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  1. How to Organize a Laundry Room

    Increase efficiency in your laundry room with these simple storage and organization projects. Learn how to install a folding table, add a soap dispenser, find space for a hanging rack, install an all-purpose wall cabinet, and create storage space on a laundry tub.

Other Projects for DIYers from The Family Handyman:

  1. Clothes Washer: Keep Your Washing Machine from Flooding the Laundry Room

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    Install an automatic washing machine shutoff valve to prevent expensive flooding due to broken hoses, leaky valves or other malfunctions, especially when you're not home. You’ll have greater peace of mind.

  2. Convert an Unfinished Laundry Area Into a Laundry Room

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    Create a fresh, clean work space in your laundry room. We walk you through the toughest part—reworking the plumbing and adding the new sink. Follow these how-to photos and instructions to turn your unfinished laundry area into a finished laundry room that'll better meet your needs.

  3. How to Install a Laundry Chute

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    You'll love the convenience of a laundry chute. It'll save you time and energy with fewer trips up and down stairs. We show you how to find a wall location and install one.

  4. Avoiding a Laundry Room Flood in an Upstairs Laundry Room

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    Second floor laundry rooms can create a lot of damage if the wash machine leaks. We'll show you four DIY steps to prevent a water catastrophe. You won't have to spend a lot of time or money, and you'll safeguard against an upstairs flood.

  5. Upgrade Your Laundry Sink

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    Replace a grungy laundry sink with a new one and upgrade with a soap dispenser and faucet with a pull-out spout. It's usually a simple half-day project.

  6. Install Vinyl Flooring in a Laundry Room

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    We'll show you how to measure, cut and install a new sheet vinyl floor. No special skills are needed, just patience and attention to detail will give you great results.

  7. Septic System: How to Filter Out Laundry Lint

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    Lint from washing machines, much of it nondegradable, can clog up septic fields and shorten their useful life by years. A fine mesh lint trap can make a huge difference.

  8. Fix a Leaking Faucet

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    Fix a dripping laundry faucet by replacing the faucet washer or the valve stem O-ring. You can replace both in ten minutes with a wrench and screwdriver.

Other Articles for DIYers from Around the Web

  1. Laundry Room Storage Ideas - Laundry Room Storage - Bob Vila

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    FromBobVila.com

    Challenged by a lack of space for laundry storage? Don’t despair—check out these unusual laundry storage solutions from homeowners who have conquered their washday woes.

  2. DIY Laundry Room Storage - Bob Vila

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    FromBobVila.com

    Use these DIY laundry room storage options to create a less cluttered, more efficient laundry area, so you can easily get this chore done fast.

  3. Laundry Room Storage Ideas - Laundry Room Storage - Bob Vila

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    FromBobVila.com

    Challenged by a lack of space for laundry storage? Don’t despair—check out these unusual laundry storage solutions from homeowners who have conquered their washday woes.

  4. Laundry Room Planning Guide - Bob Vila

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    FromBobVila.com

    Take some of the drudgery out of doing the wash by creating a cheerful, better organized, and more efficient laundry room.

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Other Videos for DIYers from Around the Web

  1. Save More, Waste Less in the Laundry Room

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    TFH Multi Playlist Videos

    Better's experts are here to show you how to save time and money and waste less in the laundry room.

  2. How to Make Over the Laundry Room

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    TFH Multi Playlist Videos

    A quick laundry -room makeover can boost your home's equity.

  3. Laundry Closet Makeover

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    TFH Multi Playlist Videos

    Todd Davis and crew step in to fine-tune a repurposed closet/ laundry room.

  4. How to Conserve Energy When Doing Laundry

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    TFH Multi Playlist Videos

    Learn how to wash your clothes without spending too much energy.

