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When you are looking to update your bathroom, you tend to think of the big remodeling projects you might need to do, like a new shower or vanity. Instead, think of replacing your bathroom mirror. The right mirror can completely transform the look of the space and bring your drab bathroom back to life.
It is important to measure your vanity counter before shopping for a mirror. The mirror should not be wider than the vanity, but it can be smaller. By coordinating the mirror to the width of your vanity you will create a balanced look in your bathroom. If you cannot find the exact size for your bathroom, choose one that is 70-80% smaller than your vanity so it is still large enough to be functional, but creates enough contrast to make it look purposefully done.
Width isn’t the only measurement you need to consider – also measure the height between the light fixture and the top of the vanity. If you need to replace your dated light fixtures, now is the time. When hanging a mirror, be sure to consider every user. The best way to hang it is to give 12-inches of space above and below the eye level of all users.
Double-bowl or extra-wide vanities are a popular trend in bathrooms and provide a few different mirror-style opportunites. You can either hang one large mirror that will cover the width of the entire vanity or hang multiple pieces, emphasizing the walls and shape of the room. When you hang one large mirror, it will reflect more light and make the room feel larger. This is a personal preference, but also can be important when designing ambiance for different spaces. For example, a powder room might benefit from soft lighting and a smaller mirror whereas a master bathroom that gets used for makeup might benefit from a larger feel.
When using smaller mirrors or multiple mirrors, make sure you leave room for sconces on the sides. Many people prefer this type of lighting due to it giving off softer lighting and less harsh shadows. Take it into consideration when measuring the size of the mirror and vanity so they don’t feel crowded.
Frameless mirrors are common in bathrooms because they are easy to clean, are less expensive, and give bathrooms a modern look. Framed mirrors, on the other hand, can become statement pieces. They often help tie together a traditional style, but many can have modern frames as well. A simple frame in a solid color with limited texture will work in any space if you are feeling overwhelmed with options.
Rounded mirrors soften spaces and look excellent above pedestal sinks. If you have a unique wall color or feature wallpaper, more of it will be visible with the rounded edges of your mirror.
If your bathroom is short on storage space, you may want to forego a mirror and opt for a medicine cabinet. The practicality cannot be beat. Medicine cabinets come in many different styles and can bring either a modern or classic look to your bathroom.
If you’re really looking for a unique piece, look into replacing your standard mirror with a lighted mirror. They provide excellent lighting and are incredibly stylish. Lighted mirrors are a stunning statement piece for any bathroom. They come with a higher price tag, but you can forget about buying the extra bar lights!
Since the water flows down the sewer, leaking toilets don’t necessarily leave any signs of a leak, until you get the bill. The average leaky toilet can waste 200 gallons of water per day. That’s over 6,000 gallons a month for just ONE leaking toilet!
Check your toilet for leaks by following these easy steps.
- Remove the toilet tank lid
- Drop one dye tablet or 10 drops of food coloring into the tank
- Put the lid back on and wait 10-15 minutes
- Check back and see if any of the food coloring has seeped into the bowl.
- If so, you have a leak.
What causes toilet leaks?
The most common cause of a leaking toilet tank is when the flapper fails to seal properly and form a tight seal. This lets water leak from the tank into the bowl. Leaks may also be caused by the flapper being out of position.
How do I clean my flapper seal?
Turn off the water at the shutoff valve, flush the toilet and hold down the handle. There may be a little water left in the bottom of the tank, but don’t worry about it. Wipe the flapper seal with a clean cloth to make sure it is free of debris, and check it for cracks or splits. If the flapper is damaged, pick up a new one (they are inexpensive).
What causes toilets to run intermittently?
A toilet that runs on and off by itself has a problem that plumbers call a “phantom flush”. The cause is a very slow leak from the tank into the bowl. This problem is almost certainly caused by a bad flapper or flapper seal. You can try the above information to fix the problem, but if it continues to occur, please call your local plumber to fix it for you.
It is your responsibility to monitor your water use!
Article originally printed in Minnehaha Community Water Corporation newsletter 2017
Congratulations to our three giveaway winners! Each winner received a Moen GXL1000c Garbage Disposal and Mountain Plumbing Air Switch. Thank you for participating in our event – we’re glad we could help you get your kitchen ready for the Holidays!
In a world of smart homes and smart cars, it’s time to introduce the smart shower! The U by Moen fully integrates the power of technology with the experience of a rejuvenating shower.
Instead of controlling your shower temperature and spray pattern with handles or knobs, a small digital control panel is placed in your shower that can be set to a specific temperature, time limit, and pre-set. For example, if you prefer a hot shower in the morning and a cooler one after a workout, you can set it so.
The absence of levers and knobs makes shower cleaning a breeze and leaves your shower looking less cluttered.
The water-saving abilities are abundant with the U shower. Too often users turn on the shower, get distracted, and forget the shower is running while gallons of clean fresh water pour down the drain. The pause function not only saves water for the environment, but also saves you money on your water bill. You may also save water by programming the timer function. Reduce your water usage by setting a 5-minute shower limit. For each 5-minutes the shower is running, approximately 12 gallons go down the drain. By limiting, or simply being conscious of your time spent in the shower, you can drastically reduce your water bill.
By connecting your smartphone to the U by Moen, you can start the shower from anywhere in your home. When the water temperature meets the programmed setting, it will pause the water and let you know that your shower is ready to go!
With all of the technological advances in kitchens and bathrooms, the U by Moen will be welcomed along with touch and motion faucets, electric mirrors, washlet toilet seats, and more! Find and experience all of these items in Handy Man’s showroom!
