Expert Advice on Improving Your Home
Knocking tile off wall with sledgehammer.

Today’s Bath Renovation, Part 1

In the first of our two-part bathroom remodeling project, we gut a cramped, dated bathroom and remove walls to start the transformation to a luxurious bathroom.
Bathtub drain.

Repairing a Bathtub Drain

Barbara asks, "Our bathtub no longer holds water. How can I replace the drain hardware?"

To replace the drain basket on the tub, you'll need access to the underside or back of the tub. To remove the drain basket, insert a pair of pliers in the basket and turn it, or there is a special tub drain removal wrench.

How to Select Plumbing Fixtures for a Bathroom

One of the key elements of a bathroom renovation is the various fixtures that go in it. A number of new styles and finishes have been introduced in recent years that can give your bathroom a unique touch.

Tub Caulking Tips

When caulking around a tub, start by lining both sides of the joint with masking tape. After applying a bead of caulk, run the rounded edge of an expired plastic gift card along the joint to wipe off any excess caulking. Carefully remove the tape before the caulking hardens.
low flow faucet aerator

Low-Flow Faucet Aerator

One way to save water is to install low-flow aerators on kitchen and bathroom faucets. They can be installed in minutes by screwing them into the end of faucets. While most aerators limit water to three gallons per minute, low-flow models are available for around $5 that can reduce the flow to as little as one GPM. This can reduce faucet water usage and save energy.

Designing a Bathroom Renovation

A major bathroom remodel can return much of the cost in increased value to your home. Hiring a professional bathroom designer or architect to plan the remodel can result in a better layout as well as making the project go smoother.
Sealing grout

Sealing Grout in Tile Floors

While ceramic tile is a durable, low maintenance material, the grout between the tiles is not and will need to be sealed. Watch this video to find out how.
Using a cold chisel and hammer to remove a ceramic tile.

How to Remove a Bathroom Wall Tile

Watch this video to find out how to remove an existing ceramic tile using a nail set, carbide tipped masonry drill bit, hammer, and cold chisel.

Easy to Install Rainfall Effect Showerhead

Showerheads that mimic the feel of falling rain usually require additional plumbing to retrofit them to an existing shower, but AquaScape showerheads from Waterpik have an adjustable arm that connects to the existing pipe without any extra plumbing.