How many times have you thought of changing your sink, toilet or shower or maybe that light switch, outlet or ceiling light?
How often were you discouraged to find a book or pamphlet on how to fix things around your home only to find you need an engineer’s degree to understand the terms they use?
Why is it in some cases, when you call a contractor to repair your toilet or sink, why does he quote you a price almost as much as you paid for your car?
Some people live in a constant fear that something will go wrong if You do it yourself. Yes, that's possible, but you won't know if you don't try and you may miss out on that joy of doing it yourself and bragging to friends about it.
Not only will I explain to you step by step how to remove your old fixture and install the new one, I will tell you what possible problems you may run into and explain to you in easy steps how you can fix them without causing unnecessary damage or cost.
I will supply you with clear readable instructions and tips I obtained over the 40 years I spent as a Professional Renovator.
I will explain to you how to replace your old fixtures and appliances or to install new fixtures and appliance's that were never there before. Fixtures such as sinks, faucets, garborators, sinks, dish washers, sump pumps, washers and dryers, showers, tubs, toilets, doors windows and much more.
My instructions are simple, understandable and easy to follow. As an example at the bottom of this page I have downloaded one of my do it yourself projects called "how to install a garborator" just to show you how simple it is to do your own project.
YOU SIMPLY PAY CDN$14.00 FOR EACH PROJECT AND WE WILL SEND THE PROJECT(S) STEP-BY-STEP DETAIL INFORMATION BY EMAIL.
IT'S THAT EASY!
HERE A LIST OF PROJECTS YOU CAN DO YOURSELF
Projects that deal with appliances that require electrical and plumbing
ADW1-10 STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS INCLUDING PLUMBING AND ELECTRICAL HOOK UPS FOR REMOVING AND REPLACING A BUILT-IN DISHWASHER
ASG1-4 STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS INCLUDING THE PLUMBING AND ELECTRICAL HOOK UPS FOR REMOVING AND REPLACING A NEW GARBORATOR
AWD1-3 STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS INCLUDING THE PLUMBING AND ELECTRICAL HOOK UPS FOR REMOVING AND REPLACING A CLOTHS WASHER AND DRYER
ASG2-8 STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS INCLUDING THE PLUMBING AND CTRICAL HOOK UPS FOR INSTALLING A NEW GARBORATOR WHERE THERE WASN’T ONE BEFORE.
AWD2-13 STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS INCLUDING THE PLUMBING, THE ELECTRICAL AND EVEN THE DRYERS VENTING FOR INSTALLING A NEW WASHER AND DRYER WHERE THERE WASN’T ONE BEFORE.
ADW-13 STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS INCLUDING THE PLUMBING AND ELECTRICAL HOOK-UPS NEEDED TO INSTALL A NEW DISHWASHER THAT WAS NOT THERE BEFORE.
Projects involving plumbing fixtures
PFBS-8 STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO DO THE PLUMBING AND IF NEED BE, THE SOLDERING OF PIPE CONNECTIONS FOR THE REMOVAL AND REPLACEMENT OF A BATHROOM SINK AND FAUCET
PFBT-8 STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS IN REMOVING AND REPLACING A TOILET OR SIMPLY PUTTING BACK THE OLD ONE
PFKS-7 STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO DO THE PLUMBING AND IF NEED BE, THE SOLDERING OF PIPE CONNECTIONS FOR THE REMOVAL AND REPLACEMENT OF A KITCHEN SINK AND FAUCET
PFLS-6 STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO DO THE PLUMBING AND IF NEED BE, THE SOLDERING OF PIPE CONNECTIONS FOR THE REMOVAL AND REPLACEMENT OF A LAUNDRY ROOM SINK AND FAUCET
PFT-8 STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS INCLUDING ALL THE PLUMBING CONNECTIONS FOR REMOVING AND REPLACING A BATH TUB
PSB-6 STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS INCLUDING ALL THE PLUMBING CONNECTIONS FOR REMOVING AND REPLACING A SHOWER BASE
PS/TC-12 STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO DO THE PLUMBING AND IF NEED BE, THE SOLDERING OF PIPE CONNECTIONS FOR THE INSTALLATION OF SHOWER AND BATH CONTROLS WHERE THERE WASN’T ANY BEFORE
Projects involving electrical, plumbing or gas
PHWT1-9 STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS INCLUDING THE PLUMBING, ELECTRICAL AND HOW TO DO SOLDERING CONNECTIONS IN REMOVING AND REPLACING A ELECTRIC HOT WATER TANK
PHWT2-8 STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS INCLUDING THE PLUMBING AND HOW TO DO SOLDERING CONNECTIONS IN REMOVING AND REPLACING A GAS FIRED HOT WATER TANK
PSP1-5 STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS INCLUDING THE PLUMBING AND ELECTRICAL CONNECTIONS IN REMOVING AND REPLACING A NEW SUMP PUMP
E0S-7 STEP BY STEP ELECTRICAL INSTRUCTIONS IN REMOVING, REPLACING OR INSTALLING NEW SWITCHES AND OUTLETS
PSP2-10 STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS INCLUDING THE PLUMBING, ELECTRICAL AND CONCRETE DIRECTIONS FOR INSTALLING A NEW SUMP PUMP WHERE THERE WASN’T ONE BEFORE
EL-16 STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS TO REPLACE OR INSTALL NEW LIGHT FIXTURES, CEILING FANS, FLUORESCENT LIGHTS, TRACK LIGHTS AND RECESSED LIGHTS.
