Dealing with pests (ants) while plumbing


In DIY in my opinion you find loads of issues and it is all about being a problem solver as you begin with a problem quite often or if not sometimes you can create a bigger problem. Often this is DIY related purely, you can start to fix a water leak and make it worse and then have to deal with it quickly or start a project and make a mistake.

These can only be overcome by practice and experience, and you can only get that over time. So get on fellow DIY’ers and make those mistakes and learn.

I will give you an example, I went to visit a friend in California, a friend who I have known for many years. And we were working on his plumbing in the basement, when we found an enormous mound of ants; mound is the best word I can think of as there were thousands.

We had a little problem and they were little biters the little chaps and not happy we were there in their world.  We were trying to fix a plumbing issue, which was basically trying to find where the water pressure was going, so I wanted to look all over the house to trace the pipes and this led me to the basement. And I am glad we did as these ants were eating his house, they had gnawed through a lot of old wood and were happily building a kingdom or rather Queendom !!

So basically we had to call a pest control company out and we found one and they were great, arrived quickly and dealt with them quite quickly and have been back once to finish the job and make sure they would not return.

These pests were amazing, and needed a lot of work to get rid of them.

So back to the plumbing…




Electricity creates heat and wires get hot and can get very hot if a lot of electricity is passing through the wires and anything connected to the electrical wires can melt. And much more dangerous, it can cause a fire.

A great safety feature of an electrical system is the good old fuse. It is very simple yet can and does protect your entire home from many potential issues, fire being one of them. Basically a fuse is a very thin wire inside a glass container, connected at both ends to a metal end that connects to the electrical supply via a plug or fuse box generally.

The electrical supply passes through the fuse, it has no choice and does so to power an appliance, once it has gone through the power cable. If the fuse wire gets too hot it simply gives up and melts and therefore prevents the electricity from flowing through to the appliance, which is exactly what you want to happen, thus preventing overheating and a potential fire. This is very much like taking the plug out, a great safety feature.

So basically if there is a flow of power that is too much due to a fault in the mains or a surge of power, the fuse wire will melt and prevent the appliance being damaged and importantly ensuring it does not catch fire. And also this protects the user as power is cut immediately.

Each different fuse has a different amp rating, this rating shows the amount of electricity the fuse will allow before it melts and stops working. All of the appliances will have an amp rating that needs to be matched with the right fuse in your plug. Placing a fuse with a higher rating in a plug is not a good idea as it will allow too much electricity to go through before it melts and could cause permanent damage to your appliance.

Fuses must be replaces once they melt as they render your appliance useless as they are not able to allow electricity through to the appliance any more. Therefore if an appliance does not work anymore, it is good practice to unplug it and have a look at the fuse is ok. If in doubt replace the fuse. It is normally obvious that a fuse has melted or blown as there is a black residue in the fuse itself. If you notice any black residue, it is always better to replace it.

If a fuse continues to stop working after being replaced, It is good practice to get the advice of an electrician as it probably means there is a bigger issue with your electrical system.

In your plug there is a fuse, make sure you unplug your appliance before you do any checking of the plug or do any electrical fault finding. Then using a screwdriver, unscrew the plug’s main screw and remove the top. You will see the fuse in a copper bracket. Carefully ease the fuse out and replace it with a new fuse. Place the plug top back and screw it back on. And then plug it in again to see if you have fixed the problem.







Bathroom projects can be complicated things to do and normally involve a professional, although some can be achieved without a plumber.

Here is a list of 10 DIY bathroom projects.

  1. Change the lighting.
  2. Change to a pedestal to increase space.
  3. Replace bath with walk in shower.
  4.  Convert to a dual flush toilet.
  5. Get creative with storage.
  6. Add a towel heater.
  7. Add nightlights to the kickboard under the sink.
  8. Retile the shower.
  9. Add a vessel sink.
  10. Use furniture to integrate ideas.


Change the lighting

New lighting gives the room a nice fresh look. There are many different lighting ideas that can turn a bathroom into a beautiful place to be in.

Change to a pedestal to increase space

In a smaller bathroom a pedestal sink opens up the space, making the appearance seem bigger. Pedestal basins have some great designs these days, have a look at some pictures online.

Replace bath with walk in shower

A walk in shower is a real stunner and has a lot of wow factor. And if you are not into a bath, it is worth some thought.

 Convert to a dual flush toilet

A dual flush toilet gives you better water usage and therefore more economical.

Get creative with storage

As ever there are hundreds of ideas for storage, either you make something to be unique or you buy some.

Add a towel heater

Great idea for warmth of the room and the towels and they can look sexy too.

Add nightlights to the kickboard under the sink

Another big wow factor and easy to do.

Retile the shower

New tiles add a great look and there are so many these days that look so cool.

Add a vessel sink

This adds a lot of elegance and class to a bathroom.

Use furniture to integrate ideas

Integrate a butchers block to house your sink – looks great!!

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Welcome to my DIY blog.

I want to show pictures, videos and articles to help people get into DIY and enjoy it. There are so many simple things you can do easily and learn and then move to more complicated projects if necessary.

Check out my latest page on fuses, very useful stuff as they prevent a lot of damage and potentially fires.

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