Get Your “Fix” From Norma Vally… Ask A DIY Question. The Toolbelt Diva Will Answer.

July 25, 2014 by

Jean B was confused by countertops. Anna L had a bum electrical outlet. Sharon needed less pop on her glossy pink staircase. Laurel said, "No more!" to her popcorn ceiling. Nina wanted to clean her oven without nasty chemicals. AJ was grossed out by showerhead buildup. V White was looking to get creative with accent tiles. ... [Read More]

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Fix-It Friday: “Help! My Ring Went Down The Sink Drain!” How To Rescue Anything From Your P-Trap

My nieces and nephew are visiting with me this week, and although there are 3 bathrooms in the house, they all want to use my bathroom, of course. Yesterday, the little one came running to me, eyes as wide as dinner plates, totally panic stricken. "Aunt Norma..." then the tears started gushing. I was finally able to decipher ... [Read More]

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Fix-It Friday: Conquering the Abyss… How To Put The Space Under The Stairs To Good Use

July 18, 2014 by

"My kitchen pantry is under the stairs! It's not closed in and my husband says he wants to make sure he does it correctly to code. I've been waiting 7 years!! While I am waiting, I put my pots and pans on a wire free standing shelf. I am constantly knocking pans back ... [Read More]

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Fix-It Friday: The Toilet Handle Fix… How To Replace Or Tighten

You want to talk embarrassing? I’m on the first over-his-place date with a guy I’m really liking. After the initial "Hello. You look great. Nice place," I excuse myself to the bathroom. You know you can tell a lot about someone by their bathroom. Is it fresh and clean? What’s the medicine cabinet stocked with? Beware of too many "anti" products - antifungal creams, anti-itch powders, ... [Read More]

This Is Precisely Why Every Woman Should Know How To Unclog A Toilet

This Is Precisely Why Every Woman Should Know How To Unclog A Toilet

June 27, 2014 by

Almost three years ago to the day, American Standard released this video, which they say is "Based on a true story." Fact or fiction, it is freaking hilarious! You panic, cringe, and gag right along with this poor woman who has found herself in some seriously deep doo-doo. For the brand it's a clever sales piece, but for us it's a cautionary tale that captures precisely why every woman should know how ... [Read More]

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Fix-It Friday: Solid Vs. Engineered… What You Should Know About Hardwood Floors

"Norma, In our continuing saga of re-doing our home, we are now in the process of having to choose new wood flooring. There are so many types of "wood" floors on the market. I know I do not want the laminated "wood", but I am confused as to which type of "real" wood flooring would be best to put over a concrete slab. Can you give ... [Read More]

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Fix-It Friday: 10 Interesting Things You Should Know About Norma Vally… The Toolbelt Diva

June 20, 2014 by

This Woman You Should Know is so many things... a seasoned veteran of home repair and improvement, the former host of Discovery Home Channel’s series "Toolbelt Diva" and a show on Sirius Satellite Radio by the same name, an acclaimed author, a proud aunt, a mom to rescue kitty Dexter, an accomplished cook, ... [Read More]

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Fix-It Friday: Father’s Day Fixes… 5 Thoughtful DIY Projects You Can Tackle To Make Dad’s Life Easier

For Father’s Day, how about tackling a few DIY projects that will make Dad’s life easier? I’ve put a list together of thoughtful fixes that typically fall in the dad’s chore camp. Knock these easy projects out of the way and help Dad’s Honey-do list go from To-Do to To-done! ... [Read More]