Fix-It Friday: Norma Vally’s Top 10 Most Popular Home Improvement “Fixes”

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Two years ago, seasoned veteran of home improvement, former Discovery Home Channel show host, and author, Norma Vally, joined the WYSK team to write Fix-It Friday, an exclusive weekly column designed to inspire women – weekend warriors, aspiring handywomen, and seasoned DIYers – to take on home repairs and maintenance projects with confidence and gusto.

Over 100 Fridays later, Norma has helped WYSK readers “fix” problems big and small, and has shared her savvy advice on everything from how to use wine as a natural wood stain and growing herbs in 5-gallon buckets, to surprising household uses for lemons and how to turn an ordinary orange into a luxe candle, in her one-of-a-kind way.

In celebration of the invaluable contributions she has made to Women You Should Know, we give you… Norma Vally’s Top 10 Most Popular Home Improvement “Fixes,” based on reader feedback.


1. How To Unclog A Blocked Shower Drain

Alas, my bathing bliss was bitterly cut short as I looked down to find I was ankle deep in murky drain water. Echhh! I can tell you, there are few things I hate more in life than showering, to get clean, while my feet are soaking in dirty drain water…


2. Anchors Aweigh! How To Put Anchors Into Walls

wall-anchors_smallNot only are so many of us unsure of how to install anchors, but we’re also stumped by which ones to use! Plastic sleeve, self-drilling, toggle, molly bolts, etc. UGH…


3. The Dreaded Dripping Faucet

faucet_smallToday, I’m tackling a burning issue – a burning, dripping issue – I’m talking about the dreaded dripping faucet. That audibly annoying, water wasting, sink staining drip that won’t go away no matter how tight you turn the handle, or how hard you curse at it to stop…


4. How To Get Rid Of Nasty Showerhead Buildup

I can absolutely relate to hating that white buildup on showerheads – that dreaded calcium and lime scale! Hate it! All of my plumbing fixtures, valves, glass shower doors, etc. get that nasty stubborn mineral buildup regularly – not to mention what it does to my skin and hair. Ugh…


5. Do-It-Yourself Electrical… The Shocking Truths Revealed

By far, the number one DIY project that terrifies folks is electrical wiring. I always say, “It’s good to have a fear of something that can, um, KILL YOU – or at least give you a hair-raising jolt you won’t soon forget!” A healthy fear is good, a paralyzing one isn’t…


6. Hardwood Floor Problems? Not So Hard!

hardwood-floors-smallIf your hardwood floors are giving you a hard time, you can hardly blame them! Overtime, scuffs and scratches are inevitable, but there are ways to minimize them…


7. Tackling Bathroom Mold, Tipping Furniture & Cracked Tiles

DIY-Question_smallIn this tri-fecta of a “fix,” Norma took on one reader’s bathroom mold issue, prevented someone else’s tall narrow freestanding wardrobe from having a “Timber!” moment, and helped a third with a quick fix for cracked tiles in the shower…


8. How To Have Fun And Get Creative With Accent Titles

tile-threshold-smallLet me say, I love your idea of adding an accent tile with an inscription to replace a cracked one. When you can’t find an exact or nearly exact match, I always advise it’s better to use a contrasting accent tile, rather than a close-but-no-cigar mismatch, and work it…


9. How To Take The Stink Out Of Appliances

smelly-washing-machines_smallSo you open your washing machine or dishwasher, and PHEW, you’re hit in the face with a musty, foul stench. Now how are you to use an appliance that’s supposed to clean things when it smells so dirty…


10. Caulk Talk With Norma Vally

caulk-smallOh that silly ‘ol silicone – I feel your pain, Louise! Years back I learned that “no-stick” lesson the hard way. Like your husband, I used it everywhere, and when I went to paint, the color just beaded up like oil on a new Teflon pan. But don’t you worry, the fix is here…


Got A DIY Question? Ask-The-Expert!

If you have a DIY home repair, maintenance or improvement question for Norma, now is your chance to ask-the-expert and have her answer. Your burning question may just be the “star” of an upcoming Fix-It Friday column.

Add your question to the comments section below or email it to Women You Should Know.

Fix-It Friday is an exclusive Women You Should Know® editorial series authored by seasoned veteran of home improvement, Norma Vally. The weekly column is designed to inspire women – weekend warriors, aspiring handywomen, and even seasoned DIYers – to take on home repairs and maintenance projects with confidence and gusto.

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