Diy Bathroom Repair
OMG! It's broken! DIY Bathroom Repair!
DIY bathroom repair projects range from fixing tap washers to replacing broken basins. A DIY bathroom repair project might also involve fixing cracks in walls or repairing water damage to paint. Whatever type of DIY bathroom repair you are faced with, you are going to need the right tools for the job and enough know-how to be able to tackle the job successfully. If you've never done the job before, read up on it before you start.
If something is broken, like a basin or toilet bowl, you will have to remove the old fixture and replace it with a new one. This will inevitably involve some dirty work, but you shouldn't have to smash the old units. Before you remove a toilet, clean it and flush. Then empty the tank and get rid of all the water in the bowl by using a plunger. Turn off the nearest stopcock, or turn the water off at the mains. Stuff the bowl with rags and then disconnect the water supply pipe. If the toilet bowl is either bolted to the wall or the floor, remove fasteners with a screwdriver or wrench, depending on type. If the bowl has been concreted or mortared into place then you'll have to chip it out. Some toilet traps go through the floor, while others are directed through the wall to the drain outside. You will need to detach the toilet from this connection before you can remove it. Then replace the broken toilet with a new one.
You will follow a similar process to remove a basin, although it will only be the water supply pipes that you will have to worry about.
Fixing tap washers are a common bathroom repair job and one that anyone willing to go the DIY route will be able to do. You will need to be able to take the tap apart and remove the old washer before you put a new one in. Remember to turn off the water at the nearest stopcock first, otherwise you might end up with a flooded home.
If walls are cracked, chip out the crack to get rid of all loose material before using a crack filler to repair it. Often cracking is due to normal settling of the building, but it can be due to the use of bad building practices. It's a good idea to get to the root of the problem to prevent any further cracking.
If tiles are cracked or broken, you can chip them out and relay new ones, although this is sometimes a problem, because new tiles don't always match up. In this instance, you might decide to renovate your bathroom instead of doing a DIY bathroom repair.