How to Work with Plastic Pipes

How to Work with Plastic Pipes - Greenwood HardwareThere is a universal tool you will find with which you can do a lot. This tool can be used in many different ways. What is this tool? It is plastic piping! Plastic pipes come in various sizes and may be used as intended for plumbing, to keep telephone or electrical wiring safe or even used to build a frame for a greenhouse. There are many, many ways to make plastic pipes work for you, so it makes sense you would need to know how to work with them. Plastic pipes are also incredibly inexpensive, which makes them a favorite for those who love to DIY. You will find the tools you need to work with plastic pipes at Greenwood Hardware.

Some of the basics you will want to have on hand are as follows:

  • Hacksaw or pipe saw
  • Various fittings
  • PVC cement
  • Push fitting removal tool
  • File
  • Plumbing tape—if working with water
  • Purple primer

To put pipes together, you will want to first cut them to size with a hacksaw. Use a file to smooth the ends. Spread purple primer on the end of the cut pipe. Put some of the primer on the inside of the fitting you will be placing onto the cut end.

Next, you will want to add a layer of PVC cement over the areas you just primered. Push the fitting into place and get it positioned. Hold the fitting for about 30 seconds. If you are using a push fitting, you don’t need to bother with the cement. It will stay in place without it. Wrapping the connection with plumbing tape will add a little more waterproofing to the connection.

That’s it! That’s how easy it is to replace piping under your sink or to run it outside for an underground watering system. Head into Greenwood Hardware today and pick up what you need to start working with plastic pipes. Check out the internet or for some really cool home projects you can do with plastic pipes. Stop on in, or contact us today!

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How to Replace a Faucet in Your Seattle Home

How to Replace a Faucet in Your Seattle Home - Greenwood HardwareIf you are tired of that boring old faucet in the bathroom, it is time to take matters into your hands and get rid of it. Maybe it is ugly, outdated or has a constant drip that you are tired of fixing. No matter what the reason is for changing out the old faucet, you can do it yourself with very little effort. Once your new faucet is in, you will be amazed at the difference it makes in the bathroom. It will be shiny and give the bathroom a whole new look. You can also replace the kitchen faucet following these directions. You can find just what you need to take care of this easy task at Greenwood Hardware.

Follow these easy steps to replace your old faucet:

  1. Turn off the water to the faucet under the sink. If you can’t find the two valves, you can shut off the main water supply. The exchange won’t take long.
  2. Use a wrench or your fingers to unscrew the water lines from the faucet under the sink.
  3. Now you will need to unscrew the bolts holding the faucet to the sink.
  4. Gently pull the faucet out of the sink basin.
  5. This is a good time to clean around the holes where the old faucet was.
  6. If you want to, this would be a good time to replace the pipes under the sink as well. If you are going to do this, make sure you have a pipe wrench and have thought ahead and bought new pipes and plumbing tape.
  7. Place the faucet into the appropriate holes in the sink and tighten the nuts underneath with your fingers.
  8. Once you have secured the placement of the faucet, tighten down the nuts so the faucet is secure.
  9. Hook up the water lines. Turn on the water and turn on the faucet. Check for leaks under the sink. Look for any water that may leak from around the faucet.
  10. If there are no leaks, you are good to go!

Installing a new faucet is fairly basic. Be prepared before you start your project! Head into Greenwood Hardware and pick up the wrenches and any plumbing supplies you need. Come on in, or contact us today!

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How To Replace A Tile On Your Floor

How To Replace A Tile On Your Floor - Greenwood HardwareBroken tiles are a part of owning a tile floor. It happens! Something drops on the porcelain, and it cracks. A tile may also get excessively stained, and it ends up being a blight on the whole floor. It doesn’t make sense to replace the entire floor for a single tile, so why not learn how to replace the one or two bad tiles and save yourself a ton of money. Our team at Greenwood Hardware knows how important it is to save money whenever possible and DIY projects at home are one way to do that.

You will need a grout saw to remove all of the old grout that surrounds the tile you want to replace. Go slowly so you don’t damage the flooring underneath or the other tiles. You want there to be a gap between the damaged tile and the other tiles.

Use a chisel and a hammer to slowly break the tile. You will want to hit the center of the tile. The gaps between the others will keep the vibration from dislodging or cracking the other tiles. Tap until you can pull the tile away from the floor. Make sure you wear work gloves as the tile edges will be very sharp!