Projects dealing with Concrete and Stonework
C-SF-9 STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS IN FORMING, POURING AND FINISHING CONCRETE SLABS
C-SFS-7 STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS IN SETTING FLAGSTONES
C-R-5 STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS IN REPAIRING THAT BROKEN OR DAMAGED CONCRETE
C-M-6 STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS IN CONCRETE MIXING
C-F-6 STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS IN FOUNDATIONS AND THEIR PROBLEMS
C-DF-11 FORMING A CONCRETE DRIVEWAY
C-AD-8 PATCHING AND REPAIRING ASPHALT DRIVEWAYS
Most other projects
CTF-8 STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS IN INSTALLING CERAMIC FLOOR TILES
CTW-8 STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS IN INSTALLING CERAMIC WALL TILES
I&V-11 STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS IN INSULATING AND VENTING YOUR HOME
CP-PD-8 STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS IN INSTALLING AN ENTRY/PATIO DOOR
DRIF-16 STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS IN DRYWALL REPAIRS, INSTALLATION AND FINISHING
CP-D-8 STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS IN INSTALLING ALL TYPES OF INTERIOR DOORS
CP-W-9 STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS IN INSTALLING WINDOWS
CP-SW-10 STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS IN INSTALLING SKYLIGHTS
CP-SC-7 STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS IN INSTALLING SUSPENDED CEILING OR CEILING TILE
CP-DR/S--7 STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS IN INSTALLING DECK RAILINGS & STEPS
CP-R--10 STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS IN INSTALLING ROOF SHINGLES AND SHAKES
C-GB-12 STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS FOR TWO METHODS OF INSTALLING GLASS BLOCKS
CP-M-7 STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS IN INSTALLING WOOD TRIM AND MOLDINGS
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Burnaby BC Canada
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CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD ONE EXAMPLE OF A STEP-BY-STEP PROJECT
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REMOVING AND INSTALLING A NEW GARBORATOR OR REPLACING THE OLD ONE
Labor & material output for plumber $400.00+
Do it on your own following instructions in this guide $100.00
Be sure to read listed notes prior to assembling each part.
Tools and supplies you will need:
A sharp utility knife (a OLFAL knife is recommended)
A slotted screwdriver (a flat head)
A Philips screwdriver (a star)
A red Robinson screwdriver (a square)
A measuring tape
A medium size open end pliers (channel locks)
A pair of wire cutting/wire twisting pliers
SUPPLIES TO BUY
A small bag or container of plumbers putty
A roll of Teflon tape
A live wire tester “Beep” when live wire is present
REMOVING THE OLD GARBORATOR
Turn electrical power off to the garborator either by garborator on/off switch or from breaker in panel box. Next, with your screw driver remove the small metal plate under the bottom of you garborator. This plate is covering the access to the wire connection to your garborator. With your tester on, touch the end of the tester in a live outlet somewhere else in your house. You should hear a “beep”. You now know it works. Next, test wire on garborator to see if they have power running through them (loud beep) if so then you turned off the wrong switch or breaker. When the proper switch or breaker is turned off re-test to be sure.
