Monthly Archives: December 2015

Tips on How to Unclog Your Drains

Nothing can be more frustrating that seeing the water remain trapped in the sink rather than flowing easily down the drain. Most people wait until this point to break out the tools and start clearing the pipes. If you want to make short work of this job, consider these tips on how to unclog your drains and the water will be flowing down the pipes quickly and easily.


The first thing you need to do is prepare. Sometimes the clog can be a quick fix, other times it requires a little ingenuity. Grab yourself a small plastic bucket, some paper towels, a screwdriver, or a piece of half inch round PVC pipe that is at least a foot long. Clear away anything you don’t want to get we that is stored beneath the sink. Now that you have the shelf clear, place the empty plastic bucket directly under the elbow or bent pipe under the sink.

Find the two large plastic nuts that connect the u-shaped pipe to the spout going to the sink and the one towards the exit point. As you loosen these nuts, the water that is trapped in the elbow will begin overflowing out and into your bucket. Once the elbow has been completely removed from the pipe, drop it in the bucket. Now reach up the pipe to find the little nut holding the drain stopper in place. This is the little device that you use in the bathroom to stop water from flowing down the sink. The kitchen sink will not have this and you can proceed to the next step. Remove the nut and drop the stopper in the bucket.

Now take a screwdriver or the PVC pipe and stick it in the drain from the top, move it up and down to break free anything like hair or soap trapped in the down tube. These will fall into your bucket easily. Remove the pipe or screwdriver and place in the bucket.

Take the bucket outside and empty it far away from the house. Chances are good the bucket stinks from all those contaminants that have been trapped inside the drain all this time. Take the stopper and the elbow, and clean them with a hose, or wet a paper towel and run it through the pipe on both ends to remove any leftover debris. Rinse off your pipe or screwdriver too. Bring back everything to the location you were working.

Place the elbow pipe back in the right position and secure the two nuts tightly. Attach the drain stopper with the single nut, be careful to work slowly because these nuts are plastic and you can easily strip the treads if you tighten incorrectly. Once the nuts are tight, place down a layer of paper towels or toilet paper on the sleeve under the elbow pipe. Run the water a few seconds and see if any water drips onto the paper. If yes, turn off the water and tighten those nuts correctly.

Once the area is dry, your sink is fixed and water will once again flow freely down the drain.

Tips on How to Fix a Leaking Roof


In order to learn how to fix a leaking roof, you first have to understand how to find the leak in the roof. Just because the drips are showing up in one location, it does not mean the leak is anywhere nearby. A small leak in a roof could make its way through the roofing material and tar paper, then find a wooden beam and travel several feet on a downward angle before dripping onto the ceiling below. This can be especially frustrating for many trying to make a quick fix to stop any further damage. Follow these simple tips on how to fix a leaking roof and you could eliminate the issue rather quickly.

The first thing that you need to do is locate the leak if you want to stop it for good. Climb your ladder to the roof, and make a visual inspection to see if any tiles are visibly missing or severely damaged. If there is an exposed area, you must put down a section of tar paper and new shingles to stop water from getting inside the home. Once you repair the section, the water damage inside the home should come to a stop. Do not make any repairs to the ceiling yet, you need to make certain the leak has stopped or you will be doing double work.

If after the visual inspection you were unable to locate the source of the leak on the roof, it is time to get into the attic. The best time to try and locate the hole in the roof from inside the attic is during a bright sunny day. Climb into the attic and proceed to the region where you suspect the leak might be. Once you find the area where water is accumulating on the sheet rock or the insulation, you have to work backwards to find the source of the entry point. It could be that you see a bright sunbeam coming in the home right where you see water damage. If so, push a pipe cleaner or something through the hole so you can see if from the roof. That will allow you to find the spot once you are back on the roof to make the repair.

If the source was not obvious in the attic, look at the support beams for water damage. Water travels to the lowest point, so it travelled down those beams. Find beams close to the damage and follow the trail up. Once you see some water damaged wood, you should be able to pinpoint the leaking area of the roof. After you make the repair on the roof, come back in the attic to the marked location and apply some sealant to the opening inside too.

One effective product is spray undercoating used to protect the undercarriage of the vehicle. Spray a generous amount of the sealant to the leaking area, and it will protect the roof from both the inside and out and should eliminate your leaking roof.

How to Demolish a Garden Shed Yourself


Demolishing a garden shed can be quite easy if you take some precautionary steps to disassemble the unit safely and follow these tips from TPC North. The last thing you want to happen is a roof or side cave in on you or cause you some serious physical damage. Usually these sheds are made of one of two different materials They will either be of wood construction like a small home, or they will be pieces of some type of metal. Either way these tips on how to demolish a garden shed yourself are simple and require minimal tools and experience.

The first thing you must have is a pair of good gloves and some safety goggles. A good pair of garden gloves should do the trick here. Since the entire shed is being destroyed, the key here is working as efficiently as possible. Remove the shed door first and place it off to the side. Most shed doors are on a track and should pop off with no tools. If the door is on hinges, pop the hinge pins and slide off the door. Once the door is removed you can work around the inside and outside of the shed more easily.

Remember as you are taking the roof, the walls, and the floor apart, that many time the nails will remain in the sections and could cause serious injury if someone grabs a piece unknowingly. Make sure you either remove the nails, or turn over the section and flatten down the sharp end of the nail so they will not be a threat to anyone working with these demolished pieces.

With the door removed, the next area to take down is the roof. If you take apart the sides first, the roof could collapse in on you at any moment. On a wooden shed, the roof flats are nailed to joint beams. Simply pry the boards off from the outside while on a ladder. These pieces should pop off easily and quickly. Metal sheds have the roof screwed into place. Remove the screws and start stacking the roof pieces in a bundle out of the way.

With the roof carefully removed, you can get to work on the sides of the shed. Wooden sheds have walls made of plywood attached to the support beams with nails or screws. The fastest way is to hammer the walls from the inside closest to the support beam and the nails and screws will pop out the other side. Once you begin loosening the walls, the remaining nails or screws will pop out easily. The metal sheds are pieced together with tiny screws like a puzzle. Remove these little screws and the walls simply come off the shed in sections.

Once the entire wall from each side of the shed is down and stacked. The only remaining piece will be the floor. Regardless if it is a wooden or plastic floor, the sections should come up very easily. Once the floor has been broken down and stacked with the rest of the junk, you can grade the area where the shed stood. Haul off the junk to the landfill or recycle centre and your shed is demolished safely and efficiently.

This article was provided to us by TPC North. They are rated as the number 1 Manchester Demolition company.