Grout, Mirror, Lighting, Tile, Flooring, Faucet

When you watch remodeling shows on TV, you can get the impression that anything’s possible. A shower big enough for a farm animal, an increase in home value that’s higher than some lottery payouts, a window-​facing jacuzzi tub with “Best House on the Block” printed on the side in diamonds. All of that is potentially achievable—and probably the reason you want to renovate your bathroom—but you should be aware that a gut renovation is a big, ugly job. The bathroom may take up the smallest footprint, but it’s the most complex room in your home, served by vents, water lines, waste lines, and electricity lines—most of which will try to kill you if you don’t know what you’re doing. (The vents are probably safe.)

If you want to tackle a bathroom reno, you’ve got two options. OK, three, if you’re a professional plumber, or a home flipper with a television show: Put a dumpster on the lawn and have at it. Otherwise, you can buy your new bathroom by hiring a contractor. Or, you can dramatically improve the appearance and function of your bathroom by cleaning, repainting, or focusing on key projects that require only basic plumbing and electrical skills. Here’s how.



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1. Regrout and Recaulk

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Tools and Materials

  • Grout saw
  • Carbide-tip scoring tool
  • Grout Grout float
  • Grout and tile sealer
  • Plastic brush
  • Sponge
  • Tub and tile caulk
  • Caulk gun
  • Utility knife

    If the grout in your bathroom is discolored but sound, you don’t need to replace it. It just needs a thorough cleaning with a pro-grade tile and grout cleaner, such as the Aqua Mix line by Custom Building Products. If it’s truly foul, the nuclear option would be to scrub dingy tile and grout with a white Scotch-Brite pad, and a mixture of two products from Custom Building Products: Aqua Mix NanoScrub and Aqua Mix Heavy-Duty Tile & Grout Cleaner. If this won’t clean it, nothing will. After cleaning, seal with Aqua Mix Grout Sealer.

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    (1) If grout is flaking out of the joints, rake them out with a carbide-grit grout saw or a carbide scraper. For a narrow joint, less than 1/8 inch, you can also use a carbide-tip scoring tool, a type of knife normally used to score cement board. In either case, sweep dust out of the joints with a clean plastic brush, then wipe the surface with a damp sponge or clean cloth and let dry. (2) Apply fresh grout over the whole area, moving your float over the joints at a 45-degree angle. Wipe off up any excess. (3) When the grout has dried, use a tile sponge and water to wipe any grout haze off the tile. When all is clean and dry, reseal the entire surface.

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    To replace a caulked joint, use a

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    Global Kitchen Faucet Market Comprehensive Insight by Growth Rate, Trends, Industry Status, Key Players Forecast till 2026

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    Sep 10, 2020 (The Expresswire) —
    The global “Kitchen Faucets Market” is expected to rise with an impressive CAGR and generate the highest revenue by 2026. Fortune Business Insights™ in its latest report published this information. The report is titled “Kitchen Faucets Market Size, Share and Industry Analysis By Product (Pull-Down Faucet, Pull-Out Faucet, Hands-Free, Bar Faucets, Pot Filters, Faucet with side Spray), By Installation Type (Deck Mount, Wall Mount), By Material (Chrome, Stainless Steel, Bronze, Plastic), By Number of Faucet Holes (One, Two, Three, Four) and Regional Forecast, 2018-2025”. The report discusses research objectives, research scope, methodology, timeline and challenges during the entire forecast period.

    The report evaluates the important characteristics of the market based on present industry scenarios, market demands and business strategies. Also the research report separates the industry based on the Kitchen Faucets Market share, types, applications, growth factor, key players and regions.

    An Overview of the Impact of COVID-19 on this Market:

    The emergence of COVID-19 has brought the world to a standstill. We understand that this health crisis has brought an unprecedented impact on businesses across industries. However, this too shall pass. Rising support from governments and several companies can help in the fight against this highly contagious disease. There are some industries that are struggling and some are thriving. Overall, almost every sector is anticipated to be impacted by the pandemic.

    We are making continuous efforts to help your business sustain and grow during COVID-19 pandemics. Based on our experience and expertise, we will offer you an impact analysis of coronavirus outbreak across industries to help you prepare for the future.

