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Fix-It Friday: Adult Plumbing Glossary… 10 Rude Sounding Terms That Are Proper Plumbing Lingo

September 12, 2014 by

Given the ensuing discussions from the eye (and areola) opening WYSK article, Breastgate, and all this Facebook nipple censorship nonsense, it reminded me that the innocent little nipple - victim of censorship and scrutiny - is also a formal plumbing term. A 1-inch nipple, a run ... [Read More]


Fix-It Friday: How to Not Get Screwed by a Stubborn Screw

September 5, 2014 by

"I am putting together a LP gas fire pit table for the patio. The legs (metal) attached to the tabletop (metal) with hex screws. One of the screws will not tighten in its hole. It just keeps turning endlessly. I tried to back it out by unscrewing it but I cannot get it to back out either, again it just turns and turns. Have I stripped it? ... [Read More]


Fix-It Friday: Popcorn Ceiling Makeover… What To Do When You’ve Got Popcorn Over Concrete

"I bought a condo with popcorn ceilings. The concrete under the popcorn is slabs. I am told that the seam will always show, if  the popcorn is removed and the ceiling glazed and then painted. My contractor is suggesting to gyproc the whole ceiling. Is there a special silicon or caulking that can be sanded and painted, and that will not ... [Read More]

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Fix-It Friday: How To Turn Your Bathroom Into A Spa Retreat… Easily & Inexpensively

Would you just RELAX! Easier said than done, my friends! Practice yoga, meditate, breathe, sure! Or kick back with a glass of scotch, or wine... actually any adult beverage - my usual go-to de-stressor. In honor of today - National Relaxation Day - a holiday that requires no explanation, I’ve decided to inspire  "We The Frazzled" to ... [Read More]

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Fix-It Friday: How To Replace A Water Shutoff Valve

I just watched a big-box TV commercial showing a mom and daughter replacing their bathroom vanity. They make it look so easy, too easy, in fact, as if they’re changing out a comforter set and throw pillows! Now of course a mom and daughter can do a project like this one, but don’t present it in a way that’s misleading in its degree of difficulty, because if you do, ... [Read More]

Girl Hunter

Fix-It Friday: Four Girlfriends And An Overloaded Circuit… The Night The Lights Went Out In Manhattan

I can remember a night, several summers ago, three girlfriends and I went into Manhattan for a special Girls' Night Out. We booked a room at an ultra-posh hotel and met there to have a cocktail before going up to our room to get glammed up and hit the town. Well, you can imagine the ... [Read More]


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]