Monthly Archives: March 2012

How to Replace a Garbage Disposal

One of the handiest appliances in your kitchen is probably something you don’t think about very often, until it stops working. Then your garbage disposer becomes one of the scariest plumbing appliances for an inexperienced DIY homeowner. With its gnashing teeth hiding under the kitchen sink drain, not many DIYers unfamiliar with this appliance want to go anywhere near the task of replacing a garbage disposer. To help remove some of the mystery and terror associated with the replacement of the garbage disposer, Friedman’s Home Improvement is here with some helpful tips to make this a do-able Weekend Warrior Project. First, know that this project …

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How to Unclog a Drain

If your sink drain gets backed up, you probably reach for the liquid drain cleaner to solve the problem. But if that doesn’t work, what do you do? Clogs in sinks happen all the time, and if you know how to unclog a sink drain on your own, you’ll save tons of money by doing yourself instead of calling a plumber. Friedman’s Home Improvement is here to help with some tried and true methods of unclogging a sink drain: First, use a drain cleaner to see if this fixes the problem. If that does not work, detach the sink plug from the pivot rod under …

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Expert Advisors 101: How to Sweat Copper Pipes and Fittings

If your home has copper plumbing, then you should know how to fix it if something needs repaired or if you’re running new lines to a fixture. Sweating copper pipe isn’t that hard, and it’s kind of fun. To help you out, Friedman’s Home Improvement has tips for the basics on how to sweat copper: Cut the copper pipes to the correct length with a hacksaw or a copper tube cutter. Remove the burrs around the cut edge with a wire brush or file. Clean the end of the copper pipe with a special cleaning brush that will sand it down. You will know it …

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