4 Plumbing Tips and Tricks

  1. Stop sink-sprayer hang-ups
    Do you have to move around the hose as you pull out your kitchen sink sprayer? Chances are the hose is catching on the shutoff valves. For smooth operation, slip 1/2-in. foam pipe insulation over the pipes and shutoff handles. Tape it if it won't stay put. Get the insulation at home centers for about 3 bucks.
Plumbing Tricks
  1. Quiet loud sink sounds

Fill the space between two stainless steel sink basins with expanding foam. The foam deadens vibrations and lessens the gong effect. It's possible to do this with the sink in place but much neater and easier before installation. Either way, let the foam harden and then trim away the excess with a knife.

  1. Use a bucket of water to flush the toilet water

You don't have to run to the neighbor's bathroom during a plumbing project.

Before you turn off the water supply, fill 2- gallon buckets with water.

Flush the toilet by dumping the water in the bowl. You'll get one flush per bucket.

Works just as well as the usual method, although it won't refill the bowl.

  1. Take pictures before closing walls

Your walls may not have much inner beauty, but it's a good idea to take pictures of what's inside during remodeling. The same goes for floors and ceilings. When your next remodeling or repair project rolls around, you'll know where the framing and the electrical and plumbing lines are.