slopes away from the foundation and not towards it. Add dirt up against the foundation so as to create at least a 2 inches per foot slope against the foundation if necessary. Ensure the top of the dirt is six inches below the sill plate, so that there is no ground contact which may eventually cause some of the building materials to rot or decay in the future.

2. Make sure the gutters are clean and also that your downspouts are discharging water at least 1.5 m away from the foundation.

3. Beware of shrubs and some other plants that may be too close to your foundation. Roots that are rooted can create a trail for surface water to flow down to the foundation of your home. Always keep plantings at least 12 inches away from your foundation and on a slight slope so as to direct water away from your foundation.

4. Waterproof your walls with products such as Xypex or drylok if you have minor and intermittent leaks. Drylok is a waterproofer that expands as it dries to become part of the wall while Xypex is like applying waterproof concrete on a surface.

5. Repair defects such as cracks in poured concrete walls. If a crack is seen in a concrete wall, know that it will go all the way through the wall to the outside and this will cause water to enter. DRYLOK Fast Plug is very good in sealing cracks in the masonry. Also, you can use an injection of construction-grade epoxy which will penetrate the crack all the way from inside to outside and bottom to top. Ideally, a professional crack repair technician will be in the best position for this.

6. Use a French or perimeter drain for serious water problems. A French drain comprises of a continuous system of piping, that runs beneath the basement floor and along the entire perimeter of the basement. Installation of a French drain is similar to that of sump, but it requires cutting and removing approximately 12 inches wide strip of basement floor along the whole basement perimeter, digging a 12 inches deep trench, then filling it with coarse gravel that surrounds the drain pipe, then re-pouring a concrete floor to cover everything up.

Thanks for reading and i hope you enjoyed the post; for effectiveness and earlier prevention of water lick in your basement, it is advisable you follow this  guide especially when you are building or remodeling your basement


St. Peters painting contractor

Credit: Deck finish

You have to first think about the color you want and then consider different shades of the color you’ve chosen. Take home some samples and try them out in a place where it will not be noticed. After setting the tone, shade or tint of the chosen color, consider the sheen that suits your needs. Almost every deck looks okay with a flat sheen, though it might differ in your own case.

Find out how durable the stain is and how easy it is to apply. Most times, water repellents are the easiest to apply. After taking a sample home and it has been applied to a small area, go with it if you are satisfied.

Also, look for products that has low VOC’s, that is volatile Organic Compounds, whenever possible.

These are the basic types of deck stain opacities:

1. Natural or clear:

This highlights the true color of the wood and makes it possible for you to see all of the wood grain. It is a great choice if you are protecting cedar, Ipe, redwoods or teak. These woods are more expensive than some other types of woods such as pine. This clear finish will allow the wood grain to weather whatever tone comes natural. Note that you need to re-apply clear protectants every couple of years.

2. Tinted Deck Stains:

These stains gives a little change in color to the natural wood color. You might want to consider tinted stains if you have never stained your deck before. This is because it is very subtle and it is quite hard to screw up during application. It will hardly be noticed if you accidentally double up on the same section of the board. Tinted deck stains should be re-applied every 2-3 years.

3. Semitransparent Deck Stains:

Semitransparent stain have more heavier doses of pigmentation added to them, though the wood grain will still show through. This hue of deck stain is recommended for older decks that has had few boards replaced along the way. This hue will make all the boards seem more uniform. It should be re-applied every 3-5 years.

4. Solid Deck Stains:

This is recommended for older decks so as to hide their imperfections, damaged areas, wear and tear. With this type of stain, wood grain will not show through. Though, the wood grain texture will be seen and it will have all the divots but the streaks from pressure washers will not be visible . Re-apply every 5 years.

That’s basically what’s involved, and remember that once you get this right, every other process wont be a big deal, Thanks for reading, and don’t forget to drop any question regarding your home painting, am a certified St. Peters painting contractor and I know a few nuts I can help you tighten. 🙂

Things to Do During Home Remodeling

In case you are interested in home remodeling you should plan firsthand about the kind of remodeling that you wish to do because not all of them are beneficial for you. One example of a beneficial home remodeling project is reinforcing the protection around your house just before winter, such as plugging up any hole in the walls. The protection that you pick will majorly affect the vitality productivity of your home and will likewise influence the general cost of your venture. Be mindful so as to measure the greater part of your protection alternatives before pushing ahead.

Some Important Things to Do During Home Remodeling

Higher quality protection might be a vast forthright venture, however, will diminish your month to month vitality costs later on.Before you complete your dividers, you have to plan and introduce wiring. This is the best time to put in new electrical frameworks, for example, security gear, radios, home excitement frameworks, new outlets, and other plan components that require power. Having the greater part of this arranged and introduced amid the remodeling process will allow it to be much less demanding to finish before the drywall is done.

This obviously, conveys us to drywall. Prior to the time when the drywall is introduced, you can choose in the event that you need to join any unique plan components, for example, recessed lighting. Notwithstanding paint and other materials, make sure to consider the expenses connected with introducing drywall as you plan your rebuild.A house redesign is an amazing time to overhaul your warming and aerating and cooling hardware. You should recollect obliging HVAC gear and ventilation work inside your redesign plans. Your temporary worker can help you to make arrangements that will settle on decisions that will permit your framework to run proficiently and successfully and saving you energy bills.


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