How to Install a New Bidet and Valve

Do you live in an older home and have a tap next to the toilet with a rubber hose or no hose at all?

Surprisingly many still do.

Yes this is an inconvenience, for some on the other hand this will be a deal breaker when going to use the toilet.

There is something about not being able to have a high pressure clean after using the toilet that just feels, ugh.

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So today we are going to go through how to install your bathroom pressure washing bidet!

  • The First thing you should do is buy your parts.

For this you will need:

-A valve (to turn off the water to the bidet from the wall)

-The bidet and hose

-The correct wrench or channel pliers

-white PTFE tape (Teflon Tape)

 

  • The next step is to find the main water coming into the bathroom and turn it off.

This is a precautionary thing because if you do not do this then you will 100% have water pouring out of your wall and flooding your bathroom.

 

  • After you have turned off the water, take your pliers and turn the existing spout counter clockwise. There should be a nut or an area to tighten and loosen it as to not damage the fitting. So, keep turning it counterclockwise until it is completely removed.

 

  • When the old spout is removed and the fitting area is cleaned, get your new valve and place the white plumbing tape on the threaded areas.

Twice around should be enough until all the threads are covered. This will create a seal so that water will not leak out.

 

  • Now carefully align the threads on the new valve with the existing pipe where the original was removed from.

Turn the valve clockwise slowly so there is no damage the threads or fitting. Once enough threads have entered to make sure there is no damage, use your pliers to tighten the fitting.

(If there is no area for the pliers to hold and you do not want to damage the finish use a piece of cloth or rag between the pliers and the fixture)

  • Tighten until snug.

If the valve is facing the wrong direction slightly loosen or tighten until facing the correct direction.

  • The next and final steps are to attach your bidet and hose.

Just like the previous step, put the white plumbing tape on the threads of the valve fitting.

If there are included gaskets place one into the end of the hose that connects to the valve and tighten the hose onto the valve. After this you can put the other gasket on the other end of the hose and tighten by hand

Finally, urn the main water on and test for any leaks. If there are no leaks then your job is done!

You have now successfully upgraded your bathroom!

If you find a leak it will usually be an easy fix had you been careful. The leak could mean

  • The things either aren’t tight enough
  • You’d forgotten a gasket
  • There wasn’t enough of the plumbers tape on the threads.

If the proper care wasn’t included when installing or removing the valve, you might want to take this time to call a plumber as it could require replacing pipes.

Hopefully you will be successful in your endeavor!

As always, have a Happy Appy Day!

 

How to Remove Old Wall Paper

So, you have a wall that’s been looking pretty ragged and you would like to spruce it up a bit or you just think that the wallpaper is downright ugly.

You may think that taking off your wallpaper would be as simple as removing a bandage, but if you don’t know what you’re about to try then you may do much more damage than you had originally planned for.

First of all, check what your wall is made of. If it’s stone or concrete you’re in luck as it is not as easy to damage as drywall.

After this check what type of wallpaper you have.

Different wallpaper types have different methods at which you could remove them. Vinyl for example, needs the Vinyl layer peeled away first before you proceed with the rest.

If your wallpaper is still pretty recent you may be lucky enough to have peel-able wallpaper in which you can pry up the corner with a putty knife and just peel it away from the wall slowly so that it doesn’t rip.

Supplies

  • You will need a way to soften the adhesive behind the wall paper. For this there are several methods. You can use plain water, steam, chemical solvents and homemade concoctions of water mixed with fabric softener.

If possible start with the cheapest methods first, like warm/hot water in a spray bottle and work your way up from there until you find something that will loosen the adhesive on your test piece of wall.

  • Now that you’ve done that you may want to get yourself a wallpaper scorer although it isn’t 100% required it may help. It’s got a few little wheels on the bottom with pokey bits. This will help your removal solution get to the adhesive. Here are some examples

 

 

 

  • Now that you have this you’re going to want to get a wall paper scraper of some sort. This is used like the name that is specified with it. To scrape off the wallpaper.

At this point it is pretty straight forward.

Wet the wall paper to soften the adhesive backing and carefully scrape it away as to not damage the wall.

Depending how old the adhesive and how much was used this could be an easy task or a complete pain, if not completely soft you may tear up part of the wall along with it.

After you have gotten everything off the walls you should:

  • Reward yourself for a job well done
  • Cry a little if you tore a hole in your wall
  • Fix the damaged parts with some spackle
  • Clean up before anyone realizes what you’ve done.

Congrats! Now you’re halfway through with your walls and can decide whether to paint it or to put up new wall paper.

The Unconventional Guide “Home”

People always say the cliché “Home is where the Heart is” or “Home is where you Make it”.

