In every home, there are certain plumbing issues that come up that are more do it yourself in nature. From fixing a leaky toilet, to replacing a dripping faucet, when making minor repairs, buying the right replacement fixtures is the most important part of any project.
Step 1 – Find the problem
Sometimes the problem jumps out at you, sometimes it takes a little more research. Finding the source can help you limit the hours spent on the repair, and save countless trips to the hardware store. When you’re taking a part fixtures or piping, keep all the pieces together and in the right order so its easy to connect back together.
Step 2 – Match it
Even though you think you know what part you need to replace, looks can be deciding when you’re standing in the hardware store with dozens of choices. When in doubt, bring the actual piece with you to match up and compare, and ensure you are purchasing the right piece.
Step 3 – Get the right measurements
When replacing larger items like sinks or toilets, make sure you take accurate measurements for reinstalling. Sinks and toilets come in a variety of sizes, shapes and heights. Buying by looks alone could bring a big surprise when installation is complete.
Step 4 – Know your source
Different areas have different code requirements. Buying used or old, out of date materials can sometimes cause you to no longer meet code requirements.
Step 5 – Know your options
The hardware store may seem to be the best place to find new fixtures. But there are other options. In many areas the public has access to wholesale supply companies and can find unique supplies not found in the big box stores. You may even check with your local contractor or plumber for information – they often have tips on businesses or websites that offer things out of the ordinary.