Next, disconnect garborator drain by turning the plastic nut holding it down counterclockwise saving plastic nut and washer below the nut. With your flat head screw driver remove the two screws holding the curved drain opening on the garborator. A metal ring should then come off. With one hand holding up the garborator from the bottom of the garb orator take your hammer and hit the large ring on top of the garborator just under the sink bottom turning the ring counterclockwise, the garb orator will drop into your hands when loose enough to fall. Lay the old garborator on the floor of the sink then put your fingers into the small hole where your wires are and pull out the wires. There should be a white wire, a black wire and a green or copper wire. Turn the wire connectors holding them counterclockwise to remove them. Wire should now be loose and free. If you garborator has a wire clamp holding the wire to the base of the garborator remove it by turning the large nut under the clamp counterclockwise. Now wire and clamp should be separate from the garborator. Remove the old garborator from under the sink. You have a choice of using the old sink drain holding in the garborator or changing it for the new one.
To remove the old drain you will find three screws and a large lock ring holding the drain to the sink. Crawl under the sink (wearing safety goggles) and unscrew the three screws counterclockwise till the odd shaped ring holding them is loose enough to spin around easily. With a flat head screwdriver and your hand lift up the other ring near the end where the ring is split and remove ring. Careful odd shaped ring don’t fall on your head. Remove both rings. Next you will see a flat triangle plate under the sink drain. Remove it buy placing the flathead screwdriver under the plate. Careful the plate don’t fall on your head. Next remove the rim drain from the sink. Clean all areas of the sink well.
You are done this part.
INSTALLING THE NEW GARBORATOR
Remove garborator from the box it came in. Take all parts out of box and place them all on a soft surface like a carpet or a folded blanket.
Take the rim sink drain that fits in the sink from the top and put a thick amount of plumbers putty under the rim making sure there are no gaps. Place this rim part into the hole in the sink from the top. Now crawl back under the sink (with goggles) (this is tricky) and place the triangle piece first (lip side down facing you) then the odd shape ring (screw bottoms up screwdriver ends down) up onto the sink part you just put in. Then clip the round ring up onto the lip of the sink drain. (Fun eh!) Although it can be done by one person, it might help if you had someone holding the sink drain down with the palm of their hands while you do this. With that done simply screw down the odd ring by screwing the screws clockwise evenly a little of each till all the screws are good and tight. Heads of screws should be sticking up from the odd plate1/8 of an inch or less. NOT MORE THAN 1/8. Remove excess plumbers putty.
At this time I want you to notice the three metal pieces sticking out from the odd shaped piece. When viewed sideways the metal protrusions will seem like they are turning upwards. This part is what will hold your garborator on.
Turn the garborator upside down on the floor and look for a hole about ¾ inch diameter. In this hole install the new wire clamp by removing the big nut from the clamp, placing the clamp (threads first) into the hole and screwing the big nut onto the clap till it is tight. Open other end of clamp so as wire can easily slide through.
Flip the garborator upright and install the 4 inch round rubber seal that looks like it has 4 cuts in the rubber on the top. It will slide on tight on top of the lip of the garborator.
Now install the new short curved drain pipe placing the round 1½ rubber first then place the metal ring over the pipe and onto the garborator. With the two bolts provided screw bolts in hand tight clockwise.
Lay the new garborator under the sink inside the cabinet and connect the electrical wire. Simply push the wire into the clamp till the white, black and ground wire can be reached and pulled in by hand. When you have enough wire pulled to install wire merrets,do so. Attach black wire with black wire twist ends together and attach wire merret. Attach white wire with white wire twist ends together and attach wire merret. Attach green or copper wire to green screw (ground) on garborator. Put the small cover lid back on and screw down snug. Tighten wire clamp so as wire is firmly attached to garborator.
Here comes the challenge:
With your back on the floor under the sink and the garborator resting on your chest; lift the garborator up with the rubber end inside the sink drain. Push hard enough so you can turn the odd piece clockwise and lock the Garborator in place. Check and make sure all three metal protrusions are locked on the garborator. Turn till good and hand tight.
Now slide the old plastic nut (threads pointing away from garborator) on the garborator drain pipe. Then slide the old plastic ring gasket (tapered side away fro garborator towards old drain) up under the plastic nut you just put on. Now line up the small curved drain pipe so it goes inside the old existing drain pipe where the old garborator came from. Tighten down plastic ring and nut hand tight only. Align garborator so the drain pipe is sitting evenly with the old drain pipe. Tighten down the two screws on the metal ring against the garborator good and tight with screwdriver. Then tighten down plastic nut with pliers good and snug. (do not over tighten or you will crack the plastic nut). Now with your hammer hit the odd shaped ring clockwise so it goes high enough on the metal protrusions to lock itself in.
Yahoo!!!! You finished.
Turn back on the breaker or switch, turn on the faucet to allow water in the drain and try the garborator.
Great job…You deserve a beer!