Here's Two Environmentally Friendly Ways to Save Water!
Make Old Toilet More Efficient
older toilets hold anywhere from 3.5 to 7 gallons of water. The newer
models are made more efficient by only using 1.5 to 3 gallons per flush.
But not everybody can afford to buy a new toilet right away. And
chances are you will need a plumber to install it. You can use this as a
temporary fix to permanently save money. This really costs nothing and
can save loads on the energy bills.
• Get a clean, used 12 oz. plastic water bottle or two. Be sure to remove any paper or exterior labels.
• Fill your dry water bottle with sand.
• Place the lid on the water bottle and be sure bottle is dry and sealed.
• Remove the lid to the water tank on your toilet.
• Flush your toilet so that the tank is nearly empty and immediately place your filled bottle(s) into the tank.
Check to ensure that the bottle is not floating and is not blocking
your stopper. Additionally, verify that the water is properly shutting
off when the tank is full. Replace the lid on the toilet water tank.
• If your tank is larger, you can try a larger bottle.
For more on this project, go to EHow.com and see this Associated Content article. Copyright 2010 CBS. All rights reserved.
Updated Bathroom Faucet
simple faucet replacement can easily update the look of a bath or
kitchen without having to spend a fortune. Faucets run anywhere from $30
and up and can be installed in less than an hour.
• Using a wrench, take the old faucet from the sink and take it to the store with you to be sure to purchase a proper replacement
• Remove any old plumber's putty or caulk
• Add new faucet with gasket or plumber's putty
• Add Teflon tape to the hookups for a tight fit
• Tighten down the nuts being careful not to twist the hookups.
most important thing to keep you from running back and forth to the
hardware store is to make sure you have the proper size. I recommend
taking the old one off and taking it with you to the store. You'll need
an adjustable wrench and this basin wrench to get up into the tight
spaces. Make sure you have turned off the water supply and drained out
the sink before you do this or you'll end up with water everywhere. A
TOOL WORTH IT'S WEIGHT IN GOLD IS CALLED A BASIN WRENCH. IT COSTS $12.
For more on this project, go to Easy2DIY.com and DoItYourself.com.
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