Once you have removed all of the pieces of tile, use a putty knife to scrape off the old adhesive. Use a shop vac if you have it to get rid of as much dust in the area as possible. You could also use a damp sponge.

Grab your new tile and make sure it will fit in the hole. If it does, spread a layer of adhesive onto the back of the tile. Press the tile into place. If needed, place a book or something heavy over the tile to hold it down. Allow the adhesive to dry overnight. Add fresh grout around the tile. Make sure it matches the existing grout. Wipe clean after 15 minutes.

That is all it takes to make a floor look new again by replacing a tile. You will find the tools you need to remove the old tile and lay the new tile at Greenwood Hardware. Come on in, or contact us today!

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How To Unplug A Clogged Toilet

How To Unplug A Clogged Toilet - Greenwood HardwareA clogged toilet is one of those things in life that just happens. It isn’t pleasant and can end up being a huge, stinky, disastrous mess if it isn’t taken care of quickly! Most clogs are not a huge deal and don’t require an expensive call to the plumber. You can often take care of the problem yourself with just a few supplies from your favorite local hardware store, Greenwood Hardware!

Plunging

The go-to for unclogging a toilet is a plunger. These are very inexpensive and should be kept around, just in case you need to deal with a minor plug. To use the plunger, position the suction cup over the hole in the toilet. Push down and quickly pull up. The suction should hold and then pop when pulled. You will likely need to do this several times. For stubborn clogs, push the suction cup down and push down on the handle several times with quick thrusts before pulling the plunger completely up. When the water begins to drain, continue to plunge until the plug is completely removed.

Snaking

You can buy mechanical or hand snakes that can be fed into the hole of the toilet. The metal cordage is tough enough to dislodge whatever is plugging the toilet. In some cases, the snake can be used to pull the item out of the toilet to avoid it being pushed further down the pipe and causing serious problems. The snakes are handy tools to have around and can be used on sink drains as well.

Toilet Removal

In worst case scenarios, you may have to pull the entire toilet off of the floor to get to the pipe that goes into the floor. You will need to loosen the fastening screws on either side of the toilet and carefully pull it up. You should be able to get at the clog fairly easily from here. If needed, use a snake if the clog is further down the pipe.

A clogged toilet is never fun, but it happens, especially with curious toddlers around. Make sure you have the tools needed to quickly get your toilet back into commission! Having a pair of rubber gloves and some safety goggles would be wise as well. You will find what you need to unclog your toilet at Greenwood Hardware. Come on in, or contact us today!

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How To Install Wall-Mounted Bookshelves in Your Seattle Home

How To Install Wall-Mounted Bookshelves in Your Seattle Home - Greenwood HardwareShelving is something everyone can use in a crowded home. It helps keep things organized without taking up floor space. They can also be used solely for decorative purposes and are a great way to showcase some of your most prized possessions like pictures and family treasures. You will find just what you need to install your own wall-mounted bookshelves at Greenwood Hardware.

Before you head to our store to pick up your shelving supplies, you need to take some measurements. You need to determine how wide the shelves can be and how many shelves you can have. You may only have enough space for a single shelf or enough wall space to have three or more.

When you are buying your shelving, you can choose between finished wood, laminate or unfinished wood that you can stain any color you like. If you are purchasing a kit, the brackets and screws will be included. If you are purchasing individually, make sure you buy the right number of brackets. You will need two per shelf. You will want three per shelf if the shelves are going to be longer than three feet.

Locate the studs in the wall. You can use an electronic stud finder that alerts you to the solid wall. If you can’t find a stud, you could use drywall anchors to make the shelves a little sturdier. Use a measuring tape to measure an even distance apart on your shelves. For a shelf that measures 24 inches wide, you would want to come in about six inches on each side. Use a level to find the straight line between the two. Make a mark with a pencil. This will be where you drill your screws. Just make a small pilot hole for now.

Line the first bracket over the pilot hole. Put your screw in with the anchor if needed. Each bracket will generally need at least three screws at the top and another three at the bottom of the bracket. Do this for each side and each shelf you will be installing.

Depending on the type of shelves you bought, you can fit them over the brackets or anchor them to the brackets with additional screws.

There are plenty of options and styles of wall shelves. Head into Greenwood Hardware today and pick up the shelves that compliment your home style. Come on in, or contact us today!

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