Tips for Remodeling Your Bathroom

The jittery economy has made do-it-yourselfers out of all of us, and if remodeling a bathroom is on your agenda this year you may choose to do most of the work yourself rather than pay top dollar to a plumber or contractor. Having a firm grasp on basic plumbing skills is a must if you want to do the job. Here is some sound bathroom plumbing remodeling advice to help you avert disaster and end up with the bathroom you've always dreamed of.

Taking classes: your local home improvement store probably has some basic plumbing courses lined up between now and when you want to start your project. Make sure to ask plenty of specific questions during these sessions and take as many classes as you need to feel confident about your skills.

Make a plan: This will include a step-by-step itemized procedural list as well as a timeline for each component of the job. When you have time on the weekends will drag out your project until you are exasperated and give up, just going at it piece meal.

Make sure your protected. Use wisdom during your project and never compromise safety for the sake of expediency. Make sure you plug in extension cords in a room other than the bathroom, for instance, and make sure the water and power is turned off in your work area before you begin.Get expert advice: If you are not an expert do-it-yourselfer, it is wise to enlist an experienced partner (either paid or unpaid) who will help you through the planning and execution stages. Even if you have been honing your basic plumbing skills, nothing will prepare you for certain situations that will require expert troubleshooting.

When in doubt, hire out. If you find yourself in over your head, it's perfectly OK to hire a plumbing contractor to finish the job. The bathroom is an essential room in a house and saving a little money is ultimately not worth it if the job turns out poorly or requires continual repair work.

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