Norma Vally, WYSK DIY Contributor

About Norma Vally, WYSK DIY Contributor

A seasoned veteran of home improvement, Norma Vally’s media career boasts four seasons as host of Discovery Home Channel’s series Toolbelt Diva and a radio show on Sirius Satellite by the same name. Norma is the author of the book series Norma Vally’s Fix-ups; has appeared on Today, NBC Nightly News, CNN, FOX, MSNBC, TLC, HGTV, DIY, Hallmark, etc; has been featured in Women’s Health, People, Woman’s Day, Glamour, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and New York Times.

Fix It Friday: When Your Bowl Runneth Over… How To Deal With A Clogged Toilet

My oldest niece, Delphine, moved away from home when she started school in Bordeaux, France, living sans parents for the first time. She shared with me that the scariest, most embarrassing moments in her little apartment were when the toilet would get backed up. The rising bowl water, floating debris and all, would send her and her ... [Read More]

Fix-It Friday: Coloring Your World With Confidence… How To Choose A Paint Color

Choosing a paint color can be a daunting and stressful feat, especially if you don’t know where to start. I’ve seen many people with that deer-caught-in-headlights look as they stand stupefied in front of the paint chip wall. As far as I’m concerned, there should be a sign over the display that reads, "WARNING: Prolonged staring at paint chips can cause nausea, dizziness, and ... [Read More]

Fix-It Friday: Anchors Aweigh! How To Put Anchors Into Walls

"How do you put anchor screws into the wall?" - WYSK Reader Norma NV: Great question and then some Norma... by the way, I really LOVE your name! Now back to the matter at hand. Not only are so many of us unsure of how to install anchors, but which ones to use! Plastic sleeve, self-drilling, toggle, molly bolts, etc. UGH! Above all, we’re concerned about ... [Read More]

Fix-It Friday: 4th Of July Safety And Awareness Checklist

As we get ready to celebrate America’s birthday, let’s run down this 4th of July safety and awareness checklist I’ve created to help us all enjoy an incident-free, star-spangled weekend! ... [Read More]

Fix-It Friday: How To Get Rid Of Nasty Showerhead Buildup

"Hi Norma, I have tried everything I can think of, but I cannot get rid of the white crud that cakes up on my showerheads. I hate how they look. Can you suggest anything I can use to remove the gunk that has built up on them?" - AJ, WYSK Reader NV: Hi AJ! I can absolutely relate to hating that white buildup on showerheads - that dreaded calcium and lime scale! Hate it! ... [Read More]

Fix-It Friday: Let There Be (Flattering) Light! How To Install A Dimmer Switch

My girlfriend Suzanne used to say, "There's no such thing as ugly people, only bad lighting." And I don’t know anyone who’s a fan of bad lighting. So if you'd like to be able to go from surgical room bright to get-you-in-the-mood sultry, all from the same fixture, let me shed some light on the world of dimmer switches. Installing A Dimmer Switch Changing a standard switch ... [Read More]

Fix-It Friday: Some Good Herb… How To Keep Fresh Herbs Fresh

How many times have you bought a fresh herb bunch, only to throw it out cause you didn’t use it quickly enough? A wilted slimy bag of green goop, tossed in the garbage - money wasted, and no sage for your favorite lemon-sage chicken dish you just prepped. I swore I’d never kill innocent aromatics again so I came up with a bunch of herbal fixes and a battle cry to forever ... [Read More]

refinishing furniture

Fix-It Friday: From Dull To Dynamic, Refinishing Flea Market Finds

"Hi Norma! I have furniture envy. My friends are great at repurposing and refinishing furniture they find at flea markets, but they live in the country so they have the space to do these kind of projects. Any tips for those of us living in metropolitan areas who don’t have an outdoor space to work in?" - Becky, WYSK reader ... [Read More]