    Get a Sample Copy of the Report at -https://www.fortunebusinessinsights.com/enquiry/request-sample-pdf/100455

    List of Top Key Manufacturers for Kitchen Faucets Market:

    • Lixil Group Corporation
    • Hansgrohe Group
    • Masco Corporation
    • Fortune Brands
    • Spectrum Bands
    • TOTO
    • Roca Sanitario
    • Jaquar Group

    “Koehler’s Cloud-based Konnect Platform Sets New Standards in the Faucets Industry”

    Jaquar Group, Lixil Group Corporation, Masco Corporation, Hansgrohe Group, Spectrum Bands, Fortune Brands, Roca Sanitario, S.A., and TOTO are some of the leading players operating in the global kitchen faucets market. Several large and small scale players are planning to set up manufacturing units in order to upgrade their production processes. In addition to this, manufacturers are trying to target the urban population by introducing premium kitchen faucets products such as faucet taps in the market. In 2018, Koehler announced the introduction of Koehler Konnect Platform. This platform is based on Microsoft’s Azure platform enabled with the internet of things (IoT) cloud solutions. Koehler’s products consist of Sensate faucet which operates on voice commands or touch-screen interactions. This platform allows a user to monitor water usage and track its consumption on a daily basis. Other companies are also working on developing new kitchen faucets to survive the competition.

    Some of the Key Questions Answered in this Report:

    • Detailed Overview of Kitchen Faucets Market will help deliver clients and businesses making strategies.
    • Influencing factors that
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    How To Repair A Leaking Kitchen Faucet – Washer Type

    There are literally hundreds, if not thousands of different kitchen faucet makes and models that available today. This can be fun and exciting when your shopping for a faucet but can be equally overwhelming and confusing if you need to repair one.

    Mechanically speaking, there are basically two types of kitchen sink faucets:

    • Washer type faucets (also called compression)
    • Washer-less faucets

    Today, you are going to learn about how to repair a leaking kitchen faucet that has a washer. Washer type faucets come with a rubber washer that seals against a valve seat. When the rubber washer hardens, or wears out, or the seat itself wears down, this can often cause the faucet to leak. You can tighten the faucet which may slow down or even stop the leakage, but it can also cause internal damage that may result in having to buy a new kitchen sink faucet.

    Fix Your Dripping Faucet In Six Simple Steps

    1. Shut Off Your Water Supply
    2. Take Your Kitchen Sink Faucet Apart
    3. Examine Kitchen Faucet Parts
    4. Replace Worn Out Faucet Parts If Needed
    5. Re-face Washer Seat If Needed
    6. Reinstall kitchen Faucet

    To repair your leaky faucet, the first step is to shut off your water supply. First, look to see if there is a shut off valve under the fixture, if not there, then you can always turn off the hot water supply right at your water heater.

    Okay, once your water supply is turned off, you will want to take your kitchen sink faucet apart. This is done by removing the handles. First loosen the screws with a Phillips screwdriver. The screw is usually underneath an ornamental cap. You will need to first get the cap off and you can do this by either screwing it off or gently prying at it with a butter knife. If necessary, you can use pliers to take off the faucet caps…if you use this method, you can protect them with electrical tape or even cloth so you won’t harm the finish.

    When you lift up the handle, you will be able to unscrew the packing nut and this will expose the rest of the kitchen faucet. You will want to make sure you remove the faucet stem by rotating it in the “on” direction, or you will risk stripping the threads.

    Okay now that you have your faucet torn apart, it is time to examine your kitchen faucet parts. A compression kitchen faucet (washer-type) has the falling parts:

    • Cap
    • Handle screw
    • Handle
    • Stem nut
    • Packing nut
    • Stem
    • Packing nut
    • Threads
    • Seat washer
    • Washer screw
    • Valve Seat
    • Faucet Body

    Start by examining the stem to make sure that the threads are not badly worn our or eroded. (you may need to replace the stem if the threads are worn out)

    Sometimes, the cause of a leaking faucet, can be the washer. You will find the washer on the lower end of the stem. It is usually held in place by a brass screw. If the washer

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    Remodeling Your Bathroom – What Does a 4 Inch Spread Faucet Say About Your Home?

    Before I entered into the Kitchen & Bath industry I never thought about the difference between a 4″ spread faucet and an 8″ spread faucet. I grew up in a small, rural town and honestly can’t remember the type of faucet in any house I had seen, including my own. My parents built a new house in the late 70’s so I’m sure all the faucets were 4″ spread or also known as mini faucets. I really never looked or knew the difference.