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Blog Posts

  1. Laundry room plumbing: A recessed PVC floor drain

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    FromDIY Advice Blog

    The building code in my area calls for a floor drain in the laundry room. But the laundry room in my house is on a standard wooden floor above the crawl space, not on concrete. So here's the problem. The only floor drain you can buy is for flush mounting...( read more )

  2. Laundry room storage ideas: A home for hangers

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    FromDIY Advice Blog

    When I remodeled my laundry room, my motto was “a home for everything.” I installed cabinets and shelves and drawers and pegboard… But the nicest little storage feature is this towel bar mounted under a cabinet. It keeps hangers untangled...( read more )

  3. Child Proofing The Laundry Room

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    FromA Concord Carpenter

     

  4. Why You Should White Out Your Room

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    FromCharles and Hudson

    One of our most popular articles this year was our laundry room makeover . We are fortunate enough to have a separate laundry room area but it was in bad shape and we needed to give it a fresh look and bring the appliances and furniture up to date. Many people have asked why we chose to go white ...

  5. Blank Slate Bathroom

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    FromAna-White.com

    Well, it might have taken us a few months longer than we'd have liked (decks, flooring, and trim got in the way), but we are finally taking you up on your suggestion to focus first on finishing out this room, Behind this door. Are you ready? Behind door number one in the hallway, right behind the kitchen, is the upstairs bathroom. Now Mom had a choice between a luxurious master bath or an upstairs guest room with a smaller bath. Guess what she choose? It was a no-brainer for Mom - grandkids sleeping over and summer guests feeling welcome trump spa tub and walk in shower any day. So it's a small bath, with just everything Mom needs, and nothing more. To the right as you walk in, there's wall space for a vanity and toilet. To the left, there's room for a stacking laundry or linen closet (if laundry was installed on the basement floor) and a wide shower. It's not big, but it's not tiny, and it's just for one person. And it's less for Mom to clean, especially thinking 20 or 30 years from now. To the right, as you walk in, is the vanity. We left room for a single 48" wide vanity. Over the vanity is space for a mirror, and we placed the electrical box for the vanity light dead center over the vanity. Dead center. We also made sure to install electical outlets to each side of the sink so Mom never has to worry about cords while brushing her teeth. Right next to the vanity is the toilet. There's not a ton of storage inside the bathroom, so we'll probably add a wall cabinet over the toilet. And on the far wall, the plan is to store towels on hooks. Does anyone use towel bars anymore??? We choose one of those premade fiberglass all-in-one showers because we are thinking 20-30 years down the road. We'd have loved to tile Mom a shower, but not if it means Mom is scrubbing grout lines at 80, or we are up there patching tile and moldy drywall after three decades of use. So a pretty shower curtain to make up for the basic shower is a must. Plus, I love the idea of simply changing out bath linens to update the space, instead of having to do a full bathroom gut/remodel job. We may decide to add a shower door later on just to protect the floor a little better - but I'm on Team Pretty Shower Curtain right now. Next to the shower is a recessed area designed wide enough to fit a stacking laundry system. It's all plumbed in and electrical run for laundry , but the area could also be converted easily to a linen closet by adding shelving if laundry was installed downstairs. But Mom really wanted laundry on the main floor, so that's the plan. I'll probably build shelving on top for some linen storage, and there's enough room in front for a small hamper. It's really awesome how this bathroom turned out with the door. Once the stacking laundry is installed, the door will hide it when opened. Wish I could say that was all planning, and not just a happy accident. It's not a big space, but I am pretty excited to start turning this blank slate into a pretty and useable bathroom for Mom. And by blank slate, I mean blank, blank slate.  It's hard to see in the small bathroom, but the walls are the same color as this bedroom.  No color at all. I love painted walls, especially in bathrooms, but because the space is so small, and there is no window in the bathroom, I opted to keep the walls and ceiling the same color white. It feels fresh an airy in there, even though it's a small windowless space. That, and I'm loving white bathrooms with wood floors lately. via Country Living I especially love the black hardware mixed with the stainless fixtures in this bathroom. via Country Living And I love that with such a neutrel palatte, it's easy to updated the bathroom for the seasons by just bringing in a pop of color. via Country Living I also love how a stark white bathroom makes beautiful wood grains pop.  Are you with me? Here's the mood board I came up to for this bathroom: Mood board images from Pottery Barn , Home Depot and Lowes . 1. I love the neutrel white backdrop to make the space appear larger and light and airy. 2.  For hardware, we'll be mixing stainless steel with wrought iron to add contrast and keep us from getting in the "only stainless steel" rut. 3. We'll bring in texture with a natural stone vanity top, plush towels, a luxurious throw rug, while complimenting the wood grain in the floor.   4. I'd like to add baskets made of wicker and additional wood in shelving or frames for added texture and natural elements. 5. Things will get little fancy with a turned leg vanity to add functionality and storage to the bathroom. 6. A pretty shower curtain will add color and be an easy way for Mom to update her bathroom over seasons and as design trends change.  7.  Accessories that are easy to change out will complete the look. Time to get to work - because you already know - most everything has to be DIY.   Well, I'm probably not going to make the towels. But everything else? It's all fair game!

