Choosing bathroom trim moulding

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This article discusses the methods required for installing bathroom trim moulding.

One of the best decorative elements you can install in the bathroom is custom moulding. While this is not the easiest DIY project, it is well within the capabilities of a handy homeowner.

Selection is the first hurdle to overcome. That can be ultra-easy, maybe too easy. Some might just pick anything and slap it on. But the results will be disappointing. Take some time to explore the available choices. Envision the final result and how it integrates with the overall design scheme.

A classic Greek look, for example, will fit well with a marble floor and brass water fixtures. But it will be out of place in a Colonial setting. A dark English gentleman’s club style moulding will clash with a bathroom decorated in pastels and perfume bottles.

Once you have the right style, the project is straightforward. It just requires patience and careful workmanship.

Bathroom trim moulding can be ordered pre-cut to the proper length, complete with corner cuts. But rarely will the results be sufficiently exact. The reason is that the cuts will be made well in order to fit the pieces together at, say, 45∞ angles.

But few bathrooms are constructed so precisely. The moulding will either be flat against the wall and have a gap at the joint, or the joint will be perfect, but the pieces will shift away from the wall. To get them right for your bathroom some on-the-spot cutting is usually needed. But it’s easier to make one cut on a flat piece than shave a pre-cut piece, especially if the pre-cut is already stained.

Measure carefully the corners of your bathroom wherever you plan to place moulding. Not all are exactly 90∞. Don’t assume that the walls come together at the same angle at the floor as at the ceiling. It will be close, but not exact.

Corners can be cut precisely to your needs with a compound miter saw. If you don’t own one, you can mark the pieces to your exact specifications, then take them to the local Home Depot and have them cut. It’s always better to cut too little rather than too much. You can shave or sand small amounts during installation.

Allow also for the fact that walls are not always perfectly flat. Some adjustments will be needed for walls that bow or scoop slightly. That can be handled by carefully shaving the back of the moulding. But it’s easier to use somewhat flexible material and use glue or a series of small nails to press the moulding into the exact right position along the wall.

Once everything is cut and shaped just right, the rest is easy. Nail the moulding into place using small finishing nails long enough to penetrate the moulding and about 1/4 inch of wall. In some spots, you may want to use some wood putty or Liquid Nail-type glue to get an exact fit.

Then paint or stain the bathroom trim moulding to match your desired look. It is possible to pre-paint or stain, but hammering and shaving will often present the need for some touch-up. On the other hand, staining or painting in place requires great care. Which is preferable depends on your individual skills with brush and hammer.

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DIY Bathroom Drain Repair

Bathtub Drain Repair

Bathtub drains seem like they attract clogs. At some point you may require bathroom drain repair. And eventually you’ll find you will need to repair or replace one.

Bathroom drains tend to require maintenance or repair a little more often than those in the kitchen. The bath has no garbage disposal and the kitchen drain doesn’t get anywhere near as much hair. The sink drain is the most likely culprit. Hand soap, toothpaste, hair and other things tend to gum it up.

Bathtub Drain Repair – DIY Tips for Replacing Bathtub Drains

A mixture of a 1/4 cup of baking soda and a cup of vinegar is an inexpensive home remedy that will unclog many plugs. It has the added advantage of removing calcium carbonate (the white chalky deposits), which opens up the pipe and clears the space between the sink flange and the stopper. If that’s not strong enough, use a commercial drain opener chemical. They’re safe for the pipes and the environment. They degrade rapidly.

For more stubborn cases, just remove the U-shaped pipe under the sink (sometimes called a trap or trap bend). Ninety-percent of anything that fell down the drain or is gumming up the works will get trapped at the bottom of the ‘U’. Clear it out, apply Teflon plumber’s tape and replace the pipe. Be sure to wrap the tape in a direction that tightens it into the threads as you secure the nut, rather than unwinds it.

The bathtub drain represents a more difficult problem. Obviously so, since it’s harder to get at the hardware underneath the tub. They usually come with a screen to prevent problems, but as time goes on it often gets knocked out of the way or removed. Then hair, shampoo caps and a dozen other things end up in the drain.

A plumber’s snake (also called an ‘auger’) can help remove stubborn clogs. Some have small ‘fingers’ on the end that can be clamped together to retrieve a fallen object.

Many designs have a stopper that can be pushed down or pulled up to open or close the drain. This offers a solution to bathroom drain repair. They simply unscrew, giving some access to the drain. Others operate by a lever built in to the tub. Removing the overflow plate gives access to an assembly that can be removed. That will release the drain stopper.

In more extreme cases, it may be necessary to replace the drain. Below the stopper is a metal fitting (sometimes called a ‘drain basket’) with a pair of metal pieces in the shape of an X. A dumbbell wrench (sometimes called a ‘basket wrench’) is used to remove it.

If that doesn’t give enough access to remove anything inside, it will be necessary to remove a section of wall to get to the drain and overflow pipes. Consider having a professional do this. If you want to proceed, the replacement kits are not expensive, around £15.

Once you have access to the area, the assembly is relatively easy to remove with a standard pipe wrench or wide-jaw pliers to get loose the slip-joint nuts. Seat the new parts in place and adjust the rod to the correct length to open and close the stopper. Then use Teflon plumber’s tape on the pipes and plumber’s putty on the drain flange to seal the new parts properly.

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Decorating Ideas for Small Bathrooms

A relaxing bath.

One popular way to add storage for the home without much expense or taking up much room is a home magazine rack. This is one of our favourite decorating ideas for small bathrooms. These can be quite simple, and can easily be put by a chair or a recliner as a handy way to store catalogues and magazines, and have the dual advantage of being easily moved.

But without a doubt one of the most popular types is the bathroom magazine rack or holder. These come in a few other styles, as a recliner is not the “standard” chair in the bathroom, so they need to be installed in some unique ways.

The most common and least expensive would be the tank mount racks or holders. These are often a simple chrome coloured rack that hangs down from the tank, often hooking under the lid as a mounting device. These are simple to install, inexpensive, and readily available. One possible disadvantage of mounting a holder there is the need to turn and lean back to get to the contents when seated. If that mounting approach is not adequate, there are a couple of other types to consider.

A wall mounted rack is not too difficult to install. These come in a variety of colours and materials. A chrome option is popular, but the other type to consider is a wooden wall mounted rack. These are attractive, and often are large enough that they can hold toilet paper or other supplies in addition to the reading material you have.

There are some novelty magazine racks as well. A couple of popular items are characters that stand upright holding your toilet paper and the reading materials. This is great for a kids bathroom as a unique decorative touch.

Magazine racks are one of the easiest decorating ideas for small bathrooms. These are some of the most popular magazine racks for the home. You are sure to find something that will keep your avid “readers” happy in your home.

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