Well the saying is cliché, but it is pretty true.

A home is something remarkable that can change entire generations, a home is something that everyone can have regardless of economic standing.

We are not talking about the physical structure of a house which many people still don’t have due to the cost of living. We are talking about the feeling that comes in being able to call it a home.

It’s a place where you:

  • feel safe
  •  feel loved
  •  can be yourself
  • keep your cherished items
  • can see raising a family there
  • can imagine spending the rest of your life

So how do you get from a house to a home?

Some they believe that they won’t ever find a place called home. This could be from underlying issues in their past, being a wanderlust who enjoys roaming the world like a nomad, or just not finding any place that they felt welcome.

We are going to focus on the latter part as there are no degrees held in psych here.

Finding a place where you feel welcome can be hard sometimes as many people still focus on outer appearances and may judge based on this.

Coming to realize that this will never truly change is the first step to finding home.

The key to getting around this is to find a place that you really wouldn’t mind seeing for the rest of your life.  A nice sunset can wash away all the stress from the outside world.

Once you have found this place and bought it, you can begin to make your house into a home!

  •  Start by making your home as safe from whatever dangers may be outside. A sturdy gate and strong high wall can help with this. (Applicable to landed houses only)
  • Have a strong door with a good lock as a just in case measure and a bit of added assurance.
  • Install an IP Camera and alarm system so that you will know if any unwanted guests arrive and be able to see who they are before walking to the door.

Now that your home is an impenetrable fortress of safety we can focus on the interior.

This is a time to think about what makes you feel the most comfortable. Is it soft furnishings, fluffy things, or is it just a re-creation of your childhood home?

Whatever it may be, what matters is that your home makes you feel welcome.

Everyone has their own ideas of what makes the perfect home, but in reality, all that really matters in the end of the day is that you want to come back to it every day. Make it into a place you would want your children to come back to and look upon fondly, remembering all the good times they had spent there with you.

A place so full of love and warmth that it feels as though it is going to burst like a geyser of these feelings and emotions.

Let the design come to you when you think about what you care about the most. The colors that are most welcoming to you. If your tastes change over time, it’s your home and you’re free to change it however suits you best.

This is one of the many ways of how you get home.

It’s not a conventional way to get there as there is no single cookie cutter path to follow that works for everyone.

Hopefully on your journey to home you’ll let us help you along the way.

As Always Have an Appy Day!

How Safe is your gate?

Just about everyone in a landed house has an auto gate or a gate of some sort but how safe are they? Will they really keep out someone trying to get in?

What is exactly stopping someone from coming in?

Electric auto gates are very convenient if you do not want to exit your vehicle to enter your property but as seen in videos on the web certain models and types of auto gate are not as safe as they should be.

Whether it is personal safety features that will prevent people from getting injured by the gate or features to keep people out more efficiently it is important to keep yours up to date for you and your family’s safety.

Most modern gates have automatic locks which increase the safety of the gates and make it harder for someone to enter and if strong enough will deter many would be robbers.

But for all of this to work everything has to be working properly.

There have been cases where an auto gate did not work properly and has crushed someone who had gotten stuck between and others where people have simply forced open the gate.

So how to make sure you’re truly safe?

The only surefire way to make sure it is working properly is to test its effectiveness and do maintenance on your gate regularly.

If you have a sliding gate make sure the drive motor, gears, and locking mechanism are not rusted or broken and are working properly.

For swinging gate and folding gates make sure that the hydraulic arms are functioning properly and can keep the gate at the closed position no matter how hard you try to move it in case the locking mechanism ever fails to do its job. Additionally, make sure that the manual bypass for the system is functioning properly and is set in the right position for any other just in case situations.

Different gates also provide different levels of security and safety for the owners of the home.

  • Folding gates are very aesthetically pleasing but can be unreliable as there are so many moving parts and some can be easily thwarted by lifting the gate out of the track.

  • Swing Gates are the most common system and are relatively reliable as long as they have been properly installed and will close rather quickly. Some may be made from cheap hollow metals and are easily overcome by those who would want to come in forcefully

  • Sliding gates are very reliable and relatively strong as they have very few moving parts aside from a large motor that drives the fence back and forth along the track. The only issues with having this style is that they are slow to close and have the possibility of crushing anything in their path.

 

 

Having a gate that is not easily climbable will deter many would be thieves. So, if possible when buying a new gate, consider one that has no foot or handholds within reach, large pointed areas at the top, and are high enough that the average person would not be able to reach the top. 

A good but sad example of this would be the gate at a prison.

Whatever your choice in the end may be having a gate is better than having no gate because without one someone could just walk right in.