How To Change A Tap Washer

Darryl Simon from Service Experts shows you a simple and easy way to change a simple tap washer in a shower. He demonstrates in a shower with two standard taps, hot and cold.

Step 1: Turn off water at mains (to see how to do this watch our other video)

Step 2: Remove hot and cold flanges
watch at 0.27 to view hot to remove the flanges

Step 3: Remove spindle in wall with a tube spanner
watch at 1.17 to view how to remove the spindle

Step 4: Check inside seat to see if any leftover rubber in wall
watch at 2:04 on how to do this

Step 5: Install new tap washer on spindle
watch at 2:22

Step 6: Turn on water supply at mains to check for leaks

Step 7: Silicone holes and replace flanges and handles

How to Re-Use Your Grey Water

shutterstock_156930869It has been estimated that every household could save up to 50,000 litres of drinking water a year simply by re-using their grey water. This article looks at the benefits of grey water and how it can be recycled in the home.

What is grey water?

Grey water is the waste water that is produced from showers, baths, basins and washing machines. While not suitable for drinking, grey water can be re-used to water gardens, saving thousands of litres of valuable drinking water.

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No Plunger? Find Out How to Unblock Your Toilet Without It

shutterstock_145945508Blocked toilet? No plunger? Here’s what to do if the unthinkable happens.

Improvised tools

When your toilet bowl fills up or is slow to drain it is probably blocked somewhere, but the question is where? The first thing you can try is to use the toilet brush, in case it is only a minor blockage just inside the hole. Jiggle the brush around in the hole to try and dislodge whatever is in there.

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Dishwasher Maintenance Tips

shutterstock_140821096The dishwasher is a modern day miracle, relieving householders of the tedious chore of the daily washing up. But just like any other household appliance, a dishwasher needs a little TLC to keep it running smoothly and looking its best. This article provides useful tips on how to clean and maintain your best friend in the kitchen.

Cleaning your dishwasher

Just as you would wipe down your bench tops and other kitchen surfaces, so your dishwasher will benefit from a regular clean with a damp cloth soaked in mild dishwashing detergent to keep the finish shiny and scratch-free. Clean the top, sides and door as part of your cleaning routine, and pay particular attention to knobs and controls where dust or food scraps can collect.

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Wet Wipes or Toilet Paper?

shutterstock_68474017These days, we use tissues instead of handkerchiefs, paper towels instead of cleaning cloths and now more than ever, wet wipes instead of toilet paper.

The argument by manufacturers is that these products are more hygienic and can be disposed of after use, reducing exposure to germs. And while that may well be true, where we dispose of them is becoming a real issue.

The wet wipes phenomenon

In recent years, certain sections of society – typically those with high disposable incomes – have taken to using wet wipes instead of traditional toilet paper, having been convinced by the makers that they provide a deeper more thorough clean.

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Water Usage Statistics Australia

contentThe average Australian household uses around 900 Litres of water a day. Given the growing scarcity of this precious resource and the potential for it to cost us a lot more in the future, now’s the time to be looking at how we use water at home and where we can reduce our consumption.

Water use statistics

Statistics show that we use a lot of our water at home in the following ways:

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Bathroom Renovation Tips

Dollarphotoclub_18015976Renovating your bathroom is one of the best and most cost-effective ways to add value to your home. If you’re considering having it done or planning to do it yourself, here are some tips that can help smooth the process and improve the end result.


Resist the temptation to go with the latest bathroom trends. While they may look striking now, trends pass and what is fashionable today may be the height of bad taste tomorrow. Stick to tried and true neutral colour schemes and simply add accessories such as towels plants, pots, and feature tiles that reflect current trends and can be easily replaced later on.

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What is an Electric Eel?

Dollarphotoclub_39940043An electric eel is a snake-like device used to clear blockages in drains and septic systems. It is comprised of a coiled metal wire that rotates as it travels down a pipe.

When it encounters a blockage, its rotation either breaks the object up or screws its end into the object like a corkscrew, after which it can be pulled from the drain.

Types of auger

Also known as an auger, an electric eel comes in several different types. These include:

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Plumbing Origins: The Aqueducts of Rome

Dollarphotoclub_18430482The ancient Romans were originally dependent on the Tiber River and a few springs and wells for their water, but as the population of Rome grew and these sources became polluted they were forced to think on a grander scale. Thus the mighty Roman Aqueducts were born.

This system of waterways that brought running water to the very heart of Rome is considered one of the greatest engineering achievements of the ancient world, and was the forerunner of the modern plumbing we enjoy today.

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Preparing Your Plumbing for Winter

Dollarphotoclub_50138241Winter can be harsh on your home’s plumbing systems, particularly in locations where the temperature gets down to near-freezing or below. That’s why it’s important to make the necessary preparations ahead of time to ensure your plumbing is protected from the cold.

Gutters and downpipes

Gutters and downpipes are your roof’s plumbing system. They channel excess water off your roof and either into rainwater tanks or away from your home. But if they are blocked with debris such as twigs, leaves and dirt, they will overflow and damage your home, allowing water into your ceilings and basement. Therefore cleaning out and repairing gutters and downpipes prior to winter is a vital part of your preparation. Installing gutter guards is also a good second line of defence.

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