As seen on Keloland.com
More and more people are building their homes and remodeling existing homes following guidelines from the American Disabilities Act (ADA). While you might not have someone in your family with a disability, you might consider future uses of your space, or that of an elder who might need some basic modifications to help keep them in their home.
The bathroom is the room in the house that can present some of the biggest challenges. From washlet bidet toilet seats to safety handrails, there are many options to make a bathroom more accessible. Here are some things to consider whether you’re building a new home or modifying an existing one. You might also be looking to help a parent who wishes to stay in their own home, but needs some basic modifications for safety and convenience.
Consider comfort height toilets to avoid having to bend knees too far. A grab bar and toilet paper holder-in-one can provide great convenience. It can be mounted at any height you’d like. You can also install a safety hand bar that comes down on either side of the toilet for support. It’s simply mounted on the wall behind the toilet, providing stability and support while on the toilet.
When it comes to the shower, consider installing a bench or seat for stability. Also look at the curb of the shower. There are many options available. You might consider a low profile curb to avoid a tripping hazard, making it much easier to get in and out of the shower safely.
If you prefer a bathtub, but have difficulty climbing in and out, consider a walk-in bathtub with a door for access. This option makes it much easier to get in and out of the bath. These tub systems come with a special valve to allow for a faster fill-up time and a larger drain allowing the water to drain quickly when you are finished.
Whether you’re looking to add modifications for your own convenience, or someone else, be sure to consult with an expert to find out what options will work best and follow ADA guidelines. From simple fixes to complete remodels, there are many modifications that can make all the difference when it comes to safety for your loved ones in one of the most used spaces of your home.
As seen in The Hood Magazine October 2017
Germaphobes unite! The bathroom tends to be a breeding place for germs – but it doesn’t have to be. We have compiled a handful of helpful bathroom hacks to keep you and your bathroom clean and bacteria-free.
First, let’s focus on the dirtiest place – the toilet. In recent years there have been a ton of advances in technology, and the toilet was not left out. These changes have made toilets cleaner. Consider purchasing a one-piece skirted toilet which has a smooth base instead of the visible curvy trapway seen on traditional toilets. They are much easier to clean and do not gather as much grime. If you prefer a two-piece toilet, make sure the toilet you buy has a sanitary bar which prevents liquids from accumulating under the tank. Take the toilet one step further and get a wall-mounted toilet. Cleaning the floor is a breeze since you don’t need to worry about cleaning around and behind the porcelain throne. If the flusher grosses you out, install a touchless flush. These easy-to-install mechanisms are fairly universal and work on most toilets. Once installed, all you need to do is wave your hand over a spot above the tank to flush. Bidets (personal cleansing systems) are slowly making their way to the United States – and for a good reason. They are incredibly hygienic and although full systems can cost up to $1,000, simple washlet seats can be found for under $100.
The most visible grime can be found on the vanity and sink. Like the toilet, consider installing a wall-mounted vanity. The floor is much easier to clean when there aren’t corners to sweep around. You can also purchase a wall-mounted faucet as well. The perfect combination is a wall-mounted vanity, wall-mounted faucet, and a single-piece Onyx vanity top. Instead of a countertop with a separate sink, it is one seamless piece. This makes cleaning a breeze. When the faucet is mounted, you can simply wipe down the whole countertop and sink in one smooth move. If you don’t like the look of a wall-mounted faucet, another germ-free option is to install a Delta Touch faucet. You can simply tap the faucet with your forearm to turn on the water and not have to touch the handles.
The most difficult-to-clean object in the bathroom is the shower. Grout lines between tiles are quick to collect mold and mildew. Remove them completely with a grout-free Onyx shower. The single piece base and walls are easy to wipe down without scrubbing. If you still are using a shower curtain, consider replacing it with glass doors. Curtains collect mildew and shower scum while doors are easy to wipe down after each shower. Even better, design a doorless shower. These are cleverly located showers with the showerhead facing away from the entrance so you don’t even need a door.
Imagine the time you will save with an easy-to-clean bathroom! Consider making a few of these changes to your home. At Handy Man, we’ll walk you through it!
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For thousands of years, people have used colors to heal. Stained glass is rumored to have been invented in churches to heal the sick. In recent years, hundreds of studies have been performed on the affect of color on moods and temperaments. For instance, restaurants are most often associated with the color red (it makes people feel hungry); and blue is common in office buildings (it is the most loved color, therefore calming a majority of people).
Many bath products we carry have an option to include Chromatherapy. Chromatherapy is a lighting system that uses the powers of color and light to let your mind and body become relaxed or energized during a warm bath or shower. Many of our tubs and shower heads now come with colorful LED lights in them. There are generally 6 or more color options that can be chosen by a remote or control panel.
There’s a color cure to every feeling that is distressing you!
- Red light can energize you. Use this color in the morning when you are getting ready for a big game or important presentation at work.
- Purple is a sleep-inducing color – great for the kids’ nighttime baths.
- Blue light has been known to be calming and reduce stress.
- Green light is associated with growth and balance. Select green when you are in need of a little “me time” to regroup and set goals.
- Orange is a warm and optimistic color. It increases energy and rejuvenates the body and soul.
- Our final color is refreshing white. A bright white light is great for cleansing the body. The clean color will leave you feeling fresh and new.
If you are interested in bringing chromotherapy to your bathroom, stop by Handy Man to find a wide array of products to suit your every need. We’ll walk you through it!