Q. What is an incinerating toilet? A. Designed for use where no drain lines or septic/sewer system exists, an incinerating toilet is a waterless toilet that incinerates “black water” to eliminate the septic pump-out processes. In other words, it burns waste instead of flushing it away with water. There are two types of these units: electric and gas-powered (diesel or […]
A Step-by-step Approach to a Beautiful and Budget-conscious Bathroom Overhaul
Although showers laden with ceramic tile look great, leaks are an inevitable fact of life. You can’t assume your shower floor is waterproof just because you see no visible signs of tile or grout damage. Ceramic tile showers are not waterproof; they are water-repellent. Under the tiled floor surface lies about 2 inches of cement mortar. When using the […]
Here’s a case study of a bathroom remodel from re-caulking to radiant heat floors.
What Lies Beneath?
Keep ahead of the game with mildew-resistant building materials.
Q: Can I install plastic laminate over a countertop that’s already covered with existing laminate material? A: Yes, but the existing surface must be even and smooth. Repair any gouges or loose edges and make sure the existing laminate is glued firmly. Rough-up the surface with sandpaper, and then use a soft paintbrush or a vacuum cleaner to completely […]
A close look at material options and DIY installation