  6. Bathroom Update!

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    FromAna-White.com

    Check out what we've been working on at the Momplex lately!!!! Notice anything different??? I'll give you a hint. It costed a small fortune ... probably more than a gold plated bathtub ... But it was worth every single penny! We've got water!!!! Up here in Alaska (where we live) you are on your own for water.  We had to drill down a couple hundred feet for a well (that was the small fortune part and a big reason we decided to build the Mom's a shared duplex - so we don't have to drill two wells). The well sat, just a big pipe looking awkward, for the longest time while we worked on all the other stuff in between a giant hole in the ground and a bathroom vanity needing water.   And then finally last summer, we dropped the pump down the well. And capped it.  The water line is 9 feet down, below the frost line, so the water never freezes.  The small gray tube holds the electrical wires that supply power to the pump. But what happens from here??? The water line and the electrical are brought inside the Momplex underground. The electrical (the gray box on the upper right) ties in to a pressure switch mounted on the pressure tank. When the pressure in the pressure tank gets too low, it trips a switch, that in turn feeds power to the well pump, causing it to pump water into the pressure tank, until the switch trips back signaling the tank is full.  The water line is the white line on the lower right, rapped in the heat trace. It comes in from below ground, and fills the tank, and then on to where ever water is needed by Mom.  You need the pressure tank so your well isn't kicking on and off every time you turn the faucet on. Kinda like buying all your groceries for the week at once, instead of running to the store every time you need a snack. From there, the water is distributed to manifolds that we DIYed: That way we can turn water on and off at the main manifolds in case of a leak or burst pipe or we need to work on something. And from there, the water is distributed through water lines to kitchens and baths throughout the Momplex. Up until now, the plumbing lines were just stub outs in the wall. But we cut the stubouts off and hooked faucets up, put a p-trap between the sink and the drain, and guess what??? We have water up at the Momplex!!! With the faucet done, we moved on to the showers. The plumbing is already stubbed out, so I just attached the shower head. In my defense, wouldn't I look even funnier with perfect hair as a plumber??? For the shower drains, we silicone the drains, And then screw them in place using the old double screwdriver trick. I know they make a tool for this .... but you can't have every tool, can you? Sometimes you just gotta make do with what you have. And then the drain is just screwed over top to hide the plumbing. Tada! Shower is done!!! The Momplex has definitely "moved up" since this day!!! This space behind the door was originally intended for either a larger tub instead of a shower or a linen closet. But Mom really wanted laundry on the main floor, so we sized the area just big enough to put a stacking laundry set in. When I say just big enough, I do mean just big enough. It could not have been any smaller. We placed a tub under the washer as cheap insurance in case of a leak ... Sad, I know, I'd have loved to have built pedestals under the washer and dryer, but the dryer would then have been too high. Sigh - you gotta compromise sometimes ... So what does that leave us with?????? Imagine being 8 months pregnant and spending most of your day working 2 miles from a fully functioning bathroom. Yes, I'm pretty darn excited that the toilet is up next!!! And then we can talk making it pretty!

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