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Friday, December 9, 2022
Why You Should Always Have Plumber’s Putty

Why You Should Always Have Plumber’s Putty

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Photo: A_stockphoto (Shutterstock)If you’ve ever spent any real time perusing your local hardware store, you have probably seen something called Plumber’s Putty on the shelves. Or maybe you hired a plumber to do some work and you spotted it among their tools and materials: It’s typically a compound with a base of clay or dough,…
How Bad Is a Leaky Faucet, Anyway?

How Bad Is a Leaky Faucet, Anyway?

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Photo: Isaeva Studio (Shutterstock)The drip-drip-drip of a leaky faucet can be annoying, to be sure. And it’s certainly not going to do any favors to your water bill (or the environment). But beyond that, how big of a deal is it, really?How much damage does a leaky faucet cause?If your leak is visible, you might…
TikTok’s ‘Overloading’ Trend Is a Crappy Way to Clean Your Toilet

TikTok’s ‘Overloading’ Trend Is a Crappy Way to Clean Your Toilet

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Photo: VH-studio (Shutterstock)TikTok’s latest ad campaign is all about how useful the video-sharing app is for learning new tricks, hacks, and skills—and it is, for the most part. When users aren’t opening TikTok to increase their knowledge, they’re usually looking for entertainment or ASMR. For some time now, one toilet-cleaning trend known as the “overload”…
So You Need to Poop While on a Date

So You Need to Poop While on a Date

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Photo: SynthEx (Shutterstock)It’s a beautiful thing, to reach the point in a relationship when your no-longer-new partner has finally discovered all of the horrible smells your body can produce, and chooses to stick with you nonetheless. The last thing you want, however, is for this smelly point to arrive ahead of schedule—killing the romance tragically…
Never Flush These Things Down the Toilet

Never Flush These Things Down the Toilet

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Photo: Am.p (Shutterstock)No one likes mopping up the overflow caused by a clogged toilet, and the prospect of a big bill from a plumber is one of the least exciting things about being an adult. If you own a home, you’ll eventually suffer both of these cruel fates, but you can stave them off for…
Is It Cheaper to Take a Shower or a Bath?

Is It Cheaper to Take a Shower or a Bath?

Photo: ben bryant (Shutterstock)All the recent heat and humidity may be causing you to spend more time in the shower or bath than usual. And if you pay for water (or are concerned about conserving it), you may be wondering which is harder on your wallet (and the environment): Showering or bathing? Here’s what to…
Five Things in Your Home You Should Probably Replace Right Now

Five Things in Your Home You Should Probably Replace Right Now

Photo: Thanaphat Somwangsakul (Shutterstock)Even if keeping a clean home is important to you, there’s a lot to stay on top of. There’s the obvious: taking out the garbage, unloading the dishwasher, vacuuming—let any of those slide and you’ll feel the impact almost immediately. But they are also so in your face that keeping up with…
Two Half Baths Don’t Equal Full, and Other Real Estate Bathroom Math You Should Know

Two Half Baths Don’t Equal Full, and Other Real Estate Bathroom...

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Photo: Artazum (Shutterstock)Last weekend we talked about home bathroom sizes—as in, what you get in a half-bath versus a 3/4-bath or a full-bath. And while that information is necessary for decoding that terminology in real estate listings, there’s another part that isn’t exactly straightforward either: The total number of bathrooms in a home.Even though we…
This Is the ‘Ideal’ Amount of Time to Spend in the Shower

This Is the ‘Ideal’ Amount of Time to Spend in the...

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Photo: Naypong Studio (Shutterstock)Showering is one of the biggest uses of water in a typical residential home, according to the EPA. You don’t want to use too much water in your shower, but you do need more than a few minutes to get fully clean. So where is the balance?Shorter showers are good for your…
The Actual Difference Between a Half, 3/4, and Full Bathroom

The Actual Difference Between a Half, 3/4, and Full Bathroom

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Photo: Tom Penpark (Shutterstock)Real estate listings sound like they should be pretty straightforward, but if you’re not familiar with the terminology and abbreviations, it can seem like they’re written in a different language. Some things are self-explanatory, like seeing “primary bedroom” and knowing it’s what has been traditionally known as a “master bedroom.”Bathrooms, however, are…

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