    Even in my 20’s, I owned my home and did a low budget renovation. I had to aleve myself of the 50’s blue from Kohler. Oddly, I don’t really know the official name of the color. I went to Home Depot and bought a new pedestal sink. It had a 4″ spread faucet hole drilling. I thought I was really ‘upgrading’. It definitely was an upgrade but if I had known in advance with a little extra money it would have made a bigger difference.

    What is the big deal whether you have a 4″ and 8″ spread faucet? And for many of us… what does that mean anyway! A sink or countertop will determine the faucet spread you need. Holes are drilled to accommodate the faucet. Look at the hole drillings. If you put a measuring tape up to the holes there will be either a 4″ or 8″ spread between them. Please note that in all plumbing situations, you measure from the center of the hole and not the right or left of the hole. All plumbing measures are made from the center of the hole.

    The upside with purchasing an 8 inch spread or also know as a widespread faucet is that it tends to be known as ‘higher end’. It means you took your renovation seriously. Perhaps these issues are not important to you and that’s fine. So let’s look at the more practical reasons to choose between the two faucet types.

    1. It’s usually harder to clean an 8″ spread faucet because there are three separate flanges to clean. With a 4″ spread faucet there is normally a single bottom plate to clean around.

    2. The quality of an 8″ spread faucet is usually better than a 4″ faucet. I should state is more than usually better. Between the function and finish the 8″ spread should usually win in the long run. Also, 4″ spread faucets are normally available in chrome only.

    3. Because of the first two points, a desire to achieve better things is the reason to get an 8″ faucet. Everyone wants to improve there lives and purchase nicer things when they are affordable.

    Now it is time for reality. Buy the faucet that you can afford. Have a budget. It doesn’t matter if you have 4″ or 8″ faucet. You don’t have to impress your friend, family and enemies with having the best things. If you can afford it then go for it. If not, enjoy the water …

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    Top Tips For Picking A Kitchen Faucet

    When designing your kitchen, you may be thinking about cabinet styles, flooring, and appliances when creating the look and feel. What many don't realize is that the kitchen sink can have a big role in your design. While it's only used for washing dishes, rinsing food, and washing your hands, the kitchen sink comes in many varieties.

    There are many common old styles that people go with but over the years the designs of kitchen faucets have expanded in look and function. Whether you are renovating, your old faucet is leaking, or you're ready for an update, here are the items to consider when choosing your kitchen faucet.

    Your Current Faucet and Sink

    Take a look at your sink to decide if you want to keep that when getting a new kitchen faucet. If you are going to keep the sink, then you'd be able to use the holes in the sink deck that are already in place. From there you can decide if you want to add a spray hose or sink dispenser.

    You may decide to get a new sink, especially if you're going from a deck-mounted faucet to a wall-mounted faucet. New faucets will range in on to four holes varieties. You can always purchase a faucet that includes a deck plate at the base to cover up old sink holes.

    If you choose a deck-mounted faucet, one that mounts directly to the countertop and not the sink, you'll get a seamless look but it'll take up countertop space. If you choose a wall-mounted faucet, make sure the distance the water projects will match your sink. It can make countertop cleanup easy but in colder weather you'll have to insulate against freezing.

    For those keeping your sink, make sure you choose a design that would go with the sink style. If you have a stainless-steel sink, it may not look right to add an antique-styled brass faucet.

    Where to Begin

    When you begin your search you'll have to make decisions between the spout type, height, and number of handles. Many people are choosing the pull-down spray attachment for the spout type, but you can always get a side-mounted spray hose. The height can range from 10 to 18 inches so choosing the right height would be based on your sink size. Finally, you can always get hot and cold handles but most pull-down faucets only have one handle.

    From there you can make decisions about how high-tech you want to go. Consider if you want or need to spend extra on any of the following:

    Hands-free operation

    Built-in water filters

    Touch-sensitive controls

    Spray volume control

    Water pause buttons

    Your spout style is something to consider. The "gooseneck" or high arc faucets are trending because it allows more room for cleaning large pots and pants. If you have a large sink then you may want something with a wider spray.

    Materials and Finishes

    Everyone will find they have their own style to put into their decision. Chrome-plated brass …

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